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Grindstone
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Grindstone
1993 Unbridled-Buzz My Bell by Drone
Standing at Overbrook Farm
2005 Stud Fee: $10,000

Grindstone has been a major player in the drama of the Triple Crown the past decade. He prevailed in one of the most thrilling Kentucky Derby finishes of all time when he put his nose in front of Cavonnier in 1996. That courageous effort gave his owner, the late Kentucky businessman and legendary philanthropist W. T. Young, a win in the most prized of races. It also denied longtime California owners Mr. and Mrs. Walker a precious victory they thought they had when their horse hit the wire. Nine years later, it was Grindstone’s son Birdstone who grabbed the headlines in the Belmont Stakes. A record crowd turned out at Belmont in early June 2004 to watch Smarty Jones win racing’s Holy Grail: the Triple Crown. But in deep stretch it was Birdstone who surged past Smarty to win by a length. His win brought both jubilation and agonizing heartache, just his sire did in the ’96 Derby.

Grindstone on the racetrack:
Won Kentucky Derby G1
Won Louisiana Derby G2
2nd Arkansas Derby G2

Grindstone at stud:

LEADING RUNNERS:

BIRDSTONE
1st Belmont G1
1st Travers G1
1st Champagne G1

OMMADON
1st Nashua G3

SMOOTH MANEUVERS
1st Anne Arundel G3
1st Steve Van Buren Handicap

MISS GRINDSTONE

 

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