Red Rocks, winner of the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Turf, died in September at age 15, BloodHorse reports.
The Irish-bred son of Galileo last stood at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky., where he had resided since 2015. He entered stud at Centro Equino Arcadia in Italy for the 2010 breeding season, and he shuttled to Chile for two Southern Hemisphere seasons.
Red Rocks started his globetrotting on-track career in Europe, where his 3-year-old campaign included a victory in the non-graded Fairway Stakes at Newmarket. He then hit the board in three consecutive group stakes races, including a second in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp, before shipping to Churchill Downs for the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Turf. He prevailed by a half-length over Better Talk Now to earn his highest-profile win for owner J. Paul Reddam.
Future campaigns saw Red Rocks race in the U.S., England, Ireland, Hong Kong, and the U.A.E. He returned stateside for each Breeders’ Cup Turf from 2006 to 2009, finishing third in 2007 at Monmouth Park, 10th in 2008 at Santa Anita, and fifth in 2009, again at Santa Anita. Red Rocks also picked up another G1 victory in 2008 when he bested eventual Horse of the Year Curlin in the Man O’War Stakes.
Red Rocks retired with six wins in 24 starts for earnings of $2,903,382.
The first U.S.-sired foals by Red Rocks are 3-year-olds of 2019. Italian-bred Moonlight Drive is a multiple graded-placed runner in the U.S., while his countryman Red Dane finished fourth in last year’s G2 Falls City Handicap.
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