Animal Kingdom states his case

Animal Kingdom isn’t on this year’s Arrowfield Stallion Roster, but he has a couple of quality 3YOs, both graduates of the Stud, putting up a strong case for his future prospects as a sire in Australia.

Today at Morphettville his daughter Earth Angel, an Arrowfield home-bred produced a staunch run for second in the $175,000 SAJC SA Fillies Classic 2500m G3, her third placing from five starts in stakes company this Autumn. 

As a daughter of Champion filly Miss Finland and half-sister to Group 1 winner Stay With Me, Earth Angel is already a valuable filly. However, she looks more than capable of doing her own work to enhance her status.

Another member of Animal Kingdom’s 2014 crop, Katsumi Yoshida’s home-bred colt Peaceful State has put together two really impressive Listed victories at Morphettville, in the HC Nitschke S. LR and last weekend’s Adelaide Guineas LR.

They came after his resolute second in Grunt’s Australian Guineas G1, and his season isn’t finished yet. He now goes to Queensland for either the Queensland Derby G1 or the Stradbroke Handicap G1 on 9 June.

Peaceful State, a half-brother to Australian Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, is Animal Kingdom’s fifth stakeswinner, and the first from his first Australian crop. 

Animal Kingdom is fifth on the Australian Second Season Sires’ list with $1.2 million and his top-priced 2018 Australian yearling, the colt out of Double Ranga, sold for $350,000 at Inglis Easter.

First Australian stakeswinner for Animal Kingdom

Katsumi Yoshida’s  Animal Kingdom colt Peaceful State has looked capable of big things since his close second to Villermont in last November’s Sandown Guineas G2. 

He pressed his case with a runner-up finish in Grunt’s Australian Guineas G1 on 3 March and has now earned stakes-winning status with a storming victory in Saturday’s $100,000 SAJC HC Nitschke S. 1400m LR.

Drawn 11, Peaceful State eased bask towards the rear of the field where he settled comfortably for jockey John Allen while Time Awaits shot to the lead. The colt had all his rivals in front of him as they rounded the home turn but launched a powerful run through the field to sweep past Snitzel’s daughters Platinum Angel and Smooth Landing and score by a length.

Watch Peaceful State win the SAJC HC Nitschke S. LR.

Bred by Northern Farm’s partnership with Arrowfield, and trained by Darren Weir, Peaceful State is the last foal of Weekend Beauty (by Helissio), already famous as the dam of 2008 Australian Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler. 

Peaceful State’s next target is the Adelaide Guineas LR on 12 May, with a trip booked after that for Brisbane where he is nominated for both the Stradbroke Handicap and the Queensland Derby.

Animal Kingdom now has four stakeswinners on his dual-hemisphere record and is currently serving his fifth US book of mares at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky.

His four other stakes performers include 2YO Wild Planet (ex Salutations by Redoute’s Choice), second in last Wednesday’s VRC Anzac Day S. LR, and Earth Angel (ex Miss Finland by Redoute’s Choice), who will start in next Saturday’s $500,000 SAJC Australasian Oaks G1.

Animal Kingdom’s Group 1-placed stakeswinner Peaceful State. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

 

Animal Kingdom's first Australian Group 1 performer

A decade after Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler scored the fourth of his 7 Group 1 victories, his half-brother by Animal Kingdom came very close to securing his own Group 1 success at the same track for owner and breeder Katsumi Yoshida.

Peaceful State’s sustained effort at the end of Saturday’s $1 million VRC Australian Guineas 1600m G1 put him in the frame, only a half-length from the winner Grunt, and two lengths ahead of third-placed Bring Me Roses.

Watch Peaceful State run 2nd in the VRC Australian Guineas G1
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Jockey Brad Rawiller said of Peaceful State’s run, “Geez, he was good. I couldn’t have asked for a better run following the winner. We got that run but he (Grunt) was better on the day, but my bloke still isn’t fully seasoned yet. Down the track, there will be a Group I for him.”

All going well Peaceful State will get his next Group 1 opportunity within the next few weeks, and trainer Darren Weir is confident the longer distances of the Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby will suit him.

It’s been a good week for Animal Kingdom, now fifth on the Second Season Sires’ table after Peaceful State’s contribution and two new winners, Table Mountain and Scarlet Image.

Peaceful State is Animal Kingdom’s second Group 1 performer after US colt & Kentucky Derby contender Untamed Domain, also a Grade 2 winner and a likely starter in next Saturday’s Tampa Bay Derby G2.

Animal Kingdom’s third crop yearlings have already sold up to the $240,000 paid by Heinrich Bloodstock for the colt ex Butters at Magic Millions. Other 2018 buyers include Australian Bloodstock, Paul Perry, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and Paul Willetts.

Animal Kingdom has a filly out of city winner Merge (by Commands) in the Bucklee Farm draft going through the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale-ring this week.

His seven lots catalogued for Inglis Easter include a half-brother to Group 2 winner Scarlet Rain in the Arrowfield draft and Tartan Fields’ colt out of Group 1 winner Plucky Belle.

A big Autumn ahead of Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom has given notice of a big Autumn with a 3YO winning double, courtesy of Peaceful State in Melbourne on Wednesday and Raw Emotion at Kembla Grange on Tuesday.

Luke Sheehan at Racing.com summed up Peaceful State’s storming victory from near the back of the field, achieved in the style of a genuine Classic prospect and despite giving weight to older horses:

Peaceful State stamped himself on the scene with a huge win in the Mitavite Summer Challenge Heat 1 (1300m) for Japanese owner Katsumi Yoshida, punched out strongly by popular Irish hoop John Allen. He reeled in the likes of Call Me Handsome and Kaching in the shadows of the post, and is as short as $7.50 (Sportsbet), but as much as $15 (Bet365), for the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Watch Peaceful State win at Sandown.

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield and Mr Yoshida’s Northern Farm, Peaceful State is the last foal of Weekend Beauty (by Helissio), celebrated as the dam of 7-time Group 1 winner and 2008 Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler. The Darren Weir-trained colt has now won two of his four starts and was a close second to Villermont in last November’s Sandown Guineas G2.

Animal Kingdom’s daughter Raw Emotion confirmed her progress over three starts in the past month with success over 1600 metres at Kembla Grange. 

Watch Raw Emotion win at Kembla Grange.

The first foal of Lilac Garden (by Hussonet from stakeswinner Miss Bussell), Raw Emotion was bought for $135,000 by Star Thoroughbreds from Arrowfield’s 2016 Inglis Easter draft and is prepared by Chris Waller. Lilac Garden has a weanling colt by Olympic Glory and is in foal again to Animal Kingdom. 

Earth Angel (also an Australian Guineas contender and a pleasing second in her campaign debut at Caulfield last Saturday), Lord Cecil (a dual acceptor for Canterbury on Friday, and Saturday’s ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3), debut winner I Am Queen and New Zealand Oaks prospect Toy Kingdom are all set to keep the ball rolling for Animal Kingdom through the Autumn. 

Meanwhile, in the United States where Animal Kingdom finished 4th on the 2017 First Season Sires’ premiership, his Grade 2-winning son Untamed Domain remains on the Kentucky Derby trail after his season-opening third in last Saturday’s Dania Beach S. G3.

Animal Kingdom has 7 yearlings, including two fillies & two colts in Arrowfield’s draft for the Inglis Classic Sale which begins on Saturday evening at the new Riverside Stables in Sydney. 

Animal Kingdom colt impresses in Guineas

“Drew 11, jumped well but kept wide the whole way, found plenty at the top of the straight and challenged the leader before the winner caught and bested him in the final stages.” 

That’s a fair description of Peaceful State’s heady effort, at only his third start, to finish second in Saturday’s $250,000 Sandown Guineas 1600m G2, a head behind the impressive winner Villermont with the consistent Black Sail third.  

Watch Peaceful State’s 2nd in the MRC Sandown Guineas G2.

Peaceful State is Animal Kingdom’s second Australian Group performer after last season’s 2YO Lord Cecil and he looks capable of further improvement through his 3YO season. 

Such progress is predicted by both sides of Peaceful State’s pedigree. Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby and went on to run second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at four before delivering a memorable Dubai World Cup victory in his final season. 

Peaceful State’s champion half-brother Weekend Hussler was a six-time Group 1 winner at three, securing the 2008 Australian Horse of the Year title, and adding three more Group wins as a 4YO, including the Underwood S. G1.

Peaceful State is the last foal of Weekend Beauty, bred by Arrowfield’s partnership with Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm. The colt was raised at Arrowfield, and races in Mr Yoshida’s famous red, yellow and black colours from the stable of Darren Weir. 

It’s been a good month for Animal Kingdom, also sire of  US Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1 runner-up Untamed Domain on 3 November, last week’s stylish 2YO trial winner Wild Planet (ex Salutations by Redoute’s Choice), his eighth & ninth US first-crop winners Motatan and Island Getaway, and his sixth overall stakes performer, Grace and Dignity in Canada on Sunday.

Magic Millions has catalogued a dozen lots by Animal Kingdom for the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, including six colts and 4 fillies in the Arrowfield draft. He also has a colt out of Only Roses (Redoute’s Choice) on offer at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready To Run Sale, which begins on Wednesday.

Animal Kingdom's first Group 1 performer

It’s been a progressive fortnight for second season sire Animal Kingdom, with three new winners in Australia and his first Group 1 performer in the United States.

Untamed Domain, already a Grade 2 winner this northern summer, made a big impression when second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1 on 3 November, after coming from the back of the pack and running 68 feet further than the winner Mendelssohn.

Sent out by Animal Kingdom’s trainer Graham Motion, Untamed Domain, out of two-time stakeswinner Ciao (by Lear Fan), is raced by West Point Thoroughbreds who have every reason to look forward to plenty more success with him. 

Untamed Domain heads a group of seven winners that have driven Animal Kingdom’s rise to third position on the US First Crop Sires’ list. with prizemoney of $US803,254. 

Back in Australia this week, two Arrowfield graduates from Animal Kingdom’s first Southern Hemisphere crop won successive races at Ballarat.  

First-up was Peaceful State who fought out the finish of the 1400-metre maiden with his stablemate Captain Henry, leaving six lengths of daylight back to the third horse.

Watch Peaceful State win at Ballarat.

Peaceful State is the last foal of Weekend Beauty (by Helissio), celebrated as the dam of Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, and he is trained by Darren Weir for Katsumi Yoshida, who bred him with Arrowfield. The colt’s likely next assignment will be the $250,000 Sandown Guineas G2 on 18 November.

In the next race, Roar (ex Line Honours by Hussonet)  led all the way and proved too strong over 1600 metres, winning by a length from Pollinator & Bradbury.

Watch Roar win at Ballarat.

Roar (ex Line Honours by Hussonet) was a $200,000 purchase for Champion Thoroughbreds & Matchem Genetics from Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions draft. He is trained by Robert Smerdon who said after the win, “[Roar] has really improved with blinkers and he enjoyed getting out to 1600m today…he will only get better the further he goes.” 

A couple of promising placegetters look close to breakthrough wins. Team Valor’s 3YO filly Oleksandra was third at Randwick on Tuesday, and Godolphin’s 2YO colt Rheingau was third on debut at Rosehill on Saturday.