Golden Lad wins a thriller in track record time at Gulfstream

Golden Lad wins a thriller in track record time at Gulfstream
Photo: Coglianese Photos

Race 9 at Gulfstream Park could have been a listed stake for all intents and purposes. The field of nine included stakes winners, stakes placed runners, and even a runner who competed in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup. Despite the salty group, however; it was a lightly raced colt from the Todd Pletcher barn that was the buzz horse of the day. Of course, being a half brother to the brilliant Broadway’s Alibi is sure to garner attention on pedigree alone, but unlike many siblings, this particular colt has been living up to the hype.
 
 
Under top rider Jose Lezcano, Golden Lad broke from post 2 in the mile and a sixteenth NW3X optional claimer. Stakes winner I’m Steppin’ It Up was fastest out of the gate and quickly moved up from post 6 to clear his inside rivals and set the pace clear by 2. Golden Lad and Suns Out Guns Out tucked in behind him in 2nd and 3rd with late running Decaf Again the early trailer. I’m Steppin’ It Up led the field through splits of 23:40 and 46:54. Halfway down the backstretch, Golden Lad began advancing on the leader with Suns Out Guns Out moving with him.
 
 
Entering the far turn, Golden Lad gained the lead by ¾-length over Suns Out Guns Out, who had been glued to his flank for the entirety of the race, and the pair ran 6 furlongs in a snappy 1.09:68 Spinning for home, the duo continued to battle head-to-head, neither giving an inch as Atigun loomed large while taking over third from the fading I’m Steppin’ It Up. Atigun could not find enough to get to the dueling duo, however, as those two continued to do battle right up to the wire.
 
 
Just when it looked like Suns Out Guns Out would finally get the better of his younger foe, Golden Lad dug in and continued to refuse to let his rival go by, winning the close decision by a neck at the wire. Atigun finished 2 lengths back in third. Quick Wit rounded out the superfecta at odds of 34-1, and the order of finish was completed by I’m Steppin’ It Up, My Adonis, Decaf Again, Speak Logistics, and the filly Diva Spirit.
 
 
A homebred for E. Paul Robsham Stables, Golden Lad was sent to post as the lukewarm 2-1 favorite over his competitive older rivals. He completed the mile and a sixteenth race in a track record time of 1.41:17, shaving over half a second off the mark set by River Seven in the Harlan’s Holiday back in December. He returned $6.00/$3.80/$2.80 for the win. Suns Out Guns Out paid $4.40/$3.40 off odds of 4-1, and Atigun returned $3.00 as the 5-2 second choice. The $2 exacta was worth $29.00, the $1 trifecta paid $34.00, and the $1 superfecta was worth $323.70.
 
 
A half-brother to Grade 2 winner Broadway’s Alibi and stakes winner R Gypsy Gold, Golden Lad extended his win streak to 3. He improved his overall record to 7: 4-2-0 with earnings of $124,920. Expect to see the handsome dark bay son of Medaglia d’Oro in stakes company in his next outing as the colt has now gone through all his conditions.  



Meet Ashley Tamulonis

Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, which led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation covering racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues and, from time to time, offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry. A move North to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the From Coast to Coast blog for HRN. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband, Chris, and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racings stars, equine and human alike.

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