The Dam and her International Kingdom

Dalicia, dam of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, has travelled the world. She raced for five years in Germany, France, and North America. Dalicia now resides at the Yoshida family’s Shadai Farm on the island of Hokkaido in Northern Japan. She presently has a bay colt born on March, 17, 2011. The colt is sired by Neo Universe, who also sired Dubai World Cup winner Victoire Pisa.
(Photo Caption: Dalicia with her 2011 Neo Universe foal. Photo by JUNJI FUKUDA)
Barry Irwin, breeder of Animal Kingdom, bought German-bred and German group winner Dalicia (by Acatenango) at a German Sale. Dalicia’s 2009 foal, a Mr. Greeley colt named Thursby, also is in training with Graham Motion, trainer of Animal Kingdom. Carrying her 2010 foal, a full brother to Thursby, Dalicia  was sold in the 2009 December Tattersalls sale and purchased by Shadai Farm. This spring Dalicia was bred to Heart’s Cry, a son of Sunday Silence that stands at Shadai Farm.

Thought you guys might enjoy these tidbits.  Do you think Animal Kingdom can win the Preakness on Saturday? I'll be there shooting, so be sure to come back when I share some of my favorite shots from this year's Triple Crown. Thanks everybody!

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What a beautiful lady!  I wish I had looked that good when my babies were 2 months old. :)  I love your column and gorgeous photos.  Thanks for the enjoyment.

19 May 2011 8:57 AM

P.S.  I think AK has a very good chance to win the Preakness, just hope he doesn't get hung out too wide.  These big classic fields are so unlike your daily, basic racing.

19 May 2011 8:59 AM
Lisa g

I hope Animal Kingdom was win..and then again at Belmont..We so need a Triple Crown Winner...Please, Animal Kingdom, do your best...safely.  Your mama is beautiful, she is a big girl.

19 May 2011 10:45 AM

Beautiful horse! and her foal is a winner too.

You take lovely pictures....I can hardly wait for the photos of the Preakness.  Do one of Concealed Idenity for me.  He is one cool horse.

19 May 2011 1:55 PM
Stellar Jayne

Anne - Thank you for the pictures of Dalicia and her colt!  She is a lovely mare and beautifully dappled.  She has a great shoulder and so does her colt.  He also seems to be quite endowed in the hind quarters.  Let us all Welcome him to the world and a long, healthy and successful life to him and his mother.

23 May 2011 12:05 AM

Stellar Jayne, my thoughts exactly - the shoulder on the mare is to die for!  She appears to be in excellent condition, and the colt looks nicely muscled already.

Thanks Anne!

04 Jun 2011 1:34 PM

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