Mr. Greeley's son Mr Gruff has become a familiar winner on the 6 1/2-furlong downhill Santa Anita turf course, and he was at it again in the San Simeon (G3) on Apr. 17. He has won four of his five starts over the unique layout, including the last two runnings of the San Simeon.
Mr Gruff was riding a three-race winning streak coming into the San Simeon, most recently scoring a sharp allowance win over his preferred course. The race served as a perfect prep for the San Simeon, and the 6-year-old did not disappoint. Sent off the 4-5 favorite in the field of seven, Mr Gruff broke sharply, dueling through the first three furlongs with a headstrong Trumpet Player Jay. Mr Gruff shook off that foe about two furlongs from the wire, extending his lead in the stretch to hit the wire 2 1/4-lengths to the good. The final clocking of 1:11.53 was just a half-second off the track record. His 102 Beyer Speed Figure was the first triple-digit number of his career.
Mr Gruff is out of the three-time stakes-winning mare Ruff, whose biggest victory came in the Miss Grillo (G3). Mr Gruff began his career on the synthetic surface at Santa Anita, the only track he has ever raced at, but switched to the turf in his third lifetime start. He has now won five of eight starts, with two seconds. His career earnings mark stands at $229,680.
Mr. Greeley is represented by three stakes horses in 2010, led by winners Mr Gruff and Queen Greeley and also stakes-placed Kensei, who won the Jim Dandy and Dwyer S., both Grade 2 events, in 2009.
Mr Gruff is owned by Gary Broad, who
purhased the horse for $200,000 at the 2006 Barretts March
2-year-olds in training sale.