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Darley buys leading US sire Medaglia D'Oro

DARLEY has purchased the leading US second-season sire Medaglia D'Oro to stand at its Jonabell Farm near Lexington, Kentucky.

A son of El Prado, Medaglia d'Oro is the sire of this year's star filly, the three-year-old Rachel Alexandra, winner of the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1). He is sire of seven stakes winners in total.

"Sheikh Mohammed has been following Medaglia d'Oro's stud career with great interestand has been most impressed not only by the likes of Rachel Alexandra and many other exciting prospects in his first crop which are now three-year-olds, but also by the quality of yearlings that we have seen at public auction," said John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor.

"We purchased the sale-topping Medaglia d'Oro half-brother to Midas Eyes for $1.6 million at Calder this year. He has been renamed Al Zir and he is going well. Sheikh Mohammed believes that Medaglia d'Oro has a very exciting future ahead of him."

Richard and Audrey Haisfield bought Medaglia d'Oro at the end of his racing career, and he stood his first year at Hill ‘n' Dale Farm in Lexington.

He moved in 2006 to Stonewall Farm and by 2009 his fee had increased to $60,000.

A 20 per cent share in the horse was bought by Barry Weisbord and Richard Santulli last year and it was confirmed by Darley that they have maintained their interest.

Medaglia d'Oro, who is due to cover in excess of 150 mares this season, won eight of 17 starts and earnings of $5,754,720. He won seven graded races including the Travers Stakes, the Whitney Handicap, and the Donn Handicap. He also finished second seven times, including in the Belmont Stakes, twice in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and in the Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup.

Besides Rachel Alexandra, Medaglia d'Oro's graded winners include 2008 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes winner C. S. Silk and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes winner Payton d'Oro.




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