08/07/2010 12:12PM

Saratoga: Brother Bird wins opener


  Brother Bird (1st, $14.20), a half-brother to 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, followed up a maiden win at Belmont with an allowance score in the opener for leading trainer Todd Pletcher.

  Taking advantage of an outside stalking trip under John Velazquez, as odds-on Pistols At Dawn was pressed through a half-mile in 44.73 seconds by Monsignor, Brother Bird wore down the leaders on the outside to win the seven-furlong race in 1:21.91 seconds.

  Mine That Bird, winless in six starts since his 50-1 upset of last year's Kentucky Derby, runs in the Whitney later today.