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Animal Kingdom to stand stud in Australia next fall
Champion Animal Kingdom, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby, will enter stud in Australia in September 2013 after John Messara's Arrowfield Stud acquired a majority interest in breeding rights to the colt.
A 4-year-old by Leroidesanimaux, Animal Kingdom will likely shuttle to the Northern Hemisphere beginning in 2014. Robin Bruss of Northfields Bloodstock brokered the stud deal, which is subject to the colt passing importation protocols. Blood work is expected to be completed in the coming days.
"Animal Kingdom excites us as a rare kind of athlete with a truly international pedigree who is able to express his class on a range of surfaces," Messara said. "He is already rated among the world's elite turf milers and has the potential to become a global superstar in 2013."
Animal Kingdom, who finished second to Horse of the Year candidate Wise Dan in the Breeders' Cup Mile on Nov. 3 in his first start since February, is pointing to the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Feb 9. The race is intended as a prep for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31.
Following the World Cup, Animal Kingdom will be flown from Dubai to England for a potential start at the famed Royal Ascot meeting in June before entering quarantine to prepare for his trip to the Southern Hemisphere.
"Originally it was our intention to race Animal Kingdom for the entire 2013 season," Barry Irwin, CEO of owner Team Valor International, said. "However, the prospect of getting the support of John Messara's Arrowfield Stud in the Southern Hemisphere was so meaningful, that I advised my partners to sublimate their fun and take the deal. It is critically important to get a history-making stallion master behind a new prospect, and in John Messara we have that. He has developed two of the world's most successful sires in Danehill and his son Redoute's Choice. No way I was going to pass up this opportunity."
Irwin added that Team Valor plans to form broodmare partnerships to breed to Animal Kingdom, with plans to campaign his offspring around the world. The 20 partners who have raced the homebred colt will maintain a significant interest in his stud career.
Animal Kingdom has won 4 of 9 career starts for earnings of $2,327,500.
The colt won the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes on Polytrack at Turfway Park in March 2011 before capturing the Kentucky Derby in his first start on conventional dirt. After finishing second in the Preakness Stakes, Animal Kingdom was sixth in the Belmont Stakes - the only unplaced outing of his career - after being severely bothered at the start. He emerged from the race with a season-ending fracture in his right hind leg, but still took home the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old male.
Animal Kingdom returned to the races to win an allowance on the turf in February 2012, but was forced to miss the Dubai World Cup after suffering an injury in a workout. He finished a fast-closing second in the Breeders' Cup Mile in his subsequent start.
Animal Kingdom is the first winner from two starters out of the Group 3-winning Acatenango mare Dalicia.
Animal Kingdom is and will always be a Great Horse, A Winner on Dirt, Turf, and Poly. And not to mention a winner at a few different distances. Sorry to hear that Irwin and company will be sending him to Stud elsewhere and we see another Derby winner going bye bye. I am pretty sure it has something to do with our racing programs here in the US while we use race day meds.As I heard Irwin speak on TVG about it. Can not blame them for their business decision because it really is all about the horse and about making money isnt it? I know he knocks on us little people in the game but thats ok. Just would like to know what he does and where he places all his stock when there considered a bleeder? PS, If AK doesnt get hurt again while in training or racing, he will go YES , Unbeatable.
Retired at five after what may be a dozen starts. A lengthy racing career for a stallion these days!
Is the the same "sucker" Barry Irwin sold Pluck to? Or did he find a new "sucker" Barry Irwin talks out of all three sides of his mouth. Just a few years ago he said the Kentucky Derby was over rated and if you were looking to race a horse in the Kentucky Derby don't even bother with Team Valor. Then he catched lighting in a jar, sorry Cot, and now the Derby is the do all end all. Went the Day Well, and I understand he just syndicated, for BIG, money another European two year old who is his Triple Crown prospect. I guess those of you who have two year olds with Team Valor should just forget about it. This one will probably go the same way as: Brujo De Olleros, Tobaggan Slide (the Million dollar + Maryland Bred), Badleroibrown (This one was better than AK/now running in claimers), Valiant Passion (horse had ankles as big as basketballs after her maiden win...did he mention that to those who plunged on this ione?), Captain Futuro (when he marketed this horse he had him winning the Italian Derby and the Belmont Stakes) Angegreen (another Italian import bust...oh yea Barry Irwin like others in his business tells you about the few good ones but NEVER about all of the BUSTS), time and space do not permit me to go on but I hope you get the picture. Tread softly , and read through the lines.
"He is already rated among the world's elite turf milers and has the potential to become a global superstar in 2013." So he can become a global superstar running in three races? What a bunch of nonsense.
Regal, powerful-looking Animal Kingdom. He's quite a horse, he's definitely one of my favorite horses. It's good to hear he will be standing stud in Australia with an excellent organization. Danehill was quite a horse, too. I understand Team Valor has retained partial interest in AK, so Animal Kingdom will stand in the States as well at various times, giving the fans a chance to see him at some point in the future. I count myself as a fan, I think Animal Kingdom is fabulous. His comeback race in the Breeders' Cup Mile was incredible & outstanding, and I cannot express how powerfully impressed I was at seeing his conditioning, in person, at the Breeders' Cup. In person, this horse is very impressive. He looks like a Renaissance statue created by Michaelangelo of a race horse. And his powerful stride is palable. I look forward to seeing his final races next year, I will be cheering for him every step of the way. I wish Animal Kingdom great good luck and good fortune at stud in the future. He's going to have lots of fun with many beautiful mares! I don't know if this is being planned to happen, but could you imagine the beautiful, talented foals if Animal Kingdom was mated with Black Caviar? Wow!! Talk about incredibly beautiful, powerful horses they would be! A breathtaking thought - I hope it can happen someday, I would love to see their progeny. Good luck, Animal Kingdom, and thank you for the fun, excellent, exciting racing.
I work at FedEx in Louisville and we used to ship horses to Australia to breed but they would come back. We shipped horses like Thunder Gulch, Charismatic and Fusiachi Pegasus to name a few. For those who don't know how shipping a horse works Ill try to explain. First the stall we use are usually dismantled so you have to put them together. After you have your stall built you can put them on a dolly with wheels on the bottom so the stall can now be rolled around. You hook a "tug" or small truck to the dolly the drive it around. Then the horses show up on those big trailers we all see all the time carrying horses. A ramp is put up at the door of the trailer with walls on both sides so you can't see the horses and they can't see out. The stall is rolled up to the ramp. The horse steps of the plane with his handler, walks down the ramp with walls and into the waiting stall. The handler rides in the stall with the horse the whole way in most cases, even during the flight. In the stall there is hay and water for the horse. Then you slowly pull the stall away from the ramp. The stall is then rolled to a loader that is mated to the 'topside" of a huge airplane. One that you can stand in the engine of. The stall goes onto the part of the loader that is lowered to dolly hight. When the loader goes up locks raise on it so the stall will not fall. The stall is raised to topside levwel and whelled into a plan that has rollers on the floor so you can again move the stall around. The stall is pushed back into a position where locks are raised all around the stall so it will not move during the flight. When all the horses with their handlers are locked in place the planes door is closed and the horses are ready to go.
I have nothing nice to say about this news.
Where are all the folks who were condemning the sale of I'll Have Another to Japan. Here's another Derby winner being sold to a faraway farm, yet very few comments. Curious...
This is one horse that I'm really going to miss. He's had such an amazing life story of wins, injuries and recoveries. Most horses don't make it past the first major injury, but this one did it twice and is still going. This is the sign of a true champion, one that God has smiled on. I wish him the best life and I'm looking forward to some really great runners from him.
Good luck A.K. - Sorry to see you go.