Donn H. (gr. I)
(gr. I , 9f ,)
(DK B/ h,
El Prado (IRE) Cappucino Bay , by Bailjumper
BJoyce Bell, KY.; OEdmund A. Gann; TRobert J. Frankel
Seattle Fitz (ARG)
(DK B/ h,
Fitzcarraldo (ARG) Hug a Slew , by Seattle Slew
BFirmamento, ARG.; OWest Point Thoroughbreds; TKiaran P. McLaughlin
Distorted Humor Belle's Good Cide , by Slewacide
BWinStar Farm, LLC, NY.; OSackatoga Stable; TBarclay Tagg
With his 43/4-length win in the Feb. 7 Donn Handicap (gr. I), Medaglia d’Oro has now won a grade I race in each of the last three years. In 2002 he defeated Repent to win the Travers Stakes and last year he defeated Volponi by a length to win the Whitney Handicap. Both of those races were at Saratoga. The Donn was Medaglia d’Oro’s first start in Florida.
Bobby Frankel trains Medaglia d’Oro for Edmund Gann, who purchased the colt privately in 2002 from his breeders, Albert and Joyce Bell of Great Falls, Mont. The Bells bred Medaglia d’Oro in Kentucky from their homebred mare Cappucino Bay. They purchased her dam, Dubbed In, in 1980 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $65,000. Seattle-area agent Claudia Canouse signed the ticket for the mare on the Bells’ behalf. She was in foal to Star Envoy.
Cappucino Bay won the 1991 Mercer Girls Stakes at Longacres. Three years earlier her half-brother, Maharesred, won the All West Futurity at Exhibition Park (now Hastings Park) and the Joe Gottstein Futurity at Longacres for Joyce Bell before heading on to compete in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). He failed to place, but a year later he won the Hopeful Stakes, also at Exhibition Park, for the Bells.
The Bells still own Cappucino Bay and three of her foals, including her first foal, Carr de Mon. That mare’s first foal, Tacky, is one of three horses from Medaglia d’Oro’s family currently in training in Northern California. Racing for Joyce Bell and trainer Chuck Peery, he finished third in his first start this year, a Jan. 9 allowance at Golden Gate Fields. Also making recent starts at Golden Gate are two half-siblings to Medaglia d’Oro, Expresso Bay (by Metfield) and Cappucino Kid (by Pioneering). Expresso Bay ran unplaced in the Tanforan Handicap on the same day as the Donn. He is trained by Doug O’Neill for owner Pablo Suarez. Cappucino Kid was also in action on Feb. 7 at Golden Gate Fields. He ran unplaced in an optional claiming event for trainer Peter Eurton and a partnership that includes Bran Jam Stable.
El Prado is the sire of Medaglia d’Oro and 47 other stakes winners, including two other horses who have won added-money races this year. Kitten’s Joy won the Jan. 1 Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) at Calder Race Course and Pro Prado won the Jan. 24 Mountain Valley Stakes at Oaklawn Park. El Prado stands at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway where his 2004 fee is $75,000.—K.I.G.