Darley purchases interest in Animal Kingdom; will stand him in Kentucky

Edited release:

Arrowfield Stud and Team Valor International announced that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Darley operation has acquired a 29 percent interest in newly-minted Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom and will stand the son of Leroidesanimaux in the Northern Hemisphere at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington.

Animal Kingdom will still stand in the Southern Hemisphere at John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud in Australia.

The 5-yera-old chestnut scored his first Grade I win since taking the 2011 Kentucky Derby when he became the first American-based runner since Well Armed in 2009 to triumph in the $10 million Dubai World Cup last Saturday.


“Animal Kingdom is outstanding,” Darley’s COO Oliver Tait said. “Not only is he immensely talented, he has shown a rare ability to excel on turf, synthetic and dirt and win at a range of distances up to the mile and a quarter of the Kentucky Derby and the Dubai World Cup.  His win at Meydan last Saturday was all class.”

Added Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara, “We are delighted to partner with Darley in the ownership of Animal Kingdom and management of his future international stud career.  We have always had a great working relationship with Darley and have the utmost respect for Sheikh Mohammed and the Darley management team.  With our unprecedented combined support Animal Kingdom will have every opportunity to develop from a Champion racehorse into a Champion sire.”

Animal Kingdom’s  two-length victory in the Dubai World Cup took his career earnings to $8.3 million. He crowned champion 3-year-old colt of  2011, and in his first start for almost nine months, Animal Kingdom was second to eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan in last November’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile on turf at Santa Anita.

Current plans are for Animal Kingdom to travel to England, with the Group I Queen Anne Stakes or the Group I Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot as possible engagements.