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Chester & Mary Broman repeat as top 2017 NY breeders, Mind Your Biscuits repeats as HOY

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Photo by Bill Denver Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup

By Sarah Mace

When the top New York breeder and New York-bred horse of the year were announced at the annual awards banquet of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB), the names were familiar. Chester and Mary Broman were named the state’s outstanding breeders for the second straight year and fifth time overall. Mind Your Biscuits, the 2016 New York-bred horse of the year, was once again the voters’ pick for the top honors in 2017.

NYTB’s awards banquet was held on April 9, 2018 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. Sponsored by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, the event was emceed by Richard Migliore, a former champion New York jockey and now a racing analyst for XBTV. All 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.

Chester and Mary Broman, whose names are synonymous with New York breeding and racing success, won seven stakes races in 2017 with their homebreds, led by Bar of Gold who ran a huge race at odds of 66-1 to win the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Del Mar. Highway Star, another Broman standout, took the Grade 2 Ruffian Stakes, Gallant Bloom Handicap and Grade 3 Distaff. Haul Anchor and Held Accountable also picked up stakes victories last year. In all, the Bromans won 71 races with their New York-breds and earned $3,746,914 in purses. The couple won the outstanding breeders award previously in 2004, 2011, 2014 and 2016.

Horse of the Year Mind Your Biscuits (Posse), who was bred by Jumping Jack Racing LLC, won his second start of 2017 on the biggest stage of all, when he scored a wide-trip much-the-best victory in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse. In July he also won the Grade 2 Belmont Sprint Stakes. The chestnut cemented his claim to excellence just last month when he repeated in the Golden Shaheen and became the richest New York-bred in history with earnings of $3,719,286, overtaking the mark of $3,529,412 set by Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide. Chad Summers, who trains Mind Your Biscuits, is also a co-owner in a partnership that consists of Head of Plains LLC, J Stables LLC, Michael Summers, Dan Summers and Michael Kisber.

Mind Your Biscuits was also voted Champion New York-Bred Male Sprinter and Champion New York-Bred Older Dirt Male. The other multiple winner of the night was the Bromans’ Bar of Gold, who was voted Champion New York-Bred Female Sprinter and Older Dirt Female.

Also honored on Monday were the most successful jockey and trainer of New York-breds in 2017. Linda Rice was the top trainer with 72 New York-bred wins, 3 stakes victories and $3,520,844 in New York-bred earnings. Rice was named outstanding trainer five times before (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015). Irad Ortiz, Jr. ended the year atop the New York-bred jockey rankings with 139 New York-bred wins, 11 stakes victories and $8,725,595 in New York-bred earnings. Irad won the award in 2013 and 2016, while younger brother Jose picked up the hardware in 2014 and 2015.

A complete list of New York’s 2017 equine and human honorees follows:

Horse of the Year, Champion Older Dirt 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

Champion Female Sprinter, Champion Older Dirt Female: Bar of Gold
DK B/, M, foaled February 9, 2012 (Medaglia d’Oro – Khancord Kid, by Lemon Drop Kid)
Breeder/Owner: Chester Broman & Mary R. Broman
Trainer: John C. Kimmel

Champion Two-Year-Old Male: Therapist
CH, C, foaled May 22, 2015 (Freud – Lady Renaissance, by Smart Strike)
Breeder: Oak Bluff Stable, LLC & C. Clement
Owner: Oak Bluff Stables
Trainer: Christophe Clement

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly: Pure Silver
GR/RO, F, foaled April 1, 2015 (Mission Impazible – Jehan, by Forest Wildcat)
Breeder: Twin Creeks Farm
Owner: Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher

Champion Three-Year-Old Male: Twisted Tom
CH, G, foaled April 1, 2014 (Creative Cause – Tiffany Twisted, by Thunder Gulch)
Breeder: Dr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor
Owner: Cobra Farm, Inc., R R Partners and Head of Plains Partners LLC
Trainer: Chad C. Brown

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Fifty Five
B, F, foaled April 22, 2014 (Get Stormy – Soave, by Brahms)
Breeder: Empire Equines, LLC
Owner: Peter M. Brant
Trainer: Chad C. Brown

Champion Turf Male: Disco Partner
GR/RO, H, foaled May 15, 2012 (Disco Rico – Lulu’s Number, by Numerous)
Breeder: Patricia Generazio
Owner: Patricia Generazio
Trainer: Christophe Clement

Champion Turf Female: Fourstar Crook
B, M, foaled February 15, 2012 (Freud – Avril a Portugal, by D’Accord)
Breeder: Kathleen M. Feron
Owner: Dubb, Michael, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Aisquith, Gary
Trainer: Chad C. Brown

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: Linda Rice
Jockey of the Year: Irad Ortiz Jr.

NYTB announces 2017 New York-bred divisional championship nominees

Monday, January 29th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) is pleased to announce the nominees for the New York-bred divisional champions of 2017. New York turf writers, handicappers, chart callers and racing analysts will vote on the winners of each division. The voters also choose the 2017 New York-bred Horse of the Year.

The 2017 New York-bred divisional champions and New York-bred Horse of the Year will be announced at NYTB’s Annual Awards Banquet on the evening of Monday, April 9, 2018 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 2017 New York-bred divisional championship nominees by category follows, along with links to their Equibase Horse Profiles:

Champion Two-Year-Old Male:

Aveenu Malcainu
Battle Station
Sea Foam
What a Catch

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:

Berning Rose
Held Accountable
I Still Miss You
Indy’s Lady
March X Press
Pure Silver

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

Conquest Mo Money
Control Group
Long Haul Bay
Twisted Tom
Voodoo Song

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly:

Bluegrass Flag
Fifty Five
Holiday Disguise
Sunset Ridge
Verdant Pastures

Champion Older Dirt Male:

Giant Expectations
Inside Straight
Mind Your Biscuits
Send It In

Champion Older Dirt Female:

Bar of Gold
Highway Star

Champion Male Turf Horse:

Black Tide
Disco Partner
Get Jets
Voodoo Song

Champion Female Turf Horse:

Fifty Five
Fourstar Crook

Champion Male Sprinter:

Disco Partner
Giant Expectations
Long Haul Bay
Mind Your Biscuits

Champion Female Sprinter:

Bar of Gold
Highway Star

NYTB Stallion Season Auction January 15-17th

Monday, January 1st, 2018

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction starting on Monday, January 15 at 9:00 a.m. and ending on Wednesday, January 17 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
Alpha NY
Astern KY
Bahamian Squall FL
Beautyinthepulpit NY
Bellamy Road NY
Big Brown NY
Boys at Tosconova NY
Bustin Stones NY
Central Banker NY
Commissioner KY
Country Day KY
Courageous Cat NY
D’ Funnybone NY
Desert Party NY
Dr Large NY
Drill FL
Exaggerator KY
Flat Out KY
Forty Tales NY
Freud NY
Frost Giant NY
Frosted KY
Giant Surprise NY
Golden Ticket NY
Heavy Breathing NY
Honorable Dillon NY
Japan NY
Java’s War ON
Laoban NY
Majestic City NY
Make Reservations NY
Market Rally NY
Micromanage NY
Midshipman KY
Midshipman KY
Mission Impazible NY
Normandy Invasion NY
Not Bourbon ON
Ocean Knight FL
Palace KY
Perfect Soul KY
Perfect Timber ON
Soaring Empire NY
Stephanoatsee NY
Tale of Ekati KY
Taste Of Paradise KY
Tencendur NY
Teuflesberg NY
Tizdejavu KY
Trickmeister NY
Trinniberg NY
Two Step Salsa FL
Union Jackson NY
V.E. Day KY
Zivo NY

NYTB board election results 2017

Friday, December 15th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) concluded its annual board election on Thursday, December 14, 2017. This year NYTB members voted to fill six seats on the board for candidates to serve two-year terms from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019.

The winning candidates are:

H. James Bond
Seth Gregory
Michael Lischin
Joanne Nielsen
Suzie O’Cain
Joan M. Taylor, D.V.M.

The five remaining members of the NYTB Board will serve the second year of two-year terms in 2018:

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

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 14, 2017.*

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

New York breeding, racing communities mourn the passing of David Cassidy

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

David Cassidy leads Sweet Vendetta into winner’s circle. Courtesy Horsephotos

By Sarah Mace

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) joins America in mourning the passing of David Cassidy, who died Tuesday, November 21 at age 67 in a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he had been admitted earlier with organ failure.

Cassidy is most widely known as the heartthrob of virtually every young girl with a pulse (including this writer), when he starred as Keith Partridge in the early 70s hit television show The Partridge Family. The performer was active in the entertainment industry throughout his career, but in New York thoroughbred circles Cassidy was best known and loved as a passionate breeder and owner, an avid student of pedigree, and a generous ambassador for breeding and racing in New York.

The personal recollections from breeders and horsemen in the articles cited below supply a wealth of detail about Cassidy’s passion for racing, which dates back to childhood trips to the racetrack with the grandfather who brought him up, and his first yearling purchase in 1974 during the Partridge Family years.

Fast-forward to Cassidy’s keynote speech at the 2005 National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony. “It’s one of the highlights of my entire adult life and career to be asked to speak at the induction ceremony and articulate my passion for racing,” Cassidy said. “To say I’m flattered would be a gross understatement.”

Comments from many, including New York-based trainer Gary Contessa, who became a close friend, bear this out. Contessa told Perry Lefko (see below), “Everybody has had that big celebrity owner, but none of them were students of the game like David Cassidy. I guarantee you if he had the opportunity to trade places with me and train horses, he would have given up music to be a horse trainer. He just loved [the sport]. He is just one of those really amazing guys who dedicated so much of his day and his life to racing.”

Ann M. Eberhardt

The best-known products of Cassidy’s small, but select broodmare band are In Neon, 1992 Broodmare of the Year (dam of Sharp Cat and Royal Anthem), and Sweet Vendetta, winner of the 2008 Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes whom Contessa trained.

On the subject of breeding, Cassidy observed in an earlier interview with Lefko, “You need to have to some luck in life, particularly in this game. It’s not a game for boys in short pants. If you have six mares, the chances of you having broodmare of the year are a little more than 50,000-1. I’ve been a passionate fan in thoroughbred racing since I was five years old, and I’ve spent countless days, weeks, hours, months and years doing a lot of pedigree research, which is what I love to do. I don’t have a lot of mares. I have a pretty small broodmare band, but they’re high quality. It’s been a love affair that I’ve had with horses and channeled my whole life.”

Cassidy made generous donations to annual Thoroughbred Retirement Fund fundraising auctions and the annual fundraiser for Chatham Hospital, operated by business partner and friend Dr. Jerry Bilinski.

Closer to home, Cassidy is remembered by Joe Spadaro, former deputy executive director for the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund (the Fund), for his role in an early Fund advertising campaign. “David was first person to say, “Get with the Program – New York-breds!” Spadaro recalls, “We sent a car to pick him up in Manhattan and drive out to Belmont Park where he read script for a New York-bred program video ad. He did it as a ‘comp’ because he loved the industry.”

Horsephotos 2004

Upon Cassidy’s death, his publicist JoAnn Geffen released the following statement on behalf of the family: “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.” Cassidy had long struggled with substance abuse and, sadly, revealed earlier this year that he also had dementia, which had claimed his mother’s life.

Supplementing the November 21 New York Times obituary of Cassidy, are a group of wonderful remembrances (links included) about Cassidy’s love for and deep commitment to our sport:

Experts to gather from near and far for NYTB’s “Foal Diseases and Foot Management” seminar

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

By Sarah Mace

A quartet of specialists and experts will gather from near and far to speak at the final seminar of NYTB’s 2017 New York Thoroughbred Breeding Industry Educational Series, “Know the Facts and the Fix: Foal Diseases and Foot Management.”

The lineup of distinguished speakers consists of: Dr. Scott Morrison DVM of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Shawn Morrell DVM of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga, Dr. Laura Javsicas VMD, DACVIM of Rhinebeck Equine and Ray Galluscio, a farrier well-known to Hudson Valley farms and the New York Racing Association racing circuit.

The seminar, which, like the entire series, is sponsored by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, will take place on Saturday, December 9 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The meeting is free of charge and includes a complimentary lunch and continental breakfast. Those who wish to attend must RSVP to the NYTB office by December 4 at (518) 587-0777 or (See further below.)

NYTB’s most well-traveled guest speaker is Dr. Scott Morrison. A graduate of the Eastern School of Farriery who built a successful farrier business, Dr. Morrison next attended the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and, upon graduation, served a one-year hospital internship at Rood & Riddle before being hired by hospital as an associate veterinarian.

Now a partner at Rood & Riddle, Dr. Morrison developed the hospital’s Podiatry Center, an internationally-recognized referral facility for all breeds and types of horses of every age with every type of foot disorder. At the center, Dr. Morrison works with a staff of hoof-specialist veterinarians, farriers, and technicians. He also travels throughout the United States and Europe to consult and lecture, numbering trainer Aidan O’Brien among his clients. Dr. Morrison has already developed several horseshoe designs that are used all over the world and is exploring the use of umbilical stem cells in severe laminitis cases.

Joining Dr. Morrison on the subject of podiatry will be Shawn A. Morrell, DVM of Rood & Riddle’s Saratoga facility. Dr. Morrell graduated from veterinary school at Virginia-Maryland Regional College in 2012, then attended the Kentucky Horseshoeing School from which he graduated in 2014. Dr. Morrell completed an internship at Rood & Riddle from 2012- 2013 and is currently a podiatry fellow under Dr. Scott Morrison.

Dr. Laura Javsicas, VMD, DACVIM is a specialist in equine internal medicine. A graduate of Cornell University who earned her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine program, Dr. Javsicas worked at Hagyard Equine Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky before going on to study at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where she prepared for her specialty. Board-certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Javsicas moved to New York to work at Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, and now calls the Rhinebeck Equine Clinic home.

When Dr. Javsicas was at Upstate, Ahmed Zayat’s Paynter had the good fortune to cross her path in the early stages of a life-threatening case of colitis that required abdominal surgery and was later complicated by laminitis. Under Dr. Javsicas’ care, Paynter recovered sufficiently to be transferred to the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. When Paynter’s all-but-miraculous recovery and triumphant return to the races was celebrated as the 2012 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year at the Eclipse Awards, Dr. Javsicas was asked by Ahmed Zayat to accept the award on behalf of “Team Paynter.”

Last, but certainly not least, the panel will feature farrier Ray Galluscio. A familiar and popular figure in New York breeding and racing circles, Galluscio grew up in Columbia County and began working for trainer Mike Hernandez at Clermont Farm when he was 15.

Galluscio attended farrier school in New Jersey, after which he became an apprentice working mostly on show horses in Connecticut. Once he got his farrier’s license, Galluscio worked at thoroughbred farms in the Hudson Valley and shod horses for his late brother Dominic’s racing stable.

A member of the American Farriers Association, Galluscio has been involved with thoroughbreds of all ages for more than 25 years, and often worked with Frank Christian, who serviced several prominent farms in Lexington, when Frank would fly north to work at Kinderhill Farm.

NYTB is proud of this fine lineup and we expect the seminar to attract a full house.


Know the Facts and the Fix: Foal Diseases and Foot Management 

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion, 415 East Avenue, Saratoga Springs
To attend you must RSVP to the NYTB office by December 4 at (518) 587-0777 or
Click here
for Seminar invitation postcard.



Paul Schosberg passes away late Monday night

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Paul Schosberg (courtesy Rick Schosberg)

By Sarah Mace

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) is deeply saddened to report that Paul Schosberg, a mainstay of New York breeding and racing for over four decades, has passed away. He was 79 years old.

Schosberg carved out an extraordinary career encompassing journalism, politics and finance, in addition to his deep commitment to the New York breeding and racing programs. He owned Pine Lane Farm in Westchester County with his wife Jane, the high school and college sweetheart he married in 1958 and who survives her husband.

NYTB has long benefited from Schosberg’s dedication, intelligence and eloquence. Schosberg served on the Board of Directors for 12 years, was the organization’s president for two terms and, up until his death, was a Director Emeritus.

Schosberg’s son, trainer Rick Schosberg, reported on Sunday, September 24 that his father was in hospice care at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx and that his heath had “taken a very poor turn.” Rick followed up on Tuesday to say that his father “passed away peacefully just before midnight” on Monday, September 25.

Emblematic of Paul Schosberg’s unflagging support for the work of NYTB over the years and focus on issues important to New York breeders and horsemen, in his final days he passed along a message to Jeffrey Cannizzo, NYTB executive director, through his son Rick. He wanted to convey to the NYTB team how impressed he had been with organization for the past nine years with Cannizzo at the helm.

“Speaking for many of the board members who served under Paul we will certainly miss his spirit and dedication to the organization and program that he loved and dedicated a big part of his professional life to,” said NYTB president Thomas J. Gallo. “Even after his tenure as president was completed in glowing leadership fashion he was always available to chime in with valued guidance, historical reference, and candid opinion that was, and still is, the reason we are today the leading state-bred organization in the country. Paul will be sorely missed.”

Jeffrey Cannizzo added, “Paul was a symbol of class and a true gentleman.  It is hard to summarize how much respect I had for him and his leadership. I often found myself searching 20-plus year-old New York Breeder magazines to see how he handled situations and challenges in our industry.  Ironically, we joked, they are often still the same.  I am grateful for his life lessons.”

Services will be private. Donations can be made in Mr. Schosberg’s name to:

The Mayo Clinic:

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance:

White Plains Hospital:

Icabad Crane to represent NYTB in Real Rider Cup

Friday, September 15th, 2017

G’Day Mate Stakes 2/17/2011 (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

By Sarah Mace

Accomplished New York-bred runner Icabad Crane will proudly sport the silks of his sponsor, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB), when he joins nineteen other off-track thoroughbreds competing in the inaugural Real Rider Cup on Sunday, September 17.

The jumping competition will take place at the Plantation Field International Horse Trials in Unionville, Pa., one of the East Coast’s premier three-day events. Proceeds will benefit Plantation Field and the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP).

Bred by Gallagher’s Stud, Icabad Crane had an outstanding career on the racetrack. He placed in multiple graded stakes, including a third-place finish in the 2008 Preakness. In 33 career starts he earned $585,980 from seven wins, seven seconds and nine thirds.

The 12-year-old Jump Start gelding has also already left his mark on the eventing world. Ridden for owners Graham and Anita Motion by two-time Olympic gold medalist Phillip Dutton in the 2014 Thoroughbred Makeover, Icabad Crane won the title of Most Wanted Thoroughbred. Owner Earle I. Mack, who campaigned the gelding on the flat, transferred him to the Motions for $1 upon retirement at age eight with the idea that he would have a second career in eventing.

At Sunday’s Real Rider Cup, four teams of five riders each will compete over a show-jumping course of approximately a dozen 2 1/2-foot fences, and the scoring will be based on time and penalties. In addition to Icabad Crane, Sunday’s Real Rider Cup will feature retired runners Twilight Eclipse and Eighttofasttocatch.

Real Rider Cup NYTB silks

Icabad Crane will be ridden by Lauren Baker Cannizzo, who has retrained many Thoroughbreds for careers in jumping and eventing. The riders in the Cup come from all quarters. Others piloting their OTTB mounts over the fences include flat jockeys Rosie Napravnik, and 12-time leading Delaware Park jockey Mike McCarthy, former jump jockeys including Sean Clancey and a variety of OTTB trainers and coaches and exercise riders.

While the Real Rider Cup is the brainchild of Phillip Dutton, Icabad Crane’s NYTB connection is the product of a chance meeting at the Saratoga yearling sales last month. Anita Motion was chatting with Lauren’s husband, Jeffrey Cannizzo, executive director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. at the auction.

As Motion recounted to the DRF, “[Jeff] had asked about the [Real Rider Cup]. He mentioned that Lauren had a background in show jumping, and I asked if she would be interested in riding. He loved the idea, but we hadn’t asked Lauren yet! We were not thinking of using Icabad at that time, but based on Lauren’s experience and the connection of New York Breeders and Icabad being a New York-bred, it was a great fit.”

Motion also explained that Dutton will do double duty at the Trials, riding in the main event at Plantation Field and advising Cannizzo and several other riders.

Nielsen & Malloy Winkler NYTB scholarships awarded on Spa College & Alumni Day

Friday, July 28th, 2017

From left: Jeff Cannizzo, Joanne Nielson, Vivien Malloy, Rachel Hilliard, Ella Pitman [NYTB]; on right Tracy Egan, Adam Lawrence also present Fund scholarships (Photo: Adam Coglianese)

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) presented its two annual scholarships in the winner’s circle after the fifth race on July 28 at Saratoga Race Course as part of NYRA’s Annual College & Alumni Day at the Spa.

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, these $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 2017 Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship was Rachel L. Hilliard, who is a second-year student at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and expects to receive her degree in May 2019. Making the presentation were Joanne Nielsen and Jeffrey Cannizzo, the Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.

Hilliard decided to pursue a career as a veterinarian after observing the interdependent lives of animals and people first-hand in the small farming town in Pennsylvania where she grew up. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with honors after majoring in biology with a double minor in biochemistry and English in 2015. After she graduates from Cornell, Hilliard plans to pursue a residency in sport-horse medicine.

Hilliard already has a variety of work experience, working at Cornell as a large animal surgery emergency technician, assistant at the Cornell Wildlife Heath Center and a student milker at the Cornell teaching dairy. Praised as highly a motivated team player, Hilliard also works as a veterinary peer mentor and Cornell tour guide.

“I am incredibly grateful to be awarded the Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc Scholarship,” said Hilliard. “This scholarship will allow me to take a break from working the multiple jobs that help pay for my veterinary education, giving me time to pursue the externships and internships I’ll need to specialize in equine medicine.”

“It has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders,” Hilliard continued. “I could not be happier to have earned this honor. Now I have the freedom to finally achieve the dream I’ve been working toward for so long.”

Ella Mariah Pittman received the Debby Malloy Winkler Scholarship. Pittman attends Cornell University, where she is expected to receive her doctorate in veterinary medicine in May 2018. Mrs. Vivien Malloy made the presentation.

A marathoner and half-marathoner herself, Pittman has focused her studies on equine sports medicine. In her future practice, she wants act as a teammate with her clients to ensure the well-being of horses as they engage in a demanding training regime in preparation for peak performances on the racetrack and in the show ring.

Raised in Medfield, MA, Pittman graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in biology from Mount Holyoke College in May 2014, where she pursued a double major in biology and history. President of Cornell’s student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, she has engaged actively in research and co-authored several published studies.

Pittman has completed three marathons, including the 2013 Boston Marathon as a charity runner for the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation for which she raised over $6,000. Having finished 90 seconds before the tragic terrorist attack, she was determined to return the following year and did so, again raising over $6,000 for the same charity.

“I’m so grateful to the Debby Malloy Winkler family and New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.,” said Pittman. “It means a lot to that together they are supporting students who are actively pursuing a career with horses in New York and recognize the importance of helping build the next generation of equine caretakers, trainers, and veterinarians.”

“I have wanted to be an equine sports medicine veterinarian since I was 14 years old,” she continued. “I’m now less than a year from achieving that dream. This scholarship will alleviate some of the stress associated with tuition costs and allow me to focus on learning the best patient care and treatment options for our equine athletes.”

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)
2015 Tate Morris (read more)
2016 Cassandra Cromer (read more)

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

2014 Nicolina Foti (read more)
2015 Courtney O’Connell (read more)
2016 Natasha Tarnawa (read more)



Retired trainer and former NYTB Executive Director Corbellini passes at 84

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017


Bill Corbellini, who piled up wins in New York and Florida as a successful claiming trainer from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, died July 12 at the age of 84 in Dallas.

Corbellini registered the biggest win of his career in 1973 when he won a division of the Diana Handicap (then G2T) at Saratoga Race Course with Mereworth Farm’s Cathy Baby, who conceded three to 10 pounds to rivals. (The other division of the Diana that year was won by Lightning Lucy). The 90th edition of the Diana (G1T) will be contested Saturday at Saratoga.

Corbellini ranked third in New York wins in 1967 with 55 victories. Future Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel worked as a hot walker for Corbellini. After his training career, Corbellini served as executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.

Corbellini relocated to Dallas in recent years to be closer to family members.

“He enjoyed all aspects of the industry,” said son Bill Corbellini. “He liked physically working with the horses and the business side.”