Royal Anthem to Stand at Hopewell

Royal Anthem to Stand at Hopewell
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Royal Anthem, winning the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap.
Millionaire Royal Anthem will enter stud at Rick Trontz' Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky., and stand for $10,000. Bred by John Franks and raced by Prince Ahmed Salman's The Thoroughhbred Corp., Royal Anthem was a major winner in North America and Europe. He captured the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) and Canadian International Stakes (gr. IT) in North America, and his two big wins across the Atlantic came in the Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) by eight lengths and the King Edward VII Stakes (Eng-II).

In the 1999 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), Royal Anthem finished second behind subsequent grass champion Daylami, and his 113 Beyer Speed Figure in that 1 1/2-mile race was the co-second fastest Beyer of the year on turf. He also was the third-highest-weighted male turf runner, at 123 pounds among 3-year-olds and up, on Daily Racing Form Free Handicap. A son of Theatrical, Royal Anthem also placed in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond (Eng-I) and Hardwicke (Eng-II) Stakes, plus the Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I).

Five-year-old Royal Anthem was retired with six wins from a dozen starts and earnings of $1,876,876. He is a half-brother to millionaire Sharp Cat, and their dam, In Neon (by Ack Ack), was chosen 1998 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year.

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