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NYTB Member Exclusive: 2024 Belmont Stakes Presale Access

Saturday, February 10th, 2024

Dear Members:

All new and renewed 2024 NYTB members are eligible to access the advance ticket presale for the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

This year’s Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will be contested at Saratoga Race Course for the first time in history to allow for the uninterrupted construction of a new and re-imagined Belmont Park.

The Presale will begin Wednesday, February 14 at 10:00 am EST on

Highlighted by the 156th edition of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 8, the four-day festival will begin on Thursday, June 6, and continue through Sunday, June 9. The festival will include 23 stakes races with the richest purses since the launch of the multi-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in 2014.

NYRA is operating the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival under many of the traditional Belmont Stakes policies, as such, please note the following as they are different from traditional practices at Saratoga Race Course:

  • On both Friday and Saturday of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, all guests including members and children ages 4-12 will be required to purchase admission in advance of the event.
  • NYTB members can receive a 50 percent discount towards general admission for Friday and Saturday of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival by using the discount code RUNNERClick here to view and unlock the offer using the email address registered with your current and active NYTB membership. Please note there is a two (2) ticket maximum purchase limit per NYTB member (fees apply).
  • Reserved seating and premium hospitality inventory will be extremely limited this year.

All eligible NYTB discount ticket purchases will be verified. To join or renew your NYTB membership for 2024, to take advantage of this special offer, please visit

If you have any questions regarding this year’s Belmont Stakes Racing Festival NYTB member discounts, please contact the NYTB membership services team at (518) 587- 0777.

We hope you enjoy these discounted NYTB membership benefits and hope to see you at this year’s historic Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga Race Course!

NYTB announces 2023 New York-bred divisional championship nominees

Friday, February 9th, 2024

NYTB logoNew York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) is pleased to announce the nominees for the New York-bred divisional champions of 2023. A panel of New York Turf writers, broadcasters, handicappers, racing analysts and photographers will vote on the winners of each division and the 2023 New York-bred Horse of the Year.

The 2023 New York-bred divisional champions and New York-bred Horse of the Year will be announced at the NYTB Awards Dinner sponsored by the New York Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund on Monday, May 13 from 6-9 p.m. at Sacred Saratoga on the property of GMP Farm in Schuylerville.

“Our organization is excited to celebrate this year’s nominees. All are deserving and represent the best in New York breeding and racing. This year’s awards will be a special night at an exciting new location,” said NYTB President Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M.

New York riding legend and NYRA TV personality Richard Migliore will again host the Awards Dinner. Tickets are available $150 for NYTB Members and $175 for non-members – for purchase at or by calling the NYTB Office at (518) 587-0777.

“The New York-bred Divisional Championship Awards is a special night because it recognizes the very best in Thoroughbred breeding and racing in New York,” said Brian O’Dwyer, Chairman of the New York State Gaming Commission and New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund. “On behalf of the New York State Gaming Commission and Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund we are proud to work with NYTB and look forward to celebrating the connections of New York-breds who achieved success representing the New York-bred program last year.”

Also to be honored at the Awards Dinner with 2023 awards will be Broodmare of the Year, Champion Steeplechaser, Trainer, Champion Jockey and Outstanding Breeder.

“NYTB’s annual awards is our marquee event. This year’s nominees are no exception reflecting the quality and strength of the New York-bred program,” said NYTB Executive Director Najja Thompson.

A list of the 2023 New York-bred divisional championship nominees by category follows.

Champion 2-Year-Old Male: Antonio of Venice, El Grande O, The Wine Steward, Wynstock.

Champion 2-Year-Old Filly: Brocknardini, Caldwell Luvs Gold, Cara’s Time, My Mane Squeeze.

Champion 3-Year-Old Male: Allure of Money, Eye Witness, Hejazi, Maker’s Candy.

Champion 3-Year-Old Filly: Downtown Mischief, Gambling Girl, Maple Leaf Mel, Stonewall Star.

Champion Older Dirt Male: Bankit, Dr Ardito, Sherriff Bianco, Straight Arrow.

Champion Older Dirt Female: Classy Edition, Know It All Audrey, Timeless Journey, Venti Valentine.

Champion Turf Male: City Man, Red Knight, Spirit of St Louis, Therapist.

Champion Turf Female: New Ginya, Runaway Rumour, Silver Skillet, Whatlovelookslike.

Champion Male Sprinter: Bold Journey, Today’s Flavor, Rotknee, Thin White Duke.

Champion Female Sprinter: Funny How, Maple Leaf Mel, Rossa Veloce, Sterling Silver.

NYTB Board Elects Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M. President

Saturday, January 20th, 2024

Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M. Photo courtesy of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

The Board of Directors of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held its first meeting of 2024 on Friday, January 19. The newly seated board unanimously elected Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M., to serve as Board President through 2026.

Current NYTB director Seth Gregory, owner of Innisfree Farm and Seth Gregory Bloodstock, was elected to the office of Vice President. The board also elected Lere Visagie, owner of Rockridge Stud, to serve as Secretary-Treasurer.

Dr. Ahlschwede is a shareholder veterinarian with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and owner of River Valley Farm. He has previously served as an NYTB director since 2016 and succeeds Thomas J. Gallo, III, managing partner of Dream Maker Racing Stable, Thomas J. Gallo, III Sales Agency, and owner of Blue Stone Farm, who previously served as NYTB President since 2015.

”On behalf of our board of directors and membership, I want to thank Tom for his leadership of NYTB and am thankful he will remain a part of the board with his institutional knowledge. As President, I want to ensure we continue to increase and promote the benefits of breeding and foaling in New York as we work to sustain the Thoroughbred industry in New York and nationwide.”

“I am proud of the work our organization has accomplished under my tenure as President. I look forward to continue working with Scott and our newly elected officers to ensure NYTB remains the unified voice of Thoroughbred breeders in the state,” said Gallo.

NYTB Officers and Board of Directors for 2024:


  • Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M., shareholder with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and owner of River Valley Farm – President
  • Seth Gregory, owner, Innisfree Farm and Seth Gregory Bloodstock – Vice President
  • Lere Visagie, owner, Rockridge Stud – Secretary/Treasurer


  • James Bond
  • Rick Burke
  • Lois Engel
  • Thomas J. Gallo, III
  • Michael Lischin
  • Vivien Malloy
  • Jane McMahon
  • Mallory Mort

Directors Emeritus:

  • Chester Broman
  • Suzie O’Cain
  • Joanne Nielsen

NYTB Board Election Results 2023

Tuesday, December 26th, 2023

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) concluded board elections to fill five seats on Friday, December 22, 2023. This year, NYTB members voted for candidates to serve a four-year term from January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2027.



The winning candidates, presented in alphabetical order by last name, are:

Scott Ahlschwede
Thomas J. Gallo III
Jane McMahon
Vivien G. Malloy
Mallory Mort

Six other members of the NYTB Board will serve the third year of a four-year term beginning in 2024:

James Bond
Rick Burke
Lois Engel
Seth Gregory
Michael Lischin
Lere Visagie

Battaglia & Associates, PLLC, an accounting firm in Halfmoon, NY, administered the NYTB board elections by validating the eligibility of all voters and receiving the completed ballots directly from NYTB members. The firm then tabulated and certified the election results.

Battaglia, & Associates, PLLC reported the official results to NYTB in a letter dated on December 22, 2023.*

*Click here to read Battaglia & Associates, PLLC letter certifying the election.

2023 NYTB Board of Directors Election – Ballots Have Been Mailed!

Thursday, December 7th, 2023


Thank you for your continued support of NYTB and your participation in this year’s Board of Directors election. Ballots for this year’s election have been mailed!

If you have not already received your election materials, they should be arriving soon. The packet will include a 2023 ballot, curriculum vitae of all election candidates, and a pre-paid postage return envelope to mail your ballot in.

Once you have completed your ballot, please ensure your pre-paid postage return envelope is Postmarked by Friday, December 15 to ensure your vote is valid and counted.

To view the curriculum vitae of this year’s NYTB Board of Directors election candidates click here.

NYTB members with a joint membership listed under one address will receive 2 ballots and one pre-paid postage return envelope. Please ensure both members sign and print their names on the return envelope before mailing.

NYTB members with a joint membership and two separate mailing addresses listed under your membership, were each mailed one ballot.

If you have any questions regarding the election process, please contact our office at 518.587.0777 or email at

NYTB annual Holiday Party returns Saturday, Dec. 9

Monday, November 13th, 2023

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders’ Inc. is pleased to announce the return of its annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 9 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 for NYTB members and New York-bred program participants. It’s a chance to gather in celebration of the program’s 2023 accomplishments and kick off the 2024 breeding season.” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.

This year’s event will be held at at the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame, where we will be surrounded by the excellence and memorabilia in our sport for all to observe and enjoy.”


New York-breds shine at RRP Thoroughbred Makeover

Thursday, October 19th, 2023

Red Eagle, a 6-year-old gelding by Danza bred by Deann and Greg Baer, made the Finale in two classes at last week’s Thoroughbred Makeover. Retired Racehorse Project/Pyrois Media Photo.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Last week’s Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America proved fruitful for New York-breds with four competing in five disciplines during Saturday’s Finale and 11 finishing in the top 10 in their respective disciplines.

While preliminary scores decide which five horses qualify for the Finale in each discipline, all five horses enter that day’s competition with a clean slate and the chance to move up and claim the discipline’s Championship title. No horse who makes it to the Finale can finish worse than fifth in their discipline.

Tying for the Empire State Success Story Top New York-Bred Award when finishing third in the Show Jumping division during the preliminary competition, Red Eagle made the Finale in two classes.

Under the eye of two judges at the Finale, Red Eagle was given an overall score of 133.625 to finish fifth in Show Jumping, but first among those with the junior riders aboard. The 6-year-old Danza gelding came back one class later to show off his show hunter skills after finishing fifth in the preliminary competition for that class. He made an impact in that class, moving up to fourth when registering a score of 91, 2 points behind the third-place finisher.

Bred by Deann and Greg Baer, DVM, in New York, Red Eagle only made one start on the track when fourth at Delaware Park in July 2022.

Hush Gorgeous, a 4-year-old daughter of Creative Cause bred by Dr. Scott Pierce, also earned Empire State Success Story Top New York-Bred Award. Retired Racehorse Project/Pyrois Media Photo.

Red Eagle was joined by Hush Gorgeous as the winners of the Empire State Success Story Top New York-Bred Award when that 4-year-old Creative Cause filly bred by Dr. Scott Pierce finished third in Eventing during preliminary competition.

Competing in the first discipline of the morning at the Finale, Hush Gorgeous made it clear she was a serious threat with Jenna Denver aboard. The pair impressed judges during their Finale jumping course to score 83 points – almost 5 points ahead of the third-placed horse and just 2 points behind the winner.

Last racing in August 2022 at Thistledown, Hush Gorgeous finished on the board once in those five starts and earned $2,445.

The filly was joined by Hoboken Jack in Eventing at the Finale after that gelding finished fifth during preliminary competition. In a strong field of competitors, Hoboken Jack stayed steady in the Finale to retain his fifth-place spot among the 66 horses to complete Eventing at the Makeover. He also nearly joined Red Eagle as a two-discipline competitor in the Finale after finishing sixth in Dressage during preliminary competition.

It had been a tight fight for the Dressage Finale spot with New York-bred Ofalltheginjoints just edging Hoboken Jack out of fifth place. With just over 10 points separating first through fifth in the Finale, Ofalltheginjoints’ 40.100 saw her take home the fifth-place ribbon at the end of the weekend.

A maiden winner in her debut at Aqueduct in December of 2021, Ofalltheginjoints was bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and is by the farm’s and state’s leading stallion Central Banker.

Bred by Mr Amore Stables, Hoboken Jack was another who broke his maiden on the track with a maiden-claiming victory in his second start at Belmont Park. By former New York stallion Union Jackson, he is one of two named foals out of Hoboken Honey, who Mr. Amore Stables purchased for $11,000 as a 2-year-old.

To see complete Empire State Success Story Top New York-Bred Award results from this years’ preliminary competition, click here.

Spirit of St Louis Wins First Stakes in Ashley T. Cole

Friday, October 6th, 2023
Spirit of St Louis picks up his first career stakes victory in the Ashley T. Cole. Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos.

Spirit of St Louis picks up his first career stakes victory in the Ashley T. Cole. Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos.

It was another New York-bred stakes winner for Khancord Kid on Friday when her son Spirit of St Louis scored his maiden stakes victory in the $125,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes.

The Chester and Mary Broman-bred was looking to avenge his last out loss in the West Point Stakes against City Man in the 1 1/8 mile race and quickly passed that one to take up a spot in third behind the leading Un Ojo around the first turn. The field easily raced through a :23.36 first quarter with Jerry The Nipper closest to Un Ojo and Spirit of St Louis racing alongside Kingdom on Paws just behind him.

Not much changed as they continued their run toward the far turn and registered a :48.29 half, but as they approached the final quarter, the race was on.

Un Ojo was challenged by Jerry The Nipper as they raced into the turn with Spirit of St Louis and City Man both making a charge toward the lead up the outside. Un Ojo gave in as the field turned into the stretch with Jerry The Nipper quickly taking up the controlling position before Spirit of St Louis made his move.

Jerry The Nipper was a determined leader and didn’t give in easily, but he didn’t have enough to hold off Spirit of St Louis with the winner 1 ¼ lengths in front at the line and Jerry The Nipper just holding off City Man by a neck for second.

“He was traveling so comfortable,” said jockey Manny Franco. “It was just a matter of time. I had a good position, clean break. He took me to where I wanted to be – close. By the five-sixteenths pole, I took a peek back because I wanted to know where City Man was because I knew he was outside me. At the quarter-pole, I went all in with my horse and he responded to the wire.”

Stopping the clock in 1:48.29, the victory was the fourth in six starts for the Chad Brown trainee, who has never finished worse than second for $260,650 in earnings. A $300,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase by BSW/Crow from Sequel New York, he was purchased in April by Michael Dubb for $280,000 at the Keeneland April Horses of Racing Age Sale.

Dubb was joined by Madaket Stables and Richard Schermerhorn in his racing ownership after the purchase. Since his change in ownership, Spirit of St Louis has won three of his four starts with his only loss coming in the aforementioned West Point Stakes in his stakes debut.

Brown pointed to another New York-bred stakes as his next start if he runs again this year.

“He wouldn’t have more than one start this year left in him. I may give him a nice break and point for next year, I’ll talk to the partners about it. If we did run him one more time, [the $200,000 Mohawk on October 29] would be it. He’s not going to be running outside of New York, not this year anyway. I would shut him down after that,” Brown said.

The 4-year-old gelding is a full brother to New York-bred Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Bar of Gold and half-brother to the stakes-placed New York-bred duo Land Mine and Homeland. A Grade 3 winning New York-bred herself, Khancord Kid has produced five winners from five to race. She is also proving to be a producer of producers with Bar of Gold producing the Grade 3-winning New York-bred Coinage.

Spirit of St Louis is a second-generation Broman-bred with the couple buying Khancord Kid’s dam Confidently in 2000 for $1 million at the Keeneland January Sale. In addition to Khancord Kid, the mare also produced the multiple stakes placed New York-bred Crackerjack Jones for the Bromans with stakes producers Truss and Cool Rhythm also among her post-sale foals.

Out of Grade 1 winner Key Phrase, Confidently is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Yankee Gentleman with her dam a half-sister to the dam of champion Shared Belief.

Khancord Kid had a New York-bred filly by Uncle Mo last year and a New York-bred full brother to Bar of Gold and Khancord Kid on March 14.

2023 NYTB Board of Directors Election Process

Friday, October 6th, 2023


The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) election process is set to get underway!

NYTB is the official authorized representative of the Thoroughbred breeding industry in New York State; the unified voice of Thoroughbred breeders in the State of New York and we look forward to your interest and candidacy in serving as a board of director.

According to the By-Laws of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc, as revised and approved on April 28, 2021, there shall be two classes of directors.

The first five directors shall be elected for a four-year term beginning in a year ending in an odd number.

The second class of six directors shall be elected for a four-year term of office beginning in a year ending in an even number.
Each four-year term shall commence on January 1st of the year following an election and shall end December 31st of the fourth year following an election.

Term Limits of four years per term for each class of board members, with no more than 3 consecutive terms totaling twelve years.

No NYTB election shall take place should there be an equal number of uncontested candidates for board seats. In any year, if each class of five or six board members up for election are not challenge by new candidates, the current board members shall remain on the board for a new term should they be in good standing with the organization.

Should there be more than five qualified candidates contesting for board seats this year an NYTB election will take place. The five class of directors that are elected during the 2023 election process will serve a four-year term beginning January 1, 2024, and ending December 31, 2027.

Board of Directors Eligibility and Requirements: 

NYTB members may seek election to the Board of Directors if:

  • They are currently engaged in the thoroughbred industry as a breeder or stallion owner in the State of New York or are lessees and lessors of mares and stallions domiciled in New York.
  • The submit a nominating petition with the original or emailed ( signatures of ten NYTB members in good standing; and
  • They submit with their nominating petition a brief curriculum vitae which consists of pertinent data and a brief statement of their qualifications; and
  • They are NYTB members in good standing who have made payment of their dues on or before April 2, 2023.


After the NYTB Nominating Committee reviews the petitions and verifies a candidate’s eligibility, the full election ballot will be mailed.

Any member in good standing on November 1, 2023, is eligible to vote and will receive a ballot.

All Ballots must be returned in the reply envelope provided to the accounting firm of Battaglia & Associates, CPA’s PLLC in Halfmoon, NY postmarked by Friday December 15, 2023. Battaglia & Associates, CPA’s PLLC will tabulate the ballots and inform NYTB of the winning candidates.

NYTB Election Timeline:

Event: Deadline:
Eligibility for NYTB Board of Directors April 2, 2023 (Membership fully paid)
Voting Eligibility for NYTB Members November 1, 2023 (Membership fully paid)
Nominating Petitions and CVs due to NYTB November 10, 2023
Completed Ballots postmarked mailed to Battaglia & Associates, CPA’s PLLC December 15, 2023

Nominating petitions for a Board of Director seat will be accepted from NYTB members in good standing and shall be received by standard mail or email to NYTB on or before November 10, 2023. Late nominating petitions shall not be accepted and shall be null and void.

Below please click to download the NYTB Board of Directors Election Documents:

Once completed please return by standard mail or e-mail your NYTB Board of Director candidate materials to:

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.
PO Box 5120, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-587-0777 |

NYTB, SUNY Cobleskill course kicks off in Saratoga

Wednesday, September 6th, 2023

Students from SUNY Cobleskill take in the scene from the Saratoga Race Course paddock last weekend. Susie Raisher Photo.

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., and the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill’s accredited course designed to expose upper-class students in the Animal Science program to various segments of the Thoroughbred industry started last weekend at Saratoga Race Course.

The visit by students focused on the culmination of the breeding and racing industries and allowed for observation of the finished product during morning training and afternoon races. Students received a behind-the-scenes tour of the Oklahoma Training Track Saturday during training hours led by NYTB President Tom Gallo.

The group spent the afternoon at the races, with visits to the paddock, watching from the rooftop and helping the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) selected the “Best Turned Out Award” for the day.

Students helped pick the Best Turned Out winner as part of their visit to Saratoga Race Course. Adam Coglianese/NYRA Photo.

“The NYTB, through Tom Gallo’s leadership, provided SUNY Cobleskill students an experience at Saratoga Race Course that was second to none,” said Raymond Whelihan, SUNY Cobleskill Associate Professor in Animal Science who collaborated with Gallo to develop the program. “Time spent observing training at the Oklahoma track, lengthy discussion with a Hall of Fame trainer, comped racetrack entry and seats, a roof top view and the opportunity to enter the paddock and select the groom of the day. Every student was enthusiastic and appreciative. What a wonderful way to kick off the new Thoroughbred Industry course at SUNY Cobleskill.”

The pilot program is 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 gave SUNY Cobleskill students a behind-the-scenes tour of the Oklahoma Training Track last week. Susie Raisher Photo.

“When I first introduced the idea of the NYTB educational seminars years ago, along with raising the standard of care and awareness for the general population of the New York breeders, my ultimate goal was to use these seminars for the education of young people who may be interested in coming into our industry,” Gallo said. “This could not have been done without the help of NYTB Executive Director Najja Thompson and our forward-thinking board members. With the help of my longtime friend, Ray Whelihan, we were able to put together a program which not only exposes these students to many different aspects of the horse industry in New York, but also allows them to gain college credits for their participation. These are seniors in college, and they have participated in the equine studies program for the length of their college career. This is a targeted-interested and engaged group of students, who hopefully will find one aspect of our industry interesting enough for them to enter with career expectations. I can’t tell you how happy I am that this is finally happening.”

The course continues through the remainder of the year, with a guided tour of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame led by legendary announcer Tom Durkin along with a tour Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga in Saratoga Springs in late September. In October, the students will attend the NYTB Annual general membership meeting, educational seminar and the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale. The course concludes in November with a tour of a Thoroughbred breeding farm and a visit to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga Springs.