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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Notes - Jan 31

- Some notable returnees at Gulfstream today. After Market, who won his first four starts for Bill Mott including two graded stakes in New York, runs in the 7th after a disasterous 10th on a soft course in the Kent in September. There, he'll find Einstein, winner of the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park BC last winter, and idle since running 4th to English Channel and Cacique in the Turf Classic on Derby Day.

And in the sixth, Darley will take the cobwebs off Barbican, who got himself on some Derby lists last year with a smashing allowance win over the Gulfstream strip last January 15; he's been on the sidelines since then. He's a homebred son of AP Indy out of Colour Chart (Mr. Prospector), a multiple group winner in France. Barbican is a full brother to the 2001 juvenile filly champ Tempera, as well as to a couple of French stakes winners; and his dam is a half to the Canadian grass champion Rainbows For Life. So I wouldn't be surprised if Darley is prepping him today with an eye towards grass racing down the line.


30for60 said...

The C. Velasquez Bill Mott combo looks deadly in both of the carded MSW races going 1 1/8 on the turf! I hope those M/L prices hold up.

Kashatreya said...

I thought Barbican was the next Monarchos last year (and yes, I mean that as a compliment), I'm really curious to see how he returns and develops this year. He'd be a great flyer for the '07 Classic at huge odds, if it were actually doable.

alan said...

Could Barbican have been any dead-er on the board? I think we should watch for him on the grass.