Grade 1-Placed Barber Road, Tarabi Win Saturday at Keeneland

April 16, 2023

Barber Road (#1 outside) gets back to the winner’s circle with a Saturday victory (JennyPhoto/Past The Wire)

Keeneland Press Release

LEXINGTON, Ky.— WSS Racing’s Barber Road picked up his first victory since Nov. 10, 2021, by prevailing by a neck in Saturday’s seventh race for trainer John Ortiz.

Three times graded stakes-placed last year, Barber Road improved to 2-for-2 at Keeneland. He scored his first win here for a $30,000 claiming tag on Oct. 14, 2021.

“He still has his (allowance) conditions,” Ortiz said. “The money is good at Churchill Downs and the ($250,000) Pimlico Special (G3 on May 19 going 1 3/16 miles) is something to look at.”

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In Race 11, LBD Stable, Manganaro Bloodstock and David Ingordo’s Grade 1-placed Tarabi came off more than a six-month layoff to post a determined neck victory for trainer Cherie DeVaux.

“It’s good to have her back,” DeVaux said. “She’s going to be a fun filly for the rest of the year.”

Owning a record of 7-3-3-1, Tarabi most recently was runner-up in the Dogwood (G3) at Churchill on Sept. 24 in her third start of 2022.

“She had a throat issue at Saratoga (after she won the Wilton Stakes) and then got hurt after she ran in the Dogwood,” DeVaux said of Tarabi, who finished third in the NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Del Mar to close her 2-year-old campaign.

Going forward, DeVaux is eyeing the $200,000 Bed o’ Roses (G2) going 7 furlongs at Belmont Park on June 17.

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