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NYFB, NYTB applaud passage of limited liability legislation for New York farms

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

The New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) and NYTB, in its capacity as an active member of the NYFB Equine Committee, are celebrating a legislative victory for farmers and breeders.

NYFB and NYTB have long made it a priority to secure relief for farmers and equine businesses from rising insurance premiums due to uncertainty about potential liability for activity that takes place on farms. The groups have been seeking a remedy in legislation to establish limited liability protections for the inherent risks of inviting the public onto farm business properties.

The New York Legislature has just passed a bipartisan bill to do just that. Following the Assembly’s passage of the bill (A00559A) on June 8, which sponsored by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, the State Senate approved a matching bill on June 13, 2017 (S01152-A), which was sponsored by Senator Robert Ortt. The next stop for the legislation is the Governor’s desk, where it is hoped the bill will be signed into law.

The short title of the bill is the “safety in agricultural tourism act.” Recognizing that “agritourism is an important and growing sector of the rural economies in New York State,” the bill’s justification is that “the cost of liability insurance for farms with agritourism activities is becoming prohibitive, particularly for small farms.”

The bill creates explicit and uniform standards for farm owners and farm visitors which remove uncertainties about potential liability. Among the variety of activities cited in the legislation, such as u-pick Christmas trees, hiking, hunting, production of maple sap and winery tours, the bill expressly mentions “equine activities both indoors and outdoors.” “Equine therapy” is excluded.

If the bill is signed into law, farm owners and operators will have certain stated responsibilities, including posting conspicuous notices and written information warning visitors about the inherent risks of participating in activities on their working farms. Visitors must also be alerted to their own “responsibility to exercise reasonable care regarding the disclosed risks of the agricultural activity.”

In an NYFB Press Release dated June 14, 2017, NYFB President David Fisher offered the caveat that “the legislation will not provide New York farms with blanket immunity from responsibility. Instead, it will offer owners some protection from lawsuits by an individual who is taking no responsibility for his or her own actions while visiting a farm or equine facility.”

According to Fisher, “The bipartisan legislation will hopefully assist farmers looking to have a better handle on business costs in a competitive marketplace. The significance of that support cannot be understated.”

NYTB & NYTHA statements on NYS budget bill

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Executive Director Jeff Cannizzo and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Rick Violette Jr. issued the following statements after the release this morning of an agreement between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers on the New York Racing Association privatization plan. (Click here to read more about the NYRA privatization plan from the

NYTB Executive Director Jeff Cannizzo: “New York’s $4 billion equine industry is critical to the state’s fiscal health and those 33,000 direct jobs it supports. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s ongoing commitment to preserving this diverse agricultural industry that touches every county of New York State, the most prestigious racing in the United States will continue for decades at NYRA.

We also want to thank Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senators John Bonacic and Kathleen Marchione, and Assemblymembers J. Gary Pretlow and Carrie Woerner for their hard work on our behalf.”

NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr.: “The budget bill includes provisions that will have a positive and lasting effect on New York’s Thoroughbred industry. We applaud the Governor for his support on these issues, and we appreciate the hard work of our legislators, especially Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senators John Bonacic and Kathleen Marchione, and Assemblymembers J. Gary Pretlow and Carrie Woerner.

New York racing is second to none, and reprivatization will allow NYRA to move forward and optimize what is an invaluable asset to our state. The flexibility provided to the Jockey Injury Compensation Fund will open the door to lower costs, making New York a more attractive place to do business and creating an atmosphere of growth for the thousands of Thoroughbred owners and trainers and the tens of thousands of workers they employ. As the state’s second largest agribusiness, horses are responsible for $4.2 billion in economic impact, 1.3 million acres of green space and 33,000 full-time jobs. We thank the Governor and our representatives for the confidence and commitment they have shown in embracing initiatives so important to our industry.”


Mind Your Biscuits 2016 NY-bred HOY, Bromans collect fourth trophy as top breeders

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Mind Your Biscuits G1 Malibu Stakes © BENOIT PHOTO

Mind Your Biscuits G1 Malibu Stakes

By Sarah Mace

Grade 1 winner, and hero of the Group 1 US$2m Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse two weeks ago, Mind Your Biscuits was voted the 2016 New York-bred Horse of the Year. The chestnut son of former New York sire Posse also took home the honors for champion three-year-old male and champion male sprinter.

Trained by Robert Falcone Jr. last year, Mind Your Biscuits now races from the barn of newly-minted conditioner Chad Summers, who is also a part owner of the colt and whose first victory as a trainer came with Mind Your Biscuits in Dubai. The ownership group is headed by Joaquin Guerrero’s J Stables, Sol Kumin’s Head of Plains Partners and Michael E. Kisber. Mind Your Biscuits was bred by Samantha Will Baccari of Jumping Jack Racing and foaled at Gary and Sue Lundy’s Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains. The champion’s dam, the Toccet mare Jazzmane, was named New York’s 2016 Broodmare of the Year.

The New York-bred horse of the year and divisional champions were announced at the annual awards banquet of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held on April 3, 2017 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. The event, sponsored by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, was emceed by Richard Migliore, a former champion New York jockey and now a broadcast analyst. The 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.

The other equine multiple honoree of the night was Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes winner Haveyougoneaway. Voted New York’s champion female sprinter and champion older dirt female, the mare was bred by Andy and Susan Beadnell and trained by Tom Morley for owners Gary Barber and Sequel Racing.

For the fourth time Chester and Mary Broman were named New York’s top breeders. The couple, whose names are synonymous with New York breeding success, also won the award in 2004, 2011 and 2014. The Bromans’ standouts in 2016 included Highway Star and Bar of Gold.

Rudy R. Rodriguez emerged as the top-earning trainer of New York-breds last year. The hot-handed Irad Ortiz, Jr. was top state-bred jockey earnings. Ortiz, who won the award in 2013, was displaced by younger brother Jose in 2014 and 2015.

A complete list of New York’s 2016 equine and human honorees follows:

Horse of the Year, Champion Three-Year-Old Male, Champion Male Sprinter: Mind Your Biscuits
CH, C, foaled March 15, 2013 (Posse – Jazzmane, by Toccet)
Breeder: Jumping Jack Racing LLC
Owner: J Stables LLC, Head of Plains Partners, Summers et al
Trainer: Chad Summers (2017), Robert Falcone Jr. (2016)

Champion Female Sprinter, Champion Older Dirt Female: Haveyougoneaway
CH, M, foaled February 8, 2011 (Congrats – One Wise Cowgirl, by Wiseman’s Ferry)
Breeder: Andy Beadnell & Susan Beadnell
Owner: Gary Barber and Sequel Racing
Trainer: Thomas Morley

Champion Two-Year-Old Male: Syndergaard
CH, C, foaled March 14, 2014 (Majesticperfection – Magic Belle, by Gold Case)
Breeder: Burleson Farms
Owner: Eric Fein, Christopher McKenna, Harris Fein, Harris, Guri Singh, and Jerry Walia
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly: Bonita Bianca
CH, F, foaled February 5, 2014 (Curlin – Friendly Michelle, by Artax)
Breeder: Dormellito Stud
Owner: Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Michael Imperio
Trainer: Rudy R. Rodriguez

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Highway Star
CH, F, foaled March 14, 2013 (Girolamo – Stolen Star, by Cat Thief)
Breeder/Owner: Chester and Mary Broman
Trainer: Rodrigo A. Ubillo

Champion Older Dirt Male: Effinex
DK B/, H, foaled April 15, 2011 (Mineshaft – What a Pear, by E Dubai)
Breeder: Dr. Russell S. Cohen
Owner: Tri-Bone Stables
Trainer: James A. Jerkens

Champion Turf Male: King Kreesa
DK B/, G, foaled May 26, 2009 (King Cugat – Storm’s Advance, by Storm Creek)
Breeder: Horse Partners
Owner: Gerald Kresa and Susan Kresa
Trainer: David G. Donk

Champion Turf Female: Ancient Secret
CH, F, foaled May 20, 2013 (Kantharos – Privacy, by Notebook)
Breeder: Lambholm
Owner: Alpha Delta Stables
Trainer: Chad C. Brown

Champion Steeplechase Horse: Willow U
B, M, foaled April 21, 2011 (Utopia (JPN) – Overextended (FR), by Entrepreneur (GB))
Andy Beadnell
Check Mark Stables LLC
Richard L. Valentine

Broodmare of the Year: Jazzmane (Toccet – Alljazz, by Stop the Music), dam of Mind Your Biscuits

Breeder of the Year: Chester and Mary Broman
Trainer of the Year: Rudy R. Rodriguez
Jockey of the Year: Irad Ortiz Jr.


Fund purse enrichment adds 37% for NY-sired MSW winners at Finger Lakes

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

An attractive new incentive to invest in New York-breds sired by New York stallions was approved at a March 28 board meeting of the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund (the Fund). In 2017, when a New York-bred by a New York-based stallion wins a maiden special weight race at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, the horse will earn an extra $7,000, or 37 percent additional money from Fund purse enrichment.

The added money raises the Finger Lakes purse for a New York-sired winner of state-bred maiden special weight from $23,000 to $30,000. In open maiden special weight races, the purse goes from $19,000 to $26,000. To be eligible, a horse must be registered with the Fund as a New York-bred and the sire must be registered in the state in the year of the foal’s conception.

Fund Executive Director Tracy Egan said, “Our hope is that the seven-grand boost in first-place money will help more of our breeders look to our registered New York stallions first when making breeding plans.”

The decision to earmark some purse enrichment money for New York-sired horses comes at the same time the Fund board approved the disbursement of approximately $1.5 million in purse enrichment money to the FLGR racing program overall for 2017.

According to a plan announced March 16 by the Governor’s office, losses to the FLGR horsemen’s purse account incurred by a decline of gaming revenue resulting from the new del Lago Resort and Casino will be offset for the next two years by per annum contributions of over $2.1 million from three groups: the Fund ($1.5 million, pending the board approval just granted), racetrack operator Delaware North ($1 million) and del Lago ($440,000).

Referring to the Fund’s contribution to this plan, Fund Chairman John Poklemba said, “We are proud to provide necessary support to help Finger Lakes Racetrack thrive as part of Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive plan to preserve racing. This action, along with the other components forged by the Governor’s office, ensures the track and horsemen maintain operations without spending a single taxpayer dollar.”

Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. and ex officio member of the Fund Board, commented, “After a long period of uncertainty, we are stabilizing Finger Lakes for the short-term, and at the same time using the opportunity to make New York-sired New York-breds an even more valuable investment than they already are by placing the money in the condition that matters most.” New York-sired New York-breds already earn two times more in breeder’s and open owner’s program awards from the Fund than horses sired by stallions standing out of state.

Cannizzo explained further, “The New York breeding and racing programs absolutely depend on a healthy Finger Lakes. In 2016, New York-breds accounted for 73 percent of all Finger Lakes starts (6428 of the 8863) and earned 76 percent of all the purse money– about $13.4 million. The more that New York sired horses are involved in this, the more the whole program and its participants benefit.”

Cannizzo also points to the work still to be done:

We at NYTB look forward to continued dialog with Delaware North, the Finger Lakes Horsemen Benevolent Protective Association, the Gaming Commission and Governor’s Office on how to improve the long-term picture for racing at Finger Lakes.

It starts with field-size and ends with handle. We will also ensure that the dialog and a feasibility study for the development of a turf course does not disappear.  It very well could be the spark to ignite real change for their racing product, and something that will benefit all stakeholders in New York.

Breeders, owners and horsemen do not need to wait long to see the New York-sired bonus at work first-hand: the very first race of the 2017 racing season in the FLGR condition book is a maiden special weight for New York-bred three-year-olds.

NYTB Annual Awards Banquet 2017

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Awrd Inv

Please join us for the Annual NYTB Awards Banquet honoring the 2016 New York-bred Divisional Champions, Horse of the Year, Breeder of the Year and others. The banquet and awards ceremony will take place on Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, NY. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 pm, to be followed at 7:30 pm by dinner and the awards program. The event will be hosted by Richard Migliore.

The deadline to RSVP is March 27th, but this is a sell-out event, so please reply early.

For cost and further details, click below for printable invitation and reply card.

Awards Banquet Invitation
Awards Banquet Response Card

NYTB announces 2016 New York-bred divisional championship nominees

Monday, January 30th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) is pleased to announce the nominees for the New York-bred divisional champions of 2016. New York turf writers, handicappers, chart callers and racing analysts will vote on the winners of each division. The voters will also choose the 2016 New York-bred Horse of the Year.

The 2016 New York-bred divisional champions and Horse of the Year will be announced at NYTB’s Annual Awards Banquet on the evening of Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. Also to be honored at the banquet will be Broodmare of the Year, Champion Trainer, Champion Jockey and Outstanding Breeder.

A list of the 2016 New York-bred divisional championship nominees, by category, follows, along with links to their Equibase Horse Profiles:

Champion Two-Year-Old Male:

Bobby On Fleek
Gold for the King
Pat On the Back

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:

Bonita Bianca
Iron Mizz
Miss Freeze
Toni Tools

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

Fish Trappe Road
Governor Malibu
Hit It Once More
Mind Your Biscuits

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly:

Ancient Secret
Highway Star
Super Surprise

Champion Older Dirt Male:

Breakin the Fever
Royal Posse
Weekend Hideaway

Champion Older Dirt Female:

Bar of Gold

Champion Male Turf Horse:

Doctor J Dub
King Kreesa

Champion Female Turf Horse:

Ancient Secret
Fourstar Crook
Old Harbor

Champion Male Sprinter:

Breakin the Fever
Doctor J Dub
Mind Your Biscuits
Weekend Hideaway

Champion Female Sprinter:

Hot City Girl

Trainer Glenn DiSanto passes away at 62

Monday, January 16th, 2017
NYRA Photos

NYRA Photos

(from NYRA Communications )

OZONE PARK, N.Y. –  Trainer and breeder Glenn DiSanto, a veteran of the New York Racing Association circuit for more than three decades, died on Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 62.

According to Equibase records DiSanto saddled his first winner as a trainer in 1991 when Hildaskova captured a maiden claimer at Aqueduct Racetrack. He amassed 49 career victories, including his last with Lotza Heat in 2015 at Belmont Park.

“I’ve known Glenn since I was a young man just galloping horses,” said NYRA steward Braulio Baeza, Jr. “He was a great guy. Even when he was sick, he always had a pleasant and good natured demeanor. Glenn was one of the nicest people and one of the few on the backstretch who would help you with whatever you needed in any way he could.”

A native of Carmel, New York, DiSanto started in the business with show horses at West Creek Farm in Sharon Springs, where he began his involvement with the state breeding program. He then purchased Summit View Farm in Greenwich, New York in 1984.

DiSanto was one of the pioneers in the use of the Oklahoma Training Track during the offseason at Saratoga Race Course, boarding mares at his farms and raising the foals, allowing him to either sell them at auction as yearlings or continue to train them for owners. In 2006, DiSanto had 45 foals at his Summit View Farm.

Even when the number of foals decreased, DiSanto-trained horses earned more than $200,000 in four consecutive campaigns from 2011-2014. His two best statistical years as a trainer were 2006-07, when he won six races apiece and earned more than $260,000.

DiSanto was also well known for his advocacy for retired thoroughbred horses.

“He was a big supporter who did a lot for us,” said Lisa Molloy, an executive director at Rerun Thoroughbred Adoption, a nonprofit whose mission is to rehabilitate , retrain, and find adoptive homes for thoroughbred racehorses when their careers on the track are over. “He would also tell people about the program. When his horses had finished running, he would take them home to live on his farm. Eventually he’d bring them over to ReRun, and he always liked to bring them himself. He was very hands-on.

“He was one of the best horsemen around,” she added. “He never lost his temper with anything. He always knew what he was doing, and the animals just loved him.”

Added Baeza: “Glenn took a lot of horses off of the racetrack, not to raise awareness to the public, but to help the horses themselves. He didn’t do it for the publicity. He was a true champion for horses and he always had the horses’ best interests at heart.”

DiSanto, who graduated from the horse management program at the State University of New York at Cobleskill, is survived by his wife Melanie and sons Brett and Brendon.

“Some people wonder why I continue to get up at four in the morning for this,” said DiSanto in a 2009 interview with the Saratogian. “Well, I’ve got a family to look out for. I think to be in this business you have to be hopeful and have to be optimistic. And if you love what you are doing, I guess it is not work.”

Funeral arraignments will be announced by the DiSanto family at a later date.


New Vocations opens facility in Fort Edward

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

New Vocations logo(Edited press release)

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced yesterday the official opening of a New York satellite facility at October Hill Farm in Fort Edward.  Owned by Dan and Danielle Dill the brand-new equestrian facility has partnered with New Vocations to assist in expanding the program’s New York aftercare efforts. Trainer Leandra Cooper will spearhead the transitional training and adoption operations at the facility.

“We are taking in over 80 retired racehorses a year just from New York racetracks and farms, so it was a logical step for us to open a facility there. It has taken us nearly two years to find the right facility and personnel who meet our program’s standards. October Hill Farm and Leandra Cooper are great additions to our team, and we are excited to be able to serve more horses in the state,” said Anna Ford Program Director.

“We are thrilled that we now have a New York option for some of the horses retired to New Vocations through our TAKE THE LEAD Program. It makes shipping a whole lot easier and will cut down on our expenses. It also expands the equine industry and brings new jobs to the state. It’s a win-win,” said Andy Belfiore, executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

Over the past several years, New Vocations has seen an increase in horses entering the program from New York racetracks. The development of NYTHA’s TAKE THE LEAD Program and their financial support has been instrumental in helping New Vocations grow its services to the New York horsemen.

For more information about New Vocations and the Fort Edward facility, visit





NYTB board election results 2016

Friday, December 16th, 2016

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) concluded its annual board election on Thursday, December 15, 2016. This year NYTB members voted to fill five seats on the board for candidates to serve two-year terms from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018.

The winning candidates are:

Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M.
Lois Engel
Thomas J. Gallo III
Vivien G. Malloy
Mallory Mort

The six remaining members of the NYTB Board will be serving the second year of two-year terms in 2016:

Chester Broman
Seth Gregory
Michael Lischin
Joanne Nielsen
Suzie O’Cain
Joan M. Taylor, D.V.M.

Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP, an accounting firm from Queensbury, NY, administered the NYTB board elections by validating the eligibility of all voters, distributing the ballots and receiving the completed ballots directly from members of the association. The firm then tabulated and certified the election results. Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP reported the official results to NYTB in a letter dated on December 15, 2016.

Click here to read Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP’s letter certifying the results of the election.

NYTB Stallion Season Auction January 9-11th

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction starting on Monday, January 9 at 9:00 a.m. and ending on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 p.m. The auction will be held online using the Starquine bidding platform.  Participants must register with prior to bidding.  All bids will be subject to the rules and conditions of the auction.  Each season’s conditions will be posted.

Click here to register and bid at

Stallion State  Stud Fee   Farm 
Al Khali NY $2,500 Keane Stud
Alpha NY  $8,500 Sequel Stallions NY
Animal Kingdom KY  $30,000 Darley
Bahamian Squall FL  $5,000 Double Diamond Farm
Bellamy Road NY  $7,500 Dutchess Views Farm
Big Brown NY  $7,500 Dutchess Views Farm
Boys at Tosconova NY  $2,500 Questroyal North
Bullet Train KY  $7,500 Crestwood Farm
Bustin Stones NY  $5,000 Waldorf Farm
Central Banker NY  $7,500 McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds
Constitution KY  $25,000 WinStar Farm
Country Day KY  $3,500 Crestwood Farm
Courageous Cat NY  $6,000 Questroyal North
D’ Funnybone NY  $2,500 Rockridge Stud
Daredevil KY  $7,500 WinStar Farm
Desert Party NY  $2,500 Irish Hill Century Farm
Dr Large NY  $2,500 Oriskany Creek Farm
Dublin NY  $2,500 Keane Stud
Effinex NY  $10,000 Questroyal North
Emcee NY  $5,000 Sequel Stallions NY
First Dude FL  $10,000 Double Diamond Farm
Forty Tales NY  $6,500 Sequel Stallions NY
Freud NY  $10,000 Sequel Stallions NY
Frost Giant NY  $5,000 Keane Stud
Get Stormy KY  $5,000 Crestwood Farm
Giant Oak KY  $7,500 Millennium Farms
Giant Surprise NY  $5,000 Rockridge Stud
Golden Ticket NY  $6,000 Questroyal North
Goldencents KY  $15,000 Spendthrift Farm
Hakassan KY  Private Millennium Farms
Here Comes Ben NY  Private McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds
Hold Me Back NY  $5,000 Irish Hill Century Farm
Honorable Dillon NY  $5,000 Rockridge Stud
I Want Revenge KY  $5,000 Millennium Farms
Japan NY  $7,500 Waldorf Farm
Jersey Town KY  $5,000 Darby Dan Farm
Laoban NY $7,500 Sequel Stallions NY
Majestic City NY  $3,500 Questroyal North
Marsh Side NY  $2,500 Dutchess Views Farm
Micromanage NY  $5,000 Rockridge Stud
Mission Impazible NY  $7,500 Sequel Stallions NY
Normandy Invasion NY  $4,000 Keane Stud
Palace KY  $20,000 Three Chimneys Farm
Paynter KY  $20,000 WinStar Farm
Perfect Soul KY  $2,000 Darby Dan Farm
Sir Whmsey NY  $2,500 Millcreek Farm
Soaring Empire NY  $3,500 Rockridge Stud
Stephanoatsee NY  Private Sequel Stallions NY
Super Saver KY  $50,000 WinStar Farm
Tale of Ekati KY  $7,500 Darby Dan Farm
Taste Of Paradise KY  $2,500 Crestwood Farm
Tencendur NY  $2,500 Millcreek Farm
Teuflesberg NY  $3,500 McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds
Tizdejavu KY  $5,000 Crestwood Farm
Trinniberg NY  $3,500 Rockridge Stud
Upstart KY $10,000 Airdrie Stud
V.E. Day NY  $6,500 Waldorf Farm
War Dancer NY  $5,000 Rockridge Stud
Zivo NY  $2,500 Irish Hill Century Farm