Holy Bull S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 9f ,)

BARBARO (DK B/ h, 122 lb) $90,000
Dynaformer —La Ville Rouge , by Carson City
B—Mr. & Mrs. M. Roy Jackson, KY.; O—Lael Stables; T—Michael R. Matz

Great Point (CH g, 116 lb) $30,000
Point Given —Crafty Queen , by Crafty Prospector
B—Beam, Cathy, KY.; O—Robert V. LaPenta; T—Nicholas P. Zito

My Golden Song (GR/RO h, 116 lb) $16,500
Unbridled's Song —Golden Par , by Gold Meridian
B—Centaur Farms, Inc., KY.; O—Centaur Farms, Inc. (Heath); T—Todd A. Pletcher

Margins: ¾, 2½, ½. Others: Flashy Bull 118($9,000) , Itsallboutthechase 118($4,500) , Doctor Decherd 120 , Sunriver 118 , Fagan's Legacy 120 , Saint Augustus 120 , Big Lover 116 , Hemingway's Key 116 , Park Avenue Prince 118 . Winning Jockey, Edgar S. Prado.

In Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 song “Badlands,” the narrator urges himself: “I want to go out tonight, I want to find out what I got.” When trainer Mike Matz switched undefeated turf star Barbaro to the dirt in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 4, he found out exactly what he had in the 3-year-old Dynaformer colt—a legitimate Triple Crown contender.

Bred in Kentucky, Barbaro, who won Calder’s Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) New Year’s Day, races as a homebred for Pennsylvanians Roy and Gretchen Jackson and their Lael Stables. The stable has owned a handful of graded stakes winners in recent years, including C’Est L’Amour, winner of the 2000 Nassau County Stakes (gr. II) and a second-place finisher in that year’s Acorn Stakes (gr. I).

Barbaro’s pedigree would certainly suggest the possibility of success on the main track, and over a distance of ground. Dynaformer, who also sired 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) third-place finisher Perfect Drift, is out of the grade I-winning His Majesty mare Andover Way, a grade I winner on dirt in the nine-furlong Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct in 1982.

Barbaro was produced from the grade II stakes-placed Carson City mare La Ville Rouge. Now 10, La Ville Rouge was also talented on both surfaces, placing in the 2000 Long Island (gr. II) and Sheepshead Bay (gr. IIT) Handicaps in the Lael Stables colors, both over 11 furlongs.

La Ville Rouge is out of the stakes-winning King’s Bishop mare La Reine Rouge, who also produced a full sister to La Ville Rouge, Lucky Lavender Gal, who captured the 1995 Azalea Stakes at Calder and ran third in the 1995 Acorn (gr. I). La Ville Rouge is a half-sister to Green Alligator (by Gate Dancer), who won the California Derby (gr. III) and finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby in 1991.

Barbaro is La Ville Rouge’s second stakes winner. Her first foal, the Saint Ballado colt Holy Ground, won the 2005 Stanton Stakes at Delaware Park at three as a Jackson/Lael homebred.

La Ville Rouge is also the dam of a 2-year-old Quiet American colt, Man in Havana, who was bred by the Jacksons.

The mare slipped a Deputy Minister foal in 2005.

Dynaformer, sire of 71 other stakes winners, is also represented in 2006 by Dyna’s Destiny. Dynaformer stands in Kentucky at Robert N. Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway. His 2006 fee is $100,000.—P.V.S.