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Deadline approaches for Nielsen, Sr. & Malloy Winkler Scholarship applications

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
by Sarah Mace

Applications for two scholarships to be presented by NYTB in the winner’s circle at Saratoga Race Course on “College Day at the Spa” are due May 1, 2014. The Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship, which is sponsored by Mrs. Gerald Nielsen, will be joined this year for the first time by the new Debby Malloy Winkler New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship, which is sponsored by Vivien Malloy. Each scholarship is worth $5,000.

Each annual scholarship 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. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students. Complete applications made to NYTB must be postmarked by May 1, 2014 and scholarship winners will be notified in writing by NYTB by June 16, 2014.

Click on the links below for more information about the scholarships and forms:

General Instructions and Guidelines
2014 Application Form
2014 Letter of Recommendation Request Form

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

2012: Jacqueline Pino (read more)
2013: Allison Tuchrello (read more)


Trainer Joe Aquilino passes away at 76

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
 (NYRA Press Release)

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer Joe Aquilino, a mainstay of The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit for more than three decades, died today following a lengthy battle with congestive heart failure. He was 76.

Aquilino’s biggest win came in 1999 when Badge won the Grade 3 Gotham at Aqueduct Racetrack. Two starts later, Badge was third in the Preakness at 58-1 after threading through traffic in the stretch.

Aquilino was a native of New York City who worked approximately 20 years as a firefighter, serving in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and later in Flushing, Queens.

After falling down a flight of stairs and suffering ligament and cartilage damage to a knee during a call, Aquilino decided to change careers, pulling double duty as a firefighter and as a hotwalker for trainer Frank LaBoccetta before taking out his trainer’s license in 1977.

“I was always a fan of racing,” Aquilino told the Daily Racing Form in 1995. “I had started to hang around, and I got a job as a hotwalker with Frank LaBoccetta. I would work as a swingman, filling in for grooms, and I would go in early in the morning, then go to the firehouse and work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for two straight days and have three days off. When I wasn’t at the firehouse, I was at the track. I worked for Frank for six years, then I got my trainer’s license.”

Aquilino won his first race in 1977 at Atlantic City Race Course with Amberdias. In 1982, Aquilino won his first stakes, the Charles Hatton at Belmont Park, with One Never Nose, a $12,500 claim. In addition to Badge and One Never Nose, stakes winners trained by Aquilino include Dr. J, Haunting, Liveitupnow, No Parole, Pirate Performer, Sabellina, and Stormy Krissy.

Aquilino, who resided in Bayside, N.Y., is survived by his wife Victoria and adult children Joanne, Theresa, Laura, and Nicholas, who is a creative services supervisor for NYRA. Aquilino’s final starter was Charming Eyes, who finished fourth in an optional claiming race today at Aqueduct.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 11 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. at Frederick Funeral Home, 192-15 Northern Blvd., Flushing, N.Y.; (718) 357-6100. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 12, 9:45 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church, Bayside, N.Y.; (718) 229-6465.

In lieu of flowers, donations can made in Aquilino’s name to the Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST), Belmont Park, Gate 6, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Cottage 2B, Elmont, NY 11003 or the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), P.O. Box 834, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Malloy sponsors TB Hunter Division at Old Salem Farm to honor daughter Debby

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Vivien G. Malloy (photo: Kathy Landman)

Vivien G. Malloy (photo: Kathy Landman)

by Sarah Mace

To honor her daughter Debby, Vivien Malloy of Edition Farm has created the Annual Debby Malloy Winkler Memorial Trophy Donated by the Malloy Family. The trophy will be presented for the first time on May 4, 2014 to the Champion of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), $2,000 Low Thoroughbred Hunter Division at the Old Salem Farm Welcome Day Horse Show.

The $2,000 Low Thoroughbred Hunter Division with prize money and ribbons (1st to 6th place) will consist of two over fence classes and one under saddle class. The winner’s name will be inscribed on this perpetual trophy and it will remain at Old Salem Farm with winners added each year at this event. The trophy was won by Debby in one of her international competitions in Europe.

Mrs. Malloy, New York’s top breeder in 2011, wrote,

“I have been thinking about this for a long time. It is three years since Debby fell so tragically at her home walking her horse after some flat work. With all the tremendous falls that every rider experiences during a lifetime of riding, it is unimaginable that this one was fatal. The horse broke her neck too.

“In order that this encourage people to give a race horse another chance to be useful and give enjoyment after racing, I would appreciate your trying to make this Division successful. The horse will be identified in the program by its present name, but also by its Jockey Club Registered name, making it easy to learn the breeding and bloodlines which are very interesting and a helpful piece of information to anyone wondering about the bloodlines of a certain horse.

“Debby, as most of you know, rode many thoroughbreds when she was competing. It is most fitting that I honor her memory by offering this Division in her name. After riding the warm bloods, she told me she would save one of the thoroughbreds for the end of the day. She called them her ‘dessert.’ When she was tired pushing around the warm bloods, all she had to do was steer the thoroughbreds, who, as she put it, were always in ‘high idle.’ It was the most enjoyable time of her riding day.

“I know we can make the lives of ex race horses useful and show the world their wonderful qualities and yes, beauty. Debby would approve. I can hear her say, ‘Go for it Mom.’”

A reception to celebrate this inaugural event will be held at 12:00 noon on the Pavilion Patio and is open to all those in attendance. Any organization that assists with the placement of OTTBs and will help promote the division will have a display table for the day. For more information, contact Connie Sawyer at

Click here for the T.I.P. brochure announcing the new division.

Cluster of Stars named New York-Bred Horse of the Year, Patricia Purdy top breeder

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Adam Coglianese

G2 Gallant Bloom (Adam Coglianese)

by Sarah Mace

Cluster of Stars, an undefeated multiple Grade 2 winner for Harvey Weinstein’s Turtle Bird Stable, was voted the 2013 New York-Bred Horse of the Year. Honors for the year’s top New York breeder went to Patricia S. Purdy of Ivy League Farm in Ithaca, who bred London Bridge, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Marathon and the first New York-bred to win a race at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

The announcements were made at the Annual Awards Banquet of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held on April 1, 2014 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. The New York Breeding and Development Fund sponsored the event and Richard Migliore, former leading New York jockey and currently a broadcast analyst for the New York Racing Association, Inc. and The Jockey Club Tour on Fox emceed the awards program.

Cluster of Stars, who also carried off the honors for Champion Female Sprinter and Champion Older Female, was bred by Michael McPoland and Sean Finn and foaled at Rockmount in Saugerties. Retired in November undefeated in seven career starts, the daughter of Greeley’s Galaxy won four stakes races, headed by back-to-back victories in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack and Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park.

Other multiple winners on the evening were Patricia Generazio’s Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks-winning homebred Discreet Marq, who was voted Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Champion Turf Female, and Gerald and Susan Kresa’s homebred King Kreesa, who carried home the honors for Champion Turf Male and Champion Older Male. Discreet Marq and King Kreesa were also finalists for Horse of the Year.

The divisional champions and horse of the year were chosen by a ballot of New York turf writers, handicappers and racing analysts conducted by NYTB. A complete list of equine and human honorees follows:

Champion Two-Year-Old Male: Wired Bryan
Champion Two-Year-Old Filly: Artemis Agrotera
Champion Three-Year-Old Male: Notacatbutallama
Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Discreet Marq
Champion Turf Male: King Kreesa
Champion Turf Female: Discreet Marq
Champion Male Sprinter: Palace
Champion Female Sprinter: Cluster of Stars
Champion Older Male: King Kreesa
Champion Older Female: Cluster of Stars
Champion Steeplechase Horse: Sunshine Numbers
Horse of the Year: Cluster of Stars
New York Broodmare of the Year: Babyurthegreatest (Dam of Cluster of Stars)
New York-Bred Trainer of the Year: Linda Rice
New York-Bred Jockey of the Year: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
New York Breeder of the Year: Patricia S. Purdy

New York breeder Gary Zarr passes away

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Gary Zarr photoStatement from the family of Gary Zarr:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gary B. Zarr, of Princetown, New York. Gary passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at his home, Princetown Farm.  Gary was an equine enthusiast, who loved his horses and enjoyed the breeding and racing of thoroughbreds.  Gary was originally from Danbury, Connecticut.  Gary is survived by his sister Janet Frasier and her family.  He will be missed greatly by his friends and family.  Donations can be made in his honor to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at P.O. Box 834, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Former NYTB lobbyist Edward A. Bogdan Jr. passes away

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Edward A. Bogdan Jr., Esq., a former lobbyist for the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. died on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Naples, Florida. Born in Amsterdam, New York on July 4, 1930, he was the son of Dr. Edward A. Bogdan and Valeria Olbrycht Bogdan.

Bogdan graduated from Amsterdam High School in 1948 and Harvard College in 1952, after which he served in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1955 earning the rank of petty officer third class. Following his tour of duty in the Navy, Bogdan attended Albany Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Albany Law Review in his senior year and valedictorian of the class of 1959.

Practicing law in the Albany area, and pursuing an interest in representing clients before the New York State Legislature, Bogdan built the fourth largest lobbying firm in New York State and is best remembered for his representation of New York-based banks, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Merrill Lynch, the California Wine Institute and his defense of the Wicks Law. He retired to Naples in 2000.

Read more from the Albany Times Union.

Owner-breeder Richard Bomze dies at 76

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
(NYRA Press Release)

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Richard Bomze, past president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the owner-breeder of champion New York-bred brothers Fourstardave and Fourstars Allstar, died Tuesday evening at his home in Hollywood, Fla. He was 76.

Bomze became involved with thoroughbred racing first as a writer and then as an owner, when he purchased a steeplechaser named Sports Reporter in Ireland. He then purchased a mare named Broadway Joan for $2,500, who foaled Fourstardave in 1985 and three years later, Fourstars Allstar.

Fourstardave, who became known as the “Sultan of Saratoga” for having won a race at Saratoga Race Course every year from 1987-1994, won 21 races including the Albany Handicap, the Poker, the West Point Handicap, the Jaipur, and the Daryl’s Joy, which was renamed the Fourstardave Handicap in his honor in 1996.

Fourstars Allstar made history in 1991 as the first American-trained horse to win a European classic when he captured the Irish 2000 Guineas at The Curragh. Like his older brother, Fourstars Allstar was a multiple stakes winner and retired with earnings of more than $1.6 million. Both were trained by Leo O’Brien.

Bomze, a graduate of Duke University who owned Star Sports Corp., publisher of American Turf Monthly and other periodicals, was elected to the NYTHA Board of Directors in 1996 and voted president in 1999. He was voted Outstanding Breeder of 1990, 1991 and 1993 by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders and the first “State Breeder of the Year” for 1990-91 by the Thoroughbred Owner and Breeders  Association (TOBA).

Additionally, he was a founding member of the Belmont Child Care Association, which operates Anna House, the on-site child care center for the children of backstretch workers at Belmont Park.

In the 2000 NYRA Media Guide, Bomze said his most exciting personal moment in racing came down to three events: “Making racing history in the 2000 Guineas, receiving the TOBA Breeders Award in Kentucky, and Fourstardave winning the 1991 Daryl’s Joy.”

Bomze, who was born in Lawrence, N.Y., is survived by his wife Diane, daughters Dana and Jennifer, and four grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Sunday, March 16 at Parkside Memorial Chapel in Forest Hills, N.Y., followed by burial at Old Montefiore Cemetery.



Memorial service announced for Louise Ann Gordon Landry, wife of Harry L. “Chip” Landry

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Statement from Harry Landry:

My loving wife of 41 years and the mother of my 10 children will be honored with a memorial service at Burke’s Funeral Home on N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday, Feb.27. The service is being preceded by visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

We are requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hudson Crossing Park a 501 (c) (3) charity and sent to Hudson Crossing Park, PO Box 144, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Louise was a board member and active supporter of this organization which is a part of the Champlain Canal Trail.

The funeral will be held at the Hain’s Church Cemetery in Wernersville, PA at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 followed by a Celebration Service at the Heidelberg Country Club in Bernville, PA.

[William J. Burke & Sons
628 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866]

NYTB Seats 2014 Board, Ostrager Re-elected President

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The Board of Directors of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held its first meeting of 2014 on Monday, January 27. The newly-seated Board unanimously re-elected Barry R. Ostrager to serve another two-year term as Board President and Vivien Malloy to serve another two-year term as Secretary / Treasurer. In 2014 Thomas J. Gallo, III will serve the second year of his two-year term as Board Vice-President.

Ostrager, who also sits on the NYRA Board of Directors and is the majority owner of Questroyal North in Stillwater, said, “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the Board of NYTB and our Executive Director to build on the current positive momentum of the New York breeding program.”

NYTB Officers and Board of Directors in 2014


  • Barry R. Ostrager, majority owner, Questroyal North – President
  • Thomas J. Gallo, III, founder and managing owner, Parting Glass Racing and Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, LLC; owner, Blue Stone Farm – Vice President
  • Vivien Malloy, owner, Edition Farm – Secretary/Treasurer


  • Jerry Bilinski, DVM, owner, Waldorf Farm and Equine Medical Center
  • Chester Broman, owner, Chestertown Farm
  • Lois Engel, owner, Pucker Ridge Farm
  • Michael Lischin, owner, Dutchess Views Farm
  • Mallory Mort, manager, Gallagher’s Stud
  • Joanne T. Nielsen, owner, Sunnyfield Farm
  • Suzie O’Cain, stallion promotions and development, Saratoga Stud
  • Chris Purdy, owner, Ivy League Farm

NYTB announces nominees for 2013 NY-Bred Divisional Champions

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) has announced the nominees for the New York-Bred Divisional Champions of 2013. New York turf writers, handicappers, racing analysts and others will vote on the winners in each division. The voters will also choose the 2013 New York-Bred Horse of the Year.

The 2013 New York-Bred Divisional Champions and Horse of the Year will be announced at NYTB’s Annual Awards Banquet on the evening of Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. Also to be honored at the banquet will be Steeplechase Champion, Broodmare of the Year, Breeder of the Year, and the leading New York-bred trainer and jockey.

The nominees for the 2013 New York-bred Champions in each division are:

Two-Year-Old Male Breeder Owner
Empire Dreams Pegasus Dream Stable West Point Thoroughbreds
Marvin’s Miracle Flying Zee Stables Bacon Barn
Samraat My Meadowview LLC My Meadowview Farm
Wired Bryan Anstu Farm LLC Anstu Stables Inc.


Two-Year-Old Filly Breeder Owner
Artemis Agrotera Chester Broman & Mary R. Broman Chester and Mary Broman
Flipcup Team Penney Racing Team Penney Racing
Miss Narcissist Tony Grey Acqua Nova Stable, Winter Park Partners and Linda Rice


Three-Year-Old Male Breeder Owner
Amberjack Dixie Farm Peachtree Stable
Comandante Andrew Cohen, IEAH Stables & Partners Three Diamonds Farm
Escapefromreality Brooklyn Boyz Stables Inc. MeB Racing Stables LLC & Brooklyn Boyz Stables
London Bridge Patricia S. Purdy Waratah Thoroughbreds
Notacatbutallama Happy Hill Farm Repole Stable
West Hills Giant Robert Castelli Long Island Racing Stables, Sunrise Stables & Gina Bentivegna


Three-Year-Old Filly Breeder Owner
Discreet Marq Patricia Generazio Patricia A. Generazio
Effie Trinket McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC Patsy C. Symons
Lovely Syn Joemar Racing Stables LLC Joemar Racing Stables
Unbelievable Dream Sure Thing Stables LLC Sure Thing Stables LLC


Older Male Breeder Owner
Awesome Vision Kaz Hill Farm & Adena Springs West Point Thoroughbreds
Bigger Is Bettor Chester Broman & Mary R. Broman Chester and Mary Broman
King Kreesa Horse Partners Gerald and Susan Kresa
Palace The Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02 Antonino Miuccio
Readtheprospectus Howard Nolan Jr. Klaravich Stables Inc. & William H. Lawrence
Saginaw Ted Taylor Drawing Away Stable and David Jacobson
Saratoga Snacks Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen August Dawn Farm


Older Female Breeder Owner
Cluster of Stars Michael McPoland & Sean Finn Turtle Bird Stable
Dayatthespa Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon & Bradley Thoroughbreds
Hessonite Berkshire Stud and Waterville Lake Stables Limited LLC William J. Punk, Jr. and Philip DiLeo
Sunny Desert Breed of Characters LLC Saul J. and Max Kupferberg
Willet Michael T. Martin James H. Iselin, Charlotte Assoulin and Eli Gindi


Turf Male Breeder Owner
Hangover Kid Steve Taglienti Four Tags Stable
Kharafa High Meadow Farm Paul Braverman and Timothy Pinch
King Kreesa Horse Partners Gerald and Susan Kresa
Lubash Aliyuee Ben J Stable Inc. Aliyu Ben J Stables
Notacatbutallama Happy Hill Farm Repole Stable


Turf Female Breeder Owner
Dayatthespa Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon & Bradley Thoroughbreds
Discreet Marq Patricia Generazio Patricia A. Generazio
Effie Trinket McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC Patsy C. Symons
Hessonite Berkshire Stud and Waterville Lake Stables Limited, LLC William J. Punk, Jr. and Philip DiLeo
Inimitable Romanee Gallagher’s Shiraz LLC Gallagher’s Stud
Unbelievable Dream Sure Thing Stables LLC Sure Thing Stables LLC


Male Sprinter Breeder Owner
Head Heart Hoof Rhapsody Farm, Alan Alcon & Dora Alcon Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group LLC, Gary Aisquith and Scott K. Akman
Palace The Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02 Antonino Miuccio
Saginaw Ted Taylor Drawing Away Stable and David Jacobson


Female Sprinter Breeder Owner
Clear Pasaj AnJes Farm AnJes Farm
Cluster of Stars Michael McPoland & Sean Finn Turtle Bird Stable
Lovely Syn Joemar Racing Stables, LLC Joemar Racing Stables
Willet Michael T. Martin James H. Iselin, Charlotte Assoulin, Charlotte and Eli Gindi