Darley America to Hold Online Seasons Auction

by | 10.01.2013 | 9:37am

With its first online auction of seasons completed earlier this year with great success, Darley in America has announced it will once again offer 2014 seasons to three stallions standing at its Jonabell location – Medaglia d'Oro, Lonhro and Street Sense.

This edition of “Bid for Glory” will be held three consecutive weeks starting October 9.   Every week, one season each to the aforementioned stallions, will be held with the highest bidder obtaining the season at Darley's standard live foal, stand and nurses terms. Interested parties can register here to participate. Within 24 hours of registration, approved participants will be sent a username and password allowing them to actively bid once the auctions begin.

Charlie Boden, Head of Sales at Darley in America, said, “Following the overwhelming success of the online auctions conducted earlier this year, we are delighted to be able to provide the opportunity for our breeders to gain access to a group of stallions that we feel strongly will be oversubscribed for the upcoming breeding season.”

Progeny of Medaglia d'Oro continue to be in high demand both on and off the racetrack. His daughter, Marketing Mix, once again made her presence known at the highest level in 2013 with her win in the G1 Gamely after having annexed the G1 Rodeo Drive in 2012. Medaglia d'Oro has a total of 31 Stakes horses this year, include 17 Group or Graded performers, highlighted by five additional Group or Graded winners.

In the sales ring, his yearlings again are proving hot commodities, exemplified most recently at Keeneland's September Yearling Sale where three of his offspring brought seven figures. One, a $1.7 million offering, is a half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, and represents the highest price ever paid for a yearling sired by Medaglia d'Oro.

Street Sense rejoins the stallion ranks at Darley in America, after spending a year at Darley's stallion operation in Japan, and is another sire who will also be in high demand in 2014.

The Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner is having his best year yet at stud, best illustrated by two G1 winners in 2013. His two-year-old daughter, Sweet Reason, kept her undefeated record intact with an impressive runaway victory in the G1 Spinaway, while other daughter, Aubby K, proved to be the best in the G1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on Derby Day in May.

Seventeen total Stakes horses this year have pushed Street Sense to the top of the third crop sire list in North America with top-tier runners that also include additional G1 horses Unlimited Budget, Carnival Court and Vionnet. His popularity has also boosted demand for his yearlings with at least 13 selling for six figures at Keeneland September.

And last, but by no means least, is the fantastic Australian Champion sire Lonhro who stood his second season at Jonabell in 2013. One look at his race record, along with his fantastic conformation and presence, and it's not hard to figure why demand remains so high for this “Shuttler from Down Under.”

Many of North America's top breeders gave him their stamp of approval with quality mares in both his first two books and the expectation is that his third full season at Jonabell in 2014 will see more of the same.

In Australia, his popularity continues to grow as well. In 2012, Lonhro's yearlings – conceived for Aus-$30,000 – averaged Aus$282,000, with three topping the half-a-million mark.  And in 2013, he has surpassed that with his highest-priced filly ever making Aus$675,000 on the Gold Coast.

Back in the States, mares in foal to Lonhro averaged $179,571 at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale proving his 11 G1 wins and Champion Sire status in Australia have not gone unnoticed by American breeders.

All one needs is a mare, a password, and a dream to get involved with this fall's edition of Darley's “Bid for Glory” online auction, so make sure to register now.  The auction will begin on Wednesday, October 9, and the first week's bidding will end Friday, October 11 at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. The following two weeks, auctions will begin each Wednesday at 9:00 am and end Friday at 5:00 pm.

The nominations team at Darley will be available to bid in place of a client if necessary; once a bidder has received their username and password they may request a nominations member to bid in their place.  Please call any member of the nominations team at (859) 255-8537 with any questions or for more information on the online auction process.

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