Zito Relishes Role as Spoiler
Grupp, John, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Nick Zito didn't apologize this time.
Four years after the Hall of Fame trainer crashed the "Smarty Party," Zito found himself in a similar position as the spoiler.
And he was loving it.
"Obviously," he said, "we like these classic races."
Zito-trained Da' Tara won the Belmont Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths on Saturday afternoon in an upset that is nearly as shocking as Big Brown's epic last-place collapse.
In 2004, Zito-trained Birdstone passed a tiring Smarty Jones in the final 100 yards, crushing the hopes of a record crowd at Belmont. Afterward, Zito expressed regret for depriving America of a Triple Crown from its favorite …
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