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First mare in foal to Sequel’s Fire At Will

Friday, March 10th, 2023

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Fire At Will, standing his initial season at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, has his first mare in foal. Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire Photo.

Sequel Stallions New York’s first-year sire Fire At Will has his first mare bred reported in foal.

Day Dayenu, a winning 6-year-old daughter of Into Mischief out of the graded stakes-winning Not For Love mare Blind Date, checked in foal to the multiple graded stakes-winning son of Declaration of War. Fire At Will is standing his first season for $6,000 at Sequel in Hudson.

Day Dayenu, purchased by the Fire At Will Syndicate for $20,000 at the OBS January mixed sale, is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and $133,803-earner Paulita. This will be her first foal.

Campaigned by Three Diamonds Farm and trained by Mike Maker, Fire At Will won three of six starts and earned $675,932. He won the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland Race Course and the off-the-turf With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and Grade 3 Pilgrim on the turf at Belmont Park that same season.

Fire At Will is out of the Kitten’s Joy mare Flirt, who sold in foal to Lemon Drop Kid for $500,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale. He’s the first foal out of Flirt, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Decorated Invader (by Declaration of War), stakes winner Jubliant Girl and stakes-placed Cabral.


Message From NYTB President Tom Gallo – March 13 Rally at State Capitol

Thursday, February 16th, 2023

NYTB logo On Monday, March 13, New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. (NYTB) along with workers representing the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and the New York Racing Association, (NYRA), will hold a press conference and rally at the State Capitol to raise awareness and support for horse racing as part of our We Are NY Horse Racing coalition.

The purpose of this rally is to make our collective voices heard in support of the Belmont Park modernization project.

As you may be aware, Governor Kathy Hochul included the Belmont Park modernization project in her state budget proposal, however the next step is to ensure the project is included in the final budget.

It is our sport, industry and breeder awards that are at stake!

NYTB will be providing bus transportation, box lunch, and refreshments to everyone who intends to travel to the rally. We are looking for at least 55 farm workers, blacksmiths, veterinarians, and individuals in all service-related sectors who work in horse racing to attend. The bus will depart from Saratoga Race Course at 9 a.m. and return approximately 3 p.m. Additionally details will be sent to all who register below.

NYTB has been at the forefront of the fight to protect horse racing in New York and ensure its long-term viability against extremist groups including PETA, NYCLASS, and others who have made it their mission to end our livelihood and the care we provide to our equine athletes by making notable contributions to members of the Senate and Assembly.

It is imperative that we have farm workers and all persons who support and make a living with horses and equine athletes on hand to show legislators the jobs and individuals who directly benefit from having a robust thoroughbred breeding industry in New York. Our lives will be severely impacted if the Belmont Park modernization plan is not included in the state budget by April 1.

Click here to RSVP to the rally and please share among your fellow farm owners, breeders, and supporters of horse racing.

If you cannot attend our rally on March 13, please also consider donating to the NYTB PAC which supports our fight to help protect and grow the New York-bred program.

Personal donations to the NYTB PAC can be made online here or personal checks can be made payable to the NYTB PAC and mailed to

P.O. BOX 5120

No donation is too small. Thank you for your consideration and support in this fight.

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Tom Gallo
NYTB President & Chairman of NYTB PAC

New York Breeding Highlights from Governor Kathy Hochul’s State Budget Proposal

Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

NYTB logoOn Wednesday afternoon, Governor Kathy Hochul released her first state budget proposal since being elected to her first term in office last November. The $227 billion executive budget proposal includes key initiatives for horse racing in the state, including modernization of the historic Belmont Park on Long Island and a key modification of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to benefit farmers, including breeding farm owners.

The announcement of the Governor’s budget proposal begins a protracted negotiation process with state lawmakers, ahead of the April 1 start of the state’s fiscal year. We are thankful and appreciate the support of Governor Kathy Hochul, Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D-15), chair of the New York Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, Assembly member Gary Pretlow, Jr. (D-89), chair of the State Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee, and all members of the New York Senate and State Assembly who continue to recognize the importance of horse racing to the New York State economy. Below, please find a recap of the key initiatives from the governor’s budget that would positively impact horse racing and the thoroughbred breeding industry.

NYTB and our legislative affairs team in Albany, through your membership dues and donations to the NYTB PAC make it possible to ensure New York’s thoroughbred breeding and racing industry remains the best in the nation.

In the next week, you will receive your 2023 NYTB Membership Renewal Packet. You can renew your membership:

  • via Phone: Please call the NYTB Office – 518.587.0777
  • Online: Click here.

Please also consider donating to the NYTB PAC! The NYTB PAC allows your voice to be heard in the state capitol on all pertinent issues.

If you make a minimum voluntary contribution of $50 or more to the NYTB PAC, you will receive an NYTB branded logo hat. You can make your donation to the NYTB PAC by visiting here.

2024 New York State Executive Budget Thoroughbred Breeding & Horse Racing Highlights 

  • MODERNIZATION OF BELMONT PARK The governor’s executive budget proposal announced support for the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to receive $455 million in state-backed bonds for the modernization of Belmont Park to be repaid by NYRA at no cost to taxpayers. The Belmont Park modernization project is estimated to be completed in the next three years with $71 million towards the renovation of the turf courses, main track, and installation of a synthetic surface, and the remaining $384 million to be spent on modernizing the main building, including a new grandstand and clubhouse. The project will also unlock the 45-acre infield at Belmont Park for a variety of uses.

NYTB Action: NYTB has been pleased to be a founding member of the We are New York Horse Racing Coalition. The coalition’s efforts have been an integral part of ensuring the Belmont Park modernization project was included in the Governor’s proposal. A modernized Belmont Park, with the capability for year-round racing at a world-class facility, will not only ensure New York remains a leader in hosting top tier races including graded stakes and a future Breeders’ Cup World Championships, but would continue to positively support New York’s breeding industry with an increased demand for New York-breds and New York racing on the yearly calendar.

  • MODIFY THE INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT (ITC) FOR FARMERSThe governor’s budget proposal also includes a modification of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for farmers which would allow the conversion of Investment Tax Credits from nonrefundable tax credits into a refundable tax credit for five years. This is expected to provide farm owners and farm businesses the ability to utilize $7 million additional (ITC) credits annually.

NYTB Action: NYTB, in collaboration with the Farm Bureau, is actively working with the governor’s administration and state legislature to ensure the Investment Tax Credit, which was increased 20 percent last year, will now be refundable. A major step in helping to alleviate the rising costs experienced by farmers in New York, including breeding farms.

  • MOBILE SPORTS WAGERING HIGHLIGHTThe governor’s briefing book, including highlights and state achievements ahead of the announced executive budget proposal included the impressive figure of $16.6 billion in handle on mobile sports wagering through January 7 of last year with the one-year anniversary of mobile sports wagering in New York, achieved on January 8.

NYTB Action: NYTB along with our fellow industry stakeholders including NYRA and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) continue to evaluate the potential of mobile sports wagering for horse racing, including potentially through fixed-odds legislation. Currently, there is a 51 percent tax on mobile sports betting operators, which is a significant factor in evaluating any potential introduction to horse racing to complement pari-mutuel wagering and investment of revenue returned to support New York’s breeding industry.

There is a perpetual need for advocacy for our sport and industry. NYTB will continue our work on your behalf and also appreciates your support in these efforts.

Najja Thompson
Executive Director

Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga to offer free program to VA eligible service members

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Saratoga Springs that provides a home for retired racehorses that have sustained injuries and are no longer suitable for a riding career, was recently awarded a VA Adaptive Sports Grant through the Freedom Rein Project.

The Freedom Rein Project is a military equine therapy program that provides service members an opportunity to explore challenges and achieve goals in a therapeutic environment un-restricted by office walls and fully-emersed in working with horses who are keen observers and gentle guides. The grant will allow Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga to provide free equine therapy to any VA eligible service member.

According to Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, this type of care is not covered by insurance and the cost has been a barrier in the past for many service members who are struggling with PTSD, lack of connection in civilian life, communication issues and regaining trust among other issues.

In partnership with Licensed Mental Health Providers at ECS Psychological Services P.C., each participant is paired one on one or in group offerings to discuss individual goals while working with our clinicians and therapy horses. The participant will also be assisted by an Equine Specialist who is a guide to gain more horse behavior knowledge and create a healing bond between participants and these beautiful animals.

For service members interested in signing up for equine therapy, please contact ECS Psychological Services at (518) 580-0520 or

To learn more about Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, visit

NYTB Stallion Season Auction Returns Jan. 27 – 31 on

Wednesday, December 28th, 2022

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction from Friday, January 27 to Tuesday, January 31 on

The auction raises funds that allow the NYTB to carry on its two-fold mission of promoting New York breeding and racing and protecting the welfare of industry stakeholders.

The auction has routinely attracted donated seasons from farms in the Empire State and Kentucky, including McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Sequel New York, Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions, Rockridge Stud, Darley, WinStar Farm, Darby Dan Farm, and Gainesway Farm.

“The benefit of our annual stallion season auction is that it allows participants to find great value on stallions from leading farms in New York, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and elsewhere while helping our mission to protect and enhance the incentives and awards that have made the New York-bred program the strongest regional breeding program in the country,” said New York Thoroughbred Breeders Executive Director Najja Thompson.

New York-bred program stakeholders receive more than $60 million distributed in purse money, incentives, and awards for New York-breds who compete in more than 600 New York-bred races run annually on the New York Racing Association circuit and Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.

Additionally, there are specific enhanced programs targeted for New York-Sired New York-breds, including the $2.3 million 10-race New York Stallion Stakes Series and the New York-sired owner’s bonus programs on the New York Racing Association circuit.

Donations of stallion seasons will be accepted until the beginning of the auction. Please visit to view the current list of stallions in the auction and contact NYTB directly at 518.587.0777 or to donate a season.

Participants must register with prior to bidding. All bids will be subject to the rules and conditions of the auction and each season’s conditions will be posted. Click here to register your account with in advance.

Available Seasons
*Current as of 1/24

Stallion Standing At State
Accelerate Lane’s End KY
Alternation Darby Dan Farm KY
Aloha West Mill Ridge Farm KY
Authentic Spendthrift Farm KY
Al Khali Rockridge Stud NY
A Shin Forward Rockridge Stud NY
Bal A Bali(BRZ) Calumet Farm KY
Bee Jersey Darby Dan Farm KY
Big Brown Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Bravazo Calumet Farm KY
Catalina Cruiser Lane’s End KY
Capo Kane Bonner Hill PA
Central Banker McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds NY
Channel Cat Calumet Farm KY
Copper Bullet Darby Dan Farm KY
Country House Darby Dan Farm KY
Courageous Cat Questroyal North NY
Core Beliefs Walmac Farm KY
Cross Traffic Spendthrift Farm KY
Disco Partner Rockridge Stud NY
Dolphus Darby Dan Farm KY
DR Large Oriskany Creek Farm NY
Eddington Ackerman Farm AZ
Enticed Darley Stud KY
Fire at Will Sequel New York NY
Flat Out Mighty Acres OK
Flameaway Darby Dan KY
Frank Conversation Rockridge Stud NY
Freud Sequel New York NY
Frosted Darley KY
Gift Box Lane’s End KY
Good Samaritan WinStar Farm KY
Goldencents Spendthrift Farm NY
Hangover Kid Majestic View Farms NY
Hence Calumet Farm KY
Hightail Calumet Farm KY
Higher Power Darby Dan Farm KY
Honor A.P. Lane’s End KY
Honor Code Lane’s End KY
Honest Mischief Sequel New York NY
Keepmeinmind Sequel New York NY
Keen Ice Calumet Farm KY
Killybegs Captain Mill Creek Farm NY
King For a Day Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Leofric Darby Dan Farm KY
Lexitonian Lane’s End KY
Lookin At Lee Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Mind Control Rockridge Stud NY
Mitole Spendthrift Farm KY
Modernist Darby Dan Farm KY
Mission Impazible Sequel New York NY
Optimizer Calumet Farm KY
Oxbow Calumet Farm KY
Pat on the Back Bonner Hill Farms PA
Pinehurst Walmac Farm KY
Raging Bull Gainesway Farm KY
Raison d’Etat Calumet Farm KY
Ransom the Moon Calumet Farm KY
Real Solution Calumet Farm KY
Redesdale McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds NY
Rock Your World Spendthrift Farm KY
Sacred Life(FR) Buck Ridge Pond KY
Slumber(GB) Rockridge Stud NY
Solomini McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds NY
Spun to Run Gainesway Farm KY
Tapwrit Gainesway Farm KY
Tale of Ekati Calumet Farm KY
Tale of Silence Darby Dan Farm KY
Tale of Verve Darby Dan Farm KY
The Factor Lane’s End KY
Tourist Rockridge Stud NY
True Timber Calumet Farm KY
Unified Lane’s End NY
Venezuelan Hug Mill Creek Farm NY
Waiting Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
War Dancer Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Warrior’s Charge Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
West Coast Lane’s End KY
Wicked Strong Pine Oak Lane Farm PA
Yaupon Spendthrift Farm KY
Mr. Z Calumet Farm KY

NYTB, SUNY Cobleskill launch Thoroughbred industry course

Friday, December 16th, 2022

NYTB logoThe New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., and the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill will team up to offer an accredited course for upper-class students in the Animal Science program to experience all aspects of the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.

The pilot program will be offered to 15-20 junior undergraduate students that have met prerequisites. The course, which runs from late August to early December, falls in line with the NYTB’s goals to make outreach with upper-level science students majoring in equine studies and finding the next generation of the industry’s workforce and leaders in racing and breeding.

NYTB President Tom Gallo and SUNY Cobleskill Associate Professor in Animal Science Raymond Whelihan collaborated to develop the program.

“I’ve been doing lectures there for years, probably going back 15 years and I’ve always wanted to do something for the students that really have an interest in the industry and get credit,” Gallo said. “It’s one of the goals I’ve had as president, and being on the NYTB board for a long time, to do something meaningful with a lasting benefit for the program, for the state and for the New York breeding industry. With this level of students, they’ve already made up their mind and they’ve invested three years of school. Now we’re going to give them a taste of every aspect of the industry.”

“The NYTB as an organization and many individual members have greatly assisted our students for literally the last three plus decades,” Whelihan said. “Members have opened up their farms to visits, have served on our academic advisory committee, welcomed our students for hands on experiences at sales and have travelled to the college to guest lecture. The Bachelor of Technology in Animal Science degree requires a full semester internship the final semester, and New York Thoroughbred farms and trainers have provided many internship opportunities over the years.”

The program’s goals are to introduce students to every aspect of the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry via a consistent schedule of Zoom session and on-site visits.

The course’s tentative schedule:

  • August: Introduction to the racetrack and visits to the New York Racing Association administration offices and the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs;
  • October: Breeding and sales – via Zoom and attendance at NYTB’s October seminar and Fasig-Tipton Saratoga October mixed sale;
  • September: Racetrack in-depth backstretch visit at Saratoga Race Course and equine health visit via Zoom and at Rood & Riddle in Saratoga Springs;
  • November: Breeding farm visit in person and via Zoom.

“The program is essential to our industry because it allows our breeder membership organization and experienced members to work directly with students already interested in pursuing a career in the equine field,” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of the NYTB. “Giving them direct access and exposure to the multitude of jobs and careers in our industry. We are thankful to start this pilot program working with Ray Whelihan and SUNY Cobleskill. It has unlimited potential going forward in partnering with more schools in the future to help ensure a knowledgeable and dedicated workforce for the immediate future of Thoroughbred breeding and racing.”

“We’re looking forward to working with the NYTB next fall and would like to thank the NYTB and its members for continually reaching out and providing meaningful immersion experiences for our students,” Whelihan said. “I have to thank Tom Gallo as the driving force in connecting the industry to our academic program. Tom has visited the college many times over the years to guest lecture and offered his experience and encouragement, bringing a positive message to students. This initiative will serve to encourage students to pursue careers working in the New York Thoroughbred industry, energize a younger fan base and provide that crucial link, bridging academics and industry.”

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