Keyword: Nick Zito

  • Imperialism Confirmed for Preakness

    Imperialism, third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), joined the list of probable starters in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), which is expected to feature four of the top five finishers from the May 1 Derby.

  • Fustok Takes Buckram Oak Horses From Zito

    Mahmoud Fustok's Buckram Oak horses in trainer Nick Zito's care have been relocated to other conditioners. The horses left Zito's barn, stayed briefly at Fustok's Buckram Oak Farm near Lexington, and have since been distributed to other trainers. Neither racing manager Mohammed Moubarak nor farm manager Michael Albina would elaborate.

  • Zito Pair May Join The Cliff's Edge in Preakness

    Trainer Nick Zito, who saddled two horses in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), could have two or even three in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Zito said owner Tracy Farmer and racing manager Lincoln Collins are seriously considering the second leg of the Triple Crown for Sir Shackleton and/or Royal Assault.

  • Prince Arch Looks Royal

    A field of nine will try the Churchill Downs turf Friday in the $100,000 Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT), the race immediately preceding the headliner on the day, the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Sir Shakleton makes stakes debut with impressive Derby Trial win.

    Sir Shackleton Untouchable in Derby Trial

    Favored Sir Shackleton, making his stakes debut, repelled the challenge of Courageous Act in the stretch and went on to post a convincing victory in Saturday's $110,800 Derby Trial (gr. III) on opening day at Churchill Downs.

  • The Cliff's Edge, in fast workout at Churchill Downs Monday.

    The Cliff's Edge Sizzles at Churchill

    Although the final time might have been a little faster than he would have preferred, trainer Nick Zito was pleased with Monday's workout by The Cliff's Edge as the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner continued to prepare for the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eurosilver, will miss the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

    Zito: Eurosilver Will Miss Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

    Trainer Nick Zito said Buckram Oak Farm's Eurosilver, one of the leading candidates for the Triple Crown events, is being treated for an infection and will miss the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • 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.

  • Brass Hat Grabs Rushaway Ring

    Fred F. Bradley's homebred maiden Brass Hat, ridden by Jason Lumpkins, took command in the stretch and rolled to an easy 3 3/4-length victory over a suspect field of 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes 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'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.

  • Horsin'Around TV Returns to Airwaves

    A familiar television sports program dedicated to Thoroughbred and Harness Racing, is returning to the airwaves. Horsin' Around TV returns March 20. The half-hour program will air twice each Saturday on Fox Sports Net Chicago, at 5:30 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.

  • 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.

  • Checking Up On Florida's 3-year-olds

    Trainer Bob Durso said he will start his undefeated Frisky Spider in either the Hutcheson or the Fountain of Youth, while Nick Zito is considering those races and allowances for Birdstone, Eurosilver, and The Cliff's Edge.

  • A horse on the track at Palm Meadows training center, where some top 3-year-olds are based this winter.

    Derby Hopefuls Flock to Palm Meadows

    The electricity that once rippled throughout Gulfstream Park each winter has moved north to Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, where many of the country's top 3-year-olds prepare in style for their arduous journey to Churchill Downs.

  • Silver Wagon Hits Derby Trail in Holy Bull

    Silver Wagon will hit the trail toward Churchill Downs when he takes the gate against at field of 10 runners in Saturday's $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. The 15th running of the Holy Bull goes as the 10th event on an 11-race card with a first post time of 1 p.m.

  • Zito's Not Jumping Over The Cliff's Edge

    The Cliff's Edge won the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Saturday, after which trainer Nick Zito said he would still rank the colt behind two of his other juveniles, Eurosilver and Birdstone.

  • Evening Attire, right, finishes ahead of Quest, left, but was later demoted to second for interference in the stretch of the Clark Handicap, Friday  at Churchill Downs.

    Quest's Rugged Clark Journey Ends in DQ Win

    Quest was the declared the winner of Friday's $582,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) on a sloppy track after Churchill Downs stewards disqualified favored Evening Attire from his nose victory for drifting out in the stretch run and repeatedly bumping with the 17-1 upstart.

  • The Cliff's Edge Can Join Zito's Derby A-List

    Trainer Nick Zito looks for another big effort by The Cliff's Edge, the odds-on favorite for Saturday's $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs

  • 2004 Kentucky Derby contender Birdstone won the Champagne Stakes.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Zito Loaded For Bear

    This is the first in a series of early looks at next year's 3-year-olds and where they might stack up on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Right now, it is Nick Zito, Richard Mandella, and Todd Pletcher who have the numbers.

  • Zito's Ballado Chieftan Seriousy Injured

    Stakes-placed Ballado Chieftan, a promising 3-year-old trained by Nick Zito, was seriously injured in a Saturday training mishap at Churchill Downs and was scheduled for surgery later in the day.

  • Zito Hopes for Edge in Iroquois

    Nick Zito, who already trains Kentucky Derby hopefuls Birdstone and Eurosilver, seeks to add to his riches Sunday when he saddles The Cliff's Edge in the $100,000 Iroquois (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • Zito Named Spokesperson for Anti-Horse Slaughter Group

    A newly formed organization that hopes to garner public support for an eventual ban on horse slaughter in the United States, announced on Oct. 28 two-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Nick Zito (Strike the Gold 1991, Go for Gin '94) would be the group's national spokesperson.

  • Tenpins Crashes Keeneland's Curtain Closer

    Tenpins returns to Keeneland Saturday in hopes of repeating his victory last year in the $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. III), the final feature of the fall meeting at the Lexington, Ky., track.

  • Champali Highlights Perryville Stakes

    Multiple stakes-winner Champali will lead a field of six in Thursday's $100,000-added Perryville Stakes (Presented by Budweiser) at Keeneland, going on the Beard turf course distance of seven-furlongs, 184 feet.

  • Eurosilver wins Lane&#39;s End, Saturday at Keeneland.

    Eurosilver Upsets Juvenile Class in Lane's End

    ?rom a well-timed ride by jockey Javier Castellano, Buckram Oak homebred Eurosilver swept around the leaders on the outside on the second turn and drew off to a decisive victory in Saturday's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Heavily favored Sightseek and Jerry Bailey cruise to victory in the Beldame, Saturday at Belmont.

    Beldame All Sightseek; Frankel Sets Mark

    Juddmonte Farm's' Sightseek romped to her fourth consecutive grade I victory in Saturday's $750,000 Beldame for fillies and mares at Belmont Park, setting the stage for a possible showdown with Azeri in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita.

  • Najran strides to the finish line to win the 151st running of the Phoenix Breeders&#39; Cup, Friday at Keeneland.

    Najran Flies in Phoenix BC at Keeneland

    Buckram Oak Farm's Najran tracked the pace and pulled away to score an easy victory in the $264,000 Phoenix Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Keeneland Friday.

  • Sightseek, in search of an Eclipse Award.

    Frankel has Sights Set on Beldame

    Bobby Frankel loves the position he is in with Juddmonte Farms' multiple grade 1 winner Sightseek. After 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri had her 11-race win streak snapped last weekend in California, the case could be made that Sightseek is better.

  • Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Anybody's Ballgame

    A wide-open field of 11 passed the entry box for Saturday's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II), the first of three stakes on day two of Keeneland's 17-day fall meeting. The race is a key prep for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) as several of the 2-year-olds in the field will be testing two turns for the first time.