A year and a half since becoming the most expensive horse ever purchased at public auction, The Green Monkey is set to make his career debut on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Jockey John Velazquez will ride The Green Monkey for trainer Todd Pletcher and owners Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier, who bought the Florida-bred colt for $16-million from consignor Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds in the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Calder selected sale of two-year-olds in training.
Due to the long time and many setbacks in getting this horse race ready, he has become a bit of a joke among the horse community. Many speculated that he would never start. It will be interesting to see how he does in his debut and what type of career he will have. Saturday, the questions will be answered.