Red Rocks (horse)
|Owner||J. Paul Reddam|
|Trainer||Brian J. Meehan|
|Earnings||£1,406, 259 (equivalent)|
|Red Rocks is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Pharmacist by Galileo. He was born around 2003 in Ireland, and was bred by Ballylinch Stud.|
Breeders' Cup wins:|
Breeders' Cup Turf (2006)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on July 11, 2008|
Red Rocks (foaled April 8, 2003 in Ireland) is a Thoroughbred racehorse who competes internationally. Regally bred by Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny, he was sired by Galileo, a son of the fourteen-time Champion sire in Great Britain & Ireland, Sadler's Wells. Red Rocks' dam, Pharmacist, is a daughter of Machiavellian, a French Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and a multiple Group One winner who was a son of North American Champion sire, Mr. Prospector.
A non-winner as a two-year-old, Red Rocks made his racing debut in September 2005, finishing ninth in a Conditions stakes at Newbury Racecourse. In his only other starts, at Newmarket Racecourse he earned a third in a race for maidens then a second-place finish in the Houghton Conditions Stakes.
Three-year-old Red Rocks won a maiden stakes race in April 2006 at Windsor Racecourse and followed that up with another win in May's Fairway Stakes, a listed race at Newmarket. In June he was second in the King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot Racecourse then in July ran second to Rail Link in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France. After another second place result in August's Great Voltigeur Stakes at York Racecourse, in September he was third in York's St. Leger Stakes.
In November, Red Rocks was sent to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. There, under jockey Frankie Dettori, he won the most important race of his career, the Breeders' Cup Turf. His win came over a strong international field that included Better Talk Now, English Channel, Cacique, and the 2005 World Champion, Hurricane Run.
At age four, Red Rocks made his debut in March in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai where he ran ninth to winner Vengeance of Rain. In April he got back on track with a win in the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown Park. In June he finished fourth in the Ascot Gold Cup then did not race again until September when he ran fourth to Dylan Thomas in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown Racecourse near Dublin, Ireland.
Red Rocks returned to the United States in October 2007 to defend his Breeders' Cup Turf title and ran a strong third on "yielding" turf at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. In his final outing of 2007, Red Rocks finished seventh in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong, China.