“We would like to formally announce the retirement of our Eclipse Award winning sprinter La Verdad. After careful consideration, Linda Rice and I have decided that it is the right time for La Verdad to move on to her new career,” announced Sheila Rosenblum, principle owner of Lady Sheila Stable. “Although she will be greatly missed by us all, we want her to go out on top.” La Verdad will be bred to the one of the most successful young stallions in North America, Medaglia d'Oro.
Two weeks after being named champion female sprinter for 2015 and three weeks after winning the Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct, La Verdad was officially retired from racing. The mare left Belmont Park, New York on Saturday and arrived at Gainsborough Farm in Versailles, Kentucky on Sunday.
In 2015, La Verdad won five sprint stake races including the Grade 2 Distaff H at Aqueduct, Grade 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont and the Grade 3 Vagrancy at Belmont. She finished second place in The TwinSpires Filly & Mare Sprint at the Breeders' Cup in October going 7 furlong after winning the Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park just one week prior.
Breeding a first time broodmare to such a successful sire is a great way to begin La Verdad's new career as a broodmare. In 2015 Medaglia d'Oro sired 24 individual stakes winners, and two of his sires include Rachel Alexandra and Songbird.
“La Verdad has had an incredible year and has given us so many great moments and memories that will last a lifetime,” said Sheila Rosenblum. “I want to give the mare the best opportunity to produce quality foals and breeding her to a proven world class sire like Medaglia d'Oro gives her that chance”.
Leading up to the 2002 U.S. Triple Crown Series, Medaglia d'Oro won the San Felipe Stakes in California. In the longest of the series, the 11Ž2 mile Belmont Stakes, he finished second. From there, Medaglia d'Oro went on to win the Grade II Jim Dandy Stakes and the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Under jockey Jerry Bailey, he ran second to Volponi in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic. In 2003, Medaglia d'Oro was first or second in all five starts. Of his three wins, he won the Grade I Whitney Handicap and ran second to Pleasantly Perfect in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic. Sent back to the track in 2004, the five-year-old Medaglia d'Oro raced twice. He won January's Grade I Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Florida, and then at the end of March, in his last race, he finished second to Pleasantly Perfect in the Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.
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