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3 yo. colt Medgalia d'Oro Bending Strings
An eye-opening winner of his last two races, Stradivari will be making his stakes debut in the Preakness, just his fourth lifetime start and second this year.
Stradivari is a son of Medaglia d’Oro, a multiple Grade 1 winner that ran eighth in the 2002 Preakness but rebounded to win the Travers (G1) and run second in the Belmont Stakes (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) that year and was also second in the 2003 Classic.
It wasn’t until last November that Stradivari made his race debut, finishing fourth in a seven-furlong maiden special weight at Aqueduct Racetrack. Less than a month later, he graduated with an 11 ¼-length romp going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park, a race where he was entered for main track only and drew in when it was rained off the turf.
Following that effort, Stradivari wasn’t seen again until rolling by 14 ½ lengths in a 1 1/8-mile allowance event April 17 at Keeneland, a performance that immediately put the Preakness on his radar.
Stradivari will attempt to follow Constitution and Materiality, similarly late-developing horses also trained by Todd Pletcher that made their stakes debuts by winning the Florida Derby (G1) in 2014 and 2015, respectively.