THW: Can We Get Some of that Animal Kingdom?

THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 3 April 2013, Wednesday

Can We Get Some of that Animal Kingdom?

            For the first time at the new Meydan racecourse in Dubai (opened in 2010), an American horse has won the prestigious Dubai World Cup, held last March 30.

According to the Dubai Racing Club, 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom “is the first American horse to win the G1 US$10 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airlines.”

Jockey Joel Rosario did a good job of guiding the Graham Motion-trained Animal Kingdom on the all-weather track surface, pulling away down the stretch and holding off a late fast charge by Red Cadeaux to win by two.

Red Cadeaux came in second, Planteur third.

The last American horse to win the Dubai World Cup was Well Armed in 2009.

The Dubai Cup, although a relatively new event as elite horse races go, has been graced by many legendary athletes of the sport. The inaugural race in 1996 was also won by an American – Cigar, ridden by Jerry Bailey.

The best time for the race belongs to the British-bred Dubai Millenium, which clocked 1:59.5 under Frankie Dettori, while the only other horse to also post a time below two minutes was Invasor; the Argentine-bred horse was steered by Fernando Jara, and their time was only the merest fraction off the race record at 1:59.97.

Prior to the race, Animal Kingdom was acquired by the Australian firm Arrowfield Stud for breeding purposes, but this win opens up the possibility that they may still keep on racing this plucky 5YO.

I look forward to his progeny because he has an interesting bloodline. Animal Kingdom was sired by the Brazilian-bred Leroidesanimaux (French for “king of the animals”) out of the German-bred dam Dalicia, who was never raced on dirt.

Leroidesanimaux was raced in the US and his overall performance in the 2005 was so impressive that he received the Eclipse Award for American Champion Male Turf Horse. His sire was Candy Stripes (with Nearco and Northern Dancer blood), who also sired the fast and furious Invasor. Animal Kingdom is Leroisdesanimaux’s most accomplished offspring to date.

Will our horseowners and breeders will somehow be able to import a horse from this family? We can only hope.

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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Committee on Races released the list of nominated horses for the April 27 3YO Open Special Maiden Race at Metro Manila Turf Club in Malvar, Batangas.

It will be the first PCSO race held at the industry’s newest venue, which began its first official week of racing operations last February.

Entered to run the 1,200-meter race are lawyer Ramon Bagatsing Jr.’s colt Shaheed, to be guided by jockey Ronald Baldonido; Jose Miguel Chuidian’s filly Grand Charmer, with Val Dilema; Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos’s colt Rabble Rouser, with Philippine Sportswriters Association 2012 Jockey of the Year Jonathan Hernandez;

Jade Brothers Farm’s filly Blue Angel with John Alvin Guce; Miguel Yulo’s filly Golden Boots, with Antonio Alcasid Jr.; Melaine Habla’s filly Green Lover, with Mark Alvarez; and Herminio Esguerra’s filly Daragang Magayon, with Jeffril Zarate.

The race trial will be held on April 12. ***

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