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Anstu Stables

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 Biography and Highlights:  
  • Owner(s): Stuart and Anita Subotnick
  • Born: Stuart, Feb. 10, 1942
  • Residence: Manhattan, N.Y.
  • Family: daughter Paula and son Bryan and grandchildren (Paula’s children) Ian and Livia.
  • Stuart Subotnick is executive vice president of Metromedia in New York, a diversified conglomerate, and also serves as Chairman of the Board of Brooklyn Law School and Trustee of the Baruch College Fund. Recipient of Honorary Doctor of Letter honors from the University of Scranton, Baruch College and Brooklyn Law School, he is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
  • The Subotnicks were inspired to enter horse racing by Tom and Elizabeth Valando, friends who raced Fly So Free, the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old colt of 1990. An $80,000 yearling purchase, Fly So Free went on to earn more than $2 million.
  • The stable moniker is derived from the first names of Anita and Stuart Subotnick. Anstu Farm is spread over 330 acres in Millbrook, N.Y., about 90 miles north of New York City.
  • Campaigned Grade 3 winner Friendly Island, who finished second in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Sprint and was voted champion New York-bred sprinter and older male that year. Purchased as a 2-year-old for $85,000, he won 8 of 19 career starts and nearly $1.4 million before his 2007 retirement.
  • Latest stable star is homebred Wired Bryan, a juvenile son of Stormy Atlantic who won the Sanford Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course in his second career start. He went on to run second in the Saratoga Special (G2) and fifth in the Hopeful (G1), becoming the first horse since City Zip in 1990 to compete in all three of Saratoga's open graded juvenile stakes.
  • Another Anstu homebred is multiple graded stakes winner Balto Star, who raced 38 times with 12 victories and more than $2.3 million in purses earned. His biggest victory came in the United Nations Handicap (G1) in 2003, and he capped his career with a triumph in the Meadowlands Breeders' Cup (G2) in 2004. Balto Star ran twice in the Breeders' Cup, finishing 12 in the 2001 Mile and ninth in the 2003 Turf.
  • Anstu campaigned Mellow Roll, winner of six New York-bred stakes races, including the 1998 Empire Classic. He stood at Anstu Farm and covered about a dozen mares in 2001 before passing away in 2002.
  • Anstu bought Irving’s Girl as a 2-year-old in 1992 for $67,000; she raced through age 6 and was a stakes winner of $272,077. She has turned into a successful broodmare for the Subotnicks as the dam of stakes winners Irving’s Baby, who captured six stakes and banked $763,022; and Deeliteful Irving, who won the 2002 Pan American Stakes and was runner-up in the 2003 Turf Classic Invitational.
  • At the Ocala Breeders' March Sale in 1996, Anstu purchased Miss Livi as a juvenile for $210,000. A suspensory injury forced her retirement before she made it to the track, but she was bred to Glitterman in 1997 and became the dam of Balto Star.

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