Bar of Gold came out of her win in the $ 250,000 Empire Distaff well, trainer John Kimmel reported Sunday morning at Belmont Park. A 4-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro and out of 2010 Grade 3 Herecomesthebride winner Khancord Kid, Bar of Gold romped to an 18-length victory going 1 1/16 miles for the first time since the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks in July 2015.
“She came out in good order,” Kimmel said. “It was a dominating performance. It was nice to see. We always had some questions about her ability to go further. She has the pedigree, but sometimes, when she’s been allowed to have too fast of an early pace, she couldn’t sustain it.”
Kimmel credited jockey Joel Rosario with Bar of Gold winning for the first time since capturing the Critical Eye on May 30 at Belmont. Rosario piloted her to a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters on September 19.
“I think Joel has found a good relationship where he’s gotten her to settle,” Kimmel said. “When she’s gotten a chance to settle, she’s shown she can really kick, so that’s satisfying for me.
“She would have performed well against anybody yesterday,” he added. “She seemed to handle an off-racetrack well enough. She’s going to get her day. The combination of an added distance and a patient ride will pay off at some point in graded stakes races.”
Kimmel said Bar of Gold could target the Grade 3, $ 250,000 Go For Wand Handicap, at one mile, on December 3 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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