Four top stallions standing at
Vinery New York will be spotlighted on October 22 at Belmont
Park when The New York Racing
Association, Inc. (NYRA) hosts its annual New York Showcase Day, featuring the
best of the Empire
State both on track and
their names to four of the seven stakes for New York-breds on Showcase Day are Grade
1 winner Bluegrass Cat, runner-up in the 2006 Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes
and Travers; Posse, winner of Belmont’s Grade 2 Riva Ridge in 2003;
Justenuffhumor, winner of six straight races in 2009 including the Grade 2
Bernard Baruch and the Grade 2 Fourstardave, and multiple graded stakes winner
Friendly Island, who took the Hudson Handicap on New York Showcase Day in 2003.
are so pleased to be a participant in this important day of racing in New York,”
said Vinery president Tom Ludt of the sponsorships, which comprise the $125,000
Bluegrass Cat Mohawk on the turf; the $125,000 Posse Hudson for sprinters; the
$125,000 Justenuffhumor Ticonderoga for fillies and mares on the turf, and the
$125,000 Friendly Island Iroquois for fillies and mares going seven furlongs.
“Our division, Vinery New York at Sugar Maple, is flourishing with a new
stallion roster and new clients coming on board. It is so exciting to have a
presence in the state of New York
due to the lucrative breeders program and now the racing incentives. ”
January 1, purses for the winter/spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack are expected
to increase by approximately $8.6 million, or 36 percent, over last
year’s purses. The increase is due to the expected fall opening of
Genting Resorts World Casino New York City with 6.5 percent of the revenue from
the Video Lottery Terminals to go to the purse structure for Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
addition to the Vinery New York sponsorships, McMahon of Saratoga
Thoroughbreds, LLC, and Adena Springs, multiple Eclipse Award winner as top
breeder, will be the title sponsor for the highlight of the day’s racing,
the $200,000, 1 1/8-mile McMahon Adena Empire Classic for 3-year-olds and up.
out the state-bred stakes action is a pair of races for 2-year-olds, the
$100,000 Bertram F. Bongard and, for fillies, the $100,000 Joseph A. Gimma in
memory of Fleet Indian, named in honor of 2006’s champion older mare.
Farm, Spendthrift, the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and the New
York Breeding and Development Fund are also participating in the Stallion
Showcase to advertise and promote stallions standing in New York, and the advantages of breeding and
racing in the state.
addition to a day of racing featuring New York-bred thoroughbreds in all divisions,
will offer a wine-tasting event in the clubhouse lobby, family activities in
the backyard and nearly two dozen New
York crafters and food purveyors in the grandstand.
of New York’s
finest vintners, Glenora, will offer a special wine-tasting in the Clubhouse
lobby on Saturday. Just a few steps away in the Grandstand lobby near the
paddock colonnade, a New York
marketplace will feature local food products including cheese, jams and fruit
spreads for sampling and purchase, as well as hand-crafted items for sale.
Belmont Park’s spacious backyard, an
Autumn Carnival will feature a scarecrow hunt, a hayride and pumpkin patch,
face painting, a pumpkin carver, pony rides and much more. All activities are
free for children 12 and under.
On Saturday and Sunday,
the clubhouse lobby will feature elegant hats made in the Empire
State for purchase, and New York equine artist
Celeste Susany will display and sell her work on the second floor of the
clubhouse near the Belmont Room.
Also on Showcase Day, NYRA will host its third “New
Owners Luncheon” to provide a comprehensive introduction to thoroughbred
ownership in an effort to bring new owners to the sport of horse racing. The
day-long event will be hosted by former jockey and current NYRA television
analyst Richard Migliore and emceed
by NYRA consultant and co-host Thomas Gallo.