07/24/2016 5:09PM

Two years later, Up With the Birds wins Nijinsky again

Michael Burns
Up With the Birds goes from last to first under Eurico Da Silva to win the Nijinsky for the second time.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Up With the Birds won his first race since the 2014 Nijinsky Stakes in Sunday’s renewal of the nine-furlong turf route at Woodbine, flying home from last to first in the stretch under Eurico Da Silva.

Up With the Birds ($5) rated kindly down the backstretch, as Dynamic Sky set slow fractions while being pressed by Halo Nation. Button Down, the lone mare in the five-horse field, stalked along the inside in fourth, and lacked room through the stretch, as Up With the Birds came sweeping by the entire field on the outside. 

Up With the Birds prevailed by 1 1/4 lengths, in a time of 1:49.18. Button Down closed late to nose out Halo Nation for second. Kaigun wound up fourth, and Dynamic Sky faded to fifth.

It was the first start for Up With the Birds since the 6-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic rejoined trainer Malcolm Pierce’s barn in the spring.

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“Malcolm brought this horse over happy and fit,” said Da Silva. “I just rode him with a lot of confidence. He was focused all the way, and he made a nice run at the end. He’s a very nice horse. I love this horse, big time.”

Up With the Birds earned $144,000 of the $227,600 purse for owner/breeder Sam-Son Farm.

“It’s great to have him home,” said Pierce. “He’s in great shape. He just loves this course, with the long stretch. It suits his style of running. I’m thrilled.”

Conquest Daddyo takes Toronto Cup

Conquest Daddyo ($4.30) established himself as a serious contender for the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes with an impressive score under Patrick Husbands in the  $145,000 Toronto Cup Stakes.

Conquest Daddyo, a Scat Daddy colt trained by Mark Casse, rallied from sixth to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths, in a time of 1:47.12. Dragon Bay was disqualified from second to fourth for interfering with Runningfromthefeds in the stretch.

Rocket Plan, who was promoted from third to second, also could run back in the Aug. 21 Breeders’, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.