05/29/2013 4:04PM

Animal Kingdom breezes for Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot

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Andrew Watkins
Animal Kingdom, who won the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 30, will make the final start of his career in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot on June 18.

Animal Kingdom, the winner of the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse on March 30, worked a half-mile on soft turf at Ascot Racecourse on Wednesday, preparing for the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes there June 18.

The 5-year-old Animal Kingdom was timed for the final quarter-mile in 24.6 seconds by trainer Graham Motion. Animal Kingdom was ridden by John Velazquez, who flew from New York for the workout.

Owned by Team Valor Racing and Arrowfield Stud, Animal Kingdom, the winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby, is favored by British bookmakers to win the one-mile Queen Anne Stakes.

UKBBALLFANNO1 More than 1 year ago
If Animal Kingdom doesn't win then he's is either hurt or the turf was waaaay to soft for liking. Otherwise he should be even-money and win as easily as he did the Kentucky Derby, and then some!!
J.L. Boey More than 1 year ago
Really? For a horse who is 1 for 4 on turf and never won at a mile on any surface? Without knowing who else is in the race as well? God-like reverence.
greg grohs More than 1 year ago
What the hell they don't have anyone who can work a horse 1/2 mile in England
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
i guess johnny v. needed the mileage greg.i agree.its' not like he has never ridden the horse before.maybe the owners forgot.it wwas only the kentucky derby.
John Smith More than 1 year ago
I was a complete doubter of this horse going into the Breeders Cup mile. A troubled 3rd to Wise Dan later, and i was on the Animal Kingdom bandwagon. He was truly the only American horse i trusted in Dubai. The rest of the American horses didnt pee a drop over there. Sad to hear he is going to Australia after this race.
Michael Jeffries More than 1 year ago
Animal Kingdom was 2nd
John Smith More than 1 year ago
yea...my bad
ChristinaA More than 1 year ago
I agree, I wish he would stay in the United States. Everyone knows we need better stallions here, more that can route and fewer sprinters/milers.
UKBBALLFANNO1 More than 1 year ago
Going to Aussy and back to America is strictly for breeding purposes ($$$$), and since his last race will be the Queen Anne in England he should have great group of mare waiting for his LONG utensil :)
L More than 1 year ago
I believe he'll do us proud, come Ascot. Godspeed, Animal Kingdom.
B More than 1 year ago
Us? He's not even owned by Americans. When he won the World Cup, it was the Australian flag that was flown. For "us", this year he has run once and lost. He does have talent though.