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NYTB Annual Awards Banquet 2017

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Awrd Inv

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

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

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

Awards Banquet Invitation
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NYTB announces 2016 New York-bred divisional championship nominees

Monday, January 30th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

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

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

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

Champion Two-Year-Old Male:

Bobby On Fleek
Gold for the King
Pat On the Back

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:

Bonita Bianca
Iron Mizz
Miss Freeze
Toni Tools

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

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

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly:

Ancient Secret
Highway Star
Super Surprise

Champion Older Dirt Male:

Breakin the Fever
Royal Posse
Weekend Hideaway

Champion Older Dirt Female:

Bar of Gold

Champion Male Turf Horse:

Doctor J Dub
King Kreesa

Champion Female Turf Horse:

Ancient Secret
Fourstar Crook
Old Harbor

Champion Male Sprinter:

Breakin the Fever
Doctor J Dub
Mind Your Biscuits
Weekend Hideaway

Champion Female Sprinter:

Hot City Girl

Trainer Glenn DiSanto passes away at 62

Monday, January 16th, 2017
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(from NYRA Communications )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


New Vocations opens facility in Fort Edward

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

New Vocations logo(Edited press release)

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

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

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

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

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





NYTB board election results 2016

Friday, December 16th, 2016

By Sarah Mace

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

The winning candidates are:

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

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

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

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

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

NYTB Stallion Season Auction January 9-11th

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

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

Click here to register and bid at

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


Equilume extends exclusive deal to NYTB members

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

In connection with Dr. Barbara Anne Murphy’s presentation on the Equilume Light Mask at NYTB’s Educational Seminar at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, December 3, Equilume is extending an exclusive offer to NYTB members for this season.

As seminar attendees and others know, the Equilume Light Mask is a concept that stemmed from Dr. Murphy’s PhD research at the University of Kentucky and took shape in the seven years since she commenced a faculty position at University College Dublin. An expert in the field of Equine Chronobiology and the influence of light on equine reproduction and performance, Dr. Murphy drives the research and development component of Equilume Ltd.

Equilume’s International Sales Consultant Emma Taylor has formalized the offer to our organization as follows:

Dear New York Thoroughbred Breeders,

We would like to offer your members an exclusive NYTB deal for this season.
Single Unit Price: $360 excluding postage
If you wish to place an order, please contact myself on the details below:
+1 518 232 7132

Kind regards,
Emma Taylor
International Sales Consultant


NYTB to administer New York Stallion Stakes Series nominations

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

NYSS LogoBy Sarah Mace

In 2016 the administration of the New York Stallion Stakes (NYSS) Series was transferred from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc (NYTB). Accordingly, Stallion owners should be aware that beginning with the 2017 breeding season, all nomination forms and fees should be directed to NYTB (not to NYRA, as in the past).

For a stallion’s progeny to be eligible for the Series, which consists of 10 stakes races worth over $1 million, the stallion must be fully nominated in the year of the foal’s conception. For the 2017 breeding season, the stallion owner should complete the NYSS Series Nomination Form for Series 2020 (Foals of 2018) and send the nomination fee (payable to “NYTB”) to:

57 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

A stallion’s nomination fee is $2,500, or advertised stud fee (whichever is higher). Fifty percent of the nomination fee is due February 15; the remaining fifty percent is due July 1.

Additionally, for the convenience of stallion owners, breeders, owners and trainers, NYTB ( will maintain a NYSS webpage with nomination forms and other useful material. The page, which may be accessed from the “Racing” dropdown menu, includes:

  • a link to the stallion nomination form for the 2017 breeding season (Series 2020, Foals of 2018)
  • lists of nominated stallions by year, beginning with Series 2012 (Foals of 2010) through Series 2019 (Foals of 2017).
  • a list of NYSS Series-eligible horses through Series 2016 (Foals of 2014), which was the last year foals were nominated individually. From Series 2017 (Foals of 2015) forward, foals sired by nominated stallions became automatically eligible for all NYSS races without a nomination fee.
  • dates, conditions and purses of the races as soon as they are announced.


For further information contact NYTB Executive Director Jeff Cannizzo at 518-587-0777 or



New York breeder Elise Browne passes away in Florida at 75

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

(Copyright, Castiglione Funeral Home)

Elise Benedict Browne, 75, of Tampa, FL, died peacefully on September 22. Elise is predeceased by Vernon Browne, her loving husband and lifelong companion of over 50 years. Together, they spent their early years at eleven Naval duty stations worldwide before settling in Greenwich, CT where they raised their family.

An early member of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Elise raised New York’s first national champion, helping establish New York as a respected source of quality Thoroughbreds. A lifelong participant, Elise became a recognized breeder of winners at prominent tracks throughout North America and Europe, annually bringing some of the finest yearlings to the Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, which historically featured elite Kentucky and mid-Atlantic farms. Elise placed the lifelong care of Thoroughbreds and welfare of equine industry employees well above the value she placed on winning races.

Elise’s passion for the health and wellness of others extended beyond the equine realm, and she led fundraising efforts that supported her belief in and commitment to helping those in need.

Elise spent her early childhood in Manhattan before moving to “the country,” Purchase, NY. She graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Wagner College and earned a Master of Arts Degree from Columbia University. Fittingly, Elise received the “Concern for Others” award from the Convent of the Sacred Heart. Elise lived and led with her heart, known as a friend without limitation, giving of herself with unremitting willingness.

Elise is survived by sons Brad (and his fiancee, Lori, both of Greenwich), Jeff and Chris; adoring grandchildren Bradley, Jr. and Stephanie (both of Greenwich), and by sisters, Patricia Benedict Ryan, Diane Benedict, Elena Benedict Smith and Verna Neilson. Elise was as true a friend, mother, sister and grandmother as there ever was, and will live always in our hearts.

Visitation will be held Friday, September 30th from 4-8 pm at the Castiglione Funeral Home, 544 Old Post Road #3, Greenwich. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, October 1st at 10:30 am at St. Michael Church, 469 North Street, Greenwich.

Memorial donations may be made to People and Animals Living Synergistically (, an organization that offers care to the unwanted, whether they have hooves, claws, paws, or fingers, for a moment or for a lifetime; or to Metropolitan Ministries ( which serves poor and homeless families in the Tampa area.


NYTB awards Nielsen & Malloy Winkler scholarships on College & Alumni Day at the Spa

Friday, July 29th, 2016
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) presented its two annual scholarships in the winner’s circle after the fourth race on July 29 at Saratoga Race Course as part of the 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 2015 Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship was Cassandra Cromer. A graduate of Owen Valley Community High School in Spencer, Indiana before completing her undergraduate studies at Purdue University, Cromer just concluded her second year at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.

An active member of the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Cromer’s main interest is equine reproduction. In 2015 she successfully completed a Havemeyer Research Summer Fellowship at the Baker Institute of Health with a focus on mare reproductive care. After serving a post-graduate internship with a focus on Thoroughbreds, Cromer aspires to become a resident farm veterinarian, but would not rule out joining a large equine hospital.

Said Cromer, “I am deeply beholden to Mrs. Nielsen for the Gerald A. Nielsen Sr. Scholarship from the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Support from this scholarship not only reduces my financial burden upon graduation, but enables me to pursue experiences while at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine to prepare for a career with Thoroughbreds.”

She continued, “To me, this scholarship demonstrates the commitment New York has toward engaging the next generation of Thoroughbred veterinarians. I am proud to say that I wish to continue the tradition of providing elite medical care to, and advocating for, the Thoroughbred racehorse.”

Natasha Tarnawa recieved the Debby Malloy Winkler Scholarship, which was presented by Mrs. Vivien Malloy, her son Mark Malloy, and granddaughter Caitlin Malloy Brennan. Scheduled to begin her senior year at Cazenovia College in the fall, Tarnawa is majoring in Management, with a specialty in Equine Business Management. She is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) and a student member of the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. Active in community service, Tarnawa is a volunteer a side-walker. Her long-term goal is to work as an occupational therapist at a therapeutic riding facility.

All smiles when she received the award in the Saratoga winner’s circle, Tarnawa said, “It is a tremendous honor to have been chosen as a recipient of the Debby Malloy Winkler New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship. This scholarship has empowered me to continue toward making a difference in the equine industry and to keep giving back to the community around me.”

Tarnawa continued, “This award has marked the beginning of an exciting time of my life where I am able to see years of hard work and passion beginning to open doors and create meaningful opportunities that will shape the rest of my life. I look forward to being able to use this scholarship to not only change my life, but to change the lives of those around me, as well. Once again, thank you!”

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

2012 Jacqueline Pino (read more)
2013 Allison Tuchrello (read more)
2014 Kaitlyn Douglas (read more)
2015 Tate Morris (read more)

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

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