Birdstone

Birdstone

Thoroughbred racehorse infobox
horsename = Birdstone


caption =
sire = Grindstone
grandsire = Unbridled
dam = Dear Birdie
damsire = Storm Bird
sex = Stallion
foaled = 2001
country = United States flagicon|USA
colour = Bay
breeder = Marylou Whitney Stables
owner = Marylou Whitney Stables
trainer = Nick Zito
record = 9: 5-0-0
earnings = $1,575,600
race = Champagne Stakes (2003)
Travers Stakes (2004)

American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (2004)
awards= NTRA "Moment of the Year" (2004)
honours =
updated= June 18, 2007

Birdstone (foaled May 16, 2001 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 2004 Belmont Stakes.

Owned and bred by Marylou Whitney of Whitney family racing fame, Birdstone had won the Champagne Stakes, a leading race for two-year-olds, at Belmont Park in 2003, but had not been a factor in the first two Triple Crown races (finishing eighth in the Kentucky Derby and skipping the Preakness Stakes) and was a 36-1 longshot when he upset the overwhelmingly favored Smarty Jones, taking the lead in the final furlong (201 m).

His sire Grindstone won the Kentucky Derby in 1996, and was a son of Unbridled, who had done the same in 1990. Unbridled was in turn sired by Fappiano, a son of Mr. Prospector, the tail-male ancestor of the vast majority of winners of Triple Crown races in recent years (22 out of the 24 races 1998-2005).

Birdstone's victory represented the first in the Belmont for trainer Nick Zito, whose horses had finished second in that classic five times. According to the New York Times, the next major target for Birdstone was the Travers Stakes, which he won despite being the fourth choice at 5-1. He was Zito's first Travers champion.

His retirement from racing after suffering a bone chip at the Breeders' Cup was announced November 4, 2004. He is standing at stud at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

His first starter was the colt Shoe Strap (Birdstone - Boot Strap by Storm Boot) who went to post first May 21, 2008 at Churchill Downs and is trained by D. Wayne Lukas [ [http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/maidenwatch/archive/2008/05/20/who-u-like-shoe-strap.aspx Who U Like? Shoe Strap? - Maiden Watch ] ] .

References

External links

* [http://www.pedigreequery.com/birdstone Birdstones pedigree and partial racing stats]
* [http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/maidenwatch/archive/2008/05/20/who-u-like-shoe-strap.aspx BloodHorse May 20, 2008]


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