This is the ninth in a series of notes and impressions about the new stallions in Kentucky for 2009. The horses will be reviewed alphabetically.
Horse Greeley (2004 chestnut by Mr. Greeley out of Chile Chatte, by Storm Cat)
Stands at Claiborne Farm for $7,500 live foal
One of the five handsomest new stallions in Kentucky, Horse Greeley has the potential to be one of the sleepers in this group of new stallions. He was a high-class juvenile and is by one of the most successful sons of Gone West at stud: Mr. Greeley.
The latter has made a promising start as a sire of stallions with his first sons at stud, including El Corredor, who got G1 winner Adieu in his first crop, and Whywhywhy. Also a graded winner at 2, Whywhywhy started with a bang, siring Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Nownownow. This year, Nownownow has won again at graded level, and Ikigai also won the G3 Mr. Prospector Stakes in 2009.
So the sons of Mr. Greeley with high speed have considerable potential as stallions, which is no doubt the reason Horse Greeley was snapped up to stand at Claiborne. Horse Greeley won a maiden at Del Mar, then stepped up his game for a victory in the G2 Del Mar Futurity over Great Hunter and Stormello.
This bright chestnut son of Mr. Greeley has a massive top, girthing 79 inches, and with a corresponding depth of shoulder and length of hip. He is a very powerful animal. He also has great length of body and stands a strong 16.3 hands tall.
In the body mass sweepstakes, Horse Greeley is a real beast. He gets this physical type naturally, as his dam is by Storm Cat, who is quite a husky animal. And there are more remote influences in the pedigree such as Raise a Native, Secretariat, and Nijinsky who tended to be influences for quite robust body types.
Horse Greeley’s size and power are accented by a very good head and eye, and the horse has the bone and hard-looking feet that ought to allow his offspring to be active athletes. With all these physical traits, Horse Greeley should match a number of mares, including those with more refinement that need added strength and bone.