Keyword: Birdstone

  • Birdstone, Suave Work Toward Travers

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Birdstone breezed six furlongs in 1:13 4/5, with regular exercise rider Maxine Correa aboard, over Saratoga's Oklahoma training track that was rated "good" on Saturday.

  • Lion Heart

    Zito Pair, Lion Heart Work Toward Travers

    Trainer Nick Zito sent two of his three starters for the grade I, $1 million Travers Aug. 28 out for works on the main track at Saratoga Friday morning. Sir Shackleton breezed five furlongs in :59 3/5 while The Cliff's Edge went the same distance in 1:01 1/5.

  • Birdstone Breezes for Upcoming Travers

    Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone, owned by Marylou Whitney Stables, breezed six furlongs in 1:16 Sunday over the fast Oklahoma training track at Saratoga with regular exercise rider Maxine Correa up.

  • Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone set to return in the Travers.

    Zito: Birdstone Will Train Up to Travers Stakes

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, who denied Smarty Jones the Triple Crown with his victory in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will make his first start back in the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I), trainer Nick Zito said July 23.

  • Nick Zito

    Zito Gearing Up For Second-Half Assault

    Nick Zito has been busy recently trying to come up with a schedule for his talented arsenal of 3-year-olds. Even with the loss of Eurosilver, Zito is loaded as he sets his sights on a number of major stakes, beginning with the July 11 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Racing At Its Very Best

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Haven't we been here before? A horse, one that by the first Saturday in June is carrying too heavy an impost--an entire industry--for any Thoroughbred, is caught and passed in the cruel stretch of New York's Belmont Park.

  • Belmont Wagering, Attendance Marks Fall

    Records in attendance and handle for Belmont Park and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) were set Saturday as Birdstone upset heavily-favored Smarty Jones in the 136th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) before a crowd of 120,139. The previous attendance record was 103,222 during the Belmont Stakes two years ago.

  • Smarty Jones prepares to board a van at Belmont Park on Sunday.

    Servis: Smarty Jones Had a 'Bulls-Eye' on Him

    Trainer John Servis said he was "disappointed" for owners Roy and Patricia Chapman that Smarty Jones' bid for the Visa Triple Crown Challenge came up short when he finished a gutsy second to Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) but that he was proud of the effort given by the colt Saturday.

  • Belmont TV Overnight Rating Best in 27 Years

    Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) win by 36-1 shot Birdstone ended previously unbeaten Smarty Jones' Visa Triple Crown hopes and delivered a 13.4 overnight rating and a 27 share, the best Belmont overnight since a 15.4/47 for Seattle Slew's Triple Crown-clinching victory in 1977, according to Nielsen Media Research.

  • Birdstone passes Smarty Jones in the stretch to win the 136th running of the Belmont Stakes.

    Birdstone Upsets Smarty Jones in Belmont

    A record crowd of more than 120,000 went from a roar to silence today at Belmont Park as Birdstone upset Smarty Jones in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and denied racing its 12th Triple Crown winner.

  • Friday Notes: Hennig Says Eddington Ready to Go

    Eddington, the third-place finisher in the Preakness (gr. I) and 10-1 on the morning line for Saturday's 136th running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds, galloped a mile and three furlongs over Belmont's main track Friday. "He's ready," trainer Mark Hennig said. "He's doing as well as can be expected."

  • Two pull out of Belmont.

    Tapit, Cliff Out of Belmont; Purge, Master David May Join Field

    Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Tapit will not run in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr.I), it was reported on trainer Michael Dickinson's Tapeta Farm web site Saturday. With Tapit's defection, as well as the defection of The Cliff's Edge, the connections of Purge and Master David are considering entering, although both are still doubtful starters.

  • Zito: 'Cliff' Needs a Miracle to Make Belmont

    Trainer Nick Zito says he has until Saturday to get a work into The Cliff's Edge, who suffered a foot bruise before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), or he will be forced to miss the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The son of Gulch's problems started when he lost both his front shoes during the running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Florida Derby winner Friends Lake a Wednesday arrival at Churchill

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: An Early Bird Special; Friends Lake Arrives

    With scattered showers and predictions of heavy rains in the afternoon, what little activity there was on the track this morning came early. In addition to the arrival of Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Friends Lake at 9:40, there was a mini buzz about the possible addition of the top-class filly Ashado to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) field.

  • Zito Thrilled by Birdstone's Churchill Work

    Marylou Whitney Stable's Birdstone, who was scratched from last week's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, resumed serious preparation for Kentucky Derby 130 (gr. I) May 1 with a five-furlong workout on Thursday at Churchill Downs.

  • Frankel/Zito Horses Arrive at Churchill Downs

    The Nick Zito-trained Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) winner The Cliff's Edge and Champagne (gr. I) winner Birdstone arrived Tuesday afternoon at Churchill Downs after a brief van ride from Keeneland.

  • Trainer Patrick Biancone, right, with Keeneland&#39;s John Henderson during the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes post position draw.

    Lion Heart 'That Good' as 5-2 Blue Grass Favorite

    Lion Heart was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite against eight other 3-year-olds for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and trainer Patrick Biancone agreed. "He's that good and I hope he gets to show it on the track," Biancone said.

  • Blue Grass Contenders Work at Keeneland

    Dogwood Stable's Limehouse, the recent winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), breezed an easy five furlongs just after the track renovation on Sunday morning, his final work for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) to be run Saturday.

  • Three Vie for Favoritism in Kentucky Derby Future Wager

    Lion Heart, St Averil, and Wimbledon have been installed as the 10-1 co-favorites in the third and final Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool, which opens Thursday at noon Eastern and closes Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

  • A Baker's Dozen for Kentucky Derby 130?

    Although we're fascinated with numbers at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thedowneyprofile.com"><i>TheDowneyProfile.com</a>,</i> we are not into numerology. However, it doesn't take much imagination to conjure up a projected field of 13 in Kentucky Derby 130.

  • Haskin: Smarty Jones {with owner Patricia Chapman after Rebel win} is having a tough time making believers out of people, despite being undefeated in five starts.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Will the Real Derby Favorite Please Stand Up

    It seems as if each Monday brings with it a new set of excuses for beaten favorites in Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps. Some will prove to be legitimate and some won't. But the bottom line is no one has a clue who is going to win this year's Derby, which is as muddled as any in memory at such a late date.

  • Sinister G wins the Lane&#39;s End Stakes Saturday at Turfway Park.

    Sinister G Scores Wicked Lane's End Upset

    Under a steady rain, top Kentucky Derby prospect Birdstone never got going in Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II), clunking home fifth as 16-1 frontrunner Sinister G scored a major surprise at Turfway Park.

  • Zito Shipping Big Guns to Keeneland

    Trainer Nick Zito is beginning his assault on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) by shipping three of his top contenders to Keeneland. The plane carrying Eurosilver, Birdstone, and The Cliff's Edge was expected to land in Central Kentucky today.

  • Lane&#39;s End favorite Birdstone draws post position one.

    Birdstone Even Money vs. 10 in Lane's End

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone was installed the even-money favorite against 10 rivals for Saturday's Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park. The 3-year-old son of <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1393510&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Grindstone</a> drew post one for the 1 1/8-mile race.

  • Birdstone May Face a Flock in Lane's End

    Marylou Whitney Stables' homebred Birdstone, winner of the grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont last year, is the talk of Turfway leading up to their signature Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep, Saturday's Lane's End Stakes (gr. II). However, the diminutive son of Grindstone hasn't exactly scared anyone off from the $500,000 race with as many as 14 others considering the race.

  • Upsets Keep 'Field' Favored in Derby Wager

    Following a weekend of Kentucky Derby prep races in which several leading Kentucky Derby contenders suffered defeats, the field of "all other 3-year-olds" emerged as the favorite when the second of three pools in Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended its four-day run Sunday.

  • Birdstone leads Zito contingent in &#39;04 Quest for the Crown.

    Zito Brigade Dominates Palm Meadows Work Tab

    The "NPZ" saddlecloths of Nick Zito whizzed by one after another Saturday morning, as Zito sent out virtually his entire 3-year-old force for five-furlong breezes at Palm Meadows training center, in preparation for their upcoming preps.

  • Top Sophomores Nominated to Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

    Almost all of the leading contenders for the Visa Triple Crown Challenge, including trainer Nick Zito's highly regarded twosome of Birdstone and Eurosilver, are among 157 nominees to Keeneland's $750,000, Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds will be run on Saturday, April 10, three weeks before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). It will be televised live on NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. (ET).

  • Birdstone, may opt for Lane&#39;s End Stakes rather than Florida Derby.

    Birdstone May Pass Florida Derby For Lane's End Stakes

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, winner of his 3-year-old debut in allowance company, may skip the March 13 Florida Derby and run in the following week's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park instead, trainer Nick Zito said Monday.

  • Read the Footnotes&#39; Fountain of Youth was a tribute to the colt&#39;s tenacity and courage and his trainer&#39;s ability to get him fit off a layoff.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Big Weekend Helps Clear Picture

    Even with the injury to Second of June, it's refreshing to finally have a weekend that held true to form and helped put several pieces of the puzzle together rather than creating more confusion, as has often been the case in recent years.

  • Second of June, inside, comes out of Fountain of Youth with Triple Crown campaign-ending injury.

    Second of June Suffers Fractured Cannon Bone; To Undergo Surgery

    Second of June, a game runner-up in Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) suffered a condylar fracture of the cannon bone, and was scheduled to undergo Sunday afternoon surgery at Dr. Stephen Selway's clinic near Gulfstream Park.

  • Mutuel Field Set at 9-5 in KDFW's Pool 1

    Kentucky Derby fans backed such promising young stars as Eurosilver, Lion Heart, Action This Day and Read the Footnotes, but the heavy favorite at the end of four days of wagering in Pool 1 of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager was the "mutuel field."

  • Future Wager Odds Drop on FOY Rivals

    Future wager odds on both Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Read the Footnotes and runner-up Second of June for the May 1 Kentucky Derby dropped significantly following the Gulfstream Park prep race Saturday.