About Sackatoga Stable, LLC.

 
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Sackatoga Stable LLC was founded by Jack Knowlton and Ed Mitzen in July 2006. Jack has had an integral role, serving as a Managing Partner since 1995 and as the racing manager for more than 30 racehorses, including 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide. Ed oversees the communications arm of the corporation and has significant experience as a racehorse owner. 

Barclay Tagg represents Sackatoga Stable at horse sales. He is responsible for selecting horses for purchase as well as training all Sackatoga Stable horses. Horses purchased at yearling and two-year-old in training sales in Florida are initially sent to New Episode Training Center in Ocala, Florida where they are prepared for their racing careers under the leadership of owner Tony Everard.

Our Mission

At Sackatoga Stable we are dedicated to providing both value and enjoyment to our partners in thoroughbred ownership. Our pledge to our investors is that they will not only have an enjoyable thoroughbred racing experience but will also share in our love and appreciation of the sport. To fulfill our mission we create new horse partnerships comprised of individuals investing in horses selected by Sackatoga Stable and provide high quality racing and management services. 

As active participants in the thoroughbred racing community we understand our responsibility to contribute to and support organizations that benefit the sport. Sackatoga Stable is an active financial contributor to organizations serving retired racehorses, backstretch workers and disabled jockeys.

OUR TEAM

JACK KNOWLTON | Operating Manager

Jack Knowlton has been the Operating Manager of Sackatoga Stable since 1995, serving as the racing manager for more than 30 racehorses, including 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide. He participates with Trainer Barclay Tagg in the purchase of Sackatoga Stable horses as well as the selection of races in which they run.

For over a decade Jack has contributed 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. He served as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Racing in New York State from 2005 to 2007 and also served on New York State’s Task Force on Retired Race Horses from 2009 to 2011. He also played a leadership role in assisting the New York State Gaming Commission in organizing Aftercare Summits in Saratoga Springs in 2015 and 2016.

ED MITZEN | Marketing Director

Appropriately referred to as the serial entrepreneur, Ed has built four marketing companies totaling over $200 million in combined revenue. 

Ed is currently building his fourth company, Fingerpaint.  Fingerpaint is a full-service marketing agency with 160 employees and nearly $32 million in annual revenue.  Before forming Fingerpaint, Ed founded Palio Communications, an advertising and communications agency in Saratoga Springs, NY. During the rise of Palio, Ed's leadership and business acumen brought the agency from a local five-person shop to a twenty-five-million dollar annual company with nearly 150 employees.

Ed is a frequent lecturer on the topics of advertising and marketing at several top colleges and universities, including the University of Rochester and Skidmore College. He is also an active member of the local community, holding board positions over the years at various not-for-profit organizations including the Albany Chamber of Commerce, The Hyde Collection, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Union Graduate College, the Double H Ranch, the Saratoga Care Foundation and the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. 

Ed has three wonderful children:  Emily, Nick and Grace.  He resides in Saratoga Springs with his wife Lisa.

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. 

Barclay has saddled over 1.500 winners during his training career including prestigious Grade I races such as the Wood Memorial, Cigar Mile (twice), QEII and Secretariat. Other major stakes wins include the Kelso, Suburban Handicap, Jerome Handicap, Lake George, Tampa Bay Derby, Red Smith, National Museum Hall of Fame, the Futurity and Cornhusker Breeders Cup.

See information about Barclay and his current stable at www.barclaytaggracing.com.

TONY EVERARD | Training Center Owner

Tony Everard and his wife, Elizabeth, are the owners of New Episode Training Center in Ocala, Florida. For over 50 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.