Roy and Gretchen Jackson's La Ville Rouge, dam of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, foaled the latest full sibling to the ill-fated classic winner when she delivered a colt by Dynaformer on Wednesday at Lexington's Mill Ridge Farm.
The colt reportedly weighed in at 138 pounds, according to Mill Ridge, and is the fourth full sibling to Barbaro his dam has produced. In addition to Barbaro himself, La Ville Rouge is also the dam of stakes-placed, 5-year-old Nicanor; Lentenor, a maiden winner; and an unraced colt named Margano, all by Dynaformer.
"While only a day old, he appears to have plenty of leg and bone and is a quality foal," Headley Bell, managing partner of Mill Ridge, said in a release. "Any time you have a healthy foal you are thankful, especially when it is a brother to Barbaro."
Bell added the Jacksons are considering breeding La Ville Rouge back to Dynaformer in hopes of her producing a filly.
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"They have always sought a sister to Barbaro," Bell said.
The birth of Barbaro's latest full brother comes nearly five years to the day that the bright bay son of Dynaformer suffered what would eventually become fatal injuries at the start of the 2006 Preakness Stakes. The then-undefeated colt was pulled up shortly after the start of the second jewel of the Triple Crown with a fractured right hind leg.
Uncle Mo improving
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Uncle Mo is making good progress in the recovery from stomach problems that knocked him out of the Kentucky Derby.
Last season's 2-year-old champion was scratched the day before the race because of a lingering gastrointestinal infection first detected after he ran third in the Wood Memorial. Uncle Mo was sent to WinStar Farm in Kentucky for continuing treatment.
"He's gained 30 pounds so far, so it's going smoothly," Pletcher said. "We're letting him dictate when he may be ready to come back in."
The exact cause of the illness remains a mystery.
"We are still looking," Pletcher said. There is no timetable for a return to the races.
Dianne Carpenter, trainer of 2 Derby starters, dies
Dianne Carpenter, the only woman to saddle two starters in the Kentucky Derby, has died. She was 68.
Ms. Carpenter died of cancer on May 4, according to trainer Garry Simms, who worked as an assistant under her before opening his own stable. Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes in Biloxi, Miss., confirmed Carpenter's death.
Carpenter trained and owned Biloxi Indian, who finished 12th in the 1984 Derby. She also saddled Kingpost, 14th in the 1988 Derby. No female trainer has ever won the 137-year-old race.
Stud duty for Archarcharch
Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch will enter stud in 2012 at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, his ownership announced Thursday. The colt was injured at the start of the Kentucky Derby when he stumbled leaving the gate. Archarcharch was retired from racing on May 8 after surgery on a fractured left front leg turned up additional cartilage damage. He had a record of 7-3-1-1 and earnings of $832,744.