Franklin Ave. Equine Advisors


Current Roster


Arch Avenue

This striking dark bay 3-year-old filly is trained by Jason Barkley and co-campaigned with Oakview Stable LLC. Just a $5500 FTKOCT yearling acquisition, Arch Avenue was a very promising fourth in her Ellis Park debut over a sharp five furlongs in a key heat July 27, but settled for sixth after a very rough start in a front-end dominated Kentucky Downs MSW Sept. 1. She came back to romp by five lengths when stretched out to a mile on the Churchill Downs main track Sept. 28 (Chart|Video). Failing to fire when despising the slop at Keeneland Oct. 26, Arch Avenue returned to winning ways with a game victory over a pair of stakes fillies at Turfway Park Dec. 7 (Chart|Video). She faced two very strong stakes-level fields at Oaklawn to kick off 2019, but bounced back to finish a good second at Churchill Downs on May 19 before scoring back under the Twin Spires June 14. Her underrated Grade I-winning sire Archarcharch throws all kinds of runners—sprint types, turf routers, etc. He’s towards the top of his crop of sires in a number of categories, and is responsible for the likes of 2018 GI Shadwell Turf Mile winner Next Shares; streaking multiple stakes winner Mr. Misunderstood; and GSW/MGISP filly Ivy Bell. Dam John’s Kinda Girl was a useful runner herself--she's by the Danzig stallion Lost Soldier, who sired brilliant champion sprinter Lost in the Fog and the dams of multiple Grade I-winning filly I'm a Chatterbox and speedy MGSW and two-time G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen runner-up X Y Jet. John's Kinda Girl broke her maiden second out on the turf as a juvenile in Southern California, and was stakes-placed at prestigious Del Mar the following year, just missing by a nose with a tough trip. The hard knocker raced 28 times, and earned $144K+. She’s thrown several solid foals, and four winners, and is a half to a champion juvenile. | Photo by Holly M. Smith


Central Capital

This racey New York-bred 2-year-old filly is by exciting young stallion Central Banker, whose early foals have been tearing it up on the New York circuit. He was far and away the leading freshman sire in the Empire State in 2018, and fourth nationally by earnings—surrounded by higher profile Kentucky stallions. Our filly’s dam Splash of Roses (Kafwain) could also run on anything. A second-out maiden special weight winner going five furlongs on the dirt in June of her 2-year-old year, she was stakes-placed that season both at seven panels on the main track and over a grassy mile. Despite her precociousness, Splash of Roses would go on to win nine times over the span of 37 career starts. Both of her previous foals are minor winners, but Central Banker is the best sire she’s ever visited. The filly’s second and third dams are by two extremely important broodmare sires in Lord At War and Private Account. After making our pedigree short list at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale, what really stood out about Central Capital was her walk and presence—she’s a small, but quick-looking filly with a very purposeful walk and good attitude (click for video). Central Capital had her early training at historic Eagle Point Farm in Ashland, Virginia, where she completed the extremely lucrative Virginia-Certified Residency Program. Based in New York with Leah Gyarmati, she is now eligible for 25% purse bonuses for any win at Midlantic racetracks (NY, NJ, PA, DE, WV, MD).


J Rob

This Mineshaft colt was snapped up early in the 2019 juvenile sales season at OBS March for what we feel was a great bargain. He had one of our favorite breezes of the entire sale—he didn’t go particularly fast through his :21 3/5 move, but seemed to just float over the ground with an efficient stride that matches his two-turn pedigree. Horse of the Year and 10-furlong Grade I winner Mineshaft (by the great A.P. Indy) has carved out a solid career at stud producing horses like himself: dirt runners who excel over a route of ground. His standout progeny include the likes of Grade I winners Effinex, It’s Tricky, Dialed In, etc. It’s Tricky and Dialed In were both bred on a version of the same cross as J Rob. This colt’s dam is by Summer Squall, another stamina influence responsible for dual Classic winner Charismatic and Kentucky Oaks heroine Summerly and himself a half-brother to A.P. Indy, making J Rob inbred to important Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise (Secretariat). Summer Squall is the broodmare sire of Belmont, Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Summer Bird and champion juvenile male Stevie Wonderboy (also by a son of A.P. Indy). J Rob is a half to Ever So Lucky (Indian Charlie), a $600K 2-year-old purchase himself who earned ‘TDN Rising Star’ status for a flashy debut win at Churchill Downs. He subsequently hit the board in a pair of graded stakes. J Rob is half to another multiple stakes-placed runner, and his dam is a half to GII Illinois Derby hero Yarrow Brae. He will be conditioned by Jason Barkley with an eye towards a late summer/early fall debut. Click here for breeze and walking video.



This juvenile colt is our second New York-bred Leah Gyarmati trainee by emerging phenom Central Banker, who has been responsible for the likes of impressive stakes winners Bankit and Newly Minted. His dam Casablanca Babe (Horse Chestnut {SAf}) was a hard-knocking runner who won 12 times from ages two to five and racked up more than $205K in earnings. She was incredibly versatile, scoring both sprinting and routing and on dirt, turf, synthetic and even on an off track. She's produced five prior winners from six to race and her 3-year-old was recently third in maiden company at Saratoga. Casablanca Babe is half to $1.2-million earning MGSW/MGISP dirt runner Musket Man (third in the GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness S. and also on the board in prestigious New York races like the GI Carter, GI Met Mile and GI Whitney). She hails from the female family of MGISW dirt router Ron the Greek. Broodmare sire Horse Chestnut, a Triple Crown-winning legend in his native South Africa, is responsible for the dams of nine Grade I or Group 1 winners, including this year's Man o' War S. hero Channel Maker; 2019 Irish Oaks heroine Star Catcher; and last year's GI Santa Margarita S. winner Fault. An Apr. 20 foal, Krugerrand is currently at Belmont and pointing to a fall debut. He is named after the South African gold coin.



This juvenile filly was acquired at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. She’s by former champion 2-year-old and 3-year-old male Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike), who has been represented by the likes of last year’s dominant handicapper and GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Accelerate; 2019 GI Kentucky Derby winner Country House; and GI Beldame S. romper and GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff runner-up Wow Cat (Chi). Her dam is the good and very fast racemare Pola’s Place (Out of Place), who boasted a solid 94 Beyer Speed Figure top. Pola’s Place’s paternal grandsire is Cox’s Ridge, who also shows up on the bottom side of Accelerate’s pedigree. Pola’s Place has produced five winners from as many to race thus far, and herself is a half to the MSW/MGSP $500K+ earner Going Wild (Golden Missile). This filly was selected by Franklin Ave.’s Brian DiDonato and trainer Jason Barkley after a smooth and visually impressive :10 2/5 breeze. She’s not big, but is very well-balanced and has a body type somewhat reminiscent of other Franklin Ave./Barkley successes Carry the One and Highland Lass. Very green in her Churchill debut at a 5 1/2-furlong trip that proved too sharp, she improved second out going longer at Arlington and we expect her to continue to step forward from there. Click here for ThoroStride virtual inspection video. | Photo by Holly M. Smith


Kantharos—Holloween Candy ‘18

This Keeneland September ‘19 value buy is by brilliant juvenile Kantharos, the sire of two of the fastest horses on the planet in World of Trouble and X Y Jet. The Mar. 24 foal is out of a speedy five-time winner who is a full to MGSP Moe Candy (Candy Ride {Arg}) and GSP Holy Candy and a half to MSP juvenile Silver Assault (Maclean’s Music). She is bred on a reverse of the Storm Cat—Candy Ride cross responsible for Horse of the Year Gun Runner, juvenile champ Shared Belief, etc. The filly is a half to stakes-placed juvenile Getting Joellenned (Trappe Shot), a Del Mar debut winner in 2018 and a current 2-year-old colt by top sire Into Mischief. Third dam Lunar Spook (Silver Ghost) was a brilliantly fast multiple stakes winner at two who carried her speed effectively at three to take the GI Ashland S. at Keeneland. The well-built dark bay will be trained by Jason Barkley and pointed to a spring debut in Kentucky next season.


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Carrier Landing

This 3-year-old gelding was claimed by Franklin Ave. Equine and Jason Barkley while taking his third straight against $16K N3L opponents at Churchill Downs May 9. Wheeled back on short rest in a $50K starter allowance for sophomores back under the Twin Spires May 25, he scraped paint and kicked on gamely late to continue his winning ways. He bounced back after a pair of disappointing efforts to be second at Ellis, and was claimed away for $32K—twice what he was acquired for—at Saratoga Sept. 1. | ThoroStride Photo


Carry the One

Picked up at the 2017 Keeneland September sale for a bargain $17K with the expectation that she would be fast, this filly is by The Factor, a multiple Grade I-winning sprinter who romped at two and who has produced the likes of Grade I-winning 2-year-old filly Noted and Quoted and brilliant turf sprinter Bound for Nowhere. Dam Lady Malkin (Sharp Humor) was extremely swift herself and was stakes-placed at two. Second dam Lady Dynasty (Richter Scale) was a Churchill Downs maiden special weight winner at two and was a multiple stakes-placed sprinter. In addition to Lady Malkin, she’s responsible for Bluegrass Angus, another speedy 2-year-old and multiple stakes winner who carried his early zip over a route of ground. This is a solid extended female family that includes Grade I winner Western Aristocrat, Grade II winners Zindaya and Harissa, et al. Carry the One, co-owned by Oakview Stable, made her troubled-trip debut for trainer Jason Barkley at Keeneland Apr. 26, but was all business when she returned to the races Oct. 19—she crushed her competition by 5 1/2 lengths in solid time (Chart|Video). Carry the One was subsequently sold privately for a very substantial profit. | Photo by Holly M. Smith


Dawn Lightning

Dawn Lightning was Franklin Ave.'s first partnership purchase. She ran valiant thirds in maiden special weight company in two outings at Monmouth Park, and broke through with a first victory--for herself and the stable--at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24, 2018 (video replay). She hit the board in four subsequent efforts for Franklin Ave. and was in the top three in half of her 14 starts in the green, blue and white. By multiple Grade I-winning young stallion The Factor, the Florida-bred filly is out of the multiple stakes-placed Elusive Quality mare Vicarious Won. Dawn Lightning got her name because of a very heavy storm that occurred during her first morning in New Jersey. | Coglianese Photo


Highland Lass

This daughter of Quality Road was picked up for just $35K in partnership with Tri-Star Racing at the 2018 Keeneland November sale and handed over to trainer Jason Barkley. A muscular sprint type with a build somewhat reminiscent of past Franklin Ave. success story Carry the One, the former Southern California-based filly racked up more than $81K for us in nine months. Her best race came when she rallied impressively to take a lucrative $91K allowance at Oaklawn on 3.28.19. She eventually changed hands for more than we paid for her, securing a solid profit during the time we owned her. | Photo by Holly M. Smith

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My Sugar

My Sugar was the first horse acquired by Franklin Ave. Equine with the express purpose of reselling--or "pinhooking" her--as a broodmare prospect. Claimed for just $7,500 by Franklin Ave. and trainer Jason Barkley out of a fast-finishing runner-up effort in August of 2017, she was resold at the 2018 Keeneland January Sale for $30,000, realizing a 39.90% return on investment after expenses in a short timespan. The most expensive yearling to sell by popular racehorse sire Congrats in 2015 when she went for $200K, My Sugar hails from a strong female family developed by legendary breeder Ned Evans. She has every right to become a very productive broodmare, and we wish her new owners--Siena Farm--all the best with her. My Sugar was reportedly bred to Speightster in 2018. Click here for My Sugar's ThoroStride virtual inspection video.