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New York-bred millionaire Zivo to lead post parade for Rick Violette Stakes

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

Zivo and Cherie DeVaux in the winner’s circle following his victory in the G2 Suburban. Susie Raisher photo.

NYRA Press Release

Retired New York-bred graded stakes millionaire Zivo will lead the post parade for Wednesday’s Rick Violette Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. The event is one of many activities set for the inaugural New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day on Wednesday, July 21 at the Spa.

Presented by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, (NYRA) and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB), New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day will highlight the work of a variety of organizations committed to aftercare initiatives.

The 12-year-old son of True Direction, who accumulated $1,017,300 in earnings with nine victories from 19 starts for owner and breeder Thomas Coleman and conditioner Chad Brown, initially retired to stud in 2016 at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, New York before being pensioned.

Currently, he is the stable pony for trainer Cherie DeVaux, who initially worked with Zivo when she was as an assistant for Brown. Since first meeting their bond has been inseparable.

“Zivo has always been special to me. I think he came into the barn during my second winter working with Chad [Brown],” said DeVaux. “He was always one of my favorites. From the start it was a love affair. Just to see him being able to develop from a young colt to an accomplished runner was something special. The highlight winning the Grade 2 Suburban at Belmont [2014] to competing in the Breeders’ Cup [eighth-place finish in 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic]. He not only gained my heart but the affection of many New Yorkers.”

Although Zivo made the majority of his starts between Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack with 13 starts, he also ran five times at Saratoga, highlighted by an allowance victory and second-place finish in the Albany stakes in 2012. DeVaux is happy racing fans will once again have the chance to see him on track on a day in celebration of one the many careers retired racehorses can go on to successfully do.

“He is a really personable horse,” said DeVaux. “When I found out he was being pensioned there was no other option as to where he was going. It was just a matter of what capacity with me and my family. I’m really excited the fans will get to see him once again. It’s really neat when you get to see a retired racehorse, and one as accomplished as him back on the track after a couple of seasons of breeding in a whole another role. Watching him at the barn and performing his new duties day to day, you would never know he was any of that. He’s taken onto his new career in a great way and he’s another great example of how we care for our horses and their capabilities in being able to  perform one of many duties once leaving the track.”

The Rick Violette Stakes, named in honor of the late NYTHA President who spearheaded the creation of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and TAKE THE LEAD Retirement Program, and was a founding member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) is carded as Race 4 on Wednesday with a post time of 2:49 p.m. ET.

Additional off-track Thoroughbreds will be showcased on the main track from 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., performing demonstrations of a variety of disciplines. Learn more about New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day here and a special appearance by fellow New York-bred standout Uncle Sigh here.

Meet and Greet with 2014 Kentucky Derby Contender Uncle Sigh on New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

Uncle Sigh breezes at Belmont Park on April 25, 2014 ahead of his tilt at the Kentucky Derby. Susie Raisher photo.

NYRA Press Release

New York-bred stalwart Uncle Sigh, a contender in the 2014 Kentucky Derby, will be at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, July 21, as part of the inaugural New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day.

The 10-year-old is a fitting ambassador for New York’s aftercare efforts, as his 14th-place finish at Churchill Downs was the only one of 42 starts made outside the state. Uncle Sigh was runner-up in both the Withers and Gotham Stakes and fifth in the Wood Memorial en route to the Derby, and ended a successful racetrack career with seven wins and $648,686 in earnings.

He retired through New York’s TAKE THE LEAD Thoroughbred Retirement Program to ReRun in upstate New York in January of 2020, and quickly adapted to his new routine.

“He acted like he had lived here his entire life,” said ReRun Executive Director Lisa Molloy. “He never missed a beat – he usually takes most things in his stride.”

Uncle Sigh’s life is decidedly more relaxed now.

“He resides at our East Greenbush facility and we use him as a lead horse for the youngsters, especially out on trails,” Molloy said. “I take him to the occasional horse show, and we utilize his kind and generous nature by having him interact and work with veterans suffering from PTSD via the Saratoga Warhorse program.”

Retired racehorses can go on to any number of second careers, and Uncle Sigh has shown a knack for several occupations.

“Apart from being an exceptional breed ambassador, trail packer and show hunter, he really has found a niche in equine assisted therapy,” Molloy said, adding, “He really does demonstrate the versatility of Thoroughbreds.”

Fans can meet with Uncle Sigh at Saratoga and take selfies from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Horse Sense, an exhibit area behind the Grandstand near Gate A. Additional off-track Thoroughbreds will be showcased on the main track from 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., performing demonstrations of a variety of disciplines. Learn more about New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day here and a special appearance by fellow New York-bred standout Zivo here.

NYRA, NYTHA and NYTB announce the creation of New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021
NYRA, NYTHA and NYTB announce the creation of New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga

NYRA, NYTHA and NYTB announce the creation of New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga.

Rick Violette Stakes highlights a day dedicated to retired racehorses on Wednesday, July 21

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) will host the inaugural New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, July 21. The featured race will be the Rick Violette Stakes, named for the late NYTHA President who spearheaded the creation of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and TAKE THE LEAD Retirement Program, and was a founding member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

The timing of the event is no coincidence, explained trainer Rick Schosberg, who succeeded Violette as President of TAKE2 and TAKE THE LEAD in 2018.

“We’re proud to carry on Rick Violette’s work in promoting and protecting our equine athletes,” Schosberg said. “The horses give us so much – the excitement of the race, the pleasure of their company, our appreciation of their power and beauty. We owe our very livelihoods to them. It is our duty to make sure they have safe haven when their racing careers are over.”

New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day will begin with former racehorses showcasing the skills learned in their second careers. More than 800 racehorses have been retired through TAKE THE LEAD from the NYRA racetracks. The majority of the horses go on to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, which has a facility in Gansevoort, NY, and ReRun, based just outside of Albany in East Greenbush, for retraining and rehoming. The two organizations will bring former racehorses out to the track for live demonstrations before the first race on July 21. ReRun will be represented by two New York-bred stalwarts – former claimer Golden Giant, and former stakes horse Uncle Sigh. Both retired through TAKE THE LEAD in early 2020, and have found success in second careers in the show ring. Golden Giant, a winner at every horse show he has attended to date, will compete in the Hunter Division of the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover in Kentucky in October.

New Vocations will be represented by a trio of horses. Inventor’s Gate, who made 31 starts before retiring in 2019, will be put through his paces in ranch riding; Remembering Bobbie will demonstrate his dressage moves; and Soaring Star will show off his show jumping ability.

“It’s amazing how versatile and adaptable retired racehorses can be,” NYTHA President Joe Appelbaum said. “Most have put their racing careers behind them by the time they are five or six years old, but horses can live well into their 20s. That’s why New York’s horsemen are staunch supporters not only of Thoroughbred aftercare, but also in promoting second career opportunities that will create a market for our horses long after they leave the track.”

The New York Thoroughbred industry is a leader in aftercare, donating more than $1.28 million toward racehorse retirement every year. In addition to the contributions made by NYRA, NYTHA, NYTB, the NYRA jockey colony, and individual owners and trainers, there have been two ground-breaking programs implemented at the NYRA tracks. Owners pay a per-start fee for every horse that races, and they pay a surcharge on every horse claimed out of a NYRA race. Those two programs alone raise about $500,000 every year.

“New York State is the national leader when it comes to responsibly protecting our retired racehorses,” said NYRA President & CEO Dave O’Rourke. “NYRA is pleased to partner with NYTHA and the NYTB to create a day at Saratoga to honor the hard work of so many involved in thoroughbred aftercare. We look forward to cementing this day as a Saratoga tradition for many years to come.”

Racing fans can show their support by texting AFTERCARE2021 to 44321 and donating to TAKE THE LEAD, 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.

Fans in attendance at Saratoga on New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day also will have the opportunity to learn more about the many aftercare initiatives in New York, with video presentations on TAKE2 and TAKE THE LEAD, and guests on NYRA’s in-house broadcast, as well as Saratoga Live, discussing everything from the process of retiring a horse from the track to finding the perfect adopter to the many second careers that are suitable for Thoroughbreds.

In addition to New Vocations, ReRun, TAKE2 and TAKE THE LEAD, the Community Booth behind the jockeys’ quarters will offer information on six additional TAA-accredited aftercare organizations that support efforts to provide happy and healthy retirement for New York’s racehorses: ACTT Naturally, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, Lucky Orphans, Old Friends at Cabin Creek, Second Chance Thoroughbreds and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

The culmination of the day will be the post parade for the Rick Violette Stakes, which will be led by New York-bred millionaire Zivo. The winner of the 2014 Suburban Handicap, Zivo is now retired and enjoying life as the stable pony for trainer Cherie DeVaux.

“As breeders of our equine athletes, the majority of our members foal, raise, break and train the Thoroughbreds that compete in New York and across the country,” said NYTB President Thomas J. Gallo III. “We like to know that when a horse leaves our care to have a career on the racetrack, then once retired continues to have a prosperous and meaningful life. Each of the organizations participating today agree it is important and necessary to bring awareness of the widespread aftercare efforts in New York directly to our fans at Saratoga.”

About TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program

The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, 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 370 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 2020 TCA grantee. For more information on TAKE2 and TAKE THE LEAD, go to

NYTB sets social schedule for Saratoga meeting

Friday, June 25th, 2021

NYTB Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearling Sale Cocktail Party 2021

Please join the NYTB for the 2021 Cocktail Party in the Man o’ War Restaurant at the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 14.

Guests will enjoy fine culinary selections and complimentary cocktails

Tickets: $75 NYTB members
$125 non-members

To register, or for more information, visit or call 518.587.0777. We will also accept mailed checks for each event made out to NYTB, Inc., with the event name and number of tickets requested in the memo of the check.

Guests MUST RSVP by August 2 or a late fee will apply.


Saratoga Showcase Day with NYTB in the 1863 Club

Please join NYTB on Friday, August 27, 2021 at Saratoga Race Course for the Saratoga Showcase Day — an all-New York-bred race card featuring six stakes races worth more than $1 million.

The Rail at the 1863 Club is a climate-controlled facility at the clubhouse turn that offers sweeping unmatched views of the track.

Included is admission, race day program, a buffet-style lunch with non-alcoholic drinks included, tax and gratuities.

Tickets: $95 NYTB Members
$125 non-members.

This is a sell-out event and limited to 100 participants, so RSVP as soon as possible to secure your spot!

Guests MUST RSVP by August 11 or a late fee will apply.

To register, or for more information, visit or call 518.587.0777. We will also accept mailed checks for each event made out to NYTB, Inc., with the event name and number of tickets requested in the memo of the check.

Critical Thoroughbred aftercare bill passes in New York

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

NYTB logoPress Release

A Thoroughbred aftercare bill that prohibits the slaughter of racehorse and breeding stock, requires racehorses to be microchipped and provides tax incentive for Thoroughbred aftercare donations on tax returns passed the New York State Assembly shortly after midnight Wednesday. The bill now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to sign it.

“The breeders of New York state certainly thank the sponsors of this legislation as well as the entire state legislature,” said Thomas J. Gallo, President of New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc.  “This is landmark legislation that not only ensures the protection of our equine athletes, but adds a key necessary level of integrity to our sport.”

According to Thoroughbred Daily News, “the purpose of the legislation is to ensure the prohibition of the inhumane slaughter of retired racehorses and breeding stock. The legislation also increases access to funding for appropriate care of retired racehorses by ensuring that monies generated by enforcement will be dedicated to the aftercare of retired racehorses, and allowing New York individuals and corporations to make voluntary contributions dedicated to funding aftercare programs. The bill will also increase Gaming Commission insight into transfer of horse ownership information, by requiring microchipping of all racehorses in New York, and that such information be provided to the Commission.”

New York racing industry officials applauded the bill’s passage.

“This legislation positions New York as the national leader when it comes to responsibly protecting our retired racehorses,” said NYRA President and CEO David O’Rourke. “NYRA is proud to have long supported all elements of this important legislation because it reflects our commitment to Thoroughbred aftercare. We thank Senator Joe Addabbo and Assembly Member Gary Pretlow, Chairs of the Senate and Assembly Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committees, for prioritizing the health and safety of thoroughbreds in New York.”

NYRA already features an anti-slaughter policy, whereby any trainer or owner stabled at the NYRA track found to have sold a horse for slaughter will have his or her stalls permanently revoked. NYRA also requires horsemen to do due diligence when releasing horses from their care.

“NYTHA and all our members are gratified that we are able to work with animal advocates both within the sport and in the legislature to achieve this historic legislation benefitting horses that are bred and raced in New York,” said New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Joe Appelbaum,

“As Chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee, I understand the importance of aftercare for racehorses in the racing industry,” said Senator Joe Addabbo. “Greater oversight, including ensuring there is appropriate funding available for aftercare, microchipping to track ownership, and holding owners accountable in instances of slaughter, are all critical to improving the racing industry and future fate of horses. Over the past 10 years, a variety of nonprofits and for-profit businesses have been created to address the aftercare problem, so it’s exciting to see new regulations being implemented to ensure proper care is in place for horses after they retire. My thanks to the equine advocates and my colleagues in government in advancing this significant legislative initiative.”

“This effort was a hard fought and long overdue recognition of an issue that has, for years gone under the radar,” said Assembly member Gary Pretlow, Chair of Racing and Wagering. “Equines have, for centuries benefitted the world, and served to advance the human condition. It is impossible to think about our lives today without gratitude for their service and usefulness, and in the racing industry, wonderment at their astonishing speed, agility, power, and gracefulness. Yet for all their value and the joy they bring to us, they often suffer from inhumane treatment by the very industries they benefit. This bill is a strong step in the direction of rectifying this and I am proud to have sponsored and championed it.”

Karin Carreau, founder and chair of HORSEPOWER, Inc. the state’s only equine policy advocacy organization, also was pleased with the bill’s passage.

“We cannot thank our sponsors and Assembly Member Donna Lupardo, Chair of Agriculture Committee, enough for their steadfast support and commitment in the face of the many challenges this bill encountered,” Carreau said. “This initiative is a huge stride forward in protecting equines in the racing industry.”

Sue McDonough, of the legislative committee of the New York State Humane Association also added her support.

“We would like to thank Racing and Wagering Committee Chairs and bill sponsors Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assembly member Gary Pretlow, Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Donna Lupardo, and their staff, for championing this issue.  This initiative will help to ensure crucial protections and promote aftercare opportunities for our beloved racehorses.  We are grateful to the legislature and advocates for making it a priority this year, and look forward to the signing and implementation of this important measure.”

Discounted Belmont Stakes Tickets for NYTB Members

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
Reserved apron seating at Belmont Park.

Reserved apron seating at Belmont Park. Susie Raisher photo.

Dear Members:

We are happy to announce that limited trackside apron seating on Belmont Stakes Day for NYTB members is still available for purchase!

In order to apply your 2021 NYTB membership discount please visit the Ticketmaster links below and be sure to enter offer code NYTB prior to selecting your tickets.

To join or renew your NYTB membership for 2021, to take advantage of this discount and more, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact the NYRA Ticket Office at (844) NYRA-TIX and inform them that you are a 2021 NYTB member.

Limited Trackside Seating Available for the Belmont Stakes this Saturday, June 5!

Please note general admission tickets are currently unavailable for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

Guests are no longer required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter Belmont Park, unless entering the Marquee Tent, which is a fully vaccinated area. Prior to entering Belmont Park, guests will undergo a contactless temperature check that must register below 100.4 degrees. All unvaccinated guests will be required to wear a face covering at all times except when actively eating or drinking at their assigned seat location.

For more information outlining all required health & safety protocols for entry to Belmont Park during the 2021 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival please visit here.


Belmont Stakes seat tickets discount for NYTB Members

Saturday, May 8th, 2021

We are happy to announce starting Monday, May 10, NYTB Members will receive a 20 percent discount on the purchase of Belmont Stakes Day reserved seat tickets for Saturday, June 5 while supplies last.

This discount will also apply to reserved seat tickets purchased for Friday, June 4 of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Please note that seats from the 1/16th pole past the finish line purchased for Saturday, June 5 will already include a seat for Friday, June 4 as well.

In order to apply your 2021 NYTB membership discount for purchase of this year’s Belmont Stakes Day and Belmont Stakes Racing Festival tickets please contact the NYRA Ticket Office at (844) NYRA-TIX and inform them that you are a 2021 NYTB member when purchasing.

NYRA Box Office representatives will do their best to accommodate seating blocks, but there is a ticket limit of eight per customer for purchase. The NYRA Ticket Office is open Monday to Friday 9:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Additionally, last week, we were able to ensure complimentary reserved ticketed seats for current NYTB members for daily admission to Belmont Park on live racing dates excluding Belmont Stakes Day (Saturday, June 5) and Friday, June 4 of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which you can review here.

To join or renew your NYTB membership for 2021, to take advantage of these discounts and more, please visit

Please note general admission tickets are currently unavailable for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

All attendees to Belmont Park are still subject to submit proof of a completed vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.

For more information outlining all required health & safety protocols for entry to Belmont Park during the 2021 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival please visit here.

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

Free admission for NYTB members returns at Belmont

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Racing at Belmont Park. Susie Raisher photo

On Wednesday, April 28 the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced that Belmont Park will re-open to ticketed spectators on live race days effective Saturday, May 1, 2021.

What does this mean for NYTB members?

With the updated protocols issued from New York State and NYRA, starting today, NYTB members can make plans to resume visiting Belmont Park with comped admission. In order to obtain a reserved ticketed seat, contact the NYRA Ticket Office in advance at 844-NYRA-TIX.

The NYRA Ticket Office will confirm your 2021 NYTB membership with our database and you will have the option to have your tickets sent via e-mail or text message.

All attendees are still subject to submit proof of a completed vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.

For more information outlining all required health & safety protocols for entry to Belmont Park please visit here.

If you have any questions, please contact NYTB Membership services at 518.587.0777. A full list of member benefits and the process to join can be found here.

Tiz the Law keeps crown as New York-bred Horse of the Year

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Tiz the Law, winner of the Belmont, Travers and Florida Derby in 2020, defends title as New York-bred Horse of the Year. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

NYTB Press Release

Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law dominated the headlines in 2020 and successfully defended his title as last year’s New York-bred Horse of the Year during the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.’s Virtual Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 5. The NYTB announced its 2020 New York-bred divisional champions and named New York Breeder, Jockey and Trainer of the Year.

The 2020 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 championships were announced virtually for the second consecutive year after ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for the NYTB to host the organization’s annual Awards Banquet at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs as planned typically on the first Monday in April. The NYTB made the most of the situation again thanks to the support of our sponsor, the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, and all of our wonderful partners and supporters.

The NYTB hosted the virtual ceremony at, produced by PM Advertising and featuring the top performances of all nominees and showcasing the winners. A Commemorative Awards Program, written and produced by ST Publishing (the team behind The Saratoga Special and, is in the mail to all NYTB members and currently available on the website. Program.

Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law added a second Horse of the Year and divisional title after taking the top prize and Champion Two-Year-Old Male crowns last year. The son of Constitution won three straight Grade 1s in 2020 – the Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes on the way to his titles, along with a victory in the Grade 3 Holy Bull and a second in the Kentucky Derby. He earned the Horse of the Year and Champion Three-Year-Old Male titles by unanimous vote.

Twin Creeks Farm, breeder of Tiz the Law, were named the state’s Breeder of the Year, and the late Tiznow mare Tizfiz, the dam of Tiz the Law, earned her second straight Broodmare of the Year crown. Runners bred by Twin Creeks Farm won 20 races with 14 seconds and 17 thirds from 157 starts in 2020 and earned $3,005,207.

Barclay Tagg was the leading trainer of New York-breds in 2020, an honor he also achieved in 2003. Tagg-trained New York-breds won or placed in 14 of 28 starts, including eight victories, and earned $3,620,215 in 2020. Tiz the Law led the way for Tagg, winning four of six with a second and $2,388,300. Tagg also trained Two-Year-Old Male divisional finalist and open-company stakes winner Step Dancer, who won two of three starts and earned $96,100.

Jockey Manny Franco defended his title with the most New York-bred earnings and second most New York-bred wins in 2020. Franco racked up 65 New York-bred wins – second only to Jose Lezcano’s 68 – and earned $5,726,164. Aboard Tiz the Law for each of the colt’s six starts in 2020, Franco also won stakes aboard New York-bred divisional finalists Eagle Orb and Danny California.


New York’s 2020 honorees:
New York-Bred Horse of the Year and Champion Three-Year-Old Male:
Tiz the Law (Constitution – Tizfiz, by Tiznow)
Breeder: Twin Creeks Farm
Owner: Sackatoga Stable
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Foaling farm: Sequel Stallions New York, Hudson

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly
Simply Ravishing (Laoban – Four Wishes, by More Than Ready)
Breeder: Meg Levy
Owner: Harold Lerner LLC, Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek) and Nehoc Stables
Trainer: Ken McPeek
Foaling farm: Stonegate Stables, Fort Edward

Champion Two-Year-Old Male
Brooklyn Strong (Wicked Strong – Riviera Chic, by Medaglia d’Oro)
Breeders: Cheryl Prudhomme and Dr. Michael Gallivan
Owner: Mark Schwartz
Trainer: Daniel Velazquez
Foaling farm: Shamrock Hill Farm, Fort Edward

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
Sharp Starr (Munnings – Mindy Gold, by A.P. Indy)
Breeder: Stonewall Farm
Owner: Barry K. Schwartz
Trainer: Horacio DePaz
Foaling farm: Stonewall Farm, Granite Springs

Champion Older Dirt Female
Lucky Move (Lookin At Lucky – Quiet Mover, by Quiet American)
Breeders: Maltese Cross Stables and Stonegate Stables LLC
Owner: Ten Strike Racing
Trainer: Juan Carlos Guerrero
Foaling farm: Stonegate Stables, Fort Edward

Champion Older Dirt Male
Mr. Buff (Friend Or Foe – Speightful Affair, by Speightstown)
Breeders/Owners: Chester and Mary Broman
Trainer: John C. Kimmel
Foaling farm: Chestertown Farm, Chestertown

Champion Turf Female and Champion Female Sprinter
Lead Guitar (Maclean’s Music – Eleadora, by Finality)
Breeder: Windylea Farm LLC
Owners: Jim and Susan Hill
Trainers: Eddie Kenneally, George Weaver
Foaling farm: McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Saratoga Springs

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
Funny Guy (Big Brown – Heavenly Humor, by Distorted Humor)
Breeder: Hibiscus Stables
Owner: Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable and Swick Stable
Trainer: John Terranova
Foaling farm: Waldorf Farm, North Chatham

Broodmare of the Year: Tizfiz (Tiznow – Gin Running, by Go for Gin), dam of Tiz the Law
New York-Bred Trainer of the Year: Barclay Tagg
New York-Bred Jockey of the Year: Manuel Franco
New York Breeder of the Year: Twin Creeks Farm

NYTB’s aftercare drive raises $14,000

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

NYTB logoBy Melissa Bauer-Herzog

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc.’s annual aftercare drive posted record-breaking returns as members donated $14,000 to four different New York-based Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited organizations.

The $14,000 was more than double the second largest amount in the drive’s history, that coming in 2019 when $6,225 was raised. The donation was split between four organizations –$5,000 to ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and $3,000 each to the Thoroughbred Retirement Fund, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue and Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption.

Many members of the NYTB are not only breeders but participate in other parts of the horses lives, so making sure they are cared for after their racing or breeding career is over is of upmost importance to the organization.

“The majority of our members are breeders, but many also foal, break and train the Thoroughbreds that compete in New York and across the nation,” said NYTB President Thomas J. Gallo III. “As breeders of these amazing athletes many of us become quite attached to the foals that we deliver and the families that we cultivate over generations of a bloodline. Many of us like to know that when a horse leaves our care whether it be through auction sales, private sales or claiming ranks that they’re still properly cared for.

“As an organization, we want to ensure that all equine athletes that compete continue to receive the best care possible when they retire from racing. We know our members appreciate that which is why we’ve been able to raise the money we have each year for this cause.”

Selection the organizations who receive the money every year is an involved process for the NYTB board. First researched by the executive director, the programs are then discussed by the board during a December meeting.

“All aftercare programs in the state are eligible and researched by our executive director, but of course we take into account which programs are accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance,” Gallo said. “Once our evaluations are made, we vote as a board on which programs will receive donations and for how much.”

The donations made by the NYTB membership is then matched by fellow NYTB members Michael Lischin and Anya Sheckley of Irish Hill and Dutchess Views Farm. Gallo credits the pair for helping the aftercare drive make such a big impact every year.

“They both have their finger on the pulse of the industry and this is an important part of their continued participation in our great state-bred program,” he said. “We wouldn’t be able to make the impact we’re able to on a yearly basis without their matching donation. They are one prime example of those who are willing to support our industry in any way they can and take action to do so. We are extremely lucky and thankful to have their support.”

For Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption, the donation will go to helping the horses with both regular and unexpected medical needs. The $3,000 donation will help pay those bills until June.

Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption President Kim Delong noted that donations make up 12.5% of their yearly budget with it costing approximately $12,000 per month to care for the horses that enter the program.

“We are very grateful for the support of the New York Breeders, we would not be able to be as successful as we have been this past year with 49 adoptions of mainly New York-breds,” Delong said. “Especially with the pandemic in 2020 and now leading into 2021, this donation will allow us the ability to make sure each retired Thoroughbred that comes into our program has the proper care they need to be able to transition into their new career or forever home. We know also that we can count on the NYTB should we have questions regarding a certain problem.”

ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption’s Program Director Lisa Molloy said their $5,000 donation was a welcome surprise. The program had to curtail its fundraising activities in 2020 even with its costs rising. With feed rising $4 a bag just in the past month, Molloy said the donation will go directly to a local hay supplier.

“The basis of our program is a good feed regimen and we firmly believe that the horses should have good quality forage 24-7,” she said. “Not only does it do wonders for weight gain, it relieves boredom and prevents ulcers. We use over 500 bales per month and just like feed, hay is at a premium at the moment. We are very fortunate that we have a local hay dealer named Mike that has kept us stocked with very good quality hay despite the shortage and at the same time, done everything possible to keep it reasonably priced. The NYTB donation will be used to buy two loads of locally grown New York hay.”

Molloy credits New York breeders not only for helping the program with this donation but also through other actions. From fundraising to volunteering, she said NYTB members are critical to keeping the program running.

“They say it takes a village to make a difference and NYTB is our village,” she said. “From the board to the membership, they have been so supportive and really embraced the program. We have had syndicates such as Parting Glass and Dream Maker independently raise funds, members volunteer and support events, local farm Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Farm provide new paddocks. As the official voice of the Thoroughbred industry in New York, NYTB have done so much to advocate for the safe retirement of horses in our state.”

The Thoroughbred Retirement Fund is mostly funded by private donations so the $3,000 it received goes a long way toward taking care of the TRF herd. TRF Executive Director Pat Stickney noted that the donation is just one of many things NYTB has done to help the program through the years.

“The NYTB has been a good partner in promoting our organization and helping raise awareness on Thoroughbred aftercare,” Stickney said. “We are extremely grateful for their contribution and any support we receive as that goes directly towards the care of the horses. We are looking forward to continuing to work with the NYTB in 2021 to have a meaningful impact on the herd under our care.”

For Gallo, the NYTB supporting New York’s aftercare programs is a no-brainer. The programs play a big part in making sure the horses continue to be cared for as they transition to a second career. As an added bonus, many of the aftercare organizations also keep connections apprised of how their horses are doing in second careers.

“It’s nice to know that these generations of babies that we deliver whether they are big winners, unraced or champions that they can look forward to being loved and cared for the rest of their lives,” he said. “That alone makes a difficult day a little easier to get through. We are sincerely grateful to all the accredited retirement organizations that we donate to and my only wish would be that we could give more.”