Oaklawn H. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 9f ,)

MEDAGLIA D'ORO (DK B/ h, 122 lb) $300,000
El Prado (IRE) —Cappucino Bay , by Bailjumper
B—Joyce Bell, KY.; O—Edmund A. Gann; T—Robert J. Frankel

Slider (GR/RO g, 112 lb) $100,000
Prenup —Hunt's Corner , by Silver Ghost
B—Dr. Dan W. White, KY.; O—Billy Hays; T—Joe Woodard

Kudos (B g, 117 lb) $50,000
Kris S. —Souq , by Damascus
B—Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss, KY.; O—Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.; T—Richard E. Mandella

Margins: 2¾, head, 4. Others: Crafty Shaw 114($30,000) , Gold Tango 111($20,000) . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

Since August of 2002, Medaglia d’Oro has won all but one of his starts, and all of them were in graded stakes competition. His latest victory was in the grade II Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park where he made easy work of his four rivals and defeated the closest one, Slider, by 23/4 lengths.

Medaglia d’Oro has only one grade I win, yet, he is one of the richest Thoroughbreds in training. His $2,804,720 ranks third among the horses known to still be in active training in the Western Hemisphere. First is High Chaparral, whose bankroll stands at $3,614,107. Second is Harlan’s Holiday, who recently added $1.2 million to his earnings with a second-place finish in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). His total is $3,475,164. Closely behind Medaglia d’Oro are Milwaukee Brew and Volponi, each with a little over $2.7 million. (Note, Moon Ballad, winner of the World Cup, has $4,302,176 in earnings, but Dubai is in the Eastern Hemisphere.)

All four of the grade II races won by Medaglia d’Oro were grade I races at one time. The Oaklawn Handicap was a grade I in 1998-2002. The Jim Dandy was a grade I in 2001. The Strub Stakes was a grade I from 1973-97. And the San Felipe was a grade I race from 1984-88.

Edmund Gann owns Medaglia d’Oro and three other graded stakes winners of 2003: Final Destination, Midas Eyes, and Peace Rules. All four of those horses are trained by Robert Frankel.

Gann purchased Medaglia d’Oro privately from his breeders, Albert and Joyce Bell, after the colt made two starts in Joyce’s name. The Bells own three half-siblings to Medaglia d’Oro—Cappucino Kid, Carr de Mon, and Kahuli—as well as his dam, Cappucino Bay.

El Prado has sired 39 stakes winners, including Mi Pradera, a winner of two group I races in Puerto Rico this year, Rhonesquarterswish, and McKinney, stakes winners this year. El Prado is owned by a partnership and stands at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway for a $75,000 fee.—K.J.I.