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Friday, June 10, 2011 |
Birdrun soared gate to wire, en route to a 3 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 Brooklyn H. (G2) [watch race] on June 10 at Belmont Park. This was the first career graded stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Birdstone, following the $150,000 C. G. Rose Classic H. at Calder last November.

Birdrun cleared the field quickly as they entered the first turn, opening up two lengths in the first quarter mile. Under a measured pace of 1:13.88 for six furlongs, Birdrun maintained his advantage as the field left the backstretch. Still without much pressure coming into the stretch, jockey Rajiv Maragh gave Birdrun his cue and he pulled away with plenty of energy to finish the 1 1/2-miles over the fast track in 2:28.24.

“He broke and got right into his stride,” Maragh said. “I just wanted to do what he was comfortable doing. I didn’t want to overdo it. He got into his pace and kept going.”

“Big day. Big day," winning trainer Bill Mott said. "We thought he'd be on the lead. Last time, he was on the lead at a mile and a quarter. (Second place finisher, also trained by Mott) Drosselmeyer rolled up at the quarter pole, but (couldn't catch the winner) today."


Birdrun, 5, owned by Preston Stables LLC, has now won six times in 19 starts and has earned $372,944. The chestnut horse was bred in Florida by Arthur Appleton.

Birdstone, who stands at Gainesway for $20,000, is the sire of 2009 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Mine That Bird and Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Summer Bird, winner of the Belmont S. (G1), Travers (G1), and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).