VERSATILE BAR OF GOLD SHOOTS FOR GRADE 1 SUCCESS IN JUDDMONTE SPINSTER

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LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 6, 2017) - Mary and Chester Broman Sr.’s Bar of Gold was nominated to both Saturday’s Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) and Sunday’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1) with trainer John Kimmel opting for the latter for the 5-year-old New York-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro.

“I think the Spinster is the better race for her,” Kimmel said. “The only question is going the mile and an eighth for the first time. But when she won the (2017) Yaddo and the (2016) Empire Distaff going a mile and a sixteenth, she could have gone a mile and a quarter as she won under wraps.”

Bar of Gold, who ran second in her lone Keeneland start in the 2015 Lexus Raven Run (G2), has won on dirt and grass. She comes into Sunday’s race off a runner-up effort in the Presque Isle Downs Masters (G2) on an all-weather surface.

“She’s a versatile filly who can run on anything,” Kimmel said. “The last time she ran (after) a race on the all-weather was the Empire Distaff (that she won by 18 lengths).”

The Empire Distaff victory over a sloppy track. Bar of Gold has compiled a record of 6-5-1-0 on off tracks with her lone loss coming in the Ruffian (G2) this spring.

The Juddmonte Spinster is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run Nov. 3 at Del Mar. Kimmel said that race or the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) could be in play depending on Sunday’s outcome.

Kimmel, a four-time Keeneland stakes winner, brought two horses to Lexington with Grade 1 races on their agendas. This afternoon, he will send out Tobey Morton’s Pacific Gale in the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades.

“I would think a Flat Out (offspring) could get two turns,” Kimmel said of Pacific Gale, who won the 6-furlong Sorority at Monmouth in her most recent start. “She’s getting bigger and stronger and she has grown an inch and put on 50 pounds since her last race.”

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