J2112

Congratulating the Sanford Stud Farm of Amsterdam, New York, upon the occasion of its being placed on the National Register of Histo...

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  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating the Sanford Stud Farm of Amster-
dam, New York, upon the occasion of its being placed on both the
National Register of Historic Places and New York State Register of
Historic Sites

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New York State
are enhanced by the concerned and dedicated efforts of organizations and
individuals that generously contribute to the welfare of the community
and its citizenry; and
WHEREAS, It is also the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize
events of significance which exemplify the history and development of
the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to congratu-
late the Sanford Stud Farm of Amsterdam, New York, upon the occasion of
its being placed on both the National Register of Historic Places and
New York State Register of Historic Sites; and
WHEREAS, In the 1860s, "General" Stephen Sanford began acquiring farm
land in Amsterdam, New York; his acquisition of one small farm grew to
encompass more than 1,100 acres and became known as the Hurricana Stock
Farm; and
WHEREAS, The Hurricana Stock Farm became one of the most prominent
thoroughbred breeding facilities in the nation; in 1927, it changed its
name to Sanford Stud Farm; and
WHEREAS, The stud farm began by importing eight Percherons which led
to over 150 breeding mares and stallions; the Sanford bloodlines can be
traced to many of the thoroughbreds on the racetracks of America to this
day; and
WHEREAS, Equine residents of "Hurricana" have graced the winner's
circle of many major stakes races including: the Kentucky Derby, the
Flamingo Stakes, Royal Palm Handicap, and the Monmouth Handicap; and
WHEREAS, The Sanford Stud Farm was and continues to be a monument to
"Yankee Ingenuity"; the hinges and latches on the stable and barn doors
are still smoothly functional and in fine working condition; they were
handcrafted on premises in the still-standing Blacksmith shop; and
WHEREAS, Also remaining on the Sanford Stud Farm is the one-of-a-kind
"Broodmare Barn," constructed in the late 1860s to early 1870s, one-half
of the Jumpin' Horse barn (with solid cherry-lined stalls), and a
single-stall barn that has been relocated from its former location; and
WHEREAS, On May 31, 2013, the Sanford Stud Farm of Amsterdam, New
York, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places; it is also
on the New York State Register of Historic Sites; and
WHEREAS, In addition, 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the running of
the Sanford Stakes, an American thoroughbred horse race held annually
during the third week of July at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga
Springs, New York; it is a six furlong sprint race, a Grade II event
open to two-year-old horses; and
WHEREAS, Inaugurated in 1913 as the Sanford Memorial Stakes, the
Sanford Stakes was modified to its present name in 1927; the race is
named for Stephen Sanford and his son John, Amsterdam, New York, busi-
nessmen from one of Saratoga's original horse racing families; their
horses first appeared in the Saratoga races in 1880; and
WHEREAS, This auspicious occasion presents a unique opportunity for
this Legislative Body to recognize and pay tribute to the Sanford Stud
Farm of Amsterdam, New York; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when organiza-
tions of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be recognized by all the citizens of this great Empire
State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate the Sanford Stud Farm of Amsterdam, New York, upon the
occasion of its being placed on both the National Register of Historic
Places and New York State Register of Historic Sites; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Sanford Stud Farm of Amsterdam, New York.

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