La Ville Rouge, dam of Barbaro, perhaps foreshadowed her son's versatility, for she was graded stakes-placed both on turf and on dirt. A daughter of the very quick Carson City, she was precocious enough to run second to Matron Stakes (gr. I) winner Oh What a Windfall in the 1998 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) as a juvenile but trained on well enough to place in three graded events at age four. She was produced from Toddler Stakes winner La Reine Rouge, a daughter of 1973 Carter Handicap (gr. II) winner King's Bishop and the winning Nearctic mare Silver Betsy.Barbaro is inbred 4x5 to the 1955 Preakness and Belmont winner Nashua through the latter's daughters Bramalea (dam of Roberto) and Gold Digger (dam of Carson City's sire Mr. Prospector), who share some pedigree similarities on the dam's side. Bramalea was produced from Rarelea (Bull Lea–Bleebok, by Blue Larkspur), while Gold Digger is a granddaughter of Miss Dogwood (by Bull Lea's sire *Bull Dog–Myrtlewood, by Blue Larkspur). This pairing of Bramalea and Gold Digger is also seen in the pedigree of 2005 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Rock Hard Ten and in 1993 champion three-year-old filly Hollywood Wildcat, both by Kris S. (by Roberto) out of Mr. Prospector mares.With a pedigree completely free of Northern Dancer except for a remote strain at the sixth generation but boasting a daughter of the Dancer's sire Nearctic, Barbaro seems certain to attract attention as a possible outcross sire for mares from the popular Northern Dancer line when he does go to stud. In the meantime, the Jacksons have a lot to look forward to. Not only can they hope for more Classic success from Barbaro, they welcomed a new full brother to the unbeaten Derby winner on March 15 and should have another full sibling on the way as La Ville Rouge has been returned to Dynaformer for 2006. If either of these youngsters prove to have half the talent of their elder brother, the Jacksons should be smiling for a long time to come.
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