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Animal Kingdom Off to Fast Start at Stud

Six mares tested in foal to Kentucky Derby winner.

Arrowfield Farm in Australia reported six mares have been confirmed in foal to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Animal Kingdom , who began his stud career Down Under.

According to a release from John Messara's Arrowfield, the mares covered by the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner include group I winner Vitesse Dane, group II winner Meriene de Lago, and group III winner Suspicion.

"He's the smartest first season stallion I have seen in the barn," said Arrowfield operations manager Sam Fairgray said of the son of Leroidesanimaux, "an absolute natural and a pleasure to work with."

After standing the Southern Hemisphere season, where his stud fee is Aus$38,500, Animal Kingdom will return to the U.S. to stand the 2014 season at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley near Lexington.

Meanwhile, Arrowfield announced that five-time group I winner It's a Dundeel, a son of High Chaparral who remains in training, will enter stud at the New South Wales farm in 2014. The release said syndication of the stallion will be considered at a later time.