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July 13, 2103 - Cnl

Virginia Derby

21 1/4 Miles (T)8ChartReplay

June 1, 2013 - PEN

Penn Mile

 1 Mile (T)1ChartReplay

April 13, 2013 - KEE

Blue Grass Stakes

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March 3, 2013 - GP

Palm Beach Stakes

31 1/8 Miles (T)1ChartReplay


Gary Contessa


In a profession often passed from father to son or held tightly within generations who have handled thoroughbreds, Contessa’s entry point into the thoroughbred game came solely from his own interest in horses in the 1970s. “I grew up in the age of sex, drugs and rock and roll,” the trainer quips, “but my thing was always horses.”

Edgar Prado


Edgar S. Prado was born June 12, 1967 in Lima, Peru, and is a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey in thoroughbred horse racing. His big break came in 1997 when he won 536 races, making him the fourth rider in history to win 500 races in one year. Much of that success was gained in Maryland, where he ruled that circuit for several years.


Rydilluc is a son of Medaglia d'Oro, a son (like Kitten's Joy) of the Sadler's Wells stallion El Prado.  Medaglia d'Oro was bred mostly for the grass, but excelled on the dirt for owner Edmund Gann and trainer Bobby Frankel.  A winner of the Travers Stakes, Whitney Handicap and Donn Handicap, Medaglia d'Oro proved most impressive in defeat.  Second in the Dubai World Cup, Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic (twice), Medaglia d'Oro had the misfortune of running into world champion Pleasantly Perfect while he was at his peak, as well as the undefeated world record-setting freak Candy Ride.  

As a stallion, Medaglia d'Oro has surprised many with his impeccable performance.  A regular producer of stakes-quality two-turn horses, his progeny include phenomenal dirt horses like Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, as well as phenomenal turf horses like Rydilluc, Beverly D. and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf runner-up Marketing Mix and 12-furlong turf specialist Dark Cove.  This versatility and solid performance would account for what is now a $100,000 stud fee for the Darley stallion.  

Stakes winner Swift and Classy won the restricted What a Pleasure stakes and is by speed influence Clever Trick - a son of Icecapade (a half-brother to Ruffian) who was one of the fastest of his generation while winning 18 of 29 starts.  Swift and Classy comes from the female family of speedy types El Corredor and Roman Ruler.

Other than Medaglia d'Oro's recent penchant for producing turf stars, there is not an amazing amount of turf influence in Rydilluc's pedigree.  Still, he excels exponentially better on the surface - especially fast turf - which may be a function of a Nearctic inbreeding through Icecapade and Nearctic's greatest son, the best sire in American history - Northern Dancer.

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Starter Analysis

Trainer Gary Contessa blamed the soft ground for son of Medaglia d’Oro’s lack luster finish after being prominent from the start in the Virginia Derby in his latest. Three-year-old rated from just off the pace to win the Penn Mile two back in early June and has won four of his five starts on grass for Contessa who has won with 12% of his runners since the beginning of the year. Colt may get a good trip here sitting off the likely leader Golden Jason and, if his last race can be excused, can be a serious contender over more suitable footing starting from an excellent post with Edgar Prado remaining aboard.

03 Rydilluc 9-2