Resolution J2112-2013

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

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  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 11, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 4, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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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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