Siena Farm co-founder Anthony Manganaro passed away at his home in Saratoga on Sunday, reports the Thoroughbred Daily News. Manganaro, 79, was among the co-owners of Horse of the Year Flightline, Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, as well as Grade 1 winners Catholic Boy and Dayoutoftheoffice.
An engineering graduate of Northeastern University, Boston, MA., Manganaro sits on its Board of Trustees and received an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree. In his multi-faceted career, Anthony built Siena Corporation into a successful commercial real estate business in the Baltimore-Washington area, ezStorage Corporation into one of the nation’s largest regional self-storage companies and Boston Medical Corporation into the nation’s leading distributor of disposable medical supplies.
Manganaro founded Siena Farm in 2007 with partners Nacho Patino and David Pope, a boutique breeding farm that is home to approximately 25 mares.
“Our goal at Siena Farm is simple: breed and raise superior, world-class racehorses by melding hundreds of years of traditional horsemanship with leading-edge technology,” the farm’s website states.
Among Siena Farm’s homebreds are Grade 1 winner Angela Renee and Grade 2 winner Isabella Sings.
“Anthony was a great partner,” WinStar Farm President and CEO Elliott Walden told TDN. “He had bought in on most of our racehorses over the last few years. He was a man who was never satisfied with the status quo. He always wanted to improve things. He continued to press into difficult issues and that’s what I’ll remember most about him. He taught me an awful lot. He was a great mentor. The interesting thing about Anthony was, that while he was in his seventies, he was more technologically savvy than most people in their thirties. He continued to look toward the future with a zeal and an energy that made everyone around him better. ”