Darley two-for-two with maiden juveniles at Calder
Darley Stable scored two victories at Calder Race Course on Saturday with maiden two-year-olds Armament and Barcola. Both colts were favorites, winning by wide margins going wire to wire.
Armament set the pace under pressure on the inside going six furlongs in a Maiden Special Weight and drew away in the stretch to win by four lengths under jockey Julio Garcia. The chestnut colt had only one previous start, finishing a respectable third at Belmont Park on October 23rd. The Mr. Greeley colt was bred in Kentucky by Judy Hicks and Spendthrift Farm, and was purchased for $850,000 at Fasig-Tipton's February Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.
After the race, trainer Eoin Harty commented, "He was hustled along more than I would have liked in the early stages, but he won convincingly."
Barcola was much the best in his one-mile Maiden Special Weight, going straight to the lead and never looking back, winning by 10 1/2 lengths under a hand ride by jockey Jorge Chavez. The Old Trieste chestnut was bred in Kentucky by Stonerside Stable and is out of the Kingmambo mare Myrtle Beach.
Harty said of Barcola's victory, "He won with authority." Harty had been frustrated with the colt's three previous starts, as he was quite green and immature, and had a tendency to get into trouble. "He appears to have the ability to step up," said Harty.
The Darley pair has been supervised by Harty's assistant trainer Brian Ange, who has hit the board with 22 of 28 runners since joining EH Racing's east coast operation, scoring 8 wins, 5 seconds, 3 thirds, and 6 fourths, including a victory in the Grade III Grey's Breeder's Cup Stakes at Woodbine with Unification on October 10, and a second place finish in the Grade II Belmont Futurity with Changing Weather. Ange and his team witnessed three debut winners from their barn this season.
"I like Armament a lot," said Ange. "He was one of my favorites when he first came in, and we got very excited about him at Saratoga." Ange was also excited about Barcola, saying, "He won very impressively. They both looked like a million dollars in the paddock."