12/28/2001 12:00AM

Nolan and Flynn leaving posts

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There will be a new look to the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. in 2002, with president Howard Nolan stepping down after serving two consecutive two-year terms and executive director Mike Flynn leaving for a similar post at the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

Flynn wrote a letter of resignation last week to the 11-member board of directors of the NYTB. Flynn, who was on vacation and unavailable for comment, worked for the organization for several years.

Paul Schosberg, who sits on the NYTB's board of directors, said Thursday that he and other board members will meet shortly to discuss who will replace Flynn as executive director.

The NYTB recently announced its annual election results for its board of directors and six seats were filled. Schosberg, Suzie O'Cain, and Barry Ostrager were reelected for another two-year term. Dr. Frank Ariosta and Vivien Malloy were newly elected, and Chester Broman was reelected after one year off. These directors will join Barbara Brewer, Tom Gallo, Michael McMahon, Gerald Nielsen, and Dr. Chris B. Purdy.

The new board will hold an organizational meeting scheduled for Jan. 21 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y., to elect a new president and new officers.

Business on the upswing

As the curtain closes on another year in the New York breeding industry, there are several indicators business was very strong in 2001.

The number of mares and foals in the Empire State increased this year. Several new farms opened for business, and some exciting stallions, including Phone Trick, arrived at New York farms for the 2002 breeding season.

The New York-bred foal count increased by 306 to a record 1,980, an 18 percent jump over last year. More than 1,200 of those foals were sired by New York stallions, which represents an increase in the New York-conceived-and-bred category of nearly 14 percent.

The number of in-state mares bred to New York stallions reached a record high of 2,175, an increase of 9 percent from 2000. Additionally, there were 700 to 800 mares participating in the New York breeding program who were bred to out-of-state stallions this year.

The number of full-time resident mares in the state rose to around 3,200, up 9 percent over 2000. Overall, 3,500 mares participated in the New York breeding program in 2001.

The strength of the New York program is further emphasized by the opening of several new farms in the state, bringing the total to 400 Thoroughbred farms, covering 40,000 acres.

Becky Thomas, one of the country's leading pinhookers, entered into partnership with Lewis and Brenda Lakin to open Lakland North, a 160-acre stud farm near Hudson, N.Y. Among the stallions who will stand there for the 2002 season are Good and Tough, Freud, and Precise End.

Richard Simon, the owner of Sez Who Thoroughbreds in Ocala, Fla., opened a 270-acre stud farm in Stillwater, N.Y. Rizzi, the sire of five stakes winners this year, has been moved from Florida to Simon's New York farm for the 2002 breeding season.

Jim Scott, a former farm manager for several prominent breeding operations in Florida, opened the 212-acre Liberty Stud in Ghent, N.Y., with his wife, Michaelyn, earlier this year. The Scotts will stand several sires there for the upcoming breeding season, including All Gone, Badge, and Mancini, a half-brother to Unbridled's Song.

One more stakes winner for Cure the Blues

Deceased New York sire Cure the Blues had his 80th stakes winner when Blue Hills, a New York-bred, won the $50,000 Carousel Stakes at Laurel Park on Dec. 22.

Cure the Blues, who topped progeny earnings for the past three years among New York stallions, died in January 1999. A son of Stop the Music, Cure the Blues holds the record for annual progeny earnings for a New York stallion, which he set in 2000 with $5,204,222.