Juddmonte Stallion Zamindar Pensioned

He is the sire of European Horse of the Year and Classic winner Zarkava.

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."