Uncle Mo’s Kingsbarns Stays Perfect, Wires Louisiana Derby

Kingsbarns (c, 3, Uncle Mo–Lady Tapit, by Tapit) made it a perfect three-for-three in front-running fashion 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, Kingsbarns was sent to the front and led the way through easy fractions of :24.71 and :49.60. The bay began to shake free as they straightened and streaked under the wire a powerful, four-length winner. The final time for 1 3/16 miles was 1:57.33.

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.

Kingsbarns, an $800,000 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. 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.

Sales history: $250,000 yrl ’21 FTSAUG; $800,000 2yo ’22 FTFMAR.

Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0.

O-Spendthrift Farm LLC; B-Parks Investment Group, LLC (Ky); T-Todd Pletcher.

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