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Sire El Prado
Dam Sweet as Honey
Grandsire Sadler's Wells
Damsire Strike the Gold
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2001
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Jon S. Kelly, Ralls & Foster LLC, Brad Scott, et al.
Owner Jon S. Kelly, Ralls & Foster LLC, Brad Scott, et al.
Trainer C. Beau Greely
Record 20: 5-6-2
Earnings $2,052,090
Borrego is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Sweet as Honey by El Prado. He was born around 2001 in the United States, and was bred by Jon S. Kelly, Ralls & Foster LLC, Brad Scott, et al..
Major wins
Pacific Classic Stakes (2005)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (2005)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 21, 2007

Borrego (foaled May 17, 2001, in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred Stallion racehorse. Borrego was bred to sell by a partnership Jon Kelly, Ralls & Foster LLC, Brad Scott and C. Beau Greeley. The partnership twice bought Borrego back at auction when bidding did not reach the reserve price set by the partnership. He was campaigned by Lexington-native C. Beau Greely throughout his 20 race career, which included victories in a pair of Grade 1 races and a start in the prestigious Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.


As a racehorse

Borrego's career as a racehorse began in October 2003. Being by the Irish sire El Prado, a sire known for producing both turf and dirt runners, trainer C. Beau Greely debuted his homebred colt on the turf in a one mile Maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita Park. After running 4th in his debut, he won for the first time in his next start, and went on to win once more in his juvenile season. Greely started Borrego on the road to the Kentucky Derby in 2004, first in the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park. He earned his spot in the Derby after respectable finishes in the Louisiana Derby and Arkansas Derby, but could do no better than 10th on Derby Day. He wheeled back two weeks later in the second leg of the Triple Crown, Pimlico's Preakness Stakes. He ran 7th in that race, but rebounded that fall to finish 2nd in a pair of stakes races. Borrego came back for his four year old season, and after several solid efforts he finally broke through in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, rallying from well back to pull off a 1/2-length upset at 11/1 odds. Greely shipped Borrego across the country for the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at historical Belmont Park. Under regular rider Garrett Gomez, dropped back to his usual position near the rear of the pack early before unleashing a furious rally en route to an effortless 4½ length win. With that victory he became the first horse to win both the Pacific Classic and Jockey Club Gold Cup, each valued at $1,000,000. Borrego's final career race was the Breeders' Cup Classic, also held at Belmont that year, but he was unable to replicate his previous efforts as he ran 10th. Borrego was set to return to race as a five-year old in 2006, but ankle surgery in March of that year pushed back his expected return date until late that summer. By April, Borrego had been officially retired from racing as he was not healing as quickly as expected.

Race Record






10th Breeders' Cup Classic One and One-Fourth Miles Belmont Park 97
1st Jockey Club Gold Cup One and One-Fourth Miles Belmont Park 110
1st Pacific Classic One and One-Fourth Miles Del Mar 113
2nd Hollywood Gold Cup One and One-Fourth Miles Hollywood Park 107
4th Californian Stakes One and One-Eighth Miles Hollywood Park 104
3rd Mervyn Leroy Handicap One and One-Sixteenth Miles Hollywood Park 107
3rd Santa Anita Handicap One and One-Fourth Miles Santa Anita Park 103
1st Allowance Optional Claiming One and One-Sixteenth Miles Santa Anita Park 94
9th Oak Tree Derby One and One-Eighth Miles (Turf) Santa Anita Park 98
2nd Super Derby One and One-Eighth Miles Louisiana Downs 102
2nd El Cajon Stakes One Mile Del Mar 91
7th Preakness Stakes One and Three-Sixteenth Miles Pimlico 94
10th Kentucky Derby One and One-Fourth Miles Churchill Downs 83
2nd Arkansas Derby One and One-Eighth Miles Oaklawn Park 107
2nd Louisiana Derby One and One-Sixteenth Miles Fair Grounds 97
2nd Sham Stakes One and One-Eighth Miles Santa Anita Park 98
1st Allowance Optional Claiming One and One-Sixteenth Miles Santa Anita Park 93
8th Generous Stakes One Mile (Turf) Hollywood Park 77
1st Maiden Special Weight One Mile (Turf) Santa Anita Park 84
4th Maiden Special Weight One Mile (Turf) Santa Anita Park 61

As a stallion

Upon retirement, Borrego was shipped to Kentucky to stand at the Wintergreen Stallion Station in Midway. He stands for a fee of $20,000 for a single live cover breeding. His first crop will be of racing age in 2010.



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