Catching Up with the Breeders' Cup's 2020 Juvenile Turf Sprint/2021 Turf Sprint Winner Golden Pal

To celebrate the 40th running of the Breeders' Cup, the TDN will share a photo and catch up with a past winner in each of the 40 days leading up to the event. Today, we have dual Breeders' Cup winner Golden Pal.
Sarah Andrew


“He's one of my all-time favorites,” said trainer Wesley Ward. “He was an awesome horse. Extremely talented, super quick, and agile: that was really his biggest attribute. When the first jump opened, he was explosive. He would open up effortlessly. He pulled the heart away from the other horses a little bit.

“He was a joy to train, a highly intelligent horse. I really appreciated the time at the barn with him every day, because based on his accomplishments I knew that our time would be limited with him and he'd be highly sought after as a stallion. As beautiful as he is and as fast as he was, I knew the breeders would take to him.”

The brilliantly fast Golden Pal stood his first season in 2023.

Golden Pal (2018 bay horse, Uncle Mo–Lady Shipman, by Midshipman)

Lifetime record: GISW-U.S., GSP-Eng, 13-8-2-0, $1,825,131

Breeders' Cup connections: B-Randall E. Lowe (FL); O-Ranlo Investments LLC (2020)/Westerberg, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor, and Derrick Smith (2021); T-Wesley A. Ward; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Current location: Coolmore America, Versailles, Ky.

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