Darley maidens on fire at Calder
Darley's Barbican was the third of the stable's juveniles to break his maiden at Calder Race Course in the past week since the string moved from Saratoga Springs, New York to Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Florida. Darley's homebred was making only his second start, going 7 furlongs on the dirt under jockey Joe Bravo.
The dark bay colt was not rushed early on and settled near the back of the field in the opening quarter. He made a move at the 1/2 mile pole and rallied four wide on the turn, taking the lead in the stretch and drawing off in hand to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
The A. P. Indy colt has improved dramatically since his first start on September 24, when he split the field at Belmont Park. His trainer, Eoin Harty, said of that race, "He is a big, backward colt who we always felt would need a couple of races to figure things out."
Barbican was bred in Kentucky by Darley Stable and is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Colour Chart. He is a full brother to the 2001 Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Tempera, whose picture is featured in the top left of this website.
"He has every right to improve with added distance," said Harty.