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  • Animal Kingdom!

    Effortless win at Gulfstream today On to Dubai!
    "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George

  • #2
    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.


    • #3
      Video replay: Race 5, Gulfstream Park Feb 18, 2012 - 1 1/6-mi Turf Allowance for $80,000


      • #4
        I thought it was a very nice effort...


        • #5
          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!

          "Pat the horse; kick yourself" - Carl Hester


          • #6
            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.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Toadie's mom View Post
              Effortless win at Gulfstream today On to Dubai!
              Let's hope he stays on the grass!
              Starts with an 'S,' ends with a 'T.' You figure it out.

              "Houston, Tranquility Base here, picking up where we left off ..."


              • #8
                His father was a grass horse and had some success. Hopefully, he will be able tostay healthy. I love this line... Great kick at the end...
                Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
                Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
                "And here she comes. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ZENYATTA!"


                • #9
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                  • #10
                    AK 's out of the DWC.
                    Starts with an 'S,' ends with a 'T.' You figure it out.

                    "Houston, Tranquility Base here, picking up where we left off ..."


                    • #11


                      • #12
                        For more info you can see their tweets today related to the news


                        Reflective of the modern ear with communication - this is the tweet notifying the injury from Graham Motion


                        • Original Poster

                          Well if it ain't one thing, it's another, or hopefully not the SAME thing
                          "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


                          • #14
                            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.

                            Team Valor news 10-2-12

                            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.


                            • #15
                              Interesting. As far as he being no Da Hoss, time will tell!


                              • #16
                                Barry Irwin's reply to my question (why not Shadwell Mile at Keeneland) was that (1) he's not ready yet and (2) he will most likely bounce in his next effort. Interesting.


                                • #17
                                  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.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Gestalt View Post
                                    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.
                                    Did you really just call 9 stakes wins including 2 Triple Crown races "so-so"? LOL! Spectacular Bid had a spectacular three year old season.


                                    • #19
                                      Does anyone know what day Animal Kingdom will be racing at Ascot?


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Zevida View Post
                                        Does anyone know what day Animal Kingdom will be racing at Ascot?
                                        Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes held on Tuesday - TVG should be airing it live in the morning.

                                        Motion has flown back and forth from Maryland to England bimonthly since Animal Kingdom has been based at trainer David Lanigan’s yard in Lambourn. Animal Kingdom has worked several times over a straight course there and learned to handle it, and he reportedly thrived in a seven-furlong work on the Ascot course last month. John Velazquez, who regains the mount for the Queen Anne, rode him in the work.

                                        Animal Kingdom will face 12 rivals in the Queen Anne and will break on the outside of all of them. Post 13 should give Animal Kingdom a clean run on the grandstand side of the course, often a favorable position.

                                        The field is not especially strong for a European Group 1 mile, with the 4-year-old filly Elusive Kate the most proven top-level performer other than Animal Kingdom. The John Gosden-trained filly makes her first start of 2013 after an all-Group 1 2012 campaign that saw her compile a record of 1-2-2 from five starts.