BALTIMORE, MD 05-17-2008 ---- Hinkle Farms’ Buy the Barrel raced within striking distance of the leaders until called upon for her run, then powered by her seven rivals to register a galloping victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G2) for fillies and mares.
The victory, achieved in the time of 1:42.43 for 1-1/16 miles, was a happy moment for trainer Larry Jones and jockey Gabriel Saez, the connections of Eight Belles, who suffered a fatal breakdown at Churchill Downs after finishing second behind Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.
Buy the Barrel won by 2-1/2 lengths over Lexi Star, who nipped front-running Bear Now for second on the fast main track.
The winner, a 4-year-old daughter of E. Dubai, paid $8. Buy the Barrel won her previous start at Oaklawn Park, the Bayakoa Stakes, which was her first added money score.
Trainer and Jockey Quotes
Larry Jones (trainer, Buy the Barrel, winner) – “It’s very special to win on a big day of racing, especially to be paired back up with Gabriel (Saez). It’s bittersweet for us. It’s good to be back on the winning side, and everything worked out the way it’s supposed to. What we normally do in our program, our horses improve with age. At 2, we thought we had a really promising candidate, but she just needed to be brought around slowly. Thank goodness the owners knew that. Now she’s 4 and we hope she’s not even reached her peak yet. She’ll be going to the Delaware Handicap next.”
Gabriel Saez (jockey, Buy the Barrel, winner) – “I tried to stay behind the pace to the three-eighths pole and then make a move. She responded real good, obviously. It’s very exciting to win a race like this. This is right up there behind the Kentucky Oak.” (Saez rode Proud Spell to a victory in the Oaks at Churchill Downs two weeks ago)
Chris Grove (trainer, Lexi Star, 2nd) – “Everything went according to plan. We wanted to be in the middle of the track for the run down the stretch, and that’s where we were. I think for her it’s going to be the further the better. She probably needs a mile and an eighth, and that’s where she’ll be headed in her next race.”
Jeremy Rose (jockey, Lexi Star, 2nd) – “That was a real nice race, and she made a real nice try. I had a good trip. We were outside of the winner, which is exactly where we planned to be. She ran her race.”
Reade Baker (trainer, Bear Now, 3rd) – “I had a gut feeling I didn’t quite have her ready. She might have needed another start off the layoff.”
Jamie Theriot (jockey, Bear Now, 3rd) – “She ran a big race coming off a layoff. I think she got a lot out of it.”