03/12/2004 12:00AM

Robsham succeeded as owner, breeder, and stallion owner


New York's breeding industry lost two influential people in the last month. In addition to Jerry Nielsen, the president of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders who died on Feb. 2, owner and breeder Einar P. Robsham died 20 days later at age 75.

Robsham, a real estate developer in Massachusetts, owned horses since the early 1980's. Later in the 80's he became involved in New York's breeding program, and his first New York homebred stakes winner, Sunny Shamrock, won the 1994 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes at Belmont Park. The following year, Robsham's Kentucky homebred Pretty Discreet won Saratoga's Grade 1 Alabama at odds of 42-1.

Robsham was among the original season-holders in Cure the Blues, perhaps the most successful sire to stand in New York, when the horse came to New York from Kentucky in 1994 for stud duty at Dr. Jonathan Davis's Milfer Farm in Unadilla.

Among the New York homebred stakes winners to carry Robsham's silks were half-siblings Ruby Hill ($241,168) and Ruby Friday ($211,927). Robsham also bred New York-bred multiple stakes winner J's Wild Slew, whom he sold as a yearling. J's Wild Slew is a son of the New York stallion Polish Pro, who Robsham bred from his Danzig mare, Polish Holiday. Polish Pro is owned by a syndicate and stands at Milfer Farm.

As a stallion owner, Robsham was the majority shareholder in Polish Pro and also owned shares in other Milfer-based stallions, Phone Trick and Take Me Out.

The day Robsham died, his 3-year-old New York-bred Swinging Ghost came off an eight-month layoff to win a maiden race at Aqueduct by four lengths.

Ostrager steps up to NYTB president

On March 6, the NYTB held its first board meeting since the death of Nielsen.

In accordance with the organization's by-laws, vice president Barry Ostrager has officially assumed the duties of president and will now lead the 11-member board.

Dr. Frank Ariosta was elected vice president and Suzie O'Cain was elected secretary-treasurer. Their terms will expire Dec. 31.

Jack M. Wolferseder, the runner-up at two previous board elections, was elected by the board to fill the vacancy created by Nielsen's death. His term will expire Dec. 31.

In other business, the board of directors voted unanimously to amend the organization's by-laws to allow an additional director at large to serve on the executive committee. Chester Broman will serve in that capacity for the remainder of 2004.

The NYTB has scheduled its first breeders' dinner meeting of 2004 on March 23 at Red's Restaurant in Coxsackie. Dr. Thomas J. Divers of Cornell University's large animal clinic will discuss the causes of and treatments for foal diarrhea syndrome. The charge for NYTB members is $20 and $25 for non-members. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the NYTB offices at (518) 587-0777 by March 19.

Colt by Miss Tess among Ocala's three fastest

A New York-bred colt by the late New York sire Claramount was among three horses with the fastest time at last Sunday's under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company selected 2-year-olds in training sale. The two-day sale starts on Tuesday in Ocala, Fla.

The New York-bred colt - Hip No. 285 - covered an eighth of a mile in 10.20 seconds.

The colt, who was bred by Edwin Wachtel and is consigned to the sale by Terry Oliver, agent, is out of the New Zealand-bred Miss Tess and is a full sibling to stakes winners Fickle Fanny ($382,370) and Misstress ($153,123).

* Through the end of February, Carl Lizza's Flying Zee Stables led breeders in award money won this year with $30,080. Ernie Paragallo's Paraneck Stable was not far behind with $27,530.

Paraneck led owners in award money won in open company races with $13,510.

The late sire Dixie Brass topped the stallion award list with $158,187.

* The New York breeding and racing program's website, nybreds.com, is holding a contest to name a New York-bred foal. The foal, a filly by Nunzio out of the Halo's Image mare Golden Claddagh, was born at Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains on Feb. 13 and was bred by Our Empire Stable. The foal's breeder will select the winning name, subject to approval by The Jockey Club. The person that submits the winning name will receive four free passes to either Belmont Park or Saratoga. The contest ends March 21.