Pomona Derby

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FRANK THE BARBER (DK B/ g, 120 lb) $55,000
Malibu Moon —Pleasant Sea , by Sea Hero
B—Trident Stables, NJ.; O—Black Diamond Racing, LLC and Stute, Gary and Annabelle; T—Gary Stute

Big Bad Leroybrown (GR/RO h, 118 lb) $18,000
Wild Again —Saboteur , by Corwyn Bay (IRE)
B—Sherr, CA.; O—Eichler, Eugene, Johnston, E.W. and Masry, Edward, et al; T—Donald Warren

Mr. Nightlinger (B h, 118 lb) $12,000
Indian Charlie —Timely Quarrel , by Time for a Change
B—Brereton C. Jones, KY.; O—Martin Racing Stable and Carl R. Moore Management LLC; T—Cody Autrey

Margins: 1, 3, ½. Others: My Man Murf 122($6,000) , Roman Commander 118($4,000) , El Grego 122($2,000) , Ididn'tdoanything 118($1,000) , Old Thamesian 118($1,000) . Winning Jockey, Martin A. Pedroza.

Frank the Barber cut down seven foes to capture the Pomona Derby, trimming Big Bad Leroybrown by a length in the nine-furlong affair. The Gary Stute-trained Frank the Barber was sent off as the mild 2-1 favorite in the race, in some part due to his rider, Martin Pedroza, who is the king of the bullring at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. Pedroza captured his ninth straight Fairplex Park title at the just completed meeting, and owns 10 crowns there overall. He is the all-time leading rider at Fairplex.

Frank the Barber has come to hand recently for Stute, who also co-owns the gelding with his mother, Annabelle, and Black Diamond Racing. The son of Malibu Moon ran a strong second in the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 31 after missing by a nose in an optional claiming event at Del Mar Aug. 9. He was fourth in a division of the opening day Oceanside Stakes in July. The Pomona Derby represented Frank the Barber’s first win on dirt following a pair of successful turf runs earlier this year. He has finished in the money in 9 of his 14 trips to the post and has banked better than $189,000.

Gary Stute’s father, longtime California conditioner Mel Stute, purchased Frank the Barber as agent at the 2005 Fasig Tipton Midlantic October yearling sale for $22,000 from the consignment of Trident Stables, which bred Frank the Barber. Welker Sales Agency served as agent. It is not surprising that the elder Stute would purchase Frank the Barber, as he conditioned Malibu Moon during that horse’s short but promising race career. The A.P. Indy horse had to be retired following a race injury, but has proven to be a potent sire clearly remembered by his trainer.

Frank the Barber’s dam, Pleasant Sea, also bred by Trident Stables, won one of two lifetime races. The 8-year-old’s lone foal to date is Frank the Barber. Frank the Barber’s second dam, Pearl Garden, by Pleasant Colony, banked better than $113,000 at the races, but likewise had just one foal, Pleasant Sea. Pearl Garden was sold for $50,000 as a weanling at Keeneland’s 1992 November mixed sale to S.H. Rogers Jr., out of the Crescent Hill Farm consignment through agent Springhouse Farm. She sold in 1994 at Fasig Tipton Florida’s 2-year-old in training auction to Ann and Jerry Moss, who raced Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo.

Stakes-placed Full Song (third in the 1983 Priceless Gem Stakes at Aqueduct) is the third dam of Frank the Barber. She produced 1999 Arizona Oaks winner Wisa, by Delineator.

Malibu Moon is the sire of 24 stakes winners. Among his 11 2007 added-money winners is Moon Catcher (gr. II). Ten-year-old Malibu Moon, the sire of champion juvenile Declan’s Moon, stood the 2007 breeding season at Dr. Tony Ryan’s Castleton Lyons near Lexington for a fee of $40,000.—L.S.