Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Getting The Green Monkey (off your back)

Cost $16,000,000
There have been many expensive purchases of yearlings and unraced two-year-olds bought at the sales for what seem unbelievable prices. Here is one Coolmore Stud won't forget in a hurry.

At the Fasig-Tipton Florida auction in February 2006, Coolmore Stud paid a world record $16 million for a Florida-bred two-year-old colt in training. Named The Green Monkey, he was sired by Forestry who in turn was sired by Storm Cat, the longtime leading sire in North America.

The Green Monkey (foaled February 4, 2004 in Florida) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse. At the January 2006 Fasig-Tipton Calder sale of selected two-year-olds The Green Monkey was sold for a world record auction price of $16 million.

The colt's new owners gave him the name because of their connections with The Green Monkey golf course in Barbados named after the island's Green Monkeys. As well, the colt was foaled in the Chinese year of the Green/Wooden Monkey.

On September 15, 2007, The Green Monkey made his racing debut in a six furlong maiden race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Made the 2-5 betting favourite, the colt finished third behind winner Roi Maudit and runner-up Sixthirteen.

The Green Monkey made the second start of his career at Belmont Park on October 13th in a seven furlong race for non-winners. In a field of seven, he finished a well-beaten fourth to winner Giant Deputy in a time of 1:21.20.

The Green Monkey was officially retired February 12, 2008 after failing to break his maiden in his three career starts.

A portion of his ownership was acquired by the same pinhook sellers, Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo, who originally acquired and sold him at auction in the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Calder sale. Hartley/De Renzo bought back into the horse and with partner John Magnier (Coolmore Stud). He will stand at their Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds in Ocala beginning in 2009. His stud fee was set at $5,000.

Should he be successful at stud with Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds an option exists to move him to Ashford Stud in Lexington, Kentucky.

The first reported foal by The Green Monkey is a filly born January 13, 2010. The newborn, bred by Jacqueline Fleck, is the third foal out of multiple winner I’m Angela (by Kayrawan).

His stud fee remains at $5,000 and he continues to stand at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Florida.