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Animal Kingdom working toward fall return
It is looking more likely that 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom will return to the races this fall, but where and when is something his owner isn’t ready to reveal just yet.
On Tuesday, Animal Kingdom had his fifth workout since returning to training following a fractured pelvis suffered in March. He breezed four furlongs in 49 seconds on the turf at Fair Hill, working in company with the multiple graded stakes-winning turf horse Smart Bid, who is entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Alphabet Soup Handicap at Parx Racing.
According to Barry Irwin, head of the Team Valor International syndicate that owns the horse, Animal Kingdom is “doing great and is ahead of schedule” in his training. However, Irwin said he wanted Animal Kingdom to get a few more breezes in before he states where the horse would return.
“We got a race in mind for him, but we don’t want to reveal it because if we do and we don’t make it, we’re going to have to read all about it and hear all about it,” Irwin said. “After the horse has breezed five-eighths a couple of times and it looks like he’s going to make it, then we’ll come out with the race were pointing for.”
All options would seem to be open for Animal Kingdom as he has won twice on synthetic and once each on dirt and turf.
Appearing to throw cold water on those who would like to see Animal Kingdom run in a Breeders’ Cup race, Irwin said the race he’s considering “is not one many would be thinking about.”
Animal Kingdom, sidelined with a hock fracture following the 2011 Belmont Stakes, returned to win a turf allowance race in February at Gulfstream Park. In subsequent training for a start in the $10 Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March, Animal Kingdom was found to have a fractured pelvis.
He resumed training in early summer and has had five workouts – four on dirt – since Aug. 21.
Irwin, who said he has had offers from two Japanese and one England-based stallion farm, indicated he would like to run Animal Kingdom as a 5-year-old.
Anonymous this is a very gifted and talented dude and he will be ready to rumble come B.C.time, it won't take much for him to get back to G1 form. Finger's crossed. . . . ..
He's not going to run in the Arc or Breeders Cup or any other high quality G1 off a 7 month layoff. His last race before that was the Belmont. I can't believe any of you think he's going to run in theJapan Cup, Arc, B.C. or Champions. No way, no how. Get real.
Breeder´s Cup Turf would be my guess. They run at a moderate pace, not too many horses, if the jockey feels anything is amiss he has plenty of time and space to pull him up. Plus, it is easier on his feet.
The obvious comeback races are: First race back - a turf allowance at Keeneland 2nd race - The Fayette long-term: G3 turf stakes at Gulfstream, then the Gulfstream Park Turf or the Donn as final prep for the Dubai World Cup which I don't understand because only frontrunners and pace pressers can succeed at going 10f on the Tapeta at Meydan - the World Cup is perfect for Wise Dan
I've got a gut feeling he is pointing towards the BC Classic off the layoff. The division isn't as strong as in years past. Also the horse is that good.
Is this really a good idea for this fine Colt?
I dont see them shipping AK out of the United States in his comeback race......If they do, I doubt he does well. Keep him close to home.
If it does happen to be the Fayette/Clark - only other horse publically pointing to it would be Take Charge Indy. That could be an interesting match up with both coming back off long layoffs.
Arc or Champion stakes??? I seriously doubt that. I can't remember the last time a US based horse even ran in the Arc. And running against Frankel after a 7 month layoff doesnt make much sense.
Fayette then Clark
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