Keyword: Birdstone

  • Expectations Modest for OBS Yearling Sale

    With the weak economy continuing to have a negative impact on all sorts of businesses, Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. executive Tom Ventura has modest expectations for the auction firm's August yearling sale in Central Florida.

  • Oklahoma Sale Has 113 Yearlings Cataloged

    The Oklahoma City yearling sale, scheduled for Aug. 24 in Oklahoma, has 113 horses in its catalog, including a close relative to the $2.8-million Storm Cat – Onaga colt that topped the recent Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction. The yearling, by Storm Cat's grandson Lion Heart, is out of a full sister to Onaga, according to the auction's sales manager, Terri Carter.

  • Soul Warrior

    Second-Crop Standouts

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>The weekend brought a couple of new players to the 3-year-old scene and also underlined just how strong the second-crop sires are.

  • Boyd Browning, Fasig-Tipton president

    Looking Back: People Discuss F-T July Sale

    The Fasig-Tipton July select yearling sale, held July 20-21 in Lexington, ended with significant setbacks in gross revenue, average price, and median price, but managed to lower its buy-back rate from a year ago slighty. Read what sale company officials and sale participants had to say about the market.

  • Hip 228, a Birdstone colt that sold for $400,000, was today&#39;s sale topper.

    No Surprises: F-T July Sale Opens With Losses

    The declines were in line with expectations during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton July select yearling sale. Buyers and consignors had predicted the market would be down significantly, and there were no surprises July 20 in Lexington.

  • Hip 228, a Birdstone colt that sold for $400,000 at the Fasig-Tipton KY Sale.

    Birdstone Colt Sold for $400,000 at FTK Sale

    Sheikh Mohammed's agent, John Ferguson, went to $400,000 to acquire a son of Birdstone as the top-priced offering at the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington July 20.

  • Mine That Bird

    Mine That Bird to Appear at Ruidoso

    Mark Allen, the co-owner of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird, said the gelding will appear in New Mexico in September.

  • There are parallels in the pedigrees of Acorn winner Gabby&#39;s Golden Gal (shown) and Belmont winner Summer Bird.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8223203%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Classic Parallels

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Similarities in the pedigrees of Summer Bird (by Birdstone) and Gabby's Golden Gal (by Medaglia d'Oro) provide some insights into the bloodlines of their young sires.

  • Mine That Bird arriving at Belmont Park.

    Confidence High in Mine That Bird Camp

    After working Mine That Bird June 1 at Churchill Downs, jockey Calvin Borel "guaranteed" that the gelded son of Birdstone would win the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Believe it or not, Borel is now even more confident.

  • What kind of boost will Birdstone&#39;s stallion career receive from Mine That Bird&#39;s Derby win?&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8063583%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    'Big Horse' Boost for First-Crop Sires?

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Thanks to Mine That Bird and Rachel Alexandra, respectively, both Birdstone and Medaglia d'Oro have achieved the distinction of becoming Classic sires with their first crops. But how much of a boost will it really give them?

  • Summer Bird Works 6fs in 1:15 4/5

    Summer Bird worked six furlongs in 1:15 4/5 the morning of April 24 at Churchill Downs in preparation for a run at the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

  • Mine That Bird powers home in the Grey Stakes.

    Grey Win 4th Straight for Mine That Bird

    Mine That Bird earned his fourth consecutive win Oct. 5 at Woodbine when he edged pacesetter Bear's Conductor by a half-length in the $232,100 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-III) for 2-year-olds.

  • Birdstone

    Birdstone Gets First Winner

    Birdstone notched his first winner when his son S. S. Stone won at Hollywood Park on June 29 in his initial race.

  • Anak Nakal

    Belmont Profile: Anak Nakal

    Four years after Birdstone upset Smarty Jones' Triple Crown bid, trainer Nick Zito would love to play spoiler again, as he will send out Four Roses Thoroughbreds' Anal Nakal in the Belmont in hopes of rejecting Big Brown's bid for racing immortality.

  • Fasig-Tipton Texas Catalog Improves

    The Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training, scheduled for April 1 at Lone Star Park in Texas, has a higher quality catalog than it did a year ago, according to Fasig-Tipton Texas' director of sales, Tim Boyce.

  • First Birdstone Foal Born at Overbrook

    The first foal sired by 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Birdstone was born Jan. 11 at the Young family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington.

  • So Long Birdie to Buena Suerte Equine

    So Long Birdie, a half-brother to Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Birdstone and champion filly Bird Town, will stand in 2006 at Dr. Leonard Blach's Buena Suerte Equine near Roswell, N.M. His fee will be $2,000.

  • Andromeda's Hero Works Toward Travers

    Trainer Nick Zito had Andromeda's Hero on the track Thursday morning at Saratoga Race Course working toward a start in the Aug. 27 Travers (gr. I). With exercise rider Jorge Abreu, Andomeda's Hero breezed five furlongs on the Saratoga main track in 1:02.

  • Bessemer Trust Breeders&#39; Cup Juvenile winner Wilko, may not make his first 2005 start until the March 19 San Felipe.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Birds of a Feather

    You could say that So Long Birdie has some awfully big wings to fill. Last year, his half-brother, Birdstone, won the grade I Belmont and Travers, and the year before, his half-sister, Bird Town, captured the grade I Kentucky Oaks and Acorn on her way to an Eclipse Award.

  • 2001 Eclipse Award won by Barbara Livingston and stolen the night of the awards in Miami, 2002.
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Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt

    Eclipse Award Finalists: Some Familiar Names, Some Sure Things

    The Eclipse Award finalists, announced Jan. 5, reveal many familiar names in the human categories, with several big-name horses appearing in more than one category. Although most of the winners look like sure things, there are still some potential drag-out battles in the Sprint and 4-Year-Old and Up Female categories.

  • Smarty Jones, one of the 3-year-old stars of 2004.

    Analyzing the 3-Year-Old Scene in 2004

    Whether you felt this year's 3-year-old crop was a good one or bad one, it certainly inspired a good deal of passion and provided a number of memorable moments. The following is a look back at the tumultuous 3-year-old season and its most notable performers, broken down into categories.

  • Horse of the Year candidate Smarty Jones.

    Smarty's Opponents Unfairly Maligned

    In discussions of the Horse of the Year merits of Smarty Jones and Ghostzapper, it has been stated that Smarty Jones defeated an inferior group of 3-year-olds. But when you look at all the facts, there really is no basis for this.

  • Birdstone Will Return 'Home' to Gainesway

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, who was retired earlier the week of Nov. 1 after suffering a chip fracture in his left front ankle, will stand at Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Ky., Whitney's husband, John Hendrickson, said Nov. 5.

  • Birdstone Retired; No Stud Plans Yet

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, winner of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and Travers Stakes (gr. I) this year, has been retired after a routine radiograph taken Nov. 2 revealed a P-1 medial chip in the colt's left front ankle.

  • Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone has been retired.

    Birdstone Retired After Suffering Fracture

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, winner of the Belmont (gr. I) and Travers Stakes (gr. I) this year, has been retired after a radiograph taken Nov. 2 revealed a P-1 medial chip in the colt's left front ankle.

  • Early Dodge Classic co-favorite Funny Cide, with Robin Smullen at Lone Star Park earlier this week.

    Funny Cide, Pleasantly Perfect, Birdstone Early Classic Favorites

    Based on the approximately $188,000 wagered at Lone Star Park Friday in advance wagering on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, joint 9-1 favorites were Pleasantly Perfect, who won the $4-million race one year ago, 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide and this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Birdstone.

  • Trainer Dale Romans, with owners Sarah and Ken Ramsey, at the Breeders&#39; Cup post position draw.

    Pleasantly Perfect is 5-2 Choice in Classic

    Diamond A Racing's Pleasantly Perfect was installed as the 5-2 favorite and drew the 12 post position as he attempts to defend his title in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Texas' Lone Star Park Saturday.

  • Birdstone, one of three Classic contenders already at Lone Star Park.

    Countdown to the Cup: Action is Hot and Heavy

    The action was hot and heavy going into Breeders' Cup week, with 26 pre-entered horses working on Oct. 24, an influx of horses arriving from all parts of the country and Europe, and a serious injury to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Ready's Gal.

  • Birdstone got his first look at the main track at Lone Star Park Sunday.

    Birdstone Gets First Feel of Lone Star

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone had his first gallop over the Lone Star Park track Sunday after arriving Saturday afternoon on a private charter from Albany, N.Y. that also brought three other Nick Zito-trained horses.

  • Birdstone won the Travers in his last start.

    Birdstone Breezes in Final Work for Classic

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, winner of the Belmont (gr. I) and Travers (gr. I), breezed six furlongs in 1:16 4/5 over a muddy training track at Saratoga Oct. 22 in preparation for the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Lone Star Park Oct. 30.

  • Pleasantly Perfect is back to defend his title in the Breeders&#39; Cup Classic.

    Mandella, Whitney Have No Concern Over Layoffs

    Although no horse has won the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) coming off a layoff of more than 49 days, Richard Mandella, trainer of Pleasantly Perfect, and Marylou Whitney, owner of Birdstone, are confident taking their respective horses to Lone Star Park for the Oct. 30 World Thoroughbred Championships off layoffs of 69 and 63 days.

  • Roses in May seeks his own perfection in this year&#39;s Dodge Classic.

    Dodge Classic Preview: After Perfection

    No matter how much time one spends studying the past performances and various speed figures for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), they still won't be able to feel secure picking a winner.

  • Kitten&#39;s Joy made a Euro-type late move to win the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.

    Countdown to the Cup: No Joy For Euros This Year?

    Following this past weekend's stakes extravaganza, the field for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) is pretty much firmed up...America has a budding superstar who can finally end the Europeans' five-year reign in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT)...and the Nextel Distaff (gr. I) has found another gem.

  • Azeri: will she face males in the Breeders&#39; Cup Classic?

    Countdown to the Cup: Will Azeri Tackle the Boys?

    Although there are still several major preps remaining for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), the leading players are pretty well set, with Pleasantly Perfect, Ghostzapper, and Birdstone all heading straight for Texas. But there is still one player – former Horse of the Year Azeri -- who could add a whole new dimension to the race.

  • Nick Zito(l), with John Hendrickson and Mary Lou Whitney after Birdstone&#39;s win in the Travers, says Classic is next stop for Belmont winner.

    Look for Birdstone in Classic, Zito Says

    Birdstone's 2 1/2-length win Saturday in the Travers (gr. I) at Saratoga, coupled with the colt's upset of Smarty Jones in the Belmont (gr. I), opens up the race for this year's 3-year-old championship, at least in the minds of some.

  • Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone, with jockey Edgar Prado, returns to action with a decisive win in the 135th running of the Travers Stakes, Saturday at Saratoga.

    Travers Puts Birdstone on Division's Perch

    Marylou Whitney Stable's Belmont-winning Birdstone gave trainer Nick Zito his first victory in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, just moments before an intense rainstorm hit the track.

  • Lion Heart, still in the championship picture.

    Just Who is The Best 3-Year-Old of 2004?

    Patrick Biancone, who will saddle Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Lion Heart in the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 28, and Todd Pletcher, trainer of Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Purge, have different opinions about the 3-year-old championship picture.