Greenwood Lake

1997 Stallion by Meadowlake

out of Au Printemps by Dancing Champ



I could make a strong case that Greenwood Lake was the best two year old of his year.  In five starts at two, he won three including the prestigious Champagne Stakes-G1 at Belmont defeating Chief Seattle, High Yield and More Than Ready and others by two and a half lengths.  His other victories came in the his maiden win at Saratoga and in the important Remsen Stakes-G2 at Aqueduct.  He was second in the Futurity Stakes-G1 defeating More Than Ready and Chief Seattle in that race as well.  He was third in his other start as a two year old while earning $418,620 as a juvenile.


The female family of Greenwood Lake traces back to the fantastic Champion Racemare Gallorette, winner 21 races including the Brooklyn Handicap, Metropolitan Handicap and Whitney Stakes over males and the Acorn Stakes, Delaware Oaks, and Beldame Stakes.  The third dam Mlle. Lorette is also a stakes winner capturing the Gallorette Stakes during her racing days.  The second dam is the stakes placed Lorgnette and the first dam is Au Printemps, a stakes winner as well.

This is the female family of recent Grade One stakes winner Whitmore's Conn, hero of the Sword Dancer Stakes-G1 at Saratoga in 2003 and of Californian Stakes-G2 winner Mud Route.  Misty Galore, Dancing Moss, Minstrella, White Gloves, Air Express, Wonder Kind, and Lovin' Lass are just some of the more noted stakes winners that descend from the foundation mare Gallorette. 

As a producing mare Au Printemps has proven to be the strongest branch of the Gallorette family tree.  In addition to to Greenwood Lake, she has also produced Canadian Champion Charley Barley and Breeders' Cup Juvenile-G1 winner Success Express.  Additionally she is the dam of Bittersweet Hour, a Seattle Slew mare that is the dam of two stakes winners.


The Dosage information on Greenwood Lake is as follows:

Dosage Profile = 8-6-8-2-0     Dosage Index = 3.00     Center of Distribution= 0.83

His Average Winning Distance is = 8.17  

Looking at the female family and the pedigree overall, it would seem that many things word work well although I would stay away from the Hail to Reason line since there is no evidence that inbreeding to Nothirdchance is worthwhile.  Inbreeding to Gallorette has produced a stake horse or so, but nothing distinguished.  There has been some success throughout the world crossing The Minstrel with Nijinsky II to create an inbreed to Flaming Page. It would seem that the bloodline of Minstrel would suit Greenwood Lake well genetically and physically.

Greenwood Lake is arguably the best quality male produced by his sire Meadowlake.  Greenwood Lake is five generation free from inbreeding, something that is very handy in this day and age.  Of the 24 most noted of the 48 stakes winner sired by Meadowlake, a pattern of success seems best achieved inbreeding to Native Dancer and Raise a Native. Meadow Star (inbred 4x3 Native Dancer), Siberian Meadow (inbred 3x4 Raise a Native), Luftikus (inbred 3x4 Raise a Native), Inside the Beltway (inbred 3x4 Raise a Native), Bonita Meadow (inbred 3x4 Raise a Native), Spring Meadow (inbred 3x4 Raise a Native), and Silent Lake (inbred 3x4 Raise a Native).  It would seem that inbreeding to Prince John is also okay.

One case that is surely important, is the selection of the soundness factor which so many stallions require these days.  It always seem a good idea in dealing with the Meadowlake bloodline to introduce soundness.  Also since Meadowlake and Greenwood Lake are substantial horses,  the selection of smaller mares that tend to produce medium size foals would be desirable.  We all know that nothing is certain in the breeding business but these suggestions would seem to improve the chances of getting a high quality runner from this great two year racehorse.