by Margaret the ransom
It’s been a busy weekend for one of the top three stallions vying for the crown as the best first-season stud of 2022 as the justification represented by a pair of winners and two others hitting the board, leaving Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) and good magic (make for curly) does not win from a single runner per person. good magic have a chance to make up for it with a warm-up on Monday.
justificationThe two winners on American soil both arrive on Sunday and start with Don Alberto Stable’s purebred Alpha Bella, who graduated with a harrowing head-to-head victory at Gulfstream Park, surviving a lengthy investigation by the jockey manager/opposition. She raked in $36,000 for the win, which got her males close to some spots in the top two. A few hundred miles north, Prove Right picked up a check for $32,400 for his one-time win in a claim/options event at Laurel Park for trainer James Chapman and co-owner Stuart Tsujimoto. And in addition to Lap Star’s third at Nakayama in Japan on Saturday, justificationHer daughter, Dona Sweat, also contributed to her father’s total with a runner-up finish in an inaugural event at Hanshin on Sunday.
good magicLast weekend’s lone runner was Delusively, who finished fourth at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday. Chiringo, Bolt d’Oro’s runner on Sunday, was fourth behind Prove Right at Laurel.
Even though justificationhis big weekend, he’s still behind Bolt d’Oro in total progeny earnings of $196,361, with good magic in second place and after $92,499 with 20 days left in 2022. All three stallions will be represented by multiple runners this week, starting with good magicwhose daughter Magic Miss is set to enter the fifth race at Parx faces the winners for the first time ever after beating the last girl to win a $40,000 card at Belmont at The Big A. She is third pick 9-2 against six others.
Note that Japan earnings are added every Sunday night and there may be delays in reporting from other countries, which could delay the final results in a very close race in early January. . We’ll also be offering a preview of 2-year-olds participating the next day in North America and beyond.
Current earnings rankings through the December 7 race:
1st place—Bolt d’Oro, $2,546,116
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