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Galileo (horse)

Sire Sadler's Wells
Dam Urban Sea
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Miswaki
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1998
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Breeder David Tsui and Orpendale
Owner Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Trainer Aidan O'Brien
Record 8:6-1-0
Earnings $2,245,373
Galileo is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Urban Sea by Sadler's Wells. He was born around 1998 in Ireland, and was bred by David Tsui and Orpendale.
Major wins
Ballysax Stakes (2001)
Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (2001)
Epsom Derby (2001)
Irish Derby (2001)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (2001)
European Champion Three-Year-Old Colt (2001)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 20 September 2006

Galileo is a thoroughbred racehorse foaled in 1998, who won the Epsom Derby, Irish Derby Stakes, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2001. He is a son of Coolmore Stud's Sadler's Wells and Arc heroine Urban Sea, and a half-brother to champion racehorse Sea The Stars.

Galileo, owned by Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor, raced only once as a two year old, winning an Irish maiden by an impressive 14 lengths. At three, he went to Epsom via the same route as the previous year's Derby winner Sinndar, winning the Ballysax Stakes and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial in Ireland. He went to Epsom joint favourite alongside the 2,000 Guineas winner Golan. The 2001 Epsom Derby field was generally high-class, with Tobougg, who had won the previous year's Dewhurst Stakes, and the winners of most of the major Derby trials. Galileo won impressively by three and a half lengths from Golan. He was even more impressive when winning the Irish Derby, scoring by four lengths despite being eased down.

His next test was against older horses in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, when chief among his rivals was Godolphin's Fantastic Light, winner of the previous year's Dubai Sheema Classic. It was Galileo's first big test as a racehorse, but he battled on to win by two lengths. The two horses would meet again in the Irish Champion Stakes over a mile and a quarter, and it was here that Galileo met with his first defeat, with Fantastic Light triumphant by a head in a thrilling contest.

Galileo ended his racing career disappointingly, well beaten in the Breeders' Cup Classic - his first run on dirt. Nonetheless, he was voted Cartier Racing Award for Three-Year-Old European Champion Colt.

As a sire

Galileo now stands as a stallion at Coolmore Stud in Fethard, County Tipperary. He shuttled between Coolmore's main farm in Ireland (during the Northern Hemisphere breeding season) and its Australia branch (during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season) five times, from 2002 to 2006[1]. Galileo recently sired a colt with three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva. Galileo also sired the 2008 Epsom Derby winner New Approach

His 2008 fee for a live foal was reported to be 225,000 Euros [2]. His 2009 stud fee was reduced to 175,000 Euros reflecting the general trend in stallion fees.

In September 2008, he underwent surgery for colic [3]

As of 31 July 2009, he has sired eleven Group one winners worldwide, including New Approach, Soldier of Fortune, Rip Van Winkle, Red Rocks and Lush Lashes[4].

Pedigree of Galileo
Sadler's Wells
Northern Dancer Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason Hail To Reason
Special Forli
Urban Sea
Miswaki Mr. Prospector Raise a Native
Gold Digger
Hopespringseternal Buckpasser
Rose Bower
Allegretta Lombard Agio
Promised Lady
Anatevka Espresso






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