July 15 – Barry Lee, a two-year-old colt by Violence, became his sire’s third winner with a sparkling score in his debut at Laurel Park.
Under jockey Feargal Lynch, the colt broke on top and sped through fractions of :22.93 and :46.31. He was 6 1/2 lengths clear at the wire, stopping the clock in :57.96 for the five furlongs. The effort earned him ‘Rising Star’ status from the Thoroughbred Daily News.
“We’ve had high expectations for him. He’s a very athletic horse,” trainer Horacio DePaz told the publication. “We’ll see how he comes out. We may look for some revenge in the [GII] Saratoga Special [S. Aug. 13]. We kind of want to get that one [after being DQ’d from second to fourth with favored Recruiting Ready (Algorithms) last year].”
Out the Muqtarib mare Light of a Star, Barry Lee is among his sire’s 22 six-figure juveniles. He was purchased by Sagamore Farm out of the OBS March sale for $380,000, the second highest price for a Violence juvenile so far.
Standing at Hill ‘n’ Dale farm in Kentucky, Violence is among the numerous Grade 1 winners purchased by bloodstock agents Nick Sallusto and Hanzly Albina. The son of Medaglia d’Oro is also the first sire in his crop with a stakes winner, Kentucky Juvenile hero Buy Sell Hold.