Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms announced Nov. 11 the retirement of its senior stallion Zamindar, who will be 20 years old in 2014.
A decision was made to retire Zamindar from stud duties due to an age-related decline in his fertility, according to a Juddmonte release. He stood the 2013 season for £10,000 (U.S.$15,984) at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmakret, England.
Zamindar (Gone West—Zaizafon, by The Minstrel) is a full brother to Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner Zafonic.
During his race career, Zamindar stamped himself as one of the best 2-year olds of his generation with a victory in the 1996 Prix de Cabourg (Fr-III) and a narrow defeat in the Prix Morny Piaget (Fr-I).
With fewer than 700 foals from 13 crops of racing age, Zamindar produced more than 50 black-type performers, headed by the unbeaten European Horse of the Year and Classic winner Zarkava.
Other Classic-winning fillies sired by Zamindar include Darjina and Zenda, while Coquerelle and Timepiece also won at the highest level. In total, these five fillies won or placed in 26 group I races.
Juddmonte stud manager Simon Mockridge described Zamindar as "a grand servant and a pleasure to be around."