Medaglia d'Oro Heads Frankel Workout Brigade at Hollywood Park

Medaglia d'Oro Heads Frankel Workout Brigade at Hollywood Park
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Medaglia d'Oro, working at Hollywood Park Sunday morning.
Headed by Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge (gr. I) contender Medaglia d'Oro, four Bobby Frankel-trained runners worked at Hollywood Park Sunday morning in preparation for next Saturday's World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita.

Medaglia d'Oro, a 4-year-old son of El Prado -- Cappucino Bay (by Bailjumper) owned by Edmund Gann, breezed six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 while working in company with Watchem Smokey. Regular exercise rider Marco Ramirez was aboard Medaglia d'Oro and jockey Pat Valenzuela was on Watchem Smokey.

Frankel caught Medaglia d'Oro in fractional times of :25 1/5, :37 2/5, :48 4/5 and 1:00 4/5, with a gallop out time of 1:24 4/5 for seven-eighths of a mile. He pulled up a mile in 1:39 4/5.

The colt went out a little after 8:30 and looked fantastic. His coat was resplendent and he was packing a lot of muscle. This was as good as this horse has ever looked. He broke off slowly and wanted to more early, as Ramirez took a hold of him. He collared his workmate on the far turn and edged clear to finish 2 lengths in front, with a final eighth in :11 2/5. By the time they galloped out another eighth, he was eight lenghts in front, and opening it up to 15 lengths.

There were two different opinions of the work. Frankel was naturally thrilled with it, getting exactly what he was looking for. But it was a different story for Wally Dollase, trainer of Ten Most Wanted. "I didn't like what I saw," Dollase said. "That horse looked too good. Man, he looked great."

Ramirez was also aboard Frankel's Distaff (gr. I) contender Sightseek, as the Juddmonte Farms homebred worked five furlongs in :59 1/5. The 4-year-old daughter of Distant View -- Viviana (by Nureyev) posted fractions of :11 4/5, :23, :34 2/5, and :46 3/5, and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 1/5.

"She should be in the Classic," Frankel jokingly said of the filly who was full of herself as she entered the track. "She's a great filly who always does what you want her to do."

Earlier in the day, while dense fog engulfed Hollywood Park, the Frankel pair of Heat Haze and Tates Creek worked in company as both continued to prep for the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I). With Ramirez aboard, Heat Haze broke off about five lengths in front of her stablemate and they continued that way throughout the five furlong breeze. The official time for Heat Haze, a daughter of Green Dancer -- Hasili (by Kahyasi) also owned by Juddmonte, was 1:01 3/5. The official time for Tates Creek, Juddmonte's 5-year-old mare by Rahy -- Viviana (by Nureyev), was 1:01 2/5.

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