The big question on the eve of the Preakness is: How hot is Medaglia d’Oro, sire of Preakness favorite Rachel Alexandra (according to Daily Racing Form, she was the 3-2 betting favorite as of 6:00 pm in pre-race betting!)?
The answer is: RED HOT!!
Today, Payton d’Oro, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, won the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico! The 3-year-old filly led wire-to-wire-to win the filly counterpart to the Preakness by a length and a quarter. The field included another daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, too! Renda, a previous stakes winner, was the result of our mating recommendation. With Payton d’Oro’s win, Medaglia d’Oro now is the sire of 7 first-crop SWs – and ALL are fillies! Three of them are Graded SWs! This is truly amazing.
If you’ve been reading this space, you know I did a post on Medaglia d’Oro in April (Medaglia d’Oro’s fast fillies) when we discussed his record for siring fillies. You can read it by clicking here.
Medaglia d’Oro, who stands at Stonewall Farm, was heavily recommended by WTC Inc. when he first went to stud. As a son of the Sadler’s Wells stallion El Prado, he figured to suit a lot of the Mr. Prospector-line mares in production today. Well, Rachel Alexandra is out of a Roar mare (Roar is by Forty Niner, by Mr. Prospector), and another one of his SWs, She’s Our Annie, also is out of a Roar mare. I can guarantee you that he wasn’t bred to many Roar mares, so this is an interesting development. Payton d’Oro is out of a Jade Hunter mare (Jade Hunter is by Mr. Prospector), so 3 of his 7 SWs are out of Mr. Prospector-line mares.
What is truly remarkable about Medaglia d’Oro is that not only is he siring SWs at a great clip, he’s also getting very high-class runners, and in Rachel Alexandra he may have “one for the ages.” She won the G1 Kentucky Oaks by 20 lengths, and just the fact that she’s the favorite in the Preakness speaks eons about her. Remember all the hype about the colts before the Derby? This was universally called one of the best crops of 3-year-olds in a while. Well, it may turn out that the best of the crop was actually a filly.
Rachel Alexandra will not have an easy time of it in the Preakness. She has to break from a very unfavorable post, and her running style – like Payton d’Oro’s in the Black-Eyed Susan – is to set the pace. So in the Preakness she’ll have to be used hard early, and the sharp turns at Pimlico may give her problems. Then, there’s the matter of the competition. Pioneer of the Nile, Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bid, Kentucky Derby favorite Friesan Fire, and the very good colt Musket Man will test her like she’s never been in the past.
BUT, if she were to win the Preakness, there can be no doubt where she stands. The last two fillies to win the Derby – Winning Colors and Genuine Risk – couldn’t win this race, to put it in perspective. And a Preakness victory by Rachel Alexandra would propel Medaglia d’Oro into the stratosphere as one of the best young stallions in the world. I, for one, would like nothing better than to see that happen tomorrow! Go Rachel Go!
(Click here to view the pedigrees of Payton d’Oro and Rachel Alexandra)