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NYTB hosts October events in conjunction with Saratoga Fall sale, Empire Showcase Day

Friday, September 26th, 2014

fall sale logoNew York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) will host a pair of events in October in conjunction with two important items on the calendars of most New York breeders: the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale and Empire Showcase Day.

On Sunday, October 5, in advance of the third renewal of Saratoga Fall Sale on October 6 and 7, NYTB will host “Buying and Selling in Today’s New York-Bred Market,” a seminar-style meeting from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. with guest speakers, which will be followed by a complimentary cocktail hour and barbeque.

Those who wish to attend the event, which will take place at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion and is sponsored by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund Corporation, should RSVP to the NYTB office by September 29 at (518) 587-0777 or

On Empire Showcase Day, a full card of New York-bred racing at Belmont Park on Saturday, October 18 featuring eight stakes races, NYTB once again invites members to attend a buffet lunch in the Belmont West Wing located directly above the finish line overlooking the track.

Empire Showcase logoNYTB is also offering a private charter bus departing from Saratoga Springs at 8:00 a.m. and arriving at Belmont Park at approximately 12:00 noon. The bus leaves after the conclusion of the day’s races. Jackets and ties are required for men in The Belmont West Wing and jeans are not allowed.

For those attending the lunch only the cost is $65 per person. The cost for lunch and transportation is $95.00 per person. Spaces must be reserved your by October 2 or an additional 25% late fee will apply. Click here for event flyer. To RSVP contact NYTB at (518) 587-0777 or

NY Ag Commissioner reports cases of EEE, urges equine vaccinations

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Press Release

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today urged horse owners across New York State to vaccinate their horses against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV).   This is especially important since parts of New York have mosquito activity into late November.  In 2014, New York has already seen six cases of EEE found in horses in Madison, Wayne, Oneida and Oswego counties.  The Department of Agriculture and Markets has made veterinarians across the state aware of these confirmed cases of EEE.  No cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in horses in New York State in 2014.

“A simple vaccination can go a long way toward protecting horses against mosquito-borne diseases,” said Commissioner Ball.  “If you’re a horse owner and your horse is in need of a vaccination, I encourage you to make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.”

Humans cannot become infected by handling or being exposed to an infected horse. Horses cannot spread either virus to or from other horses, people or pets.  From a veterinary perspective, mosquitoes transmit both diseases from birds to horses.

Typical symptoms of EEE in equines include staggering, circling, depression, loss of appetite and sometimes fever and blindness. Clinical signs of WNV in horses include lethargy, weakness in the hind quarters, stumbling, lack of awareness, head tilt and head twitching, convulsions, circling, partial paralysis and coma.

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets works closely with local health departments, as well as the State Health Department when incidents of EEE and WNV occur.

Horses suffering from neurologic problems must always be handled with extreme caution, since they may be unpredictable and there is also the possibility that Rabies may be the cause.

Vaccines are available to drastically reduce the incidence of EEE and WNV in horses. The vaccines can be effective for six to twelve months and horses should be re-vaccinated at least annually. In an area where the diseases occur year round, many veterinarians recommend vaccinations every six months. For the vaccine to be effective, it must be handled and administered properly, prior to an anticipated increase in mosquito activity in a local area.

Other prevention methods include eliminating standing water breeding sites for mosquitoes, using insect repellents and removing animals from mosquito-infested areas during peak biting times, usually from dusk to dawn.

Scott Palmer, New York’s Equine Medical Director, said, “The virulence of EEE and WNV is high and the prognosis for successful treatment is poor, with a high chance for fatality or neurologic complications.  For these reasons prevention is key.  As the New York State Equine Medical Director, I enthusiastically support Commissioner Ball’s recommendations for vaccination of all horses in New York for these dangerous and preventable diseases.”

There is no human vaccine for EEE or West Nile Virus.  Humans should reduce contact with mosquitoes. Wearing protective clothing and insect repellents, and avoiding the outdoors during dawn and dusk are all ways to avoid mosquito bites.

“Taking a few basic precautions provides New Yorkers the best defense against mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus and EEE,” New York State Department of Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said. “In addition to wearing shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, individuals should remove all standing water from their property and apply appropriate mosquito repellent. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on repellent use.”

Horses exhibiting neurologic signs, like those listed above, need to be promptly reported by veterinarians to the State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Division of Animal Industry at (518) 457-3502 in addition to their local health department.

Molloy Winkler and Nielsen NYTB scholarships awarded on NYRA College Day

Friday, July 25th, 2014
Adam Coglianese

Nicolina Foti, Debby Malloy Winkler Scholarship recipient (Adam Coglianese)

by Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) presented its two annual scholarships in the winner’s circle after the first race at Saratoga Race Course on Friday. Each scholarship is worth $5,000 and recognizes a full-time student currently enrolled in an equine-related undergraduate course of study at an accredited college or university in New York State.  The presentation took place on the New York Racing Association’s sixth annual College Day presented by Toyota.

Nicolina Foti received the inaugural Debby Malloy Winkler New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship. Making the presentation was NYTB Director and Secretary/Treasurer Mrs. Vivien Malloy, owner of Edition Farm and New York’s top breeder in 2011. Malloy created the scholarship this year to honor her daughter Debby, an accomplished show jumper-rider in North America and Europe who lost her life in 2011 following a tragic fall from her horse at her home in Warendorf, Germany.

Foti, a sophomore Animal Science major at SUNY Cobleskill, recently began work at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga and hopes to attend a top veterinary program after graduation.  Foti’s parents John and Paula, cousin Hannah Feldman and best friend Marissa Breault also attended the presentation ceremony.

Foti said, “I would like to say that I am honored and very thankful to be chosen for this scholarship. I want to thank the amazing people I work for, who are like family, and my amazing family and friends. These are the people who got me to where I am today.”

Adam Coglianese

Kaitlyn Douglas, Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr.  Scholarship recipient (Adam Coglianese)

Kaitlyn Douglas received the third annual Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship. Making the presentation was NYTB Director Mrs. Joanne Nielsen, the owner of Sunnyfield Farm, who created the scholarship in honor of her husband. Gerald Nielsen operated Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford with his Mrs. Nielsen from 1976 until he passed away in 2004 early in his third term as President of NYTB. Joanne and Gerald Nielsen were voted top breeders in the state in 1991 and 2001. Present with his mother in the winner’s circle was Gerald Nielsen, Jr., who said, “We still miss my father every day.”

Douglas, a senior Thoroughbred Race Management major at Morrisville State College, plans on entering the Thoroughbred breeding industry upon graduation and aspires to become a broodmare manager.

Accompanied at the ceremony by her parents Ron and Janet, Douglas said, “I cannot express how honored I am to be receiving the Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship. It will be a tremendous help towards finishing my Bachelors’ Degree at Morrisville State College and achieving my career goals.” Douglas continued, “Horse racing has already played a huge part in my life and I look forward to making it my career. I would like to thank NYTB for choosing me as this year’s scholarship recipient.”

Previous recipients of the Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship are Jacqueline Pino in 2012 (read more) and Allison Tuchrello in 2013 (read more).

Kevin Whitley inducted into Finger Lakes Hall of Fame

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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(Edited Press Release)

Retired jockey Kevin Whitley was officially inducted into the Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack (F.L.G.R.) Hall of Fame by the local Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association on Monday. The nine-time leading rider was present during the Monday race card and performed the presentation for the eighth race.

KevinWhitleyA dominant force at F.L.G.R. during the 1980s, Whitley was the leading F.L.G.R. jockey for five consecutive years from 1986 to 1990. Between 1982 and 1983 he visited the winners circle 453 times, the most ever by any F.L.G.R. rider in two consecutive seasons.

Whitley won a total of five stakes with Frattare including the Grade 3 Finger Lakes Breeders’ Cup on July 3, 1989 for trainer Chris Englehart. “He’s the best jockey that hung his hat here”, said Englehart. “This is long overdue.”

Whitley completed his career with over 3,200 victories. 2,617 wins were achieved at F.L.G.R.

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Genesee Valley Off-Track Thoroughbred Series returns in 2014

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
(Edited Press Release)GV OTTB Logo

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) announced that it will once again partner with the Genesee Valley Riding and Driving Club (GVRDC), the Genesee Valley Breeders Association (GVBA) and individuals from the local eventing community to sponsor the Genesee Valley Off-Track Thoroughbred Series.

The Series, which offers prize money and year-end awards to the high-point Thoroughbreds in three area competitions, kicked off with the June 1 GVRDC Horse Trials, and continues with the Genesee Valley Hunt Horse Trials June 28-29. The finale is the GVRDC Horse Trials Aug. 16-17.

Prize money will be awarded to the high-point OTTB riders and junior riders in all five divisions, with ribbons for the 4th-place through 6th-place finishers. At the end of the season, the high-point rider for the Genesee Valley OTTB Series will be awarded a cooler, and the high-point junior rider will receive a cooler and $200.

The Series is the brainchild of local horse trainer, coach and eventer Jean Donnan.

“Our program has been very well received by the OTTB owners, and it is certainly turning the heads of the non-OTTB owners,” Donnan said. “Some very nice event horses are from off the track, and they are getting attention from everyone now, not just their owners. More than half of the horses entered in the first event this year were Thoroughbreds.  Their exposure to so many experiences at the racetrack and their forwardness are great attributes for eventing.”

She added, “It is encouraging that NYTHA supports Thoroughbreds after the track, and understands that they still have a lot of life to live after they retire from racing. It makes the work of the individuals involved much more effective when you have that support. Thank you!”

NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. remarked, “This program is a model for the grass roots effort to promote second careers for retired racehorses.  The horse people of the Genesee Valley have been quick to give their time and their money to make it a success, and we are pleased to be able to lend a hand. We all have the same goal—to provide secure futures for our horses when they leave the track.”

For more information, go to the GV OTTB Series Facebook Page.

NYTB to partner with ST Publishing on The Showcase Special

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) will team up with ST Publishing, publisher of the daily newspaper The Saratoga Special, to produce The Showcase Special in advance of the three showcase programs for registered New York-breds in 2014.

Fans and readers of The Saratoga Special should expect the same quality writing, unique style, captivating photography and informative features for the Big Apple Showcase on May 31 at Belmont Park, Saratoga Showcase on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course and Empire Showcase on October 18 at Belmont.

Many of the popular features from Saratoga will be included in The Showcase Special, including Worth Repeating, By the Numbers, The Power Grid handicapping chart, stakes previews, historical features, Sean Clancy’s Cup of Coffee column and plenty more.

The Showcase Special will be distributed on-track on race days, hand-delivered to horsemen during morning training and available to fans around the world via digital download at and

The Showcase Specials in May and October will be stand-alone full-color publications, and the August edition will appear in a special section of The Saratoga Special. The Showcase Special is the second joint venture for ST Publishing with the NYTB, following the successful production of the organization’s commemorative awards dinner program in April.

NYTB Executive Director Jeffrey Cannizzo is excited about renewing the already-successful partnership between NYTB and Tom Law, Sean Clancy and Joe Clancy of The Saratoga Special for these Showcase previews. “We’re excited again to work with the team at ST Publishing,” said Cannizzo. “Our project with the commemorative awards dinner program was a success and we look forward to seeing our three exciting days receive the same excellent editorial coverage the racing industry receives daily in The Saratoga Special.”

Click here for ST Publishing flyer, including advertising opportunities, and contact information.

Inaugural Debby Malloy Winkler Trophy awarded to T.I.P. champion at Old Salem Farm

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Credit: Sarah Latterner

Credit: Sarah Latterner

by Sarah Mace

The Debby Malloy Winkler Trophy Donated by the Malloy Family was awarded for the first time on Sunday, May 4 to the champion of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) $2,000 Low Thoroughbred Hunter division featured at Old Salem Farm on Welcome Day.

Vivien Malloy, owner of Edition Farm and New York’s top breeder in 2011, created the division to honor her daughter Debby, an accomplished show jumper-rider in North America and Europe who lost her life in 2011 following a tragic fall from her horse at her home in Warendorf, Germany. The perpetual trophy, a plate won by Debby in Germany and inscribed with the winner’s name each year, will be displayed permanently at Old Salem Farm. Mrs. Malloy’s son Kenneth opened the division by blowing a hunting horn won by Debby at the Rochester National Horse Show in the 1977 Medal Finals, Zone 11. The unique tribute to Debby, who showed both warm bloods and thoroughbreds, was staged from start-to-finish by Mrs. Malloy with help from her granddaughter Caitlin.

Photo: Kathy Landman

Scottsdale (Photo: Kathy Landman)

The Low Thoroughbred Hunter division, which consisted of two over-fences classes at three feet and one under-saddle class, was won by Scottsdale, an 11-year-old gelding bred in Washington and registered with The Jockey Club as Desert Winds (Desert Wine/Silver Punch, by Two Punch).

Ridden by Debbie McCarthy and owned by Samantha Pandolfi of Sandy Hook, CT, Scottsdale was purchased by Pandolfi in Arizona when he was three and just a few months off the track. The gelding placed third under saddle and won both classes over fences. Each of the six competitors in the division received prize money, a saddle pad, a tote bag and carrots.

Photo: Kathy Landman

Frazzie 5/4/2014 (Photo: Kathy Landman)

Pandolfi, who was quick to thank Mrs. Malloy for her sponsorship of the division, felt the new T.I.P. Division was perfect for Scottsdale and the other thoroughbreds at the show. “I thought it was phenomenal. I’m really glad that there is such a division. I can’t wait for it to develop and take off.”

Mrs. Malloy was delighted with the way the competition unfolded. “I was so proud of the thoroughbreds. The horses jumped beautifully, hacked so nicely and looked gorgeous on a windy but sunny afternoon. They had all the excuses to make a fuss, but they all behaved beautifully and in fact the warm bloods in the other classes were bucking, refusing, and acting awfully.”

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Frazzie 4AQU 1/9/11  (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Also competing in the division was Frazzie, a winning 7-year-old New York-bred daughter of Freud bred by Mrs. Malloy. The mare’s catchy name gave rise to a little confusion.

Mrs. Malloy said, “I had insisted that the Jockey Club name be on the entry blank and it made me giggle when the announcement came over the public address system that they needed the correct name of ‘Frazzie.’ I had to explain that that was her racing name, not a nickname!”

Old Salem Farm, located just one hour north of New York City and one of the best-known equestrian competition venues in North America, plays host to the the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, the prestigious American Gold Cup CSI-W 4*, and year-round competitions.


Deadline approaches for Nielsen, Sr. & Malloy Winkler Scholarship applications

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
by Sarah Mace

Applications for two scholarships to be presented by NYTB in the winner’s circle at Saratoga Race Course on “College Day at the Spa” are due May 1, 2014. The Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship, which is sponsored by Mrs. Gerald Nielsen, will be joined this year for the first time by the new Debby Malloy Winkler New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship, which is sponsored by Vivien Malloy. Each scholarship is worth $5,000.

Each annual scholarship recognizes a full-time student currently enrolled in an equine-related undergraduate course of study at an accredited college or university in New York State. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students. Complete applications made to NYTB must be postmarked by May 1, 2014 and scholarship winners will be notified in writing by NYTB by June 16, 2014.

Click on the links below for more information about the scholarships and forms:

General Instructions and Guidelines
2014 Application Form
2014 Letter of Recommendation Request Form

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

2012: Jacqueline Pino (read more)
2013: Allison Tuchrello (read more)


Trainer Joe Aquilino passes away at 76

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
 (NYRA Press Release)

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer Joe Aquilino, a mainstay of The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit for more than three decades, died today following a lengthy battle with congestive heart failure. He was 76.

Aquilino’s biggest win came in 1999 when Badge won the Grade 3 Gotham at Aqueduct Racetrack. Two starts later, Badge was third in the Preakness at 58-1 after threading through traffic in the stretch.

Aquilino was a native of New York City who worked approximately 20 years as a firefighter, serving in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and later in Flushing, Queens.

After falling down a flight of stairs and suffering ligament and cartilage damage to a knee during a call, Aquilino decided to change careers, pulling double duty as a firefighter and as a hotwalker for trainer Frank LaBoccetta before taking out his trainer’s license in 1977.

“I was always a fan of racing,” Aquilino told the Daily Racing Form in 1995. “I had started to hang around, and I got a job as a hotwalker with Frank LaBoccetta. I would work as a swingman, filling in for grooms, and I would go in early in the morning, then go to the firehouse and work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for two straight days and have three days off. When I wasn’t at the firehouse, I was at the track. I worked for Frank for six years, then I got my trainer’s license.”

Aquilino won his first race in 1977 at Atlantic City Race Course with Amberdias. In 1982, Aquilino won his first stakes, the Charles Hatton at Belmont Park, with One Never Nose, a $12,500 claim. In addition to Badge and One Never Nose, stakes winners trained by Aquilino include Dr. J, Haunting, Liveitupnow, No Parole, Pirate Performer, Sabellina, and Stormy Krissy.

Aquilino, who resided in Bayside, N.Y., is survived by his wife Victoria and adult children Joanne, Theresa, Laura, and Nicholas, who is a creative services supervisor for NYRA. Aquilino’s final starter was Charming Eyes, who finished fourth in an optional claiming race today at Aqueduct.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 11 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. at Frederick Funeral Home, 192-15 Northern Blvd., Flushing, N.Y.; (718) 357-6100. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 12, 9:45 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church, Bayside, N.Y.; (718) 229-6465.

In lieu of flowers, donations can made in Aquilino’s name to the Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST), Belmont Park, Gate 6, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Cottage 2B, Elmont, NY 11003 or the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), P.O. Box 834, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Malloy sponsors TB Hunter Division at Old Salem Farm to honor daughter Debby

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Vivien G. Malloy (photo: Kathy Landman)

Vivien G. Malloy (photo: Kathy Landman)

by Sarah Mace

To honor her daughter Debby, Vivien Malloy of Edition Farm has created the Annual Debby Malloy Winkler Memorial Trophy Donated by the Malloy Family. The trophy will be presented for the first time on May 4, 2014 to the Champion of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), $2,000 Low Thoroughbred Hunter Division at the Old Salem Farm Welcome Day Horse Show.

The $2,000 Low Thoroughbred Hunter Division with prize money and ribbons (1st to 6th place) will consist of two over fence classes and one under saddle class. The winner’s name will be inscribed on this perpetual trophy and it will remain at Old Salem Farm with winners added each year at this event. The trophy was won by Debby in one of her international competitions in Europe.

Mrs. Malloy, New York’s top breeder in 2011, wrote,

“I have been thinking about this for a long time. It is three years since Debby fell so tragically at her home walking her horse after some flat work. With all the tremendous falls that every rider experiences during a lifetime of riding, it is unimaginable that this one was fatal. The horse broke her neck too.

“In order that this encourage people to give a race horse another chance to be useful and give enjoyment after racing, I would appreciate your trying to make this Division successful. The horse will be identified in the program by its present name, but also by its Jockey Club Registered name, making it easy to learn the breeding and bloodlines which are very interesting and a helpful piece of information to anyone wondering about the bloodlines of a certain horse.

“Debby, as most of you know, rode many thoroughbreds when she was competing. It is most fitting that I honor her memory by offering this Division in her name. After riding the warm bloods, she told me she would save one of the thoroughbreds for the end of the day. She called them her ‘dessert.’ When she was tired pushing around the warm bloods, all she had to do was steer the thoroughbreds, who, as she put it, were always in ‘high idle.’ It was the most enjoyable time of her riding day.

“I know we can make the lives of ex race horses useful and show the world their wonderful qualities and yes, beauty. Debby would approve. I can hear her say, ‘Go for it Mom.’”

A reception to celebrate this inaugural event will be held at 12:00 noon on the Pavilion Patio and is open to all those in attendance. Any organization that assists with the placement of OTTBs and will help promote the division will have a display table for the day. For more information, contact Connie Sawyer at

Click here for the T.I.P. brochure announcing the new division.