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June 13, 2013

ANZ Bloodstock News

OVERVIEW

Already a Group One winner in the USA and Dubai, Animal

Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) is set to retire to Arrowfield Stud

after a tilt at the Queen Anne Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) at next week’s

Royal Ascot meeting.

 

Trained in the US by Graham Motion, Animal Kingdom was

second on his debut at Arlington over 8.5f in September 2010

before winning over 9f at Keeneland a month later. At three he

returned at Gulfstream Park, finishing second in an Allowance

race over a mile before winning the Spiral Stakes (Gr 3, 9f) at

Turfway en route to taking out the Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f)

at Churchill Downs.

 

Animal Kingdom was then second in the second leg of the

US Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes (Gr 1, 9.5f) and sixth

in the Belmont Stakes (Gr 1, 10f). At four, he spent most of

the year sidelined through injury, winning at Gulfstream Park

in February and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (Gr

1, 8f) to Wise Dan (Wiseman’s Ferry) the following November.

 

This year Animal Kingdom was second in the Turf Handicap

(Gr 1, 9f) at Gulfstream Park on his seasonal debut before

travelling to Dubai and winning the Dubai World Cup (Gr 1,

2000m) at Meydan, beating the 2011 Melbourne Cup (Gr 1,

3200m) second Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux).

 

Animal Kingdom is out of the Group Three winner Dalicia

(Acatenango), a half sister to the dam of the Grade Two winner

Daveron (Black Sam Bellamy). His third dam is the German

Champion Juvenile winner Diasprina (Aspros), dam of the

German 1000 Thousand Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m) winner Diacada

(Cadeaux Genereux).

 

Trainer Motion indicated how unique Animal Kingdom would

be if he won on the turf at Ascot, “I think of him as a grass horse,

really. You need a grass horse to win on Tapeta. The fact that

he has also won a Kentucky Derby on dirt is what makes him

so exclusive.”

 

Pedigree Synopsis

The Danehill/Blushing Groom cross has proven an extremely

successful one with over 140 stakes winners and Danehill has

also fared well with mares boasting strains of Lyphard (Northern

Dancer; 142 stakes winners) to whom Animal Kingdom is

line-bred 4 X 4, writes Kristen Manning. Other Danzig line mares

are also suitable. Ahonoora (Lorenzaccio), dam sire of Animal

Kingdom’s sire Leroidesanimaux (Candy Stripes) crosses well

with Sadler’s Wells with Lorenzaccio (Klarion) hailing from the

same prolific family as that champion stallion. Candy Stripes

(Blushing Groom) has performed well with Mr Prospector line

mares, as has Leroidesanimaux. Daughters of Lonhro and his

grandsire Zabeel are of interest, both crossing nicely with Blushing

Groom and providing for duplications of the excellent mare

Commotion (Mieuxce). Blushing Groom crosses very well with his

relation Mill Reef and other members of his family worth seeking

for Animal Kingdom include Khaled (Hyperion) and Pipe Of Peace

(Supreme Court).