‘He Came Out Of It Good’: Golden Pal Ran Fastest Individual Furlong In Last Three Royal Ascots by Paulick Report Staff|06.20.2022|2:47pm Golden Pal winning the Shakertown under Irad Ortiz Jr. Despite finishing last in the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes, Golden Pal ran the fastest individual furlong in the last three meetings at Royal Ascot, according to At The Races' sectional timing expert Simon Rowlands. He missed the break under Irad Ortiz, Jr., but ran the second furlong in 10.36 seconds. Trainer Wesley Ward said Ortiz told him he was turned around looking at a horse still behind the gates, which he later learned had been scratched at the last minute, when the field broke for the King's Stand. (Read more about the incident here.) A few days after the race, Ward told planetsport.com that Golden Pal was doing well but that the 4-year-old will return to Ward's farm in the United States before future plans are made. “He came out of it good, there were no problems at all physically, but we'll get him home this week and start moving forward again and see where we're at and where he's at,” Ward said. “The Breeders' Cup is right there on our home track (Keeneland), so hopefully he'll be there.” The two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup has only finished out of the money twice, both times on trips overseas. Overall, his record stands at 6-2-0 from 10 starts for earnings of $1,473,431.