Equestrian World Mourns the Death of World Class Racehorse and Sire Galileo

Published 07/11/2021, 5:43 AM EDT


World-renowned sire and legendary racehorse Galileo died on July 10th 2021. Put down after a debilitating injury injury to his left foot, his legacy ends up celebrated by the greats of horse racing. Even the equestrian world rose in remembrance of one of the greatest sires in the world.

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Equine world mourns the loss of Galileo

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Born on 30th March 1998 in Ireland. Sired by another former legendary racehorse, Sadler’s Wells and mare Urban Sea out of Coolmore Stud, Galileo received impeccable training and they soon realised his potential. Living up to his legendary sires name, he too entered the world of horseracing.

In 2000, he shocked people by winning the IBEC EBF Maiden as a three-year-old. Far from the stallion of mythic proportions, he continued picking up wins until he conquered the Irish Derby in 2001. Prior to winning the coveted Irish Derby, Galileo also picked up the Epsom’s Derby, the richest flat horse race in Britain.

Michael Kinane rode Galileo to victories at the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby, but did not comment on the death of his magnificent horse. However, the stallion’s trainer, Aidan O’Brien, commented on him. “He was an unbelievable horse for everybody involved with him. What he did was exceptional.”

“He recognised how good he was very young and he was always so highly thought of before he even came to Ballydoyle. It’s an incredible story and obviously we’ll probably never see it ever again.”

Coolmore Stud pays tribute to their greatest sire

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John Magnier, Galileo’s manager, also commented on his sire’s death. “It is a very sad day, but we all feel incredibly fortunate to have had Galileo here at Coolmore. I would like to thank the dedicated people who looked after him so well all along the way. He was always a very special horse to us and he was the first Derby winner we had in Ballydoyle in the post M V O’Brien era.”

“I would also like to thank Aidan and his team for the brilliant job they did with him. The effect he is having on the breed through his sons and daughters will be a lasting legacy and his phenomenal success really is unprecedented.”

His progeny, one of the greatest racehorses of all time Frankel survives him and carries forward his legacy. Galileo is gone, but not forgotten; leaving behind a legacy that lived up to his sire. He set the benchmark for racehorses in Britain and around the world.

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