A flashy looking son of Birdstone brought $310,000 early in the Keeneland 2-year-old in training sale on April 5th. Cataloged as Hip No. 3, he was consigned by Wavertree Stables Inc. and purchased by Prime Equestrian.
The dark bay/brown colt showed off his impressive stride when he worked an eighth of a mile in excellent :10 1/5 at the under tack preview show on Apr. 1. (VIDEO
) He is out of Elle Nicole, who has produced one other foal, a winner at age two. Elle Nicole is a half-sister to the stakes winners American Century (Bahama S.) and Energized (Smoke Glacken S.).
Birdstone showed his speed right from the outset of his racing career when he broke his maiden in a six-furlong dash by 12 ½ lengths at Saratoga in his 2-year-old debut. His precociousness also carried him to victory in the Grade 1 Champagne later that fall at Belmont Park. The following year Birdstone would go on to prove best when the spotlight was brightest, winning the Belmont (G1) and Travers (G1) before retiring to stud.
Birdstone's stallion career has started off with a bang as well. He has two champions from his first crop: Mine That Bird, the 2009 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner and 2-year-old Canadian champion colt, and Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old male Summer Bird, who duplicated the Belmont-Travers double of his sire. Mine That Bird and Summer Bird propelled Birdstone to a second-place ranking on the final 2009 North American second-crop sire list.