The extraordinary record of Coolmore Stud stallion Galileo, leading sire England and Ireland for the seventh time in 2015, was recognized Jan. 23 when he was inducted into the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the ITBA annual racing and breeding awards in County Laois.
The 18-year-old son of Sadler's Wells—Urban Sea (Miswaki), was also leading sire in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He has 52 group I or grade I winners and more than 130 graded or group winners since entering stud in 2002, including numerous classic winners such as Frankel, Australia, Ruler of The World, Gleneagles, and New Approach. His runners have earned more than $156.9 million.
Three of Galileo's offspring were honored during the evening with 2015 ITBA awards: Found, 3-year-old filly; Order of St George; 3-year-old colt, and Minding, 2-year-old filly.
2015 ITBA award winners
Hall of Fame: Galileo
Older horse: Free Eagle
Broodmare: Bobbing Back
3-year-old colt: Order of St George
3-Year-old filly: Found
2-year-old colt Shalaa
2-year-old filly: Minding
Steeplchaser: Road To Riches
Young National Hunt horse: Moon Racer
National Hunt racemare: Glens Melody
Lifetime achievement: Gay O'Callaghan
Special recognition: Hyland family
Wild geese: John Troy