Keyword: Nick Zito

  • Lady Tak, winning the Test Stakes.

    Lady Tak Turns Table on Bird Town in Test

    Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Lady Tak hit the stretch in front with jockey Jerry Bailey in the saddle and kicked away from Bird Town for a convincing 4 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course Saturday.

  • Awesome Time Has a Blast in Richards Stakes

    Robert V. Lapenta's Awesome Time, the second-longest shot in the field of eight at odds of 20-1, nipped Christine's Outlaw, by a nose to win the $250,000 Leonard Richards Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Delaware Park.

  • Storm Flag Flying

    Storm Flag Flying on Rail for Acorn

    Storm Flag Flying, seeking to get back to her championship form from a year ago, will break from post 1 for Friday's Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The Ogden Mills Phipps' homebred daughter of Storm Cat out of My Flag will face six 3-year-old fillies in the one-turn mile contest.

  • Najran, in record-setting victory.

    Najran Shatters Mile Record at Belmont

    Buckram Oak Farm's Najran shattered the one-mile track record at Belmont Park on the opening day card with an impressive victory in the Westchester Handicap (gr. III). His time for the one-turn mile was a blistering 1:32.24.

  • Edgar Prado takes the Ky Oaks aboard stumbling longshot Bird Town.

    Bird Town Overcomes Stumble to Win Oaks

    Before a crowd of 100,523, Marylou Whitney's homebred Bird Town stumbled out of the gate but recovered to pull an upset at 18-1 in the $573,800 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Bird Town drew away in the stretch to win by 3 ¼ lengths in a stakes-record time of 1:48.64.

  • Halory Hunter Arrives at McMahon of Saratoga

    Grade II winner Halory Hunter (Jade Hunter -- Halory, by Halo) arrived at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds on Feb. 12 to stand the 2003 breeding season.

  • Gulfstream 2003 to Offer Racing, Concerts, Deals

    Gulfstream Park's opening weekend, from Friday, January 3, through Sunday, January 5, features five stakes, free grandstand admission, giveaways and rolled-back prices on selected food and drink favorites, weekend appearances by leading thoroughbred trainers, concerts, and more.

  • Trainer Nick Zito.

    Zito Vows to Continue Legal Fight

    Trainer Nick Zito vowed to take a New York appeals court ruling Thursday, which upheld a 15-day suspension and $2,000 fine against him, to a higher court.

  • Zito Hopes to Seek Gold in What A Pleasure

    Trainer Nick Zito, who didn't take long to get his powerful stable in action since arriving from New York and Kentucky for the winter, sends out Robert LaPenta's promising 2-year-old Seek Gold in the $100,000 What A Pleasure Stakes Saturday at Calder.

  • Injury Knocks What A Bad Day Out of Jockey Club

    Elmer Miller's What A Bad Day, third in the Iroquois (gr. III), has suffered a knee injury and will not run in the $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) on Nov. 30.

  • It's Our Time Wins Impressively in Keeneland Debut

    It's Our Time, a $735,000 Keeneland September 2001 yearling purchase, won her debut Wednesday at the track, circling the field from deep in the pack to tally a 1 1/2-length win over Romantic Comedy.

  • Sellers Finishes Fourth in Return

    After a two-year absence, jockey Shane Sellers returned to racing Wednesday when he piloted Marylou Whitney's Global Attraction to a fourth-place finish in the second race, a $50,000 maiden special weight contest, at Keeneland.

  • Najran runs away with Perryville.

    Najran Much Too Good in Perryville

    Najran ran away from his field and easily captured the $75,000 Perryville Stakes at Keeneland today by eight lengths.

  • Perfect Drift wins three-horse photo finish in the Spiral Stakes.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report (3/25): Spiraling Upward

    You've heard it said many times: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Well, things certainly are changing each week on the road to the Kentucky Derby, but we seem to be just about where we were when we embarked on the journey almost three months ago.

  • Despite this troubled start, Siphonic's Santa Catalina was "an excellent performance," according to Steve Haskin.

    Haskin's Road to the Kentucky Derby: Searching for the Winner

    He's out there, somewhere. He may be in the back of his stall nibbling on a mound of alfalfa, or stretched out with his head nestled in a bed of straw. He may be nothing more than a shrouded figure galloping through an early morning fog or a mere silhouette against a golden sunrise. But one thing is certain: somewhere out there is the winner of the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Albert Looks 'Great' in Breeze

    Tracy Farmer's Albert the Great, prepping for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), breezed four furlongs over the main track in :50 1/5 at Belmont today. Afterwards, trainer Nick Zito was happy with the work. " It's been a long year," the New York-based conditioner said. "I don't have to do a lot with him. I'm going easy on him for this race. He doesn't need much."

  • Albert the Great, shown here winning the Brooklyn Handicap.

    Albert the Great Retiring After Classic

    Albert the Great, a grade I winner of over $2.5 million, will make his final start in the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), then retire to stud at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. Owner Tracy Farmer will retain 100% interest in the 4-year-old Go For Gin colt. No stud fee was announced.

  • Working Toward 'Super Saturday'

    Both of trainer Nick Zito¹s starters for Saturday¹s grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup worked five-eighths in :59, breezing, over the good track this morning. A P Valentine went out about 20 minutes after Albert the Great.

  • Albert To Prove Greatness in Whitney

    Multiple graded stakes winner Albert the Great is out to prove his greatness when he takes on seven rivals in Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. The Nick Zito-trained Albert the Great will carry 124 pounds under jockey Jorge Chavez in the 1 1/8-mile event.

  • Zito Fined, Suspended by New York Regulators

    Trainer Nick Zito had his license suspended for 15 days and was fined $2,000 by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board Thursday for a positive test for the analgesic Lidocaine at Saratoga in August of 2000.

  • A P Valentine, on the track at Belmont Park before Tuesday's workout.

    A P Valentine in Sharp Work for Belmont

    Belmont Stakes works concluded Tuesday morning when A P Valentine breezed a sharp five furlongs in :59 1/5 with regular work rider Jamie Sanders aboard. The son of A.P. Indy looked like he was ready for some serious action as he jogged past the stands with his neck bowed. Approaching the five-furlong pole, he was already leveled off and in high gear.

  • Jockey Victor Espinoza has picked up the mount on A P Valentine in Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

    Espinoza Gets Mount on A P Valentine

    Trainer Nick Zito announced this afternoon that Victor Espinoza, who was replaced on Congaree by Jerry Bailey, has been named to ride A P Valentine in this Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

  • Preakness Hopefuls On Track at Pimlico, Churchill Downs

    Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos galloped at Pimlico Racecourse Monday morning as he continues preparations for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, second leg of the Triple Crown. Also at Pimlico Monday, A P Valentine worked five furlongs. At Churchill Downs, trainer Bob Baffert worked his two Preakness candidates, Point Given and Congaree, and Dallas Stewart reported Dollar Bill is on track after his workout.

  • Albert the Great, winning last year's Jockey Club Gold Cup.

    Albert the Great Tops Pimlico Special Saturday

    Tracy Farmer's 4-year-old Albert the Great is the favorite for Saturday's $750,000 Pimlico Special (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course. Jockey Jorge Chavez, who won last Saturday's Kentucky Derby aboard Monarchos, will be aboard for the 36th running of the1 3/16 miles event.

  • Point Given lived up to his Kentucky Derby favoritism with a fast workout Monday.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Bob's Big Boys Burn Up Churchill Strip

    The setting was the same as past years: Bob Baffert standing in the Churchill Downs grandstand, his white hair glistening in the morning sun like a fresh mound of snow. A two-way radio is held close to his mouth, as he surveys the post-renovation break scene and offers his first set of instructions to exercise rider Dana Barnes. Several minutes later, after watching his two Derby horses work, Baffert takes a deep, relaxing breath and breaks out into a smile and selection of one-liners. His horses once again have left a long line of smoldering hoof prints in the Churchill Downs surface.

  • Point Given, regular rider Dana Barnes up, had his final work Monday in preparation for the Kentucky Derby.

    Point Given, Congaree 'Awesome'; Maiden Drops Out

    Kentucky Derby favorite Point Given and stablemate Congaree had their last workouts before Saturday's race, each posting fast times for their five furlong efforts. Point Given was timed in :58.50 seconds, as clocked by trainer Bob Baffert, who caught Congaree in :58.75 for five furlongs. Also Monday, Churchill officials announced that Tincin, winless in seven starts, was no longer being considered for the Derby after developing a cough.

  • Monarchos, who made a powerful move to win the Florida Derby, returns in Saturday's Wood Memorial.

    Trainers Gearing Up For Big Stakes; Godolphin Pair Arrives at Churchill

    Top trainers from New York to Kentucky to Arkansas are gearing up for this weekend's three big Kentucky Derby preps, after which we should have a good idea who will provide the main challenges to Santa Anita Derby winner Point Given. On the foreign front, the two Godolphin invaders, Street Cry and Express Tour, arrived safe and sound at Churchill Downs today at approximately 1 p.m. after clearing quarantine at Keeneland.