Top class international performer Cape Blanco (5h Galileo x Laurel Delight, by Presidium) was honoured at the Eclipse Awards in the US, taking the title of Champion US Turf Horse for 2011.
The high class son of Galileo earned many frequent flyer points with his trips across the Atlantic last year snaring Grade I victories in the Man O’War Stakes, Arlington Classic and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic in which he suffered a career ending injury.
“On behalf of all the owners of Cape Blanco, I would like to thank all of those who voted for him–I commend them on their good judgement. Cape Blanco is a very special horse by a very special sire in Galileo. He made more Transatlantic flights in 2011 than many people make in a lifetime. And every time he came here, he got the job done, twice defeating a great champion himself in Gio Ponti,” said Dermot Ryan on behalf of Coolmore.
Cape Blanco is now at Ashford Stud where he will cover his first book of mares this year at a fee of $17,500.