The Big Torpedo keeps rolling in NYSS Cab Calloway

July 18th, 2024

The Big Torpedo rolls again Thursday, winning the Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Series Stakes at Saratoga. NYRA Photo.

Tom Morley met with Eric Cancel before the races Thursday to talk some strategy.

The trainer and jockey were teaming up a few hours later with heavy favorite The Big Torpedo in the $150,000 Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Series Stakes. Cancel knows the New York-bred son of Big Brown; he’d ridden him in five straight prior starts including two that yielded victories. Morley knew that Cancel knew the colt.

The meeting didn’t last long.

“Let’s not overcomplicate it,” Cancel told Morley, then followed suit and guided The Big Torpedo to his second straight Stallion Series victory. The 1-2 favorite in the field of seven, The Big Torpedo won all the way on the lead by 4 1/2 lengths over Courtly Banker with Fidelightcayut third. That 1-2-3 finish nearly matched the NYSS Spectacular Bid a little more than a month ago during the Belmont at the Big A meeting when The Big Torpedo and Courtly Banker finished 1-2 and Fidelightcayut finished third.

“I like the fact that Eric took no prisoners today,” Morley said. “It was a very good ride and a very good performance to go that fast early and then quicken up as well.”

Owned by Thomas Albrecht, Vincent Fusaro and James Klein and bred by Dean and Patti Reeves’ Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, The Big Torpedo improved to 3-for-8 and collected an $82,500 check to pad his bankroll to $320,900.

Foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater and out of the Empire Maker mare U. S. S. O’Brien, The Big Torpedo set strong fractions of :23.99, :46.97 and 1:10.64 while building a 2 1/2-length lead over Courtly Banker turning for home.

The Big Torpedo, a 10-length winner in a mid-January maiden at Aqueduct and placed against open company in the Woodhaven Stakes two starts back, rolled home from there. He widened his lead to 4 lengths in midstretch and won in 1:35.01 over the course labeled firm. Courtly Banker, a son of Central Banker campaigned by Sackatoga Stable and trainer Barclay Tagg, finished 3 1/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Fidelightcayut, a son of Leofric campaigned by RT Racing Stable and Hablan Los Caballos and trained by Juan C. Avila. B D Saints, Cable Ready, Six Fortyfive and Solo Empire completed the field.

Albrecht and his partners, along the Dean Reeves, relished the latest victory for The Big Torpedo.

“That’s my sixth stakes win, but my first at Saratoga,” Albrecht said on the way to the Carmen Barrera Room with Morley’s wife Maggie and others.

Reeves, who bred the colt after campaigning U. S. S. O’Brien to a record of 3-2-2 in 11 starts with $143,140 in earnings. A $130,000 buy at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale, U. S. S. O’Brien was later offered in foal to Mucho Macho Man but not sold on a $55,000 bid at the 2019 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Albrecht and his team bought U. S. S. O’Brien through Conor Foley’s Oracle Bloodstock in foal to Maclean’s Music for $40,000 at the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July breeding stock sale in 2021. The Big Torpedo was already born at that point – he’s a March 30, 2021 foal – and U. S. S. O’Brien had also produced the Mucho Macho Man fillies Mi Pebeta (2020) and Hang On Honey (2019). The latter is a winner and U. S. S. O’Brien is also the dam of the unraced 2-year-old New York-bred Maclean’s Music colt O’Brien’s Song, who was bred by Albrecht, Fusaro and Klein and offered but not sold on a $28,000 bid at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale.

“What a thrill, this is my first winner at Saratoga as a breeder,” Reeves said. “When we bred the mare we weren’t that familiar with the New York breeding program but we’ve learned a lot about it since, and it’s been good to us. Just the other day we got a check for something like $20,000 for one of the races (The Big Torpedo) won, and no doubt we’ll be getting another soon.”

The Big Torpedo’s latest victory also continued a strong season for Big Brown, New York’s leading sire in 2020 who stands for $5,000 at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions in Stillwater. Champion 3-year-old male and winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2008, Big Brown is also the broodmare sire of 2024 Belmont Stakes winner Dornoch and his 2023 Kentucky Derby-winning half-brother Mage.

Big Brown came into Thursday ranked 10th on the New York general sire list with more than $540,000 in progeny earnings in 2024.

Voting Opens for Down Broadway Retired Racehorse of the Year Award

July 18th, 2024
Soaring Star, bred in New York by Patricia Moseley and a graduate of New Vocations, participates in last year's inaugural event. Susie Raisher photo.

New York-bred Aftercare Day on-track demonstrations with retrained retired racehorses. Photo cred: Susie Raisher

The voting for the first-ever Down Broadway Retired Racehorse of the Year Award opens today. The presentation of the Down Broadway Award, named for the first horse to retire through the TAKE THE LEAD Program back in 2013, will highlight New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, August 15.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) will host the fourth annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day, which showcases retired racehorses demonstrating the skills they’ve learned in second careers, and interviews with members of New York’s aftercare community. The $125,000 Rick Violette Stakes, named for the late trainer and NYTHA President who spearheaded the creation of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and TAKE THE LEAD Retirement Program, will anchor the racing card.

Seven retired Thoroughbreds have been nominated by the organizations who participate in Aftercare Day. They include a classy stakes winner of more than $800,000; a hard-knocking veteran of 79 starts who bankrolled more than $300,000; and a gelding who was not cut out for the track and went winless in 12 tries.

The seven nominees are:

Fortunate Storm – Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
Kid Blast – Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga
My Boy Tate – ReRun, Inc.
Nucks – Second Chance Thoroughbreds
Ring of Fire – Lucky Orphans
Traffic Chief – ACTT Naturally
Zuzudini – New Vocations

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOWN BROADWAY NOMINEES.

“We have a very deserving group of nominees for the first Down Broadway Award,” said NYTHA and TAKE2 Executive Director Andy Belfiore. “We hope that reading their stories and learning more about the aftercare organizations who guided them to their second careers will help to raise awareness of our efforts on behalf of retired racehorses.”

The winner of the Down Broadway Award will be decided by a vote of racing fans, with the voting open July 17 through August 8. Wristbands for each nominee will be given away on Aftercare Day so that fans can show their support, and the presentation of the award will be made in the Saratoga winner’s circle after the first race that day.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DOWN BROADWAY AWARD NOMINEE!

“Thoroughbred Aftercare Day reflects our ongoing commitment to re-training and rehoming these world-class equine athletes when their racing days are done,” said Andrew Offerman, NYRA Senior Vice President for Racing & Operations. “New York is the national leader when it comes to supporting and investing in meaningful aftercare efforts, and NYRA is pleased to host the fourth annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on August 15.”

 

My Shea D Lady leads 1-2 finish for Solomini in NYSS Statue of Liberty

July 17th, 2024

My Shea D Lady adds off-the-turf NYSS Statue of Liberty to resume Wednesday at Saratoga. NYRA Photo.

By Tom Law

Joe McMahon leaned forward in his box on the front row of the clubhouse above the Saratoga Race Course winner’s circle, just before the last runners loaded for Wednesday’s $145,500 Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Series Stakes.

McMahon, with close ties to three of the six runners including a role as the breeder of one of the main contenders, had a vested interest in the 1-mile off-the-turf event for 3-year-old fillies.

“Come on, let’s get lucky,” he said, just as NYRA starter Hector Soler sent the runners on their way out of the Wilson Chute.

Luck came through as My Shea D Lady, bred by and raised at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, came from just off the pace under Javier Castellano to run down Sohana for her second stakes victory. McMahon’s good luck – far from the lone reason for the success of the second-crop son of Curlin – played out with a 1-2 finish for Solomini in the race originally carded for the same distance on the grass.

“That was great,” McMahon said on the way to the winner’s circle to meet owners Shea D Boys Stable and trainer Carlos David. “She was the best foal in his first crop. I loved her from the day she was born.”

McMahon sold My Shea D Lady for $25,000 to Tony Bowling as a weanling at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale.

“I had to beg him,” McMahon said. “I remember telling him, ‘This is a really nice horse.’ ”

Shea D Boys bought her from Bowling for $100,000 at last year’s OBS April sale and she’s won three of eight starts since, with a second and a third with earnings of $465,000. The Statue of Liberty added $82,500 to the tally and gave owners Dennis Shea Jr., Dennis Shea Sr. and Danny Shea and their families reason to relish the Saratoga experience.

“We’re small potatoes in this big world but when we can come up here and win a race, it’s fantastic,” said Dennis Shea Jr., who is based in Jupiter, Fla.

The lone stakes winner on dirt left in the field of five after scratches – including the post time scratch of Cap Ferrat on the advice of the track veterinarian – My Shea D Lady took up a tracking spot in second while odds-on favorite Sohana and Flavien Prat took the lead.

Sohana, a winner on dirt two starts back in May and fourth in the Cupecoy’s Joy division of the NYSS in mid-June, clicked off a moderate first quarter-mile in :23.92 before quickening the tempo a bit to the half in :46.98.

“I broke and wanted to make sure to put my horse in a forward position,” Castellano said. “It was a small field, not a lot of speed. I wanted to put myself in a place to keep track of the speed horse. My horse, she likes to look around a little bit, but I didn’t want to be too close to another horse and get her to engage too early.”

Sohana still led by 2 1/2 at the quarter pole and through 6 furlongs in 1:11.81 with My Shea D Lady continuing her run after going wide on the far turn.

My Shea D Lady cut the deficit turning for home, took over at the three-sixteenths pole and spurted away to lead by 1 1/2 lengths in midstretch. My Shea D Lady cruised home from there, 1 3/4 lengths in front of Sohana, who finished 7 clear of Baroness Bourbon in third. Tour Jete and Amy’s Light completed the field.

“I let her step up to the outside and get her rolling and switch leads,” Castellano said. “She took off much the best. Very happy with the way she did it.”

David was happy for the surface switch, thinking back to the filly’s victory in the $500,000 Fifth Avenue division of the NYSS last December at Aqueduct, along with solid performances in New York-bred stakes on the NYRA circuit during her juvenile campaign.

My Shea D Lady also finished second, beaten 3 lengths by Sunday Girl, in the Park Avenue division of the NYSS in mid-April at Aqueduct.

“I’m really glad it came off, although I wanted to try her two turns and wanted to see if she can handle it on the turf,” David said. “The first time [on the turf] we went 6 furlongs, she did it well. We were hoping we would finish in the money, but she didn’t run bad, just a little short and it was quick. We’re hoping maybe more distance she’ll be able to relax and come back. But I was hoping it would come off because I think she handles better the one turn.”

My Shea D Lady is the first foal out of the Teuflesberg mare Lady Berg. A half-sister to New York-bred stakes winner Hoosick Falls and stakes-placed Manor Prospect, Ladyberg is also the dam of the 2-year-old Solomini colt Frame Up, a $9,000 RNA at the 2023 OBS winter mixed sale and a $20,000 purchase by William Tyler and Jane Martin at the 2023 OBS October yearling sale. Frame Up is in training at Saratoga and shows five breezes on his work tab, including a half in :49 July 2 on the Oklahoma Training Track. McMahon also bred another yearling full brother to My Shea D Lady born May 9, 2023.

Solomini, a 9-year-old son of Curlin who stands for $7,500, came into the day ranked third on New York’s general sire list behind fellow McMahon stallions Bucchero and Central Banker. Solomini led New York’s freshman and juvenile sire lists last year with progeny earnings of more than $1.44 million.

Register for NYTB Events in Saratoga this August!

July 17th, 2024

NYTB logoDear Members:

We look forward to celebrating the summer racing season in Saratoga and the 2024 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Preferred Yearling Sales at the following NYTB events this August!

 

 

  • Join NYTB for our New York-Bred Yearling Pre-Sales Kickoff BBQ & Clam bake! From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga!

Guests will enjoy a BBQ selection and clam bake with complimentary beer and wine. Entertainment will be provided by the cover band The Wallies!

Guests MUST RSVP by August 5

Tickets: FREE admission with registration at nytbreeders,org/events 

  • On Thursday, August 22 at Saratoga Race Course NYTB will host a premium VIP experience in the Paddock suite for a day at the races.

Affectionately known as “The Treehouse” the paddock suite is an expansive structure featuring a climate-controlled lounge, bar and balcony overlooking the historic Saratoga Race Course saddling area. The paddock suite offers panoramic views of the paddock.

*This event is limited to 100 participants, so RSVP as soon as possible to secure your spot!

Tickets: $100 NYTB Members
$125 non-members.

Guests MUST RSVP by August 7 or a late fee will be applied. Register at nybreeders.org/events

 

Pandagate takes New York Derby in return

July 15th, 2024

Pandagate storms from off the pace under Dylan Davis to win Monday’s New York Derby at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

Pandagate, off since a gallant third behind Japanese sensation Forever Young in the Grade 2 UAE Derby in late March, showed no signs of rust in his return to the races with a victory in Monday’s $159,000 New York Derby at Finger Lakes.

Pandagate and jockey Dylan Davis made a wide sweep – out at least six paths off the rail – around the far turn en route to a three-quarter-length victory over 4-5 favorite and recent Mike Lee Stakes winner Doc Sullivan. Owned by Adelphi Racing Club, Madaket Stables, Corms Racing Stable and On The Rise Again Stable and trained by Christophe Clement, Pandagate improved to 3-for-5 with the victory.

A son of the late Arrogate bred by Fred Hertrich III, Pandagate was purchased by his trainer for $130,000 out of the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale. He won two of his first three starts, including the Gander Stakes over Doc Sullivan, before his sojourn to the Middle East.

Pandagate finished third in the $1 million UAE Derby, beaten 6 3/4 lengths by eventual Kentucky Derby third-place finisher and multiple stakes winner Forever Young.

Back with New York-bred company off a string of five works in June and July at Belmont Park, Pandagate went off as the 6-5 second choice in the New York Derby.

Davis was content to led Pandagate race in fifth through the opening half-mile, with local longshot Skyler’s Starship clicking off splits of :24.66 and :49.38. Doc Sullivan, the winner of his last two including a 4-lengths score in the slop in the Mike Lee June 9 at Saratoga, took up the immediate chase behind the leader with Elysian Meadows and Aggelos the Great in close contention.

Skyler’s Starship continued to lead around the far turn as Doc Sullivan and Aggelos the Great ranged up to his outside through 6 furlongs in 1:14.27. Davis tipped Pandagate to the outside midway on the bend, the grey ridgling accelerated past rivals and put away Doc Sullivan in the stretch to win in 1:45.63 over the fast track. Doc Sullivan finished 2 1/2 lengths clear of the 33-1 Skyler’s Starship, who edged Elysian Meadows by a neck for third.

Pandagate, who picked up $95,400 to boost his earnings to $297,050, is the fifth foal out of the stakes-placed Sky Mesa mare Kitty Panda. A homebred for Oak Bluff Stables and Clement, Kitty Panda won two of nine starts and finished third in the 2013 Bouwerie Stakes.

Hertrich purchased Kitty Panda in foal to Blame for $160,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale. Pandagate is one of three New York-bred winners out of Kitty Panda, who is also the dam of three-time winner and $151,380-earner Panster and the two-time winner Countable. Kitty Panda is also the dam of an unnamed Kentucky-bred 2-year-old colt by City of Light.

Caldwell Luvs Gold powers to NY Oaks win

July 15th, 2024

Caldwell Luvs Gold rolls to victory under Manny Franco in Monday’s $75,000 New York Oaks. SV Photography.

Caldwell Luvs Gold stretched out to two turns for the second time in her career and stormed to victory in Monday’s $75,000 New York Oaks at Finger Lakes.

Dicke Racing’s 3-year-old daughter of Goldencents, second last time out going 7 furlongs in the Bouwerie Stakes on New York Showcase Day, shipped from Saratoga Race Course for trainer Brad Cox and won the Oaks by 3 1/4 lengths over Sweet Brown Sugar.

Sent off as the 2-5 favorite under Manny Franco, Caldwell Luvs Gold settled into second early as Sweet Brown Sugar clicked off the opening quarter in :24.88 and half in :50.70. Caldwell Luvs Gold inched closer to the leader approaching the far turn and raced just a half-length behind through 6 furlongs in 1:15.12.

Sweet Brown Sugar, who came in unbeaten in three starts at Finger Lakes including the Niagara Stakes last time out, still led into the stretch before Caldwell Luvs Gold stormed past at the eighth pole. Caldwell Luvs Gold, winner of last year’s Seeking the Ante Stakes on Saratoga Showcase Day, poured it on from there and won in 1:46.22 for the 1 1/16 miles on the fast track.

Sweet Brown Sugar held second, 9 1/4 lengths clear of the second-time starting maiden Purpose with Dharma, Dreamery and Thirteen Red Flags completing the field.

Caldwell Luvs Gold improved to 3-2-2 in nine starts and picked up $45,000 for the victory to pad her bankroll to $299,765.

Bred by Jeremiah Desmond and Drumkenny Farm LLC, Caldwell Luvs Gold is the second foal out of the Quality Road mare Snow.

Caldwell Luvs Gold sold for $36,000 as a weanling at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale before being purchased by Melissa and Kevin Dicke of Indianapolis for $73,000 at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred sale.

Snow’s first foal, the Cupid gelding Eminency, was a winner who earned $98,413. Her third foal, the 2-year-old New York-bred Vekoma filly Saratoga Snow, sold for $125,000 at 2023 OBS October yearling sale before bringing $47,000 from trainer Mike Dini at this year’s OBS April sale. She’s in training at Monmouth Park with a string works, including a half in :48.60 last Wednesday.

Snow is also the dam of a yearling colt by Cupid and a colt by Mind Control, both bred in New York by Desmond.

Caldwell Luvs Gold won her debut last July at Saratoga before her victory in the Seeking the Ante. After back-to-back stakes placings, Caldwell Luvs Gold finished off the board going two turns for the first time in the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct. She returned in 2024 in the East View Stakes, finishing third, before a sixth sprinting on the turf against older fillies and mares. Caldwell Luvs Gold finished a late-running second in the Bouwerie, under Franco, to set up her run in the New York Oaks.

Name Changer sires first winner

July 14th, 2024

New York-bred 2-year-old Tojo’s Mojo gives Name Changer his first winner Sunday at Laurel Park. Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club Photo.

New York-based freshman stallion and graded stakes winner Name Changer sired his first winner Sunday when Tojo’s Mojo won the first race at Laurel Park.

Bred in New York by Majestic View Farms Intl. and owned by Joanne Geruso, Tojo’s Mojo delivered in his second start in the $47,000 maiden special weight going 5 furlongs. The 3-5 favorite, Tojo’s Mojo won by 3 lengths under Jorge Ruiz for trainer John Salzman Jr.

Name Changer, an 11-year-old son of Uncle Mo out of the stakes-winning Northern Afleet mare Cash’s Girl, stands for $2,500 at Peter Kazamias’ Kaz Hill Farm in Middletown.

Name Changer, who stands for $2,500 at Kaz Hill Farm in Middletown, sired his first winner Sunday. Susie Raisher Photo.

Name Changer won eight of 24 starts with two seconds and eight thirds for $567,080 in earnings. Bred and raced by Richard Santulli’s Colts Neck Stables and trained during his career by Alan Goldberg and his successor with Colts Neck’s runners, Jorge Duarte Jr..

Name Changer won the Grade 3 Monmouth Cup Stakes in 2018 at Monmouth Park and finished third in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby in 2016 at Mountaineer Park.

Name Changer won two other stakes during his career – the 2016 Richard W. Small at Laurel Park and 2018 Queens County at Aqueduct, and placed in five other stakes.

Mo Plex scoots to Grade 3 Sanford victory

July 13th, 2024

Mo Plex and Irad Ortiz Jr. cruise to the finish in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga. NYRA Photo.

By Tom Law

Jeremiah Englehart gave owners Rick Higgins and Howard Reed a bit of a warning after Mo Plex blasted to a 10-length victory last month during the Belmont at the Big A meeting, giving the New Yorkers reason to dream big about the biggest meet of the year in their backyard.

“This isn’t how it always happens with 2-year-olds when we buy them,” Englehart told the longtime friends, who race as R and H Stable.

Englehart might need to double down next time he puts the tack on Mo Plex, after the son of Complexity ran his record to 2-for-2 in Saturday’s co-featured Grade 3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

“That was awesome,” Reed, who lives in the Albany area, said after posing with Higgins and Englehart before heading to celebrate the latest graded stakes victory for a product of the New York-bred program.

“We liked his chances, even though not a single prominent handicapper picked him on top,” said Higgins, who lives on Union Avenue in Saratoga just down the road from the racetrack.

Mo Plex’s owners, Englehart and gamblers that packed Saratoga on a steamy afternoon Saturday liked the colt’s chances a lot more after morning-line favorite Mentee came out of the race in the morning with a temperature. Mo Plex went off as the 9-5 second choice behind Studlydoright, down significantly from his 6-1 morning-line price from the outside post in the reduced field of seven.

Irad Ortiz Jr. put Mo Plex on the lead from the break, clicking off strong fractions of :22.51 and :45.92 into the backstretch and around the far turn.

In control throughout, Mo Plex turned for home up by more than a length and extended his advantage to 1 1/2 lengths over the tiring chaser Mr. Squeaky Wheels through 5 furlongs in :58.26. Mo Plex wasn’t seriously threatened from there and finished a length clear of Tremont Stakes winner Studlydoright at the finish in 1:11.72. Three Echos rallied for third.

Bred by Avi and Rhoda Freedberg’s Everything’s Cricket Racing, Mo Plex is the first foal out of the unraced Uncle Mo mare Mo Joy.

A $27,000 RNA at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale, Mo Plex was purchased by Englehart’s JCE Racing for $45,000 at the OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training. Englehart added R and H Stable to his client list late last year and is thrilled to bring the New Yorkers to his predominantly New York-bred stable bedded down in the Oklahoma Annex at Saratoga for the spring, summer and fall.

Englehart, a longtime player in the state who lives in Schuylerville and has turned much of his attention more to New York-breds in recent years, credited the program.

“This is where I call home all year long, and I concentrate and focus on buying New York-breds,” Englehart said. “Hopefully, we’ve got a few more we can unveil later in the meet and have some fun with. It’s just a tremendous program, and they’ve shown they can run with anything. To me, it’s fantastic and it’s almost like job security when you’re able to have New York-breds. I’m blessed.”

NYTB Welcomes SUNY Administrators to Saratoga Race Course

July 12th, 2024

Administrators from SUNY colleges with NYTB board member Tom Gallo and NYRA analyst and retired NY Champion jockey Richard Migliore on their visit to Saratoga Race Course. Photo: Skip Dickstein/NYTB Photos.

One day before the start of this year’s Saratoga Race Course meet, on Wednesday, July 10, The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., led a group of senior administrators and Presidents from the State University of New York System to experience morning training at Saratoga Race Course and learn more about the various segments of the Thoroughbred Industry.

The tour was organized by NYTB board member and education committee chairman Tom Gallo and NYTB Executive Director Najja Thompson. Visitors included SUNY administrators and representatives from SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Niagara, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego and Clinton Community College. The group spent the early morning watching training at the Oklahoma training track and learning about the journey of a racehorse. From being foaled to training and racing on track and the care equine athletes receive day-to-day and also in thoroughbred retirement.

Retired Champion Jockey & NYRA TV Analyst Richard Migliore speaking with SUNY administrators at the Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course. Photo: Skip Dickstein/NYTB Photos

Speakers included were NYRA TV Analyst and retired NY Champion Jockey Richard Migliore, NYRA Executive Vice President of Operations and Capital Projects Glen Kozack, and NYRA Board members and Education committee chair Tom Gallo.

 

Last year, NYTB launched an accredited Thoroughbred industry course with SUNY Cobleskill designed to expose upper-class students in the Animal Science program to all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry and this year NYTB is looking to build and expand on that program in partnership with more schools.

“Our goal in welcoming administrators across the SUNY system to experience and learn more about our industry. Additionally, the immersive tour and experience was an opportunity to expand on the Thoroughbred Industry course we partnered on with SUNY Cobleskill last year with more schools across the state,” said NYTB Board member Tom Gallo.

“It was a wonderful experience for me and my colleagues,” said Ken Knelly administrator in charge for Clinton Community College. “Thank you to the NYTB and NYRA for making it possible. We look forward to continuing to work together to ensure more students can learn about the various jobs and careers in the thoroughbred industry.”

 

NYTB Membership Services booth at Saratoga Race Course

July 10th, 2024

NYTB logoDear Members:

Following a successful Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in June, the traditional Saratoga summer racing meet is upon us!

To best support our members, NYTB will have a membership services booth located outside the paddock on select Fridays at the track.

As a reminder, your 2024 NYTB membership and pin grants you FREE general admission entrance to Saratoga Race Course on each live race day. 

If you need any help or assistance regarding your NYTB membership or want to direct friends, colleagues, and guests to a place where they can learn more about NYTB and the New York-bred program, please visit us.

Please find the schedule and operating hours for the Saratoga on-track NYTB Membership Services Booth (outside the paddock):

  • Friday, July 12 –  11a – 5p
  • Friday, July 26 – 11a – 5p
  • Friday, August 2 –  11a – 5p
  • Friday, August 23 –  11a – 5p
  • Friday, August 30 – 11a – 5p

Our collective goal is to be visible to our members during the Saratoga season and share our mission with attendees all summer promoting breeding and racing in New York.

The Saratoga annual summer meet is an exciting time that brings great racing, fantastic purses, and tremendous opportunities for New York-breds at the track. We hope to see you soon!

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