Looking Back to Look Forward

One of the most common questions surrounding Nicanor concerns when he will make his first start. However, there is no need to get worried that he hasn’t raced yet.

Although it is very important not to confuse the 2-year-old Dynaformer colt with his siblings, a quick peek at his family history might help ease the worried minds of those who are concerned he hasn’t raced yet.

La Ville Rouge’s first foal is Holy Ground, a stakes-winning son of Saint Ballado that was born in 2002. He also was bred by the Jacksons and trained by Matz.

Holy Ground found his biggest success as a 3-year-old, when he won the 2005 Stanton Stakes at Delaware Park by 13 1/4 lengths. He also placed in two other stakes races that year.

As a 2-year-old, however, Holy Ground only raced once. His first race came Nov. 27, 2004, and he won that contest, a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight, by 8 1/2 lengths.

Next up for La Ville Rouge, of course, was Barbaro. He only made two starts a juvenile, and he won them both. His first race came Oct. 4, 2005, and he won the 1 mile special weight by 8 1/2 lengths. Barbaro finished his 2-year-old season in the Laurel Futurity, which was held Nov. 19. He won that day by eight lengths.

La Ville Rouge’s only other foal of racing age is Man in Havana, who is unraced. The son of Quiet American was not interested in racing and has been gelded.

For what it is worth, two of the most popular runners this year, Curlin and Big Brown, had limited or non-existent 2-year-old campaigns. Curlin, the reigning Horse of the Year, did not race at all at 2, while Big Brown only made one start. The future Kentucky Derby winner first ran in a race on Sept. 3, 2007, but did not start again until this March.

So, be patient -- it is only August, after all. Also, please remember, that when and where Nicanor will make his first start is solely up to the Jacksons and Michael Matz.

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