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Animal Kingdom

Sunday, June 23, 2013
My friend Barry Irwin tells me I'm not a writer, but I guess I fancy myself as one anyway. I thought I'd share my Royal Ascot experience and the conclusion of our amazing journey with Animal Kingdom...

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Animal Kingdom's quest to become the first grade or group I winner on three different surfaces--and on three different continents to boot--fizzled ingloriously June 18 in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Despite starting a pronounced favorite in his swan song at Royal Ascot, dual Gr1 winner and 2013 Arrowfield Stud freshman Animal Kingdom was unable to produce the heroics...

Thursday, June 20, 2013
It is the best week of racing anywhere in the world. There are a lot of great horse racing events—weekends and carnivals--but nothing quite rivals the racing at Royal Ascot.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
About 25 minutes after walking calmly around the pre-parade ring at Royal Ascot today prior to the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, Animal Kingdom suddenly stopped...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Animal Kingdom now goes to stud in Australia and will return to Kentucky for the Northern Hemisphere breeding season. He'll be remembered as a throwback, a versatile horse that won on dirt, synthetic and turf and didn't duck a challenge when healthy.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Queen Elizabeth II had made it look so easy. Sharing her carriage with Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, she led the royal procession

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The Kentucky Derby/Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) was the heavily backed even favorite in...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Animal Kingdom came and saw Royal Ascot, but he did not conquer it.

Monday, June 17, 2013
A Kentucky Derby winner who also claimed the Dubai World Cup is the star attraction in the first race at Royal Ascot.

Saturday, June 15, 2013
When Craig Bandoroff set out to develop one of Kentucky's leading farms and consignment companies in 1990, he wanted to work at the highest end of the market, and desired to trade the best quality bloodstock.

Saturday, June 15, 2013
When Animal Kingdom makes his final start on June 18 at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner will have overcome an incredible amount of adversity to compete in arguably the most prestigious meet in the world.

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Already a Group One winner in the USA and Dubai, Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux) is set to retire to Arrowfield Stud after a tilt at the Queen Anne Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) at next week’s Royal Ascot meeting.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
World Cup, Derby winner breezes five panels at Lambourn in last drill of his career.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Craig and Holly Bandoroff have been on the Animal Kingdom bandwagon from day one, when the son of Leroidesanimaux foaled at their Denali Stud near Paris, Ky.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Gr.1 Kentucky Derby and Gr.1 Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom will write his most historic chapter on 18th June at Royal Ascot...

Monday, June 10, 2013
Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom will write his most historic chapter on June 18 at the Royal Ascot race meet in England when he becomes the first Kentucky Derby winner to run at Ascot since Triple Crown winner Omaha in 1936.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Trainer Graham Motion reported via Twitter that Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Animal Kingdomcompleted a four-furlong gallop in :52 Thursday, May 9 at Lambourn.

Friday, May 10, 2013
Graham Motion, the trainer of Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom, decided after walking the course at Ascot this week that the Royal meeting’s opening race over a mile will be the Kentucky-bred’s target in his career finale on June 18.

Friday, April 26, 2013
Jockey John Velazquez, who rode Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}) to victory in the 2011 GI Kentucky Derby, will be aboard the colt when he makes his career finale at Royal Ascot in June, Team Valor International has announced.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Animal Kingdom and Java's War, who is being pointed to this year's Louisville classic, are among the U.S.-trained horses being considered for Royal Ascot.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Dubai World Cup (Gr. 1, 2000m) winner Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux)is more likely to contest the Queen Anne Stakes (Gr. 1, 1m) rather than the Price of Wales's Stakes (Gr. 1, 1m2f) at Royal Ascot in June.

Monday, April 15, 2013
Classic winner and champion Animal Kingdom will stand for Aust$38,500 (about $40,000 in United States funds) when he enters stud this year at John Messara's Arrowfield Stud in Australia.

Sunday, April 07, 2013
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Animal Kingdom is by Leroidesanimaux, a horse bred in Brazil, and he was produced by a German-bred mare named Dalicia. Late last year, an Australian stud farm acquired controlling rights to the horse, and Animal Kingdom will retire to stallion duty there sometime in the next year.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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Friday, September 07, 2012
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom continues to progress well towards a return to the races. The...

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Team Valor International's champion Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}), winner of the 2011 GI Kentucky Derby, is progressing well towards an intended fall comeback.

Friday, June 22, 2012
Animal Kingdom, winner of last year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), resumed galloping on June 21 at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland as he moves toward another comeback.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom, who had originally been scheduled to make his 2012 debut in the Feb. 25 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT)

Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom, winner of last year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:01.05 at Palm Meadows Feb. 8 in preparation for his 4-year-old debut in the Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) on grass Feb. 25.

Thursday, February 02, 2012
After ruling out an appearance at Gulfstream Park Feb. 11 in either the GI Donn H. or GI Gulfstream Park Turf H., officials at Team Valor have announced that their reigning GI Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Never before had the top two Eclipse Award vote getters in the 3-year-old male division been so much like the proverbial apples and oranges comparison, which made voting in 2011 so unique and difficult.

Monday, November 14, 2011
As Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom resumes training for his four-year-old campaign next year, trainer Graham Motion hopes Eclipse Award voters don't forget about the colt's three-year-old season, which was cut short by an injury in the Belmont Stakes.

Sunday, September 04, 2011
Team Valor International’s G1 Kentucky Derby hero Animal Kingdom is ready to resume training after spending 60 days on the sidelines.

Thursday, July 07, 2011
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Animal Kingdom had successful surgery to repair a hairline slab fracture, Team Valor International president Barry Irwin said in a statement July 7.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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Monday, June 06, 2011
Denali foaled, raised and sold Animal Kingdom zipped a half-mile in :47.76 on the Belmont Park surface June 6 as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner showed his readiness for...

Sunday, June 05, 2011
BELMONT, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up Animal Kingdom arrived at Belmont Park Sunday morning at approximately 7:30 a.m. in advance of a run in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 11.

Friday, May 27, 2011
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Preakness (gr. I) runner-up Animal Kingdom will run in the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, June 11, trainer Graham Motion said May 27.

Friday, May 27, 2011
The Top World Rankings are compiled by a panel of handicappers, the rankings are for the period beginning Dec. 1, 2010, through May 23, 2011.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Both horses could meet again in the Belmont Stakes on June 11.

Friday, May 20, 2011
When longshots such as Animal Kingdom win the Kentucky Derby, they are frequently viewed with skepticism in the Preakness Stakes — and for good reason. The congested fields and sometimes suicidal early pace at Churchill Downs can produce fluky results.

Friday, May 20, 2011
Now among racing's royalty, Animal Kingdom has been calm, cool and collected since he was born reports Kathleen Irwin on NBC Sports.

Saturday, May 07, 2011
Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom came from off the pace and roared down the stretch to win the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) by 2 3/4 lengths before a record crowd of 164,858 at Churchill Downs May 7.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom, winner of the Vinery Racing Spiral S.-G3, was the voter’s 14th choice in the Thoroughbred Times Triple Crown poll which closed March 28 after its eighth week of voting.

Monday, November 08, 2010
Denali client and celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s More Than Real opened up in the stretch, easily winning wins the $909,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) over favored Winter Memories...