Darby Dan Farm's Higher Power (Medaglia d'Oro), a Grade I-winning millionaire, sired his first reported foal Jan. 26 when a filly bred by Deann Barr out of the Curlin mare Curlita was born at Julie Rini's Crowning Point Farm.
Higher Power, a dominant 5 1/4-length winner of the 2019 GI Pacific Classic with a 107 Beyer Speed Figure, earned nearly $1.6 million and placed in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic, GI Hollywood Gold Cup and GI Awesome Again S. for owner Hronis Racing and trainer John Sadler. Bredin Kentucky by Pin Oak Stud, he is produced from the multiple stakes-winning Seattle Slew mare Alternate, who is also the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Alternation (Distorted Humor). Alternate is a half-sister to 1995 Canadian Horse of the Year and multiple Grade I winner Peaks and Valleys (Mt. Livermore) from the family of Grade I winner Mucho Gusto (Mucho Macho Man).
Higher Power bred 152 mares in his first season at stud and will stand the upcoming breeding season for $10,000 S&N.