News » Changes Work: Bird House Rolls to an Easy Allowance Score

August 2, 2013

By: Bill Heller

Trainer Gary Gullo made a few changes with Team Power Play Racing’s four-year-old New York-bred filly Bird House. He switched her from turf to dirt, added blinkers for the first time, shortened her up, and dropped her in company. By racing with a $14,000 claiming tag, Bird House dropped from a non-winners of three races state-bred allowance to a non-winners of two.

The changes worked. Bird House aired at Saratoga Friday afternoon, capturing a 5 ½-furlong $72,000 New York-bred allowance/optional claimer by 4 ¼ lengths under Irad Ortiz, Jr. in a final time of 1:03.82. Favored Fiftyfour Forever finished second in the field of seven and Sweet Maxine was third.

Bird House, a daughter of Limehouse out of Little Bertie by Devil His Due, bred by Briggs/Cromartie and Allen Hallett, had won two of her eight previous dirt races with one second and one third. She went off at 7-1 odds and laid off the early pace set by Fiftyfour Forever and Sweet Maxine, who sped through a quarter in :22.05. Notesfromabroad was also up on the pace, so Rosie Napravnik snatched Fiftyfour Forever back to third.

Bird House had moved up to fourth and was momentarily behind a wall of three horses in front of her at the head of the stretch: Sweet Maxine on the inside, Fiftyfour Forever two-wide and a tiring Notesfromabroad three-wide.

Ortiz decisively split Sweet Maxine and Fiftyfour Forever with Bird House, and the filly never looked back.