Saturday Insights: GII Louisiana Derby Champ Kingsbarns Returns At Gulfstream Park

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6th-GP, $62K, A/OC, 4yo/up, 7f, 1:44 p.m. ET.

Last year as a 3-year-old colt, KINGSBARNS (Uncle Mo) kept his perfect record intact when he went gate to wire to win the GII Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, which secured himself a slot in the GI Kentucky Derby.

The Todd Pletcher trainee finished 14th in America's signature race and a bout with colic sidelined him before the GI Belmont S. He did return to be the runner-up in the Pegasus S. at Monmouth Park in mid-June and that was the last time he was seen.

Returning here, the colt's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale ticket was originally signed by Tom McCrocklin, agent, on behalf of Champion Equine for $250,000. The bay then brought the fourth highest return when Spendthrift Farm went to $800,000 during the Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale during March of the following year.

Out of GSP Lady Tapit (Tapit), Kingsbarns counts as a half-brother Weaponized (Gun Runner), a $650,000 buy for John Stewart at last year's Keeneland September Sale. His dam is a half-sister to GI American Oaks heroine Gozzip Girl (Dynaformer), who produced Japanese G2 American Jockey Club Cup victor (Chuck Nate (Jpn) (Heart's Cry {Jpn}). TJCIS PPS

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