Medaglia d'Oro (horse)

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Medaglia d'Oro
Sire El Prado
Grandsire Sadler's Wells
Dam Cappucino Bay
Damsire Bailjumper
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1999
Country United States
Colour Dark Bay/Brown
Breeder Albert and Joyce Bell
Owner Joyce Bell
Edmund A. Gand
Trainer Robert J. Frankel
Record 17: 8-7-0
Earnings $5,754,720[1]
Major wins
San Felipe Stakes (2002)
Jim Dandy Stakes (2002)
Travers Stakes (2002)
Whitney Handicap (2003)
Oaklawn Handicap (2003)
Strub Stakes (2003)
Donn Handicap (2004)
Last updated on August 29, 2008

Medaglia d'Oro (foaled April 11, 1999 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won several major stakes races including the 2002 Travers Stakes and the 2003 Whitney Handicap. He also finished second in the 2002 Belmont Stakes, the Breeders' Cup Classic in both 2002 and 2003, and the 2004 Dubai World Cup. Since retiring to stud, he has become an excellent stallion whose progeny include 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and two-time champion filly Songbird.

Background[edit]

Medaglia d'Oro is a dark bay or brown colt with a white star and three white socks. He was bred by Albert and Joyce Bell at their Katalpa Farm in Paris, Kentucky.[2] His sire was Ireland's 1991 Champion 2-Year-Old, El Prado, who was a son of the fourteen-time leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland Sadler's Wells, who in turn was a son of the 20th century's most influential sire and sire of sires, Northern Dancer. El Prado was the first son of Sadler's Wells to establish himself in the United States, becoming the leading sire in North America in 2002.[3] However, the dam's side of his pedigree is less distinguished. His dam, Cappuccino Bay, won a minor stakes race but then descended into the claiming ranks. Her sire, Bailjumper, was not a success at stud, though he was a son of Hall of Fame inductee Damascus.[4] Her family had failed to produce a major winner in several generations.[5]

As a yearling in 2000, Medaglia d'Oro was sent to a ranch in Arizona where he learned the basics of being a racehorse under the care of Raland Ayers. "He was just a pro from day one," said Ayers. |The first time I galloped him, he went between two horses like he'd been doing it all his life. I've never been around a horse with that much class." In May 2001, Medaglia d'Oro returned to Kentucky where he was placed in trainer David Vance's stable at Churchill Downs.[2]

Medaglia d'Oro has been described as an attractive horse with excellent conformation. He stands 16.2 hands (66 inches, 168 cm) high.[6]

Racing career[edit]

Medaglia d'Oro finished second in his only race as a two-year-old in 2001. After his winning three-year-old debut, he was sold to Edmund Gann and transferred to trainer Robert J. Frankel.[2]

Leading up to the 2002 Triple Crown, Medaglia d'Oro won the San Felipe Stakes in California then finished second in the Wood Memorial in New York. In the ​1 14 mile Kentucky Derby, he was ridden by Laffit Pincay, Jr. to a fourth-place finish behind War Emblem. Ridden by Jerry Bailey in the ​1 316 mile Preakness Stakes, he ran eighth behind War Emblem, then with Kent Desormeaux as his jockey, he finished second in the ​1 12 mile Belmont Stakes, beaten by long-shot Sarava.[6]

After a brief rest, Medaglia d'Oro returned in early August to win the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course by ​13 34 lengths under jockey Jerry Bailey, who would ride him in all his subsequent starts. In the Jim Dandy, Medaglia d'Oro earned a career high Beyer Speed Figure of 120.[6] He then won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, before running second to Volponi in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic. Medaglia d'Oro finished second to War Emblem in the Eclipse Award for champion three-year-old of 2002.[7]

Medaglia d'Oro started his four-year-old campaign with a seven-length victory in the Strub Stakes in February at Santa Anita, then won the Oaklawn Handicap in April by ​2 34 lengths.[6] After a rest, he returned to win the Whitney Handicap by a length over Volponi, becoming the first horse to win Saratoga's Jim Dandy, Travers and Whitney.[8] He then ran second to Candy Ride in the Pacific Classic and to Pleasantly Perfect in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic. Sent back to the track in 2004, the five-year-old Medaglia d'Oro raced twice. He won January's Grade I Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Florida, then at the end of March, he finished second to Pleasantly Perfect in the Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.

Stud record[edit]

In May 2004, Medaglia d'Oro was sold to Richard Haisfield, who retired him to stud duty in 2005 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms for a fee of $35,000. In 2006, Medaglia d'Oro was moved to Audrey Haisfield's newly completed Stonewall Stallions, where he stood through 2009. His fee increased to $40,000 in 2007, then $60,000 in 2009.[6] From his first crop born in 2006, he produced several stakes winners, the most notable of which was Rachel Alexandra, who was the 2009 Horse of the Year. As a result of this success, he was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Stud for an undisclosed price in 2009.[9]

Starting in the summer of 2010, Medaglia d'Oro has been shuttled to Australia for the southern hemisphere's breeding season. His first Australian crop was only moderately successful, but his second Australian crop included Vancouver, who won the Golden Slipper Stakes and was named Australia's champion two-year-old of 2014–5.[10] For the 2015 season in Australia, his fee increased to A$110,000.[11]

In 2016, his fee in North America was increased to $150,000 live foal. One of the mares bred to him was Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year.[12]

Medaglia d'Oro had seven GI winners in 2017: among American stallions, only Danzig, Mr. Prospector and Storm Cat have ever had as many. With two winners at the 2017 Breeders' Cup, Darley raised his stud fee to $250,000.[13]

Statistics[edit]

By Racing Year, for offspring racing in the Northern Hemisphere[14]
Year North
American
Rank
Winners Stakes
Winners
Graded
Stakes
Winners
Chief Earner Earnings
2008 #4 first-crop 18 4 2 Retraceable $1,335,405
2009 #1 second-crop 67 10 5 Rachel Alexandra $7,737,666
2010 17 82 14 6 Rachel Alexandra $6,247,361
2011 9 98 12 7 Plum Pretty $6,882,615
2012 20 103 11 6 Marketing Mix $9,305,068
2013 12 112 18 7 Rydilluc $7,783,016
2014 6 126 19 8 Coffee Clique $9,162,175
2015 2 129 22 12 Songbird $13,219,030
2016 7 98 15 6 Songbird $10,664,220

Prior to 2015, the Leading Sire Lists published by The Blood-Horse excluded earnings from Hong Kong and Japan due to the disparity in purses. Starting in 2015, earnings from Hong Kong and Japan are included on an adjusted basis.[15]

Notable Progeny[edit]

Medaglia d'Oro's most notable progeny includes:[6][16][17]

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Medaglia d'Oro, dark bay or brown stallion, 1999[18]
Sire
El Prado
Sadler's Wells Northern Dancer Nearctic
Natalma
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason
Special
Lady Capulet Sir Ivor Sir Gaylord
Attica
Caps and Bells Tom Fool
Ghazni
Dam
Cappucino Bay
Bailjumper Damascus Sword Dancer
Kerala
Court Circuit Royal Vale
Cycle
Dubbed In Silent Screen Prince John
Prayer Bell
Society Singer Restless Wind
Social Position (Family 9-b)[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistics – Medaglia d'Oro". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Haskin, Steve. "The Journey of Medaglia d'Oro". cs.bloodhorse.com. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Roman, Steve; Miller, Steve. "Chef-de-Race: El Prado". www.chef-de-race.com. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Medaglia d'Oro's pedigree and partial racing stats.
  5. ^ Sparkman, John P. "Medaglia d'Oro strikes gold Down Under". drf.com. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Hammonds, Evan. "Medaglia d'Oro Profile" (PDF). Blood-Horse. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Mieszerski, Bob (1 February 2003). "Fresh Start for Medaglia d'Oro". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Medaglia d'Oro Shines Brilliantly in Whitney". Blood-Horse. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Mitchell, Ron. "Darley Purchases Hot Sire Medaglia d'Oro". Blood-Horse. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Stevens, Martin. "Golden Slipper hero Vancouver joins Ballydoyle". bloodstock.racingpost.com. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Medaglia D'Oro fee doubled for 2015 season". bloodstock.racingpost.com. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Zenyatta Bred to Medaglia d'Oro". Blood-Horse. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Two Breeders' Cup Winners Boost Medaglia d'Oro's Fee". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  14. ^ "Leading Sire Lists". www.bloodhorse.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  15. ^ Mitchell, Eric. "Sire List Evolution". cs.bloodhorse.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  16. ^ Hunter, Avalyn. "Medaglia d'Oro (horse)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  17. ^ "Medaglia d'Oro | America". Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  18. ^ "Pedigree of Medaglia d'Oro". www.equineline.com. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 

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