With Medaglia d’Oro leading the way, 10 Darley sires have 17 individual runners in 12 of the 13 races in this year’s Breeders’ Cup taking place this weekend at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Southern California.
Medaglia d’Oro has six sons or daughters headed to the starting gate with his two-year-old son Bolt d’Oro and his three-year-old daughter Elate expected to be the post time favorites in the Juvenile and the Distaff, respectively. Both come into this year’s Championship Weekend with consecutive G1 victories and each could make a strong case for divisional Eclipse Awards if they continue their winning ways.
His four-year-old son Talismanic, who races in the Godolphin silks, is still seeking his first G1 victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf having won or placed in Group events in France in his last four races this year. Other son Gato Del Oro has yet to win in Graded company but posted an impressive victory at one mile on the Del Mar main track this year so his connections are hoping that the “horses for courses” angle will pay dividends in the Dirt Mile.