One of Kentucky’s most versatile sires, Mr Greeley, was euthanized due to laminitis on Tuesday. The stallion stood at Gainesway and will be buried on the farm alongside Broad Brush, Cozzene, and In Reality.
A stallion who got G1 juveniles, 3yos, and older horses, Mr Greeley proved himself a major talent on the racetrack, then doubled down with international successes at the highest level during his career at stud.
The 18-year-old son of Gone West and the Reviewer mare Long Legend entered stud in the quiet days of the early 1990s, when it took a lot of jazz to make any horse successful. Mr. Greeley had the necessary qualities, however, and was a hit from the time his first yearlings entered the sales ring.
He proved a sire of consistently athletic and good-looking stock that first excited domestic buyers. Then, after the stallion’s daughter Finsceal Beo won the 2006 Cartier Award as the champion 2yo filly in Europe and then a pair of classics the following seasons, Mr Greeley was an international star.
Gainesway’s Michael Hernon recalled that “Finsceal Beo was an outstanding winner of the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, which I was privileged to witness, and she was very similar to her sire in color and type. She had great speed and ability to quicken. She set a new stakes record when winning the 1,000 Guineas and looked a great deal like her sire.”
Hernon continued: “As an individual, Mr Greeley was a big, bold, masculine-looking horse with great eye appeal and was a Keeneland July graduate at $185,000. Nick Zito trained Mr Greeley for Bill Condren and Joe Cornacchia, who named the horse Mr Greeley after the popular Horace Greeley saying, ‘go west, young man.’”
With both Finsceal Beo and daughter Saiorse Abu winning European G1 races under the training of Jim Bolger, demand for Mr Greeley pushed his stud fee to $125,000 in 2008 before the international financial crises put everything in recession.
From a dozen crops of racing age, Mr Greeley has sired 53 stakes winners, and his offspring have earned more than $50 million.
Among Mr Greeley’s other outstanding runners are El Corredor (Cigar Mile), Whywhywhy (Futurity), Nonsuch Bay (Mother Goose), and Reel Buddy (Sussex Stakes).
During his own racing career, Mr Greeley won three times at the G3 level but showed his best form in his last start, when second by a neck to Desert Stormer in the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Mr. Greeley began his stud career at Dixiana in 1996, standing for $10,000, then moved to Spendthrift for five seasons before coming to Gainesway in 2006. This year, Mr Greeley covered 128 mares, with 110 in foal. Hernon noted that the stallion’s “yearlings sold for up to $675,000 and in-foal mares sold for up to $350,000 this year.”
As a horse with size, strength, and speed, Mr Greeley was a natural broodmare sire, and his daughters are going to become increasingly valuable broodmares.