06/05/2009 12:00AM

Darley buys Medaglia d'Oro


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Stonewall Stallions has privately sold its majority interest in flagship stallion Medaglia d'Oro to Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley organization, Darley announced Friday.

The 10-year-old El Prado horse has relocated from Stonewall in Midway, Ky., to Darley's Jonabell Farm in Lexington.

Darley did not disclose the purchase price.

Medaglia d'Oro is the sire of Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes winner Rachel Alexandra and ranks seventh on the North American general sire list by progeny earnings, with 2009 earnings of $3,094,526. He is the leading second-crop sire. In addition to Rachel Alexandra, he also is the sire of graded stakes winners Payton d'Oro and C. S. Silk.

"Sheikh Mohammed has been following Medaglia d'Oro's stud career with great interest and has been most impressed not only by the likes of Rachel Alexandra and many other exciting prospects in his first crop, which are now 3-year-olds, but also by the quality of yearlings that we have seen at public auction," said John Ferguson, Darley's chief bloodstock adviser. "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."

Medaglia d'Oro began the season at Stonewall for an advertised fee of $40,000, but by the time of his sale that had risen to $60,000.

"Medaglia d'Oro will continue to breed mares that are already booked to him at Jonabell," said Darley representative Olly Tait, "but we haven't set a fee going forward. We are honoring the contracts Stonewall entered into in regards to the 2009 season."

Tait said Medaglia d'Oro will cover more than 150 mares this year.

While Darley has bought out Richard and Audrey Haisfield's majority interest in Medaglia d'Oro, minority shareholders Richard Santulli and Barry Weisbord retain a 20 percent interest in the horse.

Medaglia d'Oro is a son of the stakes-winning Bailjumper mare Cappucino Bay.

Medaglia d'Oro was a multiple Grade 1 winner as a racehorse, and his stakes performances also included runner-up finishes in the Belmont Stakes (2002), Breeders' Cup Classic (2002 and 2003), and Dubai World Cup (2004). He stood his first season at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Lexington before the Haisfields moved him to their new Stonewall Stallions farm on the former Gaillardia Farm property.

"We felt we had to do right by him," Richard Haisfield said of the horse's sale to Darley. "He has been so good to us, and this was the opportunity of a lifetime for him. Darley has the ability to make him an international sire."

Double-digit drop at Magic Millions

A day after broodmare prospect and three-time champion Princess Coup set a sale-company record of $3omillion Australian, the Magic Millions broodmare auction on Australia's Gold Coast put up more placid figures Friday.

Darley Australia paid the second session's top price of $395,000, or about $500,000 Australian, for the stakes-winning Bel Esprit mare Belcentra, who is carrying a foal by Darley stallion Exceed and Excel.

Segenhoe Stud was the consignor.

The two-day select sessions ended with 346 horses bringing about $15,359,180, for an average of approximately $44,390. Those numbers were down 44 percent and 35 percent, respectively, from last year, when the select sale ran three days and sold 406 horses.

Darley Australia purchased three of the session's six-figure mares, spending about $308,100 for Only She Can, also in foal to Exceed and Excel, and about $205,400 for Heat of the Fire, in foal to Flying Spur.

Revved Up retired at age 11

Live Oak Plantation's millionaire and multiple graded winner Revved Up has retired at age 11, the farm said Friday. The homebred Sultry Song-Win Approval gelding was the first to win the Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap three times consecutively. He won 20 races, including 14 stakes, in his 43-race career. The half-brother to 2006 turf champion Miesque's Approval retires to pasture at Live Oak in Ocala, Fla., with more than $1.5 million in earnings.

* Our Mims Retirement Haven, an equine retirement facility in Paris, Ky., is holding an art contest to select murals to be painted on the farm's barns. Our Mims will accept the first 25 valid designs submitted by Juneo15. Entry fee is $10 per submission, and designs must be horse-related. For complete rules and information, contact Cheryl Bellucci at (937) 376-5597 or cheryl@ourmims.com.