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Breeders' Cup 2017

Golden Lad continues Broadway Gold's success as broodmare

Broadway's Alibi
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
If I have said a once, I have probably said it at least a thousand times, breeding is a tricky business. Regardless of the fact that not every mare can be a blue hen, whenever “famous siblings,” as I like to refer to them, show up, people take notice. Such has been the case with Golden Lad, a 3-year old brother to graded stakes winner and 2012 Kentucky Oaks runner-up Broadway’s Alibi (pictured above).
As has become normal for the issue of Broadway Gold, it took Golden Lad more than one start to break his maiden. In his first start, the dark bay son of Medaglia d’Oro was no factor. He broke near the back of the field and made a bold run to improve his position late, but it was clear that the 6 furlongs of his debut race were not enough. Next out, trainer Todd Pletcher sent his charge to post in 1 1/16 mile maiden special weight, and that was just what the racing gods had ordered. Golden Lad was the smashing 6 ¾ length winner that day against a field that included the highly touted Mr. Besilu.
Since his initial win, Golden Lad posted two straight runner-up efforts against stakes placed Midnight Taboo and Holy Invader, who has not competed in a stakes race but has faced stakes winners. Those two runner-up efforts were followed by two wins in quick succession, including today’s win in Race 8 at Gulfstream Park.
At the break, Golden Lad with Jose Lezcano in the irons settled into fifth in perfect stalking position behind the early leaders. As the field turned for home, Golden Lad looked hopelessly beaten despite having moved into second as Valid, the pacesetter, kicked on for home and continued to look strong. Alas, Valid would not come away the winner today, though, as Golden Lad grittily dug in and slowly but surely cut into Valid’s lead. As the wire flashed overhead, it was Golden Lad who had his head in front, the winner by a neck.
Golden Lad has yet to compete at the stakes level, but if the success of his two sisters is any indication, Golden Lad should have no problem stepping up in class. Aside from graded stakes winning Broadway’s Alibi, Broadway Gold also counts among her four starters the stakes winner R Gypsy Gold. By Bernardini, R Gypsy Gold won a pair of listed stakes at Belmont Park, and included in her successes were two graded stakes placings, a third in the G1 Mother Goose and a third in the G2 Molly Pitcher.
Broadway Gold was a $600,000 yearling purchase for Mrs. E. Paul Robsham. In 11 career starts, she earned $166,645 and a stakes race accounted for one of her 3 career wins. However, it was not on the track that Broadway Gold brought E. Paul Robsham Stables its most success. No, she has been more successful as a broodmare than as a runner. Of her 4 starters, three have been winners. Her two daughters have thus far been the most successful, with Broadway’s Alibi a graded stakes winner and R Gypsy Gold a stakes winner.
All of Broadway Gold’s progeny thus far have been homebreds for E. Paul Robsham Stables and have raced carrying the gold and maroon silks of the stable. However, the stock of E. Paul Robsham Stables was dispersed during the November Keeneland sale where Broadway’s Alibi sold for $2,150,000. Despite the dispersal however, Golden Lad is still racing for and carrying the colors of E. Paul Robsham Stables. 


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Broadway's Alibi was brilliant in her 6 career starts...and that was probably just the tip of the iceberg. Too bad we'll never know.
I've always wondered how good Broadway’s Alibi could have been.

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