Excitement Grows Over Animal Kingdom

Excitement is growing about Animal Kingdom’s future as a sire.

Excitement Grows Over Animal Kingdom

Excitement is growing about Animal Kingdom’s future as a sire.

Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom Picture:Arrowfield Stud

The Dubai World Cup champion has sired six first-crop winners in Australia and two, including a Listed winner, in the US.

His latest winners have advertised his prospects with quality maiden victories for leading stables.

On the second day of Saratoga's famous Summer meeting on July 22 Animal Kingdom had his second winner from his first five US runners when his 2YO colt Untamed Domain overcame a mid-race hold-up to power home for a stylish win over 8.5 furlongs on turf.

Fourth at his debut on July 2, Untamed Domain is in the care of his sire's trainer Graham Motion and is raced by West Point Thoroughbreds after they purchased him from the 2016 Keeneland September Sale for $US90,000.

Motion visited Australia in 2016 to see Animal Kingdom's first yearlings sell at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

"I'm so impressed with Untamed Domain who got stopped in his tracks three furlongs out and won for fun,” Motion said. "He showed his Dad's turn of foot and seems to have his calm demeanour.

“I hope to run him back in the Grade 3 With Anticipation later in the meet which is a prep for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile."

The $US150,000 With Anticipation Stakes will be run over 8.5 furlongs on turf on August 30.

Untamed Domain's stakes-winning dam Ciao (by Roberto's son Lear Fan) is descended from the French G1 winner Smuggly whose daughters have been successful producers in Japan, South Africa and Brazil as well as North America.

Animal Kingdom has already sired his first US stakeswinner, the Ken McPeek-trained filly Sunny Skies who followed up her April debut win with success in the Listed Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs on 30 June.

In Australia Godolphin's 2YO gelding Animalia tackled 1600 metres at Gosford on 20 July and sprinted clear to win by 7.5 lengths.

Animalia is the sixth winner left by Royal Ascot stakeswinner Hold To Ransom (Red Ransom), already the dam of Group winner Retrieve and Listed winners Reparations and Abduction.

This is also the family of Prince Bishop who, like Animal Kingdom, won the Dubai World Cup at Meydan.

Animal Kingdom's other Australian winners this season include Flemington winner Royal Phoenix, Earth Angel and G3-placed Lord Cecil.

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