A golden day on the track for Medaglia d’Oro as he sires two stakes winners back to back November 21st. Both winners hailing from phenomenal families, his two-year-old daughter, Inthewinnerscircle, closed impressively to take the Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park West before North Dakota won the G3 Red Smith Stakes on the Aqueduct turf in similar fashion.
Stepping up in class off her fifth-place finish in her first trip, a maiden special weight also over Gulfstream’s turf course, Inthewinnerscircle settled out the back of the pack for most of the mile contest. Forced wide coming into the stretch, she found an impressive turn of foot and rallied to win by over a length.
Bred in Kentucky by owner Live Oak Plantation, Inthewinnerscircle is out of the unraced Bernardini mare, Sweet Bernardini. Her second dam is Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and 2004 Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old, Sweet Catomine. Inthewinnerscircle is the second foal and first runner for Sweet Bernardini.
Following a troubled trip at Keeneland in the G3 Sycamore, North Dakota entered the gate ready to face some familiar foes. Tracking the pace off the main field, as rival Real Factor raced lengths ahead, North Dakota made his bid five wide at the top of the stretch and dug in to best G3 Sycamore winner, Red Knight, by a half-length at the wire.
Also bred in Kentucky by his owner, Joseph Allen, North Dakota hails from the family of sire War Front and is half-brother to four Stakes winners. Out of the multiple Stakes winning and Graded placed mare, Starry Dreamer, North Dakota is the last registered foal from his impressive family.
Medaglia d’Oro is currently the number one yearling sire in North America by average with four million dollar-plus yearlings sold in 2020. No stallion can match his 20 million-dollar yearlings since 2016. With over 75 worldwide Group or Graded winners – 25 G1s – Medaglia d’Oro’s success has continued this year with son Moretti, who won Saratoga’s Birdstone Stakes, making him the all-time leading sire of Black Type winners at Saratoga with 20.