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Desert Party celebrates debut at Arlington


Darley Stable's Desert Party gave connections something to celebrate as he easily won his debut race at Arlington Park today in a 4 1/2 furlong Maiden Special Weight for two-year-olds with jockey Renee Douglas aboard. The Street Cry son started from the eleventh hole, contending with the disadvantage of breaking directly into the turn. He broke a little awkwardly and brushed the side of the gate, but was quickly into stride and stalked the leaders on the turn. He took the lead at the top of the stretch and galloped home under wraps to win by three-and-three-quarter lengths in a final time of 51:97.

The bay colt shipped to Arlington from Keeneland where he has been in training all season. He had been in training with Johnny Burke since his purchase in February and was transferred to the barn of Eoin Harty in late March, where he showed plenty of promise.

"He is a big colt with a good mind and does everything very easily," said Harty.

Darley connections Jimmy Bell and John Ferguson were on hand to witness the career kick-off of their talented juvenile. Bell has watched the colt's progress closely from the start and has had high hopes for him.

Desert Party was bred in Kentucky by David Smith & Steven Sinatra and was purchased at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Old in Training Sale for $1.2 million.

"We shipped to Arlington to keep him on the polytrack," said Harty. "He'll probably be pointed toward a stake next time out."

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