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Nick Zito

Trainer

Zito saddled Kentucky Derby winners Strike the Gold in 1991 and Go For Gin in 1994 and trained Bird Town, who won the 2003 running of the Kentucky Oaks. He was inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in 2005. During that same year he saddled a record five starters for the Kentucky Derby, for five different owners. He has also won the Preakness with Louis Quatorze in 1996 and the Belmont twice with Birdstone in 2004, and Da’Tara in 2008.Zito got his start in horse racing as a teenager hot walking and grooming horses for trainer Buddy Jacobson, a leading trainer in New York during the 1960s. He later moved on to assistant trainer to Hall of Famer LeRoy Jolley and John Campo. In 1972 he saddled his first winner and in 1981 he scored his first graded stakes victory in the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga with Mayanesian.Zito has won over 150 stakes races in his career and has won four runnings of the Grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.Born February 6, 1948 in New York City, New York.

Marylou Whitney Stables

Owner

Marylou Whitney is a philanthropist and socialite with residences in New York, Florida and Kentucky.  Whitney was introduced to horse racing by her second husband, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, who's family was a major force in thoroughbred racing.  In 2011, Marylou Whitney was awarded the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in thoroughbred racing.  She is a major contributor to the Secretariat Center at the Kentucky Horse Park, and a founding member of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, supporting many efforts to find new careers for horses after their racing days.

Pedigree

Pow Wow Wow comes from a classic-laden family as a daughter of Indian Charlie and the unraced Elusive Quality mare Elusive Bird.

Indian Charlie didn’t win one of the classics, but he did run third in the 2002 Kentucky Derby, suffering his first loss in five career starts following a nice score in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby.

Indian Charlie’s offspring includes a number of champions, including Indian Blessing, Fleet Indian and, most notably, Uncle Mo. That one was scratched the day before the 2011 Kentucky Derby and would go on to take the Grade 2 Kelso and just miss by a nose in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop.

Pow Wow Wow’s second dam is 2003 Kentucky Oaks queen Bird Town, who is a half-sister to Belmont Stakes and Grade 1 Travers-winning sire Birdstone.

Bird Town is also a half-sister to Grade 2-placed Mountain Bird, dam of Grade 1 runner-up Mountain Town. 

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