Bred by Thomas Bullock, he was sold to Christopher Wilson who raced him in 1793 and 1794. There is some evidence that he was instead bred by Lord Egremont and sold to Mr Bullock at the conclusion of his first year of racing. In either case Mr Weatherby acted as agent in the sale from Mr Wilson to Colonel Hoomes.
Buzzard, like other offspring of Woodpecker, matured early and as a two year old defeated three year olds in several matches. During his six year turf career he won the Craven Stakes twice, the Jockey Club Plate, a Handicap Plate plus twenty-four other matches and stakes.
Befitting his success in the stud his fee was as high as 10gs during his years in England. In 1795 he covered at Bennington, near Stevenage in Hertfordshire, in 1796 at Newmarket, in 1797 and 1798 at Boroughbridge in Yorkshire and from 1799 to 1804 at Newmarket.
He was purchased by Colonel Hoomes for 500 guineas in 1804 at the age of 16 even though he had lost one eye and was down on one hip. Hoomes sounded well pleased with Buzzard as he wrote after his arrival in 1805 He is a light chestnut, about 15.2 hands high and by far the most beautiful horse I ever beheld. I never saw such such fine hair. Described in a letter by Miles Selden he was said to be a handsome horse, but under size for a stallion... a pale chestnut, with but one eye.
Arriving in Virginia just before Hoomes death, he was sold at Hoomes dispersal for $5,860 to a Kentucky syndicate headed by Henry Clay and Abe Buford. Buzzard died two years later in Kentucky at the age of twenty-four.