06/08/2013 10:16AM

Juddmonte to sell selected racing, breeding stock

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Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, which stands the first-year stallion and two-time European Horse of the Year Frankel, will disperse some of its racing and breeding stock.

Khalid Abdullah of Juddmonte Farms, a multiple Eclipse Award-winning owner and breeder, will disperse part of the stock from his prominent international racing and breeding outfit.

Juddmonte chief executive Douglas Erskine Crum told the Daily Mail that the planned sale—which will allow other outfits to get their hands on some of the most sought-after bloodlines in the world—does not indicate that Abdullah is entirely exiting the sport. Erskine Crum did not give details on the extent of the dispersal or which horses would be involved. At the moment, Juddmonte's global operation numbers over 900 horses.

"[Abdullah] has decided to make some disposals but what they are and what the plan is has yet to be decided," Erskine Crum said. "It is early days and we are just beginning to think about it. It certainly does not mark a complete exit from the sport. [Abdullah’s] interest in racing is still extremely high."

Juddmonte's European base is at Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, England, where unbeaten champion Frankel is completing his first season at stud. Bred and raced by Abdullah, the son of Galileo won all 14 of his starts, including 10 Group 1 events, to receive back-to-back Cartier Awards as European Horse of the Year.

Erskine Crum did not specify if the sale would involve Frankel.

"It involves everything," he said. "We're looking at a plan. At the moment, nobody here has mentioned Frankel. All we have said is that there will be some disposals and have not worked out what they may be.”

Juddmonte also stands the prominent international sire Oasis Dream, along with European stallions Dansili, Bated Breath, Champs Elysees, Rail Link, and Zamindar.

Oasis Dream was recently honored by the British Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association as the leading British-based sire of individual winners in Britain and Ireland for 2012. Juddmonte was honored for leading the 2012 earnings list.

At its U.S. base in Lexington, Ky., Juddmonte stands Mizzen Mast, sire of two winners on the 2012 Breeders' Cup program, along with young stallion First Defence.

The elite Juddmonte broodmare band currently includes mares such as Kind, dam of Frankel and two other group stakes winners; and 2009 Breeders' Cup Turf winner Midday, now in foal to Frankel.

Juddmonte's racing stock is spread among trainers Henry Cecil, Roger Charlton, Andre Fabre, John Gosden, Dermot Weld, and Charlie Hills in Europe, with Bill Mott training the U.S.-based stock. Among the operation's rising stars on the track is Joyeuse, a half-sister to Frankel who recently won her career debut. The Oasis Dream filly, trained by Cecil, is pointing to the Group 3 Albany Stakes at the famed Royal Ascot meeting.

Since Abdullah became involved in racing in the late 1970s, Juddmonte has campaigned the winners of 21 European classic events. In the U.S., the operation bred and raced 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker and 2001 Kentucky Oaks winner Flute. Many of Juddmonte’s best U.S. runners were trained by the late Hall of Fame conditioner Bobby Frankel, including the aforementioned pair as well as Breeders’ Cup winners Banks Hill, Intercontinental, and Ventura.

Juddmonte has earned five Eclipse Awards as outstanding breeder (1995, 2001-'03, 2009) and two as outstanding owner (1992, 2003).