It didn’t take long for the 2016 September Keeneland Yearling sale to hit it rich, with a Medaglia d’Oro colt being a part of the first seven-figure sale of the auction when M.V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud purchased the colt for $1 million.
“It’s a lot of money to pay for a horse, but he’s very good looking and the lads seemed to like him,” said Magnier, explaining his thought process regarding the seven-figure bid. “He was a very nice horse, he reminded us a lot of Vancouver… and he’s an exceptional looking horse, so if he’s anything like him we’re in good shape.”
The Vancouver that Magnier is referring to is not the Canadian city, but an Australian-bred son of Medaglia d’Oro who Coolmore sold but later re-bought in tandem with China Horse Club. The early plan for the newly purchased Megadlia d’Oro colt is to keep him in the U.S. to be raced.
Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned the colt as Hip 48 and he was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings in Kentucky. “You hardly ever get a horse that well bred that actually walks like that,” said Taylor Made’s Duncan Taylor. “He looks like he’s gliding on air, had all the muscle in the world to go with it. We knew he was a special horse.”
Added Taylor, “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.” It certainly appears Coolmore got their money’s worth.