Swale S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 6.5f ,)

ADORE THE GOLD (DK B/ h, 118 lb) $90,000
Formal Gold —Amore E Baci , by Dixieland Band
B—John D. Murphy, KY.; O—John D. Murphy, Sr.; T—Michael E. Gorham

Forefathers (B h, 116 lb) $30,000
Gone West —Star of Goshen , by Lord At War (ARG)
B—Cobra Farm, KY.; O—Zayat Stables, LLC; T—Nicholas P. Zito

Cowtown Cat (CH h, 116 lb) $16,500
Distorted Humor —Tom's Cat , by Storm Cat
B—Gulf Coast Farms Bloodstock LP, KY.; O—WinStar Farm and Gulf Coast Farms; T—Anthony J. Sciametta, Jr.

Margins: ¾, 6¼, 4½. Others: Reata's Rocket 120($9,000) , Gunfight 116($4,500) , Storm Trust 116 , First Cavalry 116 . Winning Jockey, Cornelio H. Velasquez.

Adore the Gold continued his winning ways and became a graded stakes winner by holding off Forefathers by three-quarters of length in the Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 3.

The 3-year-old colt has now won four of five starts, including victories in the Dover and H. Steward Mitchell Stakes. A homebred for John D. Murphy Sr., and trained by Michael Gorham, Adore the Gold’s only loss came in the Nashua Stakes (gr. III). Murphy also campaigned Adore the Gold’s sire, Formal Gold, whose biggest wins came in the Donn Handicap and Woodward Stakes (both gr. I).

“He does whatever you want him to do,” Murphy said of Adore the Gold. “He is very intelligent, and he gets the game.”

Murphy bred Adore the Gold in Kentucky out of the winning Dixieland Band mare Amore E Baci. He purchased the mare with the aid of the late Dan Mallory for $57,000 at the 2003 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s January mixed sale. In foal to Point Given, Amore E Baci was consigned by Montgomery Farm, agent.

“Formal Gold was a great horse, but he didn’t fit too well in Kentucky,” Murphy said. “He just never got the mares. Of course, he was my baby, so I bred several of my own mares to him, and one was Amore E Baci.”

Amore E Baci was bred in Kentucky by Louis E. Wolfson’s Harbor View Farm out of the stakes-winning Exclusive Era mare Love and Affection. In addition to winning the Sorority Breeders’ Cup Stakes, Love and Affection finished second in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I). She is also the dam of Always, a stakes-winning steeplechaser by Dynaformer, and My Affection, by Flying Paster, who is the dam of stakes winner Hajji’s Honor.

Adore the Gold is the first stakes winner out of Amore E Baci. The mare was withdrawn from the 2006 Keeneland November mixed sale, where she was offered in foal to Wiseman’s Ferry. Amore E Baci has a juvenile full sister to Adore the Gold named Just Amore and did not produce a foal in 2006. Boarded at Meadow Haven Farm, now operated by Mallory’s family, near Paris, Ky., she is booked to Street Cry.

Formal Gold is sire of 15 stakes winners including additional 2007 added-money winner Heart Throbbin’. The 14-year-old son of Black Tie Affair stands for a fee of $5,000 at Rancho San Miguel near San Miguel, Calif.—A.H.D.