Although Richard C. Pell's Fast Falcon
hasn't yet won a stakes in 10 tries, Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito
remains undaunted and plans to run the 4-year-old in the Whitney.
no law that says he can't post an upset," said Zito of Fast Falcon, who
has finished second or third in four graded stakes. "This is a track
that's famous for all of this. That's why we're running. Right? As an
old jockey agent told me once, two jockey agents, 'If you don't run, you
can't even lose.' You like that one? 'If you don't run, you can't even
Falcon, third by a neck in last year's Grade 1 Travers, is entering the
Whitney off thirds in Belmont Park's Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap on June 7
and Grade 2 Suburban Handicap on July 6.
just needs to drop his head, come with a run, and, hopefully, it sets
up for him," said Zito. "You can have 50 races run, and if you get just
one lucky break it makes up for all of them. We take a lot of chances.
Running in a Grade 1 is an opportunity."
Zito expressed disappointment with Declan's Warrior's
fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Amsterdam on Sunday but still plans
to run the colt back in the Grade 1 Foxwoods King's Bishop on August 24.
In the Amsterdam, Declan's Warrior trailed the field in seventh and made a belated run to finish fifth, beaten 3 ¾ lengths.
was hanging out with Joel [Rosario, aboard eventual winner Forty
Tales], and the next thing you know Joel had six lengths on him," said
Zito, who trains Fast Falcon for his wife's Lucky Shamrock Stables. "I
would have taken him out as wide as I can so he could see daylight, and
maybe he would have came. He stood there for a minute and wasn't making
up any ground, and then he took off again. He was fifth by [3 ¾
lengths]. It's kind of a tough situation. Seven furlongs is probably a
little better [than the Amsterdam's 6 ½-furlong distance], but I thought
he was going to close a little better."