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  • Spinaway winner Sense of Style goes for three-in-a-row in Sunday's Matron mile.

    Sense of Style the Fashionable Pick in Matron

    Sense of Style, a convincing winner of the seven-furlong Spinaway Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga last month, figures to be a very short price against five rivals in Sunday's Matron Stakes (gr. I) at a mile at Belmont Park.

  • Nick Zito(l), with John Hendrickson and Mary Lou Whitney after Birdstone's win in the Travers, says Classic is next stop for Belmont winner.

    Look for Birdstone in Classic, Zito Says

    Birdstone's 2 1/2-length win Saturday in the Travers (gr. I) at Saratoga, coupled with the colt's upset of Smarty Jones in the Belmont (gr. I), opens up the race for this year's 3-year-old championship, at least in the minds of some.

  • Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone, with jockey Edgar Prado, returns to action with a decisive win in the 135th running of the Travers Stakes, Saturday at Saratoga.

    Travers Puts Birdstone on Division's Perch

    Marylou Whitney Stable's Belmont-winning Birdstone gave trainer Nick Zito his first victory in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, just moments before an intense rainstorm hit the track.

  • 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.

  • Gulch Approval Has Winning Nose in Oceanport

    Two noses were all that separated the first three finishers in a desperate finish to Sunday's $100,000 Oceanport Handicap (gr. IIIT). Gulch Approval, ridden by Pat Day, eked out a victory over favored Kathir and Stormy Roman on the grass at Monmouth Park.

  • Haskin's Saratoga Journal -- Aug. 4

    Highlights of this week's report from Saratoga: Redemption for Lukas and Azeri...Anniversary of an historic Travers... No spa visit for Actxecutive... Stamina in the Family of Afleet Alex... Sir Shackleton, Zito's Sleeper.

  • 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.

  • Lion Heart, Royal Assault Meet in Long Branch

    Two veterans of the Triple Crown trail whose paths have yet to cross will finally meet as the favorites in Saturday's $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

  • The Cliff's Edge to Return in Dwyer

    Robert B. LaPenta's The Cliff's Edge, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) before finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is scheduled to return to competition Saturday in the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park. The $150,000 race will be run at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Trainer Nick Zito adds a Belmont victory to his resume.

    Zito Says Belmont is Biggest Win of Career

    Although he has trained winners of nearly every major race in North America, including the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) twice, trainer Nick Zito said Saturday's victory by Birdstone in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) was the highlight of his career.

  • 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.

  • Little Matth Man, winning the Whirlaway.

    Little Matth Man Breezes; Zito Pair Arrive at Pimlico

    Little Matth Man, a New York-bred colt by Matty G. who has not run since finishing seventh in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) on April 10, breezed a half-mile in :47 flat Monday morning at Philadelphia Park.

  • 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.

  • Churchill Downs' twin spires stand out against a backdrop of rain and cloudy skies.

    Hard Rain Falling at Churchill Downs

    The rain arrived at Churchill Downs as predicted. About 4:10 p.m., nearly two hours before post time to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) it began raining hard at Churchill Downs. The track turned sloppy in a matter of minutes

  • Tapit, with trainer Michael Dickinson, preparing to work in the gate.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: A Morning at the Gate

    With the serious works out of the way, it was time to get a different perspective on things. The starting gate is a hotbed of activity, as you get to see many of the Derby horses close up and observe how they're acting, how they're looking, and how they handle the gate. It's also a great vantage point to watch the gallops.

  • Workout Tab Busy as Derby Week Kicks Off

    The week leading up to Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) got off to good start Monday, with four definite starters and one horse that is still knocking on the door breezing over a fast track at Churchill Downs.

  • 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.

  • Trainer Patrick Biancone, right, with Keeneland'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.

  • Skip Away, among finalists for Hall of Fame induction this year.

    McGaughey, Zito, Skip Away Among Hall of Fame Finalists

    Trainers Shug McGaughey and Nick Zito and 1998 Horse of the Year Skip Away are among the candidates for election to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, Museum president John T. von Stade announced Monday, April 4. More than 140 members of the racing media will vote on the Hall of Fame, and the one winner in each category will be announced via teleconference on May 25.

  • Eurosilver will miss Kentucky Derby 130.

    Eurosilver Officially Taken Out of Derby Consideration

    Trainer Nick Zito announced Friday that Buckram Oak Farm's Eurosilver has been removed from consideration for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) due to the lingering effects of a glandular infection.

  • 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.

  • Zito, Bailey Have Inside Track In Rushaway

    Trainer Nick Zito and jockey Jerry Bailey, the connections for even-money favorite Birdstone who drew the rail for the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes, will also join forces Saturday with El Prado Rob, who drew the rail for the Rushaway Stakes on the undercard.

  • 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.

  • Nick Zito, bought Storm Cat colt at Fasig-Tipton Calder sale Tuesday.

    Storm Cat Colt Brings Seven Figure Bid at Fasig-Tipton Sale

    Robert LaPenta, the Connecticut communications company executive who campaigns Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender The Cliff's Edge, went to $1,050,000 Monday to acquire a son of <cr>Storm Cat</sr> to top the early portion of Fasig-Tipton selected sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Racecourse.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Najran to Stand at Hopewell Farm

    Najran, who earlier this year equaled an American record for a mile on dirt, will stand in 2004 at Rick Trontz' Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky. He will stand for $7,500.

  • Eurosilver to Skip Breeders' Cup; Najran Retired

    Buckram Oak Farm's Lane's End Futurity (gr. II) winner Eurosilver will be rested for a spring campaign and Phoenix Breeders' Cup (gr. III) winner Najran will be retired to the breeding shed trainer Nick Zito said Thursday.

  • Bird Town (7) makes it two in a row with Acorn win.

    Bird Town Edges Lady Tak in Exciting Acorn

    Bird Town made the lead as they came out of the turn, and then held off a late charge from Lady Tak to win the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) Friday at Belmont Park. It was the second straight grade I win for Bird Town, who won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) the day before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • 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.

  • Medaglia d&#39;Oro galloped at Saratoga on Friday.

    Medaglia d'Oro Odds-On Favorite for Travers

    Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Medaglia d'Oro has been installed the odds-on 2-5 morning line choice to win Saturday's $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Zito Looks for Encore with Quatorze

    Having won the 1996 Preakness with Louis Quatorze, trainer Nick Zito is looking for another big payday with a daughter of the renowned horse. Aly Quatorze, who won twice at Gulfstream this winter, will take on favored Chamrousse in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) on Friday.