Sheikh Mohammed buys Group 1 Kentucky stallion

Sheikh Mohammed has purchased Medaglia d’Oro, the sire of Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Rachel Alexandra.

Medaglia d’Oro is a ten-year-old son of El Prado (Ire) and has been based at Stonewall Farm in Kentucky, since 2006.  He moved to Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington last Friday.

The following day Gabby’s Golden Gal (3f Medaglia d’Oro–Gabriellina Giof by Ashkalani) win the G1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont.

“Sheikh Mohammed has been following Medaglia d’Oro’s stud career with great interest and has been most impressed not only by the likes of Rachel Alexandra but also by the quality of yearlings that we have seen at public auction,” said Darley agent John Ferguson.  “Sheikh Mohammed believes that Medaglia d’Oro has a very exciting future ahead of him.”

Bred in Kentucky, Medaglia d’Oro won 8 of his 17 starts and earned $5.75 million with G1 triumphs in the 2002 Travers Stakes, 2003 Whitney Handicap and 2004 Donn Handicap.