07/30/2015 11:51AM

The Green Monkey daughter wins Panama’s filly Triple Crown


Monkey Business, a daughter of U.S. sire and record-priced juvenile The Green Monkey, clinched the 2015 Panamanian filly Triple Crown on July 12 when she won the Group 2 Clasico Raúl (Lul) Arango, Raúl (Baby) Arango y Roberto (Bob) Arango Chiari at Hipodromo Presidente Remon.

The 3-year-old became the fourth winner of Panama’s filly Triple Crown, having previously won the Group 1 Clasico Temistocles Diaz Q. by 18 1/4 lengths April 26 and the Group 2 Clasico Tomás G. Duque y Tomás Altamirano Duque on June 7. She was the first filly to accomplish the feat since Marissima in 2004.

Monkey Business completed the roughly 1 1/16-mile third leg of the Triple Crown in 1:47.80, sitting off the pace in fourth until the final turn, then swinging wide and drawing off down the middle of the stretch to win by 3 1/4 lengths under jockey Omar Hernandez. The filly is owned by Haras Luisiana and trained by Alberto Paz Rodriguez.

The Green Monkey, an 11-year-old son of Forestry, stands at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds in Ocala, Fla., where he completed the 2015 breeding season for an advertised fee of $5,000.

He gained national attention as a juvenile when he sold to bloodstock agent Demi O’Byrne, acting for the Coolmore partnership, for a world-record $16 million at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of select 2-year-olds in training. However, The Green Monkey went winless in three starts under trainer Todd Pletcher, finishing third in his debut, then fourth in his final two efforts.

Bred in Florida by Padua Stables, The Green Monkey is out of the winning Unbridled mare Magical Masquerade, who is the dam of three winners from six foals to race. He is from the family of Grade 2 winners Nannerl, Magicalmysterycat, and Burmilla and Grade 3 winner Snowbell.

The Green Monkey is the sire of four crops of racing age, with 25 winners, led by U.S. stakes winners Kinz Funky Monkey and Green Doctor as well as Puerto Rican Group 2 winner Green Money.

Monkey Business, bred in Panama by Haras Cerro Punta, is the first foal out of the winning Pleasant Tap mare Preiyali, who was relocated to the Central American country in 2011. Her extended family includes champion turf horse Tight Spot, Grade 1 winner and Saudi Arabian champion Premium Tap, and Grade 1 winner Valiant Nature.