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MEDAGLIA D'ORO

Stands for $60,000 at Stonewall Farm

 

Medaglia d'Oro is the stallion of the week, for the week ended Sunday May 17.

The 10-year-old son of the Sadler's Wells stallion El Prado (Ire) had a week to remember as the sire of historic filly Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra on Saturday May 16 and G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes winner Payton d'Oro on Friday May 15. Click here to view the pedigrees of Rachel and Payton.

Both stakes winners are members of Medaglia d'Oro's first crop, which to date includes 7 stakes winners and 13 stakes-placed runners. With Rachel Alexandra's Preakness win -- the first by a filly in the classic since Nellie Morse in 1924 -- Medaglia d'Oro is the leading second-crop sire by earnings. He is the second major Sadler's Wells-line stallion after his own sire to establish a presence in North America, and he also is the first stallion from this illustrious line -- which is represented by "super sires" Galileo (Ire) and Montjeu (Ire) in Europe -- to sire a classic winner in the US. Last year, the unraced Sadler's Wells horse Not Impossible (Ire), a full brother to G1 winner Perfect Soul (Ire), became the first from this line to get a North American classic winner with his son Not Bourbon's triumph in the G1 Queen's Plate in Canada.

So far, Medaglia d'Oro has shown a distinct bias for getting better fillies than colts -- all 7 stakes winners are fillies.

A top-class racehorse, Medaglia d'Oro won 8 of 17 starts and earned $5,754720 through four seasons. The horse won the G1 Travers Stakes at 3, the G1 Whitney Handicap at 4, and the G1 Donn Handicap at 5. In addition, the horse was placed in such G1 races as the Belmont Stakes, Breeders' Cup Classic, and Dubai World Cup.

Purchased as a stallion prospect by Audrey and Richard Haisfield at the conclusion of his racing career, the stallion entered stud in Kentucky at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale in 2005. In 2006, the horse was moved to Stonewall, which is owned by the Haisfields. He has stood at that Versailles, Ky., farm every year since. The stallion's stud fee has risen throughout the 2009 season and is now listed at $60,000 live foal.

--Sid Fernando

DAVID BAY (AUSTRALIA)

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EMMA BERRY

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SID FERNANDO

SID FERNANDO, a 1982 graduate of Vassar college, is a prominent racing and breeding writer and is president of eMatings LLC and Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc. (eNicks.com). He has been a private pedigree consultant to a select group of international breeders and owners for the last decade. More info...

ROBERT D. FIERRO

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FRANCES J. KARON

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KRISTEN MANNING (AUSTRALIA)

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KAREL MIEDEMA (SOUTH AFRICA)

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DIEGO MITAGSTEIN (ARGENTINA)

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FRANK MITCHELL

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MAJOR SRINIVAS NARGOLKAR (INDIA)

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STEVEN A. ROMAN, PH.D

STEVEN A. ROMAN, Ph.D, was born in 1943 in New York City and is currently a resident of Costa Rica. He is the author of Dosage: Pedigree and Performance, published by the Russell Meerdink Co., in 2003... More info...

VICTOR SHEAHAN (IRELAND)

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LAUREN STICH

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CLIVE WEBB-CARTER (UK)

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