Go Around took the lead with just over a furlong to go and then held off the late rally of Fundamental to win the Tampa Turf Classic Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs by a head.
It was the first Stakes victory for the son of Medaglia d’Oro, who now has won both of his starts in 2016. Overall, Go Around has captured four of eight career starts, and finished third in the G3 Commonwealth Derby last fall.
Bred in Florida by his owner, Peter Vegso, Go Around is out of Mediation, a Stakes-winning daughter of Caerleon. Go Around is a half-brother to Go Between, winner of the G1 Pacific Classic and G2 Virginia Derby.
Medaglia d’Oro was the sire of 29 Stakes winners in 2015 including Eclipse Champion juvenile filly Songbird, G1 Golden Slipper winner Vancouver, and Mshawish, winner of the G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap. In 2016, Medaglia d’Oro has sired Graded Stakes winners Mshawish, winner of the G1 Donn Handicap, Songbird, winner of the G2 Las Virgenes and G3 Santa Ysabel, and Astern, winner of both the G2 Silver Slipper and G3 Kindergarten Stakes in Australia.
Medaglia d’Oro is standing the 2016 breeding season at a fee of $150,000 live foal, stands and nurses.