A Coolmore spokesperson confirmed on June 23 that partners Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derek Smith have purchased the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2T) winner Golden Ball .
Initially reported by Thoroughbred Daily News, the final touches to the deal with owner/breeder Randall Lowe were so fresh that Lowe told BloodHorse he wasn’t free to comment yet because he was waiting for confirmation.
Golden Pal is a 3-year-old son of Ashford Stud’s Uncle Mo Graduated bets winner Mrs. Shipman (by naval officer ), who was also raised and preceded by Lowe. Lady Shipman placed second in the 2015 TwinSpires Breeders Cup Turf Sprint (G1T)
The Golden Pal was shown at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and was bought back in a final bid of $325,000. At the time, Coolmore expressed interest in the colt, but the deal never materialized, Lowe told BloodHorse last year. Golden Pal was eventually sent to coach Wesley Ward. The colt finished second in his debut with a special weight of 4 1/2 furlongs Gulfstream Park He was then sent to Royal Ascot to compete in the Norfolk Stakes (G2), where he set speed and lost by neck to lear gate .
Golden Pal is expected to make its 2021 debut in the 5 1/2-furlong (G3T) Quick Call Stakes (G3T) competition on opening day in Saratoga, according to Ward. The race will be his adjustment for a predictable start at the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) on August 20 at York Racecourse, part of the British QIPCO Series of Champions.
The colt is currently installed with Ward at Churchill Downs Where he worked his last five furloughs on June 20 with a 1:02 1/5 bullet on the lawn.