Darley doubles debut winners at Saratoga
Changing Weather was the second of Darley Stable's two-year-olds in the past week to break his maiden in his career debut at Saratoga by a winning margin of 3 3/4 lengths in the fastest two-year-old race of the meet thus far. Darley's juvenile filly Beholden won her debut in similar fashion on August 18.
A gray son of Storm Boot, Changing Weather went off as the 9/5 favorite in the maiden special weight on the main track with Edgar Prado aboard. He broke alertly and quickly took the lead, setting fractions of 21.3, 45.2, and completing the five furlongs in 57.3 against eight opponents.
Darley Stable's racing manager Jimmy Bell, who always knew the colt had plenty of natural speed, was delighted with the win. "He has a great turn of foot," said Bell. "He really responded when he got a tap of the whip."
Trainer Eoin Harty was also impressed with the colt's speed and agility. "He's like a little dirt bike," he said. "It certainly looks like added distance should not be a problem."
Bred by Sez Who Thoroughbreds in Florida, Changing Weather was purchased for $260,000 at the 2005 March Ocala Breeders Sales Two-Year-Old in Training sale. He is out of the Rubiano mare Behaving. Before shipping to Harty's Saratoga barn, Changing Weather had been under the care of trainers Bobby and David Scanlan of Ocala, Florida.