‘She Has Medaglia d’Oro Written All Over Her’: First Northern Hemisphere Foal For Astern Is A Filly

The first reported Northern Hemisphere foal by Astern was born on Jan. 10 at Lyn Burleson’s Burleson Farm. Bred by Jack Sims (McKenzie Bloodstock), the filly is out of the 6-year-old mare Desperate Chick. Lyn Burleson commented, “We are very excited about our Astern filly. She has Medaglia d’Oro written all over her.” Darley nominations manager, Darren Fox, said, “We […]

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Darley America Announces 2019 Fees, Topped By Medaglia d’Oro At $200,000

Darley America, based at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky., has announced the advertised fees for its 2019 stallion roster. This year has seen Medaglia d’Oro enjoy fantastic returns in the sales ring. He has sired an astounding eight seven-figure yearlings, including three of the top four at Saratoga and an additional five at Keeneland September. Only Northern Dancer and Storm […]

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In The Stud Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Astern, A New Darley Stallion

As we continue to highlight the new sires of 2018, our attention turns to a record-setting son of Medaglia d’Oro who raced in Australia. Astern not only won his debut as a 2-year-old at Randwick but followed it up with a Group 2 victory in the Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill. The colt went on to […]

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Medaglia D’Oro’s Grade 1-Winning Son Astern To Shuttle To Jonabell In 2018

Astern, G1 winner and the highest-rated son of leading stallion Medaglia d’Oro, will stand at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, for the 2018 breeding season. He is currently standing his first southern hemisphere season as a Darley stallion at Kelvinside Farm in New South Wales, Australia. Astern is rated the best ever winner of the […]

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Australia: McDonald Loses Second Appeal Of 18-Month Ban

Jockey James McDonald has failed in his second attempt to have an 18-month ban overturned. reports that McDonald, who was the retained rider for Godolphin in Australia, was suspended late last year by Racing NSW stewards after he was found guilty of placing a $1000 bet on the colt Astern, prior to the 2-year-old colt’s […]

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Australia: Jockey James McDonald Facing More Questioning From Stewards

Jockey James McDonald will be interviewed once again by Racing NSW stewards this week regarding their investigation into the Astern betting inquiry. reports that stewards have been reviewing financial, wagering, and communication records related to the case, which involves McDonald’s possible involvement with Anthony Gardiner, a Sydney punter. Stewards claim that they had received information that McDonald […]

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Jockey James Doyle To Ride For Godolphin In Australia

British-based Godolphin jockey James Doyle is to take up riding duties in Australia as a replacement for James McDonald. It is intended that Doyle, who has ridden on previous occasions in Australia as part of Godolphin’s global approach to its operations, will take up duties with the stable in early December. Godolphin Managing Director in […]

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Australia: Godolphin Remains Supportive Of Embattled Jockey

Godolphin representatives have stated that they “will continue to support” jockey James McDonald as he is being investigated for allegedly betting on a horse he rode last December. reported that McDonald, who is the leading rider in Australia and is also Godolphin’s number one rider there, could face a two-year ban if found guilty. McDonald is […]

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Australia: Godolphin Jockey Facing Betting Probe

Jockey James McDonald, the leading rider in Australia and the number one rider for Godolphin and trainer John O’Shea, has voluntarily ‘stood himself down’ after being charged with betting on races. reports that Racing NSW stewards have charged McDonald with having either placed or having an interest in placing a bet on the talented Medaglia […]

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