- Beau Genius
Thoroughbred racehorse infobox
horsename = Beau Genius
dam = Royal Colleen
damsire = Viceregal
sex = Stallion
foaled = 1985
colour = Chestnut
breeder = Sovereign Farm
owner = Joseph Shiewitz & Dr. Brian Davidson
Gerry Belanger Gerald S. Bennett(1989)
record = 42: 19-7-4
earnings = $1,055,600
Autumn Stakes (1988)
Okeechobee Handicap(1989) Thistledown Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap(1989) Hallandale Handicap(1990) Deputy Minister Handicap(1990)
Churchill Downs Handicap (1990)
Aristides Breeders' Cup Stakes(1990) Isaac Murphy Handicap(1990) Michigan Mile And One-Eighth Handicap(1990) Philip H. Iselin Handicap(1990)
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Beau Genius (foaled May 20, 1985) is a Canadian
Thoroughbredracehorse. Bred at Sovereign Farm by owners Joseph Shiewitz and Dr. Brian Davidson, he was sired by Bold Ruckus, one of the leading sires in Canada who was a grandson of the extremely important North American Champion sire, Bold Ruler. The dam of Beau Genius was Royal Colleen, a daughter of Northern Dancer's son, 1968 Canadian Horse of the Year, Viceregal.
Conditioned for racing by
Gerry Belanger, at age two Beau Genius began his racing career from a base at Woodbine Racetrackin Toronto. He won the 1987 Display Stakes, notably defeating third-place finisher Regal Intentionand was second to Regal Intention in the Kingarvie Stakes. As a three-year-old, Beau Genius hasd his best result with a win in the important Autumn Handicap then at four, racing for new trainer Gerald Bennett, he won Florida's Okeechobee Handicapand later at Thistledown Racecoursein Ohio, the Thistledown Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap.
Competing at age five, Beau Genius had the best year of his racing career, winning on both fast and sloppy track surfaces. He won nine stakes races in 1990, beginning in January when
Bill Shoemakerrode him to victory in the Hallendale Handicapat Gulfstream Park. The win was the last of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee's illustrious career as a jockey. Among his other 1990 wins, Beau Genius handily defeated Black Tie Affairto capture the Isaac Murphy Handicapat Arlington Parkand beat Opening Versein winning the Michigan Mile And One-Eighth Handicapand won the Grade I Philip H. Iselin Handicapat Monmouth Park.
Beau Genius made ten more starts at age six and seven but did not make it into the winner's circle and was retired to stud having won more than $1 million.
As a sire
Beau Genius was sent to stand at stud at
Vinery, Inc.farm in Lexington, Kentucky. There, he notably sired Belle Geniuswho won the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakesat the Curragh in Ireland. Overall, he has sired thirty-two stakes race winners and since 1999 has been standing at Donald and Karen Cohn's Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, California.
* [http://www.pedigreequery.com/index.php?query_type=horse&search_bar=horse&h=BEAU+GENIUS&g=5&p=0&f=1&l= Beau Genius' pedigree and partial racing stats]
* [http://www.ballenavistafarm.com/pdf/bg_ctba112004.pdf November 2004 California Thoroughbred article on Beau Genius] (
* [http://www.ballenavistafarm.com/stud_beau_details.html Beau Genius details at Ballena Vista Farm]
* [http://youtube.com/watch?v=n-PV_pEMEQ8 Video at YouTube of Beau Genius winning the 1990 Michigan Mile ]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enPne7RISvI Video at YouTube of Beau Genius winning the 1990 Churchill Downs Handicap]
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