October 17, 2018 12:04 pm Published by

Medaglia d’Oro, in the midst of a career run on the racetrack and in the commercial arena, will stand at a reduce stud fee of US$200,000 to lead Darley’s American roster in 2019.
Medaglia d’Oro, by El Prado, sired seven Grade I winners in North America last year – including Breeders’ Cup winners Bar of Gold and Talismanic – putting him in an elite club with Danzig, Mr. Prospector, and Storm Cat as the only American stallions to have as many in a single year.
He is the sire of eight seven-figure yearlings this year. The only other American stallions to sire more in a single year are Northern Dancer and Storm Cat. He also sired the sale-topping juveniles at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream, Fasig-Tipton Midlantic, and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s spring 2-year-olds in training sales. Medaglia d’Oro’s top performers this year in the U.S. include graded stakes winners Bolt d’Oro, Elate, Enticed, and Lady Montdore.
Medaglia d’Oro stood for US$250,000 in 2018. His fee cut leaves War Front, who will stand for US$250,000 at Claiborne Farm, as the most expensive stallion in North America for 2019. Tapit, who stood for US$300,000 at Gainesway from 2015 to 2018, will have his fee cut to US$225,000 for 2019.
Street Sense, the sire of Breeders’ Cup Classic candidate McKinzie, Frosted, whose first foals are weanlings, and the consistent Bernardini will all stand for US$50,000 in 2019. Nyquist, also a first-crop weanling sire, will stand for US$40,000.
The Darley America roster is rounded out by Hard Spun at US$40,000, Street Boss at US$20,000, Animal Kingdom and Astern at US$15,000, and Midshipman at US$8,500. Alpha will stand for Darley at Sequel Stallions in New York for a fee of US$5,000.
“How can you not be impressed with Medaglia d’Oro?” Darren Fox, sales manager for Darley America, said in a release. “Whether it’s on the track or in the sales ring, he’s simply delivering on all fronts.”