Bar of Gold
JockeyIrad Ortiz Jr.
TrainerJohn C. Kimmel
OwnerBroman, Sr. Chester and Mary
BreederChester Broman & Mary R. Broman
Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred Bar of Gold gave the fans at Del Mar, and those watching around the world, the biggest shock of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup with a nose victory at nearly 67-1 over Ami’s Mesa to win the 11th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) and paying $135.40 – the second biggest win price in Breeders’ Cup history.
The highest payout in Breeders’ Cup history was Arcangues winning the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Classic and paying $269.20.
Trained by John Kimmel and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Bar of Gold covered the seven furlongs on a fast main track in 1:22.63. Bar of Gold, a 5-year-old New York-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, came from 13th place on the far turn and began picking off horses before moving to the outside where she found clear sailing to catch Ami’s Mesa at the wire. The victory was the first for Kimmel in the Breeders’ Cup and the third for Ortiz, and his first in this race.
The win also reversed the finish of the Presque Isle Downs Masters (G2) on September 18, in which Ami’s Mesa defeated Bar of Gold by one length.
Kimmel summed it up best afterward about Bar of Gold, after making her 25th and final career start: “We knew it was in there somewhere. She pulled it out at the right moment. She's brushed on greatness a few times, and she's gotten better as the years have gone on.”
Before coming to California, the New York-based Bar of Gold ran in the 1 1/8 mile Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland over a sloppy track, where she finished sixth, beaten 11 ½ lengths. “It was really just a throw-out,” Kimmel recalled. “We were all confused about whether we were going to come out here (California), but then we got her back to New York and she had a couple of breezes that were really impressive. Irad said she felt great. I wouldn't have come out here if Irad couldn't ride the horse, so when he told me he was open, I said ‘Let's go. Let's give it a shot.’ She showed up today, and Irad gave her a great, great trip.”
“I got a perfect trip,” echoed the winning rider Ortiz. “She broke good, put me in good position and I just saved her. She made a good run on the inside and when I took her to the outside, she responded pretty good.”
Bar of Gold’s only other victory in nine starts of 2017 was the restricted Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga in August, which she won by 1 ¼ lengths. The Breeders’ Cup win was her first and last Grade 1 win, and her first win in 11 tries over a dry track. She was retired two days after the race to become a broodmare, standing at the Browman’s farm in update New York.