09/26/2013 10:42AM

Leroidesanimaux to stand in England

Michael Burns
Champion Leroidesanimaux, seen here winning the 2005 Atto Mile, will continue his stud career in England.

Champion Leroidesanimaux, sire of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, will relocate overseas to stand at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket, England beginning in 2014.

The 13-year-old Candy Stripes horse most recently stood at HallMarc Stallions in Ocala, Fla. He will be available for inspection by breeders in England beginning in November, with a 2014 fee to be announced.

“We are delighted and very proud to welcome ‘Leroi’ to Lanwades,” the farm’s owner and general manager Kirsten Rausing said. “He represents the reintroduction of the Blushing Groom sire line to the UK and with his pedigree, toughness and durability, marvelous racing form on both turf and dirt over distances up to [1 1/16 miles], as well as his proven ability to sire world-class performers, he will be an immensely important addition to the European breeding industry. His pedigree makes him a suitable mate for mares by Galileo, Danehill and his sons, Mr. Prospector-line mares and others. It will be fascinating to breed him to daughters of Dansili. ‘Leroi’ is the outcross stallion European breeders have been waiting for - and he is a proven stallion, too. We expect strong interest from mare owners throughout Europe.”

Leroidesanimaux, Group 1 placed in his native Brazil, later came to North America to win the Grade 1 Citation Handicap and two other graded stakes events in 2004. He added Grade 1 scores in the Atto Mile and Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2005 to earn Eclipse Award honors as champion turf male. The multiple course record-setter retired with nine wins from 13 starts for earnings of $1,658,377.

From five crops of racing age, Leroidesanimaux is the sire of 108 winners through Sept. 25, for total progeny earnings of $16,688,173. His runners are led by Animal Kingdom, who captured the 2011 Kentucky Derby en route to earning the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old male. Animal Kingdom, who also captured this year’s Dubai World Cup, recently began his stud career at Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales, Australia and will shuttle to spend the Northern Hemisphere season at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky.

Leroidesanimaux is also the sire of multiple Grade 2 winner Always a Princess, graded stakes winners Leroy’s Dynameaux and Sarah’s Secret, and Una Cabeza, a Group 1 winner in Argentina.

Out of the unraced Ahonoora mare Dissemble, Leroidesanimaux is a half brother to Brazilian Group 1 winner Uapybo and Group 3 winner Disport. Dissemble is a half-sister to Juddmonte’s prolific broodmare Hasili, the dam of five Grade 1 winners. She is also a half-sister to Broodmare of the Year Arrive, and four additional stakes producers.