Keyword: Nick Zito

  • Sidney's Candy is the 5-1 second choice for the Kentucky Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8934506%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby Preview: Is the West the Best?

    The two top choices in the first leg of the 2010 Triple Crown are based in California. Lookin at Lucky, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, and Sidney's Candy, the 5-1 second choice, lead a field of 20 3-year-olds in Derby 136.

  • Jackson Bend turned in a bullet five-furlong work in 1:00-flat April 22 at Churchill Downs.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8909841%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Jackson Bend Sails Through Five Furlongs

    Jackson Bend, who is on the outside looking in as far as getting into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) field of 20, turned in a bullet five-furlong move April 22 at Churchill Downs for trainer Nick Zito.

  • Ice Box won the Florida Derby at 20-1 odds.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8849972%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ice Box Turns Up Heat on Derby Trail

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <br />By one of the hottest sires in American and out of a stamina-oriented mare, Ice Box has bloodlines that indicate he's a smart pedigree pick for the Triple Crown races.

  • Ice Box gets his nose in front to win the Florida Derby.&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%3D8849906%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ice Box Slams Door at 20-1 in Florida Derby

    Ice Box, the less fancied of two runners trained by Nick Zito for owner Robert LaPenta, ground out a nose victory over another outsider, Pleasant Prince, in the $750,000 Florida Derby (gr. I) March 20.

  • Ice Box Posts Swift Half-Mile at Palm Meadows

    Ice Box drilled a bullet half-mile in :47 1/5 at Palm Meadows for trainer Nick Zito on the morning of March 13 as he tunes up for the $750,000 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Jackson Bend is scheduled to run next in the Holy Bull.

    Bullet Move For Jackson Bend at Palm Meadows

    Robert LaPenta's Jackson Bend worked a bullet five furlongs in :59.30 on Jan. 16 at Palm Meadows for trainer Nick Zito. He is preparing for his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III).

  • Hull won the Derby Trial in 2009.

    Owner LaPenta to Sponsor Derby Trial

    Robert LaPenta, a leading owner and pinhooker, will sponsor the 2010 Derby Trial (gr. III) at Churchill Downs April 24, the track announced Jan. 8.

  • Trainer John Shirreffs

    Haskin: Greatest Training Achievements

    Steve Haskin ranks the greatest training achievements for the years 2000 - 2009, both for a trainer with an individual horse and overall.

  • Jackson Bend

    LaPenta Buys Into 2YO Star Jackson Bend

    Jacks or Better Farm's co-owner Fred Brei said Oct. 26 he has sold a majority interest in his homebred 2-year-old star Jackson Bend to Robert LaPenta for an undisclosed sum.

  • Commentator enjoys cake at his retirement party at Saratoga.

    Commentator Going to Old Friends

    Tracy and Carol Farmer have chosen Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Ky., as the permanent home for two-time Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner Commentator, it was announced Oct. 2.

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    NYRA Honors Commentator at Saratoga

    The New York Racing Association (NYRA) paid tribute to Commentator Sept. 6, at Saratoga Race Course. The 8-year-old chestnut gelding, owned by Tracy Farmer and trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, was retired from racing Aug. 9, a day after finishing third in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I). He was attempting to join Discovery and Kelso as the only three-time winners of the race in its 82-year history.

  • In his most recent start, Coal Play Salvatore Mile Handicap at Monmouth.

    Coal Play Looks to Stay Hot in Iselin

    Robert LaPenta Coal Play, best known for nearly shocking Big Brown in last year's Haskell Invitational (gr. I), will look for his fourth win over the Monmouth Park main track when he takes on six rivals in the $300,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) on Aug. 22.

  • Commentator will be honored on September 6.&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%3D8230992%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Commentator to be Honored at Saratoga Sept. 6

    The New York Racing Association will pay tribute to one of the most popular horses in racing when the recently-retired Commentator is honored on Sept. 6 at Saratoga.

  • Commentator has been retired.&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%3D5274581%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Commentator Retired, Zito Announces

    Tracy Farmer's two-time Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner Commentator has been retired after finishing third in his quest for a record-tying third win in the Saratoga event, trainer Nick Zito announced on the morning of Aug. 9.

  • Bullsbay pulls away to upset the Whitney at Saratoga.&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%3D8393557%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Bullsbay Scores Huge Upset in Whitney

    The longest shot in a field of six, 18-1 Bullsbay pulled a shocking upset in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga, splitting horses on the turn and pulling away for a 1 1/2-length score under Jeremy Rose.

  • Commentator will try to win the Whitney for the third time.&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%3D5274581%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Commentator Shoots For Third Whitney

    The ageless Commentator will try to stand alongside the great Kelso as the oldest horse ever to win the prestigious Whitney Handicap (gr. I), a race he will also attempt to capture for a record-tying third time.

  • Commentator will try for Whitney #3 on August 8. &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%3D8230992%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Commentator Turns in Another Big Move

    Commentator, the 8-year-old who Aug. 8 will attempt to become only the third horse in history to win the $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) three times, turned in another excellent work Aug. 1 at Saratoga, covering a half-mile in :47.85, handily.

  • Summer Bird

    Belmont Contenders Post-Race Statuses Updated

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird obviously loves New York. He loves it so much that he could return this summer to run at Saratoga Race Course in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) and the Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I).

  • Hirsch Memorial Held at Belmont Park

    There were so many good stories being told, and re-told, in memory of Joe Hirsch June 5 at Belmont Park, it is hard to know which one Joe would have liked most. Well, Hirsch always saw the positive in everything, so he would have liked all the stories, equally.

  • Frederico Tesio winner Miner&#39;s Escape had his final work before the Belmont Stakes on May 30.

    Belmont Contenders Post Final Works

    With the recent spell of wet weather having finally moved on, three contenders for the 141st running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) turned in their final serious moves this morning at Belmont Park in preparation for the June 6 race.

  • Charitable Man worked at Belmont on May 23.

    Trio of Belmont Contenders Turn in Works

    It was a busy May 23 morning at Belmont Park for contenders of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with Charitable Man, Summer Bird, and Dunkirk all breezing on the main track.

  • Miner&#39;s Escape won the Frederico Tesio on May 2.

    Zito Pair Work Toward Belmont

    Robert V. LaPenta's Brave Victory and Miner's Escape breezed a half-mile in company on the main track at Belmont Park May 21 as they prepped for a start in the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 6.

  • This Ones for Phil is the lone graded stakes winner in the Withers field.&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%3D7535422%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Preakness Hopefuls Do Battle in Withers

    This Ones for Phil, Mr. Fantasy and Just a Coincidence - all on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) trail earlier this season - top a field of seven 3-year-olds in the $150,000 Withers (gr. III) April 25 at Aqueduct. The $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is now the primary goal for each of them.

  • Nowhere to Hide Out of La. Derby

    The field for the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) was reduced by one on March 12 as Fair Grounds officials learned that My Meadowview Farm's Nowhere to Hide will be scratched.

  • Smooth Air won the 2008 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS628937%2Fphoto%2F3215411%2F%3Fo%3D1&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Smooth Air Set Up Well For Gulf 'Cap

    If his last race is any indication, Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air should be set up for a big run in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) on March 14 at Gulfstream Park, a race that has been shortened from 1 3/16 miles to one mile this season.

  • Nick Zito, one of three conditioners who will be training for the &quot;Legends Racing&quot; group

    Legends Racing Ready to Roll in 2009

    Legends Racing, which was 2008's biggest-spending new shopper at Thoroughbred yearling sales, is preparing for its inaugural season at the racetrack. According to Olin Gentry, one of the venture's founders, the stable's 39 horses have been divided equally among Legends' three trainers--Bob Baffert, D. Wayne Lukas, and Nick Zito--and are in Florida being prepared for competition.

  • Wanderin Boy winning the 2006 Brooklyn Breeders&#39; Cup Handicap.&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%3D6910929%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Wanderin Boy a Fighter to the End

    The Cigar Mile cast a dark shadow on the racing world with the tragic death of Wanderin Boy, who shattered the sesamoids in his left-front leg shortly after turning into the stretch.

  • That Handicapping Show: Nov. 25 (Video)

    This week, Jason and Tom analyze the Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on November 28. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert "The Wizard" gives his "Spotlight Play" for Fair Grounds Race 8 on November 28.

  • Commentator will try to cap off a terrific season when he takes on seven rivals in the Clark Handicap.

    Commentator Clear Choice in Clark

    Like a fine wine, Commentator seems to get better with age. And on Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs, Tracy Farmer's remarkable 7-year-old gelding will try to cap off a terrific season when he takes on seven rivals in the $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II).

  • Inside Track: Fandom

    Michael Amo's innovative idea for Thoroughbred racing's first organization dedicated solely to fans started innocently enough.

  • Mass Cap winner Commentator may run in the Clark Handicap.

    Commentator Possible for Clark Handicap

    Two-time Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner Commentator could end his successful racing season at Churchill Downs with a bid for the 134th running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II) Nov. 28.

  • Vineyard Haven took last month&#39;s Hopeful (gr. I) at Saratoga. &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%3D5750072%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Juvenile Rivals Meet Again in Champagne

    Vineyard Haven, Cribnote, Munnings and Break Water Edison, the top four finishers, respectively, in the Hopeful Stakes (gr.I) last month at Saratoga, meet again in the $400,000 Champagne Stakes (gr.I) at Belmont Park Oct. 4.

  • Anak Nakal, who won the Pennsylvania Derby in his last start, will be one of two entrants from the Nick Zito barn in the Meadowlands Cup.&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%3D5750073%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Ph&lt;/a&gt;

    Zito Duo Head Meadowlands Cup

    The Nick Zito-trained duo of Da'Tara and Anak Nakal heads the field for the $350,000 grade II Meadowlands Cup Oct. 3 at Meadowlands.

  • The great Cigar won the Mass Cap in 1995 (shown) and 1996.

    Suffolk Fights to Save MassCap

    Why should this year's incarnation of the MassCap be any different than the other 65 events contested beneath the deafening roar of overhead planes from nearby Logan Airport?

  • Two-Time Grade I winner Commentator leads a field of seven for the Massachusetts Handicap.&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%3D5274581%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Commentator Odds-On For MassCap

    Commentator, a two-time grade I winner for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, leads a field of seven for the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap Sept. 20 at Suffolk Downs.

  • Trainer Larry Jones will try for his 2nd Matron victory in a row with On the Menu.

    Jones Going For Matron Repeat

    A year ago, Larry Jones saddled Proud Spell to victory in the Matron Stakes (gr. II). Jones can only hope his entry in this year's Matron, On the Menu, is destined for the same kind of success. On Sept. 13, she tries stakes company for the first time in the prestigious $250,000 event for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont.

  • Olin Gentry of Legends Racing

    Hey Big Spenders: Legends on a Roll

    When the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale ended Sept. 9, Olin Gentry and trainer Bob Baffert of Legends Racing rushed to the barn area to look at more horses and get ready for the next day's selling. It's been a busy auction, so far, for the new racing venture, whose formation was announced just prior to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in June when a presentation was made to potential investors in New York.