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Yario (IRE) explodes in U.S. debut


Yario (IRE) made a successful U.S. debut on Wednesday in a 6 1/2 furlong allowance race on Santa Anita's downhill turf course. Owned by Dick and Linda Laird and Kathy Harty, the 3-year-old dark bay was making his first start in five months after being purchased privately from Ireland. He broke a bit slowly, racing at the back of the field until crossing the dirt and when asked, he exploded down the stretch and kept his momentum with very little pressure from jockey Brice Blanc.

The Danehill Dancer colt began his career in Ireland as a juvenile, racing six times with a win and two seconds. All of his races have been on the grass at 6 or 7 furlongs and he has been variably placed within those races. He was bred in Ireland by Castlemartin Stud and Skymarc Farm.

"He showed a tremendous turn of foot at the top of the stretch with very mild urging," said trainer Eoin Harty. Owners Dick and Linda Laird were on hand to witness their colt's victory and were very pleased.

Harty said that among the possible options for Yario's next race may be the Will Rogers Stakes GIII for 3-year-olds going 1 mile on the turf at Hollywood Park on May 19th.

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