04/16/2014 11:15AM

Up With the Birds going back to Woodbine

Tom Keyser
Up With the Birds (right), winning the Grade 1 Jamaica last year, will return to his Woodbine base after finishing last of six at Keeneland in his 2014 debut.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Up With the Birds, the 2013 Canadian Horse of the Year, will ship from Keeneland to his Woodbine base with the possibility of returning to the United States for the Dixie Stakes at Pimlico on the May 17 Preakness undercard, trainer Malcolm Pierce said.

Up With the Birds finished last of six as the 9-5 favorite in a classified turf allowance on opening weekend of the Keeneland spring meet, the first time the 4-year-old Stormy Atlantic colt has run worse than third in 10 career starts.

“He was probably a little short and took it easy on himself,” Pierce said. “We’ll go home and regroup and take a long look at the Dixie. We haven’t even worked him back yet, so we’ll see how he does and go from there.”

Up With the Birds, bred and owned by Sam-Son Farms, won four stakes last year, including the Breeders’ Stakes and Grade 1 Jamaica.