Sole Progeny of Horse Euthanized at Breeders' Cup Born

A George Washington filly born at the Irish National Stud Feb. 4 is likely to be the deceased Coolmore stallion’s only offspring.

Rumors circulating in the aftermath of the recent birth suggested that the filly, out of the Rainbow Quest mare Flawlessly, might be joined by another half-sibling. However, sources close to Coolmore said no more foals by George Washington are expected.

Europe’s champion miler of 2006, George Washington proved a disappointment in his short spell at stud in early 2007, reportedly covering only 50 mares, the majority of which failed to conceive.

Replaced at stud by Coolmore’s French champion juvenile of 2006, Holy Roman Emperor (another son of Danehill), the brilliant yet headstrong 4-year-old reentered training in Ireland with Aidan O’Brien.

He raced three times in group I company in Europe prior to sustaining an injury in the Breeders Cup Classic on Oct. 27, 2007, at Monmouth Park. He was euthanized on the track. (For more on this see Breeders' Cup Veterinary Report on George Washington.)

The highly-prized foal is likely to attract plenty of offers, for rarity value alone, if she is the sole progeny of the horse described by trainer Aidan O’Brien as "unbelievably talented--a natural athlete."

George Washington himself sold for 1.15 million guineas as a yearling going through the Tattersalls sales ring in Newmarket, England. But the youngster might not be for sale, according to her breeder, Stefano Luciani of Azienda Agricola Luciani near Rome, Italy.

"I breed to sell," revealed Luciani. "But she is a special one and we will see. It’s too early to say but I wouldn’t mind keeping her for myself.

"We are obviously very happy about this birth given the stallion’s fertility problem," Luciani said. "The mare was one of the first covers and, when we knew she was pregnant, considering what was happening to his fertility, we kept our fingers crossed and hoped that she would carry on the pregnancy well--that’s what she did."

The George Washington filly was foaled without incident at the Irish National Stud at Tully in County Kildare, Ireland.

"All is well with the filly," reported Julie Lynch, nominations manager at the stud. "She’s a good size. It was a normal foaling and everything is perfect."

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Mark Popham

Mark Popham also writes for The Blood-Horse, sister magazine to The Horse.

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