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Dayatthespa 2014 New York-bred Horse of the Year, Chester and Mary Broman top breeders

Monday, April 6th, 2015
Dayatthespa BC Fillies & Mares Turf (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

Dayatthespa BC Fillies & Mares Turf (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

by Sarah Mace

Eclipse Champion Turf Female Dayatthespa, the first New York-bred to win a Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup race, was voted 2014 New York-bred Horse of the Year. The honor for top breeder in New York in 2014 went to Chester and Mary Broman.

The announcements were made at the Annual Awards Banquet of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held on April 6, 2015 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. The event, which was sponsored by the New York Breeding and Development Fund, was emceed by 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. The 2014 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.

Horse of the Year Dayatthespa, owned in partnership by Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon and Bradley Thoroughbreds, was expertly guided through her 5-year-old campaign by trainer Chad Brown. Following a runner-up finish in the De La Rose stakes in August, she reeled off three straight victories in the Yaddo at Saratoga, the Grade 1 First Lady at Keeneland and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf in Santa Anita. A daughter of City Zip bred by Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher, Dayatthespa was also voted 2014 Champion New York-bred Turf Female and Champion New York-bred Older Female. Her late dam, M’Lady Doc was named New York-bred Broodmare of the Year.

Chester and Mary Broman

Chester and Mary Broman

Chester and Mary Broman, New York’s top breeders also in 2004 and 2011, had a banner year in 2014 even by their standards. Broman-bred horses, most competing in the couple’s familiar green and white silks, won sixty-two races and earned $2.4 million last year. At the conclusion of the 2014 Saratoga meet, the Bromans finished fourth in the owner standings with 11 wins.

Dayatthespa was not the only multiple honoree on Monday night. Three-year-old Artemis Agrotera, a Grade 1 winner and Eclipse finalist for Female Sprinter owned and bred by the Bromans was voted Champion New York-Bred Female Sprinter and Champion New York-Bred Three-Year-Old Filly. Antonino Miuccio’s Palace, who won back-to-back Grade 1 races at Saratoga, was honored as Champion New York-bred Male Sprinter and Older Male.

A complete list of New York’s 2014 equine and human honorees follows:

Horse of the Year, Turf Female, Older Female: Dayatthespa
CH, M (City Zip – M’Lady Doc, by Doc’s Leader)
Breeder: Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable, Cracchiolo & Goldsher
Owner: Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon and Bradley Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Chad C. Brown

Male Sprinter, Older Male: Palace
B, H (City Zip – Receivership, by End Sweep)
Breeder: The Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02
Owner: Antonino Miuccio
Trainer: Linda Rice

Female Sprinter, Three-Year-Old Filly: Artemis Agrotera
B, F (Roman Ruler – Indy Glory, by A.P. Indy)
Breeder/Owner: Chester and Mary Broman, Sr.
Trainer: Michael E. Hushion

Two-Year-Old Filly: Wonder Gal
DK B/, F (Tiz Wonderful – Passe, by Dixie Union)
Breeder: Apache Farm LLC
Owner: Treadway Racing Stable
Trainer: Leah Gyarmati

Two-Year-Old Male: Upstart
DK B/, R (Flatter – Party Silks, by Touch Gold)
Breeder: Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen
Owner: Ralph M. Evans
Trainer: Richard A. Violette, Jr.

Three-Year-Old Male: Samraat
DK B/, C (Noble Causeway – Little Indian Girl, by Indian Charlie)
Breeder/Owner: My Meadowview Farm LLC
Trainer: Richard A. Violette, Jr.

Turf Male: Lubash
B, H (Freud – Nasty Cure, by Cure the Blues)
Breeder/Owner: Aliyu Ben J Stables
Trainer: Christophe Clement

Steeplechase Horse: Cat Feathers
DK B/, M (Catienus – Mistress Hemming, by Quiet American)
Breeder: Happy Hill Farm
Owner/Trainer: Kate Dalton

Broodmare of the Year: M’Lady Doc, by Doc’s Leader, dam of Dayatthespa

Breeder of the Year: Chester and Mary Broman
Trainer of the Year: Linda Rice
Jockey of the Year: Jose Ortiz

Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens dies at 85

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Photo courtesy Gulfstream Park

Photo courtesy Gulfstream Park

(Courtesy NYRA Communications)

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, who trained hundreds of stakes winners on the New York Racing Association circuit and engineered some of the biggest upsets in racing history, died late Wednesday afternoon in a South Florida hospital after a brief illness. He was 85.

Jerkens, known reverently by the racetrack community as “The Chief,” was born on April 21, 1929 in Islip, New York, the son of a former Austrian cavalry captain who owned a riding academy. Jerkens’ father enjoyed rehabilitating injured race horses and sending them back to the track, a hobby that influenced Allen to pursue a career as a thoroughbred trainer, although he started out as a steeplechase jockey.

Once he grew too big to continue riding professionally, Jerkens began training thoroughbreds, and at the age of 21, Jerkens saddled his first winner on July 4, 1950 at Aqueduct Racetrack with Populace. Two owners who helped launch his career were Eddie Seinfeld, who claimed Admiral Vee for $12,500, and Al Meser, who owned War Command, Jerkens’ first stakes winner. Jerkens also was a longtime trainer for Jack Dreyfus’ Hobeau Farm, for which he developed Beau Purple, Prove Out, Duck Dance and Handsome Boy.

Although he rarely ventured outside New York, Jerkens’  national reputation soared during the 1970’s, when he twice defeated Secretariat: first with Onion in the 1973 Whitney Handicap, and then later that same year with Prove Out in the Woodward Stakes. The monumental upsets solidified Jerkens’ moniker as “the Giant Killer,” which had seen its genesis a decade earlier when he sent out Beau Purple to defeat five-time Horse of the Year Kelso on three separate occasions. Other champions his horses defeated include Cicada, Buckpasser, Riva Ridge and Forego.

Overall, he trained 3,859 winners of nearly $104 million, placing him 11th and 14th, respectively, among trainers all-time.

“The men and women of the New York Racing Association mourn the passing of Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens, not only one of the most revered horsemen of our time, but one of the finest people our industry has ever known,” said Christopher Kay, CEO and President of the New York Racing Association. “‘The Chief’ leaves behind a lasting legacy both on and off the track. We were humbled and proud to have honored him at Saratoga Race Course last summer in our second annual Red Jacket ceremony for achievement and excellence inn our sport. Our deepest sympathies go out to his children and grandchildren.”

Due in large part to twice vanquishing the immortal Secretariat, Jerkens earned the Eclipse Award for outstanding North American trainer in 1973. Two years later, he became the youngest trainer ever inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame at the age of 45, despite not yet having trained a champion.

Jerkens’ first champion finally came in 1994, when Sky Beauty won the Eclipse Award for Top Older Female.

Other notable Jerkens-trained runners include multiple Grade 1 winner Devil His Due, who won the Gotham and Wood in 1992, to go along with the 1993 edition of the Pimlico Special, Suburban, and Excelsior; Believe The Queen, who won the 1984 Tom Fool; Missy’s Mirage, who won the First Flight in 1991, and the Shuvee and Hempstead in 1992; and Emma’s Encore, who won the Victory Ride and Prioress in 2012.

Jerkens won many of the major stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, except the one that mattered most to him: the Travers, also known as the Mid-Summer Derby, which was won in 2010 and 2014 by his son, Jimmy, also a trainer. His best finish in five Travers starts came with his first entrant, Devil His Due, who was second to Thunder Rumble in 1992.

Although Jerkens sent several horses to the Kentucky Derby, he never came close to winning, with his best finish coming with Sensitive Prince, who was sixth in 1978. He also never won a Breeders’ Cup race, with his best finish in 11 starts a second with Society Selection in the 2005 Distaff.

Despite his renown as a trainer, those who knew him best say his greatest success came with people, not horses. Among the trainers he mentored are Thomas Bush, Leah Gyarmati, Mike Hushion, and his two sons, Jimmy and Steven.

Jerkens, who was predeceased by his wife, Elisabeth, is survived by three sons, Allen, Steven and Jimmy, a daughter, Julie, and several grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending.

Saratoga economic impact study puts breeding industry at center of economic growth

Friday, March 13th, 2015
by Sarah Mace

A recently-released study of the economic impact made by the annual summer meet at Saratoga Race Course on the greater capital region focuses on the expansion of the area’s breeding industry as a key factor in a nine-percent growth rate seen since 2011, and an increase in jobs of more than 30 percent. Specifically, last year the Saratoga meet generated $237 million in economic activity and was responsible for nearly 2,600 jobs across the greater capital region. The meet also generated as much as $14.2 million in tax revenue for city, county and New York State.

Commissioned by the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), the study was conducted by Camoin Associates, who used 2014 figures to update economic data generated from prior reports in 2006 and 2011. The group looked at various sectors of the regional economy within the nine-county region of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington.

The key factor in this growth was identified as the expansion of the thoroughbred breeding industry in New York, which the study links directly to the infusion of VLT revenue into restricted purses and incentives. Raymond F. Callanan, Chairman of the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency, said,

We conducted extensive interviews with owners, trainers and breeders and it is clear that the State’s investment of VLT revenues has had a significant and far reaching economic impact on New York’s 2 billion dollar racing and breeding industry. Simply put, the VLT enhanced purse structure and breeders’ awards program has revitalized the industry and made the New York Breeding program the envy of the country.”

Added Callanan, “The results of the [study] give us a real sense of optimism that the future of the racing and breeding industry in New York State, which is such an integral part of the economy of our city, county and region, is finally, after many troubled years, on a sound financial path to success.”

The study also highlights the important role of the breeding sector in expanding much-needed greenspace in the surrounding area, citing a 14 percent increase in the number of horse farm properties in Saratoga County between 2010 and 2013. Horse farms account for 3.7 percent of agricultural parcels in the nine-county study area in comparison to only 2 percent in New York State.

Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., said, “This study underscores the positive impact of VLT money not only on the breeding industry directly but on the whole region, in terms of greenspace, employment and tax revenues. This this kind of economic growth is exactly what upstate New York needs, and breeders should be proud to be such an important of it.”


Rachel M. Broman passes

Friday, February 27th, 2015

It is with deep sadness NYTB must inform the breeding community of the passing of Rachel M. Broman, daughter of Chester and Mary Broman. The family will receive friends Friday, February 27, 2015 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. and 7:00-9:30 p.m. at:

Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home
448 West Main Street
Babylon, NY 11702

The funeral service will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28 at:

St. Thomas Episcopal Church,
298 Conklin Street Farmingdale, NY 11735.
Interment to follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park.

The Broman family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in Rachel’s memory be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 298 Conklin Street Farmingdale, NY 11735 or to A Home at Last, P.O. Box 2253, Brightwaters, NY 11718.

2014 NY-Bred Divisional Championship Nominees

Monday, January 26th, 2015
by Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) is pleased to announce the nominees for the New York-Bred Divisional Champions of 2014. New York turf writers, handicappers, chart callers and racing analysts will vote on the winners in each division. The voters will also choose the 2014 New York-Bred Horse of the Year.

The 2014 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 6, 2015 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York. Also to be honored at the banquet will be Champion Steeplechase Horse, Broodmare of the Year, Champion Trainer, Champion Jockey and Outstanding Breeder.

The 2014 New York-bred Divisional Championship Nominees, listed alphabetically in each category, with links to their Equibase Horse Profiles are:

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:

Freudie Anne
Harlan’s Honor
Temper Mint Patty
The Lewis Dinner
Wonder Gal

Champion Two-Year-Old Male:

Bustin It
Good Luck Gus
International Star
Startup Nation

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly:

Artemis Agrotera
Princess Violet
Star Grazing

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

Captain Serious
Empire Dreams
Mark My Way
So Lonesome
Uncle Sigh

Champion Female Turf Horse:

Discreet Marq
Effie Trinket
Inimitable Romanee
Invading Humor
Mah Jong Maddnes

Champion Male Turf Horse:

Hangover Kid
King Kreesa

Champion Female Sprinter:

Artemis Agrotera
Hot Stones
La Verdad
Risky Rachel

Champion Male Sprinter:

Be Bullish
Captain Serious
I’m Stoked
Moonlight Song
Weekend Hideaway

Champion Older Female:

Discreet Marq
Hot Stones
Inimitable Romanee
La Verdad

Champion Older Male:

Big Business
Moonlight Song

NYTB Stallion Season Auction January 12-14

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction starting on Monday, January 12 at 9:00 a.m. and ending on Wednesday, January 14 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
Alpha NY $8,500 Sequel Stallions NY
Big Brown NY $8,500 Dutchess Views Farm
Bob and John NY $6,000 Saratoga Stud
Boys at Tosconova NY $2,500 Questroyal North
Bullet Train KY $7,500 Crestwood Farm
Bustin Stones NY $5,000 Waldorf Farm
Catienus NY $2,000 McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds
Central Banker NY $7,500 McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds
Congaree NY $7,500 Saratoga Stud
Cosmonaut NY $5,000 Saratoga Stud
Country Day KY $3,500 Crestwood Farm
Courageous Cat NY $6,000 Questroyal North
D’ Funnybone NY $2,500 Rockridge Stud
Desert Party NY $7,500 Sequel Stallions NY
Discreetly Mine KY $10,000 Lane’s End
Dr Large NY $2,500 Banahan Farms
Dublin NY $6,500 Keane Stud
Drill FL $4,500 Get Away Farm
Emcee NY $7,500 Sequel Stallions NY
First Dude FL $7,500 Double Diamond Farm
Fort Larned FL $7,500 Adena Springs South
Forty Tales NY $6,500 Sequel Stallions NY
Freud NY $10,000 Sequel Stallions NY
Frost Giant NY $10,000 Keane Stud
General Quarters KY $5,000 Crestwood Farm
Get Stormy KY $5,000 Crestwood Farm
Giacomo MD $3,500 Adena Springs at Heritage Stallions
Giant Oak KY $7,500 Millennium Farms
Giant Surprise NY $2,500 Rockridge Stud
Heavy Breathing NY $2,500 Dutchess Views Farm
Here Comes Ben NY $7,500 McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds
Hold Me Back KY $5,000 WinStar Farm
Honorable Dillon NY $5,000 Rockridge Stud
I Want Revenge KY $5,000 Millennium Farms
Jersey Town KY $10,000 Darby Dan Farm
Justenuffhumor NY $2,500 McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds
Lewis Michael NY $3,000 Questroyal North
Marsh Side NY $3,000 Dutchess Views Farm
Miracle Man NY $2,000 Pucker Ridge Farm
Mission Impazible NY $7,500 Sequel Stallions NY
Morning Line KY $10,000 Lane’s End
Musket Man NY $2,500 Waldorf Farm
Nobiz Like Shobiz KY $5,000 Crestwood Farm
Not Bourbon CAN $5,000 Colebrook Farms Stallion Station
Overanalyze KY $10,000 WinStar Farm
Perfect Soul KY $7,500 Darby Dan Farm
Posse NY $5,000 Rockridge Stud
Revolutionary KY $7,500 WinStar Farm
Rule By Night NY Private Mill Creek Farm
Santiva NY $2,500 Questroyal North
Simmard NY $3,500 Mill Creek Farm
Smart Bid NY $4,500 Saratoga Stud
Soaring Empire NY $3,500 Rockridge Stud
Stonesider NY $3,500 Saratoga Stud
Tale of Ekati KY $15,000 Darby Dan Farm
Taste Of Paradise KY $2,500 Crestwood Farm
Teuflesberg NY $5,000 McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds
The Cliff’s Edge NY $2,500 McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds
The Lumber Guy NY $3,500 Keane Stud
Tizdejavu KY $5,000 Crestwood Farm
Trinniberg NY $7,500 Rockridge Stud
Twirling Candy KY $10,000 Lane’s End
Two Step Salsa FL $7,500 Get Away Farm

New York owner and breeder Donald Newman dies at 85

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
(Courtesy NYRA Communications)

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Longtime thoroughbred owner and breeder Donald Newman, of Roslyn, N.Y., died on December 23 after a brief illness. He was 85.

Newman was a sportswear manufacturer who purchased his first racehorse in 1974. He subsequently went on to campaign a number of stakes horses, including Mucchina, winner of the 1978 Ashland at Keeneland Race Course, First and Only, who took the 1993 Longfellow at Monmouth Park, and So N So, winner of the 2009 Lucy Scribner at Saratoga Race Course.

Among the trainers he employed through the years were Tom Bush, Jose Martin, Hall of Famer Frank “Pancho” Martin, and most recently, Carlos Martin.

His horse racing legacy will be carried on by his family, said his son, Richard.

“We intend to carry on and continue racing,” said Richard Newman. “In the past few years he concentrated on breeding New York-breds, so we have a number of homebreds that are getting ready to run.”

Newman is survived by his wife, Gail; a daughter, Rebecca, and two other sons, Matthew and Adam.

Sunrise Stallions to raffle off Frost Giant seasons to benefit BCCA and PDJF

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Sunrise Stallions has announced that it will raffle off two discounted “No Guarantee” seasons to Frost Giant to benefit the Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA), which operates Anna House, and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Raffle winners will be announced on Aqueduct Insider on December 31.

Anyone with a mare he/she would like to breed to Frost Giant may enter the raffle at no cost. Each winner will then be able to choose between the BCCA or PDJF for a tax deductible donation of $2,500. F G Stallion, LLC will match the gifts. Frost Giant’s 2015 stud fee is $10,000.

Sunrise Stallions said in a statement, “Both Mr. Andrew Cohen and Gary Tolchin of Sunrise Stallions were looking for a way to give a little bit back to worthy causes in our industry through a shared contribution in collaboration with both the stallion owners and broodmare owners.

“As beneficiaries of a strong NY breeding program, it seemed only fitting at this time of year to promote some gift giving through the success of Frost Giant, and support of the broodmare owners.”

Click here to enter.

2014 NYTB board election results

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) concluded its annual board of directors election on Thursday, December 16, 2014. This year NYTB members voted to fill five seats on the board for candidates to serve a two-year term from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016.

The winning candidates are:

Wally Burleson
Lois Engel
Thomas J. Gallo, III
Vivien G. Malloy
Mallory Mort

Wally Burleson, General Manager of Sequel Stallions NY, will be serving his first term on the NYTB Board. Current directors Engel, Gallo, Malloy and Mort won bids for reelection.

Five additional members of the NYTB Board will be serving the second year of their two-year terms in 2015:

Chester Broman
Michael Lischin
Joanne Nielsen
Suzie O’Cain
Barry Ostrager, JD

Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP, an accounting firm from Queensbury, NY, administered the entire election process by verifying and mailing eligible member ballots, collecting and receiving those ballots, and then tabulating and certifying the election results. Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP reported the official results to NYTB in a letter dated on December 17, 2014.

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


Finger Lakes H.B.P.A. names Fox Rules FLGR Horse of the Year

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
By David Mattice

FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Fox Rules was named 2014 Finger Lakes (FLGR) “Horse of the Year” at the annual FLGR Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association awards dinner on Saturday. The 5-year-old New York-bred owned by Langpap Stables won all three of his FLGR starts this year.

Fox Rules achieved all of his 2014 victories under the guidance of jockey Pedro Rodriguez. He earned over $60,000 at FLGR this season.

The chestnut gelding trained by M. Anthony Ferraro has enjoyed the most success at FLGR.  He scored 7 of his 10 career triumphs at his home track.

The barn of M. Anthony Ferraro received a total of five awards on Saturday. Three were for horses owned by Langpap Stables. Fox Rules also took the honor for “Best older male” and “Alwaysinstilettos was voted “Best 3-year-old filly”.

Also on Saturday, Tom Cooley was officially inducted into the FLGR Hall of Fame. Cooley held the position of Track Photographer at FLGR since 1970.

The Canandaigua, NY native has taken over 63,000 photos of winning horses at FLGR. He was recognized for his many years of exceptional work and professional service.

Ten horses received awards in eleven different categories at the annual dinner. Below is a complete listing of the 2014 winners:

2014 Finger Lakes H.B.P.A. Awards

Best $4,000-$5,000 Claimer (Colt, Horse or Gelding) – Passing Time
Best $4,000-$5,000 Claimer (Filly or Mare) – Panfila
Best $6,000 and up Claimer (Colt, Horse or Gelding) – Unbridled Bear
Best $6,000 and up Claimer (Filly or Mare) – Wise Awake
Best Condition Allowance (Colt, Horse or Gelding) – Smart Thinking
Best Condition Allowance (Filly or Mare) – Smitten by Gold
Best Older Colt, Horse or Gelding – Fox Rules
Best Older Filly or Mare – Clean Jean
Best 3-Year-Old Colt or Gelding – Bass River Road
Best 3-Year-Old Filly – Alwaysinstilettos
Horse of the Year – Fox Rules