On Saturday, August 13 at Saratoga Race
Course, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will hold a special
winner’s circle ceremony at noon to present the trophy as the leading
owner for Belmont
Park’s spring meet
to Viane Lizza on behalf of her late husband, Carl Lizza.
In addition, there will be a special video
tribute to Lizza, who bred and raced horses on the NYRA circuit for more than
30 years. At the time of his death on July 8 at the age of 73, Lizza was New York’s top
owner with 31 victories, including Street Game’s victory in the Grade 3
Hill Prince on June 18. The leading owner in New York in 2004 and 2005, Lizza’s
Flying Zee Stable was among the circuit’s top 10 owners from 2006-2010.
Lizza, who purchased Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y.
in 1989, campaigned dozens of stakes winners, notably Wayward Lass, who won the
Grade 1 Mother Goose and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks en route to an
Eclipse Award as the nation’s top 3-year-old filly in 1981.
Lizza’s Flying Zee Stable also campaigned multiple stakes
winner Cosmonaut, who won the 2006 and 2007 Arlington Handicaps, becoming the
first horse since Round Table (1958-59) to take consecutive editions of the
race, and Noble Nashua, who in 1981 won the Marlboro Cup, the Dwyer, Jerome,
Swaps, and Whirlaway Stakes. Other stakes winners included Key Contender,
Screen King, Thunder Achiever, I Lost My Choo, Golden Commander and