Bar of Gold

  • Jockey
    Irad Ortiz Jr.
  • Trainer
    John C. Kimmel
  • Owner
  • Breeder
    Chester Broman & Mary R. Broman
  • Sire
    Medaglia d'Oro
  • Dam
    Khancord Kid

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.

Previous Races

November 04, 2017Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare SprintDEL MAR11
October 08, 2017Juddmonte Spinster S.KEENELAND16
September 18, 2017Presque Isle Downs Masters S.PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS22
August 25, 2017Yaddo S.SARATOGA 1
August 05, 2017Fasig-Tipton De La Rose S.SARATOGA 3
July 14, 2017 BELMONT PARK 2
June 10, 2017Ogden Phipps S.BELMONT PARK17
May 13, 2017Ruffian S.BELMONT PARK22
April 15, 2017Plenty of Grace S.AQUEDUCT 4
December 03, 2016Go for Wand H.AQUEDUCT34
October 22, 2016Empire Distaff H.BELMONT PARK 1
September 19, 2016Presque Isle Downs Masters S.PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS23
July 27, 2016Honorable Miss H.SARATOGA27
June 25, 2016Bed o' Roses H.BELMONT PARK33
May 30, 2016Critical Eye S.BELMONT PARK 1
April 17, 2016Distaff H.AQUEDUCT33
March 19, 2016Inside Information S.GULFSTREAM PARK26
October 17, 2015Lexus Raven Run S.KEENELAND22
September 06, 2015Prioress S.SARATOGA22
August 08, 2015Longines Test S.SARATOGA12
July 11, 2015Delaware OaksDELAWARE PARK34
June 06, 2015Acorn S.BELMONT PARK16
April 23, 2015 AQUEDUCT 1
March 27, 2015 AQUEDUCT 1
August 14, 2014 SARATOGA 1