Breathtakingly handsome colt by a Champion 2-Year-Old
Grandson of Medaglia D’Oro from the family of Stephen Got Even
Perfect fit for Hall of Fame nominee Christophe Clement
It was a dynamite breeze that caught our attention, and this colt certainly passed the eye test back at the barn. The sire Vancouver is best known in Australia, but he was a world-class 2-year-old and a son of one of America’s best stallions.
This colt bears the “pretty horse” stamp of Vancouver’s sire, Medaglia d’Oro, who has been a source of brilliant dirt horses like Rachel Alexandra, Songbird and Plum Pretty and has also more than held his own with sons and daughters who have excelled on grass. Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Talismanic is in that camp, and Vancouver most certainly is as well.
Vancouver was an undefeated 2-year-old, conquering the richest and arguably the most prestigious 2-year-old race in the world in Australia’s $2.5-million Golden Slipper in Sydney.
“I was in Australia that year and I can tell you Vancouver was an absolute star there,” West Point’s Joe Migliore said. “If Medaglia d’Oro could be so successful as a shuttle stallion from the U.S. to Australia, just as capable of getting a top horse on the turf as dirt, Vancouver could very well do the same in reverse. He was that kind of talent.”
Vancouver does already have a dirt winner from his first few runners in the Northern Hemisphere, where he was a shuttle stallion for two seasons at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
This colt looked the part on dirt going an eighth of a mile in 10 2/5 with a long, smooth action.
“He’s a big horse made to go two turns, not an eighth of a mile on a bullring track, so you pay more attention to how he did it,” David Ingordo said. “He’s a beautiful mover and galloped out well on this track.”
The trainer will be Christophe Clement, developer of West Point’s Decorated Invader, who prevailed at the highest level as a 2-year-old in 2019 with a Grade 1 victory at Woodbine, and has blazed to two straight stakes wins to begin his 3-year-old season in 2020.
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Sire: Vancouver (AUS)
I was in Australia that year and I can tell you Vancouver was an absolute star there. If Medaglia d’Oro could be so successful as a shuttle stallion from the U.S. to Australia, just as capable of getting a top horse on the turf as dirt, Vancouver could very well do the same in reverse. He was that kind of talent.”Joe Migliore
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