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Animal Kingdom Arrives In Dubai
Meanwhile, Arrowfield Stud sire prospect Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux-Dalicia, by Acatenango), US Champion 3YO Male and Gr1 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, has also arrived safely in Dubai where he will contest the Gr1 US$10 million Gr1 Dubai World Cup on the same lucrative US$27 million program as Ocean Park, reports bloodhorse.com. Trainer Graeme Motion has been buoyed by Animal Kingdom's prep work and noted: "Knock on wood, everything has gone super. We haven't missed a beat… Everything has gone basically to schedule without a hitch." This comment is on the back of a dazzling first-up performance in the Gr1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Feb 9 and his work since which has included a "bullet five-furlong move in 1:01.78 on the Palm Meadows turf on March 18" which inspired this response from Motion, "I've seen a change in him – he seems a lot sharper going into this race". To watch him work click on the image below.