2 2 1 1 0 $33,800
3 5 2 2 0 $1,904,900
4 2 1 1 0 $388,800
5 2 1 1 0 $6,060,000
TOTALS 11 5 5 0 $8,387,500

AT 2

WON Keeneland Maiden Special Weight, 1800m (9f) – his second start

AT 3

WON Churchill Downs 137th Kentucky Derby Gr. 1, 2000m (1 ¼ m) beating Nehro & Mucho Mucho Man
First horse in history to win the Kentucky Derby at his first start on dirt.
First horse since 1956 to win the Derby after a 6-week layoff.
First horse in almost a century to win the Derby after only 4 previous starts.

WON Turfway Spiral S. Gr. 3 , 1800m (9f.) beating Decisive Moment & Twinspired

2ND, Pimlico Preakness S. Gr. 1, 1900m (9 ½ f.) to Shackleford & beating Astrology

AT 4

WON Gulfstream Allowance Optional Claiming, 1700m (8 ½ f.)

2ND, Santa Anita Breeders’ Cup Mile, Gr. 1, 1600m (1 m.) to 2012 US Horse of the Year Wise Dan and beating Obviously

Track Record time of 1.31.78

AT 5

WON $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), 2000m (1 1/4 mi.) beating Red Cadeaux, Planteur, Hunter's Light, Royal Delta, Dullahan

2ND, Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, Gr. 1, 1700m (8 ½ f.) to Point of Entry and beating Unbridled Command


Animal Kingdom’s sire is Leroidesanimaux, a Brazilian-bred who began his racing career in his homeland, before going on to North America where he notched up a hat-trick of Grade One wins and was crowned USA Turf Champion. All his wins came on turf, not surprisingly given his famous English family. His dam Dissemble is an Ahonoora half-sister to the great broodmare Hasili, dam of Champions Dansili (Champion Sire), Intercontinental, Banks Hill and Champs Elysees as well as multiple Group 1 winner Cacique. Significantly, all five are by Danehill.

Leroisdesanimeux is by Candy Stripes who raced in France where he was Classic-placed in the French equivalent of the 2000 Guineas before going to stud in Argentina. He became a highly successful reverse shuttle stallion, producing 58 stakes winners in USA, Canada, Dubai, South Africa and South America including 18 Grade or Group One winners – 13 on turf.

Candy Stripes was a son of Blushing Groom, a Champion French 2yo and Champion European 3yo who was twice British Champion Sire despite standing his entire career at Kentucky’s Gainesway Farm.

Blushing Groom’s representation in Australasia has never been numerically strong and yet his line has produced more than 20 Group One winners here.


2 in BRZ 3 1 1 (1) - $7,477
4 in NA 6 5 (3) - - $436,860
5 in NA 4 3 (3) 1 (1) - $1,214,040



Animal Kingdom’s Group 3-winning dam Dalicia is by Acatenango, one of the truly great horses of modern times to hail from Germany where all racing is conducted on turf, and long-standing restrictions prevent horses that have been race-medicated from entering their breeding jurisdiction.

Acatenango won 16 of his 27 starts including 10 straight victories at 3 and 4 years. He won seven Group One contests – all at 2400-2500 metres, including the Germany Derby and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

At stud Acatenango has swept all before him, annexing the German General Sires title on four occasions, a feat aided by seven Group One winners. He is now revered as a broodmare sire having won two of the past three German Broodmare Sires titles. His sire Surumu, also a German Derby victor, was Champion Sire six times while Acatenango’s paternal grandsire Literat was a German Guineas winner and Champion Sire.

The distaff family of Animal Kingdom is littered with high class European stakes performers, most notably his 3rd dam, Champion 2YO Diasprina and his 5th dam, the German Oaks victress Diu. This is the Bruce Lowe No.1h family descended from Sunshine, winner of the 1870 Ascot Coronation Stakes and runner-up in The Oaks.


2 1 - - - $0
3 8 1 2 - $59,456
4 7 1 - 2 $72,976
5 4 1 1 1 $61,840


  • Preis der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe (G3)


Although conceived, foaled and trained in the United States, Animal Kingdom’s pedigree is shaped almost entirely by international turf influences.

A fascinating feature of Animal Kingdom’s pedigree is that he can boast more strains of the world’s most successful racehorse, the legendary Hungarian racemare Kincsem, than any other modern Group 1 winner. Kincsem won all of her 54 starts including the Goodwood Cup, Grand Prix de Deauville and four Classics in her homeland. She managed to produce only five offspring, but two of these appear in Animal Kingdom’s pedigree via his 3rd dam Diasprina who carries three lines of Kincsem’s Hungarian St. Leger-winning daughter Olyan Nincs and one of Kincsem’s son Talpra Magyar.

John Messara says, “Animal Kingdom is a new kind of global thoroughbred, free of Danzig, Native Dancer, Nureyev, Sadler’s Wells and Halo, yet with many genetic elements that are deeply familiar to us.”