10/22/2016 4:31PM

Bar of Gold leaves rivals far behind in Empire Distaff


ELMONT, N. Y. – Bar of Gold was as an authoritative winner as you will ever see in Saturday’s $250,000 Empire Distaff Handicap, part of Belmont Park’s Empire Showcase Day program, over the type of sloppy track she so obviously adores.

Bar of Gold, the 4-5 favorite, split the leaders with an eye-catching burst of speed midway on the far turn and continued to draw off through the stretch even though she was kept well in hand by jockey Joel Rosario to score in splendid isolation, or, more specifically, 18 lengths.

Mecke’s Madalyn, the longest shot on the board at 27-1, rallied from last to be second. She finished 5 1/4 lengths ahead of the pair of Jules N Rome and Literata, who were a head apart for third- and fourth-money.

Bar of Gold covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.10 and paid $3.70.

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Certainly the biggest reason why Bar of Gold was so heavily bet Saturday was the fact that 10 of her last 11 starts came in graded stakes events, including six where she hit the board. But Bar Of Gold was also previously 4 for 4 against the kind of New York-bred competition she thrashed Saturday. Notably, all four of those previous New York-bred wins came on wet tracks. You can now make her 5 for 5 in both categories.

Bar of Gold is a 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, from the Lemon Drop Kid mare Khancord Kid, owned and bred by Chester and Mary Broman. She is trained by John Kimmel.

“We always had a question about her distance capabilities,” Kimmel admitted. “I got to thinking more and more about it. Trying to get this filly off the pace and giving her a chance to settle was always what I’ve been targeting for her.”