By Jill Williams
“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.
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.