Rising young stallion Medaglia d'Oro, sire of Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes winner Rachel Alexandra, has been acquired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Darley operation and relocated to Jonabell Farm.
Medaglia d'Oro had been owned by Audrey and Richard Haisfield's Stonewall Farm, where he stood this past year for $60,000. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"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 and many other exciting prospects in his first crop, which are now 3-year-olds, but also by the quality of yearlings that we have seen at public auction," John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser said in a statement. "Sheikh Mohammed believes that Medaglia d'Oro has a very exciting future ahead of him."
Medaglia d'Oro stood his first season at stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in 2005 before shifting to Stonewall the following year. An earner of more than $5.7 million on the track, the 10-year-old son of El Prado is the leading second-crop sire to date this year with seven stakes winners from his two crops.
"We felt we had to do right by him," said Richard Haisfield. "He has been so good to us, and this was the opportunity of a lifetime for him. Darley has the ability to make him an international sire."
No stud fee has been announced for 2010.