04/23/2015 4:15PM

Warrior's Reward to shuttle to Spendthrift Australia


Grade 1 winner and young sire Warrior’s Reward will shuttle to the newly-founded Spendthrift Australia for the 2015 Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

The 8-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro will participate in Spendthrift’s Share the Upside program while in Australia, standing for an advertised fee of $10,695 ($13,750 Australian), or $8,555 ($11,000 Australian) for a standard live foal contract.

“Warrior’s Reward was the first Grade 1-winning colt sired by Medaglia d’Oro, and he’s already enjoyed early success passing on his great looks, pedigree, and class to his first crop of runners in America, which includes a contender in next week’s Kentucky Derby, [Tencendur],” said Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes.

“Warrior’s Reward sold out quickly on Share The Upside in America, and breeders who took advantage of the program now have a lifetime breeding right in an up-and-coming young sire whose first crop was so successful that we were able to increase his stud fee on the open market from $15,000 to $25,000,” Hughes continued. “Going into the 2015 breeding season in America, Warrior’s Reward shares were trading for $94,500, which is over three times more than the Share The Upside investment for the breeder. The program works, and we’ve proven that in America with several stallions.”

Warrior’s Reward is in the midst of his fifth season at stud at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. In addition to Grade 1 Wood Memorial runner-up Tencendur, his leading runners include stakes winner Strawberry Baby and Grade 2-placed Bad Read Sanchez.

On the racetrack, Warrior’s Reward won four of 17 starts for $565,716, highlighted by a victory in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap. He also placed in five additional graded stakes.

Warrior’s Reward is out of the unplaced Seeking the Gold mare For All You Do, who is the dam of four winners from six foals to race. He is from the family of English champion Forest Flower, Venezuelan champion Taconeo, New Zealand champion Rudd Awakening, Grade 1 winner high Yield, and Grade 3 winner and leading Canadian sire Old Forester.

Medaglia d’Oro has proven a popular shuttle sire during his five seasons in Australia, highlighted by Golden Slipper winner Vancouver and Group 3 winner Nostradamus.