A study of the economic impact of the annual summer Saratoga Race Course on the greater capital region released on March 6 focuses on the expansion of the area’s breeding industry as a key factor in a nine-percent growth rate seen since 2011, and an increase in jobs of more than 30 percent. Specifically, last year the Saratoga meet generated $237 million in economic activity and was responsible for nearly 2,600 jobs across the greater Capital Region. The meet also generated as much as $14.2 million in tax revenue for city, county and New York State.
Commissioned by the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), the study was conducted by Camoin Associates, who used 2014 figures to update economic data generated from prior reports in 2006 and 2011. The group looked at various sectors of the regional economy within the nine-county region of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington.
The key factor in this growth was identified as the expansion of the thoroughbred breeding industry in New York, which the study links directly to the infusion of VLT revenue into restricted purses and incentives. Raymond F. Callanan, Chairman of the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency, said,
We conducted extensive interviews with owners, trainers and breeders and it is clear that the State’s investment of VLT revenues has had a significant and far reaching economic impact on New York’s 2 billion dollar racing and breeding industry. Simply put, the VLT enhanced purse structure and breeders’ awards program has revitalized the industry and made the New York Breeding program the envy of the country.”
Added Callanan, “The results of the [study] give us a real sense of optimism that the future of the racing and breeding industry in New York State, which is such an integral part of the economy of our city, county and region, is finally, after many troubled years, on a sound financial path to success.”
The study also highlights the important role of the breeding sector in expanding much-needed greenspace in the surrounding area, citing a 14 percent increase in the number of horse farm properties in Saratoga County between 2010 and 2013. Horse farms account for 3.7 percent of agricultural parcels in the nine-county study area in comparison to only 2 percent in New York State.
Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., said, “This study underscores the positive impact of VLT money not only on the breeding industry directly but on the whole region, in terms of greenspace, employment and tax revenues. This this kind of economic growth is exactly what upstate New York needs, and breeders should be proud to be such an important of it.”
Alex’s Pal by Valid Expectations out of the winning Fortunate Prospect mare Successful Dancer was euthanized March 11 due to colic at age 16. A half-brother to Grade 2 winner and successful stallion Successful Appeal, he stood at Centennial Farm of New York near Gilbertsville, where his 2014 fee was $2,500.
Alex’s Pal, who won six of 19 races and earned $163,680, began his career at stud in Florida and stood in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before relocating to New York in 2013.
The progeny of Alex’s Pal, have earned more than $3.9 million to date, led by multiple Grade 2 winner C C’s Pal.
Sequel Stallions New York announced on Tuesday that it has released a mobile application for New York breeders. The application enables breeders to easily access information on all the stallions, submit mares, run nicks and much more from their phones, ipads and tablets.
“At Sequel, we are passionate about quality customer service,” said owner Becky Thomas. “Many of our breeders in NY also have regular jobs. They are school teachers, nurses, doctors, accountants and business owners who don’t have time during regular work day to focus on their mare’s matings. This communication tool will put the information in their hands whenever and wherever it is convenient for them.”
The Sequel Mobile App can be downloaded at http://sequelnewyork.mobapp.at/ as well as App stores at Itunes and Google Play.
A Bluegrass Cat colt out of a half-sister to Golden Missile was the top-selling New York-bred at the Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale, which took place for the first time at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday. A filly by Tale of the Cat, who issues from an accomplished family of New York-breds, took the top honors on the distaff side.
The bay Bluegrass Cat colt (Hip 81) was purchased by LRK Stable Inc. for $185,000 from the consignment of Eddie Woods, Agent LXIII, after working an eighth of a mile in 10 1/5 seconds in Monday’s under tack show. A successful pinhook, colt sold previously in Saratoga as a Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling for $80,000.
Bred by WinStar Farm, LLC and foaled on February 26, 2013 at Vinery New York at Sugar Maple Farm, Hip 81 is out of winner-producer Santa Vindi (Vindication). Santa Vindi is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner, $2.1 million-earner and successful New York sire Golden Missile (A.P. Indy); their dam is multiple graded stakes winner Santa Catalina.
The top-selling New York-bred filly (Hip 95) was purchased by Lexington-based Xavier International Bloodstock, Agent, for $170,000 from the Crupi’s New Castle Farm consignment. The bay filly by Tale of the Cat, who breezed a furlong in 10 4/5 in the under tack show, was previously purchased as a yearling by Dylan Venosa at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred sale for $130,000.
The filly was bred by Akindale Farm, where she was foaled on March 3, 2013. John Hettinger purchased the filly’s second dam Avichi (Damascus), who is a full-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Honorable Miss, for $102,000 at the 1986 Keeneland January sale. For Hettinger Avichi produced multiple graded stakes winner Lady D’Accord (D’Accord) and graded stakes winner Missymooiloveyou.
Avichi’s unplaced daughter So Long Dearie, the dam of the sale filly, and has produced multiple stakes winners My Dinah ($450,391) and Them There Eyes ($289,300), as well as 13-time winner Cayo Hueso ($211,768).
A noteworthy New York-bred RNA at the Fasig-Tipton sale was Hip 2. The bay colt offered by Hartley / De Renzo from the first crop of Ice Box failed to attain his reserve after being bid up to $395,000. Bred by Christopher Shelli and out of the unraced Ghostzapper mare Fear This, he was the co-top-selling colt last summer in Saratoga, when he went to Nick Zito for $230,000.
Stakes-placed Tim’s Lady, a 29-year-old Oh Say mare bred, owned and trained by members of the Schosberg family was euthanized on February 23 at Jane and Paul Schosberg’s Pine Lane Farm in Katonah due to the infirmities of old age.
Bred by Jane Schosberg and foaled on April 7, 1986, Tim’s Lady is out of Dot in Spot, a producer of nine winners from nine foals to start. Dot in Spot, a 1967 foal, was also the Schosbergs’ very first thoroughbred – an anniversary gift from Paul to Jane.
Tim’s Lady was trained by the Jane and Paul’s son Rick Schosberg. A winner of three races and two-time runner-up at two and three, the blaze-faced chestnut finished second behind Proud Puppy in the 1989 Bouwerie Stakes. She retired after seven starts with $69,426 in earnings.
As a broodmare, Tim’s Lady (or “TL,” as she was known to the family) produced four winners, led by Mellow Roll (Distinctive Pro), a bay colt campaigned by Anita and Stuart Subotnick’s Anstu Stables, Inc.
A $67,000 juvenile purchase, Mellow Roll won five of seven starts at two, including four stakes: the Aspirant in his stakes bow, the New York Breeders’ Futurity next out, the Sleepy Hollow and the Great White Way Division of the New York Stallion Stakes; that year Mellow Roll also finished second in the Bertram F. Bongard. For these achievements he was voted 1997 New York-bred two-year-old champion. The following year Mellow Roll won the Empire Classic Handicap and Alex M. Robb, and finished second in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge Stakes at Belmont. He retired with $555,772 in earnings.
Tim’s Lady’s last offspring was a winning filly by Maria’s Mon named Maria’s Muse foaled in 2004.
Paul Schosberg said, “TL [Tim’s Lady] lived her entire life with us at Pine Lane Farm. We would like to acknowledge the wonderful care given her by our farrier, Ray Galluscio, and our veterinarian, Dr. Chris Koch.”
Added Schosberg, “Rick, of course, did a superb job as her trainer and visited her regularly.”
Tommy G. Ligon’s, A Day in Paradise, a 3-year old bay Yes It’s True gelding bred by Anstu Farm LLC, became a stakes winner in his sophomore bow, when he drew off in the stretch to take the one-mile, $50,000 Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday evening.
Trained by Larry Jones and ridden by Kerwin Clark, A Day in Paradise was making his fifth start for his first stakes appearance. A Keeneland maiden-breaker routing, he was last seen at Fair Grounds on December 28 delivering a career-best performance when he finished second after a sound bump at the start in a one-mile first-level allowance, for which he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 81.
Exiting post two as the 3-5 favorite, A Day in Paradise grabbed a cozy spot at the rail and moved into the top spot. Joined up front by longshot Witt Six, the two vied for the lead through the clubhouse turn and down the backstretch run through a first half mile in 49.71. Dogged by this persistent rival through the far turn, A Day in Paradise began to get clear in upper stretch and opened up in the final furlong, drawing off to a 3 1/4-length victory in a final time of 1:40.38.
Foaled at Vinery New York at Sugar Maple in Poughquag, A Day in Paradise is one of four winners from four foals to start out of the unraced mare Tiz Paula, a daughter of Tiz Now out of stakes winner Paula’s Girl (Phone Trick).
The gelding changed hands twice at public auction, selling for $7,500 as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton’s 2013 October sale in Kentucky and bringing $50,000 last spring at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds.
His record now stands at two firsts, a second and third from five starts with $73,140 in earnings.
It is with deep sadness NYTB must inform the breeding community of the passing of Rachel M. Broman, daughter of Chester and Mary Broman. The family will receive friends Friday, February 27, 2015 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. and 7:00-9:30 p.m. at:
Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home
448 West Main Street
Babylon, NY 11702
The funeral service will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28 at:
St. Thomas Episcopal Church,
298 Conklin Street Farmingdale, NY 11735.
Interment to follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park.
The Broman family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in Rachel’s memory be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 298 Conklin Street Farmingdale, NY 11735 or to A Home at Last, P.O. Box 2253, Brightwaters, NY 11718.
Things may not have gone Upstart’s way at Gulfstream Park on Saturday afternoon, but the “stars” did align later on at Fair Grounds when Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus) catapulted himself to the top of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points leaderboard with a gutsy paint-scraping victory in the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes.
International Star was last seen winning the Fair Grounds’ Grade 3 LeComte on January 17 with a career-best performance under Miguel Mena. Reunited with the same rider on Saturday, International Star shipped in to New Orleans from Gulfstream Park having posted two strong works for trainer Mike Maker, the more recent, a best-of-39 five-furlong drill on February 14. By contrast with his rail draw in the LeComte, however – a cozy spot for a colt who likes to run inside – the bay faced the challenge of getting position from the outside post in a field of nine.
Out of the gate cleanly and sharply as the 7-2 third betting choice, International Star met the challenge presented by his post early, working his way deftly over into the two path under Mena by the time the field began rounding the clubhouse turn. He was then able to set up shop at the rail in sixth for the early stages of the 1 1/16-mile route.
After longshots St. Joe Bay and Hero of Humor vied on the front end through a first quarter-mile in 23.29 and half in 47.08, International Star began his bid on the far turn, making a big advance into third in relatively tight quarters just inside Bluff. Then, just past the quarter pole, he slipped through an extremely narrow opening to the inside of St. Joe Bay
Digging in at the rail, International Star shook clear of his rival inside the final furlong and drew off to secure a one-length victory. War Story closed into second, 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Keen Ice and St. Joe Bay, who finished heads apart. After three-quarters in 1:12.16, International Star stopped the clock after 8.5 furlongs at 1:43.82. [VIDEO]
A confident Mike Maker said, “He was doing super and he ran as advertised. I wasn’t worried about the post. Realistically I thought we had an outside trip and we wound up having a trip like in the LeComte turning for home looked.”
Miguel Mena had a bit more concern about the set-up, but was impressed by his mount’s heart. “The post position worried me. You never know if you can get to the rail, where he wants to be. I was impressed because I moved at the five-sixteenths-pole to get through and he came through a tight hole and then another one at the quarter-pole and kept running and drawing away.”
Mena feels confident in the colt’s ability to keep moving forward. “I think more distance will be no problem. He rates well, he loves the rail; it doesn’t matter how tight the hole is – he goes for it. When I put him on the rail, he grabs the bit and when we come up to a tight hole, he just goes for it. Not many horses do it. The more you save, the more you’re going to get. He’s not much to look at it, but he has a big heart.”
Maker said that International Star will point next to the Louisiana Derby on March 28. “Not going to change routes for him; he loves it [at Fair Grounds] and there’s no reason to change course.”
International Star, whose third graded victory improves his career record to four firsts and two seconds from eight starts and swells his bankroll to $560,979, also brought his Kentucky Derby points total to a leaderboard-topping 71, which assures him a berth in the Run for the Roses.
In addition to picking up 50 points for the Risen Star, the colt earned 10 points for winning the Grade 3 LaComte, 10 points for winning the Grey Stakes at Woodbine last October and one point for his show finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs.
Bred by Katharine M. Voss and Robert T. Manfuso and foaled at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, International Star was purchased by the Ramseys as a yearling for $85,000 out of the Fasig Tipton select yearling sale in September in Timonium. His dam is Parlez, a multiple winner by French Deputy who has produced five winners in all, including stakes winner Fools in Love by Not For Love.
William C Schettine’s Isabelle, a bay 4-year-old filly by Successful Appeal, scored her second career stakes victory and extended her winning streak to three with a win from off the pace in the $150,000 Broadway Stakes. The six-furlong sprint for older New York-bred fillies and mares was run as the Valentine’s Day feature Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Isabelle, who was 2-1 post time favorite under trainer Bill Mott’s go-to rider Junior Alvarado, got out of the gate well, but was forced to regroup and take back somewhat shortly after the break when the speedy Atlantic’s Smile to her outside crossed over to take the lead.
Racing evenly in fifth as Atlantic’s Smile carved out solid early fractions of 23.14 and 46.89 on an uncontested lead, Isabelle still had two lengths to make up approaching the quarter pole
Working her way out into the four path, Isabelle began picking off her rivals in late stretch. Inside the final sixteenth, she swept past Atlantic’s Smile on her way to a 1 1/4-length victory in a final time of 1:12.23. [VIDEO]
Junior Alvarado explained the dynamics of the early stages of the race: “She broke good. I tried to send her a little bit but there was a fast horse outside of me; she brushed with the other filly and lost all her action. After that I just tried to get a good spot for her and make her comfortable without rushing her.”
Alvarado continued. “I thought it was going to be harder than that, but I had so much horse. Everything ended up easy for me. Turning for home I put her outside and she finished very good.”
Riley Mott, Bill Mott’s son and assistant, added, “She kind of got squeezed back at the break, shuffled back, and got dirt in her face. She overcame that and Junior rode a great race. The track was playing to speed all day, so the fact that she was able to come off the pace like that was impressive.”
According to Trakus data, Isabelle travelled 18 feet further in the race than Atlantic’s Smile and 23 feet more than Make the Moment, who charged home from last to finish a neck back in third. Vicki’s Dancer, Blithely, Uncle Southern and Pennymine completed the order of finish.
Isabelle began her career under the care of Lisa Lewis. Unplaced in her single start at two, Isabelle has run first or second in six of seven subsequent starts. A runner-up in her sophomore bow last April 6 at Aqueduct, she parlayed a twelve-plus length maiden breaking score in the mud at Belmont on May 9 into a victory in the Bouwerie stakes at the end of the month. She also won a state-bred allowance for Lewis last summer at the Spa.
Going out for the Mott barn for her first start of the year, Isabelle won a second-level open allowance race on January 29, before wheeling back sixteen days later in the Broadway. Her career record now stands at five wins and a second from eight starts with $281,400 in earnings.
Bred by Bluegrass Farm Partners in partnership with Jeffrey Tucker, and foaled at Tucker’s Stonebridge Farm in Gansevoort, Isabelle was purchased by Schettine at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton New York select yearling sale for $100,000. The bay filly’s dam is Florida-bred stakes-placed runner Merrill Gold, who has produced two other winners. The mare currently has an unraced 3-year-old filly by Harlan’s Holiday and a 2-year-old colt by Bellamy Road, both registered New York-breds. In 2015 she was bred to I Want Revenge.
The first foal sired by G1 Forego winner Emcee was born at Becky Thomas’s Sequel Stallions New York on February 10th. A filly, she was produced from the winning Street Cry mare, Picketline, a half-sister to seven Stakes horses, including Graded winners Valid Expectations and Little Sister. The foal is co-owned by Becky Thomas and Lyn Burleson.
A son of Unbridled’s Song, no other winner of the G1 Forego has run a faster time than Emcee’s 1:21 flat for the seven furlong event. Emcee’s Beyer Speed Figure of 108 in the Forego was the highest of any runner in 2012 at less than a mile. On his dam’s side, Emcee’s half-brother Surfer won the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 last month, and half-sister Baffled is the dam of Constitution who won the G1 Donn Handicap on February 7th.
Emcee stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a 2015 fee of $7,500.
The first foals by Heavy Breathing, the full brother to New York record-setting sire Frost Giant, arrived recently on consecutive days at Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains.
Pylortes, a daughter of Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Silver Train, delivered a bay filly on February 2. Parrish Queen, by Johar from the family of champion Princess Rooney, foaled a chestnut colt the following day.
“Both foals are very lively and strong,” said Dutchess Views owner and manager Michael Lischin. “The filly is very well conformed with good bone and a nice looking head. The colt is bigger than average, with long legs, a nice head and good bone.” Both the filly and the colt were bred by the partnership of Sunrise Stables and Golden Goose Enterprises.
Heavy Breathing, who was campaigned by Starlight Racing with trainer Todd Pletcher, stands for Sunrise Stallions at Dutchess Views along with Sunrise’s champion Big Brown, sire of Kentucky Derby (G1) candidate Dortmund. Sunrise also owns Frost Giant, who stands at Keane Stud in Amenia, New York.
To celebrate the first foals by the cleverly named Heavy Breathing (by Giant’s Causeway out of the Gone West mare Takesmybreathaway), Sunrise Stallions is conducting a contest for the best name suggestions for members of his first crop. Names of the mares who have delivered foals by Heavy Breathing this season will be listed on the Sunrise Stallions website along with fans’ suggested names for their foals, and voting will be conducted on the site. The winner will receive an original cartoon by renowned racing artist PEB. To enter the contest or obtain more information, check the website at http://www.sunrisestallions.com/contest/
Heavy Breathing is standing his second season in 2015 for a fee of $2,500 live foal. The six-year-old is from the prolific female family that has produced Kentucky Derby (G1) winner and hot young sire Super Saver, champion Rhythm, and Grade 1 winners such as Bluegrass Cat, Girolamo and Imagining, as well as influential sires Private Account, Mutakddim and Not For Love.
For more information, contact: Sunrise Stallions General Manager Eric Bishop at 516-606-9768 or email@example.com