The only two yearlings from Buffum’s first crop to go through the auction ring turned heads at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling, held Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the sales pavilion in Timonium. One sold for $85,000, the other was a buyback at $100,000.
“This should open people’s eyes to the potential this horse has,” noted Northview general manager and director of sales David Wade. “He represents a great value for this region.”
Golden Lad, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of leading sire Medaglia d’Oro from the female line of champion Eliza, has been retired to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2016 season. The 5-year-old dark bay, currently being syndicated into 40 shares, will stand for $5,000 live foal, payable when the foal stands and nurses.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring a horse of Golden Lad’s caliber to Maryland,” said Northview’s general manager David Wade. “He has the sire power, a wonderful family, an impressive race record, and his conformation is outstanding. Rarely does a stallion prospect like this get introduced into a regional market. We can’t wait for our breeders to see him.”
Bred and campaigned by E. Paul Robsham Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher, Golden Lad won eight of 15 starts, earned $645,320 and retires off back-to-back stakes wins in 2015. He concluded his career in the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap-G3, winning as the favorite over a field that included Tapiture, Page McKenney and Carve.
In his previous start, Golden Lad captured Penn National’s Mountainview Handicap by five lengths.
“This horse has a lot of heart and determination,” said Pletcher. “Given his level of talent and pedigree, I was certain he would end up at stud in Kentucky. This is a major score for Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region.”
Racing exclusively in stakes company this year, he scored his first win of the year in Oaklawn Park’s Essex Handicap. All three of his victories resulted in triple digit Beyer Speed Figures.
Golden Lad won four in a row from his 3 to 4-year-old seasons, capping the streak with a dominating six and three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn in his stakes debut. One race earlier he set a track record at Gulfstream Park for a mile and a sixteenth.
Out of the stakes-winning Seeking the Gold mare Broadway Gold, Golden Lad is a half-brother to $521,500-earner Broadway’s Alibi, winner of four of six starts including the Grade 2 Forward Gal and Grade 3 Comely Stakes and second in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Another half-sister, R Gypsy Gold, won multiple stakes and was Grade 1-placed in the Mother Goose Stakes. Both mares sold at the E. Paul Robsham Stables’ breeding stock dispersal in 2013 - Broadway’s Alibi for $2.15 million and R Gypsy Gold for $625,000.
Facing a Grade 1-winning favorite and making just his second start of the year, ONE GO ALL GO grabbed the lead at the start, set every fraction and then kept going, winning the $400,000 Commonwealth Derby-G2 at Laurel Park on Sept. 19, formerly run as the Virginia Derby, by a length. The 3-year-old son of FAIRBANKS trained by Pavel Matejka recorded his first stakes victory in the one and an eighth-mile turf feature and took home the $235,200 winner’s share of the purse for Preston Stables and Prestonwood Racing.
ONE GO ALL GO was stakes-placed last year at 2 when third in the Arlington-Washington Futurity-G3 in just his second start. The colt, bred in Virginia by Albert P. Coppola out of the Marquetry mare See Ashleigh Run, won his only other start of 2015, an allowance at Indiana Grand Race Course in August in his turf debut, but was disqualified and placed second for interference.
FAIRBANKS is the sire of four stakes horses in a four-week span from mid-August to mid-September. His stakes-winning 5-year-old daughter Vielsalm just missed in a thrilling finish in the All Brandy S. at Laurel on Aug. 22 and his 2-year-olds Gala’s Bank and Jeezum Jim hit the board in Delaware Park’s Small Wonder S. and First State Dash S., respectively, on Sept. 12.
Currently ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic on the leading sires list, with the fewest number of starters of the top six, FAIRBANKS has 11 stakes performers in his first four crops, five in 2015.Add a comment Add a comment
The Southern Hemisphere has a new Gr. 1-winning juvenile, and she is a daughter of JUMP START! The sensational filly SERESTA made light work of the Estrellas Juvenile Fillies-G1 at San Isidro, one of the features on Argentina’s “Breeders’ Cup” card on June 27, scoring as the favorite by two and a half lengths in the one-mile test on the turf. Rated as the best horse competing in Argentina this past year on El Turf, it was SERESTA’s sixth win in seven starts. Earlier in the season she captured Gr. 2 Raul Aristegui, Gr. 3 Derli A. Gomez, Gr. 3 Fortunato Damiani and Gr. 3 Andres S. Torres.
Out of the Carson City mare Serata, SERESTA represents a Werk Nick Rating of A+++ *Triple Plus*. And the numbers continue to grow: 13 foals by JUMP START out of Carson City mares, 10 have started, eight are winners, and three are Gr. 1 stakes winners, including millionaire RAIL TRIP!
SERESTA is one of three stakes winners in the Southern Hemisphere for the 2014/2015 season for JUMP START, joining Gr.1-winning older runners IDOLO PORTENO and LIVINGSTONE.
JUMP START is the leading active Mid-Atlantic sire of 2015 by progeny earnings, has four stakes winners through June 29, and his half-dozen stakes-placed runners include graded runners PANTS ON FIRE, PRAYER FOR RELIEF and On the Loose Again. Just another sensational year for the region’s top sire!Add a comment Add a comment