Five G1 winners on dirt and turf the last five years

Medaglia d’Oro is the only sire in the world to have achieved this feat!

Every once in awhile a horse will come along that can excel at the highest levels on both dirt and turf - Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer John Henry, Hall of Famer Exceller, Champion Wise Dan, and Horse-of-the-Year California Chrome, to name a few. But when it comes to sires with the versatility to consistently sire runners on both surfaces, you have to look at little bit harder.

Danzig could do it on a pretty regular basis. Storm Cat is in the mix. And, most recently, you'd have to put Scat Daddy in this lofty group. But over the past five years, one stallion stands out among the world's best and that would be Medaglia d'Oro. Although Medaglia d'Oro never raced on the turf, his sire, El Prado, was distinctly turf. By the great Sadler's Wells, he raced exclusively in Ireland but came to America for his stud career, and like Medaglia d'Oro, sired horses that excelled on both surfaces, which is undoubtedly where Medaglia d'Oro gets this rare trait from.


Champion Songbird

Since 2014, only one stallion in the world has been represented by at least five G1 dirt and turf winners - Medaglia d'Oro. From the wonderful dirt filly Songbird to the likes of Breeders' Cup Turf winner Talismanic, no surface is foreign territory to progeny of MdO. Here's a snapshot of his runners' achievements during this time:

Horse Form G1 wins
BAR OF GOLD G1w dirt BC Filly & Mare Sprint
BOLT D'ORO G1w dirt Del Mar Futurity and Frontrunner
COFFEE CLIQUE G1w turf Just a Game S.
DICKINSON G1w turf Jenny Wiley S.
ELATE G1w dirt Alabama and Beldame
LOCHTE G1w turf Gulfstream Park Turf H.
MSHAWISH G1w turf Gulfstream Park Turf H.
MSHAWISH G1w dirt Donn Handicap
NEW MONEY HONEY G1w turf BC Juvenile Fillies Turf and Belmont Oaks
SONGBIRD G1w dirt Del Mar Debutante, Chandelier, BC Juvenile Fillies, Santa Anita Oaks, CCA Oaks, Alabama, Cotillion, Ogden Phipps, Delaware Handicap

If one looks at Medaglia d'Oro's complete body of work, the dirt to turf ratio among his runners is quite remarkable. While the dirt percentage is a bit higher, the numbers are very close to 50/50 as the chart below shows:

Surface: Dirt Dirt % Turf Turf %
BT winners: 54 53% 48 47%
GS winners: 25 52% 23 48%
G1 winners: 10 53% 9 47%

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Breeders' Cup winner Talismanic