Galileo, whose first runners hit the track as 2-year-olds in 2005, has reached the 100 mark by number of stakes winners.
The 13-year-old son of Sadler's Wells hit the century mark when his 4-year-old daughter Opera Gal won the Toteexacta August Stakes at Royal Windsor in England Aug 27. She went into the stakes, contested at about 1 7/16 miles, twice stakes-placed.
Galileo is the second of Sadler’s Wells’ sons to reach the 100-mark this year. The first was Montjeu, who has now sired 107 stakes winners.
Both Galileo and Montjeu stand at John Magnier and partners’ Coolmore Stud in Ireland, where Sadler’s Wells was based. Sadler’s Well, who died this year while pensioned, is represented by 324 career stakes winners.
This year Galileo has had 28 stakes winners including unbeaten 3-year-old sensation Frankel. Eighteen of the 28 are new stakes winners including 2-year-old Maybe, who chalked up her fourth straight stakes win when capturing the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) Aug. 28. She races for Magnier’s wife, Sue, in partnership with Coolmore associates Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor.
Galileo is out of European champion Urban Sea (by Miswaki), making him a half-brother to 2009 European Horse of the Year Sea The Stars.