Saturday, February 25, 2012


ANIMAL KINGDOM, the Kentucky Derby winner has returned after a long absence following a minor leg injury. I fell in love with this horse the first time I saw him; he's so regal, so magnificent, so beautiful. So much like his awesome daddy, LEROIDESANIMAUX. He looks just like him, too, and may be even better. Fittingly, Animal Kingdom's trainer, the classy Brit Graham Motion who is one of the genuine good guys in the sport, resisted calls for his champion's early return, giving him all the rest time deemed necessary to make a full recovery.

This was a soft spot for Animal Kingdom's return to the races — an allowance race on a forgiving turf course, which may be his best natural surface. Animal Kingdom's next start will be the Dubai World Cup on March 31, where he will face off against the world's best thoroughbreds. In the meantime, Animal Kingdom continues turning heads and making fillies' hearts swoon back at the barn.

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