Strub S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 9f ,)

MEDAGLIA D'ORO (DK B/ h, 123 lb) $240,000
El Prado (IRE) —Cappucino Bay , by Bailjumper
B—Joyce Bell, KY.; O—Edmund A. Gann; T—Robert J. Frankel

Olmodavor (B h, 117 lb) $80,000
A.P. Indy —Corrazona , by El Gran Senor
B—Wertheimer & Frere, KY.; O—Wertheimer and Frere; T—Richard E. Mandella

Tracemark (DK B/ g, 117 lb) $48,000
Conquistador Cielo —Juta's Fame , by Danzig
B—Russell S. Davis, KY.; O—Edward T. McGrath; T—Craig Dollase

Margins: 7, ½, 7. Others: Easy Grades 117($24,000) , Pass Rush 121($8,000) , Castle Gandolfo 117 . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

Medaglia d’Oro, whose $2,260,600 in earnings last year helped his sire, El Prado, to the top of the sire list, is back at it again in 2003. The 4-year-old embarrassed a group of his peers with a seven-length win in the grade II Strub Stakes at Santa Anita. The win was his fourth in graded stakes company.

In 2002 Medaglia d’Oro was one of three Eclipse Award finalists for the top 3-year-old of the season. His rivals, winner War Emblem and Came Home, both retired to stud, making Medaglia d’Oro an early leader in the handicap horse division.

Albert and Joyce Bell of Great Falls, Mont., bred Medaglia d’Oro in Kentucky. The Bells originally named him Bay Latte, because most of the foals from his dam, Cappucino Bay, had java-like titles. However, the Bells’ daughter, Kristie, suggested a change to a popular Italian espresso brand name, Medaglia d’Oro, which means gold medal. After Medaglia d’Oro’s second start in Joyce Bell’s name, Edmund Gann purchased the colt privately and transferred him to his current trainer, Bobby Frankel.

The Bells bred Cappucino Bay in Washington, and keep her at Katalpa Farm near Paris, Ky. She is due to produce a foal by Storm Boot in early March and is booked to Danzig. Her daughter, Carr de Mon, is also owned by the Bells. She is also at Katalpa and in foal to Honor Grades.

The Bells own another foal from Cappucino Bay, 5-year-old Cappucino Kid, who is with Chuck Peery at Golden Gate Fields. He won his last start, an 81/2-furlong optional claiming event on Jan. 11, by 13/4 lengths.

El Prado has sired 38 stakes winners, including Mi Pradera, winner of the Jan. 6 Clasico Dia de Reyes (PR-I) at El Comandante. El Prado is owned by a partnership and stands at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway. His 2003 fee is $75,000.—K.J.I.