10/19/2012 3:10PM

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.