WGalileo chicken put to sleep On Saturday morning after sustaining an ‘unresponsive and debilitating’ injury to his left foot, the European champion in 12 of the past 13 years has given birth to 91 individual winners in Group A or Class One. In a few hours, the Bolshoi Ballet Band, The favorite to beat in the derby last month, took the Belmont Derby in New York to hit 92, and by the time Galileo’s last fillies completed their racing career – they’ll be four years old in 2026 – he could be up to three figures.
Danehill’s total of 84 singles winners at the highest level seemed unassailable until Galileo came along, so you can never say never in terms of sporting records. However, if he is toppled from his place, odds are against that many current racing fans will still be around to see him.
Galileo’s cover fee has been private since 2008, so it can’t be more than a guess to determine the revenue figure he made for John Magnier’s Coolmore Stud during his stallion career. Even at €250,000 (£213,000) per cover, however, which is on the lower end of the speculative estimate, and assuming 150 covers a year, Colmore would have raised more than half a billion euros (£0.43 billion) from his star stallion in those The past 14 years alone. All he expected in return was enough food to keep his energy levels high and somewhere warm to lay his head at night.
It’s not quite that simple, of course, and Galileo’s exceptional record as a parent of first-group winners and as a cashier for its owner wasn’t possible before Magnier and Colmore changed the rules of blood work nearly half a century ago. The established practice of “pooling” a derby winner, usually into 40 stocks that gives the breeder one cap per season, has been replaced by a much more commercial approach, making the stallion available to any breeder willing to pay the running price.
Magnier and the other members of the Coolmore Guild were willing and willing to support their stallions in annual sales, giving something to the breeders while raising prices in general, and adding all the time to the firepower at Aidan O’Brien’s disposal at Ballydoyle. Over time, this created the most virtuous circuit in the eyes of the Magnier and Coolmore Guild, and achieved massive success both on and off the track, and for nearly two decades, Galileo was in the middle of it.
Coolmore has been home to the champ’s father in Britain and Ireland every season since 1989, and while Frankel – Galileo’s best horse, and possibly any stallion ever – tops the list thanks to derby winners at Epsom and Curragh, Galileo has love, among others, for representing him at the major races. coming. The title of Galileo’s thirteenth stallion remains a living possibility.
With no clear successor to Galileo on Coolmore’s current roster, it’s likely a season in the not too distant future will see the Stallion title move elsewhere for the first time in more than three decades. Ultimately, Ballydoyle’s hit rate is expected to take a hit, in the middle and group distance classics in particular.
Magnier and O’Brien described Galileo’s impact on racing and breeding as “unprecedented” after his death was announced on Saturday. His sons and daughters will be winning the first set for some time now, but the sport would be a different place without him.