Trainer Wesley Ward's barn, as usual, is loaded with aspiring 2-year-olds this spring. One that could draw particular interest whenever its name passes the entry box is Fauci.
The unraced Malibu Moon colt is named after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who for many has been a steadying influence during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fauci — the horse — was a $170,000 purchase at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale for Ward’s longtime client Ice Wine Stable.
Ward touted the colt Sunday when asked by TVG’s Scott Hazelton to note an unraced juvenile in the barn worth following.
“I got some good ones...but the reason I’m going to give you the name is because they named him after Dr. Fauci. His name is Fauci,” Ward said. “He’s a Malibu Moon colt and he’s been doing really, really good.
“I think they gave him a great name. I’m hoping that one comes through just for the name more than anything,” Ward added. “But also for the guys because they’ve been loyal, great owners to me for years and years now.”
The Ice Wine Stable principals are Dave Reid and Frank Antonacci. They previously have campaigned European stallion No Nay Never, among others. Phillip Antonacci, Frank's son, signed the ticket for Fauci as an agent at the sale.
Out of the Intikhab mare Tashzara, Fauci has been working in Kentucky since mid-March. Most recently, he drilled three furlongs Thursday in :35.20 at Keeneland.
Trainer Wesley Ward joined us this afternoon via Skype from @KeenelandRacing to provide us with an update on his barn and shares how he will be preparing his horses for Royal Ascot in June with @ScottTVG: pic.twitter.com/Qz1GnAnFpU— TVG (@TVG) May 10, 2020