Irish stallion Sadler's Wells continues to put some distance between himself and former leader Sir Tristram in the category of group/grade I winners. Sadler's Wells came up with No. 48 when his son Galileo captured Saturday's Epsom Derby (Eng-I) for the Coolmore connection of Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor. The victory marked the first win in England's greatest race for the 20-year-old Coolmore stallion.
The day before the Derby, Sadler's Wells' daughter Imagine led a contingent of Sadler's Wells fillies across the finish line in the Epsom Oaks (Eng-I). The stallion's daughters, Flight of Fancy and Relish the Thought, ran second and third, respectively. On the same card, another Sadler's Wells offspring, Wellbeing, missed winning the Coronation Cup (Eng-I) by a short head. Wellbeing was produced from a daughter of Sir Tristram.
Sadler's Wells (Northern Dancer--Fairy Bridge, by Bold Reason) is represented by 173 stakes winners. His 16 stakes winners of 2001 include U.S. grade I turf winner Subtle Power.