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Leonard Green brings impressive credentials, wealth of experience to NYTB October seminar

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Courtesy The Green Group

By Sarah Mace

The featured speaker at the New York Thoroughbred Breeders’ Inc. Sunday, October 14 meeting “How to Develop a Strategy for Success: Equine Business Consultation” will be Leonard C. Green, CPA, MBA. Green has extensive credentials, three decades of experience in the thoroughbred industry and a long list of accomplishments which should make for a highly informative discussion about succeeding in today’s challenging equine business environment.

Given the open format of the seminar-style meeting, Green has also asked NYTB to solicit questions from attendees in advance about any topics they would like to see discussed. Questions may be emailed to

A New Jersey Certified Public Accountant, Leonard Green is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner / President Management Program. He holds a master’s degree in Taxation, with Honors, from New York University and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Rutgers University. For 17 years Green has taught entrepreneurship and family business courses at Babson College.

Green has been involved in the thoroughbred industry as owner, breeder and consultant for more than 30 years. He is the managing partner of DJ Stable, LLC, a successful racing operation which has won 2,300 races at 13 different racetracks and has bred and/or owned 80 stakes winners, including grade 1 winners Songandaprayer, Do It With Style, and Hoppertunity. DJ Stable bred or owned champions Larkwhistle, November Snow and Rhum and has earned eight individual leading owner’s titles at four different race tracks including Monmouth Park and The Meadowlands. The operation is responsible for the sales of approximately $35,000,000 worth of horses, including five horses for $400,000 and up, and 24 horses for over $250,000 and up.

Green is also Founder and Chairman of New Jersey-based accounting and equine advisory firm The Green Group, which specializes in the thoroughbred industry and has over 400 accounting clients in the thoroughbred and standardbred industries nationwide, including partnerships, syndications, owners, trainers and breeders. The Green Group has successfully handled over 100 IRS matters within the horse industry and he has done valuation work both for clients and in connection with legal disputes.

In addition to his classroom duties at Babson, Green has been a featured speaker at the annual Kentucky Legal Conference (UKCLE) in Lexington which is annually attended by almost 200 legal, insurance and business professionals, a regular speaker at Monmouth Park, the New Jersey State Bar Association and a number of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) sessions. He has also been featured on CNBC “Business to Business” for stories focusing on making money in the horse breeding and racing industries. A monthly columnist on the horse business for the shuttered Thoroughbred Times, in 2017 Green released a top selling business book, The Entrepreneur’s Playbook.

NYTB board member Joan Taylor, DVM, who is also the chair of the organization’s Educational Committee, said,

The NYTB Educational Committee is thrilled to offer the opportunity for New York thoroughbred breeders to benefit from Len Green’s extensive equine, business, and accountant expertise at our upcoming seminar. Thirty years breeding, owning, racing and selling thoroughbreds have shaped his unique perspective on how to surmount the often difficult business and financial challenges we face in our industry.

Taylor also urges attendees to take advantage to Green’s offer for them to submit questions in advance about topics relevant to them. “Submit questions in advance that you would like Len to address” Taylor said. “This is a tough business, but here’s your chance to get sound, free business advice from the ultimate pro!”

The seminar, which is scheduled to take place the day before Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga Fall Sale and includes the 2018 Annual NYTB Membership Meeting, will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.

The entire event is sponsored by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund Corporation and will be immediately followed by a complimentary guest cocktail hour and barbeque for all RSVP’d guests in attendance. Those who wish to attend must RSVP to the NYTB office by October 11 at (518) 587-0777 or Click here for seminar flyer.



Join NYTB for October Events: Annual Member Meeting, Seminar & BBQ; Empire Showcase Day

Monday, September 17th, 2018

2018 NYTB Annual Membership Meeting, October Seminar & BBQ

On Sunday, October 14, in advance of the Saratoga Fall Sale on October 15, NYTB will host, “How to Develop a Strategy for Success: Equine Business Consultation with Leonard C. Green, CPA.”

Leonard C. Green, CPA is the founder of Equine Advisory Firm, The Green Group, and the managing partner of DJ Stable, LLC. This is a seminar-style meeting which includes the 2018 Annual NYTB Membership Meeting beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.

Our speaker has invited attendees to submit questions they would like to see addressed at the seminar in advance. We encourage all interested attendees to submit their questions by emailing them to

The event is sponsored by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund Corporation. The seminar will be immediately followed by a complimentary guest cocktail hour and barbeque for all RSVP’d guests in attendance.

Those who wish to attend must RSVP to the NYTB office by October 11 at (518) 587-0777 or

Click here for seminar flyer

Empire Showcase Day in the West Wing Room at Belmont Park

On Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park, Saturday, October 20, join NYTB for a full card of New York-bred racing, featuring eight stakes races, along with a buffet lunch in the West Wing Room located directly above the finish line overlooking the track. *Jackets and ties are required for men in The West Wing Room/ no jeans for this venue.*

NYTB is 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 will leave Belmont Park after the conclusion of the day’s races. You must reserve your space by October 4 or an additional 25% late fee will apply.

Bus & Lunch:
$95 NYTB Members
$125 Non-members
You MUST RSVP by October 4, 2018: (518) 587-0777

Click here for event flyer.

Annual NYTB Nielsen & Malloy Winkler scholarships presented Friday at Saratoga

Friday, July 27th, 2018

(Photos: Adam Coglianese)

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) presented its two annual scholarships, the Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. and Debby Malloy Winkler Scholarships, in the Saratoga winner’s circle after the fourth race on Friday, July 27.

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 scholarships are intended to foster the education and development of individuals who show the promise of making make a positive contribution to the thoroughbred industry in New York and beyond.

Receiving the 2018 Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship was Lauren DeGennaro, who recently completed her third year at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Mrs. Nielsen and Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, made the presentation.

Valedictorian of the Class of 2009 at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, CT, DeGennaro went on to graduate cum laude from Boston College in 2013 as a Biochemistry major with a minor in Theology, DeGennaro expects to complete her graduate work at Cornell in 2019.

DeGennaro is active in community service, working as a student clinician at the Southside Cornell Healthy Pet Clinics, which serve clients twice below the federal poverty line, and as a volunteer at Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center in Naugatuck, CT. While at Cornell DeGennaro has also worked as a student research assistant and veterinary assistant.

“I am so grateful to the NY Thoroughbred Breeder’s, Inc. for awarding me the Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship,” DeGennaro said. “Equine theriogenology (i.e. reproduction) is an aspect of equine medicine that I have become very interested in, especially from my clinical rotations at Cornell and from what I have seen and learned during my various externships. This scholarship a wonderful gift that will definitely help me achieve my professional goals to become a competent and compassionate equine practitioner.


Selected to receive this year’s Debby Malloy Winkler Scholarship was Rudy Weitze, who will be a junior next year at Cobleskill College.  Mrs. Vivien Malloy made the presentation.

A native of Kingston, New York, Weitze is an Agricultural Business major at Cobleskill with an interest in agricultural marketing, in particular stallion promotion. An active participant in the Agricultural Business Club as its Vice President, Weitze has also worked at Racebrook Stables in Esopus for four years. He hopes to establish his own breeding operation in New York and is interested some day in running for State Senate, where he would “work for the advancement of the thoroughbred industry.”

“I’m very grateful to be receiving this scholarship from the Debby Malloy Winkler family and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc.,” said Weitze. “This award will allow me to continue my education and achieve my end goal of becoming a thoroughbred breeder in New York.”

Weitze also has his mind on recruiting new racing fans. “Thoroughbred racing truly means the world to me. If you bring someone to the racetrack for a day, you can make them a fan for life. This scholarship not only opens up doors for myself, but for those around me. I hope to become a leader who will work for the greater good of the industry and set new standards of excellence in thoroughbred breeding.”



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)
2017 Rachel L. Hilliard (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)
2017 Ella Mariah Pittman (read more)


Multiple Graded Stakes Winner and NY Horse of the Year Say Florida Sandy Dead at 24

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Photo: Old Friends

(Old Friends press release – edited)

GEORGETOWN, KY – JULY 13, 2018 – Say Florida Sandy, a multiple graded stakes winner and one of the greatest New York-breds of all time, has died.

The 24-year-old stallion, who was retired with Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, passed from an apparent heart attack on July 11, but a full necropsy is pending.

Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement today.

Bred by Sanford Bacon, the son of Personal Flag out of the Sweet Candy mare Lolli Lucka Lolli was a star of the New York racing circuit for much of his seven-year career. He won several New York-bred championships, including three New York Champion Sprinter titles and New York Horse of the Year honors for 2000 and 2001.

Raced by Bacon before being lost for $70,000 in a claiming race in 1997, Sandy had several owners and conditioners, but won the lion-share of his races for trainer Juan Serey and owner John Rotella.

In all, the dark bay stallion won 17 stakes during his 98-race career, including the Grade 2 True North at Belmont Park, the Grade 3 Gravesend at Aqueduct in 1998 and 2000, and the Grade 3 Philadelphia Breeders’ Cup Handicap. He retired from racing in 2003 with a record of 33 wins and earnings of $2,085,408.

Say Florida Sandy entered stud in 2004 at Buckridge Farm in Kinderhook, N.Y. where he stood for 10 years. As a sire he is best represented by stakes winner Say Toba Sandy, who won the Finger Lakes Juvenile Fillies Stakes in 2007.

Say Florida Sandy was pensioned by his syndicate and retired to Old Friends in 2014.

“It’s been a privilege to retire one of the top New York-breds of all time,” said Old Friends’s Blowen. “Sandy was a very sensitive stallion, so he was placed at Hurstland Farm in Midway, KY under the watchful eye of owner Alfred Nuckols, who took the greatest care of him,” Blowen added.

“We are grateful to breeder Sanford Bacon and to Walter Downey, who managed Sandy’s syndicate, for allowing us to care for their champion.”

Details set for NYTB’s 2018 Saratoga events

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

Details and RSVP dates are on the books for NYTB’s annual Saratoga events.

NYTB’s annual cocktail party at the Fasig-Tipton NY-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale will take place on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales grounds in Saratoga Springs

Guests will enjoy culinary selections and complimentary cocktails in the Upstairs Buyers’ Lounge and Balcony. Tickets include both Saturday and Sunday nights.

$75 NYTB members
$100 non-members

You MUST RSVP by August 6 at (518) 587-0777
or a late fee will apply.

Click here for printable invitation.
Click here for printable reply card.


On Friday, August 24, 2018, Saratoga New York Showcase Day, NYTB will host an event in the At The Rail Pavilion trackside on the Clubhouse turn. The all-New York-bred race card features six stakes races.

Included is a buffet-style lunch, admission, soda, coffee & tea, and Post Parade program.

$100 NYTB Members
$125 non-members

Click here for event flyer.
This is a sell-out event!
Guests MUST RSVP by August 1
by calling (518) 587-0777.


Owners’ group dedicates plaque in honor of Glenn DiSanto at the Oklahoma training track

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

(Photo courtesy John Veitch)

By Sarah Mace

A group of owners and friends of late New York trainer and breeder Glenn DiSanto honored his memory on June 9 by dedicating a plaque for him at the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Racecourse. The plaque is affixed to the outside rail.

Speaking for the group, DiSanto’s friend John Veitch reported, “A few of [Glenn’s] former owners thought a memento would be appropriate. A plaque was decided upon, and NYRA was generous in covering all costs and work involved. The owners contributed the equivalent cost of the plaque to B.E.S.T. in September 2017.”

B.E.S.T. is an acronym for the Backstretch Employee Service Team, a nonprofit organization which provides free health and social services to the backstretch communities at the Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga Racetracks.

A native of Carmel, New York, DiSanto graduated from the horse management program at the State University of New York at Cobleskill. He started in the equine 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 in 1984 as a base for his breeding and boarding business.

DiSanto, who succumbed to cancer on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the age of 62, trained on the New York Racing Association circuit for more than three decades, saddling his first winner in 1991 when Hildaskova captured a maiden claimer at Aqueduct Racetrack. His last winner was in 2015 with Lotza Heat at Belmont Park.

DiSanto, who was one of the pioneers in the use of the Oklahoma Training Track during the offseason at Saratoga Race Course, 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. “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.”

Virtually everyone who came in contact with DiSanto recalls his upbeat demeanor and warm personality. Most echo the sentiments of NYRA steward Braulio Baeza, Jr., who said at the time of DiSanto’s passing, “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.”

Michael Veitch, celebrated racing columnist for the Saratogian, began his obituary for DiSanto as follows: “The warmest smile in New York racing will be missing from the Oklahoma Training Track backstretch this coming season.” Later in the column, Veitch referred to “the honest soul that lived within Glenn” and described him as “a blessing to his family and to those around him at the barn.”


From NYTB Executive Director Jeff Cannizzo: Save the Date & Make Your Voice Heard

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

To All Participants in the New York State Breeding and Racing Program:

In the coming weeks the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund (the Fund) will host two public forums for the breeding and racing industries, one in Saratoga Springs and one at Belmont Park. The aim is to elicit feedback from a broad spectrum of program participants about New York awards incentives and program rules.

Over the years, one constant for the Fund board has been engaging in dialogue with stakeholders. It is not unusual either for program participants’ feedback to spark spirited discussion at board meetings. That said, stakeholders do not, as a rule, reach out to the Fund Board to talk about what aspects of the program they support or think are working well. Generally, the people who speak out are advocating for various program tweaks. Moreover, the Fund has come to realize that most input comes from a relatively small group of voices.

The upshot is that, in order to serve all its stakeholders, the Fund board – on which I am the NYTB appointee – decided to create opportunities this spring for a greater number of interested parties to voice their opinions.

At this upcoming pair of town hall-style meetings, the Fund hopes to hear from a wide range of program participants. Issues likely to be covered include the structuring and percentages of the categories of awards (breeder, stallion owner, owner), the status of New York’s stallion roster and rules covering mare residency and breed-back. You can see a preview of some prospective topics by taking the Fund’s brief online survey.

The first public forum will take place on May 12 at the Fasig-Tipton Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs. The second will be on June 2 at Belmont Park. Both meetings will begin at 10:00 a.m. and light refreshments will be provided.

Click here for program flyer.

I would like to assure program participants, that no program changes are in the works. These forums and the Fund survey are simply part of a fact-finding mission so that the Fund board can get a clearer idea of the needs, opinions and suggestions of a broad cross-section of constituents. That said, the incentive program affects the lives and businesses of all, so I believe all participants should listen to what fellow stakeholders are thinking and make their views known.

I strongly urge you take the survey and to attend one or both meetings to listen and make your voice heard. I hope for a good turnout at both events and look forward to a lively and informative exchange of ideas.

Sincerely yours,
Jeff Cannizzo

Equine industry thriving in New York: grows by $1.1 billion, adds 10,000 jobs

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

(Joint press release from NYTHA, NYTB & NYS Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund)

Horses are big business in New York. The American Horse Council Economic Impact Study, published earlier this month, shows that the state’s Equine Industry has grown by $1.1 billion and added nearly 10,000 jobs since the New York Horse Racing and Agriculture Industry Alliance’s New York State Equine Industry Economic Impact Study of 2012. There are more than 154,000 horses stabled in New York.

The Equine Industry is the second largest agribusiness in New York, providing the state with $5.3 billion in economic impact, a 26% increase in the last five years and an eye-opening 121% growth rate since a study conducted in 2005. Employment opportunities in the industry have expanded by 28% since 2012, with horses generating 42,400 full-time jobs for New Yorkers. The horse industry also does its part for the preservation of green space. Approximately 1.3 million acres are currently used for horse-related purposes, and the equine industry is active in every one of New York’s 62 counties.

Thoroughbreds account for the largest segment of the state’s horse population, numbering more than 39,000.

“We are a labor-intensive industry,” said Joe Appelbaum, president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, which represents more than 4,000 Thoroughbred owners and trainers. “That is particularly true of the racing industry, which boasts 80 jobs for every 100 racehorses. Horses are an invaluable asset for New York, and a thriving Equine Industry is vital to the state’s economy.”

State Senator John Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering said, “The thriving equine industry in New York generates billions in economic impact and thousands of jobs for everyday New Yorkers, due in part the work of the Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association, New York Thoroughbred Breeders and the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund. As Chairman of the Senate’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, I have worked hard to ensure that New York’s racing industry remains strong, and will continue to work with all the industry’s stakeholders to ensure its sustained vitality.”

New York State Assembly Racing & Wagering Committee Chair J. Gary Pretlow remarked, “As a result of the substantial economic impact provided by our equine industry, New York has garnered the reputation as one of the leading horse racing states in the country.  My colleagues and I look forward to continue working with the industry leaders in further enhancing its applauded contributions.”

The racing sector of the Equine Industry is particularly robust, with a $3.08-billion total impact on the New York economy and $1.73 million in direct value while supporting 19,704 jobs. The numbers take into account direct expenditures (e.g. breeding, maintenance, training, insurance, veterinarians, jockey fees, transportation, etc.) plus indirect/induced economic expenditures (e.g. totalizer companies and other wagering technology, infrastructure, broadcasting, television, food and beverage concessions, track maintenance and security).

New York is one of the largest horseracing hubs in the United States, as highlighted by the AHC Study, with 11 racetracks throughout the state as well as hundreds of breeding farms and training facilities. Saratoga Race Course, one of the pre-eminent and oldest tracks in the country, attracts more than 1 million visits a year. In total, New York hosts 1,294 race days annually, offering purses of $289 million and generating $3.4 billion in handle.

“Once a confidence level was reached by Thoroughbred breeders and owners regarding our purses and incentive awards, our State-bred program positioned itself ahead of the rest of the national landscape,” said New York Thoroughbred Breeders Executive Director Jeffrey Cannizzo. “New York-breds are in demand in the marketplace, farms have reopened across the state and people are investing again in New York. This renaissance is creating hundreds of jobs and injecting needed revenue into communities across our state of New York.”

Cannizzo added, “Because incentive awards and lucrative purses have increased competition in the sales ring for top-tier New York-breds, breeders are putting extra resources and effort into breeding better horses. The quality of horses continues to improve in the sales ring and on the racetrack. In 2017, 16 New York-breds scored wins in 19 graded stakes, with three of those victories coming at the Grade 1 level across the globe.”

Tracy Egan, Executive Director of the NYS Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, noted that the AHC findings line up with the improving picture for the state’s breeding industry.

“In 2017, breeders helped put 1,705 Thoroughbred foals on the ground in New York,” Egan said. “Those foals represent a 4.7% year-to-year increase in the foal crop, and a nearly 40% increase since 2011. Significantly, the increase in the number of foals occurs as the industry nationwide experiences a decline in foal crops. And the quality of New York-breds is now firmly established as year after year they win Graded and Group Stakes around the world. Currrently, New York-bred Audible confirms the trend will be a lasting one as he is one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.”

Appelbaum concluded. “The AHC Economic Impact Study clearly demonstrates that the investment made in Thoroughbred racing and breeding through our share of VLT revenue has borne fruit. We thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator John Bonacic, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and all of our representatives for their support, which has helped to make our industry strong.”

Click here for the complete New York Break-Out Report from the AHC Equine Industry Economic Impact Study.

Click here for the highlights from the New York Break-Out Report.

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