Medaglia d'Oro

Met Mile still a source of successful stallions

Barbara D. Livingston
Frosted wins the 2016 Metropolitan Handicap by 14 1/4 lengths.

The Grade 1, $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap has a history of being a stallion-making race because it showcases the brilliance that is so desired in the American market.

Zenyatta delivers Medaglia d'Oro filly

Alys Emson/Lane’s End Farm
Zenyatta, the winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic, with her newborn foal.

Zenyatta, a Hall of Famer and the 2010 Horse of the Year, produced her fifth foal on Tuesday night, a Medaglia d’Oro filly.

The mare has been boarded at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., since her retirement from the racetrack at the end of her 2010 campaign. Zenyatta and her foal are owned by Jerry and Ann Moss.

“Both mare and filly are in excellent health,” read a statement on the horse’s official website, Zenyatta.com.

I'm a Chatterbox retired, will be bred to Medaglia d'Oro

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I'm a Chatterbox retired, will be bred to Medaglia d'Oro
Barbara D. Livingston
I'm a Chatterbox won 8 of 19 starts and $2.3 million during her racing career.

Three-time Grade 1 winner I’m a Chatterbox has been retired, her connections reported this week.

A daughter of Munnings who raced as a homebred for Fletcher and Carolyn Gray, I’m a Chatterbox will visit Darley stallion Medaglia d’Oro before this breeding season concludes.

Sparkman: Four-win day for Godolphin homebreds at Keeneland

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Dickinson, by Medaglia d'Oro, gets up at the wire to win the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland.

Over the last two decades, the two largest racing and breeding operations on the planet have taken distinctly separate tacks. The Coolmore partnership has been all about the Northern Dancer line horses Sadler’s Wells and Danehill, with those two or their sons Danehill Dancer and Galileo leading the English sire list every year since 1992. Godolphin, meanwhile, has been much more eclectic, sprinkling ample doses of Mr. Prospector, Seattle Slew, and even the exotic Monsun into their global stallion rosters.

Beyer Sire Performance Standings: Medaglia d'Oro leads among triple-digit Beyer percentage

Barbara D. Livingston
Medaglia d'Oro leads active Kentucky stallions by percentage of individual triple-digit Beyer-earners.

In a year with several outstanding fillies and mares on the track, some of the most brilliant propelled their respective sires atop the rankings of Kentucky stallions by percentage of individual runners earning triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures.

Medaglia d'Oro well represented at Eclipse Awards

John Bambury
Songbird should win a divisional Eclipse Award for the second year in a row.

Three stallions are represented by multiple individual finalists at this weekend’s Eclipse Awards – Curlin, Dansili, and Medaglia d’Oro.

Sparkman: Streaking Songbird adds to Medaglia d'Oro's credentials

Barbara D. Livingston
Songbird, by Medaglia d'Oro, wins the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.

Last weekend provided something of a harmonic convergence for the stud career of Medaglia d’Oro. On the same day that the retirement of the only daughter of his first great champion filly Rachel Alexandra was announced, Medaglia d’Oro’s second great American champion filly Songbird soared to an emphatic victory in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga.

Zenyatta in foal to Medaglia d'Oro

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Barbara D. Livingston
Zenyatta was the 2010 Horse of the Year.

Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, was confirmed by her connections on Thursday to be in foal to Medaglia d’Oro for 2017.

The foal will be the fifth for the newly elected Hall of Famer, who is owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and resides at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky. The mating was initially announced in May.

It is the first time Zenyatta was paired with Medaglia d’Oro, who stands at Darley’s U.S. base in Lexington, Ky., for an advertised fee of $150,000. Zenyatta is a daughter of the late Street Cry, who was also on the Darley roster.

Medaglia d'Oro, Scat Daddy lead sires with six Kentucky Oaks nominees each

Shigeki Kikkawa
Songbird wins the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel on Saturday.

The champion filly Songbird remained undefeated and unchallenged with her victory in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday and continues to lead sire Medaglia d’Oro’s quest for his third Kentucky Oaks winner.

Medaglia d’Oro, based at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky., is the sire of six of the 112 early nominees to the Kentucky Oaks, which will be run May 6 at Churchill Downs, but Songbird is the only stakes winner in his group.

Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale: First session posts across-the-board gains

Barbara Livingston
This filly by the late Dynaformer topped Monday's opening session at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale at $1.225 million.

Boosted by Optimizer’s $1,225,000 half-sister, Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga select yearling sale ended its first of two sessions with large gains across the board on Monday.

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