Posted on December 30, 2011 by Jennie Rees
This story by Mike Kane for the New York State Thoroughbred
Racing Breeding & Development Fund website (nybreds.com) is about Highcliff
Farm in upstate New York continuing on after the death of co-owner Carl Lizza.
But it also illustrates the expectations that more Kentucky breeders will be
taking advantage of New York’s mushrooming incentives for state-breds now that
Aqueduct’s slots facility is finally up and running.
An increasing number
of broodmares can expect to make New York their home in order for their foals
to qualify for the incentives. Many of these will still go to Kentucky to be
bred to the world-famous stallions. But there are extra incentives if a horse
not only was born in New York but sired by a New York stallions. As such, look
for increasingly better stallions to show up in New York. For instance,
Highcliff stands Congaree, the multiple Grade I stakes-winner trained by Bob
The other thing, a
New York-bred horse can run through its allowance conditions is races
restricted to such state-breds, then still be eligible to run in open 1x and 2x
allowance races because the condition is “non-winners of a race (or two) other
than maiden, claiming, starter or state-bred.” That’s a huge edge from a
condition standpoint. Other states do that as well, to where some in Kentucky
have at least raised the idea of discussing having maiden and allowance races
restricted to Kentucky-breds. The problem with that is that it would kill all
the allowance races, since so many of the starters in allowance races in
Kentucky are Kentucky-breds.
New York-breds also
earn awards money when they do well competing in open stakes in the state.
Here’s a link from
nybreds.com spelling out how a broodmare qualifies to have a New York-bred foal
and what the incentives are. This is very serious stuff to Kentucky breeders.
While the big farms like Vinery, WinStar and Lane’s End can establish greater
presences in New York, the little Kentucky farms are being squeezed out of
existence as their boarders find greener pastures.