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NYTB’s annual Stallion Season Auction to be held January 12-14

Monday, November 10th, 2014
nytbpaclogoBy Sarah Mace

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB)’s annual Stallion Season Auction will be held on beginning Monday, January 12, 2015 and ending Wednesday, January 14. The auction raises funds that enable NYTB to carry on its two-fold mission of promoting New York breeding and racing and protecting the welfare of industry stakeholders.

In the past, proceeds from the NYTB Stallion Season Auction have helped secure the purses and incentives that exist in the state today, making New York’s regional breeding program the strongest of its kind in the nation.

Currently New York-breds enjoy a $40 million restricted race program with 800 New York-bred races run annually at the three New York Racing Association racetracks and at Finger Lakes. Approximately $8.6 million in purse money is distributed each year in stakes restricted to New York-breds, and the New York Breeding and Development Fund is worth $21 million.

Down the road NYTB is committed to protecting these advantages and, therefore, also protecting the investments so many from New York and out-of-state have made recently in the New York breeding program.

In 2014 the following New York farms donated seasons to the NYTB auction: Dutchess Views Farm, Keane Stud, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Questroyal North, Rockridge Stud, Saratoga Stud, Sequel Stallions New York and Darley at Sequel Stallions New York.

The auction has also attracted many sponsors from out-of-state: from Kentucky, Adena Springs, Darby Dan Farm, Darley, Millennium Farms, Pin Oak Stud, and WinStar Farm; from Pennsylvania, Penn Ridge Farms and Pin Oak Lane Farm; and, from Maryland, Adena Springs at Heritage Stallions.

Donations of stallion seasons will be accepted until the beginning of the auction. Click here for the donation agreement. Questions may be directed to NYTB at (518) 587-0777 or

Please join NYTB for our annual Holiday Party

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

2014 NYTB Holiday Party InvitationPlease join NYTB for our annual Holiday Party as we celebrate a successful year. The party will take place at the Thirsty Owl Saratoga in Saratoga Springs on Thursday December 4, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The evening will feature exquisite cocktail style stations, and beer and wine is included.

Cost: $65.00 per person

For full details and invitation, click here.

Please RSVP by calling (518) 587-0777 or

The New York breeding community loses Sue Vitro

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Sue Vitro (top center) with Heidi Fischer and 2 others

Sue Vitro (top center) with Heidi Fischer and others

(Courtesy Burke Funeral Home)

Gansevoort, NY – Susan Ann (Adams) Vitro passed away Monday, November 3, 2014 after a valiant battle with ovarian cancer.

Born on June 21, 1957 in Mt. Kisco, NY, she was the daughter of the late Lawton and Eleanor Adams. Sue was a life-long horse woman whose knowledge was endless. During her career she managed several locations, most recently Stone Bridge Farm. Sue was well respected throughout the thoroughbred industry.

Sue was passionate about her dogs, especially her beloved “Hattie”! Fiercely competitive, over the past eight years, she attained championships in Agility, Herding, Tracking, Rally, and Obedience….all in spite of her chemotherapy.

Sue touched so many lives and accomplished so very much. Those who knew her will truly miss her energy, her intelligence, her advice, and her disarming wit!

Susan was the beloved wife of Gary; cherished mother of Vincent, Marc, Gary Jr., David and daughter-in-law Amy; loving grandma to Alex, Maxx, Katy and Ryder; fond sister of Lee, Lawton, Vincent and Bonnie. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Kenny.

Relatives and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., NY, NY 10065; Old Friends Equine, 1841 Paynes Depot Rd., Georgetown, KY 40324 or Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, Utah 84741-5000 (

Online remembrances may be made at

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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MSW Packett’s landing

(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.