10/27/2014 12:19PM

Medaglia d’Oro’s fee raised to $125K for 2015


Darley announced its 2015 North American stallion roster and fees on Monday, headlined by multiple Grade 1 winner and veteran sire Medaglia d’Oro, whose fee has been raised from $100,000 to $125,000.

Medaglia d’Oro, a 15-year-old son of El Prado, currently ranks seventh on the North American general sire list by progeny earnings. His leading runners this year include Grade 1 winners Coffee Clique and Lochte, and he has three horses pre-entered in this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup races. He is best known as the sire of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.

Darley lowered its 2015 fees for several stallions, including Bernardini, whose fee is set at $85,000 after he stood for $100,000 last year; and Elusive Quality, whose fee is lowered from $50,000 to $40,000. Hard Spun, sire of 2014 Arlington Million winner Hardest Core and Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong, will stand for $35,000 at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky., after standing at its Japan division during 2014.

The rest of Darley’s Jonabell Farm stallions with 2015 fees: Animal Kingdom ($35,000), Street Sense ($35,000), Street Boss ($10,000), Discreet Cat ($7,500), Midshipman ($7,500), Girolamo ($5,000), and Regal Ransom ($5,000).

“Medaglia d’Oro continues to be a world-class stallion, both on the track and in the sales ring,” Charlie Boden, director of sales at Darley America, said in a release, also remarking on the death of Darley sire Street Cry last month. “Street Cry deserves special mention. He retired to Jonabell in 2003, produced Zenyatta and Street Sense that first year, and has been a headliner ever since. We will certainly feel the loss, but his legacy will remain secure for generations through Street Sense, Street Boss, and Desert Party on our roster.”

Darley will also stand three stallions at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y., for 2015: new addition Alpha ($8,500), Desert Party ($7,500), and Emcee ($7,500).

Darley announced its 2015 European roster and fees over the weekend. Its 24-stud roster, divided among farms in England, Ireland, and France, is headlined by prominent sire Dubawi, who will stand for 125,000 pounds, or about $201,600, at Dalham Hall Stud in England. Dubawi is the sire of 2014 English 2000 Guineas winner Night of Thunder.

One new stallion has been added to Darley’s European roster – multiple Group 1-winning sprinter Slade Power. The 5-year-old Dutch Art horse will stand at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland for 20,000 euros, or about $25,400.