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ANIMAL KINGDOM REPORT: Out of Quarantine, Americans Hit the Track...

March 23, 2013

By Pat Cummings,

Team Valor's Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}) emerged at 6:45 a.m. and was absolutely full of himself. With high action, the 2011 GI Kentucky Derby winner was all about getting down to business and likely went fast enough to record a time under normal American training conditions. Alice Clapham was aboard Animal Kingdom, and she had her hands full. The son of Leroidesanimaux was looking about his new surroundings, especially at the end of the work which was clearly visible from my position at the 1,400-meter pole, and had his head cocked to the right, almost in search of his relatively unintended workmate, believed to be Maritimer (Stormy Atlantic) for Seth Benzel. While there is no definitive word on how one would judge this work, it was absolutely, positively,
the fastest trackwork we witnessed on the Tapeta from Saturday.