Until today, Medaglia d’Oro was the sire of Rachel Alexandra –the star at Saratoga Saturday in the Grade 1 Woodward– and nine other filly black type winners from his first two crops, ages 3 and 2. The stallion’s 11th stakes winner today, however, was a colt. Al Khali, who sold for only $15,000 as a yearling and began his racing career in Peru, won Saratoga’s Grade 3 Saranac on turf at 1 and 1/16 miles and finally gave his sire the much-needed male stakes winner to boost his commercial credentials before the fall yearling sales.
There should be others to follow this month, especially on turf. Highly regarded European 2-year-old winners Al Zir and Passion for Gold — both owned by Sheikh Mohammed, who stands Medaglia d’Oro — are being readied for stakes events, and Al Zir is expected to race next week.