Before we get into the amazing results for Medaglia d'Oro at Saratoga's select yearling sale on August 8, perhaps a bit of a sales summary for 2018 for him is in order:
- the $1.2 million co-topper at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream two-year-old sale
- the $1.2 million sale topper at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic two-year-old sale
- the $1.1 million sale topper at the OBS April two-year-old sale
- the $1.6 million sale topper at Keeneland January horses of all ages sale
An incredible set of results that would be enviable for a stallion's career much less all taking place in one year. He is the leading sire in 2018 by two-year-old sales average.
And not so surprisingly, the results continued at the historic yearling sale at Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga. The seven-figure bonanza started off with Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stable going to $1 million for hip 143. This striking filly is the first foal out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Veracity, a full sister to Stakes winner Cheery, dam of Medaglia d'Oro's G1 Alabama Stakes winner Elate. Roy Jackson commented, "I thought she was awful nice. We thought she would be expensive. We liked the pedigree and liked her physically. She sort of struck us all the way around." Indian Creek was the consignor.
Roughly 50 hips later, the soon-to-be sale topper (hip 196) entered the ring, hailing from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment on behalf of WinStar Farm. The first foal out of the Stakes winning mare, Coco's Wildcat, caught the eye of many but eventually a partnership made up of Robert Masiello, Chris Larsen, Siena Farms and West Point Thoroughbreds went to $1.35 million to acquire the beautiful Medaglia d'Oro colt. Elliott Walden put it simply - "This colt has just been a star from day one."