09/29/2005 11:00PM

Leroidesanimaux's female family one of the best from Juddmonte

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Leroidesanimaux's 7 3/4-length victory in the Atto Mile at Woodbine stamped him as a top contender for the Breeders' Cup Mile and the Eclipse Award for turf champion.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Judging by his impressive physique and his victory by nearly eight lengths in the Atto Mile at Woodbine, Leroidesanimaux truly is king of the beasts, and the handsome chestnut will attempt to impose his will upon all challengers in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Bred in Brazil and the winner of 9 races from 12 starts, Leroidesanimaux began to make his presence known in the U.S. last season and now has won eight races in a row.

As a result of his successes across the country and now in Canada, the son of the Blushing Groom stallion Candy Stripes is not only a principal challenger for the Breeders' Cup Mile but also a leading candidate for the Eclipse Award as champion horse on turf.

Enthusiasm for Leroidesanimaux has accelerated to the point that Richard and Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Stallions acquired a majority interest in the stallion rights to the horse, who will stand at Stonewall when he retires to stud.

"We are booking mares to him right now for $30,000 on a stands-and-nurses basis," said Bert Welker, stallion administrator for Stonewall, "and that might seem kind of inexpensive if he wins the Breeders' Cup Mile."

In addition to moving the stallions Medaglia d'Oro, Marquetry, and Doneraile Court to their operation this year, the Haisfields have initiated a new incentive program for breeders.

"If the result of a mating to any of our stallions produces a stakes winner, the breeder gets to come back that year and breed to that horse for free," Welker said. "We're doing this because the Haisfields believe the breeder deserves a reward for doing so much hard work. Since Stonewall owns the stallions, they are able to offer some incentives and hopefully provide some advantages to breeders and the industry as a whole."

In addition to the horse's soundness and talent, Leroidesanimaux's outstanding female family interested the Haisfields.

Bred in Brazil by Haras Bage do Sul, Leroidesanimaux is from the same family as the Diesis horse Three Valleys, one of the likely challengers to Leroidesanimaux in the Breeders' Cup. Three Valleys is out of Skiable, who is a half-sister to Dissemble, the dam of Leroidesanimaux.

Both Skiable and Dissemble, as well as their dam, Kerali, were bred by Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms. This is one of the best families Juddmonte has developed, as both Skiable and Dissemble are half-sisters to stakes winner Hasili, who is the dam of international champions Banks Hill (Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf) and Dansili, as well as Grade 1 stakes winners Heat Haze and Intercontinental.

Dissemble has carried on the family tradition of producing several high-class racers. Leroidesanimaux is her third group or graded stakes winner from six foals of racing age. All of those were foaled in Brazil, but Dissemble was sold and imported to the U.S. in 2002.

Now owned in partnership by Indian Creek Farm and a Brazilian breeder, Alessandro Arcangeli, Dissemble produced a War Chant filly in 2004 for the partners and Stonerside Stable. That filly sold as a weanling at the Keeneland November sale for $625,000 but unfortunately died in a paddock accident.

This year, Dissemble produced a chestnut colt by Giant's Causeway on April 3 for Indian Creek and Arcangeli, and the mare is back in foal to Storm Cat on an early May cover.

Like the dam of Leroidesanimaux, his sire, Candy Stripes, also has had an interesting international career. An American-bred who showed his best form racing in France, where he was second in the 1985 French 2000 Guineas, Candy Stripes went to stud initially in South America, then was repatriated after some exciting results from his initial runners in the Southern Hemisphere, including Different, who came to the U.S. and won the Spinster Stakes. A few uneventful years in the States, coupled with a string of good winners in Argentina, brought an offer to return Candy Stripes permanently to South America, where the breeding and racing programs seem to suit his offspring better.

Candy Stripes is the sire of more than 50 stakes winners. Aside from Leroidesanimaux, his best-known racer in the States this year has been Lundy's Liability, winner of the San Antonio Handicap. Also, the Candy Stripes mare Candy Girl produced Candy Ride, winner of the Pacific Classic in 2003.