Barbaro's brother has another win to celebrate, but this one wasn’t quite as spectacular as his turf debut last month.
Nicanor won an allowance race on the turf at Delaware Park on Wednesday, covering 1 1-8 miles in 1 minute, 52.95 seconds. He went off as the favorite, won by 1 3/4 lengths and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. He led from the beginning and while none of the others really threatened to catch him, Michael Matz’s charge looked leg-weary in deep stretch.
White Holiday took second, and Stevil was third.
After losing his first three races, Nicanor has two straight wins. He broke his maiden on May 13 in a romp on the turf at Delaware Park — the same track where Barbaro won his first career race.
Nicanor's team is the same one that backed Barbaro three years ago: He is owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, and trained by Matz.
"We are not exactly sure where we may run him next," Matz said. "We want to take our time and see how he comes out of this race. But we were very pleased with his race today."
Matz said there is a possibility Nicanor's next start will be in the Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs on July 18.