Haskell Invitational S. (gr. I)
(gr. I , 9f ,)
Medaglia d'Oro Lotta Kim , by Roar
BDolphus C. Morrison, KY.; OStonestreet Stables and McCormick, Harold; TSteven M. Asmussen
Birdstone Hong Kong Squall , by Summer Squall
BDr. V. Devi Jayaraman, KY.; OJayaraman, Dr. K. K. and Jayaraman, Dr. Vilasini D.; TTim A. Ice
Speightstown La Comete , by Holy Bull
BGlencrest Farm LLC, KY.; OMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael and Smith, Derrick; TTodd A. Pletcher
Rejected as a foal by her dam, Rachel Alexandra quickly overcame her circumstances to become one of the greatest race fillies of all time.
The 3-year-old bay filly most recently won the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I), which marked the second time she bested a field of males.
Bred by Dolphus Morrison, the daughter of Medaglia dÕOro was raised at Dede McGeheeÕs Heaven Trees Farm near Lexington. Morrison had sent Rachel AlexandraÕs stakes-winning dam Lotta Kim (by Roar) to Heaven Trees to become a broodmare after she had suffered a career-ending injury.
The delivery of Rachel, her first foal, was prolonged and difficult, and due to the fact Lotta Kim had defied her maternal instincts and couldnÕt produce enough milk, McGehee decided to put Rachel on a nurse mare.
ÒWhen we finally got (Rachel) out, there was just something about her,Ó remembered Heaven Trees farm manager Don Barcus. ÒSometimes you get a gut feeling that this one could be special, just the way they look and the way they act.Ó
After trying unsuccessfully to make Lotta Kim let Rachel nurse, Barcus and McGehee collected some colostrum from the mare for her newborn filly.
Ò(Lotta Kim) could have cared less about that foal,Ó said Barcus. ÒI canÕt explain why, but obviously, Rachel didnÕt need her mother. After she got some colostrum, she said, ÔSee ya!Õ and took right to the nurse mare.Ó
Morrison raced Rachel in partnership with Michael Lauffer, and then sold her privately following her 201Ú4-length feat in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Rachel is now owned by Jess JacksonÕs Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick, for whom she also won the May 16 BlackBerry Preakness Stakes and the June 27 Mother Goose Stakes (both gr. I). She had been transferred to the barn of Steve Asmussen for the Preakness after being trained to early success by Hal Wiggins.
Morrison, a resident of Columbia, Mo., still keeps Lotta Kim at Heaven Trees. Earlier in the year she delivered an Any Given Saturday colt that failed to stand and nurse and had to be euthanized after undergoing treatments. She was not bred for 2010.
Medaglia dÕOro is the sire of 10 stakes winners. Among his seven black-type winners of 2009 are GabbyÕs Golden Gal (gr. I) and Payton dÕOro (gr. II). Medaglia dÕOro began the 2009 breeding season at Stonewall Farm Stallions near Midwawy, Ky. He was sold in June and moved to Darley near Lexington.ÑE.M.