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Medaglia D'Oro Adds US Gr2

Monday, 14th June 2010

Multiple Gr1-winning boom US 3rd-season sire & now Darley shuttler Medaglia d'Oro (El Prado-Cappucino Bay, by Bailjumper) added a US graded-stakes success when favoured 4YO mare & 2009 US Horse-Of-The-Year Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia D'Oro-Lotta Kim, by Roar) blitzed her rivals by 10.5 lengths in the US$214,000 Gr2 Fleur De Lis Handicap (9 furlongs) for fillies & mares at Churchill Downs. Rachel Alexandra (ridden by Calvin Borel for trainer Steve Asmussen) defeated 5YO mare Distinctive Dixie (Fusaichi Pegasus-A Lady From Dixie, by Dixieland Band) & front-running 6YO mare Jessica Is Back (Put It Back-Jessica's Halo, by Jolie's Halo). Rachel Alexandra took her record to 12 wins (also including 2009's Gr1 Woodward Stakes over 9 furlongs at Saratoga, Gr1 Haskell Invitational Handicap over 9 furlongs at Monmouth Park, Gr1 Mother Goose Stakes over 9 furlongs at Belmont Park, Gr1 Preakness Stakes over 9.5 furlongs at Pimlico, Gr1 Kentucky Oaks over 9 furlongs at Churchill Downs, Gr2 Fantasy Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Oaklawn Park, Gr2 Fair Grounds Oaks over 8.5 furlongs & Listed Martha Washington Stakes over 8 furlongs at Oaklawn Park, plus 2008's Gr2 Golden Rod Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs) & 4 runners-up (including last start's Gr2 La Troienne Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs on April 30 & March's Listed New Orleans Ladies Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Fair Grounds, plus 2009's Gr3 Debutante Stakes over 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs & Listed Pocahontas Stakes over 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs) from 17 starts for US$3,206,730 earnings.

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