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Diversify crowned 2018 NY-Bred Horse of the Year, Bromans named top breeders for third straight year

Monday, April 1st, 2019

NYRA/Amira Chichakly

By Sarah Mace

Diversify, whose crowning achievement last season was a brilliant wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Racecourse, was the voters’ choice for the 2018 New York-bred Horse of the Year. Chester and Mary Broman were named the state’s outstanding breeders for the third straight year and sixth time overall.

The 2018 New York-bred Horse of the Year, Breeder of the Year and the winners of the New York-Bred Divisional Championships were announced at New York Thoroughbred Inc.’s (NYTB’s) awards banquet held on April 1, 2019 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs.

Sponsored by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, the event was emceed by Richard Migliore, who is co-founder and partner of Sport of Kings Media Productions. Migliore is best known for a stellar career as a jockey on the New York circuit. He won more than 4,400 races over a career spanning three decades, including 25 Grade 1 races.

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.

Diversify, a gelding by current New York sire Bellamy Road, was bred by Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding. Campaigned by Lauren and Ralph Evans, he was trained by Rick Violette, whom the New York breeding and racing community sadly lost last October. Winner of the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2017, Diversify won three of five starts in 2018, upping his game each time. Following a narrow win against fellow state-breds in the Commentator in May, Diversify won the Grade 2 Suburban by six lengths in July and the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap by more than three lengths in August. He earned $1,190,000 in 2018 and was also voted Champion Older Dirt Male.

The other multiple winner of the night was Holiday Disguise, who took home the hardware for Champion Female Sprinter and Champion Older Dirt Female. Her half-sister Midnight Disguise was honored as Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. Both champions were bred by Dr. William B. Wilmot and Dr. Joan M. Taylor. Mind Your Biscuits, two-time New York-bred Horse of the Year was honored as Champion Male Sprinter

Chester and Mary Broman, whose names are synonymous with New York breeding and racing success, won 69 races with their homebreds in 2018, including five stakes races, and earned $3,352,927 in purses. Highway Star, who garnered two stakes victories last season retired with more than $1.3 million in earnings. The couple won the outstanding breeders award previously in 2004, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

A complete list of New York’s 2018 equine and human honorees follows:

New York-Bred Horse of the Year & Champion Older Dirt Male:

Diversify (Bellamy Road – Rule One, by Street Cry (IRE))
Breeder: Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding
Owner: Lauren and Ralph M. Evans
Trainer: Rick Violette

Champion Female Sprinter & Champion Older Dirt Female

Holiday Disguise (Harlan’s Holiday – Thin Disguise, by Yes It’s True)
Breeder: Dr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor
Owner: Lady Sheila Stable
Trainer: Linda Rice

Champion Two-Year-Old Male

Somelikeithotbrown (Big Brown – Marilyn Monroan, by Tapit)
Breeder: Hot Pink Stables & Sand Dollar Stables
Owner: Skychai Racing LLC and Sand Dollar Stable LLC
Trainer: Mike Maker

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly

Sue’s Fortune (Jump Start – Democrat Taxes, by Catienus)
Breeder: Richard Nicolai
Owner: Fortune Farm (Richard Nicolai)
Trainer: Jeremiah C. Englehart

Champion Three-Year-Old Male

Audible (Into Mischief – Blue Devil Bel, by Gilded Time)
Breeder: Oak Bluff Stables, LLC
Owner: China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Starlight Racing, WinStar Farm
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly

Midnight Disguise (Midnight Lute – Thin Disguise, by Yes It’s True)

Breeder: Dr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor
Owner: Wilmot, William B., Taylor, Joan M. and Wilmot, Devin T.
Trainer: Linda Rice

Champion Turf Male

Voodoo Song (English Channel – Mystic Chant, by Unbridled’s Song)
Breeder: Stonewall Farm
Owner: Barry K. Schwartz
Trainer: Linda Rice

Champion Turf Female

Fourstar Crook (Freud – Avril a Portugal, by D’Accord)
Breeder: Kathleen M. Feron
Owner: Dubb, Michael, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Aisquith, Gary
Trainer: Chad C. Brown

Champion Male Sprinter

Mind Your Biscuits (Posse – Jazzmane, by Toccet)
Breeder: Jumping Jack Racing LLC
Owner: J Stables LLC, Head of Plains Partners, Summers et al
Trainer: Chad Summers

Broodmare of the Year: Rule One, dam of Diversify

New York-Bred Trainer of the Year: Jeremiah C. Englehart

New York-Bred Jockey of the Year: Irad Ortiz, Jr.   

New York Breeder of the Year: Chester and Mary Broman


NYTB Seats 2019 Board, Gallo re-elected Board President

Friday, February 1st, 2019

By Sarah Mace

The Board of Directors of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held its first meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, January 30. The newly-seated board re-elected Thomas J. Gallo, III, founder and managing owner of Dream Maker Racing, Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, LLC and owner of Blue Stone Farm, as Board President.

Mallory Mort was re-elected as NYTB Board Vice-President. Vivien Malloy was likewise re-elected for another term as NYTB Secretary / Treasurer. All three NYTB board officers will serve two-year terms concurrent with their two-year tenure on the board.

NYTB Officers and Board of Directors for 2019:


  • Thomas J. Gallo, III, founder and managing owner, Dream Maker Racing and Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, LLC; owner, Blue Stone Farm – President
  • Mallory Mort, manager, Gallagher’s Stud – Vice-President
  • Vivien Malloy, owner, Edition Farm – Secretary/Treasurer


  • Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M.
  • H. James Bond
  • Seth Gregory
  • Daniel P. Hayden
  • Michael Lischin
  • Joanne Nielsen
  • Suzie O’Cain
  • Joan M. Taylor, DVM

Director Emeritus:

  • Chester Broman




NYTB announces 2018 New York-bred divisional championship nominees

Monday, January 21st, 2019

By Sarah Mace

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) is pleased to announce the nominees for the New York-bred divisional champions of 2018. New York turf writers, handicappers, chart callers and racing analysts will vote on the winners of each division. The voters will also choose the 2018 New York-bred Horse of the Year.

The 2018 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 1, 2019 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 2018 New York-bred divisional championship nominees by category follows, along with links to their Equibase Horse Profiles:

Champion Two-Year-Old Male:

Frosted Ice
La Fuerza
Not That Brady

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:

Espresso Shot
Forgotten Hero
Sassy Agnes
Sue’s Fortune
Surge of Pride

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

Sea Foam

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly:

English Soul
Midnight Disguise
Split Time

Champion Older Dirt Male:

Can You Diggit
Control Group
Mind Your Biscuits
Pat On the Back

Champion Older Dirt Female:

Bonita Bianca
Frostie Anne
Highway Star
Holiday Disguise
Still There

Champion Male Turf Horse:

Disco Partner
Offering Plan
Sandy’z Slew
Voodoo Song

Champion Female Turf Horse:

Fifty Five
Fire Key
Fourstar Crook
La Moneda

Champion Male Sprinter:

Disco Partner
Eye Luv Lulu
Mind Your Biscuits
My Boy Tate
Sandy’z Slew

Champion Female Sprinter:

Bonita Bianca
Fire Key
Highway Star
Holiday Disguise
Still There
Swing and Sway

NYTB board election results 2018

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) concluded its annual board election on Friday, December 14, 2018. This year NYTB members voted to fill five seats on the board for candidates to serve two-year terms from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020.

The winning candidates are:

Scott Ahlschwede, DVM
Thomas J. Gallo III
Daniel P. Hayden
Vivien G. Malloy
Mallory Mort

The six remaining members of the NYTB Board will serve the second year of two-year terms in 2019:

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

Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP, an accounting firm in Queensbury, NY, administered the NYTB board elections by validating the eligibility of all voters 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 14, 2018.*

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

Leading equine nutrition consultant Steve Jackson to take the podium at NYTB seminar Dec. 8

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

By Sarah Mace

Dr. Stephen G. Jackson, a leading equine nutrition consultant and the president and owner of Bluegrass Equine Nutrition in Versailles, KY, will be the featured speaker at New York Thoroughbred Breeders’ Inc. (NYTB) Breeding Industry Educational Series Seminar “Focus on Nutrition: Feeding to Raise an Athlete.” The seminar-style meeting will take place on Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs.

The New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund Corporation is the sponsor of this free event. Attendees should RSVP to the NYTB office by December 3 at (518) 587-0777 or

A native of Lubbock, Texas, Dr. Jackson earned his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Texas A&M University, before going on to complete a Ph.D. in Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky. He taught for 12 years at the University of Kentucky while focusing his research on Equine Growth and Development, Exercise Physiology and Nutrition of the Equine Athlete.

Moving to the public sector, Dr. Jackson served as the vice president of Kentucky Equine Research in Versailles from 1990-96, before assuming his current position as president and owner of Bluegrass Equine Nutrition, also in Versailles.

Dr. Jackson acts as consultant for horse farms in the areas of horse nutrition and management and feed manufacturers in the formulation of horse feeds. He has lectured and consulted throughout the U.S and in over 50 countries across the globe.

Dr. Jackson’s clients are a veritable who’s who of leading farms in the United States, Japan, England, Ireland, Brazil and Australia. His Kentucky clients include Darley, Lanes End, Three Chimneys Farm, Pin Oak Stud, Taylor Made Farm, Sienna Farm, Juddmonte Farm and Denali Stud. In California he has consulted Harris Ranches, Tommy Town Farm, Ballena Vista Farm and Megali Stud. Internationally his clients include Darley (England, Ireland and Japan), North Hills Management in Japan, Stud TNT in Brazil and Coolmore (Ireland and Australia).

Owner of Jackson Purchase Farm in Versailles Kentucky, Dr. Jackson also breds for the commercial market and race track.


Longtime NYRA trainer, former NYTHA president Rick Violette, Jr. passes away at 65

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

(Courtesy NYRA Media Center)

It is with heavy hearts that we at NYTB must pass along the news that longtime New York horseman Rick Violette passed away this morning, Sunday, October 21, following a long illness. He will be sorely missed by New York’s racing and breeding communities. We reproduce NYRA’s statement on Rick’s passing in full below, which includes a comment from NYTB Executive Director Jeff Cannizzo. Also, click here to read the statement from NYTHA.

From NYRA Communications:

ELMONT, N.Y. – Longtime New York Racing Association (NYRA) horseman and former president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) Richard Violette, Jr. passed away this morning in Florida following a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Violette was born January 30, 1953 in Worchester, Massachusetts and showed hunters and jumpers as a teenager. After his graduation from Lowell University, Violette turned his attention to the racetrack and, at age 24, began training thoroughbreds full-time. He saddled his first starter on June 25, 1977 at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Massachusetts. His first win came less than two months later with Catch the Action on August 18 at Rockingham in New Hampshire.

Following his training start, Violette worked as an assistant to Emile Allain at Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario, Canada, before moving to New York as David Whiteley’s assistant trainer. He resumed his own stable in 1983.

“Rick Violette embodied New York racing, and his commitment to the men and women who are the backbone of our sport was unparalleled,” said NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay. “As the longtime President of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Rick was a powerful advocate in Albany for the interests of horsemen and women across New York. Knowing how hard he worked, and the determination he showed throughout his life, it was particularly fitting to see the success Rick enjoyed over the past year with multiple Grade 1 winner Diversify. On behalf of the New York Racing Association, we offer our condolences to Rick’s family, friends and colleagues. He will be missed.”

Violette was an ardent advocate for New York horse racing, having served more than 25 years on the NYTHA board, including nine as its president from 2008-2017. He was a member of NYRA’s Board of Directors during his tenure as NYTHA president. He was also the former president of the national Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA). Violette was named director emeritus of the THA in 2018.

Rick letting Samraat enjoy a nice roll (Courtesy NYRA Media Center/Susie Raisher)

“Rick was a champion, plain and simple. His work, largely unnoticed and often unrecognized, made the lives of the backstretch workers better. He was their promoter and defender – creating and solidifying programs that have real impact on people’s lives – health care, college scholarships, rider safety, substance abuse counseling. These programs would not exist without Rick’s foresight and perseverance,” said NYTHA President Joe Appelbaum. “For twenty-five years, Rick fought like a lion for the horsemen and our workers; gaining us a voice in the conversation with his tireless effort and tenacious spirit. Visiting the backstretch at Saratoga, not seeing him standing at the main track gap with his binoculars slung over his shoulder is unimaginable. What a sad day for horse racing.”

Violette’s support of the New York breeding program was no more evident than in the litany of talented New York-breds he sent postward over the years, including multiple graded stakes winners Read the Footnotes, Samraat, and two-time New York-bred champion Upstart.

“I had the privilege to work with Rick for over a decade through many ups and downs in New York racing. His perseverance will never be matched,” said Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders. “Rick did so much tirelessly on behalf of his fellow horsemen. He stuck to his morals and always kept to his beliefs. I had the utmost respect for him and learned much from his actions. As I told him this summer, I’m glad we had the chance to see how good a horseman he truly was this year with Diversify. His support will be missed by all of New York.”

Most recently, Violette campaigned Lauren and Ralph M. Evans’ New York-bred Diversify to victory in the 2017 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, as well as the Grade 2 Suburban and Grade 1 Whitney this summer. Through three seasons of racing, Diversify has garnered nearly $2 million in earnings with 10 wins from 16 starts. Additional Grade 1 winners for Violette include Kentucky-bred Dream Rush and the Florida-bred Man From Wicklow, who Violette also owned.

Through his nearly four-decade-long career, Violette recorded 870 wins and total purse earnings of $44,521,759. His final winner was Byself in an allowance optional claiming race on Sunday, October 14 at Belmont Park.

Violette found perhaps his greatest passion, however, advocating for issues affecting horsemen and backstretch workers and the advancement of thoroughbred aftercare.

At NYTHA, Violette oversaw the expansion of a number of social initiatives, including its college scholarship program and racehorse aftercare. In addition, he championed and secured funding for Backstretch Education, which offers ESL courses, a language lab and the Groom Development Program.

Violette was co-chair of the Backstretch Employee Service Team Board of Directors (B.E.S.T), a non-profit based at Belmont Park that provides free health and social services to the backstretch communities at all NYRA tracks.

He was a founding member of the Board of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and co-created the TAKE THE LEAD Thoroughbred Retirement Program. In 2012, he co-founded TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program with a focus on providing an avenue for the retraining of retired racehorses for the show horse world. He served as the organization’s president until his death.

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.”