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Letter to the Editor: Robert Fierro on Steve DiMauro in the TDN

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

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By Robert D. Fierro (TDN)

Everyone whose life he touched was no doubt touched in many ways upon hearing of the passing of Steve DiMauro. That would include many memories of his training accomplishments with Wajima, Lady Pitt, Dearly Precious, et al, and his place in the Hall of Fame-as well as the fact that he basically “discovered” jockey Richard Migliore.

And I could not imagine that anyone who was touched by him remembers him with anything other than respect and fondness.

That goes double and triple for yours truly because he was an exceptional, though very understated, influence in my involvement with the New York breeding program with which I became involved in the early 1980s when he was President of New York Thoroughbred Breeders.

I was just starting out very modestly when Steve sort of encouraged me, with an occasional nod if not a wink, to add my promotional talents to the hands-on experience of other members of the board of directors. To say I was astonished would be an understatement: The only thing I had in common with him was an Italian heritage, although his demeanor and approach to life may have seemed far from what (still at that time) was the stereotype of “our people” in the industry, and in the country at large, i.e., overly expressive people who talked with their hands along with their somewhat robust mouths.

That stereotype was the complete opposite of what I had come to learn and understand was the essential quality of a man of Italian heritage-pazienza, which means exactly what you think it means: He was a man of patience in a business, and culture, which were beginning to depend on short cuts.

Without realizing it at the time, his steady hand as leader of the breeders during a time of turbulence involving both the state government and the racing executives set the stage for others who followed him to adopt some of his wait-and-see style, a style which was usually backed up with a few behind the scenes nudges that helped achieve our goals.

His way of going, so to speak, allowed his successor Paul Schosberg, and Paul’s successor (me) to temper our impatience at times by calling on Steve for advice, which was given with a bit of an arched eyebrow, cryptic insight, and always a smile. I didn’t realize it but he was much like my father who wore out his own eyebrows with the pazienza he had (don’t ask).

His lovely and adoring wife Kathryn and his always friendly and quite accomplished trainer and now Gulfstream steward son Steve shared a heritage that husband and father displayed quietly every time you came into his presence. If he were part of the game today at the same age that he was when I first met him most people would refer to him as “cool.”

If he had ever heard that, he would no doubt arch that eyebrow-and then burst out laughing.

Bravo, Stefano, bravo!


Champion trainer & NYTB past President Stephen A. DiMauro passes away at 87

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

By Matt Hegarty, courtesy DRF.com

Stephen A. DiMauro, a champion trainer and a breeder who also was highly involved in the New York backstretch community, died on Wednesday night at his home in Winter Park, Fla., after a long illness, according to his son, Stephen L. DiMauro. He was 87.

A native of New Jersey, DiMauro started his career as a jockey in 1952, but in 1959 he turned to training. He trained his first champion, 1966 3-year-old filly champion Lady Pitt, just seven years later, and in 1975, he guided Dearly Precious to the champion 2-year-old filly title and Wajima to the champion 3-year-old male title, earning the Eclipse Award for the country’s top trainer in the process.

Although he amassed 1,159 wins and $23.2 million in earnings in a career that stretched from 1959 until 2002, DiMauro was also well known for his tutelage of young racetrackers, including Richard Migliore, the champion apprentice jockey of 1981, who went on to win 4,450 races in a 30-year-career.

“He took a chance on a 14-year-old kid and made a profound difference in my life,” Migliore said on Twitter, calling DiMauro his “mentor.”

DiMauro was also heavily involved in the New York backstretch community, serving on the board of directors of the New York Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the New York Backstretch Pension Fund, and [served as President and Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB)].

DiMauro said that during his father’s training career, he bought a farm on Long Island, a farm in Kentucky, and a farm in Ocala, Florida. He would breed his mares in New York to qualify them for the New York-bred program, send the foals to Kentucky for breaking, and then to Ocala for training.

“He thought he wanted New York-breds, and he thought Kentucky was the best place to bring them up, and that Ocala was the best place to get them ready,” his son, who trained until 2016, said. “That was just him all the way. He did everything 110 percent.”

His son said that he always respected and admired his father for the way he conducted himself, and that he taught him “patience, not just with horses, but with everything in life.”

“I admired him, I respected him, and I looked up to him,” his son said. “I couldn’t have accomplished half of what he did.”


NYTB endorses NYRA proposal to restart racing operations

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) has endorsed the New York Racing Association’s proposal requesting permission to resume live racing at Belmont Park.

Reproduced below is NYTB Executive Director Jeff Cannizzo’s letter to the relevant State Agencies supporting NYRA’s roadmap for restarting limited operations with a broad array of mitigation strategies to keep employees and racing participants safe.

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) applauds the Governor for his leadership throughout the COVID-19 crisis, for making difficult decisions, and for laying the groundwork to strategically un-pause certain sectors. Moreover, we whole heartedly support the New York Racing Association’s (NYRA) plans to resume thoroughbred racing at its premier racetracks.

NYRA backstretch workers, like others responsible for the care and feeding of livestock, are already exempt from the Governor’s Executive Order 206 from March 22 mandating that 100% of the workforce for “non-essential” services across the state stay home.

These essential workers have been hard at work throughout New York Pause caring for, feeding, grooming and exercising horses. Whether or not live racing is being conducted, the backstretch workers care for horses in the same way and under the same conditions every day and will continue to do so. At the same time NYRA’s Preparedness and Response Plan Committee, in place since early March, is ensuring that these workers understand and follow NYS DOH and U.S. CDC guidelines about hygiene and social distancing. While being responsive to the health and nutritional needs of the workers and their families, the Committee also has contingency plans for dealing with any fresh outbreaks of COVID-19 among backstretch workers. It is appropriate, and timely, to now restart racing at the NYRA tracks.

Thoroughbred breeding is one of the most important economic engines of the New York’s equine industry – New York’s second-largest agri-business. As was highlighted in the 2018 American Horse Council Foundation report, the New York equine industry has experienced a resurgence in recent years, having grown by $1.1 billion and adding approximately 10,000 jobs. The equine industry collectively has a $5.3 billion economic impact on New York’s economy, and benefits counties across the State by generating hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. The breeding and racing industries are responsible for the majority of the equine industry’s 42,400 full-time jobs and aid in preserving 1.3 million acres of precious farmland. In addition to the 2,300 breeding, training and racing facilities across the state in all 62 counties, there are 23,000 family-owned farms and stables. NYTB is proud of its members’ commitment to the farming industry.

The New York-breeding industry has faced hardships before. As recently as 2010, New York-breeding was teetering on the brink of extinction. Video Lottery revenues helped reinvigorate the industry; farms started to reopen, new stakeholders brought business to the State, and the quality of stock improved. All of this has resulted in the best measure of breeder success: a boom market for New York-breds at thoroughbred auctions. In fact, over a 6 year period, the value of the average New York-bred yearling increased by more than 120%. We cannot allow COVID-19 to cause a reversal in this progress for the equine industry. With racing shuttered, there is no source of revenue for our industry to pay bills, continue employment, and support farm related services. The many small owners and breeders that make up our great sport are on the brink of bankruptcy. The only way we can keep them in business, fueling this agricultural economic engine, is opening racing at New York’s historic race tracks. To do so we need NYRA up and running as soon as possible with the proper safety and health protocols in place, consistent with the Governor’s un-pause strategy.

Respectfully,

Jeffrey A. Cannizzo, Executive Director


NYTHA, NTRA Post Webinars on COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Legislation

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) would like to draw the attention of all members and stakeholders to a pair of webinars posted by the Horseman’s Association (NYTHA) and National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) focusing on the Federal stimulus legislation enacted to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NYTHA’s webinar, which took place Monday morning, April 6, covered the subject of the Paycheck Protection Loan (PPL, also known as either PPP or P3) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), specific to NY trainers.  The PPL/PPP/P3 and the EIDL are part of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which is meant to keep businesses and individuals afloat during this unprecedented freeze.

Click here for “NYTHA Update on Federal Disaster Relief Provisions for NY Trainers.”

NTRA partnered with its Washington, D.C., legislative team, The Alpine Group and Kentucky-based Dean Dorton, a leading expert on equine tax matters, to host a national teleconference on April 1 to review Federal stimulus bills. The main topics covered are:

  • The Coronavirus Preparedness Response and Supplemental Appropriations Act ($1 billion in loan subsidies to be made available to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and non-profit organizations which have been impacted by financial losses as a result of the coronavirus).
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (protects public health workers and provides important benefits to children and families for those impacted by the coronavirus. Protections for the employers of affected workers also are included in the legislation in the form of tax credits to offset the costs of providing emergency sick leave).
  • TheCoronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (an economic stimulus package valued at $2 trillion. The bill provides direct payments to many Americans, including individuals and couples; $130 billion to hospitals that are seeing their resources stretched to the brink and beyond in their battle to combat the coronavirus; $500 billion for corporations; $367 billion for small businesses; $150 billion in aid for local and state governments; and billions of dollars in extended unemployment benefits for furloughed workers.

Click here for “NTRA Equine Industry Update on COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Bills.”

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Reminder: NTRA Industry Information Page for COVID-19

In an effort to help educate the public and industry stakeholders on measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19, NTRA has also created an industry information page on the NTRA website.


Tiz the Law crowned remotely as 2019 New York-bred HOY; NYTB microsite hosts divisional champions video program

Monday, April 6th, 2020

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By Sarah Mace

Taking inspiration from the showbusiness adage that “the show must go on,” on Monday, April 6, the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) remotely crowned Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law as the 2019 New York-bred Horse of the Year. The organization also announced the 2019 New York-Bred divisional champions and named the New York Breeder, Jockey and Trainer of the Year. The 2019 New York-bred Horse of the Year and all divisional champions were chosen by a ballot of New York turf writers, handicappers, chart callers and racing analysts conducted by NYTB.

After it became clear in early March that the spread of COVID-19 would make it impossible for NYTB to host the organization’s annual Awards Banquet at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs on April 6 as planned, NYTB forged ahead to try to make the best of a difficult situation along with backing of our sponsor, the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, and all our wonderful partners.

NYTB published the winners on the organization’s website  and social media channels on the original date of the event. At the same time, NYTB launched a microsite at nytbawards.com to host a video presentation produced by PM Advertising 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 Thisishorseracing.com), is in the mail to all NYTB members and currently available on the Thisishorseracing.com website. Program.

Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law, the magnificent blaze-faced son of Constitution, was named the 2019 Horse of the Year on the strength of his juvenile campaign, which was highlighted by a victory in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes. Tiz the Law was also the unanimous choice of voters as the 2019 Champion Two-Year-Old Male. At three, Tiz the Law is already a perfect two-for-two, winning the Grade 3 Holy Bull and Grade 1 Florida Derby. He sits atop the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” leaderboard and, provided all goes smoothly in the interim, Tiz the Law will be in the starting gate for the rescheduled 2020 Run for the Roses on the first Saturday in September (September 5).

Chester and Mary Broman were named the state’s top breeders in 2019 for the fourth straight year and seventh time overall. The couple previously won the award as outstanding breeders in 2004, 2011, 2014, 2016-2018. In 2019 the Bromans, whose name is synonymous with New York breeding excellence, won 82 races, 13 stakes and earned $3,775,911. The couple is represented by no fewer than four divisional champions for 2019,led by dual winner Pauseforthecause, who took home the hardware for Champion Older Dirt Female and Champion Female Sprinter.

Linda Rice was the top trainer of New York-breds in 2019, an honor she received six times previously in the last decade (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017). Last year Rice won 76 races with New York-breds, collected seven New York-bred stakes wins and earned $4,234,018. She trains Newly Minted, the Broman-bred 2019 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly.

Jockey Manny Franco finished the year with the most New York-bred wins and earnings, breaking a six-year streak when one or the other of the Ortiz brothers took home the hardware (Jose in 2014-2015 and Irad, Jr. in 2013 and 2016-2018). Franco compiled 94 New York-bred wins, won seven stakes on Empire State-breds and earned $6,346,925. Franco is the regular rider of Tiz the Law, aboard for every start after the colt’s winning Saratoga debut.

New York’s 2019 honorees:

New York-Bred Horse of the Year & Champion Two-Year-Old Male:
Tiz the Law (Constitution – Tizfiz, by Tiznow)
Breeder: Twin Creeks Farm
Owner: Sackatoga Stable
Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly
Critical Value (Bodemeister – See the Forest, by Forestry)
Breeder: Marshall K Gramm & Clay Sanders
Owner: Ten Strike Racing
Trainer: Jeremiah C. Englehart

Champion Three-Year-Old Male
Somelikeithotbrown (Big Brown – Marilyn Monroan, by Tapit)
Breeder: Hot Pink Stables & Sand Dollar Stables
Owner: Skychai Racing LLC and Sand Dollar Stable LLC
Trainer: Mike Maker

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
Newly Minted (Central Banker – Newbie, by Bernardini)
Breeder: Chester Broman & Mary R. Broman
Owner: Beach Haven Thoroughbreds LLC
Trainer: Linda Rice

Champion Older Dirt Male
Mr. Buff
(Friend Or Foe – Speightful Affair, by Speightstown)
Breeder: Chester Broman & Mary R. Broman
Owner: Broman, Sr., Chester and Broman, Mary
Trainer: John C. Kimmel

Champion Older Dirt Female and Champion Female Sprinter
Pauseforthecause
(Giant’s Causeway – Spritely, by Touch Gold)
Breeder: Chester Broman & Mary R. Broman
Owner: Broman, Sr., Chester and Broman, Mary
Trainer: Kiaran P. McLaughlin

Champion Turf Male
Gucci Factor
(Gio Ponti – Shoo In, by Dynaformer)
Breeder: Highclere
Owner: Castleton Lyons
Trainer: Christophe Clement

Champion Turf Female
Fifty Five
(Get Stormy – Soave, by Brahms)
Breeder: Empire Equines, LLC
Owner: Peter M. Brant
Trainer: Chad C. Brown

Champion Male Sprinter
Build to Suit
(Dominus – Aspen Mountain, by Chief Seattle)
Breeder: Spendthrift Farm, LLC
Owner: Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.
Trainer: Chad C. Brown

Broodmare of the Year: Tizfiz (Tiznow – Gin Running, by Go For Gin), dam of Tiz the Law

New York-Bred Trainer of the Year: Linda Rice
New York-Bred Jockey of the Year: Manuel Franco
New York Breeder of the Year: Chester and Mary Broman

 


Notes for Breeders from the Fund and Beyond on COVID-19

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Events related to the spread of COVID-19 have upended all of our lives at quantum speed. The juvenile sales season is disrupted, racing at NYRA is on hiatus and you are doing your best to navigate a breeding season unlike any you have experienced before. This month, I will use this space to pass along a few specific pieces of information I think you will find informative and useful at this time.

The economic health of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund (the Fund) is obviously an issue for all of our stakeholders. Typically, the Fund derives on average $30,000 a day (or $900,000 a month) from VLT revenue. The other driver of Fund revenue of course is pari-mutuel handle. As you know, casinos are currently closed in the state and there is no racing due to COVID-19.

The other side of the coin is that 89% of Fund revenue is disbursed in awards. In other words, because no awards are being earned on the racetrack in New York currently, the interruption in revenue we hope will not create a shortfall for the Fund in the near term. There may be a time when racing resumes before the casinos come back on online, but the Fund is already taking precautionary measures to ensure cash flow so that it will be able to pay out awards.

Closer to home are issues affecting your employees. With Executive Order 206, beginning March 22, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered 100% of the workforce for “non-essential” services across the state to stay home. This is not a guideline but a legal mandate. The NYS Department of Ag and Markets immediately issued guidance concerning essential animal care.

Specifically, Ag and Markets designated animal care operations, including equine, as “essential” and exempt from the Governor’s Executive Order. The farm owner / operator determines who falls within the category of “essential employees.” Visits to a farm or equine facility by anyone not designated as an essential employee are not permitted. Moreover, farm workers taking care of horses are still responsible for following CDC guidelines, including 6-foot social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing of facilities and equipment.

Finally, as the foaling and breeding season progresses, the Fund has already examined contingencies relevant to mare residency rules in the unlikely event that interstate travel restrictions are imposed in the future. Current rules state that resident mares who travel out of state to be bred must return to New York within 90 days of their last cover. Also, program participants may ship their non-resident mares back to their home state 90 days after they foal in New York.

The Fund has explored the residency concern and its conclusion after preliminary discussions is,

“Since the requirement for mares to be back in New York within 90 days of its last cover is regulatory (not statutory), the Fund has discretion in how it intends to enforce that rule under the circumstances. It seems . . . that if there are any substantial restrictions on the ability of owners or breeders to move their mares back into New York State as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fund would be well within its authority to review that condition in order for the mare to retain its status with the Fund.”

To conclude on a brighter note, we are seeing numerous examples of the best among us stepping up to help the thoroughbred community downstate. The New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America (NYRTCA), spearheaded by the organization’s president Ramon Dominguez, is raising funds to support backstretch workers and conducting a drive to restock its food pantry. The Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA) is accepting supplies for infants and toddlers. NYTHA President Joe Appelbaum and NYTHA Board Member Rick Schosberg are active at the track in concert with the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T) to support track workers. A Preparedness and Response Plan Committee, comprised of key NYRA staff members and the organizations just named has posted coronavirus-related signage in English and Spanish across the backstretch and is closely monitoring and assessing developments and developing key protocols to monitor and manage both the Aqueduct and Belmont properties. Details about all these activities apprear in articles on NYRA.com. I urge you to follow up there, where you will also find information about donating supplies or money to these worthy causes. Until next time, I wish you all good luck and good health.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director


NYTB Cancels April 6 New York-Bred Divisional Champions Awards Banquet

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

By Sarah Mace

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) has cancelled the organization’s New York-Bred Divisional Champions Awards Banquet due to concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The event, where we planned to crown the 2019 New York-Bred Horse of the Year, Divisional Champions and human honorees, was originally scheduled to take place on the evening of Monday, April 6, 2020 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Our decision was prompted by recent guidance from federal and state authorities about limiting large gatherings, recommendations for “social distancing,” and concern for all members of our community.

Historically this a convivial, sold-out event. Guests gather from up and down the east coast and beyond. Prospective attendees and honorees have already expressed concerns about travel during the pandemic.

We realize that this cancellation is a disappointment, especially for the connections of our divisional championship nominees. This is also a disappointment for NYTB. This celebration of the racetrack achievements of the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing Program is a high point in our annual calendar. These are, however, extraordinary circumstances and the need to protect all members of our community is paramount.

NYTB will publicly announce the 2019 Horse of the Year, divisional winners and human honorees on April 6 as planned. The program and video presentation for the event are currently in production. After April 6 we will mail the commemorative program to all our members and release the video presentation on our website and social media channels. NYTB is contacting individual attendees about previous reservations.


NYTB board election results 2019

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) concluded its annual board election on Friday, December 13, 2019. This year, NYTB members voted to fill six seats on the board for candidates to serve two-year terms from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.

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

James Bond
Lois Engel
Seth Gregory
Michael Lischin
Joan M. Taylor
Lere Visagie

Five other members of the NYTB Board will serve the second year of two-year terms in 2020:

Scott Ahlschwede
Thomas J. Gallo III
Daniel P. Hayden
Vivien G. Malloy
Mallory Mort

Additionally, the NYTB Board has voted to name retiring Board Members Joanne Nielsen and Suzie O’Cain as Directors Emeriti. Chester Broman has been an NYTB Director Emeritus since 2017.

Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP, an accounting firm in Queensbury, 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.

Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP reported the official results to NYTB in a letter dated on December 13, 2019.*

*Click here to read Whittemore, Dowen & Ricciardelli, LLP’s letter certifying the election.


NYTB Stallion Season Auction Jan 14-16 2020

Friday, December 13th, 2019

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction starting on Tuesday, January 14 at 9:00 a.m. and ending on Thursday, January 16 at 6:00 p.m. The auction will be held online using the Starquine bidding platform.  Participants must register with starquine.com prior to bidding.  All bids will be subject to the rules and conditions of the auction.  Each season’s conditions will be posted.

Click here to register and bid at Starquine.com.

Stallion State
A Shin Forward NY
Algorithms KY
Always Dreaming KY
Anchor Down KY
Army Mule KY
Astern (AUS) KY
Bee Jersey KY
Bellamy Road NY
Big Brown NY
Bustin Stones NY
Central Banker NY
Coal Front KY
Commissioner KY
Courageous Cat NY
Daddy Long Legs KY
Desert Party NY
Destin NY
Disco Partner NY
Dr Large NY
Enticed KY
First Dude FL
Frank Conversation NY
Free Drop Billy KY
Freud NY
Frost Giant NY
Giant Surprise NY
Good Samaritan KY
Gormley KY
Ironicus KY
Klimt KY
Laoban NY
Lea KY
Leofric NY
Lost Treasure KY
Majestic City NY
Market Rally NY
Micromanage NY
Midshipman KY
Mission Impazible NY
Normandy Invasion PA
Oxbow KY
Palace KY
Redesdale NY
Sharp Azteca KY
Tale of Ekati KY
Teuflesberg NY
Union Jackson NY
War Dancer NY
Weekend Hideaway NY
Wicked Strong KY

2019 NYTB Annual Holiday Party

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Please join us at the annual NYTB Holiday Party to celebrate a successful year. The party will take place at The Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY on Saturday, December 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The evening will feature exquisite butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, chef-attended dinner stations and an open bar. Guests also receive a 43% discounted room rate at the hotel that night, a savings of $150!

The cost is $75 for NYTB members and $100 for non-members.

This is a sell-out event! You must RSVP to the NYTB office by December 2 by calling (518) 587-0777 or a late fee will apply.