Saturday, May 7, 2011
DENALI STUD A “strategic partner” with Team Valor International, this farm and sales agency is based in Paris, Kentucky, and is home to all of Team Valor’s breeding stock in the bluegrass. Craig and Holly Bandoroff, the proprietors, were partners in the original acquisition of Dalicia and raced her in Southern California. When the mare was retired to the breeding paddocks, she was sent to Denali, which got her covered for three seasons, before preparing her for and sending her off to be sold at the December Sale in Newmarket, England. The Bandoroffs opted to participate in the partnership that races Dalicia’s son, Animal Kingdom. The Bandoroffs also participate in the group that owns Secret Heart, the dam of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hero Pluck, who was raised at Denali Stud, as was Animal Kingdom.