08/29/2008 12:00AM

New York incentive awards reduced


Sometimes, success comes at a price.

The New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corp. has made a slight reduction in the incentive awards it administers, removing the awards on fourth-place purses, starting Monday.

The decision follows earnings gains made by New York-breds in the last few years, while revenue to the fund has not kept pace.

“Revenue to the State Thoroughbred Breeding Fund has been relatively flat, or decreasing, due to competition for the gambling dollar, decreases in ontrack total parimutuel wagering handle, and the Fund’s exclusion to any of the simulcast revenue on which the purses are based,” said a release issued by the fund, which also cited the delays in opening a slots casino at Aqueduct.

The fund also increased the amount from each incentive check that is held out for a reserve fund, raising it from 20 percent to 30 percent in another effort to shore up revenue.

Martin Kinsella, executive director of the fund, said this is a period of change and growth in the state program.

“This is a mechanical change,” he said. “These are not wholesale changes, but more like tinkering at the edges of a program that in some ways is a victim of its own success.”

The release said that increases in the number of statebred races and higher purse earnings by New York-breds should make up for the reduction in incentives.

“The number of restricted races in New York, particularly among the lucrative purse structure of the three NYRA tracks, has increased nearly 50 percent, and purse earnings have risen just about the same,” the release said.

Total restricted purses in New York rose from $28 million in 2003 to $41 million in 2007, according to the release.

Ten Most Wanted gets first winner

New York stallion Ten Most Wanted was represented by his first winner from his first crop when Nasty Widow captured a four-furlong maiden event at Timonium.

Owned by Morgan W. Wayson Jr., she was bred by Robert Losey, William Ezzell, and Paul McGinty.

Nasty Widow is out of the Synastry mare Widow Women.

Widow Women is a half-sister to Palace Music, winner of Grade 1 races in England and the United States and the sire of Cigar.

Ten Most Wanted and his sire, Deputy Commander, both won the Travers Stakes.

From the family of Hollywood Gold Cup winner Cutlass Reality, Ten Most Wanted stands at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y. His fee for 2008 was $7,500.

Rizzi’s progeny on a roll at Saratoga

State sire Rizzi had quite a stretch at Saratoga Race Course recently.

His daughter Ahvee’s Destiny captured the $80,000 Mechanicville Stakes on Aug. 18 at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf.

Owned by Everything’s Cricket Racing, the 4-year-old sent her career earnings to $236,790 with a record of 6-2-2 in 16 starts.

She is out of Love Destiny, by Silver Deputy.

Ahvee’s Destiny is a half-sister to New York-bred Accurate, winner of a division of the New York Stallion Stakes series.

Second dam Jill Miner won the Correction Handicap and placed in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct.

On Aug. 24, Rizzi’s 5-year-old daughter Lady Rizzi set a course record of 1:00.66 for 5 1/2 furlongs on the Spa turf course while winning a $63,000 allowance and optional claiming event.

Owned by John Donato, Lady Rizzi is out of What’salltheruckus, by Bold Ruckus.

Second dam Muskrat Love is a multiple stakes winner whose grandson Jambalaya captured the Grade 1 Arlington Million in 2007.

Lady Rizzi sent her career earnings to $163,350 with a record of 3-4-4 in 14 starts.

Ahvee’s Destiny and Lady Rizzi are both New York-breds who were bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds.

Rizzi stands at Richard Simon’s Sez Who Thoroughbreds North, LLC, in Stillwater, N.Y. His fee for 2008 was $2,000.