Freshman sire Constitution was represented by his fifth ‘TDN Rising Star’ when Golden Principal strode to an impressive debut victory at Del Mar Saturday. Sent off the holiday crowd’s 1-2 favorite, the dark bay filly was on the lead in the initial strides, but ceded her advantage and settled in a stalking second as Diggin Gold (Goldencents) pulled her way to the front. Golden Principal inhaled that rival turning for home and opened a clear lead in a matter of strides as the half-mile flashed up in :44.85. She was comfortably in front down the lane, with only Classy Ruler (Empire Maker) chasing in vain, and came under the wire 1 1/2 lengths in front. Golden Principal is the 24th winner for Constitution (Tapit).
Golden Principal, who RNA’d for $35,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September sale, sold for $200,000 after working a furlong in :10 1/5 at this year’s OBS April sale. The once-raced Gold d’Medaglia produced a filly by Air Force Blue in 2018 and was bred to Cupid this year.
7th-Del Mar, $53,053, Msw, 11-30, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:09.72, ft.
GOLDEN PRINCIPAL, f, 2, by Constitution
1st Dam: Gold D’ Medaglia, by Medaglia d’Oro
2nd Dam: Lemon Twist, by Seeking the Gold
3rd Dam: Danzig Island, by Danzig
$35,000 RNA Ylg ’18 KEESEP; $200,000 2yo ’19 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $31,200. O-Karl Watson, Michael Pegram & Paul Weitman; B-CESA Farm (FL); T-Bob Baffert. Click for the Equibase.com chart or Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.