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Cape Blanco is First Major Galileo Stallion in U.S.

Five-time group/grade I winner Cape Blanco (IRE) (TrueNicks) has retired to Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for the 2012 season. He becomes the first major son of Irish and English leading sire Galileo to stand in the United States. Cape Blanco is now available on TrueNicks, where breeders can run unlimited hypothetical mating reports.

Undefeated in three starts at 2, Cape Blanco stamped himself as classics contender when capturing the Tyros (gr. III) and Futurity Stakes (gr. II), both at seven furlongs. A winner in the Dante (gr. II) on his 3-year-old debut, Cape Blanco later won the Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes (both gr. I).

At 4, Cape Blanco raided the North American turf division, shipping in to take three consecutive grade I races: the Man o'War, Arlington Million, and Turf Classic (videos below). He retired with earnings of $3.8 million and eight group or grade I wins ranging from seven to 12 furlongs.

With top Galileo sons Teofilo, New Approach, Rip Van Winkle, and Soldier of Fortune already at stud in Europe, Cape Blanco offers this sire line to American breeders for the first time.

Cape Blanco's dam side is rather intriguing. His dam, the Presidium mare Laurel Delight, made 24 of her 25 starts at five furlongs, and she is a half sister to another five-furlong specialist in group II winner Paris House, who made 20 of his 21 starts at five furlongs. Bred to miler Mukaddamah, Laurel Delight produced Mr O'Brien, a grade II winner at eight and nine furlongs. Bred to Galileo, who can provide ample stamina, she produced Cape Blanco. Surely Laurel Delight imparts a strong measure of class to her foals, but it is interesting how much the sires seem to have influenced the aptitudes of her two best progeny. Laurel Delight was named Ireland's broodmare of the year in 2010.

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He's not my cup of tea. Would have preferred they send us St. Nicholas Abbey.

sceptre 20 Oct 2011 3:05 PM

On keeping with the success of Galileo, the 2 year old full-brother to Frankel, Noble Mission looks like he is ready for his debut in the 3.00 at Yarmouth next Tuesday, October 25th. Like Frankel a one mile maiden has been chosen for his first race and you can bet there will be a lot of curious onlookers.

John T 20 Oct 2011 7:49 PM

He has a lot more pace and is far tougher than SNA. His Irish Champions Stakes win, to my mind, shows the favourable combination of speed and stamina he can offer American breeders.

admirer 20 Oct 2011 10:15 PM

I look forward to seeing him.  

sidekickflats 20 Oct 2011 10:53 PM

We breed for speed on dirt and we could care less about turf runners.  So, the question is why bother? He would be such a lonely boy gathering cobwebs.

richard 21 Oct 2011 12:29 AM

I think it's fabulous that he's coming here. Hopefully he will infuse some stamina into our horses and we can lay off the drugs

Marianne 21 Oct 2011 4:11 PM

Due to the remarks of richard it goes to show why our breeding pool has become so limited. I am thrilled to have this son of Galileo here at stud and further overjoyed that we will have the great Australian racer and sire Lonhro here next year. It was due to the infusion of european bloodlines in the early part of the 20th century that we developed some of our greatest runners. Thinking like richard limits breeders and I for one am happy to see stamina being brought back into the american bloodlines. We have slowly over the years lost them as more people started thinking only of dirt racing and speed/sprinters. It's a shame when we forget what the Thoroughbred was originally developed for...stamina. Whether on the dirt or the turf.

Julie L. 21 Oct 2011 4:41 PM


If the 1942 runner-up in the Middle Park Stakes, Nasrullah had not been sent to North America I dread what racing in this continent would be like today. There would have been no Secretariat, no Ruffian and that is just for starters. So think very carefully before you critizise a successful son of Gallileo like Cape Blanco coming to these shores. Spiders make cobwebs for a reason.

John T 21 Oct 2011 9:33 PM

Just as the majority of our US-bred better and best runers fail to succeed at stud, history tells us that this is equally, if not moreso, true for the foreigners that stood here. We tend to remember the successes, and forget the failures. Also, while today's US gene pool may not be what it once was relative to other countries', it is better than what it was in the '30s-early '50s. The Euros once had clearly the best, and now they have likely caught up, if not somewhat overtaken us. It's close, though, so in that regard, no real edge to a Cape Blanco over our unprovens. But, we haven't bred for the turf for a long time, so for this surface (and, perhaps, synthetic) I suppose they have a bit more edge. Still, it's my take that Cape Blanco (notwithstanding that he's sired by Galileo) is not one to go to.  

sceptre 22 Oct 2011 3:10 PM

Noble Mission,the full-brother to Frankel finished second in his debut to-day at Yarmouth. There was lots of entries for this race so it was split into two divisions and in the second division another son of Galileo, Sun Central ran very green but was running on to finish 7th of the 13 runners. Owned by Lael Stables he is out of the Alysheba mare, Bordghera making him a half-brother to George Washington.

John T 25 Oct 2011 4:53 PM

Noble Mission the 3 year old full-brother to Frankel drew

off in impressive fashion to break his maiden in only his

second appearance on the racetrack at Newbury to-day.It could turn out to be a very exciting year for both full-brothers.

John T 21 Apr 2012 11:24 PM

Noble Mission continues to improve and won the 10 furlong

Newmarket Stakes to-day at Newmarket over the well thought

of Godolphin runner Mariner,s Cross by a more than convicing

neck.He may need one more race before taking his chances in the Epsom Derby.Michelanglo a 550,000 Guinea purchase also

by Galileo was a very eyecatching third in this race on his

debut and should go on to win races.Meanwhile Frankel the

full-brother to Noble Mission looked very pleasing on a racecourse gallop at Newmarket and looks ready for his 4 year old debut in the one mile Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on

May 19th.

John T 05 May 2012 10:04 PM

Noble Mission showed that he really needed another race

before the Epsom Derby as he still looked rather green finishing a close second in the Fairway Stakes at Newmarket

over 10 furlongs.Best priced at 33/1 for the Derby he looks

a good bet to finish in the first three.His more famous full-brother Frankel looked like a racehorse for the ages

when he returned to the races as a 4 year old in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

John T 19 May 2012 10:37 PM

Michelanglo lived up to his promising debut to Noble Mission in the Newmarket Stakes by winning the listed Cocket

Hat Stakes at Goodwood to-day over 11 furlongs.It is unlikely he will take his chance in the Epsom Derby so his next race should be the King Edward V11 Stakes at Royal Ascot.

John T 25 May 2012 10:36 PM

Lael stables half-brother to George Washington,Sun Central

who had shown promise in his only start as a 2 year old

broke his maiden to-day at Chester in a 10 furlong maiden

in his third appearance on the racetrack.

John T 30 Jun 2012 9:17 PM

Michelango did not run in the King Edward V11 Stakes at Royal Ascot instead waiting for the Tattersall Millions at

Newmarket over 10 furlongs and he was very impressive drawing of to win well to-day.The door is now open for this son of Galileo as he is improving at a tremendous rate.

John T 30 Jun 2012 10:02 PM

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