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

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022
Soaring Star, bred in New York by Patricia Moseley and a graduate of New Vocations, participates in last year's inaugural event. Susie Raisher photo.

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

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

The featured race will be the $125,000 Rick Violette, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for New York-bred sophomores named for the late trainer and NYTHA President who spearheaded the creation of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and TAKE THE LEAD Retirement Program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NYRA to offer New York-Sired bonus program

Monday, June 6th, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

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

The Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship, and the Debby Malloy Winkler New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship, each recognize a full-time student currently enrolled in an equine-related undergraduate course of study at an accredited college or university in New York State.

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students.

Complete applications for consideration for each scholarship must either be mailed to NYTB at P.O. Box 5120 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 and postmarked by May 6, 2022 or submitted electronically to

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

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

General Instructions and Guidelines
2022 Application Form

Letter from NYTB President Tom Gallo

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NYTB to honor Divisional Champions at Saratoga

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Belmont Stakes Day Promo Discount for NYTB Members

Monday, February 14th, 2022

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

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

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

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

Offer Code: NYTB10

Purchase Link:

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

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

Pioneering horsewoman Suzie O’Cain passes

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

Suzie O’Cain

By Tom Law

Suzie O’Cain, one of the most recognizable faces and unique personalities in the New York Thoroughbred industry, passed away Tuesday in Saratoga Springs after a battle with breast cancer.

A former member of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc.’ Board of Directors for more than two decades and one of three Directors Emeriti at the time of her passing, O’Cain and her husband of 40 years, Dr. C. Lynwood “Doc” O’Cain, managed Highcliff Farm in Delanson for 23 years.

“When we were at Highcliff she basically co-managed everything with me,” Doc O’Cain said. “She did all office work, all the advertising, all the stallion promotion, the booking of stallions. She was a big part of the operation and its success.”

Born in Madison, Wisc., and raised in Mississippi, Suzie O’Cain attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford and later graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus with a bachelor’s degree in education.

“We met in Louisiana and were married in Louisiana,” Doc O’Cain said. “She showed Quarter Horses in Louisiana and knew nothing about Thoroughbreds at all. I did some Thoroughbred veterinary work in Louisiana and when we moved up here she got involved in Thoroughbreds.”

The O’Cains moved to the Northeast in 1985 when Doc O’Cain went to work at Everett and Gustave Schoenborn Sr.’s Schoenborn Brothers Farm in Coxsackie, which stood leading New York stallions Cormorant and Talc. He also worked at Gus Schoenborn Jr.’s Contemporary Stallions, which stood Ends Well, Double Negative and others.

The association with Highcliff started in 1989 and during their time with Carl Lizza, the O’Cains were heavily involved in his successful Flying Zee Stable breeding and racing programs. The couple continued their involvement in the Empire State’s breeding and stallion programs after Lizza’s death in July 2011 and managed and marketed stallions under the Saratoga Stallions banner.

Suzie O’Cain served the industry in many capacities, including as a member of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s board of directors from 2003 until this past August. She also served as co-chairwoman of the NYTB’s Political Action Committee and chairwoman of the NYTB’s Media Committee.

O’Cain also founded Find A Cure Stable to campaign horses to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She also hosted a show called “Suzie’s Corner” that aired on the New York City OTB and Capital OTB networks where she interviewed prominent women in the Thoroughbred industry and was honored in 2003 at the governor’s mansion in Albany during a Women’s History Month reception to recognize Pioneering Women of the Capital Region.

“Suzie was a very unique person, a very smart person,” Doc O’Cain said. “And she had the personality to go with it. She could walk into a room and take it over.”

Plans for a memorial service and/or celebration of life, most likely in August at Saratoga Race Course, are pending. Donations can be made in Suzie’s name to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

NYTB board election results 2021

Saturday, December 11th, 2021

NYTB logoLate Friday, the independent accounting firm Whittemore, Dowen, & Ricciardelli (WDR, LLP) certified results for this year’s 2021 New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.’s Board of Directors election.

This year, NYTB members voted to fill six seats on the board for candidates to serve four-year terms from January, 1, 2022 through December 31, 2025.

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

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

The five other members of our board that will serve the second of their three-year terms in 2022:

Thomas Gallo
Mallory Mort
Vivien Malloy
Scott Ahlschwede, DVM
Dan Hayden

The next Board of Directors election will take place in November 2023.

Attached, please find a letter from Whittemore, Dowen, and Ricciardelli, LLP certifying the election results.

Tickets available for NYTB Holiday Party

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders’ Inc. is pleased to announce the return of its annual Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Salt & Char Restaurant in downtown Saratoga Springs. Tickets are currently available for the Holiday Party, which runs from 6-9 p.m. ET with an open bar throughout and food served at 7 p.m.

“We’re happy to once again be able to host this event at one of the premier restaurants in Saratoga to kick off the holiday season,” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. “As we look back on another great year for the New York-bred program and in anticipation of the 2022 breeding season, this event is one for all to enjoy who participate and interested to learn more about the New York-bred program.”

Tickets can be purchased at and are $150 for NYTB members and $175 non-members.

The NYTB will also offer a special discounted hotel rate at Saratoga Hilton for $139 a night for Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. Click here to reserve a room.


Strong New York presence at Thoroughbred Makeover

Sunday, October 10th, 2021

Aussie Prayer, a 9-year-old mare bred by Michael Shanley who earned $216,441, is among a strong group of New York-breds in the Thoroughbred Makeover. Photo courtesy of Retired Racehorse Project.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Kentucky is facing a New York-bred invasion this week as off-track Thoroughbreds descend on the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America.

An event created to show off the versatility of retired racehorses, the Makeover has 10 different disciplines for horses to compete in with entrants allowed to choose up to two. After the cancelation of the Makeover in 2020, this year is a “Mega Makeover” combining the 2020 and 2021 classes. To be eligible for the Makeover, a horse had to have worked or raced after July 1, 2018 for the 2020 group and July 1, 2019 for the 2021 group. The event runs from Tuesday through Sunday.

The Makeover concludes Saturday and Sunday with Finale for each respective year. The top five in each discipline go on to the Finale to compete for the title of Thoroughbred Makeover Champion and a cash prize of $10,000. The Finales will be livestreamed on RRP’s website with the class of 2020 competing Saturday and 2021 Sunday.

Want to attend the Makeover? The event is free Tuesday through Friday and tickets are $10 per day on Saturday and Sunday, with weekend passes available for $15.

Before we get to the competition, it’s worth looking at just how big an impact New York-breds have on the training competition this year.

  • 116 retired New York-bred racehorses were registered for the combined 2020-2021 ‘Mega Makeover’ in late July – the second most of any state. Sixty-four of them entered the Makeover when final entries were taken the following month. New-York-breds made up 12.2 percent of all entries at the Mega Makeover. (Four horses have scratched since entries closed but New York is still represented by a large group).
  • 63 different breeding partnerships bred the 64 horses. Cheryl Prudhomme and Dr. Michael Gallivan were the only ones to breed two in partnership, but Christopher Shelli, Dr. Jerry Bilinski, Hidden Lake and Sequel all had their names in various partnerships on two different horses.
  • Six New York-bred Take The Lead graduates are entered in the competition: Excluded, Golden Giant, Hard D S C, Inspector Henning, Ragnar Lothbrok and Win the Shake. As of Oct. 8, all six were still planning on competing. The six won a combined $265,584 when making 52 starts with six wins and 10 other top-three finishes. Excluded provided $140,190 of those earnings. In their second careers, they are showing in four of the 10 disciplines offered with most of them in the hunter/jumper disciplines.
  • Though they’ve moved on to a second career, many of the horses entered were productive racehorses. The combined average earnings for the 64 entered is $52,398. Broken down into the different classes, those competing in the 2020 division averaged $45,306 for 22 horses and 2021 averages $56,113 for 42 horses. Eleven of the horses competing earned $100,000 or more.
  • Build to Suit, champion New York-bred sprinter in 2019, is among ex-racehorses from the Empire State competing in the Thoroughbred Makeover. NYRA Photo.

    The highest earner is 2019 Champion New York-bred Sprinter Build to Suit, who made $352,390 with a record of 10 top three finishers in 13 starts. Bred by Spendthrift Farm LLC, Build to Suit represents the 2021 class with the tough racehorse Aussie Prayer leading the 2020 class with $216,441. Aussie Prayer, a 9-year-old mare bred by Michael Shanley, raced 40 times with seven victories and 16 other top-three finishes.

  • As of Oct. 8, 60 New York-breds were still entered in the Makeover with entries in all 10 disciplines offered. The discipline with the most New York-bred entries is Dressage with 21, followed by 18 each in Show Jumping and Eventing. Show Hunters has 14, while 10 are entered in Barrel Racing, seven in Competitive Trail, six in Freestyle, three in Ranch Work, two in Field Hunters and one in Polo. Forty horses are competing in two events with 20 just contesting one.
  • Wondering which sire has the most New York-breds in the show after scratches? That honor goes to Sequel New York’s Mission Impazible, who has six competing. He has a versatile group showing with his competitors entered for Barrel Racing (three), Show Hunter (two), Show Jumping, Eventing, Competitive Trail, and Freestyle. Freud and Big Brown are tied for second at three each with Honorable Dillion the only other New York-based sire to have more than one entries. In all, 46 different stallions sire the New York-breds in the competition.

NYTB is joined by NYRA and NYTHA in sponsoring the $2,500 Empire State Success Story prize for the competition’s leading New York-bred. Find out more about the Thoroughbred Makeover and the horses entered at