Northview Stallion Station’s freshman sire Golden Lad got his first stakes winner with the impressive gate-to-wire score by Hello Beautiful in the $100,000 Maryland Million Lassie Stakes on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, held at Laurel Park on Saturday, Oct. 19.
On a day devoted to celebrating Maryland’s stallions, Hello Beautiful represented the power of her young sire well as she led throughout as the favorite in the field of 12 and drew away to win by three and three-quarter lengths over second-choice Stickingtogether. She completed the six furlongs in 1:10.33. The win marked a number of firsts, as Hello Beautiful is also the first stakes winner for her dam, Hello Now, and for her trainer, Brittany Russell, whose husband Sheldon Russell has been aboard for all five of Hello Beautiful’s career starts. Campaigned by Madaket Stables LLC, Mark Frasetto, Mark Parkinson, K-mac Stables and Magic City Stable, Hello Beautiful’s increased her earnings to $106,558 with a record of 2-2-1.
Bred by Hillwood Stables LLC, Hello Beautiful is the second foal out of the Tiznow mare Hello Now. Consigned by Dark Hollow Farm Agent X as a weanling in the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed sale, she was purchased for $6,500 by Brittany Russell.
Golden Lad is a multiple graded stakes winner and track record-setting son of Medaglia d’Oro who won eight of 15 starts and earned $645,320. Highlights of his career include wins in the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap-G3 and Oaklawn Park’s Razorback Handicap-G3, along with setting a track record for a mile and sixteenth at Gulfstream Park. The 9-year-old is out of the stakes-winning mare Broadway Gold, by Seeking the Gold, a half-sister to Dialed In, one of the top young sires in the U.S. Golden Lad is a half-brother to Forward Gal Stakes-G2 and Comely Stakes-G3 winner Broadway’s Alibi and multiple graded stakes placed R Gypsy Gold, both Grade 1-placed runners. His third dam is juvenile champion Eliza.
Golden Lad has the largest crop of any of Maryland’s 2019 freshman sires, with 67 current 2-year-olds. Six of his 13 starters have won, and he is also represented by Maryland Million Nursery third-place finisher Laddie Liam. The property of a syndicate, he stood the 2019 season at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City for $5,000 live foal, payable when the foal stands and nurses.