Dance d’Oro took the lead right out of the starting gate and never looked back on her way to posting a two-length victory over Don’t Get Khozy in the Listed Rampart Stakes at Gulfstream Park on December 18th.
The Rampart marked the Stakes debut for the four-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro. Although she was facing more experienced rivals in the eight-furlong contest, Dance d’Oro handled herself like an old-pro, setting comfortable fractions throughout the early stages before putting her rivals at bay in the stretch to win quite easily.
Racing as a homebred for Whisper Hill Farm LLC, Dance d’Oro is out of Dance Quietly, a Stakes-winning daughter of A.P. Indy. In addition to being a full sister to Graded Stakes-placed American Dance, Dance Quietly is a half-sister to both Saint Liam (Horse of the Year and Champion Older Horse) and Funtastic (G1 United Nations Stakes). She is also a half sister to G2 winner Quiet Giant, dam of Horse of the Year Gun Runner.
Dance d’Oro is one of 19 Stakes winners for her sire in 2021. Topping the list of Stakes winners for Medaglia d’Oro this year is the outstanding Golden Sixty, the two-time Horse of the Year in Hong Kong and recent winner of the G1 Longines Hong Kong Mile for the second straight year. Other Graded Stakes winners this year include Dream Lith (G2 Golden Rod), Rockefeller (G3 Nashua), Navratilova (G3 Valley View), Vigilantes Way (G3 Eatontown), and G2 Shannon Stakes hero Yonkers (in Australia), to name just a few.
Medaglia d'Oro will stand the 2022 breeding season at Jonabell Farm for a fee of $100,000, stands and nurses.