Manchester United, the Yankees, and Galileo: A Study of Empires
The 2013 Investec Epsom Derby was in many ways, an advertisement for the growing prowess of Coolmore stallion Galileo.
In a recent post on his blog, Horse Racing Business, Bill Shanklin points out that of the twelve starters in the 234th edition of the race, five were owned by Coolmore and partners, and four of those were sired by Galileo. Additionally, another starter not owned by Coolmore, Galileo Rock, is the son of Galileo.
Two more members of the field were sired by New Approach, 2008 winner of the Derby and son of Galileo.
For Shanklin, the dominance of Galileo and his line at the upper levels of British and European racing conjures comparisons between Coolmore and soccer super power Manchester United, or the New York Yankees. And, at age fifteen, the son of Sadler's Wells out of Mr. Prospector mare Urban Sea still has time to dominate more classic fields.
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