Georgie Boy

A successful California-bred during the state's synthetic era, Georgie Boy emerged as a top juvenile in his first season of competition.

Dividing his time between Hollywood Park and Del Mar in 2007, this son of Tribal Rule began with collecting some minor awards at the Track of the Lakes and Flowers before heading down to the beach for the summer. It was at Del Mar where the Kathy Walsh trainee really shined, for he broke his maiden in the Graduation Stakes by daylight. It is notable when a horse's first win comes in a stakes race, and Georgie Boy followed that up with a second in the Grade II Best Pal before putting on a stirring stretch run to beat open company in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity.

With that nice run in the summer, Georgie Boy went from grade I winner to champion Cal-bred, earning Top Two-Year-Old Honors from the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association. The horse with a beautiful dark bay coat carried all that momentum into Santa Anita's winter/spring meet, starting off the year with a win in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes. A horse that liked to make a move in the stretch and get by the leaders, Georgie Boy did just that while racing wide in the San Vicente. He finished with a flourish to be the clear winner in his sophomore debut, adding another graded score to his growing resume.

He did the same thing in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes. Filled with tenacity, Georgie Boy outdueled Gayego and Bob Black Jack to take his first route race while again prevailing against open company. That would be his last race for several months, but Georgie Boy would return in the fall.

For his comeback race, Georgie Boy was entered in Santa Anita's Damascus Stakes. He just missed third place in what accounted for the only off the board result of his career, but the gelding rebounded by taking third in the Grade I Malibu to wrap up the 2008 campaign.

Now an older horse, Georgie Boy headed for the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes at Santa Anita. With an inside trip along the rail, Georgie Boy powered past his rivals for the win in a terrific effort. Next up was the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on Santa Anita's main track. Coming from off the pace, Georgie Boy had no peer in the San Carlos. The dark bay won the race comfortably, giving him victory number six in what turned out to be his last career start.

Georgie Boy had several talents as a Thoroughbred. To start with, he was fearless. If he needed to race wide or move along the rail, he did it. If he had to battle horses in the stretch for the win, he did it. If he had to sprint or route, he showed he could do both. He could win at the highest levels of competition, and he defeated fellow Cal-breds and open company more than once.

In the three seasons fans saw him in action, Georgie Boy showed exactly why he was voted a champion. Anyone who watched him from the 2007 to 2009 seasons saw a horse that possessed all of the traits necessary to be a champion, and he should be remembered for all he achieved during his time at the races.

Entry added June 17, 2021 by AF.