Medaglia d’Oro, the sire of Rachel Alexandra, is one of the best young stallions in the country and leads all second-year stallions by progeny earnings to date. However, entering the September of his first crop’s 3-year-old season, he’s yet to sire a male stakes winner, even though he has 10 stakes winners to his credit, including two Grade 1 winners. His son Warrior’s Reward has a chance to break the streak in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, and former Daily Racing Form pedigree writer and current New York Post columnist Ed Fountaine thinks he can do it, especially in the mud.
Fountaine wrote recently: “His sire, Medaglia d’Oro, after taking the Jim Dandy by 13 lengths, won the 2002 Travers over a sloppy track. Then, proving how much he loved Saratoga, Medaglia d’Oro won the Whitney in 2003. Seeking the Gold, the damsire of Warrior’s Reward, lost the 1988 ‘Midsummer Derby’ by a nose in one of the many wild finishes in Travers history. ”
Click here to read the Fountaine column.
In a June 13 blog post, pedigree guru Jack Werk also had an inkling about the same colt. He wrote: “It sure looks like Warrior’s Reward is sitting on a stakes win when you consider his resume – before losing the G3 today by a head, he ran second to Dunkirk, lost to Musket Man, and beat Munnings, the impressive winner of the G2 Woody Stephens at Belmont last weekend. ”
Click here to read Jack’s post.