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Motion feels Animal Kingdom overlooked for divisional honors

Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2011 5:42 PM
by Mike Curry

The results of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships left the three-year-old male division without a clear leader, and trainer Graham Motion hopes Eclipse Award voters do not forget the colt who won the division’s marquee race six months ago at Churchill Downs.

Animal Kingdom became the first horse ever to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) without a previous race on dirt, and the Leroidesanimaux (Brz) colt did so decisively against the best of his generation. Animal Kingdom won the Derby by 2 3/4 lengths after prepping for the classic with a win by the same margin in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) on the synthetic Polytrack surface at Turfway Park for Motion and owner Team Valor International.

Animal Kingdom turned in another top performance two weeks after the Derby when second by a half-length to Shackleford in the Preakness Stakes (G1). His season came to an end when he was injured in the Belmont Stakes (G1).

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