Jockey Hugh Bowman was so impressed with Asiago’s win in the G3 Kembla Grange Classic on March 13 that he proclaimed, “She’s got Oaks written all over her.” In taking the Classic, the Medaglia d’Oro filly how now won five of her last seven starts, an impressive run that also includes the G3 Spring Stakes last November.
In yesterday’s one-mile event, Asiago was unable to find running room early on, but as the field rounded the turn for home, she was able to split horses and finished gamely for the win.
The filly is the third winner from three to race out of the Australian Stakes winner Disputes, who was raced by Sheikh Mohammed as was her half-sister, the dual Stakes winner Divorces.
Medaglia d’Oro was the sire of eight northern hemisphere Graded Stakes winners in 2019, including Cambier Parc (G1 Del Mar Oaks and G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup), Higher Power (G1 TVG Pacific Classic), Elate (G2 Delaware Handicap, G2 Fleur de Lis), Fools Gold (G3 Waya), Café Americano (G3 Pucker Up), Majestic Eagle (G3 American Stakes), Golden Award (G3 Turnback the Alarm) and Marzo (G3 Sycamore).
Medaglia d'Oro stands at Jonabell Farm at a fee of $200,000, stands and nurses.