Medaglia d’Oro Filly Impresses at Churchill Downs

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Altaf | Coady

4th-Churchill Downs, $75,368, Msw, 5-23, 3yo/up, f/m, 1m, 1:36.12, ft
ALTAF (f, 3, Medaglia d’Oro–Fawaarek, by Smart Strike) was seventh beaten four lengths when unveiled over the Gulfstream grass Apr. 2, but was installed the 5-2 favorite here switching surfaces and circuits. Towards the back of the pack early behind swift splits of :22.58 and :45.62, the bay checked off of heels heading into the home bend but quickly gathered herself back up to pick off rivals out in the clear. She caught the eye past the quarter pole while very wide, and inhaled her foes down the center despite some greenness to don cap and gown by a good-looking 5 1/2 lengths. Longshot firster Majorette (Will Take Charge) mirrored the Altaf’s move to spice up the exacta. The winner is a granddaughter of 2002 champion grass mare Golden Apples (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}), making her dam–a debut winner at two on the turf at Keeneland in 2013–a half to grass GSW 2-year-old Habaya (Storm Cat). Fawaarek produced a Union Rags colt in 2019 and a Kitten’s Joy colt this season. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $45,780. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Shadwell Stable; B-Shadwell Farm, LLC (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.

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