Globally influential stallion Medaglia d’Oro sired his first New Zealand Group One winner when Crown Prosecutor won the Vodafone New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie.
Crown Prosecutor was already his first stakes winner in this country, courtesy of his victory in the Gr. 3 Wellington Stakes at Otaki in late November. Medaglia d’Oro has been represented by only 13 runners in New Zealand for five winners (the others being multiple winners Lady Amadeus, Lustrous, Alternative Fact and Elegant d’Oro).
Bred in Kentucky by Albert and Joyce Bell, Medaglia d’Oro is by the champion American sire El Prado out of the stakes-winning and multiple stakes-producing mare Cappucino Bay.
He won eight of his 17 starts and placed in another seven, earning US$5.7 million in prize-money. He won Saratoga’s famous Gr. 1 Travers Stakes, nicknamed the ‘midsummer Derby’ and unofficial fourth leg of the Triple Crown. He also placed in the Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic and was fourth in the Kentucky Derby.
As an older horse he won the Gr. 1 Whitney Handicap and Donn Handicap, along with another Breeders’ Cup Classic placing and a second in the Dubai World Cup.
But Medaglia d’Oro has made his biggest impact at stud, where he commands a fee of US$200,000 at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky. He shuttled to Darley Australia from 2010 to 2017.
He was introduced at a fee of A$88,000 in 2010, then dropped to A$77,000 in 2011 and 2012 and A$55,000 in 2013 and 2014. However, his impressive results lifted that fee to A$110,000 for his remaining three Australian seasons.
Arion Pedigrees statistics credit Medaglia d’Oro with 799 winners from 1249 runners, including 123 individual stakes winners.
He is the sire of 22 individual Group or Grade One winners, headed by the champion American mares Songbird (nine Grade One wins) and Rachel Alexandra (five Grade One wins). He has also struck at Group One level in Europe with Passion For Gold (Criterium de Saint-Cloud).
Crown Prosecutor became his third Group One winner in the southern hemisphere, joining Vancouver (Golden Slipper) and Astern (Golden Rose).
His other leading performers in this part of the world include the Group One placegetters Astoria (Victoria Derby) and Durendal (Winterbottom Stakes) along with the multiple Group winner Nostradamus.