Very impressive run for a horse that hadn't run in forever. He has turned into quite the looker too.
We could have an great year ahead with this guy, lots of options with him as can run on any surface and should be effective from 9-12f.
I wasn't a big AK fan last year, definitely didn't think he was deserving of the 3 year old male award (although I did respect that he was a good horse), but this year.... WOW. I am the newest member of the AK fan club, where is my foam finger? He is a totally different horse this year, on to Dubai!
"When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car."
I was so disappointed about his injury last year- thought he had the makings to be a very, very nice racehorse- but it looks like the vacation may have done a body good. Holy cow, he looks like a different animal. On to Dubai indeed.
Swinging for the fences here - wow a bit crazy if you ask me but I suppose they think if Da Hoss can come back after an extended layoff and run in the Breeders' Cup why not AK? He's no Da Hoss however.
Animal Kingdom will return in the $2-million Breeders’ Cup Mile on the turf at Santa Anita Park on November 3.
The reigning champion 3-year-old male of 2011 scored an easy turf win on February 18 at Gulfstream Park in his only start this year. He developed a stress fracture of the illium 3 weeks later that knocked him out of the $6-million Dubai World Cup.
I have to wonder why if he's doing so well in training only they didn't put him in the Grade 1, $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland this Saturday?!? Yes $2M is more than 3/4 of a million, but the competition level might be fraction softer than it will be at Santa Anita.
I read on paulicks report that AK has one last race at a mile before retirement. He reminds me a bit of Spectacular Bid, a so-so three year old season and then whoa nelly, look at the boy run! I sincerely hope he goes out a winner with no injuries.