Medaglia d'Oro Filly Brings $1.575M at F-T

Medaglia d'Oro Filly Brings $1.575M at F-T
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Hip #117, filly, Medaglia d'Oro - Wait a While, by Maria's Mon, brought $1.575 million at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

A daughter of Medaglia d'Oro   became the current sales topper during the Aug. 7 session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, bringing a final bid of $1.575 million from trainer Todd Pletcher.

Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent, for Arindel Farm as Hip No. 117, the filly is out of the Maria's Mon mare Wait a While, a 10-time graded stakes winner who scored her biggest victories in the 2006 and 2008 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT) and the 2006 American Oaks Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) for Arindel Farm. She was named the United States champion 3-year-old filly of 2006 while being trained by Pletcher.

The yearling's third dam is grade III winner Grand Charmer. She is also from the family of multiple grade I winner and two-time champion Lookin At Lucky  , who captured the 2010 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Pletcher declined to name to client for whom he had bought the Medaglia d'Oro filly.

"Obviously, I know the mare (Wait a While) really well," he said. "She's a beautiful filly and we're happy to get her. Regardless of what she does on the racetrack, she's worth a lot as a broodmare. She'll probably go down to Ocala (to train) and we'll take it from there."

Earlier, a daughter of Dynaformer got the second session of the sale off to a solid start when she fetched a final bid of $950,000 from Paul Fudge of Waratah Thoroughbreds.

Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, the filly is the second foal out of the grade III-winning Smart Strike   mare Super Freaky. Super Freaky's granddam, Bonnie's Poker, produced United States and Dubai champion Silver Charm, winner of the 1997 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). Silver Charm, who prevailed in eight other graded stakes during his career, also ran second in the 1997 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) when he was beaten just three-quarters of a length by Touch Gold  .

"We have a long history of the pedigree...Pablo Suarez and myself bought and raced Super Freaky," said bloodstock agent David Ingordo, who signed the ticket on Fudge's behalf. "This filly was a superstar physical who had the pedigree, and there aren't very many more Dynaformers, so she is special.

"This is a cornerstone piece...we think she could be a stakes horse that can retire to the Waratah broodmare band," Ingordo continued. "She cost money, but she's worth it. She's just a beautiful filly; a horse like that will stand out wherever she goes. Wherever Mr. Fudge wants to race her, they're going to look over in the paddock and say, 'Uh oh.' "

Super Freaky was sold to Castlelon Lyons for $950,000 at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale.

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