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History in the making

Sanford farm eyed for National Register

Landmark played role in state’s horse racing history

Carpet manufacturer Stephen Sanford and his son, John, were the first to successfully breed Thoroughbred horses in the Northeast at the Hurricana Stock Farm - also known as the Sanford Stud Farm - in Amsterdam, using architectural and technological innovations to breed and train horses through the coldest parts of the year at this farm founded in 1880.
Carpet manufacturer Stephen Sanford and his son, John, were the first to successfully breed Thoroughbred horses in the Northeast at the Hurricana Stock Farm - also known as the Sanford Stud Farm - in Amsterdam, using architectural and technological innovations to breed and train horses through the coldest parts of the year at this farm founded in 1880.
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The historic Sanford Stud Farm is being recommended for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, a step caretakers hope will spark new energy into efforts to restore what remains of the site, which played an important role in the state’s horse racing history. The farm founded in 1880 by Amsterdam carpet entrepreneur Stephen Sanford made the list of 27 properties and sites being suggested for national recognition, according to the state Office of ...


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