LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2014) – Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, under a rail-skimming ride from Robby Albarado, rallied for a 1¼-length victory over Picozza to win the 26th running of the $100,000 Transylvania for 3-year-olds before an opening-day crowd of 15,169 at Keeneland on a breezy Friday afternoon.
Trained by Dale Romans, Medal Count covered the 1 1/16 miles on the main track in 1:43.35. The race was moved off the turf course because of overnight and morning rain. As a result, the race was downgraded pending review by the Graded Stakes Committee.
Kody With a K and Laddie Boy led the field through fractions of :23.52 and :47.59 while Medal Count steadily moved up the rail in the run down the backstretch.
Approaching the far turn, Storming Inti and Picozza closed in on Laddie Boy while Albarado waited for room at the rail. Picozza swept past Laddie Boy on the outside in the upper stretch but the advantage was short-lived once Medal Count got clear sailing on the inside.
A 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate, Medal Count is a Kentucky-bred son of Dynaformer out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Brisquette. The $60,000 winner’s check boosted Medal Count’s bankroll to $111,600 with a record of 6-3-0-0.
The victory was the second in the race for the Romans-Albarado team, who combined to win the 2012 renewal with Silver Max. Albarado also won in 2008 with Boss Lafitte.
Medal Count returned $8, $4.20 and $3.40. Picozza, ridden by John Velazquez, returned $5.60 and $4.20 with Woodfield Springs, ridden Julien Leparoux, finishing a neck back in third and returning $4.60 to show.
Favored Storming Inti finished 3¼ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Laddie Boy, Hesinfront, Global View and Kody With a K.
Racing resumes Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET with a 10-race program that is headlined by the 77th running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Central Bank Ashland will be the day’s ninth race with a 5:13 p.m. post time.