NYTB Elects Ostrager as President

At its first meeting of 2009, the organization also welcomed two new board members.

At its first meeting of 2009, the New York Thoroughbred Breeders board of directors elected a new president and welcomed two new members.

NYTB Board serving member Barry Ostrager will serve as the new president of the board. Ostrager is principal owner of Questroyal Stud and partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

New to the Board for 2009 are Lois Engel and John Thomas McMahon.

Engel, owner of Pucker Ridge Farm near Warrensburg and manager of Pucker Ridge Racing, hopes to use her experience as breeder and racing stable owner, combined with her business expertise outside the industry, to “make sure the New York-bred program remains as premier breeding program.”

McMahon owns Old Saratoga Thoroughbreds, which operates in conjunction with McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds (of Funny Cide fame). He has overseen the daily operations of McMahon of Saratoga as farm manager for ten years and served on the board of the New York Farm Bureau.

“The NYTB’s role is to represent the breeders and encourage new growth and membership,” said McMahon. “It is the Board’s responsibility to have a working relationship with lobbyists, racing officials, and most importantly, the New York Breeding and Development Fund Board.”

Engel and McMahon will both serve two-year terms.

Three board members were re-elected for two-year terms, two of them assuming officer’s duties.

Thomas Gallo III was elected as the 2009 vice-president. Gallo is owner and manager of Blue Stone Farm near Cambridge and is owner and manager of Parting Glass Racing and the Thomas Gallo III Sales Agency.

Vivian Malloy, owner of Edition Farm near Waccabuc was re-elected as secretary/treasurer. Also re-elected to the board for a two-year term was Dr. Chris Purdy, owner of Ivy League Farm near Ithaca.

The remaining five of the 11 directors on the 2009 Board will, like Ostrager, be serving the second of two-year terms: Suzie O’Cain, vice-president and co-manager of Highcliff Farm near Delanson; Dennis Brida, general manager of Stonebridge Farm; Chester Broman, owner of Chestertown Farm near Chestertown; Joanne Nielson, owner of Sunnyfield Farm near Bedford; and Becky Thomas Ray of Sequel Stallions New York.