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Kingmambo: a Great Sire

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This week it was announced that Kingmambo (TrueNicks,SRO) has been pensioned from stud duty. To date, the 20-year-old son of Mr. Prospector and dual Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) winner Miesque has sired 86 stakes winners, including 23 group or grade I winners on the flat.

Kingmambo stood his entire career at Lane's End in Versailles, Kentucky. His first season at stud was 1994, when his fee was $45,000. From here his value soared. Kingmambo was soon covering mares for $200,000, and from 2005-06 his published fee was a staggering $300,000.

Will Farish of Lane’s End called Kingmambo “one of the great stallions of all time," and who could argue? Kingmambo consistently sired sprinters, milers, classic winners, and stayers at the highest level, and his progeny have earned over $95 million.

Kingmambo has several sons at stud to continue his sire line, including these TrueNicks stallions:

Kingmambo's full brother Kitalpha (TrueNicks,SRO) is also at stud in Kentucky after a promising start in Zimbabwe.

The table below lists Kingmambo's 23 grade or group I winners. Also included are are the TrueNicks ratings for each cross. Sadler's Wells appears as broodmare sire of six of Kingmambo's gr. I winners, but yet the TrueNicks rating is only C+. The reason for this has to do with the number of times the cross has been tried. Kingmambo has 102 foals of racing age out of Sadler's Wells mares, for 79 starters, 47 winners, and eight stakes winners. While the strike rate is only slightly better than average, when the cross has worked, it has often resulted in a stakes winner at the highest level. We discussed this phenomenon in a Kingmambo/Sadler's Wells blog post nearly three years ago.

Gr. I Winner Foaled Broodmare Sire TrueNicks Best Win
El Condor Pasa
1995
Sadler's Wells
C+
Japan Cup
Lemon Drop Kid
1996
Seattle Slew
A+
Belmont Stakes
Bluemamba
1997
Private Account
A+
French 1,000 Guineas
King's Best
1997
Lombard
D
English 2,000 Guineas
Malhub
1998
Ahonoora
A++
Golden Jubilee
Okawango
1998
Kris
A++
Grand Criterium
Voodoo Dancer
1998
Danzig
C
Diana Handicap
Dubai Destination
1999
Alleged
A++
Queen Anne
Star King Man
1999
Blushing Groom
B
Tokyo Daishoten
Alkaased
2000
Niniski
A+
Queen Anne
Russian Rhythm
2000
Nijinsky
C
English 1,000 Guineas
Boboman
2001
Seattle Slew
A+
Hollywood Turf Cup
King Kamehameha
2001
Last Tycoon
B
Japanese Derby
Rule of Law
2001
Royal Academy
A+
St. Leger
Divine Proportions
2002
Sadler's Wells
C+
French Oaks
Student Council
2002
Nijinsky
C
Pacific Classic
Tawqeet
2002
Caerleon
A+
Caulfield Cup
Virginia Waters
2002
Sadler's Wells
C+
English 1,000 Guineas
Archipenko
2004
Nijinsky
C
Queen Elizabeth II Cup
Light Shift
2004
Shirley Heights
A+
Epsom Oaks
Campanologist
2005
Sadler's Wells
C+
Rheinland-Pokal
Henrythenavigator
2005
Sadler's Wells
C+
English 2,000 Guineas
Thewayyouare
2005
Sadler's Wells
C+
Criterium International

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