12/26/2012 3:13PM

Group 1 winner Rulership to stand at Shadai

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Rulership, a Group 1 winner in Hong Kong this year, has been retired and will enter stud in 2013 at Shadai Stallion Station on the island of Hokkaido, Japan.

The 5-year-old King Kamehameha horse won eight of 20 career starts, earning $7,828,712.

He enjoyed his best season of racing in 2012, winning the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong and the Group 2 American Jockey Club Cup in Japan, as well as recording four other Group 1 placings. Rulership won two Group 2 events in 2011.

Rulership is out of the Tony Bin mare Air Groove, a multiple Group 1 winner who was Japan's Horse of the Year and champion older mare in 1997. She is the dam of eight winners from as many starters, including Japanese champion and multiple Group 1 winner Admire Groove, Group 2 winner Forgettable, and Group 3 winner Gullveig.