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Tapit’s stellar 2-year-old colt Mohaymen upped his record to 3-for-3 and got his second graded victory with a 1 ½-length score in the $300,000 Remsen S. (G2)...
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Antony Beck's Gainesway Farm announced its 2016 stud fees for eight stallions that will stand this upcoming breeding season, including the 2014-2015 leading North American sire Tapit...
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Son of Birdstone impresses in Belmont feature

Thursday, September 23, 2010 |
Record-setting miler Birdrun soared to victory over Godolphin’s heavily favored Tahitian Warrior in a $52,000 allowance feature at Belmont on Sept. 22.

Under co-highweight, and giving 2 lbs. to the Godolphin colt, Birdrun leaped to the lead at the break, and set the early fractions, tracked closely by Tahitian Warrior. The 1-5 favorite took over at the top of the lane, but Birdrun dug deep from down on the rail, and battled back tenaciously under Rajiv Maragh, to win by a full length.

Final time for the mile on the main track was an excellent 1:35 4/5, and Birdrun’s 105 Beyer is the fourth best Beyer of the year for a mile on the dirt.

Birdrun was bred by Arthur Appelton, and sold as a weanling at Fasig-Tipton November, then as a yearling at Keeneland September. Racing now for Preston Stables LLC and trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Birdrun boasts a record of 14-4-5-1 and $169,194, including a track record performance of 1:39.38 over 1 1/16 miles last October at Belmont.

Birdstone has sired over $7,200,000 from his first two crops, and is America’s Leading Third Crop Sire by Average-Earnings per Starter. He has stood his entire career at Gainesway, and was bred to 117 mares in 2010.