Birdstone to Gainesway

Marylou Whitney's 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Birdstone will stand at Graham Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington. The son of Grindstone--Dear Birdie, by Storm Bird was retired the week of Nov. 1 after suffering a chip fracture in his left front ankle.

Birdstone, who also won the grade I Champagne and Travers Stakes, finished seventh in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), after which a routine radiograph revealed the fracture.

The 3-year-old colt spoiled the Triple Crown bid of Smarty Jones by defeating him by a length in the Belmont. Birdstone retires with five victories from nine starts and earnings of $1,575,600.

"We're sending him back to where he was born," Whitney's husband, John Hendrickson, said. "We opted to keep 100% of him. And we decided we're going to make a statement by pricing him at $10,000. Our belief is, stallion fees are too high, especially for unproven horses."

Whitney boards her 22 mares at Gainesway.

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David Schmitz

David Schmitz is a Senior Staff Writer for The Blood Horse.

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