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Funny Cide to return to Saratoga Race Course Thursday

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Press release

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will welcome the return of Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Jockey Club Gold Cup champion Funny Cide to Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, August 27.

Fans are invited to watch the 2003 Eclipse Award 3-year-old male champion parade in the paddock from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Funny Cide, owned by Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable and foaled at McMahon of Saratoga thoroughbreds farm, was the first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby when he accomplished the feat in 2003. He went on to win the second leg of the Triple Crown in 2003 and captured the 2004 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. He retired in 2009 and currently resides at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The appearance of Funny Cide comes one day before New York Breeders’ Showcase Day at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, August 28. The popular state-bred card will include six stakes, including the eponymously named $200,000 Funny Cide for 2-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs and the $250,000 Albany for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles.

“We are thrilled to welcome the return of one of New York’s most beloved and successful home-grown thoroughbreds on the eve of New York Breeders’ Showcase Day at Saratoga,” said NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay. “In 2014 we inaugurated Saratoga Showcase Day and it was incredibly well-received by fans and horseplayers. This year we have reserved one of our most high-profile days on the eve of the Travers to showcase the outstanding equine talent that is being produced right here in New York.”


Legendary Horseman John Nerud Dies at 102

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
John Nerud (Photo: Skip Dickstein, courtesy B-H)

John Nerud (Photo: Skip Dickstein, courtesy B-H)

[NOTE: John Nerud served as a director and officer of NYTB in the 1990s and was a director emeritus of the organization until his death. Long active on the New York breeding, racing, and stallion management scene, and instrumental in the shaping of the New York breed breeding and racing program as we know it today, Nerud was honored by NYTB with a special Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.]

by Evan Hammonds / Courtesy Blood-Horse

John Nerud, the legendary horseman and Hall of Fame trainer, died the morning of Aug. 13 in New York. He turned 102 Feb. 9.

Nerud died at his home in Old Brookville, N.Y., in the early hours from heart failure. His daughter-in-law, Debra Nerud, confirmed that Mr. Nerud had been in the hospital for a few days prior to his passing but he had come home Aug. 11.

“He went to the hospital Sunday night (Aug. 9) and they wanted to put in a pacemaker,” she said. “His heart actually stopped beating for about three minutes Tuesday but he came back. His will was so great, so strong.”

Nerud’s influence was far-reaching in the industry. As a trainer he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1972. He retired from training in 1978.

He served as trainer, president, and general manager of William L. McKnight’s Tartan Farms near Ocala, Fla., where he developed Dr. Fager into a four-time champion in 1968. Dr. Fager was named champion sprinter, turf horse, handicap horse (older male), and Horse of the Year.

Nerud also trained champions Intentionally, Ta Wee, and Dr. Patches. He saddled Gallant Man to a runner-up effort in the 1957 Kentucky Derby.

He was owner and/or breeder of influential stallions Fappiano and Cozzene, among others.

Nerud also was instrumental in the early days of the Breeders’ Cup as a founding member. He served as chairman of the marketing committee for Breeders’ Cup in its first few years.

As an owner he won the 1985 Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) with Cozzene, who was trained by his son, Jan.

Click here for “The Legacy of John Nerud” by Steve Haskin on the Blood-Horse website.
Click here for “John Nerud: Master of Tartan Farms” from America’s Best Racing website.
Click here for “A Storied Trainer and a Witness to History” by Melissa Hoppert, New York Times, 6/15/2015
Click here for John Nerud “Bio” from National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.


NYTB presents Nielsen and Molloy Winkler scholarships on Saratoga College Day

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
scholarship

L to R: Jeff Cannizzo, Tate Morris, Mrs. Joanne Nielsen (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

by Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) presented its two annual scholarships in the winner’s circle after the second race at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, July 29, which was the seventh annual College Day presented by Toyota at Saratoga Race Course.

Generously established by Mrs. Joanne Nielsen to honor her late husband Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. and by Mrs. Vivien Malloy to honor her late daughter Debby Malloy Winkler, the $5,000 scholarships recognize a full-time student enrolled in an equine-related course of study at an accredited college or university in New York State. The awards are intended to foster the education and development of individuals who promise to make a positive contribution to the Thoroughbred industry in New York and beyond.

Receiving the 2015 Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship was Tate Morris. Originally from East Lyme, Connecticut, Morris graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Vermont as a Community Entrepreneurship major. After completing his Vet-Med prerequisites at the University of Connecticut, he attended the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and graduated this spring.

Morris now seeks a year-long veterinary internship at either a university or in private practice to continue his education, then hopes to go on to pursue a residency in Equine Surgery or Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation with the ultimate goal of becoming board certified. Professors have described him as a “star” with outstanding personal and professional attributes.

Morris said, “I am truly honored to have been chosen to represent the legacy of Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr., the New York Thoroughbred Breeders and the New York racing industry as a whole. I would like to thank all of those along the way that have made me deserving of this recognition especially the professors, clinicians, and technicians at Cornell-CVM.”

Morris, who still competes on roping teams, added, “With a cow pony background it has been a circuitous route to Thoroughbreds.  I have grown to admire their athletic prowess and look forward to a future of challenges in regards to preventing, diagnosing, and treating upper airway disorders and breakdown injuries.”

L to R: Jeff Cannizzo, Courtney O'Connell, Ken Malloy (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

L to R: Jeff Cannizzo, Courtney O’Connell, Ken Malloy (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

The Debby Malloy Winkler Scholarship was awarded to Courtney O’Connell, who has just completed three years of course work at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and will begin her clinical rotations in the fall.

A native of Ithaca, New York and graduate of the St. Paul’s School in Concord New Hampshire, O’Connell graduated with a double major in Biology and French from Mount Holyoke College, where she was a Mary Lyon Scholar. An accomplished rider with extensive experience in the world of show horses and Thoroughbreds, O’Connell has worked as a veterinary Student Technician and Research Assistant at Cornell.

Said, O’Connell, “I am very grateful to have won the Debby Malloy Winkler New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship to help me pursue my veterinary education. I have grown up working with thoroughbreds and I have always admired their athleticism and intelligence. I have learned so much from the thoroughbreds that I have been lucky enough to ride and I look forward to the opportunity to help care for them as a veterinarian.”

Mrs. Malloy’s son Ken represented the family at the presentation ceremony and O’Connell’s father John and sister Isabelle were in attendance.

Previous recipients of the Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship:

2012 Jacqueline Pino (read more)
2013 Allison Tuchrello (read more)
2014 Kaitlyn Douglas (read more)

Previous recipients of the Debby Malloy Winkler. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship:

2014 Nicolina Foti (read more)


Henry Lindh owner/breeder of Grecian Flight passes at 84

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
Photo: Greewichtime.com

Photo: Greewichtime.com

Henry Colwell Beadleston Lindh, breeder and owner of multiple graded stakes winning New York-bred millionaire Grecian Flight, died peacefully in New York City on July 3, 2015. A son of the late Alice Lee Beadleston Lindh and Fritz Philip Lindh, he was born in New York City on August 14, 1930 and attended The Buckley School, St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, and Yale College, receiving his undergraduate degree in economics in 1952. He also received an MBA from Columbia Business School.

After service with the United States Army Audit Agency during the Korean War, Lindh joined Price Waterhouse, becoming a certified public accountant. This was followed by a distinguished 35-year career on Wall Street, including as a member of the New York Stock Exchange for a short period.

Grecian Flight, a daughter of Cormorant foaled in 1984 out of multiple black type producer Green Greek was the most successful product of Lindh’s breeding program. In a career that spanned five years, Grecian Flight won 21 races from 40 starts, including 14 stakes races. At three she took the 1987 Grade 1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park, the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico, finished second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose and third in the Grade 1 Monmouth Oaks. She retired with $1,320,215 in earnings. Her half-sister Grecian Comedy, also bred and campaigned by Lindh, was a 12-time stakes winner.

Lindh was member of The Thoroughbred Club of America, the Turf & Field Club and the National Steeplechase Association and treasurer of the National Horse Show and a trustee of its foundation.

Remembered as a kind, thoughtful and generous man, he is survived by his wife Elizabeth Powers Lindh, his son Andrew Seton Post Lindh, his daughter Jennifer Davis Lindh and four grandchildren, Alice Post Lindh Peterson, Phoebe Pell Lindh Peterson, Henry Livingston Post Lindh and William Morgan Pell Lindh.

Services will be held at 11 o’clock on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at St. James’ Church, 865 Madison Avenue, New York City. Interment will be private at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Huguenot Society of America, 20 West 44 St., New York, NY 10036.


NY-bred MSW Awesome Vision retired, entered in Makeover Program

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

(Edited press release)

West Point Thoroughbreds announced yesterday that New York-bred multiple stakes winner Awesome Vision has been retired from racing and is entered in the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover to be held October 23-25 at the Kentucky Horse Park. The 6-year-old horse is in a retraining program and slated to compete in the eventing and show jumping disciplines under West Point’s racing manager Erin Birkenhauer.

The Saratoga Springs-based racing partnership group, in consultation with trainer Tom Albertrani, decided to retire the son of Awesome Again after a small knee chip was discovered following an eighth place finish in the Danger’s Hour Stakes on April 19 at Aqueduct. After such a successful career on the racetrack West Point management and his Partners felt he deserved to retire with dignity and the ability to move on to a second career.

West Point Thoroughbreds president and founder Terry Finley said, “This horse’s retirement is bittersweet. He gave us so much joy, but it’s not realistic to think that he would run forever. What does feel good is that this is the way all racing retirement chapters are supposed to be written — a horse going out with class and the opportunity to embark on a new career with another exciting chapter forthcoming.”

Added Finley, “He was a major force in the New York-bred ranks for years, a multiple stakes winner who brought his Partners to the winner’s circle eight times, and earner of $439,236.”

Awesome Vision began racing as a 3-year-old in 2012 and has a record of 8-2-4 from 28 career starts. His entire racing career was spent in New York, with 27 of his 28 starts were at New York Racing Association (NYRA) tracks. He’s also a multiple stakes winner, having won the Compelling Word, Saratoga Sunrise, and Move It Now Stakes.

West Point Thoroughbreds plans to chronicle his training for the Thoroughbred Makeover on their website and social media channels. The Makeover takes place the weekend before the Breeders’ Cup and has been designated an official Breeders’ Cup Festival Event.


NYTB Board unanimously elects Tom Gallo President

Monday, June 8th, 2015

by Sarah Mace

At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB), which took place on Monday, June 8, 2015 at the organization’s Saratoga Springs office, Board members unanimously elected long-time NYTB Vice President Thomas J. Gallo III to serve as Board President through the remainder of 2015. Current NYTB Director Mallory Mort, Farm Manager at Marlene Brody’s Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent, was elected to replace Gallo in the office of Vice President. The Board also selected Dr. Joan M. Taylor to fill a Director vacancy.

The elections and appointment of a new Director to the NYTB Board were occasioned by the resignation of Board President Barry Ostrager following his nomination to serve as a judge in the Civil Branch of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in the Court of Claims. Ostrager, who has served on the NYTB Board of Directors since 1998 and is the majority owner of Questroyal Stud in Stillwater, is a former partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he was a nationally prominent trial lawyer.

Incoming NYTB Board President Tom Gallo, who owns Blue Stone Farm in Cambridge with his wife Mia, is the founder and managing owner of Parting Glass Racing and Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, LLC. From years of service on the NYTB board and as Chair of the NYTB PAC, Gallo brings a wealth of experience and first-hand knowledge about the industry, marketing and legislative process to the office of Board President.

Said Gallo, “First, on behalf of the whole Board I want to express our gratitude for Barry’s long and distinguished service on behalf of NYTB and on behalf of the New York racing and breeding industries as a whole. As the new President of the NYTB Board, I would like to continue the momentum created by Barry and our Board. I will also make every effort to keep NYTB in a leadership role for the benefit of both the New York breeding industry, and the breeding industry nationwide.”

Newly-appointed NYTB Director Joan Taylor is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who earned her degree from Tufts University. In 1990 she partnered with her husband William B. Wilmot to build and operate Stepwise Farm in Saratoga to engage in breeding and selling quality racing prospects for the commercial market. Taylor also serves as an advisor for aspiring veterinary students at Skidmore and Connecticut College, is a volunteer for local nonprofit groups and has held a variety of leadership, fundraising and board positions, including the Wesley Foundation, Travers Committee and for the past six years has chaired the Adirondack Trust Community Fund.


Be Bullish arrives at Old Friends Cabin Creek

Friday, May 29th, 2015
Led by JoAnne Pepper, Be Bullish takes his first step into retirement

Led by JoAnne Pepper, Be Bullish takes his first step into retirement

 (Press Release with additional photos by Sarah Mace)

GREENFIELD CENTER, NY – MAY 28, 2015 – Old Friends at Cabin Creek, the New York satellite of Georgetown, KY’s Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center, is pleased to announce the arrival Thursday of Be Bullish.

The New York-bred gelding, who turned 10 this year, celebrated his 19th win on May 17 when he won a $16,000 claiming race at Belmont Park. It was his 87th career start.

Following his win Be Bullish was claimed by prominent owner Mike Repole, who purchased the horse with the sole intent of retiring him from racing.

New owner Repole noted that Be Bullish “has put in his time, he’s going out on top, he’s going out in the winner’s circle. If every horse could have an ending like this, the sport would be in a much better place.”

Be Bullish, who retires with more than a million in earnings, will live out his post-racing days at Old Friends Cabin Creek near Saratoga, which is also home to Repole retiree Cool N’ Collective.[*]

Checking out the pastures; BB will be turned after acclimation and walking.

Checking out the pastures; BB will be turned after acclimation and walking.

“Our thanks to Mike Repole for giving this New York favorite the retirement he deserves,” said JoAnn Pepper, owner and manager of Old Friends at Cabin Creek. “Be Bullish gave his all to racing. We’re very grateful to have him, and we look forward to his all of his fans visiting him at the farm.”

Old Friends at Cabin Creek is open for tours Saturdays from 12 pm – 3 pm. for more information see their website at www.oldfriends@cabincreek.com.

[NOTE: *Repole has donated two other horses to Cabin Creek: Driven by Success and Roaring Lion.]


Dayatthespa 2014 New York-bred Horse of the Year, Chester and Mary Broman top breeders

Monday, April 6th, 2015
Dayatthespa BC Fillies & Mares Turf (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

Dayatthespa BC Fillies & Mares Turf (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

by Sarah Mace

Eclipse Champion Turf Female Dayatthespa, the first New York-bred to win a Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup race, was voted 2014 New York-bred Horse of the Year. The honor for top breeder in New York in 2014 went to Chester and Mary Broman.

The announcements were made at the Annual Awards Banquet of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held on April 6, 2015 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. The event, which was sponsored by the New York Breeding and Development Fund, was emceed by Richard Migliore, former leading New York jockey and currently a broadcast analyst for the New York Racing Association, Inc. and the Jockey Club Tour on Fox. The 2014 New York-bred divisional champions and horse of the year were chosen by a ballot of New York turf writers, handicappers, chart callers and racing analysts conducted by NYTB.

Horse of the Year Dayatthespa, owned in partnership by Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon and Bradley Thoroughbreds, was expertly guided through her 5-year-old campaign by trainer Chad Brown. Following a runner-up finish in the De La Rose stakes in August, she reeled off three straight victories in the Yaddo at Saratoga, the Grade 1 First Lady at Keeneland and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf in Santa Anita. A daughter of City Zip bred by Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher, Dayatthespa was also voted 2014 Champion New York-bred Turf Female and Champion New York-bred Older Female. Her late dam, M’Lady Doc was named New York-bred Broodmare of the Year.

Chester and Mary Broman

Chester and Mary Broman

Chester and Mary Broman, New York’s top breeders also in 2004 and 2011, had a banner year in 2014 even by their standards. Broman-bred horses, most competing in the couple’s familiar green and white silks, won sixty-two races and earned $2.4 million last year. At the conclusion of the 2014 Saratoga meet, the Bromans finished fourth in the owner standings with 11 wins.

Dayatthespa was not the only multiple honoree on Monday night. Three-year-old Artemis Agrotera, a Grade 1 winner and Eclipse finalist for Female Sprinter owned and bred by the Bromans was voted Champion New York-Bred Female Sprinter and Champion New York-Bred Three-Year-Old Filly. Antonino Miuccio’s Palace, who won back-to-back Grade 1 races at Saratoga, was honored as Champion New York-bred Male Sprinter and Older Male.

A complete list of New York’s 2014 equine and human honorees follows:

Horse of the Year, Turf Female, Older Female: Dayatthespa
CH, M (City Zip – M’Lady Doc, by Doc’s Leader)
Breeder: Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher
Owner: Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon and Bradley Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Chad C. Brown

Male Sprinter, Older Male: Palace
B, H (City Zip – Receivership, by End Sweep)
Breeder: The Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02
Owner: Antonino Miuccio
Trainer: Linda Rice

Female Sprinter, Three-Year-Old Filly: Artemis Agrotera
B, F (Roman Ruler – Indy Glory, by A.P. Indy)
Breeder/Owner: Chester and Mary Broman, Sr.
Trainer: Michael E. Hushion

Two-Year-Old Filly: Wonder Gal
DK B/, F (Tiz Wonderful – Passe, by Dixie Union)
Breeder: Apache Farm LLC
Owner: Treadway Racing Stable
Trainer: Leah Gyarmati

Two-Year-Old Male: Upstart
DK B/, R (Flatter – Party Silks, by Touch Gold)
Breeder: Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen
Owner: Ralph M. Evans
Trainer: Richard A. Violette, Jr.

Three-Year-Old Male: Samraat
DK B/, C (Noble Causeway – Little Indian Girl, by Indian Charlie)
Breeder/Owner: My Meadowview Farm LLC
Trainer: Richard A. Violette, Jr.

Turf Male: Lubash
B, H (Freud – Nasty Cure, by Cure the Blues)
Breeder/Owner: Aliyu Ben J Stables
Trainer: Christophe Clement

Steeplechase Horse: Cat Feathers
DK B/, M (Catienus – Mistress Hemming, by Quiet American)
Breeder: Happy Hill Farm
Owner/Trainer: Kate Dalton

Broodmare of the Year: M’Lady Doc, by Doc’s Leader, dam of Dayatthespa

Breeder of the Year: Chester and Mary Broman
Trainer of the Year: Linda Rice
Jockey of the Year: Jose Ortiz


Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens dies at 85

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Photo courtesy Gulfstream Park

Photo courtesy Gulfstream Park

(Courtesy NYRA Communications)

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, who trained hundreds of stakes winners on the New York Racing Association circuit and engineered some of the biggest upsets in racing history, died late Wednesday afternoon in a South Florida hospital after a brief illness. He was 85.

Jerkens, known reverently by the racetrack community as “The Chief,” was born on April 21, 1929 in Islip, New York, the son of a former Austrian cavalry captain who owned a riding academy. Jerkens’ father enjoyed rehabilitating injured race horses and sending them back to the track, a hobby that influenced Allen to pursue a career as a thoroughbred trainer, although he started out as a steeplechase jockey.

Once he grew too big to continue riding professionally, Jerkens began training thoroughbreds, and at the age of 21, Jerkens saddled his first winner on July 4, 1950 at Aqueduct Racetrack with Populace. Two owners who helped launch his career were Eddie Seinfeld, who claimed Admiral Vee for $12,500, and Al Meser, who owned War Command, Jerkens’ first stakes winner. Jerkens also was a longtime trainer for Jack Dreyfus’ Hobeau Farm, for which he developed Beau Purple, Prove Out, Duck Dance and Handsome Boy.

Although he rarely ventured outside New York, Jerkens’  national reputation soared during the 1970’s, when he twice defeated Secretariat: first with Onion in the 1973 Whitney Handicap, and then later that same year with Prove Out in the Woodward Stakes. The monumental upsets solidified Jerkens’ moniker as “the Giant Killer,” which had seen its genesis a decade earlier when he sent out Beau Purple to defeat five-time Horse of the Year Kelso on three separate occasions. Other champions his horses defeated include Cicada, Buckpasser, Riva Ridge and Forego.

Overall, he trained 3,859 winners of nearly $104 million, placing him 11th and 14th, respectively, among trainers all-time.

“The men and women of the New York Racing Association mourn the passing of Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, not only one of the most revered horsemen of our time, but one of the finest people our industry has ever known,” said Christopher Kay, CEO and President of the New York Racing Association. “‘The Chief’ leaves behind a lasting legacy both on and off the track. We were humbled and proud to have honored him at Saratoga Race Course last summer in our second annual Red Jacket ceremony for achievement and excellence inn our sport. Our deepest sympathies go out to his children and grandchildren.”

Due in large part to twice vanquishing the immortal Secretariat, Jerkens earned the Eclipse Award for outstanding North American trainer in 1973. Two years later, he became the youngest trainer ever inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame at the age of 45, despite not yet having trained a champion.

Jerkens’ first champion finally came in 1994, when Sky Beauty won the Eclipse Award for Top Older Female.

Other notable Jerkens-trained runners include multiple Grade 1 winner Devil His Due, who won the Gotham and Wood in 1992, to go along with the 1993 edition of the Pimlico Special, Suburban, and Excelsior; Believe The Queen, who won the 1984 Tom Fool; Missy’s Mirage, who won the First Flight in 1991, and the Shuvee and Hempstead in 1992; and Emma’s Encore, who won the Victory Ride and Prioress in 2012.

Jerkens won many of the major stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, except the one that mattered most to him: the Travers, also known as the Mid-Summer Derby, which was won in 2010 and 2014 by his son, Jimmy, also a trainer. His best finish in five Travers starts came with his first entrant, Devil His Due, who was second to Thunder Rumble in 1992.

Although Jerkens sent several horses to the Kentucky Derby, he never came close to winning, with his best finish coming with Sensitive Prince, who was sixth in 1978. He also never won a Breeders’ Cup race, with his best finish in 11 starts a second with Society Selection in the 2005 Distaff.

Despite his renown as a trainer, those who knew him best say his greatest success came with people, not horses. Among the trainers he mentored are Thomas Bush, Leah Gyarmati, Mike Hushion, and his two sons, Jimmy and Steven.

Jerkens, who was predeceased by his wife, Elisabeth, is survived by three sons, Allen, Steven and Jimmy, a daughter, Julie, and several grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending.


Saratoga economic impact study puts breeding industry at center of economic growth

Friday, March 13th, 2015
by Sarah Mace

A recently-released study of the economic impact made by the annual summer meet at Saratoga Race Course on the greater capital region focuses on the expansion of the area’s breeding industry as a key factor in a nine-percent growth rate seen since 2011, and an increase in jobs of more than 30 percent. Specifically, last year the Saratoga meet generated $237 million in economic activity and was responsible for nearly 2,600 jobs across the greater capital region. The meet also generated as much as $14.2 million in tax revenue for city, county and New York State.

Commissioned by the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), the study was conducted by Camoin Associates, who used 2014 figures to update economic data generated from prior reports in 2006 and 2011. The group looked at various sectors of the regional economy within the nine-county region of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington.

The key factor in this growth was identified as the expansion of the thoroughbred breeding industry in New York, which the study links directly to the infusion of VLT revenue into restricted purses and incentives. Raymond F. Callanan, Chairman of the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency, said,

We conducted extensive interviews with owners, trainers and breeders and it is clear that the State’s investment of VLT revenues has had a significant and far reaching economic impact on New York’s 2 billion dollar racing and breeding industry. Simply put, the VLT enhanced purse structure and breeders’ awards program has revitalized the industry and made the New York Breeding program the envy of the country.”

Added Callanan, “The results of the [study] give us a real sense of optimism that the future of the racing and breeding industry in New York State, which is such an integral part of the economy of our city, county and region, is finally, after many troubled years, on a sound financial path to success.”

The study also highlights the important role of the breeding sector in expanding much-needed greenspace in the surrounding area, citing a 14 percent increase in the number of horse farm properties in Saratoga County between 2010 and 2013. Horse farms account for 3.7 percent of agricultural parcels in the nine-county study area in comparison to only 2 percent in New York State.

Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., said, “This study underscores the positive impact of VLT money not only on the breeding industry directly but on the whole region, in terms of greenspace, employment and tax revenues. This this kind of economic growth is exactly what upstate New York needs, and breeders should be proud to be such an important of it.”