Been thinking a lot about Medaglia d’Oro and Kitten’s Joy lately. In 2015 these two top sires finished second and third respectively behind Tapit on the general sire list, each siring the winners of over $11 million dollars (Medaglia d’Oro’s progeny won over $13 million) and both were responsible for double digit stakes winners. Quite the resumes for these sons of El Prado, who of course have had a number of other terrific years prior to 2015.
Interesting how things have played out over these last 17 years since both Medaglia d’Oro and Kitten’s Joy were foaled. Who would have known back then that we would get not one, but two top sons to carry on El Prado’s legacy in America? Now it’s time to see how sons of Kitten’s Joy and Medaglia d’Oro prove out as stallions. One son offers the best qualities of both of these leading sires.
The Best of Medaglia d’Oro & Kitten’s Joy
In light of the accomplishments of Kitten’s Joy and Medaglia d’Oro, who would blame any breeder for wanting to get in on this wave of success? But what if a breeder could go one step further and get the best of both leading sires, in one stallion? That is possible with Fast Anna.
Son of Medaglia d’ Oro and 2006 Eclipse Champion 2 Year Old Filly Dreaming of Anna, Fast Anna (standing his first year at stud in 2016 at Three Chimneys Farm) is a stallion that offers intriguing possibilities to breeders. First of all, he definitely lived up to his name on the racetrack – this was one fast horse that performed at the highest level – G1 sprints against the very best competition. Fast Anna hit the board in 7 of 9 starts, and won his first two races, both at Gulfstream. In his first start (he began as a 3 year old in 2014 in a MSW) Rock Fall [who was to become a top sprinter] was in the beaten field. Fast Anna’s second start was an eye-opening 13 length win at 6.5 furlongs. Throughout his career Fast Anna met the best competition in top races. He proved his Grade 1 character in only his third start, when he lost by just a neck in the 7f G1 King’s Bishop S to The Big Beast, at the last jump. It was Fast Anna’s first time running in a stakes race. That kind of talent is rare, and it would define this horse as one to be reckoned with as 2014 progressed.
Another of Fast Anna’s stellar performances in 2014 was in the Gallant Bob Handicap (G3) where he finished a close up second, in the sizzling time of 1:08.16. More demonstrations of his searing speed were yet to come.
In the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) he was close up at the end, only losing out by 2 1/4 lengths. The fractions Fast Anna seared through in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint were phenomenal, and remember that he ran them as a 3 year old against older horses. The winner, Work All Week, was 5 years old:
:21.19; :43.34; :55.38
If you really want to appreciate Fast Anna’s speed in isolation, watch his BC Sprint workout going 5f in :57 flat.
As quoted in this Oct. 23, 2015 article in the Paulick Report, Bob Baffert was incredulous after Fast Anna’s BC Sprint work, calling it ‘wicked speed’. I agree – when I watch that workout it reminds me of watching Rachel Alexandra and Songbird – all three of them look the same; just mind-bending performers.
In 2015 Fast Anna returned to the races to accomplish another distinctive feat. He became a stakes winner taking Gulfstream Park’s 5f turf stakes, the Sawgrass H., in :56.36 as the highweight. He also placed in two other stakes that year.
One of the Best Physicals You’ll Find Anywhere
Fast Anna definitely looks like a horse that one would want to breed more than one mare to. In fact, in a February 6 TDN ad Ben McElroy was quoted: “Once I saw him, I booked 2 mares right away.” Fast Anna exudes incredible quality with a powerful build. No one who has seen him can deny his outstanding conformation.
— TDN (@theTDN) March 17, 2016
Double Dose of Pedigree Magic
Fast Anna established himself as a high caliber sprinter who could blaze like a fireball against top competition; so what distinguishes him from other fast horses that breeders might consider? It’s that double dose of pedigree magic that provides El Prado via Medaglia d’Oro combined with Kitten’s Joy’s family.
Don’t Forget Rahy
The influence of Rahy makes Fast Anna all the more desirable. A Three Chimneys flagship stallion who began his stud career at the farm in 1990, Rahy, in addition to his exploits as a breed-shaping sire, has amassed nearly $150,000,000 in progeny earnings as a broodmare sire (according to Equineline stats accessed on March 9, 2016), with 145 stakes winners to his credit. Of course Rahy is well-known as broodmare sire of the great Giant’s Causeway.
Fast Anna stands at a very attractive stud fee of $7,500, making him a stallion that presents a really great value. I know I will be very interested to see his first foals when they arrive next year.
Fast Anna Family Facts: Fast Anna’s immediate family has of course produced Dreaming of Anna and Kitten’s Joy, but many other top performers stem from this family line, which traces to Fast Anna’s 6th dam, Danger Ahead. Top performers found in this family include (G1) winners Down the Aisle and Precious Kitten; 2015 Preakness (G1) third place finisher and graded stakes winner, Divining Rod; graded stakes winners Lewis Michael, Cassatt, and others; not the least of which is the great classic winner, Horse of the Year, and Hall of Famer, Spectacular Bid.