New Nicanor Photos!

Thanks to Gulfstream Park, we have new photos of Nicanor available for your viewing pleasure. In addition, Nicanor will be featured in a news story on Miami’s Channel 10 television station during its 11 p.m. newscast Friday, Dec. 19, and again on its Dec. 21 11:30 p.m. Sports Sunday program. Read the full story for more information.

Update: Here is the link to the video:

Additionally, Nicanor posted a five furlong work on Dec. 19. He completed the distance in 1.01:80 at Palm Meadows Training Center.

 Enjoy the photos!

 Nicanor with Peter Brette


Nicanor with Peter Brette and Michael Matz. 


Nicanor galloping 


Nicanor awaiting his bath. 


Nicanor getting his bath. 


Nicanor up close 


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Thanks for the pictures, he's a big guy. He has been filling out nicely, a little slower then Barbaro, but all the same! How did his 5 furlong work go?

19 Dec 2008 2:02 PM

Lovely!! Thanks for sharing :)

19 Dec 2008 2:14 PM
June Bonasera

Thank you so much for posting these!  He's GORGEOUS and has  such kind, intelligent eyes. And those are some mighty big feet :-)

19 Dec 2008 2:16 PM
Rhonda from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

There is truly something special going on between La Ville Rouge and Dynaformer. I am a real believer in more breeding being done from the Roberto and Ribot lines. And these bloodlines crossed with Northern Dancer's (via Mr. Prospector in this case) seem to be producing some outstanding looking individuals.

Nicanor doesn't seem to be as correct as Barbaro from his pictures but there is no denying the expressive, intelligent-looking demeanour is being passed along.

A treat to see these youngsters thriving.

Now if they only survive the vagaries of the racing life.

19 Dec 2008 2:21 PM

Great photos, I love that last one!!

19 Dec 2008 2:24 PM

AWWW How Sweet

I Waited A Long Time

For This Hes Really A Beauty

When Can We See Him Race?

19 Dec 2008 2:28 PM
Tony ( founder)

Good to see him on the track. And today he worked 5 furlongs in 1.01:80 (Handily). His workouts have stayed regular, and I like the way he's progressing, so I'm staying pretty optimistic for him right now.

19 Dec 2008 2:28 PM

THANK YOU for these beautiful photos of the gorgeous and loved Nicanor!!!

19 Dec 2008 2:29 PM

luv the pics, especially the last one of the close-up, THANKS!  Is there anyway that I can see the interview w/Matz, from here in New Orleans?

19 Dec 2008 2:30 PM

Awww! He's looking great ^^ Messaging is too

Thanks <3

19 Dec 2008 2:30 PM

These are the best, expecially that last one. He loves the camera, so responsive to people. This is the best gift you could ahve given us.  

The third photo shows he is really becoming a race horse.  Head up and running down the track.


19 Dec 2008 2:31 PM
Greg J.

All I have to say is WOW, He looks awesome, I honestly cannot wait to he races !, Great Pictures, Thank You......

19 Dec 2008 2:35 PM

amazing pictures! cant wait for his debut at gulfstream park!=]

19 Dec 2008 2:44 PM
Blue Blue Sea

A cutie, but he does look a little immature yet.

19 Dec 2008 2:45 PM

What a handsome colt he is!!

19 Dec 2008 2:49 PM

He's a handsome devil.

19 Dec 2008 2:54 PM
Buffy Trott

YEA!!!! I don't care if he ever runs. It just makes me so happy to see him. So happy that I never even fill one of these out, but I just have to say, that after having been in the general horse business for 40 years, knowing that tragedies happen. This just makes me so damn happy. Merry x-mas Nicanor and family. Thanks for the pics! me Buffy

19 Dec 2008 2:59 PM

Thanks for sharing. My, he's turning into a beautiful colt! How tall is he now?

19 Dec 2008 2:59 PM
that horse massage guy

Looks good, just hope people's expectations don't exceed his abilities, it's hard to believe he can come close to his brother's talent.

19 Dec 2008 3:02 PM

He looks wonderful! Thank you so much for getting these pictures.

19 Dec 2008 3:03 PM

Did everyone see his workout time today?  Impressive.

Where are those race fans who put him down now?

19 Dec 2008 3:25 PM

brings joyous tears to my eyes! what a doll!

19 Dec 2008 3:33 PM
Jim @ Fair Hill

His head is starting to look more mature.

19 Dec 2008 3:33 PM

Not only is he absoulutely gorgeous, he's a big boy. He's always had big hooves, but he looks like he's got some pretty strong legs on him too, not like some horses who have spindles for cannons. I can't wait to see him run, he looks like he's gonna be a machine.

19 Dec 2008 3:36 PM

 WOW!!! Too cool pics of Nicanor. Thanks so very much for sharing them with us. Wish I lived in Florida so I could tune in to that t.v. station. Can't wait to see him run at Gulfstream. Wishing him and his connections the very best and a Merry Christmas!

19 Dec 2008 3:38 PM
Joan Canan

Nicanor is so big and handsome!!!Thanks for taking all of the pictues. He is awesome and he is going to do great in his first race. Go Nicanor, Go!!!!!

Merry Christmas,

Joan, VA

19 Dec 2008 3:47 PM
Karen, PA

Nicanor looks GREAT !  And he sure did get big.  Amazing that he will still has more to go.

How cautious and smart the Matz/Brette/Jackson team is! And doesn't Peter look terrific on Nicanor?  Really gratifying to see...

Sincere thanks, Bloodhorse, for these pictures and for this fun blog.

Wondrous holidays to all !  We have so much to look forward to in 2009.  

19 Dec 2008 3:56 PM

Love the photos of this beautiful, intelligent boy. Thanks!

19 Dec 2008 4:06 PM

A very good looking colt from the neck up.  Legs are delicate and pasterns are too long.  Another example of why breeding for speed gets you animals that cannot withstand the rigors of racing.  I hope all goes well and he proves me wrong.  May God Bless you Nicanor and the best of luck.

19 Dec 2008 4:21 PM
Susan NOVA

YES! He does have big feet, but I like a big foot on a horse, much more stable, not just healthwise but for performance... I am no fan of the 00's that have become popular... I am glad to see some big ole feet on this boy... Nicanor is growing up beautiful and strong... I saw he had another work out today (19 Dec)... wonder what that could mean.... hmmmmm...

19 Dec 2008 4:23 PM

Just super beautiful that brother of Barbaro.

19 Dec 2008 4:24 PM

Oh Great.  Another racehorse with his tongue hanging out.  This drives me nuts!  Horses don't usually do this.  Are they being injected with something to keep the tongue from blocking the airway?  What's up with this and am I the only one who can't stand it?  In these photos, I notice the handsome Nicanor flaps his tongue while wearing the bridle. The most gorgeous of horses is reduced to looking like a cartoon character.

19 Dec 2008 4:40 PM

Hi all well we are getting close is anyone getting sweaty palms.He is going to be ok he and len keep me in the loop see everyone later everyone have a merry christmas.

19 Dec 2008 4:44 PM

Love the new pictures!! He is gorgeous!  I see so much of his brother in him, and will love him no matter how he does on the track! It looks and sounds like he is shaping up to be a nice racehorse! I agree, the last one is my fav too!

19 Dec 2008 4:45 PM

Thank you so much for the amazing phots of Nicanor.  He is indeed, Barbaro's brother.

He looks like a big and beautiful young colt.  

I hope Michael takes his time with Nicanor, as he did Barabaro.

19 Dec 2008 4:46 PM
Lady Ruffian

He's beautiful! i don't care if he wins, i don't care if he runs at all, he's something special and i think he knows it. he has his angel brother on his side. i know m.m. will do whats right by him and put him where he needs to be. God bless & merry xmas

19 Dec 2008 4:49 PM

Thank you Amanda for these wonderful images of Nicanor. I can't think of a nicer Christmas present. What can I say that I haven't said before, Nicanor is gorgeous and dare I say tall? And whether he is 17 hands or 16.2 hands, he is certainly heading upward. I don't know about anyone else, but it doesn't appear that Nicanor wasn't doing as much hacking at Fair Hill as we thought. Happy Holidays to one and all.  

19 Dec 2008 4:50 PM

He is really starting to fill out and become even more handsome, if that was possible!!!  I love how you can see his dam (and in turn Barbaro) coming through- I have to say she throws some handsome boys.

I don't care if he never races or never wins.  He's a winner just by being himself.  Thanks soooo much for the photos.

19 Dec 2008 4:54 PM
Grey K

So Nicky had a nice strong work-out, good job little buddy.  And elsewhere in the Blood Horse, Michael Matz says look for Nicanor to make his debut in January or February.  He is not so good-looking as Barbaro, but thanks so much for the photos, he is a sweet looking colt.    

19 Dec 2008 4:58 PM

S thrilled to ee his 5f work today and the time (better than Laragh's on 12/4!)  These pictures were the icing on the cake.  He's getting bigger and bigger and more and more beautiful (still loves his bath though!).  Thank you for this wonderful gift, Amanda.  Merry Christmas to you and to Nicanor's connections.

19 Dec 2008 5:08 PM
christy tate

looks like he's learning the game. wish nicanor well. hope he makes it to the races.

19 Dec 2008 5:09 PM


Do you think you can get a link to the coverage in Florida?  I imagine the station may out it on their web site after it airs?

19 Dec 2008 5:09 PM

God Bless you Nicanor, we all love you. Barbaro's little brother, brings tears to my eyes. Wishing you the very best in racing and in life.

19 Dec 2008 5:13 PM

oh my gosh, what a BEAUTY! looks a little like his big brother too.

19 Dec 2008 5:49 PM

I think Nicanor is a beautiful colt, and I pray he is always safe on the race course.

I wonder if Nicanor and Lentinor will ever race together. It could be possible.

19 Dec 2008 5:57 PM
Pat G

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures of our dear Nicky. He's growing up to be such a handsome boy just like his Big Bro.

Happy Holidays to all.


19 Dec 2008 6:55 PM

Thank you for the wonderful pictures! Even if he was not Barbaro's brother, this has been a treat to follow a horse from birth, through training and now to the races. The fact he is B's bro makes it more special. Dynaformer is old and who knows how long he will be able to sire these beautiful horses. The cross with La Ville has also produced a major sire prospect.

I hope he has a safe and successful career and happy holidays to all Nic's connections!

19 Dec 2008 6:56 PM
the green monkey

l bet hes a good as the green monkey! ha hahahahha

19 Dec 2008 7:20 PM

Oh my goodness, look at those lop ears! What a kind face he has :)

I have a feeling you better get out of his way when he wakes up!

Pictures are just what we need in this ecomomy.  Merry Christmas to us all!

19 Dec 2008 7:35 PM
Karen in Texas

Thanks so much for the pictures! I, too, think it looks like he has sturdy legs and big feet...

19 Dec 2008 7:40 PM
Sally F

These photos bring tears to my eyes - he reminds me so much of beloved Barbaro - always in our hearts and minds.  Thank You, Blood Horse for keeping his memory alive.  Go, Nicanor - you are beautiful!  Race On and Be Safe!

19 Dec 2008 7:42 PM
william from boston

happy holidays to nicanor owners I wish you the best handsome boy

19 Dec 2008 8:45 PM

Yes, he definitely looks like a horse.  

19 Dec 2008 8:57 PM

Thank you so much for the update and the wonderful photos of Nicanor!  He looks beautiful and intelligent, at least that is what I see in his eyes.  It will be exciting when he makes his maiden run, but even if he is half as talented as Barbaro, he'll be a winner.  Again, thank you and have a wonderful holiday season!

19 Dec 2008 9:33 PM

Thats the first time I have seen a cloth bridle on a racehorse. Is there a reason he has a cloth one instead of a leather one?

19 Dec 2008 9:35 PM

Anyone know the name of the chestnut horse Michael Matz is always seen riding?  Was it one of his show horses?

19 Dec 2008 9:47 PM

He's such a blessing, as is Lentenor, and La Ville Rouge, and that old rascal, Dynaformer.  THe Jacksons and Michael and Peter and Edoardo, too.  The whole dang group of them!  God Bless them all.  By the way, notice how much smaller Peter looks aboard Nicanor now??

19 Dec 2008 9:58 PM

I'm not critisizing his feet, i too think they will give him more stability, and probably keep him sound. I know that most racers like those tiny little deer feet, but i like them bigger, it gives the shock more area to spread, and not center on one place.

19 Dec 2008 10:08 PM

can someone who knows more about horses confirmation comment on him.

19 Dec 2008 10:15 PM

He is Nicanor not Barbaro!!! ...and he is good looking too.

Good luck to Nicky and all his connections,

19 Dec 2008 10:19 PM
Kathy from Toledo

What a good looking colt! What a fabulous Christmas present--more pictures of Nicanor! Those are some big hooves on that boy. That's okay--a strong house needs a good foundation.

We don't care if he wins or not. We love him anyway.....

Now if only we could get new pictures of Lentenor.....

19 Dec 2008 10:27 PM

Just want the best for Nicanor.  

If it be racing or another venture.

He will always be loved.

Merry Christmas to all !!!

19 Dec 2008 10:29 PM

i thhink about barbaro and will alway think hes a great horse and i cant wait to see barbaros brother race i will enjoy it. i have always been a fan of racehorses and i study all rscehorses and cant wait to study about barbaros brother. and i love racehorses so much that i have a racehorse game on my computer and soon will add barbaroto it and the name of my racehorse game is horse racing fantey and type i am so sorry about barbaro he was my favorite racehorse and will always be and now its not fun not getting to whatch racehorses race. i havnt whatched a race since Big Brown retired all my family is sad barabaros gone but happy barbaros brother gets to start racing and i will whath all his races and enjoy it. good luck and try not to end up like barbaro!:):):):)

19 Dec 2008 11:00 PM

Oh Amanda, he looks like a race horse coming around the track. Head up, he seems to been very alert and running with purpose, Looks like he's enjoying himself. How wonderful. Such a big beautiful boy. Thanks so much for sharing, this is a great Christmas present for us all. May all be merry and bright when Nicky hits the track in 2009.  Happy Holidays to you and yours and all that love and follow this blog.

19 Dec 2008 11:20 PM

Thanks for the pictures.  He is so handsome.  Brings a smile to my face.  God Bless You Nicanor!

19 Dec 2008 11:45 PM

He is so much like his big brother r.i.p Barbaro-Nicanor you are just as great as him! . . . x

20 Dec 2008 8:45 AM
Go Nicky Go!!

You are a winner no matter how slow you go little buddy!  

Peter Brady wasn't as great as Greg, but he still was really cool, and so are you!!

20 Dec 2008 9:32 AM

Perhaps Bloodhorse could get hold of the video from the TV station and put it up on their site for us. Boy that would really be neat since we aren't in FL. and will not have the opportunity to see the piece.  Many thanks if this can be done.  Go Nicky.

20 Dec 2008 9:45 AM
CountFleet 43

He's a good looking 2 yr old. Every time, I see his picture, I think of our Prince, Barbaro. Hope Nicanor's first race will be on the turf. With those big feet, he should do well.

To our Barbaro..Rest well my leige, rest well..

Clearwater Charlie & Tommy

20 Dec 2008 9:52 AM

Mr. Personality! Nicanor sure likes to wiggle his nose and stick out his tongue.

20 Dec 2008 10:22 AM

he's filling out very nicely.... those legs and feet have grass written all over them.... wished I could see his action....fine, hearty looking colt

20 Dec 2008 10:26 AM
Florida Horse Lover

Here is a link to the piece that aired on Miami Channel 10.

May have to make a trip across the state for Nicanor's racing debut!

20 Dec 2008 10:43 AM

Great pictures, especially the last one. Thank you so much! Everyone in the family, including the kids, love the pictures!

20 Dec 2008 11:50 AM
Greg J.

Once again , GREAT pictures, Here is the link to the special on Nicanor on Miami TV

Enjoy Everyone....

20 Dec 2008 11:55 AM
luv the boy

how beautiful is this boy!!!!!!Are we calling his Nicky?  good luck and prayers for you Nicanor and pray they won't race you until you are strong and ready.

20 Dec 2008 12:03 PM
Steamboat Willie

Barbaro was a very good horse but enough already with his brother.

20 Dec 2008 12:10 PM

The story on Nicanor is posted on the sports page of the Miami channel 10 website.

20 Dec 2008 12:10 PM
Nancy Guthrie

He is just beautiful, a little worried his front knees look big..

20 Dec 2008 12:33 PM

Look, listen and enjoy!

20 Dec 2008 12:36 PM

For those of us not living in south Florida, here's the link to the telecast shown last night on Channel 10 about Nicanor:

20 Dec 2008 12:39 PM

Nicanor is just gorgeous. He looks so much like Barbaro. I hope this horse lives to a ripe old age. I hope that everyone remembers that while Nicanor and Barbaro are full brothers and resemble each other greatly physically, Nicanor is not Barbaro. We all loved Barbaro and miss him, but Nicanor needs to be loved on his own merits - whatever they turn out to be.

20 Dec 2008 1:41 PM

Here is a link to Nicanor's story from Miami.

20 Dec 2008 1:48 PM
Horse gal

It's nice to see Nicky. I have been watching him.He is in the terrible two's but he will grow and mature.He has alot to learn about racing but that can only come with experience.He couldn't belong to better people.Nicky is not Barbaro! He is Nicky!! Can lighting strike twice? GOOD LUCK NICKY.

20 Dec 2008 1:57 PM

last pic is my favie =)

20 Dec 2008 2:25 PM

Good one Amanda, Thanks for all the great photos. Nicanor's come a long way from that gangly little colt romping around the paddock at Mill Ridge with his mom. I know others said it before but WOW ! His hooves are enormous. Im not sure I've ever seen a thoroughbred with feet that big. They look to be at least the size of saucers. I'd be interested to know what Peter has to say about Nicanor's balance and his attitude during his workouts. It would be interesting to know if Nicanor has the same desire that Barbaro did. MM says January or February. There are some nice stakes races at Gulfstream meet. The Spectacular Bid,The Holy Bull, The Hutchison, The Fountain of Youth in late February & the Florida Derby, the end of March. It's not too far fetched that Nicanor could make the Florida Derby. Who know's...dare to dream.

20 Dec 2008 3:30 PM

He looks to be quiet 2-almost-3 year old colt-- he doesn't appear to be led with a lip-chain in these pictures.  He looks almost like he's taking everything in stride, just doing the routine.  Professional looking horse so far-- it'll be interesting to see how he continues to grow.

20 Dec 2008 3:31 PM
Kath from SC

Thank you for the photos. They are great. He just makes me smile when I see him. Wishing Nicanor the best

20 Dec 2008 5:06 PM
Carrie L

These photos are great. I've enjoyed reading some of the information about Barbaro brothers. I had no idea there were so many.

Has anyone painted this guy, yet? He's certainly begging for it, in my (artistic) opinion!

20 Dec 2008 7:09 PM
lorraine S

What a gorgeous boy.  So much like his brother.  I see big things in store for him.  He's got the look of a champion.  Good Luck Nicky but most of all stay safe.  

20 Dec 2008 8:06 PM

Thank you so much for these pictures.  Nicanor is gorgeous.  Tall, dark and handsome just like his brothers. I wish him all the best on the track.  He's got the best trainer in the world guiding him.  

20 Dec 2008 11:06 PM

Nicky is a very beautiful colt.

He looks very strong and healthy. A quite hansome colt.

I too do not ever care if he races or not. But if he does I hope that I can see him at least once.

Maryland Horse Lover

20 Dec 2008 11:17 PM

The video is at:

It's 2 minutes long.

21 Dec 2008 1:09 AM

Thanks for all your support. I will win the derby in 2009. Can I have a carrot?

21 Dec 2008 1:59 AM

I have the biggest smile on my face for the cool pictures.  Thank you.  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All!

21 Dec 2008 2:39 AM
Allison Booth

He's a beautiful boy, www.GoTriple

Happy Birthday all you gorgeous babies for nexct week Jan, we love you.

21 Dec 2008 8:35 AM
Majella from Ireland

Thank you so much for the video link! Nicanor looks amazing- I dont think he will be as good as Barbaro, but who knows? Until he steps onto the track nobody will know what he's like. If hes a good race horse that would be fantastic but even if he isnt he will still have loads of fans. I love him! I know its early but Happy Christmas everybody!

21 Dec 2008 10:20 AM

Will he be as good as his brother? Look at his times, and listen to MM quote" we keep looking for one as good, and we haven't found it yet". Oh well, at least he's cute.

21 Dec 2008 11:51 AM

I believe the pressure on MM and Team is enormous.  I believe he is trying to lower our expectations.  Good luck with that.  He says Nicanor is very competitive.  He's also, obviously, big, balanced, and muscled out (he's breathtaking) and that  plus his DNA adds up to a talented horse more likely than not.  In any case, Nicanor is Nicanor, his own self (I've long ago ceased to think of him primarily as Barbaro's brother). I think of Nicanor as Nicanor, a beautiful, sweet, talented horse.


21 Dec 2008 12:23 PM

Michael said he's very competitive, the whole family is, they all want to be doing more than they should.  That suggests that he has the same drive as Barbaro and that Michael and Peter have had to hold him back to keep him from overreaching.  When he hits the track next month(!), I hope they'll turn him loose and let him do what he can do (within reason).  We'll all be cheering for him -- we are the Nicanor Nation!

21 Dec 2008 2:01 PM

Amanda, thanks for the pictures on Nicanor.  He is really a gorgeous horse. He reminds of Barbaro alot when he was a two-year-old.  I can´t express how much excitement I have been feeling since finding out when Nicanor is schedueled to race.  I hope though that he stays safe and that he stays safe even after he has his first race.  I just know that he will win his first race.  And thanks again for the images Amanda, I really wanted to see what Nicanor really looked like after all this time.  And happy holidays to everyone who reads this blog including all the fans of Barbaro, the staff at bloodhorse, and to everyone else.

21 Dec 2008 3:10 PM

The chestnut Michael rides is Messaging, a former racehorse.

21 Dec 2008 3:24 PM

Our little Nicanor is growing up! He no longer looks like that cute, fuzzy little foal; He looks like a regal race horse!

He takes my breath away in pictures! Imagine what he looks like in person!

At first, I liked Nicky because of Barbaro, but the older he gets, the more I like him for HIM!

21 Dec 2008 3:39 PM


A few of us were commenting on another board that the Jacksons should sell Nicanor T-shirts or sweatshirts.  The proceeds could go to the Laminitis Fund.  Do you know anyone you could mention this idea to?

21 Dec 2008 10:09 PM

Best Christmas present ever to see pictures of our handsome Nicanor.Thank you so much!

21 Dec 2008 10:46 PM


The "cloth bridle" is made of nylon webbing, and is actually what is called a "halter". When horses are just being handled on the ground, a halter is used in most cases (no bit). "Bridle" refers to the headgear a horse wears when ridden, and is usually a finer leather, has a browband, and bit.

Halters are usually made with nylon webbing, rope, or leather. In the photo where Nicanor is wearing the nylon halter, he is getting his bath--they are probably using the nylon instead of leather to avoid water damage.

Leather halters are more of"show" type equipment,whereas nylon or rope is everyday-around-the-barn type equipment.

Hope that helps!

22 Dec 2008 2:56 AM

WIllie, since this is a blog about Nicanor (and his little brother, Lentenor), you are fighting a losing battle.  Go elsewhere, please.  And,

Merry Christmas.

22 Dec 2008 4:07 AM

I suspect that Michael Matz is being mute on Nicanor chances to both give Nicanor an even break on the track and to eliminate any backlash on himself or the Jacksons if Nicanor does happen to lose a few races. There were and are very few horses as good as Barbaro was. M.M. didn't say Nicanor won't win races, he simply implied that Nicanor was no Barbaro. I for one am a Nicanor fan and look forward to his first race. GO NICANOR!!!!

And as I've said before, if Nicanor doesn't win races, I will still be his fan.  

22 Dec 2008 5:33 AM

MJ - That is a good idea. I would point you toward Pfizer, which you may know through the Barbaro Memorial Fund. Here is the page to contact them:

22 Dec 2008 9:56 AM
Greg J.

Just a Thought:  Nicanor, Rockland Exacta at the 2009 Kentucky Derby!!!, NOW, that would be something.....

22 Dec 2008 10:10 AM
Steamboat Willie you think that Barbara is the only horse to have broken down and ended up being put down? It is time to move on...maybe pay more attention to the problem of horses being slaughtered. All this "Nicanor energy" could be put to better use with emails aimed at the horses still going to slaughterhouses.

And a Merry Christmas to you too.

22 Dec 2008 11:13 AM
Greg J.

One More Thing, Here is a link to a great video on youtube, alot of great pictures of Nicanor, Peter, & Michael...Enjoy:

22 Dec 2008 12:07 PM
Karen in Texas

Steamboat Willie,  Enthusiasm about Nicanor is a small part of the energy generated by Barbaro. No one group has done more in the fight against slaughter than the Fans of Barbaro. They have a website against slaughter run by Alex Brown and were so organized in their efforts to pass federal legislation that Congressional assistants actually thought they were a paid lobby. The energy created by Barbaro is multi-faceted and will not stop for a long, long time.

22 Dec 2008 12:12 PM

Steamboat Willie, you obviously have a serious Grinch factor. Don't you know that Roy and Gretchen work tireless for the anti-slaughter campaign. You don't see them having time to write trite and mean remarks in this blog. By supporting Barbaro, Nicanor and the Jacksons, and buying t-shirts and sweatshirts when they become available with  Barbaro and his brothers on it, I am sure some serious money for great horse causes. I think MJ's idea is fantastic. Bah Humbug, you really need to move on.

22 Dec 2008 12:13 PM

Jim, from most of thoses shots i can't give you a real great anylsis of his comformation, but from what i can see he is well balence and put togeather. To me he is pretty impressive looking.

22 Dec 2008 12:32 PM

Willie, check out the Alex Brown Racing Forum -- lots of rescue activity and efforts over there by FOBs (Fans of Barbaro).  This site is expressly for information and conversation by those of us interested in Nicanor and Lentenor and the whole Dynaformer family. By the way, many of us on this blog are on the ABR blog, too.

22 Dec 2008 12:33 PM

I am not lucky enough to have my own computer at home, so i was excited  this morning to check this site and see the new pictures. See wishes do come true, we got an early Christmas present. Merry Christmas to all the Nicky and Lentenor connections, La ville Rouge and Dynaformer for making beautiful babies, especially to roy and gretchen jackson for letting us share in nickys and lentenors growth. thank you!!!!!!!!

22 Dec 2008 12:41 PM

Over on that other site, there are rumors that Nicanor like Key Lime Pie -- fact or fiction?

22 Dec 2008 12:44 PM

It always dismays me when people

like "Steamboat Willie" come to a blog and rag on those of us who

are here for the subject. Of course

Barbaro is not the only horse to lose a fight to live; its just that

we cared for him very much. And as to the "energy" being spent on Nicanor? We are just interested in him, and thats what this blog is about. I care very much for horses that are being slaughtered, thank you, and give my hard earned money in the fight to save them. I don't need someone like you to lecture me

on what to care about. If this interest disturbs you so much, find another blog to visit.

22 Dec 2008 12:53 PM


Go over the and see that the Fans of Barbaro have saved pver 3000 horses from slaughter in Barbaro's name.  Then I would suggest you stay and join us in the fight.

22 Dec 2008 1:40 PM
Steamboat Willie

Steamboat Willie wishes all you ladies a very Merry Christmas...have fun.

22 Dec 2008 1:54 PM
Patties Critters

Thank you for the photos and the updates regarding Nicanor! Merry Christmas to the entire Nicanor Team and all his fans:) The reason Nicanor sticks his tongue out, he is giving the others horses raspberries, cause Nicanor knows he will beat them, when the time comes to race against them!! LOL...GO Nicanor & May God Bless You.    

22 Dec 2008 2:36 PM

Tough to tell confirmation from the available photos, but in general the Carson City side of Prospector line tend to be a little wider from the back, than perfectly correct.   It was evident in Barbaro slightly.  Some good bloodstock agents have sighted the Carson City's as great auction values, because the wider rear base never adversely affected the performance of his prodigy, who were undervalued.  Check out photos of the current yearling full brother as his confirmation and correctness appear to be flawless--and he is big.

22 Dec 2008 2:37 PM

Thanks for the pictures.  He certainly is a handsome boy.

Does anyone know how much advance notice we will have of his first race, (in case we want to make the trip to Gulfstream)  Thanks in advance!

23 Dec 2008 1:10 AM

Thank you so much for the pictures!! I know I speak for all Nicanor fans when I say-We can't wait to see him run!!!

23 Dec 2008 9:11 AM

Nicanors actions on the race track will silence all those naysayers.Have faith and believe in Nicanor.

23 Dec 2008 10:27 AM

In Memory of Barbaro, I'd like to copy down the lyrics of "The Impossible Dream". I watched it a couple of days ago and can't get the song out of my head and kept thinking of Barbaro. I've changed a few words at the end.

To dream the impossible dream

To fight the unbeatable foe

To bear with unbearable sorrow

To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong

To love and inspire love from afar

To try when your legs are too weary

To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest

To follow that star

No matter how hopeless

No matter how far

To fight for the right to run

Without question or pause

To be willing to race into Hell

For a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true

To this glorious quest

That my heart will lie peaceful and calm

When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this

That one horse, loved but losing his fight

Still strove with his last ounce of courage

To reach the unreachable star

Bless your brothers with long and happy lives.

23 Dec 2008 11:39 AM

Pattie, you are priceless!  Funny ...raspberries.

Brettzky, I love hearing from you as you praise Lentenor's confirmation.

Amanda, thank you for this blog/

Willie,  again, Merry Christmas,

23 Dec 2008 12:38 PM

Greg, thank you for that referral.  Great video  -- LOVEd that last photo of Nicanor looking at us between the trees.  Beautiful!

23 Dec 2008 12:48 PM

Tizso,  that was worth 12 kleenexes.  Just beautiful.  In my heart of hearts, I believe Barbaro's brothers are going to finish what he started. Merry Christmas to all...

24 Dec 2008 12:46 PM
Funnys' Fan Carole

Great Photos, Thanks! Looking

forward to his 3yr.old season. When he races, will Prado be up?

I guess the Jacksons will make that call.

24 Dec 2008 2:19 PM

LyndaP31: I think the horse Matz is always riding is called Messaging.

25 Dec 2008 1:18 PM

Just from looking at the video, and the photos....I don't think Nicanor is ready to race, let alone working vigously on the track. With those huge feet and fine bones he's an accident waiting to happen. Let him grow more please. You slowed down on him before which was smart, however he's not done yet. Don't let the clock make you move too hasty, if things are meant to be they will happen. I am not saying this to be mean, harsh, or cruel, but we all love Nicky and he needs to grow more, or he wont make it to or past the Derby.

25 Dec 2008 8:21 PM

he's adorable!!!! i cant wait to see him run!!

26 Dec 2008 12:21 AM

Absolutely Gorgeous!!

26 Dec 2008 5:36 PM


27 Dec 2008 3:23 PM

I see Nicanor ran on Sunday and did 3 furloughs in 36:50 (handily).  WOW!  Amanda, is it possible to find out what Peter thinks of his recent workouts?

28 Dec 2008 11:18 AM

He worked this morning... must be getting close.  Definitely putting some speed in him.  This is getting exciting.

Date: December 28, 2008


Distance: Three Furlongs

Time: 36:50 Handily

Track Condition: Fast

Surface: Dirt

Rank: 2/15

28 Dec 2008 11:47 AM

Nicanor worked out this morning: 3f in 36:50 Handily on dirt, he was 2nd out of 15.

Getting faster by the week!  Soon, soon...

28 Dec 2008 3:00 PM
Nashoba Forever

good luck to this hopeful; not to be a downer but it is a complete guess to see if this horse can run, I remember the same hype for the Green Monkey, and I don't know if he has broken his maiden.  Best of Wishes

28 Dec 2008 5:00 PM
Funnys Fan Carole

Nic had another 3furlong work today. Now that's more like it!

36:+. I bet he'll run in a maiden @ Gulfstream. They open Jan 3. I

don't think he's been on their track as of yet. But, Michael knows

what he's doing, so we just need to be patient. I think it's coming together for our Boy, Nic.

28 Dec 2008 5:44 PM

Took a look at a photo of Mr. Prospector and I believe big feet simply run in La Ville Rouge's line. It also appears that Nicanor gets his good looks from his Mom's side of the family because Mr. Prospector is gorgeous as well. Nicanor if your likeness ever gets on a t-shirt or sweatshirt, I will buy a bunch of them.

28 Dec 2008 7:47 PM
Karen, PA


Your Comment:

Check it out !!!  Nicanor's new workout time:

Date: December 28, 2008


Distance: Three Furlongs

Time: 36:50 Handily

Track Condition: Fast

Surface: Dirt

Rank: 2/15

Nicanor is getting faster -- or perhaps Michael and Peter are letting him go faster.

Review: since Nicanor has been down in Florida, all on dirt (do I sense a plan for the Derby???), Nicanor has done the following:

12/05/08 - 3 furlongs in :38 flat

12/12/08 - 4 furlongs in :50.8

12/28/08 - 3 furlongs in :36.50

Note that today he was 2nd out of 15.

As long as Nicanor is safe and well, GO NICANOR GO !!!!!!!

Happy New Year to all !

28 Dec 2008 8:44 PM

Nicky looks great.  I was watching some old vid of Barbaro, and Nicanor doesn't look quite as established, but he's still young so who knows what will happen, but I'm with everyone else about keeping him safe and sound.  Looking between them I actually cried about how Nicanor is so similar to Barbaro.

28 Dec 2008 9:47 PM

Like previous comments I wish he was running a little faster in his workouts. I only hope he wants a little more distance in the races to make up for it.. I really want to see him WIN!!!!!!!!!!!

28 Dec 2008 10:18 PM

Thanks so much for updating to include the link to the video.  It is wonderful to see him in motion.  I've loved him first of all because he's Barbaro's brother, but I love him now just because he is Nicanor and I wish him the best.

29 Dec 2008 8:42 AM
Greg J.

Nicanor posted another work out :

Date: December 28, 2008


Distance: Three Furlongs

Time: 36:50 Handily

Track Condition: Fast

Surface: Dirt

Rank: 2/15

GETTING CLOSER.....Remember...Nicanor, Rockland in Derby!

29 Dec 2008 8:46 AM

In the photos, Peter is so completely focused on Nicanor.  I would love to hear Peter's take on how Nicanor is doing. That would be a gift, too.

29 Dec 2008 2:36 PM

I am and was a big fan of Barbaro.....I am curious as to his jokey will be and what your future plans for him will. Like maybe the Kentucky Derby?

29 Dec 2008 7:49 PM
CountFleet 43

It is my opinion that Michael should run Nicanor @ Tampa Bay Down's, especially if he's entered in a MSW-Turf race, as most horseman will tell you that TBD Turf course is excellent, much better then Gulfstream.

Clearwater Charlie

30 Dec 2008 1:18 PM

Quinella, it appears that Nicanor is simply wearing a tongue tie, if these pictures are of a work, then it isn't unreasonable for him to have a tongue tie. Plenty of horses run with tongue ties, it's extremely common. It's just a wet piece of cloth that ties the tongue down.

30 Dec 2008 3:52 PM

Apparently it was from the gate, a fact that was added later.

01 Jan 2009 12:45 AM

Oops, my error.  The from the gate applies to the more recent 3f work at 36.50 handily.    He looks like a racehorse and acts like a race horse, ergo, he must be a racehorse!

If he isn;t, it won't really matter, we'll all love him anyway.  

01 Jan 2009 12:53 AM

He is a handsome horse just like Barbaro and I want him to be just like him a horse that never wants to give up and I know he can do it and he should take up what Barbaro started a winner life.

01 Jan 2009 8:39 PM

He is beautiful and I would like to meet him and also he needs more training so he can be as strong as Barbaro and be able to beat racehorses just like Barbaro and to be a great just like Barbaro.

01 Jan 2009 9:04 PM
Candace J Serviss

What a handsome boy my Tennessee Walker Hannah wants a date!

04 Jan 2009 11:34 PM

I couldn't take it if something happened to this guy or to the little one. I don't think I can stand another accident. All I can do is pray for them. God be with them.

06 Jan 2009 4:34 PM

He has beautiful eyes like Barbaro. I still hang Barbaro's picture by my desk. Missing you Barbaro. Gone but not forgotten.

06 Jan 2009 4:41 PM

Will not compare him to Barbaro, but will say he will be as great. he will run in one of the TC races and make his mark.

10 Jan 2009 2:53 PM

Nicanor is becoming a great horse. I can't wait to see him race. I hope he will take up his brothers life a winners life and that is what a winner is like take up what a family member started. I hope he is ready to be a great and maybe he has a chance to beat Man o' War's record. I know he can cause every horse can beat it. I mean every horse has the heart but the horse has to have somebody to be there for them like a friend would and I know Nicanor has the heart to beat the record. He needs a friend to help him and urge him to give it his all. Just like my quarter horse at home she gives it her all when we do barrels at horse shows. Also when I become a horse owner I would the friend for my horses.

12 Jan 2009 5:52 PM

Nicanor is an individual. He isn't from a factory so I hope people don't put too many expectations on him. I came from a family with FIVE boys, and we were ALL different. Same goes for horses.

19 Jan 2009 5:08 PM

WOW AT the 4th pic he looks really like Barbaro.

25 Jan 2009 1:34 PM
Triple Crown Studio

Everyone is welcome to visit my website at

Scroll down the left hand side until you see Barbaro, click on that and on the bottom of the page is THE only photo from the vantage point I selected before Nicanor's maiden race at Gulfstream Park. Enjoy!

07 Mar 2009 4:19 PM

Hey Cutie!! see you in virginia....

09 Jul 2009 11:44 PM
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Apparently it was from the gate, a fact that was added later.

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