1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold was one of the best of an exceptional crop of contenders. The bay son of Deputy Minister won the Lexington Stakes (G2) at Keeneland with Gary Stevens up, but trainer David Hofmans and owners Frank Stronach and Stonerside Stable decided not to run the late May colt in the Derby. He acquitted himself well in the Preakness. With Chris McCarron riding he beat all but the Derby winner, Silver Charm, and Derby second and third place finishers Captain Bodgit and Free House. Touch Gold turned the tables when he denied Silver Charm the Triple Crown in a Belmont Stakes duel to the wire that racing fans will long remember. Touch Gold retained top form through the summer with his win in the Haskell (G1) over Anet, Free House and Tale of the Cat, with Chris McCarron again in the irons. Strong fields indeed! At four years old Touch Gold ran second to Arch in Keeneland’s Fayette Stakes (G3). He retired from racing with $1,679,907 and 6 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third in 15 starts. At stud at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm, Touch Gold sired 74 stakes performers including Stephen Foster winner and fellow Old Friends resident Seek Gold. Old Friends thanks Mr. Stronach for enabling Touch Gold’s retirement to our main farm and for his generous support
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15 Starts: 6 - 3 - 1, $1,679,907
Belmont S. (G1); Haskell Invitational H. (G1); Lexington S. (G2)
2nd: Swynford S., Fayette S. (G3); 3rd: Grey Breeder’s Cup S. (G3)Accomplishments:
Inducted into Canadian Hall of Fame in 2011.
Stood at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, New York.
Joined Old Friends: