Delaware Park has announced that it has changed the $300,000 Grade Three Leonard Richards Stakes to the Barbaro Stakes in a tribute to the 2006 Kentucky Derby champion.
The race on the turf at one and one-sixteenth miles for three-year olds will be run on July 15, the same day as the $1 million Delaware Handicap.
Barbaro broke his maiden in a turf race at Delaware Park in 2005. He was euthanized in January after complications from catastrophic injuries in last May’s Preakness.
“To be able to honor such a tenaciously spirited horse, whose remarkable career started at Delaware Park in 2005, with its own stake race, makes the racing family here extremely proud,” Delaware Park racing secretary Ismael “Izzy” Trejo said. Link