Medaglia d’Oro, who began his stallion career under the development of Richard Haisfield at Stonewall Farm, was represented on Feb. 9 by Grade 1 winner Lochte. Winner of the Gulfstream Park Handicap, the 4-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro rolled to a 2 ¾-length victory in the 29th renewal of the Grade 1 test. Only three races after breaking his maiden, Lochte was a Grade 1 winner.
“The breeding shows he can get the job done,” said trainer Marcus Vitali. “I didn’t see any reason why he couldn’t accomplish great things. Everything unfolded the right way, and here we are.”
Lochte hit the wire in 1:45.67, the fastest time for the Turf since the race went to nine furlongs in 2009. Imagining rallied late to be second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Amira’s Prince. “He’s got a lot of power,” Vitali said. “I thought turning for home, it was all over. He made the right move at the right time. The fence opened up and he was full of run.”
Kibbutznik, a son of El Prado (Ire) bred on the same nick as Medaglia d’Oro, and from a superior female family, is standing his first season at stud at Stonewall Phoenix. With an introductory stud fee of only $7,500, Kibbutznik offers breeders a tremendous opportunity to breed to a stallion that possesses multiple strains of the coveted Native Dancer and Royal Charger Ancestral Herds.
“I have been searching for the next Medaglia d’Oro,” said Haisfield. “I’ve found the stud that has the historical pedigree continuity that says he will sire significant progeny, and if bred to Bailjumper mares will sire not only a Medaglia d’Oro, but Medaglia d’Oro after Medaglia d’Oro.”
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