Saturday's Racing Insights: $1.2M Medaglia d'Oro Tries GP Turf

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Hero d'Oro breezing in :10 1/5 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale | Fasig-Tipton

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1st-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo, 8fT, 12:45 p.m. ET
HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud's HERO D'ORO (Medaglia d'Oro) gets a chance at redemption while trying the turf for the first time. A disinterested 10th in his career debut on the main track here Feb. 29, the $1.2-million Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream graduate gets the services of Irad Ortiz Jr. for this return. Out of After Thought (Fusaichi Pegasus), the Chad Brown trainee is a half-brother to a pair of stakes winners on the turf–Annulment and Youngest Daughter. This is the family of Grade I-winning turf mare Centre Court (Smart Strike). TJCIS Pps

2nd-OP, $60K, Msw, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:32 p.m. ET
Phoenix Thoroughbred III Ltd's SCOLDING (Carpe Diem), a $475,000 juvenile at OBS last April, was the top-priced filly and the second-highest priced offspring overall by the WinStar stallion in 2019. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the chestnut breezed a sharp four furlongs in :47.40 at the Hot Springs oval Apr. 24. Ricardo Santana Jr. gets the call. Dallas Stewart unveils homebred TAKE CHARGE GLENDA (Tapit) for Willis Horton Racing. The chestnut is a granddaughter of $3.2 million KEESEP yearling Charming (Seeking the Gold), who is also responsible for juvenile champion filly Take Charge Brandi (Giant's Causeway). Out of the bluehen Grade-I winning mare Take Charge Lady (Dehere), Charming is a half-sister to champion 3-year-old colt Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song) and Grade I-winner Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy). TJCIS Pps

7th-OP, $61K, Alw, Opt. Clm. ($100K), 3yo, f, 8.5f, 4:16 p.m. ET
GAMINE (Into Mischief) was heavily backed at 1-9 in her career debut at Santa Anita Mar. 7, and did not disappoint, rolling home a 6 1/4-length winner and becoming a TDN Rising Star in the process. Secured for a sale topping $1.8 million by Michael Lund Petersen at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale, she previously brought a $220,000 final bid from Brad Grady's Grand Oaks at Keeneland September. Out of SP Peggy Jane (Kafwain), she hails from the family of Canadian champion Dynamic Sky (Sky Mesa). John and Iveta Kerber and Jon Lapczenski's AIN'T NO ELMERS (Goldencents) draws in off the also-eligible list in her first start since a TDN Rising Star-earning nine-length romp sprinting six panels at the Fair Grounds Mar. 18. In her career debut for Bret Calhoun, she went wire-to-wire over that track and trip Feb. 15. The winner's dam is responsible for the 2-year-old colt Mr. Wireless (Dialed In) and a yearling filly by the same sire. TJCIS Pps

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