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Warrior’s Reward (2006 b by Medaglia d’Oro x For All You Do, by Seeking the Gold)

Spendthrift $15,000

As the first major son of leading sire Medaglia d’Oro retired to stud, Warrior’s Reward attracted more interest than even the average G1 winner of the Carter Handicap would do.

The day I visited Spendthrift to inspect their new stallion prospects, Warrior’s Reward was definitely the primary horse of interest for most of the people visiting the stallions, although the farm sold two lifetime breeding rights to their new Dynaformer horse Temple City. Warrior’s Reward is already closed for that program.

And certainly as a big, scopy horse with more than adequate bone and ruggedness, Warrior’s Reward is an eyeful. The dark bay has nine inches of bone below the knee, and he is a big horse in every respect, standing 17 hands and a bit more.

He has excellent length of rein (shoulder and neck), as well as great length of back and length through the body. There is nothing chopped off or stubby about this horse.

In fact, my primary concern in advising people who breed to him is compensating for his mass. In terms of biomechanics, one of the greatest challenges in matching mares to stallions is finding ones that complement the really big horses that are fairly common in the stallion ranks today.

For instance, it is ill advised to send a light-boned mare to a big, rugged stallion. The breeder is unlikely to get a foal who meets a happy medium between light and heavy bone, and what if he gets one that is heavy topped and light below the knee? Ouch!

But for mares with size and scope, allied with medium bone, Warrior’s Reward may prove to be a most rewarding match.