Del Mar Futurity (gr. II)

(gr. II , 7f ,)

HORSE GREELEY (CH h, 117 lb) $150,000
Mr. Greeley —Chile Chatte , by Storm Cat
B—R. T. Parfet Jr., KY.; O—Parfet, Jr., Ray T. and Martha G.; T—Richard E. Mandella

Great Hunter (DK B/ h, 119 lb) $50,000
Aptitude —Zenith , by Roy
B—Ivy Dell Stud, PA.; O—J. Paul Reddam; T—Doug F. O'Neill

Stormello (CH h, 117 lb) $30,000
Stormy Atlantic —Wilshewed , by Carson City
B—William Currin, KY.; O—Currin, William L. and Eisman, Alvin; T—William L. Currin

Margins: 1¾, 1¼, 4¾. Others: Caped for Flight 117($15,000) , Lucky Thirteen 117($5,000) , Divide and Conquer 117 , Prime Ruler 117 . Winning Jockey, Victor Espinoza.

Horace Greeley is often credited with the quote, “Go West Young Man,” when in fact it isn’t the full quote and he wasn’t the first to say it.

Nonetheless, Horse Greeley ventured across the country from where he was raised and is now the best 2-year-old in the west following his win in the Sept. 6 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II).

As his name implies, Horse Greeley is by Mr. Greeley, the son of Gone West who began his stallion career at Dixiana Farm, moved to Spendthrift Farm, and stood his first season this year at Gainesway Farm.

Horse Greeley has made all three of his starts at Del Mar, his first a second-place effort going 51¼2 furlongs on July 22 for trainer Richard Mandella. Three weeks later, at 61¼2 furlongs, he broke his maiden by an easy four lengths.

In the Futurity, Horse Greeley and Del Mar’s leading rider, Victor Espinoza, were laying second until bounding to the lead in the turn for home. The crossed the finish line 13¼4 lengths ahead of Great Hunter.

Horse Greeley is out of the Storm Cat mare Chile Chatte, who never won a graded stakes like her son but placed in four. She ran second in the 1997 Milady Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. I) and third in the 1995 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I). She raced for Martha and Ray Parfet Jr., who bred and race Horse Greeley.

Chile Chatte did win four races in 21 starts, with three seconds, three thirds, and earnings of $317,315. After Horse Greeley, she produced a colt by Pulpit last year, the yearling now named Deacon’s Cat. She did not have a foal this year, barren to the cover of El Prado. Chile Chatte is at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., where she is in foal to Strong Hope.

The second dam of Horse Greeley is the Chilean-bred Gallantsky mare Carita Tostada, who in her native land won the 1987 Premio Haras de Chile (Chi-I) and 1988 Gran Premio Hopodromo Chile (Chi-I). Imported to the United States, she was a multiple stakes winner and multiple grade I stakes-placed runner for Paul and Andrena Van Doren, who bred Chile Chatte.

Chile Chatte was her dam’s first foal but she didn’t stop there, also producing multiple grade III winner Shaconage, by El Prado, and grade III winner Jadada, by Jade Hunter.

Carita Tostada is still in production for the Van Dorens, barren for 2006 to High Yield. She has a 2-year-old unraced colt and a yearling filly by Mutakddim.

The Parfets bought Chile Chatte at the 1994 Keeneland September yearling sale. Consigned by Sterling Stud, Fred Seitz, agent, they paid $100,000 for her.

Horse Greeley is one of 29 stakes winners by Mr. Greeley, who stood this year for $35,000 at the Beck family’s Gainesway near Lexington. He has four other stakes winners out this year, the others being Miraculous Miss (gr. II), Sir Greeley (gr. III), Abraham Champion (Mex-I), and Croton Road.—D.M.L.