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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Result: A Nice Heir to the (Bird)Stone

Heir to the Stone went off at 4-1, got an outstanding break from the gate, battled 3-5 Smokin Hero through early fractions of 22.54 and 45.25, then strongly pulled away in the stretch to win by nearly 6 lengths in 1:02.78 for the 5-1/2 furlongs. Smokin Hero finished second well ahead of Paramedic, followed by Bitabiz, Purple Eagle and (way, way back) The Cuff Shooter. Heir to the Stone paid $10.60 win, but the exotics were short-priced with the favorite in second--$19.80 exacta and $54.00 trifecta.

7 comments:

Jessica said...

Nice call on the Birdstone baby!

Anonymous said...

Valerie you are a genius. He not only won, he smoked them. I heard one of the horses say he had a nice butt. Thats about all they saw.

Power Cap said...

Great call on this firster. Good price too.

Superfecta said...

Well done!

I hope Birdstone does well - apart from being annoyed at him for beating Smarty Jones, I was otherwise a fan; I'm always a sucker for the smallest horse in the field.

Brooklyn Backstretch said...

Excellent pick! Wished that I'd have listened to you.

I will always have a soft spot for Birdstone, because as I watched him win the Travers, I was also wondering whether a Saratoga tornado would carry me, him, and the rest of the fans at Saratoga off into the land of Oz...the excitement of watching him win nearly overcame my curiosity about how much wind it would take to blow all of us away...

KY Trainer said...

I just bred two mares to Birdstone so you know I want him to do well. I bred a stakes winning Thirty Six Red mare and an OUTOFTHEBOX mare which is out of a full sister to a millionaire.

Valerie said...

I hope your mares produce beautiful babies! :)

I can’t believe Heir to the Stone was only a $5,000 purchase! And Violette has said he is a “serious horse with a great mind.” Hope that's a trait Birdstone passes on to all his progeny. He’s probable for Thursday’s G2 Sanford at Saratoga.