It’s A Boy! Sippican Harbor’s First Foal Is A Colt

by | 01.30.2020 | 12:28pm
The first foal out of Grade 1 winner Sippican Harbor: A Medaglia d'Oro colt at Taylor Made Farm.

Sippican Harbor, a Grade 1 winner as a juvenile, gave birth to her first foal, a colt by prominent sire Medaglia d'Oro, on Jan. 26 at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.

The colt was bred by Lee Pokoik, who campaigned Sippican Harbor during her on-track career.

A 4-year-old daughter of Orb, Sippican Harbor won two of four starts during an abbreviated racing career for Pokoik and trainer Gary Contessa, breaking her maiden in her second race, and parlaying that victory into a win in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga.

Her next start came in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs, where she finished sixth and came out of the race with a left-front ankle fracture. Sippican Harbor was brought back to Contessa's Florida barn for light training in the early part of 2019, but the decision was quickly made to retire her when it became clear that the lingering effects of the injury would pose too great a risk to the horse's safety if she continued to train and race.

Later that year, Sippican Harbor was offered pregnant to Medaglia d'Oro at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, but she finished under her reserve with a final hammer price of $1.45 million, and she was kept by Pokoik.

Medaglia d'Oro, a 21-year-old son of El Prado, stands at Darley America's base in Lexington, Ky., for an advertised fee of $200,000.

A perennial leader on the racetrack and in the sales ring, Medaglia d'Oro is the sire of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, as well as 2018 Canadian Horse of the Year Wonder Gadot, dual Eclipse Award winner Songbird, and international champions Vancouver and Passion for Gold.

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