Medaglia d’Oro colt sells for $1 million to pace early action at Keeneland September

A colt by Medaglia d’Oro out of stakes winner Spring Party, by Smart Strike, sold for $1 million.
A colt by Medaglia d’Oro out of stakes winner Spring Party, by Smart Strike, sold for $1 million. Keeneland

A well-muscled colt by leading Darley stallion Medaglia d’Oro became the first offering to hit seven figures during the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sale when he sold for $1 million to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier on Monday.

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales on behalf of Stonestreet Farm, the Medaglia d’Oro colt is out of the stakes winning Smart Strike mare Spring Party, a half sister to Grade I winner Emcee and Grade I producer Baffled. Coolmore has enjoyed previous success with offspring of Medaglia d’Oro, most notably with champion Vancouver, and the resemblance to that one is what helped lure attention to the first million-dollar baby of the 13-session auction.

“He’s a very nice horse, he reminded a lot of the lads of Vancouver,” Magnier said. “He (Vancouver) was an exceptional looking horse and an unusually good 2-year-old so if this horse is anything like him, we’re in good shape.

“It’s a lot of money to pay for a horse but he’s very good looking and a great mover.”

Magnier added that the Medaglia d’Oro colt would likely stay stateside.

With an abundance of top pedigrees to be found during the boutique Book 1 portion of the September sale, Taylor Made president Duncan Taylor said it was the physical attributes and athletic stride that separated the dark bay Medagalia d’Oro colt.

“You hardly ever get a horse that well bred that actually walks like that,” Taylor said. “He looks like he was gliding on air and he had all the muscle in the world to go with it. You knew he was a special horse but, what the market would say, you never know. I think that’s a Medaglia d’Oro colt that might be standing in Kentucky for a lot of money one day. He sure looks the part.”

Alicia Wincze Hughes: 859-231-1676, @horseracinghl