10/19/2012 4:10PM

Keeneland: Animal Kingdom on the move

Barbara D. Livingston
Animal Kingdom has had nine workouts at Fair Hill in Maryland since mid-August.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Animal Kingdom is scheduled to have his final work for the Breeders’ Cup Mile on the Keeneland turf course next Friday morning, Oct. 26, after arriving here Monday from his longtime base, the Fair Hill training center in northern Maryland.

Trainer Graham Motion said Friday that Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, will then be flown out the following day, Oct. 27, on a Louisville charter to Southern California.

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“I think it might be good for him to get on a van, do something different, maybe get him more focused,” Motion said from Maryland. “He’s been here quite a while and gotten in a routine. I’m all set up there at Keeneland, so I just thought this would be the best way to put some final touches on his training. I just want him to have an easy, sensible work on a normal, flat turf course before we head out there.”

Animal Kingdom, owned by Team Valor International, has had nine workouts at Fair Hill since mid-August. The 4-year-old colt has raced just once since competing in all three Triple Crown events in 2011, winning a turf allowance at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 18. He was sidelined following the 2011 Belmont with a hock injury, then suffered a pelvic injury in March when being pointed to the Dubai World Cup.

Motion has repeatedly expressed his satisfaction with the way that Animal Kingdom has progressed over the last few months. He and Team Valor president Barry Irwin have made the 2013 Dubai World Cup their long-term goal.

Irwin said the Friday work at Keeneland will come in company with stablemate Badleroibrown, a 4-year-old with one career win. Badleroibrown is by Leroidesanimaux, also the sire of Animal Kingdom.

Buddy Fife, agent for the Tex Sutton Forwarding Co., said equine charters from Kentucky to California have been booked for four straight days: Oct. 27, 28, 29, and 30.

Cranky More than 1 year ago
I love this horse. He's one of the most beautiful around. And, whose to say, he may just be as good, or better, than he was on Derby Day. Just remember, most people counted him out as a far behind finisher, but he proved everybody wrong, and won me a bundle! This is the kind of horse that, if I could own one right now, I certainly would want.
Chris Butler More than 1 year ago
FORGET Animal Kingdom!!! He's got NO shot!!! It's just blowhard Barry Irwin looking for some publicity. At the right price I will bet Animal Kingdom doesn't make the Dubai World Cup or any other race on Dubal World Cup night. AK will be retired after his flop in the Breeders Cup Mile. Irwin will blame the jock, whoever that might be because AK will not have Team Valor's "go to rider" John Velasquez, because JV will be "going to" ride Wise Dan. Maybe Irwin can get Robby Alvarado! If not the jock, then maybe Graham Motion "lied" to Irwin about just how fit AK was. Either way this horse has NO shot!
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Such a talented horse but IMO I think hes biting off more than he can chew, not this time but I will get on him for his next start no question about that.
Craig Barron More than 1 year ago
i think AK has a great chance of beating not only Wise Dan but the entire field. He is a beautiful Animal. Buck
B More than 1 year ago
I hope he runs well and I suspect he will, but unless something peculiar occurs, I just cannot see him beating Wise Dan.
ted More than 1 year ago
ANIMAL KINGDOM.............................................IS YESTERDAYS NEWS
B More than 1 year ago
Well, in a way he is, but that does not mean he cannot be future news as well.
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
What an odd thing to say about the winner of the 2012 BC Mile. Back to the rail for you Gumby.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Animal Kingdom is a beautiful, grand horse who has produced a fantastic turn of foot in several races. Even in the Belmont he made a huge move after a horrible break. I take him seriously in this race though he needs racing luck and might not be handy enough on this tight turf course. Jock should just let the big horse settle where he wants to and let the big chestnut decide when to go. Not the worst play at 8 or 10/1 but he will probably go off at 9/2.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I hope this Colt gets thru it all ok.
MaryAnn Donahue More than 1 year ago
I also hope AK stays sound through it all. Does anyone know if a Mile is an optimum distance for him? I thought of him as a mile and a quarter type. Thanks to anyone who has some info about this.
Matt Shaffer More than 1 year ago
His Sire was a world class miler, fwiw.
tom More than 1 year ago
He is definitely bred for a mile, though in all his starts he has been ridden so passively that it seems like he needs more distance. A more aggressive ride, in a stalking position and he will show the world that he is just as good at a mile.
scott More than 1 year ago
Why would anyone buy a horse and turn it over to Lukas? Might as well train it yourself.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
B More than 1 year ago
What the hell are you talking about?
cory s More than 1 year ago
Who is riding Animal Kingdom with JR riding Wise Dan ? Domingues ??? Leparoux ??? perhaps even Prado ???
tom More than 1 year ago
I've been wondering the same. I think he needs a slightly more aggressive ride/rider. Just get him close to Wise Dan and lets see which one has the bigger stones coming down the lane. Should be a fantastic race!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Stephanoatsee wins today it may be Sheldon Russell