Barn Notes

Call First Can Answer the Bell on Saturday

Posted Thursday, Sep 6, 2012



            The first time that Call First showed up in the Monmouth Park entries this year, he ran with a $20,000 claiming tag. It was the classic Catch-22 scenario for trainer Patricia Farro and her husband, Mike, who is her assistant.

They wanted the beautifully bred 4-year-old son of AP Indy out of the Storm Cat mare Connie Belle, but they couldn’t have him.

            At the conclusion of that race on July 14, First Call was haltered by trainer Tony Wilson, who was the luckiest of all those who had hoped to lead the gelding back to their barns. When Wilson ran him next on July 29 with a price of $25,000, The Farros tried again.

            “We got him that day and we didn’t even have to win a shake,” said Mike Farro. “With that breeding, we wouldn’t have been able to get him at all if he weren’t a gelding. He’s been doing great since he’s been in the barn and we think he’s a nice, solid, little horse.”

            Running in the colors of MAT Stable for the first time in his next race, First Call was second in a $42,000 allowance test that was taken off the Monmouth turf. The Farros will saddle him again on Saturday, when he’ll go postward as the probable favorite in the featured $32,000 allowance/optional claiming race at 1 mile 70 yards on the main track.

            “We’d like to run him back on the turf,” said Mike. “But he’s good either way. He runs on anything and he runs well.”

            It seems the same can be said for most of those in the Farro barn this year, including 2012 Teddy Drone and Mr. Prospector Stakes winner Roayl Currier.

Through September 5, Patricia was ranked as the 50th leading trainer in North America with 73 wins, 43 seconds and 48 third place finishes from 391 starts. Moreover, the stable has cracked the $2 million in earnings barrier, with $2,006,952 to date.

            It is the best year ever for Patricia Farro, who in 2004 became the first woman in track history to win the trainer’s title at The Meadowlands.

            “We are having a good year, thank God,” said Mike. “We’re just grinding it out, here, there and everywhere we can.”

            Another former claim with a solid chance on Saturday is Kid Sidney, a 3-year-old gelded son of Lemon Drop Kid who has made two starts, including a fourth place finish in the $60,000 Jersey Derby, for trainer Steve Hobby.

            “He’ll run in blinkers for the first time and we expect that will definitely make a difference. We decided to run him in them because he was a little babyish in his races and not concentrating,” said William Hollick, the assistant to Hobby.

            Tiz Miz Sue, who is a possible for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic at Santa Anita on November 3, remains in Hobby’s barn at Monmouth and Hollick reported that the multiple graded stakes placed daughter of dual Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow is in fine form.



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