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Walmac sells Bandini to stand in Saudi Arabia

WALMAC Farm in Kentucky has sold Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes winner Bandini to become the first stallion to stand at the Shawahed Corporation outside Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, in a deal negotiated by Will Barrons Bloodstock.

By Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, Bandini is out of a half sister to leading sire Stormy Atlantic. A Grade 1 winner who earned $676,380 in prizemoney, he landed Keeneland's Blue Grass Stakes after finishing second in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream.

At four Bandini won the Skip Away Handicap and set a new track record at Gulfstream over 1m.

Bandini was retired to Walmac and covered his first mares in 2007. He ranks among North America's top 20 second-crop sires in 2011, led by two-year-old stakes winners Defy Gravity and Midnight Serenade, two of 16 juvenile winners for Bandini in 2011.

Barrons purchased nine mares at last month's Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale for the new venture, including Grade 1 winner Tweedside and Grade 2 winner All American Bertie.






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