Animal Kingdom (USA)
Global superstar Animal Kingdom

(Leroidesanimaux-Dalicia, by Acatenango)
Stands at Arrowfield Stud, NSW, for $27,500

Animal Kingdom’s first Australian 3YOs run in 2017/18.

Animal Kingdom's five winners & six placegetters from 16 Australian runners, including Group 3-placed debut winner Lord Cecil, place him among Australia's leading First Season Sires in 2016/17 and put a big watch on his first 3YOs in 2017/18.

A Classic performer able to handle all track surfaces, over a variety of distances, Animal Kingdom is a true Global Racing Superstar.

A boom 2YO, he made history by winning the Kentucky Derby at his fifth start and his first start on dirt, and later demolished the world's best in the Dubai World Cup on synthetic. Between those two peak performances, he was a desperately unlucky second in the Breeders' Cup Mile on turf at Santa Anita, where he was first-up after a nine month break.

Retired to Arrowfield in 2013 after his World Cup triumph, Animal Kingdom's first-crop yearlings sold up to $310,000 in 2016, and it's a good sign that his 2017 top price was even better, $320,000 paid by Solis/Litt Bloodstock for the filly ex Sammy's Girl at Inglis Easter.

His arresting good looks, charisma and world-class racing ability are complemented by exactly the kind of pedigree necessary for a breed-shaping outcross sire in Australia's Danehill-saturated gene pool. Three of his first five winners, impressive Flemington victor Royal Phoenix (dam by Commands), Platinum (from a Danehill mare) and Earth Angel (out of Miss Finland by Redoute's Choice) indicate his early effectiveness in that role.

His very first American runner Sunny Skies opened his Northern Hemisphere record with a nine-length debut win at Keeneland followed by Listed stakes success over 1200m at Churchill Downs on 1 July.

With the strong support of the Godolphin and Arrowfield stables and Australian 2YOs in development with the likes of Hayes & Dabernig, Hawkes Racing, Kris Lees, Robert Smerdon, Paul Messara, Grant & Alana Williams & Tony Gollan, Animal Kingdom is once again poised for global stardom.

 

Progeny

ANIMAL KINGDOM Joint Head of the 2013 World Thoroughbred Rankings (Int.). Champion 3YO Colt in USA in 2011. Champion Older Male in UAE in 2012-13 (Int.). 5 wins-1 at 2-from 1700m to 2000m, US$2,387,500, 22,020,000Dhs, Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby, Gr.1, Meydan Dubai World Cup, Gr.1, Turfway Park Spiral S., Gr.3, 2d Pimlico Preakness S., Gr.1, Breeders' Cup Mile, Gr.1, Gulfstream Park Turf H., Gr.1. He entered stud in Aust. in 2013. Sire of 35 progeny to race, 9 winners (25.0%), earnings of over $550,000, 2 stakes winners, 1 stakes placegetter, inc.


SUNNY SKIES (15f, Marquetry, Dewan). 2 wins at 2 in 2017, Churchill Downs Debutante S., L.

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE (15c, Dixieland Band, Capote). Winner at 2 in 2017, Del Mar Graduation S., L.

Lord Cecil (14g, Zabeel, Mukaddamah). Winner at 2 in 2016-17, 3d GCTC Ken Russell Memorial Classic, Gr.3.

Royal Phoenix (14c, Commands, Umatilla). Winner at 2 in 2016-17, VRC Eugene Gorman 2YO H.

Platinum (14g, Danehill, Swift Gun). Winner at 2 in 2016-17, 2d MRC Nick Johnstone Real Estate 2YO H.

Animalia (14g, Red Ransom, Sure Blade). Winner at 2 in 2016-17, 2d ATC All Too Hard at Vinery 2YO P.

Untamed Domain (15c, Lear Fan, Nureyev). Winner at 2 in 2017.

Earth Angel (14f, Redoute's Choice, Woodman). Winner at 2 in 2016-17, 4th ATC Fernhill H., L.

Barbary (14g, Scenic, Priamos). Winner at 2 in 2016-17.

Sweet Like Char (15f, Forest Wildcat, Pentelicus). Placed at 2 in 2017.

Jungle Warfare (15c, Mt. Livermore, Green Dancer). Placed at 2 in 2017.

Hacksaw Ridge (14g, Quiet American, Princely Native). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 2d GCTC Aquis Farm 2YO P.

Seductive Miss (14f, Exceed and Excel, Timber Country). Placed at 2 in 2016-17.

Desert Flower (14f, Rory's Jester, Far North). Placed at 2 in 2016-17.

Momentum to Win (14g, French Deputy, Woodman). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 3d ATC TAB Rewards 2YO P.

Table Mountain (14g, Snitzel, Mister C). Placed at 2 in 2016-17.

Danzon (14f, Flying Spur, Marscay). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 3d Scone RC Cressfield H.

1-2-3 Results

20/07/2017: Animalia (AUS) 2yo g (Animal Kingdom-Hold to Ransom (USA) by Red Ransom (USA)); 1st Gosford RC Erina RLFC Maiden P., A$28,900 1600m, earning A$16,800
28/06/2017: Animalia (AUS) 2yo g (Animal Kingdom-Hold to Ransom (USA) by Red Ransom (USA)); 2nd ATC All Too Hard at Vinery Maiden 2YO P., A$49,600 1400m, earning A$8,000
21/06/2017: Hacksaw Ridge (AUS) 2yo g (Animal Kingdom-Synaesthesia (USA) by Quiet American (USA)); 2nd GCTC Aquis Farm Maiden 2YO P., A$21,000 1200m, earning A$4,000
10/06/2017: Royal Phoenix (AUS) 2yo c (Animal Kingdom-Helena Girl by Commands); 1st VRC Eugene Gorman 2YO H., A$114,500 1100m, earning A$36,500