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Congrats to yesterday’s big winners on  Day at Parx Racing! Four  stakes were part of ten stakes races on the card. Pict...
09/25/2022

Congrats to yesterday’s big winners on Day at Parx Racing! Four stakes were part of ten stakes races on the card.

Pictured:
-Rosie’s Alibi breaks her maiden in the second race for breeder Blackstone Farm LLC PA and owners MyRacehorse.
-Midnight Parade takes the $200k Imply Stakes ( Stallion Series) for breeders Sylmar Farm and owners Hillman Racing LLC.
-Gordian Knot lands the $200k Prince Lucky Stakes (PA Sired Stallion Series) for breeder/owner Joe Imbesi.
-Love in the Air goes gate to wire in the $200k Plum Pretty Stakes for breeder Blackstone Farm LLC and owners Main Line Racing Stable.
-Buy Land and Sea was an easy winner of the $200k Alphabet Soup Handicap for breeder/owner Joe Imbesi.

Honorable mention to Far Mo Power (bred by Peter Giangiulio) who crossed the wire first but was disqualified and placed second in the $200k Parx Dirt Mile, and to Morning Matcha (bred by Crane Thoroughbred Services LLC) who was runner up in the $1 million G1 Cotillion Stakes!

Photos from Sylmar Farm's post
09/24/2022

Photos from Sylmar Farm's post

For registrations submitted online, the code of ethics is part of the application.For registrations submitted on paper, ...
09/23/2022

For registrations submitted online, the code of ethics is part of the application.

For registrations submitted on paper, the code of ethics form can be accessed under the forms tab on our website as part of the registration application or separately.

Please contact our office at 610-444-1050 with any questions regarding this new requirement.

ATTENTION BREEDERS: Starting October 1, 2022, all PA-Bred registrations and memberships submitted to PHBA will require a...
09/23/2022

ATTENTION BREEDERS: Starting October 1, 2022, all PA-Bred registrations and memberships submitted to PHBA will require a signed code of ethics form.

Bred by Blackstone Farm LLC PA.
09/21/2022
Liam's Map Filly Makes It Three Straight at Presque Isle

Bred by Blackstone Farm LLC PA.

7th-Presque Isle Downs, $45,046, Alw (NW3L), Opt. Clm ($40,000), 9-21, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f (AWT), 1:08.64, ft, 2 3/4 lengths. ROSES FOR DEBRA (f, 3, Liam's Map–Essential Rose, by Bernardini) would be perfect but for a debut demotion at this venue May 23 when two lengths best, only to be taken down for...

Nice Ace adds another to his tally. The  bred took home the $75,000 Dobbins Landing Stakes at  ! The 4yo gelding has nev...
09/19/2022

Nice Ace adds another to his tally. The bred took home the $75,000 Dobbins Landing Stakes at ! The 4yo gelding has never been off the board in 15 starts at the Erie oval. Congrats to the connections!
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Nice Ace adds another to his tally. The Blackstone Farm LLC PA bred took home the $75,000 Dobbins Landing Stakes at Pres...
09/19/2022

Nice Ace adds another to his tally. The Blackstone Farm LLC PA bred took home the $75,000 Dobbins Landing Stakes at Presque Isle Downs & Casino ! The 4yo gelding has never been off the board in 15 starts at the Erie oval. Congrats to the connections!
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Keep an eye out for our  entries in the  September Yearling Sale! Check out the interactive PDF here: bit.ly/3xpxn61
09/14/2022

Keep an eye out for our entries in the September Yearling Sale! Check out the interactive PDF here: bit.ly/3xpxn61

Keep an eye out for our  entries in the Keeneland September Yearling Sale! Check out the interactive PDF here: bit.ly/3x...
09/14/2022

Keep an eye out for our entries in the Keeneland September Yearling Sale! Check out the interactive PDF here: bit.ly/3xpxn61

Looking forward to welcoming Brody’s Cause in 2023!
08/26/2022
Brody's Cause Moves from Kentucky to Pennsylvania

Looking forward to welcoming Brody’s Cause in 2023!

Multiple Grade I winner Brody's Cause (Giant's Causeway–Sweet Breanna, by Sahm) will stand the 2023 breeding season at Equistar Training and Breeding in Pennsylvania after formerly standing at Spendthrift in Kentucky. The third-crop sire has been acquired by Rodney Eckenrode and will stand for $3,...

GOLDEN TABBY wraps up Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races! Congrats to breeder/owner Michael Anspach!
08/22/2022

GOLDEN TABBY wraps up Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races! Congrats to breeder/owner Michael Anspach!

TOO BOSS takes the $100,000 Storm Cat Stakes! Congrats to breeder/owner Michael Cascio!
08/22/2022

TOO BOSS takes the $100,000 Storm Cat Stakes! Congrats to breeder/owner Michael Cascio!

Make it back to back $100,000 Banjo Picker Sprints for FORTHELUVOFBOURBON! Congrats to breeders Hidden Acres 4-D Farm an...
08/22/2022

Make it back to back $100,000 Banjo Picker Sprints for FORTHELUVOFBOURBON! Congrats to breeders Hidden Acres 4-D Farm and owners Smart Angle LLP!

Breeder/owner LC Racing is back in the winner’s circle following NINETYPRCENTMADDIE’s authoritative victory in the Penns...
08/22/2022

Breeder/owner LC Racing is back in the winner’s circle following NINETYPRCENTMADDIE’s authoritative victory in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series $100,000 Whistle Pig Stakes.

FLOR DE SOMBRA could be anything! She coasts home an easy winner of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series $100,000 Miss Blue ...
08/22/2022

FLOR DE SOMBRA could be anything! She coasts home an easy winner of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series $100,000 Miss Blue Tye Dye Stakes! Congrats to breeder/owner Joe Imbesi, his second winner of the day.

After placing in the last three runnings, SMOOTH B finally gets the win in the $100,000 Marshall Jenney Handicap! Congra...
08/22/2022

After placing in the last three runnings, SMOOTH B finally gets the win in the $100,000 Marshall Jenney Handicap! Congrats to breeders WynOaks Farm LLC. and St. Omer’s Farm and owners LC Racing!

REMAIN ANONYMOUS powers home an authoritative winner of the $100,000 Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial Stakes! Congrats to br...
08/22/2022

REMAIN ANONYMOUS powers home an authoritative winner of the $100,000 Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial Stakes! Congrats to breeder Renee Nodine’s Horseshoe Valley Equine Center!

LOVE IN THE AIR cruised home an easy winner of the $100,000 Mrs. Penny Stakes! Congrats to breeder Blackstone Farm LLC P...
08/22/2022

LOVE IN THE AIR cruised home an easy winner of the $100,000 Mrs. Penny Stakes! Congrats to breeder Blackstone Farm LLC PA and owner Main Line Racing Stables!

GAME SEVEN is the first winner for Hoppertunity, rolling home an easy winner in the fifth. Congrats to breeders Best A L...
08/22/2022

GAME SEVEN is the first winner for Hoppertunity, rolling home an easy winner in the fifth. Congrats to breeders Best A Luck Farm LLC!

First time starter GOOD SOURCE gate to wire in the fourth race! Congrats to breeder Heart Hill Farms LLC!
08/22/2022

First time starter GOOD SOURCE gate to wire in the fourth race! Congrats to breeder Heart Hill Farms LLC!

TWISTED RIDE coast to coast to win the third! Congrats to breeder/owner Kasey K Racing Stable!
08/22/2022

TWISTED RIDE coast to coast to win the third! Congrats to breeder/owner Kasey K Racing Stable!

First time starter GORDIAN KNOT pours it on down the stretch to win going away! Congrats to breeder/owner Joe Imbesi!
08/22/2022

First time starter GORDIAN KNOT pours it on down the stretch to win going away! Congrats to breeder/owner Joe Imbesi!

Blinkers on and third times the charm for STEVIE T in the first race of the day! Congrats to breeders Westerly Farm LLC!...
08/22/2022

Blinkers on and third times the charm for STEVIE T in the first race of the day! Congrats to breeders Westerly Farm LLC!

Horses in the paddock for the first race! Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races is about to get underway!
08/22/2022

Horses in the paddock for the first race! Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races is about to get underway!

08/20/2022

Caravel takes the $150,000 Smart n Fancy Stakes at Saratoga! Congrats to the connections, including breeder Liz Merryman!

 Leader of the Band took home yesterday’s Summer Colony Stakes at Saratoga for breeder/owner SMD Ltd and trainer John Se...
08/20/2022
Leader of the Band Hits Right Notes in Summer Colony

Leader of the Band took home yesterday’s Summer Colony Stakes at Saratoga for breeder/owner SMD Ltd and trainer John Servis!

SMD's Leader of the Band made her first New York outing a winning one when rallying to take the restricted $135,000 Summer Colony Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile test for older fillies and mares Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course.

Photos from Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's post
08/20/2022

Photos from Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's post

08/20/2022
08/20/2022
08/20/2022
WOW!!! Congratulations Blackstone Farm LLC PA on selling  Hip 78 Justify - Slews Golden Rule for $1.1 MILLION at the Fas...
08/09/2022

WOW!!! Congratulations Blackstone Farm LLC PA on selling Hip 78 Justify - Slews Golden Rule for $1.1 MILLION at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. C**t purchased by M V Magnier of Coolmore Stud Coolmore America

Photos from Don Morrison's post
08/02/2022

Photos from Don Morrison's post

Nice Ace went to the front and never looked back, cruising to a 5 1/2 length victory in the Hard Spun Stakes for . The B...
07/26/2022

Nice Ace went to the front and never looked back, cruising to a 5 1/2 length victory in the Hard Spun Stakes for . The Blackstone Farm LLC PA bred ran his Presque Isle Downs & Casino tally to six wins and six seconds in twelve starts!
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07/26/2022
Tactical Pajamas took them gate to wire in the $100,000 Princess of Sylmar Stakes for  fillies and mares at Presque Isle...
07/25/2022

Tactical Pajamas took them gate to wire in the $100,000 Princess of Sylmar Stakes for fillies and mares at Presque Isle Downs & Casino. Congrats to breeders Vicky Schowe and Kemal Erkan!
📸 Coady Photography

Roses for Debra leads home a Blackstone Farm LLC PA bred exacta in the $100,000 Malvern Rose Stakes for  3yo fillies at ...
07/18/2022

Roses for Debra leads home a Blackstone Farm LLC PA bred exacta in the $100,000 Malvern Rose Stakes for 3yo fillies at Presque Isle Downs & Casino! The Liam’s Map filly has now won 2 of 3 starts.

Congrats to the breeders of Chub Wagon and Beren on their stakes successes over the weekend!
07/18/2022

Congrats to the breeders of Chub Wagon and Beren on their stakes successes over the weekend!

She’s back! Chub Wagon makes a winning return in the Power by Far Stakes for  at Parx Racing! Congrats to breeders/owner...
06/27/2022

She’s back! Chub Wagon makes a winning return in the Power by Far Stakes for at Parx Racing! Congrats to breeders/owners Joe-Dan Farm and George Chestnut!

06/17/2022

- This lovely filly by Bolt d´Oro out of Lovely Syn is now sister to a blacktype runner!
🔲 Two weeks ago, her Blackstone Farm-bred half-sis Love in the Air ran a big 2nd in the $100,000 Lyphard S. at Parx.
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📸 Nicole Finch

06/16/2022

Vine Jet wins again !
One of our Pa Bred Horses born on the farm.
Jet won his Allowance race tonight at Penn National going away. Great ride by Angel Castillo from Parx.

Congratulations to the Blackstone Farm LLC PA !
06/16/2022

Congratulations to the Blackstone Farm LLC PA !

Sprinters to battle in two stakes at Penn National
06/16/2022
Sprinters to battle in two stakes at Penn National

Sprinters to battle in two stakes at Penn National

Kaylasaurus and Prodigy Doll, one-two in the standings in their division after the first leg competition, are set to square off again as the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships Series (MATCH) returns to Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course Friday, June 17.

Photos from Equi-Photo's post
06/04/2022

Photos from Equi-Photo's post

And second stakes win on the night!
06/04/2022

And second stakes win on the night!

Congratulations Arrowwood on the race that was the first of their two stakes wins on the night as breeder and owner!!
06/04/2022

Congratulations Arrowwood on the race that was the first of their two stakes wins on the night as breeder and owner!!

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MIKE BALLEZZI’S LASTING IMPACT AT PARX
By Dick Jerardi
It’s been nearly a half century so trainer Phil Aristone, who was a sophomore in high school, can be forgiven if his memory isn’t clear about whether Mike Ballezzi got his trainer’s license before he got his law license after graduation from Widener Law School in 1976.

The bottom line is the same. Ballezzi’s background in the law and horse racing were the perfect marriage during his 25-year run as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (PTHA).

His passion was the horses,’’ said Aristone who called Ballezzi “like my big brother.’’

Ballezzi, 76, passed away Aug. 31, eight months after he retired following his incredibly impactful run with the PTHA.

“I would sit in the office with him and he would get an idea,’’ Aristone said.
“It was unbelievable the innate ability he would have to get it from start to finish.’’

When the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act (aka Act 71, the slots bill) was being debated, Ballezzi was right there pushing alongside PTHA president Sal DeBunda. When it became law in 2004, Ballezzi was instrumental in implementing all those ideas Aristone spoke about.

There was the horsemens’ medical insurance and pension plan and the Granny Fund (scholarships for stable employees). Before that, there was the Horsemens’ Purchasing Association (great deals on feed, bedding, equipment). And there was the purse account negotiations with Parx management, support for the weekly television show Let’s Go Racing, creation of the Parx Hall of Fame and, in 2008, Ballezzi’s idea of a Parx-based horse retirement program came to life as ``Turning For Home.’’

Fourteen years later, TFH has retired and rehomed more than 3.200 horses. It is recognized nationally as the gold standards for race track horse retirement programs.
Dani Gibson, the PTHA’s publicity director and the host of Let’s Go Racing, calls Ballezzi, “the best boss I ever had.’’

“You felt supported, he had your back,’’ Dani said. “He believed in you so much you really felt like anything you dreamed could come true and he would lead you there.’’

Danielle Montgomery is the second TFH program administrator succeeding Barbara Luna. Aristone suggested to Danielle that she apply for the job. She didn’t really know Ballezzi. When she went for her interview, she found him “intimidating, but impressive.’’

Montgomery had a horse background and an office background. She was the perfect fit and Ballezzi knew it.
“He taught me everything I need to know about this business,’’ Montgomery said. “With Turning For Home, it was always `do the right thing.’ He mentored me and taught me so much.’’
It was, she said, “always do the right thing for the horsemen and the horses.’’

DeBunda and Ballezzi were a team at Parx. When asked for Ballezzi’s best characteristic, DeBunda did not hesitate. “He was a bulldog,’’ DeBunda said. “We would come up with things together and he was aggressive and assertive about the things we were trying to do.’’

When slots became a possibility, DeBunda and Ballezzi were relentless. They kept working until the law was passed. Then, they really got to work on all those programs for the horsemen.

“We felt we were a village and most of the other states did not have the permanency of our relationship,’’ DeBunda said. “They were more transient. We felt like we had to treat our people more like they were year round residents.’’

So they did exactly that with the medical and the pension and all the rest.

It was not just the ideas that became action. There was also Ballezzi’s behind the scenes work outside the spotlight.

“ Guys would come in there for help completely unrelated to the horse business and it was like having a sitdown with a lawyer,’’ Aristone said. “He helped so many people in so many ways. If he thought somebody was in the right, he would go to the mat for them.’’

Ballezzi’s wife Artie was Roland Aristone’s personal
secretary for his construction company in South Jersey.
“Mike credits my dad with putting him through law school,’’ Phil Aristone remembered. ``He would give Artie a bonus and that would take care of some of his college. Mike said he made up a job for him. He would have him take pictures of high schools in various stages of construction.’’
That was when the Aristones had 105 horses on their 350-acre farm in Indian Mills (Shamong Township), N.J.
``He was part of our family,’’ Aristone said.

And the record shows that Mike Ballezzi took out his owner’s license in 1973, the same year he got his undergraduate degree from Rutgers. Racing under the stable name Balmora Farm, Ballezzi still owned horses in 2022 with Aristone as his trainer and when they spoke three days before Ballezzi died, he told his trainer that Snappy Ride “is going to break her maiden next time out.’’

The M.P. Ballezzi Appreciation Mile was first run at Parx in 2019. When the race is run again on Oct. 18, it will have special meaning for everybody who worked with Mike at the PTHA and knew him inside and outside of horse racing. It won’t be the same without Mike in the winner’s circle to present the trophy, but his memory will be there forever through the race named in his honor and the work he did for the horsemen all those years.
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Back to back Stakes wins Friday night for the rider currently atop the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course jockey standings, Julio Hernandez, aboard PA BRED Dollarization in the 5th race, the $50,000 Fabulous Strike, for owner James Wolf and leading trainer Tim Kreiser.
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Another Pa Bred winner today for Dellersbeck Farm ! Why Not Babe by Weigelia out of our mare Shoe Babe battled to a tough finish and got the win. Super job by Trainer Dee Curry and jockey Andy Hernandez.
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Check out the write ups on Arrowwood Farm bred and owned Maldives Model and Nimitz Class in the July Edition of the PA BRED Report 🙌🏼

Also mentioned was Arrowwood Farm bred Kaylasaurus for her 3rd place finish in the Susquehanna Valley S. and Nimitz Class again for his recent 2nd place finish in the Concern S.
Attention horsemen! The last day for early nominations for PA Day At Races at Parx Racing is Monday, July 11.
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