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NYTB annual Holiday Party returns Saturday, Dec. 10

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders’ Inc. is pleased to announce the return of its annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 10 at the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY from 7-10 p.m. ET.

The evening will feature exquisite hors d’oeuvres, chef-attended dinner stations, an open bar, and musical performances from local Saratoga Springs soulful duo Jacksland band. Tickets can be purchased by visiting and are $150 for NYTB members and $175 for non-members.

“The NYTB holiday party is a cherished yearly tradition and an opportunity for NYTB members and New York-bred program participants to get together to kick off the holiday season.” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.  “This year’s party will be even more special being held at the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame. We will be surrounded by the utmost excellence in our sport for all to observe and enjoy. As always, we welcome current program participants and those interested in learning more about the New York-bred program to join us as we reflect on the accomplishments over the past year for New York-breds at the racetrack  and look forward to the 2023 breeding season.”

Guests will also eligible to receive a special discounted hotel rate at the Saratoga Hilton for $159 a night for Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11. Click here to reserve a room.


Prince of New York leads the way at Makeover

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

Prince of New York, a 6-year-old son of Cairo Prince bred by Clark Brewster, led an impressive showing by New York-breds at last week’s Thoroughbred Makeover. Photo courtesy of Retired Racehorse Project.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Prince of New York led the Empire State charge at last week’s Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, taking home the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Achieve Equine.

Five New York-breds made the Makeover’s 10-discipline Finale with Prince of New York leading the results. Bred by Clark Brewster and foaled at Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds in Fort Edward, the 6-year-old son of Cairo Prince proved a solid competitor throughout the show.

After two days of preliminary competition, Prince of New York qualified for Saturday’s Finale in both the Show Jumpers and Show Hunters divisions and impressed in both of his rounds. The stallion had finished second in the preliminary competition by just over 6 points to make it into Saturday’s showcase. In the end, his Finale score of 133.5 was 17 points better than the runner-up to secure Champion Show Jumper honors.

“He’s got all the qualities that we look for – he’s a beautiful mover, very pretty to look at and once we started jumping, he really had a good technique,” said Prince of New York’s rider and owner Chris Bennings. “He seems to really like coming to the horse shows. He’s bred six mares so far, so to come be a green horse and really keep it together and be professional is really exciting.”

Prince of New York won two of eight starts with a second and a third for $40,256 in earnings during his racing career.

After a brief break while the course was reset for the Show Hunters, Prince of New York was back in the Covered Arena to look for his second championship of the day. Placing third in the preliminary competition of Show Hunters, he was a clear second in the discipline to take home two ribbons. Hours later at the end of the competition, fans from around the country voted via text to award Prince of New York the popular vote.

Yireh, a 4-year-old daughter of Well Noted bred by Angel Montanez, shared the Empire State Success Story Top New York-Bred Award. Photo courtesy of Retired Racehorse Project.

The co-winner of the Empire State Success Story Top New York-Bred Award presented by NYTB, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), and the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) for preliminary competition placings, Yireh had finished first in Polo to make Saturday’s Finale.

All scores were reset for the Finale and the 4-year-old daughter of Well Noted again put in a top performance to finish second with Buck Schott aboard. Foaled at Monhill Farm in Pine Plains, Yireh was joined by fellow New York-bred Buffalo Dancer in the Finale with that filly repeating the fifth-place performance she’d shown during preliminary competition.

Bred by Angel Montanez, Yireh raced twice at Finger Lakes during her career. The 3-year-old War Dancer filly Buffalo Dancer was a four-time runner racing in New York and Florida for owner/breeder Curragh Stables. Ridden at the Thoroughbred Makeover by owner Benjamin Lynch, the filly was foaled at Sugar Plum Farm in Saratoga Springs.

Diggin For Dough, a 4-year-old daughter of Teuflesberg bred and foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, shared the Empire State Success Story Top New York-Bred Award with Yireh after taking home first place in Competitive Trail. Navigating a difficult course during Saturday’s competition, Diggin For Dough finished just over 10 points behind the leader to finish third in the Finale.

Owned and trained at the end of her career by Christopher Keller, Diggin For Dough raced 11 times with one third-place finish. The filly’s after-racing owner Toni Harmon, who earned the Top Amateur Award sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, rode Diggin For Dough in the Competitive Trail class.

New York-bred stakes winner Evaluator, a 7-year-old Overanalyze gelding bred by EKQ Stables Corp., made the Finale after competing in the Freestyle discipline. Photo courtesy of Retired Racehorse Project.

The most accomplished New York-bred in the overall competition, the stakes-winning Evaluator, finished fourth in the Freestyle discipline’s preliminary competition to earn a spot in the Finale. The 7-year-old Overanalyze gelding impressed the judges with a gym-inspired routine Saturday to earn 107.210 points for second in the Finale. Evaluator also helped owner-rider Colleen Nolan take home the Top Amateur Award sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, for their placing.

Bred by EKQ Stables and foaled at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, Evaluator placed in the top three in eight of 18 starts and earned $375,148. He ended his career for trainer H. James Bond for owner R and H Stable.

Dates for the 2023 Thoroughbred Makeover have not yet been announced but the Retired Racehorse Project anticipates it will be held on a similar date with the event staying at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Applications can be submitted for next year’s competition from January 2- 22 with horses who have worked or raced on or after July 1, 2021 eligible to compete. Horses may not have had more than 15 retraining rides prior to December 1 of this year if they wish to show in the 2023 Makeover.

NYTB to host Saratoga membership meeting/seminar Oct. 16

Thursday, October 6th, 2022

NYTB logoThe New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. will host its annual general membership meeting at educational seminar Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs.

The event, which features a free barbecue and cocktail hour for attendees, runs from 5-7 p.m. and all are encouraged to RSVP by Friday, Oct. 14 at

Veterinarian and NYTB Board Member Dr. Scott Ahlschwede of Rood & Riddle will moderate the panel “Success at the Sales,” which will cover expectations, preparation, sale selection, veterinary information, what buyers want and other topics.

Sponsored by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund (The Fund) and Boehringer-Ingelheim, the panel will feature speakers Michael McMahon (McMahon & Hill Bloodstock), Dr. E.C. “Pug” Hart, D.V.M., Derek MacKenzie (Vinery Sales), and Francis Vanlangendonck (Summerfield Sales).

Three $1,000 scholarships will also be available for students enrolled in Agricultural or Equine Studies and Vet Technicians.

The meeting and seminar will be conducted the day before the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale Monday, October 17. Fasig-Tipton cataloged 235 entries for the sale, which begins at 10 a.m.

Those wishing to attend the seminar and membership meeting must RSVP by Oct. 14 at For more information, send an email to

Americanrevolution earns New York-bred Horse of the Year honors

Saturday, August 13th, 2022

Americanrevolution won last year’s Empire Classic on the way to New York-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male honors. NYRA Photo.

NYTB Press Release

Americanrevolution’s rapid development last season earned him New York-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male honors during the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc.’s Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 12 at Fasig-Tipton’s Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion.

Bred by Fred Hertrich and John Fielding and owned by CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm, Americanrevolution went from a maiden in June to a Grade 1 winner by December to lock up his championships.

The 2021 New York-bred Horse of the Year and divisional champions were chosen by a vote of New York turf writers, handicappers, photographers and television and radio hosts and analysts conducted by the NYTB. The Awards Ceremony returned to an in-person event for the first time since 2019.

A Commemorative Awards Program, written and produced by ST Publishing (the team behind The Saratoga Special and, will be mailed to all NYTB members and currently available on the website. Program.

New York’s 2020 honorees:
New York-Bred Horse of the Year and Champion Three-Year-Old Male:
Americanrevolution (Constitution – Polly Freeze, by Super Saver)
Breeder: Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding
Owner: CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Foaling farm: Irish Hill Century Farm, Stillwater

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly
Venti Valentine (Firing Line – Glory Gold, by Medaglia d’Oro)
Breeder: Final Furlong Racing Stable and Maspeth Stable
Owner: NY Final Furlong Racing Stable and Parkland Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Jorge Abreu
Foaling farm: Schuylerville Thoroughbred Farm, Fort Edward

Champion Two-Year-Old Male
Senbei (Candy Ride – Sweet Aloha, by Western Cat)
Breeders: Dr. Jerry Bilinski
Owner: Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Darlene Bilinski
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Foaling farm: Waldorf Farm, North Chatham

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
Make Mischief (Into Mischief – Speightful Lady, by Speightstown)
Breeder: Avanti Stable
Owner: Gary Barber
Trainer: Mark Casse
Foaling farm: Song Hill Thoroughbred, Mechanicville

Champion Older Dirt Female and Champion Female Sprinter
Bank Sting (Central Banker – Bee in a Bonnet, by Precise End)
Breeder: McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds
Owners: McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and Hidden Brook Farm
Trainer: John Terranova
Foaling farm: McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Saratoga Springs

Champion Older Dirt Male
Bankit (Central Banker – Sister in Arms, by Colonel John)
Breeders: Hidden Brook Farm and Blue Devil Racing
Owners: Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis HortonRacing
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Foaling farm: McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Saratoga Springs

Champion Turf Female
Runaway Rumour (Flintshire – Elusive Rumour, by Elusive Quality)
Breeder/Owner: Lawrence Goichman
Trainer: Jorge Abreu
Foaling farm: Edition Farm, Hyde Park

Champion Turf Male
Somelikeithotbrown (Big Brown – Marilyn Monroan, by Tapit)
Breeder: Hot Pink Stables and Sand Dollar Stables
Owner: Skychai Racing LLC and Sand Dollar Stable LLC
Trainer: Mike Maker
Foaling farm: Sequel Stallions New York, Hudson

Champion Male Sprinter
My Boy Tate (Boys At Tosconova – Backslash, by Sharp Humor)
Breeder/Trainer: Michelle Nevin
Owners: Little Red Feather Racing and Michelle Nevin
Foaling farm: Rockridge Stud, Hudson

Champion Steeplechaser
Down Royal 
(Alphabet Soup – Miss Crown, by High Yield)
Breeders: Bernard and Kate Dalton
Owner: Shadowfax Stable
Foaling farm: McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Saratoga Springs

Broodmare of the Year: Polly Freeze (Super Saver – Elusive Gold, by Strike the Gold), dam of Americanrevolution
New York-Bred Trainer of the Year: Christophe Clement
New York-Bred Jockey of the Year: Luis Saez
New York Breeder of the Year: Chester and Mary Broman

NYRA, NYTHA and NYTB to host second annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga on Thursday, July 21

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022
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.

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.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) will host the second annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day on Thursday, July 21 at Saratoga Race Course, which will include a variety of events and demonstrations to highlight the work of the New York State aftercare community.

The featured race will be the $125,000 Rick Violette, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for New York-bred sophomores 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.

Violette was a founding member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), the non-profit organization that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain, and rehome thoroughbreds. Based in Lexington, KY, the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry members.

Representatives from TAA-accredited aftercare organizations will be on-site at Saratoga on July 21 to educate racing fans about the importance of responsible aftercare efforts, including New Vocations, ReRun, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, Lucky Orphans, ACTT Naturally, Old Friends at Cabin Creek, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga.

Fans can visit the Community Booth behind the jockeys’ quarters to learn more about the participating organizations.

“Thoroughbred Aftercare Day reflects our unwavering commitment to protecting and re-training equine athletes when their racing days are done,” said Dave O’Rourke, NYRA President & CEO. “New York is the national leader when it comes to supporting and investing in meaningful aftercare efforts, and NYRA is thrilled to host the second annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on July 21.”

New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day will begin prior to first post with an on-track demonstration of retired racehorses showcasing the skills learned in their second careers.

ReRun will be represented by several horses who have found success in second careers in the show ring. Bourbon Rising, who made his last start at Saratoga less than a year ago, already has been shown at World Equestrian Center (WEC) events; and Sicilia Sal is now appearing competitively in hunter competition and in clinics with former U.S. Olympic coach Eric Hogan.

Lucky Orphans will be sending Eighttwosixtwotwo, a 3-year-old filly whose work in the demonstration will help to underscore the organization’s mission of “People Helping Horses Heal People.” New Vocations will be represented by two New York-breds – Soaring Star, who will be showing off his jumping ability; and Bielefeld, who ran his final race last August at the Spa and will be ridden western style in the demonstration.

“Aftercare Day at Saratoga is the ideal forum to communicate directly with racing’s most passionate fans about how we care for retired racehorses,” said Rick

Milfer Farm-bred Uncle Sigh, multiple graded stakes placed, Kentucky Derby participant, and ReRun ambassador, meets fans at the 2021 event. Susie Raisher photo.

Milfer Farm-bred Uncle Sigh, multiple graded stakes placed, Kentucky Derby participant, and ReRun ambassador, meets fans at the 2021 event. Susie Raisher photo.

Schosberg, the New York-based trainer who serves as Vice President of NYTHA and President of TAKE2. “Due to the hard work of horsemen, breeders and the state’s racing community at-large, we’ve established networks and systems that create second careers for thousands of horses.”

NYRA, NYTHA, NYTB and New York owners contribute more than $1.5 million per year to aftercare support. New York’s racing community contributes more financial support to thoroughbred aftercare than any state in the country.

In 2014, NYTHA adopted a per-start fee for owners of $5 that provided funding to the TAA. In 2019, In July 2019, NYRA and NYTHA increased the per-start fee to $10. NYRA matches those contributions, and then donates the proceeds to the TAA at the conclusion of each race meet conducted at NYRA.

In July 2019, NYRA and NYTHA increased the per-start fee to $10. This program consistently generates more than $150,000 per year for the TAA.

In 2013, NYTHA’s TAKE THE LEAD (TTL) Thoroughbred Retirement Program was launched with NYRA’s support and has placed more than 900 hundred horses retiring from the NYRA tracks with TAA-accredited organizations.

In 2019, NYRA and NYTHA launched an aftercare assessment program that requires prospective owners claiming a horse subject to contribute a 1.5 percent aftercare assessment on top of the claiming price of the horse with funding allocated to the TAA and TTL. For example, an owner claiming a horse for $50,000 will contribute an additional $750 toward aftercare.

Racing fans will be able to donate to TAKE THE LEAD by texting AFTERCARE2022 to 44321 to make a contribution, or by opting to make a donation to the TAA when cashing a winning ticket on an AmTote International self-service betting terminal. All donations are tax deductible.

“We’re proud to partner with NYRA and NYTHA once again to highlight and bring awareness to Thoroughbred Aftercare in New York,” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders. “The efforts undertaken by each of the participating Thoroughbred Aftercare accredited organizations to care, retrain and develop second careers for retired racehorses deserves to be featured. Being able to do so in front of racing fans at Saratoga speaks to the support our industry as a collective is providing to assure the long-term care of our equine athletes.”

About TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program:
The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. TAKE2 was created in 2012 with the goal of making it easier to find new homes for retired racehorses. TAKE2 sponsors prize money in Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper classes, high-score year-end awards and the $20,000 TAKE2 Hunter & Jumper Finals. The program partners with more than 400 horse shows nationwide.

TAKE THE LEAD works with owners and trainers to find placements for the horses retiring from the NYRA tracks with TAA-accredited aftercare organizations. Co-funded by members of the Thoroughbred industry around the country: New York Thoroughbred Breeders; New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund; Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations in Maryland (through Beyond the Wire) and Pennsylvania (through Turning for Home); Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company; and members of the racing and horse show communities across the country, TAKE2 is a 2021 TCA grantee. For more information on TAKE2 and TAKE THE LEAD, go to

NYRA to offer New York-Sired bonus program

Monday, June 6th, 2022

NYTB logoThe New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) in conjunction with the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Inc. (NYTHA) and the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund (The Fund) today announced a lucrative new purse enhancement for owners of New York Stallion-sired New York-breds competing on the NYRA circuit.

Effective immediately, the ‘New York-Sired Bonus’ will provide an additional $5,000 to the winning owner of a New York-sired New York-bred who finishes first in all open company and New York-bred restricted maiden special weight, allowance, and allowance optional claiming races. The bonus does not apply to horses entered for a claiming tag.

“This agreement, coupled with the updated residency requirements for mares, ensures the best incentives and opportunities for all who participate in the New York-bred program,” said Najja Thompson, NYTB Executive Director. “As we enter the heart of the racing season, there is no better time to get involved in the New York-bred program.”

The New York-Sired Bonus program is funded through the NYRA Purse Account and will be awarded retroactively for qualifying winners dating back to November 18, 2021. NYRA will begin processing and paying out retroactive awards in the coming weeks. Moving forward, bonus payments will be made in the month following the qualifying win.

“The marketplace for New York-breds is extremely strong, and NYRA is pleased to support initiatives designed to fuel the continued growth of the breeding industry throughout New York,” said Dave O’Rourke, NYRA President & CEO. “Beyond their continued success on the racetrack, the New York-bred program generates jobs and positive economic impact in every corner of the state.”

Designed to further incentivize participation in the growing New York-bred program, the New York-sired bonus will remain in place at all subsequent NYRA race meets. The bonus aligns with the residency rules concerning mares purchased at public auction established by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund in 2020.

For a complete description of the New York-bred program mare residency rules, click here.

NYRA offers some of the richest overnight purses of any jurisdiction in the country, with open maiden special weight races at $90,000; New York-bred maiden special weight races at $75,000; New York-bred non-winners of two at $85,000 and New York-bred non-winners of one at $80,000.

“This bonus is an innovative way to incentivize owners of New York-Sired horses to race at our NYRA tracks, said Joe Appelbaum, NYTHA President. “Moreover, it strengthens New York’s thoroughbred ecosystem by rewarding those who purchase New York-Sired horses with the ambition to compete in both our state-bred and open conditions. We are happy to work with NYTB, NYRA, and the Fund to get this accomplished.”

“The New York-Sired bonus is a result of working with our partners and fellow stakeholders in New York racing and the New York-bred program,” said Tracy Egan, Executive Director of the Fund. “The bonus will have a direct benefit to participants in the New York breeding and racing programs starting with owners of New York-sired horses.”

Applications open for Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. and Debby Malloy Winkler Scholarships

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

NYTB logoApplications for two scholarships to be presented by NYTB at Saratoga Race Course on New York-Bred Divisional Champions Day, Friday, August 12, are now open and due by  May 6, 2022.

The Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship, and the Debby Malloy Winkler New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship, each recognize 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 for consideration for each scholarship must either be mailed to NYTB at P.O. Box 5120 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 and postmarked by May 6, 2022 or submitted electronically to

Scholarship winners will be notified in writing by NYTB by June 20, 2022.

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

General Instructions and Guidelines
2022 Application Form

Letter from NYTB President Tom Gallo

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

Below, please find a letter from NYTB President Tom Gallo speaking to the impact and importance of the horse racing and breeding industry in New York State.

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For generations, the sport of horse racing has supported small businesses, industries, and families across New York. When New Yorkers think about the sport of horse racing, many will jump to the stereotype of the glitz and glamour of the Belmont Stakes, but in reality, behind the scenes, are the hardworking men and women who are the backbone of this industry and make events like this possible.

Not only do they play an instrumental role in New York’s culture and economy, countless New Yorkers’ livelihoods depend on horse racing; from breeders like myself to workers in non-profit organizations, agriculture, and the unionized construction industry.

Recently, the sport of horse racing has been under attack, and legislation being debated in Albany will jeopardize thousands of jobs and careers if this bill passes. Whether it’s regarding the sales of thoroughbred horses or racing support payments, breeders and farmers across the State urge lawmakers to recognize that New York has built a horse racing economy that serves as a model for the rest of the country, and we cannot afford to put this sport and thousands of New Yorkers who depend on it at risk.

The equine industry and horse racing are one of New York’s top agribusinesses. Not only does the sport provide more than $200 million in payroll, but it also supports thousands of workers and creates jobs and economic opportunities in every corner of the State.

As breeders and farm owners, we care for hundreds of horses that support the sport of horse racing. We live and breathe the sport – this is the lifeline that provides food on the table and clothes on our backs – and without these jobs, hardworking men and women who uplift this sport and the economy will lose their basic right of living. At the end of the day, we are business owners who are not only supporting ourselves but our local economies. This is what is at stake, and we need lawmakers to recognize how it will not only impact New York’s economy but also their own people.

Breeders and farm owners in New York care deeply about the health and well-being of every horse on our farm – whether they are currently racing or training. Being with horses every day, we see that they are incredibly well cared for and loved every day of their lives. This care and love helps us to raise a competitive athlete. We work to ensure that their health and safety are at the center of every action. From feed and hay which is sourced locally, to working with local farriers and veterinarians, we ensure the horses and foals in our care receive the best of health as they start their careers on the journey to becoming successful racehorses.

Now more than ever, New York needs to double down on the sport of horse racing as we finally look towards full economic recovery from a dark pandemic. As a State, it’s time we continue to support the sport that New Yorkers love, and in doing so, we can protect the thousands of jobs that come with it.

If you are a New York State resident
  • Please click here and enter your contact information in the name and address fields to let your elected officials in Albany know the importance of the sport and industry to our lives.
If you are not a New York State resident
  • Please click here to contact New York Governor Kathy Hochul to express the economic impact that would be lost to New York State as a result of the proposed policies that would hurt the currently thriving New York Thoroughbred Breeding industry.

NYTB to honor Divisional Champions at Saratoga

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

NYTB logoThe New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) will honor the 2021 New York-Bred Divisional Champions during in-person events Friday, Aug. 12 at Saratoga Race Course and Fasig-Tipton Co. in Saratoga Springs.

The festivities start with “A Day at the Races” from 1-6:30 p.m. with a dining buffet in The Rail at the exclusive 1863 Club at Saratoga Race Course, which will host four New York-bred stakes, worth $500,000 in purses, on the day’s card. The Evan Shipman Handicap, John Morrissey Handicap, Union Avenue Handicap and Johnstone Mile Handicap will each be worth $125,000.

The proceedings continue across Union Avenue from 7-8 p.m. with the 2021 New York-Bred Annual Awards Presentation and Cocktail Hour at Fasig-Tipton. Former leading New York jockey Richard Migliore will emcee the awards presentation, with champions crowned in the 10 equine divisions including Horse of the Year. Also honored with 2021 awards will be Broodmare of the Year, Champion Trainer, Champion Jockey and Outstanding Breeder.

The New York-Bred Divisional Champions sponsored by The New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund are determined by a vote of New York Turf writers, broadcasters, handicappers, racing analysts and photographers.

‘We’re thrilled to have our marquee event return to an in-person format this summer during the Saratoga Race Course meet, said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders. “This year’s New York-bred Champions Awards will allow attendees to enjoy the current success of the New York-bred program with a lunch buffet on track in the exclusive Rail hospitality area of the 1863 Club with four New York-bred stakes on the day. Following the races, we will honor our 2021 New York-bred divisional Champion nominees and winners at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion hosted by New York riding legend Richard Migliore.”

The event is expected to be a sellout. Tickets are $150 for NYTB members and $175 for non-members. To secure your tickets, please visit

The NYTB Annual Awards Event is sponsored by The New York Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund along with partners Fasig-Tipton, NYRA, NYRA Bets, Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions, Sequel New York, Rockridge Stud,  McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, NTRA, Chester & Mary Broman, Edition Farm, Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Capital OTB, Inc.

A list of the 2021 New York-bred divisional championship nominees by category follows.

Champion 2-Year-Old Male: Adios Asher, Coinage, Dakota Gold, Geno, Rebel Empire, Run Curtis Run, Senbei, Shipsational.

Champion 2-Year-Old Filly: Classy Edition, Curly Girl, Derrynane, Howdyoumakeurmoney, Miss Alacrity, November Rein, Shesawildjoker, Venti Valentine, Yo Cuz.

Champion 3-Year-Old Male: Americanrevolution, Excellent Timing, Hush of a Storm, It’s a Gamble, Lobsta, Nicky the Vest, Ocala Dream, Perfect Munnings, River Dog, The King Cheek.

Champion 3-Year-Old Filly: A Bit o’Irish Sass, A Life That’s Good, Betsy Blue, Byhubbyhellomoney, Make Mischief, Secret Love, Sport Model.

Champion Older Dirt Male: Bankit, Captain Bombastic, Mr. Buff, My Boy Tate, Ny Traffic, Our Last Buck, Sea Foam.

Champion Older Dirt Female: Dancing Kiki, Espresso Shot, Ice Princess, Maiden Beauty, Mrs. Orb, Sharp Starr.

Champion Turf Male: Battle Station, City Man, Cross Border, Rinaldi, Somelikeithotbrown, Step Dancer.

Champion Turf Female: Classic Lady, Giacosa, Myhartblongstodady, Robin Sparkles, Runaway Rumour, Sport Model, Time Limit.

Champion Male Sprinter: Bank On Shea, Battle Station, Foolish Ghost, Jemography, My Boy Tate, Ny Traffic, Our Last Buck.

Champion Female Sprinter: Awesome Debate, Espresso Shot, Miss Jimmy, Mrs. Orb, Sadie Lady, The Important One, Time Limit.

Special Belmont Stakes Day Promo Discount for NYTB Members

Monday, February 14th, 2022

We are happy to announce starting Monday, February 14, NYTB Members are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on the purchase of Belmont Stakes Day reserved seat tickets for Saturday, June 11. The capacity for the Belmont Stakes will be 50,000 fans.

This offer will be valid through April 30, 2022, while supplies last.

All NYTB ticket purchases will be verified. To join or renew your NYTB membership for 2022, to take advantage of this special offer, please visit

To apply your 2022 NYTB membership discount for purchase of this year’s Belmont Stakes Day reserved seat tickets, click here and select the “Unlock” option on the upper right hand side of the screen. Enter offer code NYTB10 and select your seats.

Offer Code: NYTB10

Purchase Link:

If you have any questions, please contact the NYTB membership services team at (518) 587- 0777.

We hope to see you at New York’s Triple Crown headquarters!