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Sunday, 8 May 2011

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There'll be a change of silks for the Epsom Derby on June 4!

Churchill Downs - Awesome Northern Dancer bloodlines are part of the trophy for an anonymous UK buyer who's has snapped up Saturday's Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom for a cool $50 million.

"It's a present for my wife," Mr X of First Big Oil Bank of Up-Yours chuckled this morning, "she's sweet on the name.

"Watch Willie Carson's grandson ride him in the Epsom Derby on June 4th!"

The Leroidesanimaux colt is the first since Exterminator in 1918 to win the Kentucky Derby from only four previous starts triumphing on polytrack, turf and the inevitable dirt.

A stunning pegigree on the dam's side sees his grandsire Dancing Brave - winner of the 1986 Arc de Triomphe, himself sired by the amazing Lyphard, son of the legendary Northern Dancer - the world's ultimate champion sire of champion sires.

Saturday's 21/1 victory over Nehro by 2 3/4 lengths is a magnificent echo of Northern Dancer's own Kentucky Derby win of 1964 where jockey Bill Hartack broke the record books in a thrilling last furlong duel with the fast-finishing favorite Hill Rise.

More Northern Dancer bloodlines appear in Animal Kingdom's DNA on his sire's side with Lyphard siring Bubble Company - the dam of Candy Stripes, sire of Leroidesanimaux.

Animal Kingdom may now tackle the Preakness next - a race also won by Northern Dancer in 1964 - ahead of the 1 mile 4 furlong tilt at Epsom's Blue Riband in three weeks time.

"Keep it under your hat, guys," Mr X concluded with a twinkle in his eye, "you'd never guess the colors of her silks, anyway!"

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