JACK KNOWLTON, Operating Manager
Jack Knowlton has been the Operating Manager of Sackatoga Stable since 1995, serving as the racing manager for 15 racehorses, including 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide. He currently manages two Sackatoga Stable horses purchased prior to the formation of Sackatoga Stable LLC as well as five horses purchased through Sackatoga Stable #1 and #2 LLC’s.
Jack has recently been contributing his talents to the thoroughbred racing community at a national as well as New York State level. In 2004-05 he served as a member of the NTRA Jockey Insurance Working Group and in 2005 was a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of New York Racing. He served as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Racing in New York State from 2005 to 2007 and has been appointed to serve on New York State’s Task Force on Retired Race Horses.
ED MITZEN, Marketing Director
Ed has been active in thoroughbred horse ownership for several years. He is currently the CEO of Palio Communications, a Saratoga Springs multi-million dollar advertising firm. Mitzen sits on the Board of The Double H Hole in the Woods, a camp for critically ill children founded by Paul Newman. He is also a Board Member of Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, The Saratoga Care Foundation and The Hyde Museum.
BARCLAY TAGG, Trainer
Barclay Tagg’s renowned career as a trainer began in 1971. He served as an assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Frank Whitely and is best known as the trainer of Sackatoga Stable’s three year old champion Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. Barclay also trained the winner of the 2003 Alabama (Island Fashion) and in 2004 won the Jockey Gold Cup with Funny Cide.
In 2006, Barclay had a triumphant year winning stake races with Showing Up (Bluegrass, Colonial Turf Cup, Secretariat and Hollywood Derby), Funny Cide (Kings Point and Dominion Day) and Nobiz Like Shobiz (Remsen). Barclay’s 22 percent winning percentage in 2006 ranked him 32nd in the nation with nearly $3.5 million in trainer earnings. The Thoroughbred Times rated him the eighth leading trainer in the country for 2006.
TONY EVERARD, Training Center Owner
Tony Everard and his wife, Elizabeth, are the owners of New Episode Training Center in Ocala, Florida. For over 40 years Tony has been evaluating and preparing young racehorses for the rigors of becoming successful thoroughbred racehorses. Tony is best known for initially purchasing Funny Cide as a yearling, recognizing his potential and preparing him for his racing career. Tony sold Funny Cide to Sackatoga Stable as a two year old in a private sale. In addition to Funny Cide, Tony has had multiple stake-winning graduates at New Episode Training Center, including Richter Scale, Gun Salute and Cayuga’s Waters.