Multiple stakes winner Galilean to stand at Hidden Lake Farm

Sunday, October 10th, 2021

Galilean, winning the 2020 California Flag Stakes at Santa Anita, enters stud in 2022 for $7,000 at Hidden Lake Farm. Benoit Photo.

Galilean, a multiple stakes-winning and graded stakes-placed son of leading sire Uncle Mo from the female family of the influential Smart Strike, has been retired and will enter stud in 2022 at Hidden Lake Farm in Stillwater. The 5-year-old out of the El Prado mare Fresia will stand for $7,000 S&N.

“We are proud of what Galilean accomplished on the racetrack,” said Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds, which campaigned Galilean with Denise Barker and William Sandbrook. “We’re excited for him to write his next chapter as a stallion. He was precocious, fast and he proved his class repeatedly in top company. We believe he has the looks, the pedigree and the type of dangerous miler-speed to make his mark as a stallion. We are committed to supporting Galilean with some of our top mares, and we’re excited to offer him to New York breeders.”

Galilean was bought by West Point Thoroughbreds for $600,000 out of Eddie Woods’ consignment at the 2018 Barretts sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Galilean kicked off his racing career in auspicious fashion, competing exclusively in stakes as a juvenile. Galilean won the $100,000 Barretts Juvenile Stakes at Los Alamitos on debut for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. In a determined effort, Galilean proved a game winner in his bow, getting 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.28 with an interior 6-furlong clocking of 1:08.75.

He closed out his freshman campaign with a front-running victory in the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos. He sprinted to the lead, set the pace down the backstretch and repelled a bid from his nearest pursuer on the far turn before powering away from his rivals in the stretch to win by 9 lengths in 1:35.06 as the odds-on favorite.

Galilean, son of leading sire Uncle Mo and a $600,000 2-year-old purchase, enters stud at Hidden Lake in New York next year. Benoit Photo.

Galilean commenced his 3-year-old season with a 4 1/2-length victory in the $200,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita Park. After pressing the pace three-wide into the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile event, Galilean drew off under a hand ride from Flavien Prat to win much the best. The win earned him a trip to Hot Springs, Ark., for the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, where he finished a close third behind winner Long Range Toddy and runner-up and subsequent multiple Grade 1 winner Improbable.

Galilean added three additional stakes scores to his already impressive resume in 2020, taking the Soi Phet Stakes at Los Alamitos by 4 lengths under the tutelage of trainer John Sadler, the California Dreamin’ Stakes at Del Mar and the California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita. He made the final start of his career on Sept. 12 at Los Alamitos, finishing fourth in the E.B. Johnston Stakes. He retires with a record of 6-1-3 from 16 starts and a bankroll of $592,522.

Bred in California by Bar C Racing Stables, Galilean is out of a half-sister to Grade 3 Ontario Derby and Grade 3 Seagram Cup Stakes winner His Race to Win, an earner of $509,349. Galilean hails from the prolific Sam-Son female family of Canadian champion Classy ‘N Smart, a half-sister to Sky Classic and the dam of Smart Strike, Dance Smartly and others, and the granddam of Dancethruthedawn and promising young sire Speightster.

For more information on Galilean or to schedule a viewing, contact Chris Bernhard at (914) 850-9769 or by email at

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