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Dominick Schettino


Dominick is from the Bronx in New York , not far from Aqueduct Racetrack. He got involved in horse racing in the mid 1980s and worked as an assistant at the New York racetracks for trainer Dominick Imperio. Recently he has been upgrading the quality of stock in his barn and developing young horses. He has trained G-2 runner Galloping Grocer and stakes runners Serious Spender and Five Sixteen.

MeB Stables LLC & Brooklyn Boyz Stables (Anthony & Mary Bonomo)


MeB Stables and Brooklyn Boyz Stable are the racing names for Mary Ellen and Anthony Bonomo of New York. They are both passionate horse racing fans and became involved with a visit to Saratoga Racecourse in 2005. They have been buying and breeding quality stock to upgrade their racing stables. Their son Anthony jr. manages the racing stables. Anthony is on the NYRA Reorganization Board and has served as the CEO and President of Administrators for the Professions Inc. a management and Attorney in Fact for Physicians' Reciprocal Insurers. Connie and Michael and Five Sixteen are two of their horses that have competed in top stakes company.


Tiznow--Calendar Girl, by Elusive Quality

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Always in a Tiz should inherit plenty of stamina from his sire, Hall of Famer Tiznow.

The only two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, Tiznow was at his impeccable best at 1 1/4 miles. His other major victories at the classic distance came in the Super Derby, in a track-record 1:59 4/5 at Louisiana Downs, and the Santa Anita Handicap.

Tiznow is by Cee's Tizzy, a son of Relaunch, and unlike most modern Thoroughbreds, he is a direct male line descendant of Man ‘o War. Tiznow's notable offspring include Travers winner Colonel John and Belmont Stakes upsetter Da’ Tara.

Always in a Tiz was produced by Calendar Girl, who won a six-furlong sprint stakes and placed in a trio of other stakes from a mile to 1 1/16 miles.

Calendar Girl is by Elusive Quality, a brilliant sprinter/miler on the racetrack and now an internationally acclaimed sire. Elusive Quality has sired 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning champion Smarty Jones; $2.2 million-earner Quality Road; and 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic hero Raven's Pass, among others.

Calendar Girl is bred on the same cross as Raven's Pass: both are by Elusive Quality and out of mares by the top-class Lord at War. A champion miler in his native Argentina, Lord at War became a leading handicap horse in California and stretched his speed to win the 1985 Santa Anita Handicap. He is a noted broodmare sire whose daughters have produced the likes of 2002 Derby and Preakness champion War Emblem.

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