03/14/2010 11:00PM

Trainer profile: Edward Barker


Less is more would be a good way to describe Edward Barker's 2009-10 winter meet at Aqueduct.

With a stable that only recently expanded from eight to 10 horses, "Eddie B." had fashioned a 6-4-4 record from 25 starters with two weeks remaining on the inner track, good for an overall return on investment of $2.97.

A Long Island native, Barker has been a fixture on the circuit since 1994, when he saddled his first winner, Dr. Kure All.

"I actually won my first three races with him, and he dead-heated twice in less than a month," Barker recalled. "That's got to be some kind of a record."

Barker has trained a number of grizzled geldings well familiar to New York horseplayers through at least a part of their long careers - such as Love That Song, who won 11 of 75 starts; Top Bunk, who was 21 for 90; and Explosive Count, who notched wins number 23 and 24 as a 10-year-old for Barker in March 2008.

This winter, a pair of 5-year-old mares, Quiet Mover and Meese Rocks, have been the stars of the stable.

Quiet Mover has finished in the money in all five of her starts at the meet, at distances ranging from six furlongs to a mile and 70 yards. She has won 5 of 22 starts since claimed by Barker out of a $25,000 maiden sprint at Saratoga on Aug. 6, 2008, beginning with a maiden special weight win at a $55 mutuel just 18 days later.

"We shocked the crowd with that one," said Barker, 64.

Meese Rocks was sidelined for more than 11 months, and returned at Saratoga last summer to win a maiden turf sprint at better than 15-1 first out for Barker. She reeled off three consecutive allowance wins after switching over to dirt at the turn of the year, and recently went wire to wire in the Personal Girl overnight stakes.

"She wasn't switching leads," Barker explained. "We worked real hard on her after Saratoga, and now that she's switching leads she's a different horse. She's equally good on grass as on the dirt, and she's been a real stickout for us. I'm going to get her freshened up for Belmont."

A productive new addition to the stable is Full Tilt Noogie, a gray New York-bred purchased privately on behalf of owners Henry, Joseph, and Jamie Terranova following a runner-up finish in an open $8,000 maiden claimer at Tampa Bay Downs. The 4-year-old Full Tilt Noogie ran second for $50,000 in his local debut, and graduated at that level 18 days later.

"The numbers he was running [in Florida] were good enough to at least beat maiden 15s," said Barker. "I really think he's going to run a lot better on the grass, based on the numbers he ran last year. We're going to have some options with him."