Medaglia d’Oro captures Strub Stakes

Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) – Odds-on favorite Medaglia d’Oro crushed a field of five challengers to win Saturday’s $400,000 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The winner of last year’s Travers Stakes covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.04.

Medaglia d’Oro went off as the 2-5 favorite even though he was making his first start since a second place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last October. The four-year-old adds $240,000 to his bankroll to bring his career earnings to $2.5 million.

Owned by Edmund Gann, Medaglia d’Oro quickly took the lead after the start. He cruised to a seven length win over the late running Olmodavor. Tracemark was third followed by Easy Grades, Pass Rush and Castle Gandolfo.

Medaglia d’Oro is trained by Bobby Frankel and was ridden by Jerry Bailey. Next on the calendar for the colt is the Santa Anita Handicap on March 1. Medaglia d’Oro has now won three of his last five races, while posting second place finishes in the other two.

Medaglia d’Oro returned $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10. Olmodavor paid $3.20 and $2.10, and Tracemark paid $2.10.

Earlier on the program, Kafwain began his journey to the Kentucky Derby with a 4 1/2 length win in the San Vicente Stakes. The three-year-old ran the seven furlongs in 1:21.12.

Kafwain was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year behind Vindication. Kafwain is owned by The Thoroughbred Corp. and trained by Bob Baffert. Baffert and The Thoroughbred Corp. raced War Emblem to victories in last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

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