Freshmen sires Medaglia d’Oro and Mr. Livingston, both by El Prado, were represented by their respective first winners when Richard Rowan’s Renda and Theresa and David Palmer and Merritt Racing’s D. C.’s Legacy won at Calder Race Course May 31.
Renda, trained by Juan Arias, was bred in Kentucky by Meadowridge Stable out of the Capote mare Ten Carats and was an $11,000 purchase from the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2007. She started for the first time in the sixth race under Wesley Henry Sr. and immediately took the lead, drawing off to win the five-furlong test by five lengths in a final time of :59.23. She returned $21.60, $9.20, and $4.00.
D.C.’s Legacy, trained by Bill Kaplan, is a homebred son of Mr. Livingston out of the Way West mare Miss Godiva. Making his career debut in the first race, he found the rail and prevailed in a five-furlong sprint under Juan Leyva, fighting back to claim his score by a half-length in 1:01 flat after being headed in the stretch. He paid $4, $2.80, and $2.40.
The grade I-winning Medaglia d’Oro, a 10-year-old son of El Prado, stands at Stonewall Stallions near Versailles, Ky., for a 2008 fee of $40,000 live foal.
Mr. Livingston, a grade III winner also by El Prado, stands at Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla., for a 2008 fee of $3,500 live foal.