The Green Monkey

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The Green Monkey
Sire Forestry
Grandsire Storm Cat
Dam Magical Masquerade
Damsire Unbridled
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2004
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Padua Stables
Owner Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael Tabor
Trainer Todd A. Pletcher
Record 3: 0–0–1
Earnings $10,440

The Green Monkey (foaled February 4, 2004 in Florida) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse. A descendant of both Northern Dancer and Secretariat, The Green Monkey was sold in 2006 as a two-year-old colt for the highest price ever paid (current to 2014) at auction for a Thoroughbred—$16,000,000.[1]


At the January 2006 Fasig-Tipton Calder sale of selected two-year-olds, The Green Monkey was sold for a world-record auction price of $16 million (equal to about $19.0 million today). He joins nine other descendants of Northern Dancer who clinch the entire list of the ten most expensive colts sold at auction (current to 2014).

The colt's new owners gave him the name because of their connections with The Green Monkey golf course in Barbados, named after the island's green monkeys. As well, the colt was foaled in the Chinese year of the green/wooden monkey.[2]

Racing career[edit]

On September 15, 2007, The Green Monkey made his racing debut in a six-furlong maiden race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Made the 2–5 betting favorite, the colt finished third behind winner Roi Maudit and runner-up Sixthirteen.

The Green Monkey made the second start of his career at Belmont Park on October 13 in a seven-furlong race for nonwinners. In a field of seven, he finished a well-beaten fourth to winner Giant Deputy in a time of 1:21.20.

The Green Monkey was officially retired February 12, 2008 after failing to break his maiden in his three career starts.

Stud record[edit]

A portion of his ownership was acquired by the same pinhook sellers, Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo, who originally acquired and sold him at auction in the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Calder sale. Hartley and De Renzo bought back into the horse with partner John Magnier (Coolmore Stud). He will stand at their Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds in Ocala beginning in 2009.[3] His stud fee was set at $5,000.

Should he be successful at stud with Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, an option exists to move him to Ashford Stud in Lexington, Kentucky.

The first reported foal by The Green Monkey is a filly born January 13, 2010. The newborn, bred by Jacqueline Fleck, is the third foal out of multiple winner I’m Angela (by Kayrawan).[4]

As of 2016 stud fee remains at $5,000 and he continues to stand at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds near Ocala, Florida.[5]


Pedigree of The Green Monkey, bay colt, foaled 2004[6]
Forestry (USA)
Storm Cat (USA)
Storm Bird Northern Dancer
South Ocean
Terlingua Secretariat
Crimson Saint
Shared Interest (USA)
Pleasant Colony His Majesty
Sun Colony
Surgery Dr. Fager
Bold Sequence
Magical Masquerade (USA)
Unbridled (USA)
Fappiano Mr. Prospector
Gana Facil Le Fabuleux
Nannerl (USA)
Valid Appeal In Reality
Desert Trial
Allouette Proud Birdie
Madame Defage


  1. ^ Biles, Deirdre (February 13, 2008). "The Green Monkey Retired". Retrieved December 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ Guide, Travel. "Barbados Wildlife: Green Monkey". 
  3. ^ "- Thoroughbred Times". 
  4. ^ "The Green Monkey Sires First Foal". 
  5. ^ "The Green Monkey (USA) Stud Record". 
  6. ^ "The Green Monkey Pedigree". Equineline. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 

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