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Animal Kingdom is from the second crop of Leroidesanimaux

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Kingdom family enjoys striking stakes double

GOOD things certainly comes in twos for the family of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Daveron, out of a half-sister to Animal Kingdom's dam, won the Grade 3 Beaugay Stakes at Belmont to complete a notable double also for owners Team Valor and trainer Graham Motion.  This was another stakes win, incidentally, for Shade Oak Stud stallion Black Sam Bellamy.

An international theme  runs through the pedigree of Animal Kingdom: a Brazilian-bred, US raced sire and a German dam who was sold in Britain to Japanese interests.

Florida-based Stonewall stallion Lesroidesanimaux, a son of Candy Stripes was a high-class miler who finished second when favourite to Artie Schiller in the 2005 Breeders' Cup Mile.

Animal Kingdom, home bred by Team Valor, comes from his second crop that also includes Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby runner-up Crimson Knight. Although advertised at a fee of $10,000, he is likely to be signifcantly higher next season after also siring this year the Grade 2 El Encino Stakes and La Canada Stakes winner Always A Princess.

Leroidesanimaux's  most successfulEuropean progeny is last year's Dewhurst third Glor Na Mara.

Animal Kingdom's  dam Dalicia, by Acatenango, was a Group 3 winner in Germany, who was bought by Shadai Farm at Tattersalls in 2009 for 230,000gns. Second dam Dynamis, by Dancing Brave,  is a half-sister to German 1,000 Guineas winner Diacada out of 1988 champion juvenile Diasprina.




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