05/19/2009 3:48PM

Medaglia d'Oro


Thanks for posting lifetime pp's for horses of interest...could we get them for Medalgia D'Oro...
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Medaglia d'Oro was one of the better nine-furlong runners of the past ten years.  At that distance, he won the Jim Dandy by 13 3/4 lengths, the Whitney, the Oaklawn Handicap, the Strub by seven lengths, and the Donn by almost five lengths.  He won the San Felipe at 1 1/16 miles, and was quick enough to win his maiden at six panels.  While he could get the job done at 10 furlongs (see Travers), he often found at least one better at classic distances.  He ran second in the Belmont to Sarava.  He ran second in two Breeders' Cup Classics (to Volponi and Pleasantly Perfect).  He ran second to Pleasantly Perfect in the Dubai World Cup.  Considering his modest pedigree, Medaglia d'Oro was a talented overachiever that crosses well with most bloodlines.  He was durable enough to race from ages two through five, and should continue to sire solid performers.

Here are his lifetime past performances:

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Speaking of Medaglia D'Oros, a few 3YO that I have hopes for have yet to start, including a half to Imperialism, Megavista. I also look forward to his 2YOs out of Ten's Testamony, Bayou Plans, Gerri n Jo Go, Stormy Squall, Jo Zak, Amizette, etc.

Bella Medaglia is the only one of your watch horses to record a published workout, but here is some more information on the Medaglia d'Oro babies:

*Bella Medaglia (Medaglia d'Oro - Ten's Testamony) - filly; foaled March 21, 2007 in Kentucky; $100,000 yearling purchase; $200,000 juvenile purchase; worked three furlongs in 37.19 on April 18 at Evangeline Training; half-sister to Duckhorn (Grade 2 route winner)

*Al Zir (Medaglia d'Oro - Bayou Plans) - colt; sold for $1.6M to Sheikh Mohammed earlier this year; $325,000 RNA as yearling; half-brother to Midas Eyes (Grade 1 sprint winner)

*Inmyheartforever (Medaglia d'Oro - Gerri n Jo Go) - filly; $72,000 yearling purchase; $40,000 RNA as juvenile; half-sister to Freefourracing (stakes-winning sprinter)

*Medaglia's Express (Medaglia d'Oro - Stormy Squall) - colt; $60,000 yearling purchase; dam a three-quarter sister to Sharp Cat (multiple Grade 1 winner)

*Narrate (Medaglia d'Oro - Jo Zak) - filly; $50,000 yearing purchase; half-sister to Jill Robin L (Grade 2 sprint winner)

*Super Espresso (Medaglia d'Oro - Amizette) - filly; $1.1 million yearling; second dam is Courtly Dee

One more to watch out for is Unique New York (Medaglia d'Oro - Miss Mary), a $115,000 yearling that resold for only $80,000 earlier this year.  The Group 2 winning dam is a full sister to Miss Linda, a champion in Argentina, and Grade 1 winner in North America.  I liked what I saw from Unique New York's workout video prior to the juvenile sale in 2009.  Maybe she can run a little bit.


Question re Handigambling..
Since more taacks are going to a 4 day week and not running on Wednesdays why don't we move the handigambling exercise to Thursdays to give us more tracks to choose from?

congrats to crazyhorsemike for finishing first in our Preakness HandiGambling contest.  He picked the eighth race at Churchill on Thursday, and I'll go with it instead of our usual Wednesday wager.  For now, it will be a one-week change, but if the pickings are scarce on Wednesdays, we could consider changing the format.

Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan."   Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.  In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. 

I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's remember why we began the HandiGambling races in the first place.  The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses, and why we're betting them the way we are.  I'm not asking for a novel, but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles, and thought process about wagering, it would be appreciated.

Here are the past performances:

Download HandiGambling 134

Good Luck!