Mary & Chester Broman
Artemis Agrotera, the Frizette, Belmont Park, 5th October 2013; Ballerina S, Saratoga, August 23rd 2014
Trained by Mike Hushion, Sire: Roman Ruler'. Dam: Indy Glory
As happy as he was when his two-year-old New York-bred filly Artemis Agrotera upped her record to two-for-two by winning the Frizette at Belmont Park by a length and a quarter, trainer Mike Hushion was even happier for Chester and Mary Broman, who own and bred the filly. “Any time you win for the Bromans makes it even better,” Hushion said. “Chester and Mary are wonderful people.”
And successful. The Bromans were named Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association New York Breeder of the Year in 2004 and 2005. They were the New York Thoroughbred Breeders’ Breeders of the Year in 2004 and 2012. In 2009, they were the leading owners at the Belmont Park Fall Meet with nine victories, each by a homebred who was foaled and raised at Chestertown Farm, a 300-acre spread in the foothills of the majestic Adirondacks they purchased in 1995. Previously, the property had been known as Assunta Louis Farms, whose owner, the late oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Dominick DeLuke, shepherded the early growth of the New York-bred program in its infancy as president of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc.
Chester was born in Pinelawn, New York, and became the owner, president, and CEO of Clifford Broman & Sons, Inc., a general contracting corporation in West Babylon, New York, established in 1938. The company, which specializes in trucking, now has a staff of 50.
The Bromans have two sons, Chester Jr. and Christopher, and a daughter, Rachel.
Chester was appointed to the New York Racing Association Board of Trustees in 1995 and has served multiple terms on the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Board of Directors.
Artemis Agrotera, named for an ancient Greek temple site in Athens, was not their first Grade 1 winner. In 2004, their New York-bred Friends Lake won the Florida Derby. Artemis Agrotera’s ability was the worst-kept secret of the Saratoga meet. In her debut in a New York-bred maiden race on August 16, she was bet down to 2-5 and won by 11¾ lengths.