Keyword: Nick Zito

  • Stephen Foster winner Saint Liam set for Saturday's Whitney.

    Saint Liam Looms in Whitney Handicap

    A field of eight older horses is set to line up for Saturday's 78th running of the prestigious Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Won by Roses in May in thrilling fashion over Perfect Drift in 2004, this year's edition includes division leader Saint Liam--with trainers Nick Zito and Todd Pletcher entering two starters each.

  • Zito To Saddle A Pair in Short Jim Dandy Field

    Trainer Nick Zito will send two of his 2005 Triple Crown contenders into action in Saturday's $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course. Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Andromeda's Hero and barnmate Noble Causeway lead the field of six entered.

  • Sun King Shines Again in Leonard Richards

    Tracy Farmer's Sun King, fitted with blinkers by trainer Nick Zito, went gate to wire to win the $300,000 Leonard Richards (gr. III) for 3-year-olds by 5 3/4 lengths Sunday at Delaware Park.

  • Bailey, Hayward, Zito Guests at Saratoga Preview Forum

    Newly elected Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, multiple Eclipse Award-winning jockey Jerry Bailey, and New York Racing Association president and CEO Charles E. Hayward will be panel guests at the July 25 "Saratoga Preview" program at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Famein Saratoga Springs, New York.

  • Trainer Nick Zito, tried to purchase Afleet Alex last year.

    Zito to Ritchey: 'Name Your Price' for Afleet Alex

    Trainer Nick Zito has had nine horses finish behind Afleet Alex this year, and will try him again with three more in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I). That in itself would certainly make the Preakness (gr. I) winner a thorn in Zito's side. But Zito and Alex have a history together that goes back a lot farther than this year's Triple Crown trail.

  • Afleet Alex, shown arriving at Belmont Park, had a strong three-mile gallop Monday.

    Afleet Alex Motors Through Three-Mile Gallop

    Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex turned in another of his unique feats Monday by jogging a mile and a half at 6:15, then going out at 8:45 and galloping three miles in the sweltering heat and humidity.

  • Zito Adds Indy Storm to Belmont Cast

    Trainer Nick Zito says he'll probably start recent allowance winner Indy Storm in next Saturday's $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), giving him three contenders for the final jewel of the Triple Crown.

  • Zito Says Pinpoint to Start in Belmont Stakes

    Nick Zito, soon to become racing's newest Hall of Fame trainer, committed Sir Barton winner Pinpoint to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 11 after the son of Peaks and Valleys worked Thursday at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track.

  • Round Pond Ready for Acorn

    Round Pond, who has been out of action since winning the April 15 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, highlights a solid field of six 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's $250,000 Acorn (gr. I), going one mile at Belmont Park.

  • Trainer Nick Zito, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

    Zito Humbled by Hall of Fame Induction

    Trainer Nick Zito, the 57-year-old New York native who has won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) twice, is rarely at a loss for words. But in trying to express his feelings over the announcement he will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame this year, reacted, "I just don't know what to say."

  • Greeley's Galaxy, Steve Haskin's pick to win the Preakness, upon his arrival at Pimlico Wednesday.

    Steve Haskin's Preakness Analysis: Galaxy Shot

    When the field crossed the finish line in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), it already was clear who my Preakness (gr. I) selection would be. In fact, it was at the quarter pole, as Greeley's Galaxy closed to within four lengths of the leaders, that I started thinking, 'There's the Preakness winner.'

  • Pass 'Hall' to Win Schaefer

    In the race immediately preceding the Preakness (gr. I) at Pimlico Saturday, eight older horses will contest the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) over nine furlongs.

  • Preakness Field Continues to Grow

    The field for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) continues to grow, as one horse was reported to be on his way to Baltimore, a second became a surprise supplement to the race, and trainer Nick Zito gave some indication as to which of his horses may still be in play.

  • Trainers Trade Barn for Night Out

    Nearly 500 guests crowded into the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Louisville Tuesday night to celebrate this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders, and honor the trainers who have propelled them to their spots in Saturday's Run for the Roses.

  • For Zito, Multi-Tasking Is A Blessing

    "Come on six! Stay up three! Get out of there 12! Where's the four? Who's that?" These may sound like the common shouts of an overzealous, exotics-playing railbird, but on Saturday, it just might be something you hear from as esteemed a place as the Churchill Downs box of New York-born trainer Nick Zito.

  • Jerry Bailey is high on High Fly.

    Bailey High on High Fly

    Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey said he is excited about his mount on Florida Derby (gr. I) winner High Fly for what could be the rider's last trip in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 7.

  • Keeneland: On Track Strong, Off Track Down

    Keeneland's spring meet ended April 29 with record total attendance and the second highest on-track mutuel handle in history but a decline in total handle and total daily average handle.

  • Zito Postpones Works

    With the Churchill Downs track soaked from overnight rains, trainer Nick Zito called off the works for three of his five Kentucky Derby (gr. I) candidates Saturday morning and moved them to Sunday – weather permitting. Scheduled to breeze tomorrow are Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) winner Bellamy Road and the one-two finishers in the Florida Derby (gr. I): High Fly and Noble Causeway.

  • Lexington Stakes winner Coin Silver will be ridden by Pat Valenzuela in the Kentucky Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: PVal to Ride Coin Silver, General John B Out

    An ugly, rainy morning, and no Kentucky Derby (gr. I) works made for a funky Friday. The Derby lost one prospective starter when it was announced General John B will not run due to a tendon injury to his left front leg. On the jockey front was the announcement that Pat Valenzuela will ride Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) winner Coin Silver.

  • Sun King, in Thursday breeze at Churchill Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Strange Morning at the Track

    Most Kentucky Derby (gr. I) works are pretty uneventful, but that certainly wasn't the case Thursday morning. You had Bobby Frankel calling a last-minute audible and working High Limit in company with Ghostzapper, and you had Greater Good and Greeley's Galaxy turn in two of the strangest Derby works in memory.

  • Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey.

    Bailey Hopes High Fly Lifts Him Into Winner's Circle

    After a one-year hiatus from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey is back, seeking his third win in the classic. Bailey, 47, who also just released his autobiography "Against the Odds: Riding for My Life," is booked to ride Florida Derby (gr. I) winner High Fly for trainer Nick Zito.

  • Farish Seeks Third Straight Ben Ali

    Breeder/owner William S. Farish will be seeking his third-straight win in the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) Thursday at Keeneland Race Course with his 4-year-old colt Alumni Hall.

  • Kentucky Oaks Contenders Hit Track

    As Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) day draws closer, a number of 3-year-old fillies hit the Churchill Downs oval over the weekend in advance of the May 6 race.

  • Fountain of Youth winner High Fly worked Friday morning at Churchill.

    High Fly, Noble Causeaway Turn in Easy Works

    The Nick Zito-trained pair of High Fly and Noble Causeway, the one-two finishers in the Florida Derby (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs Friday, although Zito said both colts actually worked six furlongs after breaking off between poles. Also on the work tab Friday was Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Greeley's Galaxy.

  • Bellamy Road worked Thursday morning.

    Bellamy Road Breezes Five Furlongs at Churchill

    Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road, the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 at Churchill Downs Thursday morning. It was the colt's first work since his 17 1/2-length romp in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 9.

  • Gary Stevens, named to ride Noble Causeway in Kentucky Derby.

    Stevens Named to Ride Noble Causeway in Derby

    Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Nick Zito now has jockeys set for all five of his contenders for the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on Saturday, May 7.

  • In the Gold shines in Beaumont win.

    In the Gold Best in Beaumont; Oaks Next

    In the Gold dueled with Aspen Tree at the top of the stretch, gradually pulling away to a 1 1/4-length win in the $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies Thursday at Keeneland.

  • Zito's In the Gold Sweeps Beaumont

    Live Oak Plantation's In the Gold made a sweeping move on the far turn and held off a determined Aspen Tree in the stretch for a 1 1/2-length score in Thursday's Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland Race Course.

  • <a href="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004"target="_blank;">Bellamy Road</a>, impressive in Wood Memorial victory.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: A Road Less Traveled

    There was no one on Bellamy Road (also known as the Aqueduct stretch on Saturday) except one lone traveler who cruised along in isolated splendor as if out for an afternoon joy ride. But the Wood Memorial (gr. I) was not the only big race last weekend, despite what one may think of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

  • <a href="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004"target="_blank;">Runaway Wood Memorial winner Bellamy Road is favorite in final pool.</a>

    Bellamy Road Made 3-1 Favorite for Roses

    On the strength of his 17 1/2-length victory in Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road emerged from a record-smashing third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager as a strong 3-1 favorite to win the famed "Run for the Roses" on May 7.

  • <a href="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004"target="_blank;">Jockey Javier Castellano reacts to winning the 81st running of the Wood Memorial aboard Bellamy Road, Saturday at Aqueduct.</a>

    Bellamy Road Turns in Stunning Wood Win

    George Steinbrenner's Bellamy Road became a serious contender for next month's Kentucky Derby (Gr. I) with a stunning 17 1/2-length victory over a half dozen overmatched rivals in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct.

  • Andromeda's Hero Works Toward Arkansas Derby

    Robert LaPenta's Andromeda's Hero, prepping for a possible start in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, worked five furlongs at Keeneland Friday morning.

  • Plenty of Pre-Race Action at Keeneland

    There was plenty of pre-race action at Keeneland Race Course Tuesday morning as a handful of potential Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) runners, including a possible Marker's Mark Mile (gr. IT) and Ashland Stakes (gr. I) starter hit the oval. Opening day at Keeneland is April 8.

  • High Fly Favorite for Final Pool of Derby Future Wager

    High Fly and Sun King, trained by two-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning trainer Nick Zito, and juvenile filly champion Sweet Catomine are listed among the favorites in a wide open third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens its April 7-10 run Thursday.

  • Charlotte Weber, right, and Eric Hamelback, left, owner and general manager, respectively, of Live Oak Stud, with Florida Derby winner High Fly.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: 'Z Troop' Marches On

    Nick Zito's Run For the Roses Regiment continued its assault on Churchill Downs this past weekend, as High Fly and Noble Causeway finished one-two in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I) on April 2, giving Zito five top Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders for five different owners.

  • Sun King Has First Work at Churchill Downs

    Tracy Farmer's Sun King, winner of both his starts this year including the Tampa Bay Derby, breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 at Churchill Downs Monday in preparation for the April 16 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).

  • High Fly, with Jerry Bailey, wins Florida Derby.

    High Fly Ends Zito's Florida Derby Drought

    Blanked with his 16 previous starters, trainer Nick Zito finally won the Florida Derby (gr. I) when his heavily favored High Fly rolled to a confident victory for Jerry Bailey Saturday at Gulfstream Park.