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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

(Courtesy Bloodhorse.com)

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.”


Racing historian Allan Carter releases new book on the early history of New York-breds

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

(National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Press release)

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Allan Carter, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s official historian, has released a new book titled “From American Eclipse to Silent Screen: An Early History of New York-breds” through Shires Press, the publishing division of Northshire Bookstore.

The book is available for purchase at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Northshire’s location on Broadway in Saratoga Springs and various other Saratoga Springs outlets, including Impressions, Lyrical Ballad and Five Points. Books may also be ordered directly through Carter. Retail cost of the book is $21.95 (members of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. receive a 10 percent discount by showing their 2017 pin or membership card). To order directly from Carter, please send check for $27 ($25 for NYTB members) to: Allan Carter, 3 Pinewood Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Underwritten by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund and backed by promotional assistance from the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB), Carter’s book examines the rich history of thoroughbred breeding in New York State. It features legendary breeders such as August Belmont, Pierre Lorillard, Francis Morris and Sanford Stud Farm, among others, and tells the stories of numerous great racehorses, including Hall of Fame members American Eclipse and Ruthless. For more information about the book, please visit: www.facebook.com/HistoryNYBreds

“It is hard to overstate what Allan Carter has accomplished in this book. He has thoroughly explored the world of New York State breeding before the advent of the New York State thoroughbred breeding program in 1973,” said Albany Law School’s Bennett Liebman in the book’s introduction. “Despite the fact that thoroughbred racing in the United States originated in New York State in the 1660s, scant attention has been paid to the early history of thoroughbred breeding in the state. It is a field that has largely gone unexplored by historians and racing enthusiasts.

“Allan Carter has changed all this. His research into New York breeding is both exhaustive and groundbreaking. There is a traditional adage in racing that “a good horse can come from anywhere.” Allan has demonstrated that a good horse can come from anywhere in New York State. Whether it’s from Nassau County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, the Bronx, or Delaware County, Alan has shown where the good New York horses have come from.

“It’s not just the quality of the research that is impressive. Allan has blended the history of New York breeding into the story of the overall fabric of American racing in a most compelling manner. It is not merely a reference or an educational read; it is an intriguing read.”

Carter, who previously released “150 Years of Racing in Saratoga: Little Known Stories & Facts from America’s Most Historic Racing City” with co-author Mike Kane, was a longtime reference librarian at the New York State Library. He also authored two editions of “New York State Constitution: Sources of Legislative Intent,” arguably the most authoritative look at the full history of the New York State Constitution.

Carter will be signing copies of his book at the NYTB cocktail party in the upstairs Buyers Lounge and balcony on both nights of the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13 and at the NYTB luncheon event in the Paddock Tent on New York Showcase Day at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 25.

“Alan Carter’s new book is an engrossing history of New York-breds before there was any such thing as a ‘New York-bred,’” said Jeff Cannizzo, executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. “It is absolutely a must-read for everyone interested in the evolution of thoroughbred breeding in the U.S.”


NYFB, NYTB applaud passage of limited liability legislation for New York farms

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

The New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) and NYTB, in its capacity as an active member of the NYFB Equine Committee, are celebrating a legislative victory for farmers and breeders.

NYFB and NYTB have long made it a priority to secure relief for farmers and equine businesses from rising insurance premiums due to uncertainty about potential liability for activity that takes place on farms. The groups have been seeking a remedy in legislation to establish limited liability protections for the inherent risks of inviting the public onto farm business properties.

The New York Legislature has just passed a bipartisan bill to do just that. Following the Assembly’s passage of the bill (A00559A) on June 8, which sponsored by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, the State Senate approved a matching bill on June 13, 2017 (S01152-A), which was sponsored by Senator Robert Ortt. The next stop for the legislation is the Governor’s desk, where it is hoped the bill will be signed into law.

The short title of the bill is the “safety in agricultural tourism act.” Recognizing that “agritourism is an important and growing sector of the rural economies in New York State,” the bill’s justification is that “the cost of liability insurance for farms with agritourism activities is becoming prohibitive, particularly for small farms.”

The bill creates explicit and uniform standards for farm owners and farm visitors which remove uncertainties about potential liability. Among the variety of activities cited in the legislation, such as u-pick Christmas trees, hiking, hunting, production of maple sap and winery tours, the bill expressly mentions “equine activities both indoors and outdoors.” “Equine therapy” is excluded.

If the bill is signed into law, farm owners and operators will have certain stated responsibilities, including posting conspicuous notices and written information warning visitors about the inherent risks of participating in activities on their working farms. Visitors must also be alerted to their own “responsibility to exercise reasonable care regarding the disclosed risks of the agricultural activity.”

In an NYFB Press Release dated June 14, 2017, NYFB President David Fisher offered the caveat that “the legislation will not provide New York farms with blanket immunity from responsibility. Instead, it will offer owners some protection from lawsuits by an individual who is taking no responsibility for his or her own actions while visiting a farm or equine facility.”

According to Fisher, “The bipartisan legislation will hopefully assist farmers looking to have a better handle on business costs in a competitive marketplace. The significance of that support cannot be understated.”


NYTB & NYTHA statements on NYS budget bill

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Executive Director Jeff Cannizzo and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Rick Violette Jr. issued the following statements after the release this morning of an agreement between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers on the New York Racing Association privatization plan. (Click here to read more about the NYRA privatization plan from the Bloodhorse.com.)

NYTB Executive Director Jeff Cannizzo: “New York’s $4 billion equine industry is critical to the state’s fiscal health and those 33,000 direct jobs it supports. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s ongoing commitment to preserving this diverse agricultural industry that touches every county of New York State, the most prestigious racing in the United States will continue for decades at NYRA.

We also want to thank Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senators John Bonacic and Kathleen Marchione, and Assemblymembers J. Gary Pretlow and Carrie Woerner for their hard work on our behalf.”

NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr.: “The budget bill includes provisions that will have a positive and lasting effect on New York’s Thoroughbred industry. We applaud the Governor for his support on these issues, and we appreciate the hard work of our legislators, especially Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senators John Bonacic and Kathleen Marchione, and Assemblymembers J. Gary Pretlow and Carrie Woerner.

New York racing is second to none, and reprivatization will allow NYRA to move forward and optimize what is an invaluable asset to our state. The flexibility provided to the Jockey Injury Compensation Fund will open the door to lower costs, making New York a more attractive place to do business and creating an atmosphere of growth for the thousands of Thoroughbred owners and trainers and the tens of thousands of workers they employ. As the state’s second largest agribusiness, horses are responsible for $4.2 billion in economic impact, 1.3 million acres of green space and 33,000 full-time jobs. We thank the Governor and our representatives for the confidence and commitment they have shown in embracing initiatives so important to our industry.”

 


Mind Your Biscuits 2016 NY-bred HOY, Bromans collect fourth trophy as top breeders

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Mind Your Biscuits G1 Malibu Stakes © BENOIT PHOTO

Mind Your Biscuits G1 Malibu Stakes
© BENOIT PHOTO

By Sarah Mace

Grade 1 winner, and hero of the Group 1 US$2m Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse two weeks ago, Mind Your Biscuits was voted the 2016 New York-bred Horse of the Year. The chestnut son of former New York sire Posse also took home the honors for champion three-year-old male and champion male sprinter.

Trained by Robert Falcone Jr. last year, Mind Your Biscuits now races from the barn of newly-minted conditioner Chad Summers, who is also a part owner of the colt and whose first victory as a trainer came with Mind Your Biscuits in Dubai. The ownership group is headed by Joaquin Guerrero’s J Stables, Sol Kumin’s Head of Plains Partners and Michael E. Kisber. Mind Your Biscuits was bred by Samantha Will Baccari of Jumping Jack Racing and foaled at Gary and Sue Lundy’s Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains. The champion’s dam, the Toccet mare Jazzmane, was named New York’s 2016 Broodmare of the Year.

The New York-bred horse of the year and divisional champions were announced at the annual awards banquet of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held on April 3, 2017 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. The event, sponsored by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, was emceed by Richard Migliore, a former champion New York jockey and now a broadcast analyst. The 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.

The other equine multiple honoree of the night was Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes winner Haveyougoneaway. Voted New York’s champion female sprinter and champion older dirt female, the mare was bred by Andy and Susan Beadnell and trained by Tom Morley for owners Gary Barber and Sequel Racing.

For the fourth time Chester and Mary Broman were named New York’s top breeders. The couple, whose names are synonymous with New York breeding success, also won the award in 2004, 2011 and 2014. The Bromans’ standouts in 2016 included Highway Star and Bar of Gold.

Rudy R. Rodriguez emerged as the top-earning trainer of New York-breds last year. The hot-handed Irad Ortiz, Jr. was top state-bred jockey earnings. Ortiz, who won the award in 2013, was displaced by younger brother Jose in 2014 and 2015.

A complete list of New York’s 2016 equine and human honorees follows:

Horse of the Year, Champion Three-Year-Old 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 (2017), Robert Falcone Jr. (2016)

Champion Female Sprinter, Champion Older Dirt Female: Haveyougoneaway
CH, M, foaled February 8, 2011 (Congrats – One Wise Cowgirl, by Wiseman’s Ferry)
Breeder: Andy Beadnell & Susan Beadnell
Owner: Gary Barber and Sequel Racing
Trainer: Thomas Morley

Champion Two-Year-Old Male: Syndergaard
CH, C, foaled March 14, 2014 (Majesticperfection – Magic Belle, by Gold Case)
Breeder: Burleson Farms
Owner: Eric Fein, Christopher McKenna, Harris Fein, Harris, Guri Singh, and Jerry Walia
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly: Bonita Bianca
CH, F, foaled February 5, 2014 (Curlin – Friendly Michelle, by Artax)
Breeder: Dormellito Stud
Owner: Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Michael Imperio
Trainer: Rudy R. Rodriguez

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Highway Star
CH, F, foaled March 14, 2013 (Girolamo – Stolen Star, by Cat Thief)
Breeder/Owner: Chester and Mary Broman
Trainer: Rodrigo A. Ubillo

Champion Older Dirt Male: Effinex
DK B/, H, foaled April 15, 2011 (Mineshaft – What a Pear, by E Dubai)
Breeder: Dr. Russell S. Cohen
Owner: Tri-Bone Stables
Trainer: James A. Jerkens

Champion Turf Male: King Kreesa
DK B/, G, foaled May 26, 2009 (King Cugat – Storm’s Advance, by Storm Creek)
Breeder: Horse Partners
Owner: Gerald Kresa and Susan Kresa
Trainer: David G. Donk

Champion Turf Female: Ancient Secret
CH, F, foaled May 20, 2013 (Kantharos – Privacy, by Notebook)
Breeder: Lambholm
Owner: Alpha Delta Stables
Trainer: Chad C. Brown

Champion Steeplechase Horse: Willow U
B, M, foaled April 21, 2011 (Utopia (JPN) – Overextended (FR), by Entrepreneur (GB))
Breeder:
Andy Beadnell
Owner:
Check Mark Stables LLC
Trainer:
Richard L. Valentine

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: Rudy R. Rodriguez
Jockey of the Year: Irad Ortiz Jr.

 


Fund purse enrichment adds 37% for NY-sired MSW winners at Finger Lakes

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

An attractive new incentive to invest in New York-breds sired by New York stallions was approved at a March 28 board meeting of the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund (the Fund). In 2017, when a New York-bred by a New York-based stallion wins a maiden special weight race at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, the horse will earn an extra $7,000, or 37 percent additional money from Fund purse enrichment.

The added money raises the Finger Lakes purse for a New York-sired winner of state-bred maiden special weight from $23,000 to $30,000. In open maiden special weight races, the purse goes from $19,000 to $26,000. To be eligible, a horse must be registered with the Fund as a New York-bred and the sire must be registered in the state in the year of the foal’s conception.

Fund Executive Director Tracy Egan said, “Our hope is that the seven-grand boost in first-place money will help more of our breeders look to our registered New York stallions first when making breeding plans.”

The decision to earmark some purse enrichment money for New York-sired horses comes at the same time the Fund board approved the disbursement of approximately $1.5 million in purse enrichment money to the FLGR racing program overall for 2017.

According to a plan announced March 16 by the Governor’s office, losses to the FLGR horsemen’s purse account incurred by a decline of gaming revenue resulting from the new del Lago Resort and Casino will be offset for the next two years by per annum contributions of over $2.1 million from three groups: the Fund ($1.5 million, pending the board approval just granted), racetrack operator Delaware North ($1 million) and del Lago ($440,000).

Referring to the Fund’s contribution to this plan, Fund Chairman John Poklemba said, “We are proud to provide necessary support to help Finger Lakes Racetrack thrive as part of Governor Cuomo’s comprehensive plan to preserve racing. This action, along with the other components forged by the Governor’s office, ensures the track and horsemen maintain operations without spending a single taxpayer dollar.”

Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. and ex officio member of the Fund Board, commented, “After a long period of uncertainty, we are stabilizing Finger Lakes for the short-term, and at the same time using the opportunity to make New York-sired New York-breds an even more valuable investment than they already are by placing the money in the condition that matters most.” New York-sired New York-breds already earn two times more in breeder’s and open owner’s program awards from the Fund than horses sired by stallions standing out of state.

Cannizzo explained further, “The New York breeding and racing programs absolutely depend on a healthy Finger Lakes. In 2016, New York-breds accounted for 73 percent of all Finger Lakes starts (6428 of the 8863) and earned 76 percent of all the purse money– about $13.4 million. The more that New York sired horses are involved in this, the more the whole program and its participants benefit.”

Cannizzo also points to the work still to be done:

We at NYTB look forward to continued dialog with Delaware North, the Finger Lakes Horsemen Benevolent Protective Association, the Gaming Commission and Governor’s Office on how to improve the long-term picture for racing at Finger Lakes.

It starts with field-size and ends with handle. We will also ensure that the dialog and a feasibility study for the development of a turf course does not disappear.  It very well could be the spark to ignite real change for their racing product, and something that will benefit all stakeholders in New York.

Breeders, owners and horsemen do not need to wait long to see the New York-sired bonus at work first-hand: the very first race of the 2017 racing season in the FLGR condition book is a maiden special weight for New York-bred three-year-olds.


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
Awards Banquet Response Card


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:

Bavaro
Bobby On Fleek
Gold for the King
Mirai
Pat On the Back
Syndergaard

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:

Bonita Bianca
Filibustin
Iron Mizz
Miss Freeze
Toni Tools

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

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

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly:

Ancient Secret
Clipthecouponannie
Fingerpainter
Flatterywillgetyou
Highway Star
Super Surprise
Wonderment

Champion Older Dirt Male:

Breakin the Fever
Effinex
Royal Posse
Upstart
Weekend Hideaway

Champion Older Dirt Female:

Bar of Gold
Flipcup
Haveyougoneaway

Champion Male Turf Horse:

Converge
Doctor J Dub
Kharafa
King Kreesa
Macagone

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:

Haveyougoneaway
Hot City Girl
Quezon


Trainer Glenn DiSanto passes away at 62

Monday, January 16th, 2017
NYRA Photos

NYRA Photos

(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.

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