Darley Stable's graded stakes placed Balladry will break from post position no. 8 in Saturday's 1 1/8-mile $250,000 Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The 4-year-old gray colt by Grade 1 winner Unbridled's Song is looking for his first stakes win, and has been assigned 119 pounds. Balladry was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
Balladry is out of the 1996 Eclipse Award winning 2-Year-Old Female, who was campaigned by Dogwood Stable and is a member of the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, Storm Song. Eoin Harty conditions Balladry.
Victor Espinoza will be in the irons on Balladry. The colt placed 3rd in the 1 3/8-mile Prove It Stakes at Hollywood Park earlier this year, and 3rd in his last start the 1 1/2-mile Grade 3 Cougar Handicap at Del Mar over the Polytrack Classic surface on July 27.
Balladry last worked at Hollywood Park on Sept. 25, breezing 5-furlongs in 1:02 3/5 seconds.
The colt has 3 wins, 1 second and 4 thirds in 16 starts, and has earned $174,138.