Darley's full brother to Tempera lives up to bloodlines
Darley Stable's Barbican repeated a stunning performance at Gulfstream Park on Sunday in a 1-mile allowance event for 3-year-olds after breaking his maiden impressively six weeks ago at Calder Race Course. The dark bay colt broke well, but settled near the back of a contentious 12-horse field. He made a move at the 1/2 mile pole and circled four-wide, inhaling ground down the stretch to win by 4 1/2 lengths under jockey Christopher DeCarlo, completing the mile in 1:35.4.
Darley's homebred is by A. P. Indy out of the Mr. Prospector mare Colour Chart and is a full brother to 2001 Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Tempera.
Darley Stable's racing manager Jimmy Bell was impressed by the colt's running style and the way he won.
"He was ultra-impressive today, as he was able to close ground on a speed-favoring racetrack," said his trainer Eoin Harty.
Darley's Florida operation with EH Racing, under the care of assistant trainer Brian Ange, has scored five wins from eleven starts with two promising second-place finishes since moving to Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida in November.
Barbican was making only his third career start, and has continued to improve with each race. He appears to have matured dramatically since his first start on September 24th, where he finished 5th at Belmont Park while racing greenly.
"We always felt that he would need a couple of races to figure things out," said Harty after the colt's debut race.
Barbican had no trouble breaking his maiden on December 3rd going 7 furlongs, winning easily and well in hand after rating near the back of the field. Sunday's one-turn mile unfolded similarly and the colt appears to be headed for longer distances and better races.
"He looks to have a very bright future," said Harty.