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Second US Stakes Winner For Animal Kingdom

A convincing stakes victory by 2YO colt Continental Divide at Del Mar has given shuttle sire Animal Kingdom his second winner of a stakes race from his first 11 runners in the US.

Second US Stakes Winner For Animal Kingdom

A convincing stakes victory by 2YO colt Continental Divide at Del Mar has given shuttle sire Animal Kingdom his second winner of a stakes race from his first 11 runners in the US.

The Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby is now sixth on the US First Crop Sires' premiership with earnings of $US241,328.

At only his second start, Continental Divide swept past his rivals for an easy win in a $US100,000 event. He finished almost a length ahead of Smokem, who had beaten him on his debut on July 21.


The colt ran the 5.5 furlongs in 1:05.27 after a wide run.

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza said he was confident Continental Divide could handle sitting outside six horses on the backstretch and three horses deep on the turn.

“That was a nice move, a really nice move. He can do that. He’s talented,” Espinoza said.

Owned by former technology executive Deron Pearson, Continental Divide was bought from the Barretts May Sale of 2YOs in training at Del Mar for $US245,000, the top price at the sale.

The colt was bred in California and is the third winner out of the stakes-placed mare Bandora, by Northern Dancer's son Dixieland Band.

Other family members include US G1 winner Love Theway Youare and G2 winners Tower Of Texas and Street Sense, all descended from the dual G1 winner Sabin.

Continental Divide is the third winner from Animal Kingdom's first northern hemisphere crop.

He is also the sire of Sunny Skies, winner of the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs, and Untamed Domain, who scored on turf at Saratoga on 22 July.

Animal Kingdom gained attention in Australia with six juvenile winners last season including the classy prospect Earth Angel, G3-placed Lord Cecil and Flemington winner Royal Phoenix.

Animal Kingdom returns this spring to serve his fourth Australian book of mares at Arrowfield Stud.


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