Anees, who defeated 13 rivals in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, earlier placed in the Norfolk Stakes (gr. II). He made his 3-year-old debut in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) and ran third behind winner Fusaichi Pegasus. Following a fourth-place effort in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), he finished unplaced in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) a month later. Subsequent ankle problems compromised his ability to run again and the decision was made to retire him.Campaigned by Prince Ahmed Salman's The Thoroughbred Corp., Anees enters stud with two wins from seven starts and earnings of $699,200.
Alice Chandler of Mill Ridge Farm announced that 1999 champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Anees will take up stud duty for $15,000 live foal at the Lexington farm on behalf of a syndicate."Anees has everything you look for in a young stallion," Chandler said. "A champion racehorse at two who could handle two turns, he comes from a remarkable maternal family and is very handsome."The only champion son of champion and classic winner Unbridled, Anees was produced from Alydar's daughter Ivory Idol, who is a half-sister to European champion Gold and Ivory. Anees' third dam, Natashka, was voted 1981 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year.