Birdstone

In The Stud Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Bird Song, First Weanlings Of 2019

In a year of remembrance for the late Marylou Whitney, a tribute to her program’s success on the track and in the breeding shed can be seen this fall every time a weanling from the first crop of Bird Song walks through the ring. Bird Song, a 6-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song, raced as a […]

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Tapit Leads Gainesway’s 2020 Roster At $200,000

Gainesway has released stud fees for its 2020 stallion roster, led once again by commercial juggernaut Tapit. Leading sire Tapit, currently the number-one ranked sire in North America by stakes winners and graded stakes winners, will stand for $200,000 in 2020. Tapit is sire of 25 Grade 1 winners, more than any other active sire […]

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‘Singing In The Rain’: Remembering Birdstone’s Travers Victory

The New York Racing Association is presenting a series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course. “In Their Own Words” will feature prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Mid-Summer Derby.” Marylou Whitney, […]

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End Of An Era: Marylou Whitney, Queen Of Saratoga, Dead At 93

Marylou Whitney, whose philanthropic initiatives and contributions to racing earned her the nicknames “Queen of Saratoga” and “Grand Dame of Saratoga” among other honors, died Friday, July 19, at her Cady Hill home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She was 93. For seven decades, Mrs. Whitney was among the most successful owners in Thoroughbred racing. She […]

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Aptly-Named Hard Legacy Gives Norm Casse First Graded Win In Regret

Marylou Whitney’s homebred Hard Legacy gave trainer Norm Casse the first graded stakes win of his young career on Saturday night at Churchill Downs, taking the G3 Regret field from gate to wire to triumph by just over a length. The 3-year-old daughter of Hard Spun, ridden by Julien Leparoux, completed nine furlongs over the […]

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Underpressure Improves To Dominate Lousiana Champions Day Classic

In Saturday’s Louisiana Champions Day action at the Fair Grounds, Mallory Greiner’s Underpressure rated mid-pack early in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic, took over off the final turn and held firm late. “Obviously we wanted to be up a little closer and were hoping that he would break running,” said jockey Corey Lanerie. “He […]

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Gainesway Sets 2019 Fees, Topped By Tapit At $225,000

Gainesway in Lexington, Ky., has released the full list of advertised fees for its 2019 stallion roster, topped by perennial leading sire Tapit at $225,000. Empire Maker (by Unbridled), who will enter his fourth season at Gainesway since returning from Japan, will stand for $85,000. His first foals since his repatriation will be 2-year-olds of […]

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Catholic Boy Would Need To Make History To Overcome Post 11 In Travers

Co-fourth choice in the Travers at 8-1 with Tenfold, Robert V. LaPenta’s Catholic Boy is looking to become the first horse since 1901 to finish first in the Travers leaving from Post 11. In 1977, Jatski left from Post 11 in a 14-horse field and finished a nose behind Run Dusty Run but was promoted […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Edgar Prado Celebrates 7,000th Win On Tuesday

With a victory aboard Anthony Merlino’s Thefundsarelow in the 6th race Tuesday afternoon at Parx, jockey Edgar Prado won the 7,000th race of his Hall of Fame career. Inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in August of 2008, the Peruvian native stands 8th all-time in career wins. A regular on the Maryland circuit, Prado came […]

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In Their Own Words: Marylou Whitney On Birdstone’s ‘Glorious’ Belmont Upset

The New York Racing Association is presenting a weekly series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Belmont Stakes on June 9 at Belmont Park. “In Their Own Words” features prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Test of the Champion.” This week’s iteration […]

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