Take D' Tour's First Foal to Start at Calder

Class Warfare, a promising colt by A.P. Indy entered in the third race July 22 at Calder Casino & Race Course, would be the first foal to race out of the two-time grade I winner Take D' Tour.

Take D’ Tour captured the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park in both 2006 and 2007 and she also prevailed in a pair of Calder stakes, the 2006 editions of the Stage Door Betty (gr. III) and the Elmer Heubeck Distaff.

“Just because his mother was good and his father was good, it doesn’t always mean that they will turn out good,” trainer and third-generation horsemen Lester Barbazon III, said from the Calder receiving barn on the morning of July 21. “But from what I’ve seen, it looks to me like he’s going to be a nice horse.”

Barbazon, listed as the owner and trainer, received Class Warfare at his Ocala farm as a yearling, and has watched over every step of the colt’s two-year journey to the racetrack. Paul Muller, Alice Muller, and W. S. Farish bred Class Warfare in Kentucky.

“We’ve always taken our time with him,” Barbazon said. “He’s a big colt, and we’d start on him, then turn him out for a bit, then train him a little more, and then turn him out again. With an A.P. Indy, they tend to need a little time, so we went easy. And I never thought about running him as a 2-year-old, so we were able to go at a good slow rate with him.”

In preparation for Sunday’s debut, Class Warfare has posted just two published workouts. He breezed six furlongs from the gate in 1:17 3/5 over the all-weather track at the Ocala Training Center June 27 before coming back to that surface to cover one mile in 1:44 2/5 July 4.

“I just wanted to get him away from the farm, get some new scenery around him, and have him get a time,” Barbazon said of the works. “Both times we decided to work him long. There aren’t many trainers up there that work their horses long, but they were both good breezes, and we got exactly what we wanted out of them.”

Barbazon said what he wants from Sunday’s race, run at 1 1/16 miles on turf, is a nice easy outing for his debuting colt. Class Warfare is 8-1 on the morning line.

“He’s got a little speed, but he’s going to be a distance horse, so I wanted to start him off in a two-turn race so he wouldn’t have to do too much early,” Barbazon explained. “And that’s kind of why we’re starting him on turf; to get him a nice easy race, and to continue the learning process.”

Class Warfare will be just the third starter this year saddled by Barbazon, whose last start prior to 2012, according to Equibase records, came in 1990.

“Most times I just get them ready and send them off to someone else to run,” Barbazon said. “But I wanted to keep my hands on this one for a while.”

As for Take D’ Tour’s broodmare career, the daughter of Tour d’Or recently delivered a Tapit   colt, has a 2011 Pulpit filly that has been sold, and a Giant's Causeway   filly that remains on the Barbazon farm.

“She is big, just like he (Class Warfare) is,” Barbazon said of the filly. “She’s a 2-year-old now, and we’re going to do the same thing with her that we did with this guy; bring her along nice and slow and start her out some time next year.”

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