By Frances J. Karon If Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was the “father of modern astronomy,” the “father of modern physics,” and the “father of modern science,” his equine namesake Galileo (1998-2021) would have to be the all-encompassing “father of modern horseracing.” But some people just called him the GOAT. There were 16 known horses registered as Galileo … Continue reading Galileo the great
By Frances J. Karon On Sunday, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Mrs. John Magnier’s Love became the second consecutive 1000 Guineas winner sired by Coolmore’s big gun Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) — sire of at least one Classic winner from each crop of racing age through 3yos of 2020 — out of a daughter of Pivotal (Polar … Continue reading Classic combination: Galileo and Pivotal
By Frances J. Karon When, in June of 2016, Brave Anna won the Group 3 Albany at Royal Ascot, I noted on Twitter that the full sister to G1 winner Hit it a Bomb (now a Spendthrift stallion with first 2yos in 2020) was, at the time, the fourth stakes winner sired by War Front (who … Continue reading Invader is the latest success for War Front and Galileo
By Sid Fernando If you blinked, you missed it. Coolmore Stud’s popular Ashford-based Galileo stallion Cape Blanco, who covered more mares (220) in his first year at stud in 2012 than any other stallion in North America, was sent to Japan for the 2015 season, but without missing a beat and with little fanfare Coolmore … Continue reading Magician is a body double for Cape Blanco
By Sid Fernando With his first crop age three in 2014, Sea the Stars had already put himself into the most-promising-of-young-sires category with a classic winner last month, the filly Taghrooda in the Epsom Oaks (G1). She was the best of his six SWs to that point, though it was conspicuous that five of the … Continue reading Seeing Stars Over the Moon
By Sid Fernando Indeed, 2011 has been a watershed year for Galileo. His undefeated three-year-old son Frankel scaled even greater heights last week with a thumping of five-time consecutive Group 1 winner Canford Cliffs (since retired to Coolmore) in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood to cement his status in Timeform as one of … Continue reading Mark of Galileo
By Sid Fernando Juddmonte’s Frankel continued his ascent to the stars Saturday in the G1 Dewhurst at Newmarket, and the general commentary from Europe is that he’s the best 2-year-old seen on the continent in the last 20 years. Frankel is by Galileo out of Kind, by Danehill, and his pedigree combines the best of … Continue reading Behind Frankel’s pedigree
By Jack Werk The Arc is tomorrow, but yesterday – Friday – I believe something significant happened that could affect our world here in the US of A. At a small track in Ireland named Dundalk, a G3 race called the Diamond Stakes was contested at 10f and 150yds on the synthetic. The easy winner … Continue reading Coolmore’s Master Plan!