Owner-Breeder Prince Saud bin Khaled Dies

Owner-Breeder Prince Saud bin Khaled Dies
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Prince Saud bin Khaled

Prince Saud bin Khaled, who operated a successful Thoroughbred breeding and racing operation under the nom de plume Palides Investments, died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following an illness.

According to a release from Khaled’s Chanteclair Farm in Central Kentucky, interment will be in his native country of Saudi Arabia.

Khaled’s racing stable currently has 11 horses in training that will continue to race under the name of Palides Investments N.V., Inc. The release said Khaled was represented by 29 stakes horses from 133 starters to begin life at Chanteclair.

Woods and Khaled won the 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies as co-owners of Maram.

Khaled started Palides Investments in 1984 with the purchase of six horses. According to Chanteclair president and general manager Ron Wallace, horses  from this first group of purchases went on to become one of the following – a grade III stakes winner, a stakes winner, a grade I stakes-producing winner, a stakes-producing winner, or a winner.

Among the top horses bred by the farm were grade I winners Biondetti  , Continuously, Dreams Gallore, Indy Five Hundred, and Lear's Princess.

Among the trainers who worked for Khaled early on were Henry Cecil, Jack Van Berg, John Dunlap, Andre Fabre, and Criquette Head. He later utilized the services of trainers Bobby Frankel, Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher, Chad Brown, Christophe Clement, Tom Albertrani, and Mike Stidham.

Chanteclair, which translates from French as “singing clear,” was established in 1995. The private operation consists of 260 acres with primarily mares, foals, and yearlings. According to Wallace, Chanteclair Farm’s broodmare band, which typically averages 17 mares, has produced 69% winners from starters and 21% stakes horses from starters. The farm’s overall percentages are 58% winners and 18% stakes horses from 14 entire foal crops (both figures include 3-year-olds which have not yet started).

The farm has requested contributions to Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and The Race for Education in Khaled’s memory.

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