9) ANNEAU D’OR (c, Medaglia d’Oro–Walk Close, by Tapit)
O-Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd. B-Highland Yard (Ky). T-Blaine Wright. Sales History: $170,000 RNA yrl ’18 KEESEP; $480,000 2yo ’19 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: GISP, 3-1-2-0, $399,000.
Last Start: 2nd GII Los Alamitos Futurity, LRC, Dec. 7
Accomplishments Include: 2nd GI TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Next Start: Uncommitted.
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 12
The plan to equip Anneau d’Or with blinkers and ship to Fair Grounds for a nine-furlong prep over a track with a long stretch makes sense on several levels. This $480,000 OBSAPR breezer (RNA’d for $170,000 at KEESEP) was an effective, lumbering closer in a pair of graded stakes at age two. Because the Santa Anita sophomore stakes routinely come up as short-field affairs dominated by speed-centric favorites, racing in one of those races wouldn’t play to Anneau d’Or’s tactical strengths. Neither would remaining home at Golden Gate Fields for the Feb. 15 El Camino Real Derby, because that synthetic-surface race would deprive this Medaglia d’Oro colt of dirt experience while offering fewer Derby qualifying points than the same-day Risen Star. Joel Rosario has been confirmed as the new jockey for Anneau d’Or’s foray to New Orleans.