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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 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

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.

Akindale’s Kathleen Feron passes away at 52

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Photo courtesy of Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home – Pawling

(Family obituary courtesy Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home)

Kathleen Marie Feron died at her home in Pawling, NY at age 52 on October 2, 2019 after a long struggle with Frontotemporal Degeneration, a rare memory disorder.

Born on July 14, 1967 on Long Island, NY with flaming red hair and a deep love for animals, Kate grew up in Pawling, NY, graduating from Pawling High School in 1985 before heading to Delaware Valley University to study Animal Science.  After graduating in 1989, Kate headed back to Pawling where she began working at Akindale Farm, a thoroughbred breeding and training facility where she had previously worked summer jobs.  John Hettinger, the owner of Akindale, quickly realized Kate’s talent with horses and she became the Farm Manager.  In 1998, she also obtained her trainer’s license becoming one of the few women in New York state to become a trainer.

From her very first horse, My Mythical Rose, to the last Stakes winner, she bred Fourstar Crook (whom she called Stella because she was stellar) Kate’s career as a Thoroughbred Racing trainer was impressive.  Her career winnings were over 2.8 million, and she won stakes races with both My Dinah and Them There Eyes. Overall she had 49 wins.  She also she won a New York Breeder’s Award this year and was a member of the Akindale Trust.

She leaves behind her beloved spouse Ray Galluscio who faithfully attended her throughout her illness. Also her dear daughter Kathleen Isabella Galluscio, her greatest joy; her father David Feron (Mary) of St Helena Island, SC, mother Myrna Cherrix (Bill) of New Milford, CT, and sisters Carrie Feron (Michael Kelly) Holmes, NY and Nancy Nielsen (Gary) Woodbury, CT; and nieces and nephew Charlotte Anderer and Jonathan and Elizabeth Nielsen.

The family asks that she be remembered in any way that honors animals, including the Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, as well as the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.

Thanks to Hospice of the Hudson Valley as well Peggy Tryonoviech and Diane Bissett, who have earned our eternal gratitude.

Family and friends paid their respects Friday, October 4th at the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY.  A Celebration of her Life is scheduled at the funeral home Saturday at 10:00 a.m.; doors open at 9:00.


NYTB October Events: Zweig / Cornell seminar & Annual Membership Meeting Oct. 13; Empire Showcase Oct. 19

Friday, September 20th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

On Sunday, October 13 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Saratoga, NYTB will host its annual membership meeting and October seminar in advance of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale (Tuesday, October 15). NYTB also invites interested parties to reserve places for a buffet lunch in the West Wing Room at Belmont Park for Empire Showcase Day

2019 NYTB October Seminar, Annual Membership Meeting & BBQ

As the Harry M. Zweig Memorial Fund for Equine Research celebrates its 40th anniversary, the Memorial Fund will partner with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine to present “40th Anniversary Milestones” by Doug Antczak, VMD, PhD at NYTB’s October seminar. At the meeting Jonathan Cheetham, VetMB, PhD, DACVS will also present “Throats: Grading Realities & Finding a Fix.”

This is a seminar-style meeting which includes the 2019 Annual NYTB Membership Meeting beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.

The event is sponsored by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund Corporation and the seminar will be immediately followed by a complimentary guest cocktail hour and barbeque for all RSVP’d guests in attendance.

Those who wish to attend must RSVP to the NYTB office by October 10 at (518) 587-0777 or

Click here for meeting/seminar invitation.

Empire Showcase Day in the West Wing Room at Belmont Park

Members and non-members can join NYTB for a buffet lunch in the West Wing Room at Belmont Park on Empire Showcase Day on Saturday, October 19. The full card of New York-bred racing is headlined by eight stakes races.

NYTB is also offering a private charter bus departing from Saratoga Springs at 8:00 a.m. and arriving at Belmont Park at approximately 12:00 noon. The bus will leave Belmont after the conclusion of the day’s races. *Please note: Jackets and Ties are required for men in the West Wing Room. No jeans are allowed in this venue.

You must reserve your space by October 3, or an additional late fee will apply.

Bus & Lunch:

$95 NYTB Members
$125 Non-members
You MUST RSVP by October 3, 2019: (518) 587-0777

Click here for Empire Showcase flyer.



NYTB presents annual Nielsen & Malloy Winkler scholarships Friday at the Spa

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Mrs. Joanne Nielsen, second from left; Margaret Goodale, center (Coglianese Photos)

By Sarah Mace

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) presented its two annual scholarships, the Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship and Debby Malloy Winkler Scholarship, in the Saratoga winner’s circle after the second race on Friday, July 19.

Established by Mrs. Joanne Nielsen to honor her late husband Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. and by Mrs. Vivien Malloy to honor her late daughter Debby Malloy Winkler, these $5,000 scholarships recognize a full-time student enrolled in an equine-related course of study at an accredited college or university in New York State. The scholarships are intended to foster the education and development of individuals who show the promise of making make a positive contribution to the thoroughbred industry in New York and beyond.

Receiving the 2019 Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship was Margaret (Meg) Goodale. A rising fourth-year student at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020, Goodale grew up in Groton, MA and graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonberg, VA, with a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She has been dedicated to horses since a young age.

At Cornell, Goodale has served as vice-president and president of Cornell’s student chapter of AAEP, headed Cornell’s student team of night and weekend large animal surgery technicians and maintained a position for over five years in a Regenerative Medicine Laboratory. Getting her professional career off to a head-start, Goodale has co-authored six research papers on stem cell research and related subjects and presented at a half-dozen conferences.

After graduation, Goodale plans to complete an equine private practice rotating internship involving sport and racehorses followed by a large animal surgery residence with a focus on lameness as well as orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.

Goodale said, “As the recipient of the NYTB Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. Scholarship, I am committed to thoroughbreds as a breed as well as the racing industry in New York. I believe that with the public scrutiny currently facing the sport, the role of veterinarians is as important as ever. I aspire to help these athletes have illustrious careers on the track and provide them with therapies that allow for success in transitioning to other disciplines.

Mrs. Nielsen and Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, made the presentation.

Mrs. Vivien Malloy, far right; Lindsey Seewald, second from right (Coglianese Photos)

Receiving this year’s Debby Malloy Winkler Scholarship was Lindsay Seewald, who will begin her third year at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall. A graduate of Duxbury High School in Duxbury MA, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 2016 with a major in Chemistry. She is already excelling academically at Cornell, earning the Phi Zeta Award in 2019 for the second-year veterinary student with the highest grade point average.

Seewald’s’ primary background is in the hunter-jumper world, where she has worked with off-the-track thoroughbreds as they retrain for a new discipline. She was also the captain of the Varsity Equestrian team at Dartmouth. At Cornell, Seewald has worked as a research assistant in projects investigating new biological therapies for post-traumatic osteoarthritis, including as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP) and stem cells.

“I am incredibly grateful to be this year’s recipient of the Debby Malloy-Winkler Scholarship,” Seewald said. “I truly appreciate the support of the Malloy Family and NYTB and I think their support of students pursuing equine careers sets a wonderful example for the rest of the equine industry. This gift will alleviate some of the financial burden associated with achieving my dream of becoming an equine sports medicine practitioner, allowing me greater flexibility in the externships, internships, and other educational experiences I choose over the next few years.

“I look forward to embarking on a career centered around horses and I hope that I’ll be able to give back to the thoroughbred breeding community in the future.”

Mrs. Vivien Malloy and Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, made the presentation.

Previous recipients of the Gerald A. Nielsen, Sr. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship:

2018 Lauren DeGennaro (read more)
2017 Rachel L. Hilliard (read more)
2016 Cassandra Cromer (read more)
2015 Tate Morris (read more)
2014 Kaitlyn Douglas (read more)
2013 Allison Tuchrello (read more)
2012 Jacqueline Pino (read more)

Previous recipients of the Debby Malloy Winkler. New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. Scholarship:

2018 Rudy Weitze (read more)
2017 Ella Mariah Pittman (read more)
2016 Natasha Tarnawa (read more)
2015 Courtney O’Connell (read more)
2014 Nicolina Foti (read more)

NYTB tees up 2019 Saratoga Events

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Fasig-Tipton NY-Bred Yearling Sale Cocktail Party 2019

Please join NYTB for the 2019 Cocktail Party at the Fasig-Tipton NY-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale on Sunday, August 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Guests will enjoy fine culinary selections and complimentary cocktails in the Upstairs Buyers’ Lounge and Balcony at the Fasig-Tipton Sales grounds in Saratoga Springs.

Tickets: $50 NYTB members
$75 non-members

You MUST RSVP by August 5th at (518) 587-0777 or a late fee will apply.

Click here for party invitation.
Click here for printable reply card.

Saratoga Showcase Day with NYTB in the All-New 1863 Club

Please join NYTB on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Saratoga Race Course for the Saratoga New York Showcase Day — an all-New York-bred race card featuring six stakes races.

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. The cost is $75 for NYTB Members and $100 for non-members. Tickets are offered at over 50% below cost for NYTB members!

This is a sell-out event!
Guests MUST RSVP by August 1
by calling (518) 587-0777.

Click here for event flyer.

NYTB Joins Exmark, NYTHA in Honoring Rick Violette with “For the Good” Mower for ReRun

Friday, June 21st, 2019

(Edited NYTHA Press Release)

Equine Equipment’s For the Good program, which donates the use of commercial mowers to aftercare facilities around North America, has announced a special donation of an Exmark mower for the 2019 mowing season to ReRun in East Greenbush, New York, to honor the late trainer and horsemen’s advocate Rick Violette Jr.

The donation to ReRun was organized by Equine Equipment in partnership with Exmark and the NYTHA and New York Thoroughbred Breeders.

A trainer for more than 40 years, Violette made a significant impact both on and off the track. In addition to being an accomplished conditioner, he worked tirelessly for horses and horsemen as a longtime board member and president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), and he advocated for all members of the racing industry: owners, trainers, breeders, backstretch workers and horses. Violette passed away in 2018, leaving a void not just in the New York racing industry but the racing industry nationwide.

The donation to ReRun was organized by Equine Equipment in partnership with Exmark and the NYTHA and New York Thoroughbred Breeders.

“I was honored to be one of Rick’s first grooms back in the 1970s in New England, and we remained friends for decades,” said Steve Andersen, founder of Equine Equipment. “He cared about the horses and people of this great industry, so to be in a position of honoring him is special. He was a very good man and gone too soon. Rick believed passionately in aftercare for retired Thoroughbred racehorses, so ReRun is a nice fit to receive an Exmark mower in his honor.”

“Exmark delivers exceptional value to the entire horse world, and this is another way they are giving back,” added John Cloutier, senior marketing manager for the Exmark Manufacturing Company. “When Steve approached Exmark with this idea it was a no-brainer for us. We saw an opportunity to help great organizations, and we are delighted to be involved.”

Originally founded in Kentucky in 1996, ReRun has been active in New York since 2002 and has become one of the largest aftercare programs in the region.

“ReRun is thrilled to be the recipient of this donation for 2019,” said Lisa Molloy, program director for ReRun. “It frees up a lot of valuable resources that are typically expended by using outside mowing and landscaping services. Keeping the farm premises in superb condition is just one facet of the overall program and the work that we put in to make ReRun the premier adoption program in New York and the northeast. To receive this donation in memory of Rick Violette makes it even more special because he was such an inspiring and committed member not just of the racing industry but also the aftercare community.”

“We are thrilled that Steve Anderson and Equine Equipment are honoring Rick in this way,” added Andy Belfiore, executive director of the NYTHA. “Rick was a staunch advocate for the horsemen for so many years, and he was especially dedicated to making sure that retired racehorses have healthy and happy lives beyond the track. New York’s TAKE THE LEAD Program, started under Rick’s leadership, has partnered with ReRun to find retirement homes for more than 150 racehorses. This is a fitting tribute.”

“I’ve always preached to owners and especially new people coming into the horse business that you own a horse not until his or her last race or her last foal but until that horse has found a new home,” said Tom Gallo, president of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders. “Thanks to the efforts of Rick Violette, Andy Belfiore and countless other New York breeders, owners and trainers, we have programs like ReRun and TAKE THE LEAD to care for our horses.

“Ever since these organizations were established, they have not only found homes and re-purposed horses but provided medical care and rehabilitation for horses in need,” he added. “Case in point: an old racehorse of ours named Kid Blast just showed up at ReRun last week. He raced and we enjoyed his company for over four years and he retired sound and then we were able to re-purpose him as a lead pony at NYRA. After a career as a lead pony, he developed back issues. His former owner, along with NYTHA through TAKE THE LEAD, gathered funding, organized and paid for vanning, and made a donation to ReRun where he will recuperate and get ready for his third career as someone’s loving riding horse.

“This generous donation of an Exmark mower is just one way to thank them for the efforts they have made to help so many Thoroughbreds by re-purposing them to wonderful, forever homes as future equine athletes. Kudos and congratulations to an organization that keeps on giving.”

Diversify crowned 2018 NY-Bred Horse of the Year, Bromans named top breeders for third straight year

Monday, April 1st, 2019

NYRA/Amira Chichakly

By Sarah Mace

Diversify, whose crowning achievement last season was a brilliant wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Racecourse, was the voters’ choice for the 2018 New York-bred Horse of the Year. Chester and Mary Broman were named the state’s outstanding breeders for the third straight year and sixth time overall.

The 2018 New York-bred Horse of the Year, Breeder of the Year and the winners of the New York-Bred Divisional Championships were announced at New York Thoroughbred Inc.’s (NYTB’s) awards banquet held on April 1, 2019 at the Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs.

Sponsored by the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, the event was emceed by Richard Migliore, who is co-founder and partner of Sport of Kings Media Productions. Migliore is best known for a stellar career as a jockey on the New York circuit. He won more than 4,400 races over a career spanning three decades, including 25 Grade 1 races.

The New York-bred Divisional Champions and Horse of the Year were chosen by a ballot of New York turf writers, handicappers, chart callers and racing analysts conducted by NYTB.

Diversify, a gelding by current New York sire Bellamy Road, was bred by Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding. Campaigned by Lauren and Ralph Evans, he was trained by Rick Violette, whom the New York breeding and racing community sadly lost last October. Winner of the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2017, Diversify won three of five starts in 2018, upping his game each time. Following a narrow win against fellow state-breds in the Commentator in May, Diversify won the Grade 2 Suburban by six lengths in July and the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap by more than three lengths in August. He earned $1,190,000 in 2018 and was also voted Champion Older Dirt Male.

The other multiple winner of the night was Holiday Disguise, who took home the hardware for Champion Female Sprinter and Champion Older Dirt Female. Her half-sister Midnight Disguise was honored as Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. Both champions were bred by Dr. William B. Wilmot and Dr. Joan M. Taylor. Mind Your Biscuits, two-time New York-bred Horse of the Year was honored as Champion Male Sprinter

Chester and Mary Broman, whose names are synonymous with New York breeding and racing success, won 69 races with their homebreds in 2018, including five stakes races, and earned $3,352,927 in purses. Highway Star, who garnered two stakes victories last season retired with more than $1.3 million in earnings. The couple won the outstanding breeders award previously in 2004, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

A complete list of New York’s 2018 equine and human honorees follows:

New York-Bred Horse of the Year & Champion Older Dirt Male:

Diversify (Bellamy Road – Rule One, by Street Cry (IRE))
Breeder: Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding
Owner: Lauren and Ralph M. Evans
Trainer: Rick Violette

Champion Female Sprinter & Champion Older Dirt Female

Holiday Disguise (Harlan’s Holiday – Thin Disguise, by Yes It’s True)
Breeder: Dr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor
Owner: Lady Sheila Stable
Trainer: Linda Rice

Champion Two-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 Two-Year-Old Filly

Sue’s Fortune (Jump Start – Democrat Taxes, by Catienus)
Breeder: Richard Nicolai
Owner: Fortune Farm (Richard Nicolai)
Trainer: Jeremiah C. Englehart

Champion Three-Year-Old Male

Audible (Into Mischief – Blue Devil Bel, by Gilded Time)
Breeder: Oak Bluff Stables, LLC
Owner: China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Starlight Racing, WinStar Farm
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly

Midnight Disguise (Midnight Lute – Thin Disguise, by Yes It’s True)

Breeder: Dr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor
Owner: Wilmot, William B., Taylor, Joan M. and Wilmot, Devin T.
Trainer: Linda Rice

Champion Turf Male

Voodoo Song (English Channel – Mystic Chant, by Unbridled’s Song)
Breeder: Stonewall Farm
Owner: Barry K. Schwartz
Trainer: Linda Rice

Champion Turf Female

Fourstar Crook (Freud – Avril a Portugal, by D’Accord)
Breeder: Kathleen M. Feron
Owner: Dubb, Michael, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Aisquith, Gary
Trainer: Chad C. Brown

Champion Male Sprinter

Mind Your Biscuits (Posse – Jazzmane, by Toccet)
Breeder: Jumping Jack Racing LLC
Owner: J Stables LLC, Head of Plains Partners, Summers et al
Trainer: Chad Summers

Broodmare of the Year: Rule One, dam of Diversify

New York-Bred Trainer of the Year: Jeremiah C. Englehart

New York-Bred Jockey of the Year: Irad Ortiz, Jr.   

New York Breeder of the Year: Chester and Mary Broman


NYTB Seats 2019 Board, Gallo re-elected Board President

Friday, February 1st, 2019

By Sarah Mace

The Board of Directors of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held its first meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, January 30. The newly-seated board re-elected Thomas J. Gallo, III, founder and managing owner of Dream Maker Racing, Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, LLC and owner of Blue Stone Farm, as Board President.

Mallory Mort was re-elected as NYTB Board Vice-President. Vivien Malloy was likewise re-elected for another term as NYTB Secretary / Treasurer. All three NYTB board officers will serve two-year terms concurrent with their two-year tenure on the board.

NYTB Officers and Board of Directors for 2019:


  • Thomas J. Gallo, III, founder and managing owner, Dream Maker Racing and Thomas J. Gallo III Sales Agency, LLC; owner, Blue Stone Farm – President
  • Mallory Mort, manager, Gallagher’s Stud – Vice-President
  • Vivien Malloy, owner, Edition Farm – Secretary/Treasurer


  • Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M.
  • H. James Bond
  • Seth Gregory
  • Daniel P. Hayden
  • Michael Lischin
  • Joanne Nielsen
  • Suzie O’Cain
  • Joan M. Taylor, DVM

Director Emeritus:

  • Chester Broman