Updated on 09/18/2011 2:46AM

Greeley's Galaxy brings speed to table


Greeley's Galaxy, winner of the Grade 2 Illinois Derby in 2005, has been retired to stud at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N.Y. A 4-year-old son of Mr. Greeley, he will stand the 2007 season for a fee of $7,500, live foal, as the property of a partnership.

Greeley's Galaxy was one of the hottest

3-year-olds on the classics trail in 2005 following his 9 1/2-length score in the Illinois Derby, which was his third consecutive victory. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 106 for the win, which came against the likes of multiple graded stakes winner Magna Graduate.

"He had lots of speed and he could carry it," said Sugar Maple Farm manager Dan Hayden. "We love that. That's what you need in New York, and that's what people want, and he should have a lot of commercial appeal. The two combined should be popular here and in the whole Northeast."

Greeley's Galaxy finished second in the Grade 2 San Fernando Breeders' Cup in his 2006 debut Jan. 14 and finished the year 1 for 7. He retires 4 victories from 14 starts and earnings of $446,222.

Mr. Greeley, a 14-year-old son of Gone West, has more than $30 million in progeny earnings from eight crops to race. His Grade 1 winners include Nonsuch Bay, winner of the Mother Goose Stakes; El Corredor, winner of the Cigar Mile; Celtic Melody, winner of the Humana Distaff; and Whywhywhy, winner of the Belmont Futurity. El Corredor is the sire of Grade 1 winner Adieu, from his first crop to race in 2005.

Mr. Greeley's 2-year-olds of 2006 include Horse Greeley, who won the Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity, and Belgravia, who won the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes.

The family of Mr. Greeley's dam, Long Legend, includes Street Sense, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and is the probable Eclipse Award champion juvenile of 2006.

Greeley's Galaxy is the first foal of Ascot Starre, a daughter of Ascot Knight who is a half-sister to millionaire License Fee. License Fee captured the Ballston Spa and Just a Game handicaps, both Grade 3 events.

"This is the type of horse I've been waiting for," said Hayden. "He was a top runner, and he's by the right sire."

Greeley's Galaxy joins A. P Jet, Performing Magic, and Raffie's Majesty on the stallion roster at Sugar Maple Farm.

A. P Jet, a 17-year-old son of Fappiano, was New York's leading sire in 2005, with progeny earnings of $3.4 million. His leading earner is Travelator, who has earned $647,672. A New York-bred graded stakes-placed mare, Travelator has won the open Garland of Roses Handicap and Regret Stakes, as well as the Schenectady Handicap.

A. P Jet, a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Tappiano, stands for a fee of $5,000 in 2007.

Also standing for $5,000 is Performing Magic, a son of Gone West who also won the Illinois Derby during his racing days. Performing Magic also captured the Remington Park Derby and Derby Trial, both Grade 3 events. He is out of Performing Arts, a daughter of The Minstrel who placed in the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas.

Raffie's Majesty, an 11-year-old son of the outstanding New York sire Cormorant, stands for $3,000. He finished a close third in the 1998 Travers Stakes and is the sire of Empire Classic winner Organizer and New York Stallion Stakes winner Bo Bo's Vice.

Chief Seattle colt wins Sovereign

Shillelagh Slew, winner of the Sovereign Award as champion 3-year-old male in Canada, is by New York sire Chief Seattle.

By Seattle Slew, Chief Seattle stands at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y., for a fee of $5,000, live foal, for 2007. He finished second to Anees in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 1999 and second to Greenwood Lake in the Champagne Stakes.

Chief Seattle is the second-leading stallion in New York, with progeny earnings of $2.7 million. He is also the sire of Seafree, winner of the Grade 2 La Canada earlier this year at Santa Anita, and stakes winners Bold Chieftain and Donkey Engine in 2006.

Shillelagh Slew earned $652,646 and won 4 of 6 starts this season, including the Canadian and Ontario derbies and the Prince of Wales, in which he was placed first following a disqualification.