Galileo Empire (2013)

He’s beyond awesome now; he’s legendary. Galileo now ranks seventh on the TDN Cumulative General Sire List with progeny earnings over $91-million.
— From the desk of Bill Oppenheim
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Tonalist’s Belmont victory last weekend is another feather in the cap of Gainesway’s 2014 Leading North American Sire Tapit. With 2014 progeny earnings now over $6.7-million, he is nearly $2.7-million clear of the Darley duo of Medaglia dOro and Street Cry, with WinStar’s Speightstown a close-up fourth (all right around the $4-million mark. Tapit is the second-leading North American sire by number of winners (82; Lane’s End’s City Zip leads with 84); Tapit is second to City Zip (11) in number of 2014 black-type winners with nine; is the jointleader with Speightstown with 19 2014 black-type horses; and he is the leading North American sire by 2014 graded stakes winners (eight; Lane’s End’s Candy Ride next with six); graded stakes horses (15 ahead of Speightstown’s 13); and number of Grade 1 winners (three). It’s a career year, and you can bet his stud fee is going up from this year’s $150,000. Interesting, and in my view very significant, too, that America’s fearsome foursome of top sires whose first foals were born in 2006 now include three of the top four sires in North America (#1,Tapit, #2 Medaglia d’Oro, and #4 Speightstown), and four of the top eight, as Candy Ride is #8.

The same four European and two North American sires still occupy the top six places on the TDN Second-Crop Sire List as was the case when we reviewed them a couple of weeks ago, but Coolmore’s Mastercraftsman, last year’s Leading NA/EU freshman sire, has now taken over the top spot on the second-crop list by virtue of Kingston Hill’s bang-up second to Australia (Galileo) in last Saturday’s G1 Epsom Derby. Kingston Hill was 3 1/4 lengths clear of longshot Romsdal (Halling) in third, who in turn was 3 3/4 lengths clear of Arod (Teofilo) in fourth, as the first two drew off from the field. Meanwhile Gilltown’s Sea The Stars moved into second place on the 2014 Year To Date second-crop list by getting his first Group 1 and Classic winner as Sheikh Hamdan ran one-two in Friday’s G1 Epsom Oaks with the unbeaten Taghrooda, by Sea The Stars, scoring an authoritative 3 3/4-length win over Tarfasha (Teofilo), with Volume, from Mount Nelson’s second crop, running third. Sea The Stars is now the leading second-crop sire, in Europe or North America, by number of 2014 winners (25), black-type winners (5), black-type horses (12), group winners (4) and group horses (6), and is second only to Mastercraftsman by 2014 progeny earnings.

The leading North American second-crop sire, WinStar’s Pioneerof the Nile, also moved past Thewayyouare into third spot on the combined second-crop list. Taylor Made’s Old Fashioned, sire of last Saturday’s GI Acorn Stakes runner-up Sweet Whiskey; and Haras de la Cauviniere’s Le Havre, sire of G1 Poule de Essai des Pouliches winner Avenir Certain, round out the top six, still the only ones in their class with 2014 progeny earnings over $1-million.

But Galileo, he is the ‘Big Daddy’, and now that the proper racing is getting underway, here he is again. There’s not much we can add about Australia’s pedigree; as everybody’s more or less said, it’s one of those exceptional cases where breeding the best to the best and hoping for the best has actually worked. But look at Galileo now on the TDN Year To Date General Sire List. It’s not so much that he has climbed to fifth overall by progeny earnings, but by the number of black-type horses he has again already this year. He is the leading NA/EU sire by: number of black-type Winners (17; Darley’s Shamardal and City Zip are tied for second with 11); number of black-type horses (34; Darley’s Dubawi is second, with 20); number of GSW (10; Tapit and Shamardal are tied, with eight); and number of GSH (19; Tapit is second, with 15). He’s beyond awesome now; he’s legendary. Galileo now ranks seventh on the TDN Cumulative General Sire List with progeny earnings over $91-million.

So what is the fallout from the weekend’s results? One, Galileo is not just the world number one, but in fact ranks with the greats of the turn of the century.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News