The Green Monkey, whose $16 million price is the highest ever for a horse sold at public auction, will begin his stallion career for a fee of $5,000 in 2009. He will stand at Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo’s Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Fla.
“We think the fee represents good value, and we’ve had a lot of requests,” said Dan Rapp, the farm’s bloodstock consultant and stallion director. “We price our stallions so the breeders can make a profit. As for The Green Monkey, he’s in remarkable shape.”
Bred in Florida by Satish and Anne Sanan’s Padua Stables, The Green Monkey was bought for $16 million by Demi O’Byrne of Irish-based Coolmore Stud from Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent, at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Florida February sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The Green Monkey raced three times, finishing third once and fourth twice, for Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith. He was retired from racing this year.
A 4-year-old son of Forestry , The Green Monkey is out of the winning Unbridled mare Magical Masquerade.