Tom Ludt

Tom Ludt

Jim McCue

Vinery Expands New York Operations

Sugar Maple Farm joins Empire Stud as part of Vinery banner.

Howard and Susan Kaskel’s Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, New York will beome a part of Vinery, according to an announcement made by Vinery president Tom Ludt. Sugar Maple becomes the second farm in New York to be operated under the Vinery banner since Vinery took over Empire Stud last November.

"We are very excited about expanding our operation in New York," said Ludt. "When we took on Empire Stud, we had no idea that the opportunity to expand further with a quality facility like Sugar Maple would come along. The farm is very picturesque and, in fact, was designed by the same architect that designed Vinery’s Kentucky farm, so there is a striking similarity between the facilities."

Horses raised at Sugar Maple include Irish Derby winner Sir Harry Lewis, and champions Sky Beauty and Itsallgreektome.

"We are very excited about the opportunities the New York breeders programs generate as well as the future of New York racing," added Ludt.

John D. Sabini, chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and chairman of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, said Vinery's expansion was a big vote of confidence for both the state's racing and breeding programs.

“Coming on the heels of Frank Stronach’s decision to move stallions to New York, we see very good news percolating in the Empire State for Thoroughbred racing,” Sabini said.