Thoroughbred racehorse infobox
horsename = Birdstone
sire = Grindstone
dam = Dear Birdie
sex = Stallion
foaled = 2001
colour = Bay
breeder = Marylou Whitney Stables
owner = Marylou Whitney Stables
record = 9: 5-0-0
earnings = $1,575,600
race = Champagne Stakes (2003)
Owned and bred by
Marylou Whitneyof Whitney familyracing fame, Birdstone had won the Champagne Stakes, a leading race for two-year-olds, at Belmont Parkin 2003, but had not been a factor in the first two Triple Crown races (finishing eighth in the Kentucky Derbyand 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' Cupwas announced November 4, 2004. He is standing at stud at Gainesway Farmin 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 Downsand 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 ] ] .
* [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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