The Green Monkey  2004 – 2018

The Green Monkey as a stallion, Photo (X)

The Green Monkey (FL)

February 4, 2004 – 2018

The Green Monkey, the stallion who sold for a world record price of $16 million as a juvenile in 2006, was euthanized in the spring of 2018 due to laminitis. The 14 year old stallion had been residing at Hartley – De Renzo Thoroughbreds in Ocala, Florida, where he lived his entire retired life. “He was doing excellent, and then probably a year and a half ago, he foundered,” said farm co-owner Randy Hartley. “We just struggled with him ever since, trying to do everything we could to get him right. It just got to the point where it wasn’t the right thing to do.”

The Green Monkey was bred in Florida by Pedua Stables. He was sired by Gr.I winner Forestry, and was out of the Unbridled mare Magical Masquerade. Hartley – De Renzo purchased The Green Monkey as he went through the ring the first time as a yearling in 2005 for $425,000, a minuscule price in comparison to what was to come. 

The Green Monkey drew global attention at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Olds in Training sale at Calder when he breezed an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5 seconds during his under-tack show. When he entered the auction ring, a bidding war between Demi O’Byrne, a representative of the Coolmore partnership and John Ferguson, a representative of the Darley operation.  “There are two people out here, both being told not to go home without this horse,” announcer Terence Collier called from the stand as the asking price hit the record price. In the end, it was the Coolmore group, made up of John Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor, who brought down the hammer for $16 million. 

His unusual name stems from “Green Monkey”, a golf course in Barbados co-owned by members of the Coolmore group. He was placed in the barn of Todd Pletcher, but a muscle injury derailed his chances of racing at two. After spending his recovery at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky, he returned to the worktab in June of his sophomore year. He made his first start in September of 2008, running third at Belmont Park, and made his second start at Belmont, finishing fourth. He mad his final start in November on the turf at Hollywood Park, where he again finished fourth. 

He retired afterwards with a record of 3: 0-0-1 and earnings of $10,440.

Hartley – De Renzo bought an interest in The Green Monkey after his retirement and stood him as a stallion at their Florida operation. According to their agreement with Coolmore, The Green Monkey could possibly be moved to stand at Ashford, should his foals find success on the track.

The Green Monkey bred 40 mares in his initial book, but he never covered more than 12 in any season following his debut. He bred one mare in 2016, the result of which would be his final foal. 

His biggest success at stud was Monkey Business, winner of the 2015 Filly Triple Crown in Panama. In North America, The Green Monkey’s top runners were stakes winners Kinz Funky Monkey and Green Doctor. Kinz Funky Monkey, who is also her sire’s first winner, is now a broodmare.

The Green Monkey was buried on the farm. 

  • “Nobody will have his stall or anything, it’s a special place. There will never be another horse like him for us. I thank the Lord for him.” – Randy Hartley