Animal Kingdom bags first northern hemisphere winner
Two-year-old filly Sunny Skies lands race one at Keeneland
As the 2017 Kentucky Derby nears, one of the race's past winners, Animal Kingdom, opened his northern hemisphere stallion account, as Sunny Skies made a successful debut in the opening race at Keeneland on Thursday.
The Kenny McPeek-trained filly made all in the 4½f maiden special weight, and came clear of the rest by a commanding margin for little more than hand riding.
Bred and owned by Normandy Farm, the Kentucky born juvenile is out of the unraced Marquetry mare Skyscape, and is a half-sister to the Grade 2 winner Sky Cape.
Animal Kingdom has already been represented by a trio of winners in the southern hemisphere, where he stands at Arrowfield Stud, headed by Earth Angel, a daughter of Golden Slipper winner Miss Finland.
The son of Leroidesanimaux, who also won the Dubai World Cup for trainer Graham Motion, is standing the 2017 northern hemisphere covering season at Darley’s Jonabell Farm at a fee of $30,000.