Uncle Mo's Kingsbarns Stays Perfect, Wires Louisiana Derby

Kingsbarns | Hodges

Spendthrift Farm's Kingsbarns (c, 3, Uncle Mo–Lady Tapit, by Tapit) made it a perfect three-for-three in a dominating, front-running performance in Saturday's GII Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. 'TDN Rising Star' Disarm (Gun Runner) was second; 'TDN Rising Star' Jace's Road (Quality Road) was third.

Well-backed at odds of 9-2 from a 6-1 morning-line quote, Kingsbarns was sent to the front by Flavien Prat from post six and led the way through easy fractions of :24.71 and :49.60 with Jace's Road shadowing in second. Kingsbarns began to shake free from the aforementioned Gun Runner S. winner as they straightened and streaked under the wire a powerful, 3 1/2-length winner. Disarm, making only second start of the year, ran well to rally from sixth to complete the exacta.

Kingsbarns was a game debut winner going a one-turn mile at Gulfstream Park Jan. 14, then aced his two-turn debut versus six overmatched optional claiming rivals at Tampa Feb. 12. He was favored on both occasions.

Pedigree Notes:

Kingsbarns, an $800,000 2-year-old purchase by Spendthrift Farm out of the Tom McCrocklin consignment at last year's Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale after breezing a quarter in :20 3/5, becomes the 49th graded/93rd stakes winner for leading sire Uncle Mo. Broodmare sire Tapit is now responsible for 41 graded/84 stakes winners. Kingsbarns is bred similarly to GI Belmont S. winner Mo Donegal (Uncle Mo), who was produced by the Pulpit mare Callingmissbrown. Lady Tapit, a half-sister to GI American Oaks Invitational S. heroine Gozzip Girl (Dynaformer), is also responsible for a 2-year-old colt by Union Rags and a yearling colt by Gun Runner. She was bred to Munnings for 2023. Lady Tapit RNA'd for $675,000 as a KEESEP yearling. Spendthrift also went to a sale-topping $1.2 million at the Gulfstream Sale for the McCrocklin-consigned Ruby Nell (Bolt d'Oro), who has finished second in both of her tries thus far at Santa Anita this term.

Saturday, Fair Grounds
TWINSPIRES.COM LOUISIANA DERBY-GII, $1,000,000, Fair Grounds, 3-25, 3yo, 1 3/16m, 1:57.33, ft.
1–KINGSBARNS, 122, c, 3, by Uncle Mo
          1st Dam: Lady Tapit (GSP), by Tapit
          2nd Dam: Temperence Gift, by Kingmambo
          3rd Dam: Shapiro's Mistress, by Unpredictable
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN.
($250,000 Ylg '21 FTSAUG; $800,000 2yo '22 FTFMAR).
O-Spendthrift Farm LLC; B-Parks Investment Group, LLC (KY);
T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Flavien Prat. $600,000. Lifetime Record:
3-3-0-0, $657,300. Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus* Click
for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Click for the free
Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Disarm, 122, c, 3, Gun Runner–Easy Tap, by Tapit.
1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. O/B-Winchell
Thoroughbreds LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen. $200,000.
3–Jace's Road, 122, c, 3, Quality Road–Out Post, by Silver
Deputy. ($510,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP). O-West Point
Thoroughbreds and Albaugh Family Stables LLC; B-Colts Neck
Stables LLC (KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $100,000.
Margins: 3HF, 2 3/4, 2. Odds: 4.50, 7.80, 6.20.
Also Ran: Shopper's Revenge, Sun Thunder, Instant Coffee, Tapit's Conquest, Cagliostro, Baseline Beater, Denington, Curly Jack, Single Ruler.
Click for the Equibase.com chart and the TJCIS.com PPs. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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