2nd at 2LAUREL FUTURITY
(T 8.5f , to Barbaro, defeating Exton, Rock Lobster, Tent (IRE), Wedding Singer, Capo Dei Capi, Vegas Play, Creve Coeur, True Yield, Potomac Manor, Tactical Brush, Expressionism ).
There is nothing better than homebred success, and that’s what happened Nov. 19 when Lael Stables’ Barbaro galloped off with the $125,000 Laurel Futurity (gr. IIIT). Barbaro was bred by Mr. and Mrs. M. Roy Jackson who race under nom de course Lael Stables. The dark bay or brown colt is trained by Michael Matz.
Trained at the Fair Hills Training Center in Maryland, Barbaro broke his maiden at first asking at Delaware Park Oct. 4, pulling away to an 81/2 length score going a mile on the turf. Stretching out an additional sixteenth of a mile in the Laurel Futurity, he again disposed of his rivals in the stretch, winning by eight lengths in 1:40.17. He was sent off the 5-2 second choice in the field of 13.
“We thought he was a good horse from day one,” Matz said after the big victory. “He’s living up to that expectation. I think we have to try him on the dirt at some time. My assistant has told me all along this is one of the best horses he’s ever sat on.
“This horse makes me shiver when I see him work on the dirt. He really does have a lot of talent and I’d be tempted to see if it transfers from turf to dirt. I’ll talk it over with the owners, but I know (his mother) won on both surfaces.”
Jockey Jose Caraballo, who won three races on the stakes-rich program said, “The horse was a little nervous behind the gate, but broke well and I was able to get him in a good spot. I didn’t want to get in any trouble because I knew I had a good horse. You will be hearing a lot about this horse.”
Matz and the Jacksons have also teamed up this year with Holy Ground, Barbaro’s older half-brother by Saint Ballado and the first foal out of graded stakes-placed La Ville Rouge. He won the Stanton Stakes at Delaware Park Aug. 27 and earlier this year was third in the Woodlawn Stakes on the Preakness day undercard at Pimlico in May.
Barbaro is one of 13 stakes winners in 2005 for Dynaformer, who has sired 70 career added-money winners. This year, Dynaformer has sired seven graded winners including Sand Springs (gr. IT), Riskaverse (gr. IT), and McDynamo (NSA-I). Dynaformer stands at Robert Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. His 2006 fee will be $100,000.—E.I.H.
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