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Barbaro brother slated to make debut on Saturday

NICANOR, a full-brother to the ill-fated 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, will probably make his much anticipated debut on Saturday, according to the Thoroughbred Times.

The American publication reports that Gretchen Jackson, who with her husband Roy owned and bred Barbaro, and who now also owns Nicanor, said that "there was a very good chance that Nicanor will make his debut on Saturday."

The race connections have in mind for Nicanor is a 1m maiden stakes on the dirt at Gulfstream Park.

Michael Matz, the trainer of both horses, said that he hoped to run the three-year-old son of Dynaformer on Saturday, but if he missed that engagement he would be a possible starter in a 1m½f turf race on the following weekend.

Barbaro won a Listed race on turf by eight lengths at two, and at three won the Florida Derby before registering a visually impressive victory in the Kentucky Derby.

On his next start he was pulled up after breaking his leg in the Preakness Stakes. The injury ended his racing career and the subsequent fight to save his life led to intense media coverage and legions of new fans. He was eventually put down in January 2007 after suffering from laminitis in both front legs.

 

 

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