Saturday, July 9, 2016

Why I LOVE the Mating of Zenyatta to Medaglia d'Oro

There are some nay-sayers all over Twitter who are condemning the mating of Zenyatta to top sire (at least his fillies) Medaglia d'Oro.

If I were a betting man like the Mosses are, and I wanted a damned good filly to carry on Zenyatta's line, I would also want it to be a filly by Medaglia d'Oro, given the strength of his fillies, like Rachel Alexandra and Songbird. This is reason enough to do the mating, but let's do some digging, shall we?

Even though he is not present anywhere in the pedigree, the elements that created the unstoppable Buckpasser are all present. Multiple daughters of War Admiral, multiples of Tom Fool, and multiples of La Troienne (from double of Lalun) are all present. The main players here are full siblings Ormonde, Ornament, their close kin Kendal, and Domino (broodmare sire of the broodmare sire of War Admiral) and his sisters, who are found in both Prince John, who is doubled, and Mr. Prospector from Street Cry. La Troienne also loves to feed off Mahmoud, who has another member of family 16 in Martagon, close kin to Ormonde, Ornament, and Kendal.

We can see that this mating brings a double of Forli (who brings Ormonde and Kendal), lots of Hail To Reason and a double of Tom Fool, who adds more of family 16 heavyweight Plucky Liege, close kin to Ormonde, Ornament, and Kendal. The mating also adds more lines of Hoist the Flag who brings Tourbillon. Tourbillon is critical to linebreeding to Domino as Domino is missing male strains of Glencoe. Tourbillon brings in Vandal, a rare male strain of Glencoe. Hoist the Flag and Damascus both bring in Tourbillon.

Let's call the stamina component complete with a double of Ribot.

Did I mention Almahmoud, present at least three times, has more Domino, male Glencoe, plus Martagon from Mahmoud? Double of Sunday Evening brings more Domino than I care to count.

Close kin Nasrullah and Royal Charger are also both present. Lash-ups of Nasrullah and Princequillo with La Troienne created A.P. Indy and Riverman and are likely to keep being effective in this mating as well.

All this to say that this mating has the potential to produce Queen Z's greatest foal yet, despite what people are saying on Twitter, some calling Medaglia d'Oro a "sire of plodders", which I find to be an utterly ridiculous thing to say after watching Songbird's fractions in her performance in the Gr. 1 Del Mar Debutante. Time will tell. One thing is for sure though... with the bent Medaglia d'Oro seems to have for being a filly sire - sure, he's had some decent boys - we all just need to pray that Zenyatta's next foal is indeed a filly if she is to have any chance of reproducing herself.

Don't forget, there are photos already posted and videos hopefully coming soon for Fasig-Tipton July yearlings on

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