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us stallions Medaglia D’Oro joined an illustrious group of stallions in 2017

It was a year of opportunities

With Tapit having a quieter year earnings-wise and losing his spot at the top, it gave a number of other stallions a chance to make their mark, reports Melissa Bauer-Herzog

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or the first time in four years, Tapit relinquished his sires’ crown in a year which, despite siring 10 stakes winners, saw him earn around $8 million less than last year. Multiple overshadowed sires were able to come into the spotlight in 2017, both new and old. Medaglia D’Oro was the highest profile active sire to take advantage becoming only the fourth stallion in the history of North American breeding to sire seven Grade 1 winners in a year – he joined an illustrious list of Danzig, Mr. Prospector and Storm Cat. Medaglia D’Oro’s Grade 1 winners spanned the board with Bar Of Gold and Talismanic proving the sire’s versatility by winning the 7f Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) on Dirt and 1m4f Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). His 2017 Grade 1 winners won from 7f to

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Medaglia D’Oro became only the fourth stallion in the history of North American breeding to sire seven Grade 1 winners in a year 1m4f on Dirt, Turf and synthetic surfaces throughout the year with the stallion looking like he’ll also add to his Eclipse total with Bold D’Oro nearly certain to earn two-year-old championship honours after two Grade 1 victories and a third in the Breeders’ Cup. The stallion also made headlines in the

sales ring with a $650,000 weanling sold in November, and a $1.25 million yearling filly topping his yearling list. However, his biggest headliner was the $9.5 million sale of his two-time champion Songbird at Fasig-Tipton in early November. Predictably, Medaglia D’Oro was given a fee increase in late October to $200,000 for 2018, but Darley amended that a few weeks later on the back of the sire’s Breeders’ Cup and sales success, pushing him up further to $250,000. For the second time in two years, an Australian-bred Medaglia D’Oro son will join the US stallion ranks with his Golden Rose Stakes (G1) winner Astern shuttling to Darley America for the 2018 season. He’ll stand for $15,000, the same price that Coolmore’s Medaglia D’Oro son Vancouver stood for in the US in 2017 when attracting 166 mares. Vancouver returns in 2018 for the same fee.

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Stallion Review 2017, including Frankel, Mickley Stud, a wealth of stallion statistics and an interview with Elite Racing Club, owner-breede...

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Stallion Review 2017, including Frankel, Mickley Stud, a wealth of stallion statistics and an interview with Elite Racing Club, owner-breede...