Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud, proprietor of of Juddmonte Farms.
Prince Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud, a member of the Saudi royal household and grasp of Juddmonte Farms, died Tuesday, per a Juddmonte launch.
Although his father, a half-brother to King Abdulaziz, was a horse proprietor, he didn’t hold a racing secure. As a substitute, Prince Khalid’s curiosity in horse racing got here throughout a visit with buddies to France in 1956, that included a go to to Longchamp Racecourse. He did not personal racehorses himself till 1977, however over the course of 5 a long time, the prince constructed Juddmonte Farms into one of many world’s most elite Thoroughbred racing and breeding operations.
The Juddmonte colours have been carried by over 500 stakes winners world wide, of which he bred over 440. Of the operation’s 118 Grade/Group 1 winners, Juddmonte bred 102.
“The entire of Juddmonte feels an enormous sense of loss,” stated Juddmonte CEO Douglas Erskine Crum. “Prince Khalid will at all times be remembered as a quiet, dignified, benevolent household man, whose horses spoke for him.
“He leaves a legacy that may stand the check of time,” Crum continued. “His contribution to the event of the Thoroughbred could have long-lasting results.”
The checklist of notable figures to make a worldwide impression for Juddmonte is lengthy, nevertheless it begins with Identified Reality, which was the operation’s lone buy throughout the 1978 Keeneland July Yearling Sale at $225,000. Two years later, Identified Reality grew to become Prince Khalid’s first basic winner, taking the English 2,000 Guineas following the disqualification of Nureyev. It was not solely the primary basic winner for Prince Khalid, however the first English 2,000 Guineas victory for any Arab proprietor.
Identified Reality’s basic triumph launched Juddmonte into the worldwide ranks, the place it will keep as much as this date. Juddmonte has earned 4 Eclipse Awards as excellent proprietor and 5 as excellent breeder. In Europe, the operation has accounted for 3 champion flat proprietor titles in Nice Britain and 5 champion flat proprietor titles in France.
With farms within the U.S., England, and Eire, Juddmonte’s broodmare band is among the strongest on this planet, with 5 of its members incomes Broodmare of the Yr honors within the U.S. or Nice Britain.
Within the U.S., Juddmonte achieved its lone Triple Crown victory in 2003, when Empire Maker received the Belmont Stakes. The operation additionally received the 2001 Kentucky Oaks with Flute. Each horses had been educated by the late Bobby Frankel.
Prince Khalid is among the most profitable homeowners in Breeders’ Cup historical past, notching seven victories (tied with Godolphin for the second-most) and main all homeowners with Breeders’ Cup earnings of $17,135,820. Champion Arrogate received the Basic in 2016, whereas Juddmonte doubled up in 2018 when Allow received the Turf and Knowledgeable Eye received the Mile. Juddmonte has additionally received the Filly and Mare Turf on three events with Banks Hill, Intercontinental, and Noon, whereas Ventura received the Filly and Mare Dash.
Arrogate has arguably been the crown jewel of Juddmonte’s racing operation within the U.S. Along with his Breeders’ Cup Basic victory, the son of Unbridled’s Tune received the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, the Pegasus World Cup, and the Dubai World Cup to retire as horse racing’s highest earner of all-time. He entered stud at Juddmonte’s U.S. stallion base in Lexington, Ky., and he died in 2020. Arrogate’s first runners will attain the racetrack later this yr.
In Europe, Juddmonte is a real powerhouse, having raced and bred a winner of every basic in Britain and France, together with a number of basic scores in Eire. Juddmonte colours have additionally entered the winner’s circle in France’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on a record-tying six events.
Juddmonte has additionally received main races in Canada, Hong Kong, and the U.A.E., amongst different worldwide locales. The operation earned Canada’s Horse of the Yr honors in 2009 with Champs Elysees.
Any checklist of European stars to run beneath the Juddmonte colours must be led by the good Frankel, a homebred two-time European Horse of the Yr who grew to become a worldwide sensation as he compiled an undefeated document in 14 begins. Amongst these efforts had been two wins throughout the prestigious Royal Ascot meet, the British 2,000 Guineas, and the British Champion Stakes.
Frankel retired to Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in England, the place he’s at the moment one of many world’s hottest sires within the public sale ring and one of the vital profitable along with his runners on the racetrack.
Prince Khalid’s European stallion operation has left an simple impression on the European bloodstock panorama. Along with Frankel, its stallion ranks have included breed-shapers together with Dansili, Oasis Dream, and Kingman.
Juddmonte’s most up-to-date worldwide star was Allow, who retired within the fall of 2020 after a profession that noticed her win a few of the greatest races in 4 completely different international locations. The homebred daughter of Nathaniel is one among eight horses to have received the Arc de Triomphe twice. She was a three-time winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Ascot, and her stranglehold was so nice that she confronted solely two rivals throughout her third and remaining begin within the race. Allow additionally received each the Epsom and Irish Oaks, and a yr later, she beat male competitors within the U.S. to take the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Allow might be bred to Kingman, one other Juddmonte star, throughout the upcoming breeding season. Each Allow and Kingman have earned European Horse of the Yr honors.
Upon the information of Prince Khalid’s demise, the Thoroughbred trade across the globe shared condolences and reflections on his life and profession.
— Jose Ortiz (@jose93_ortiz) January 12, 2021
“With out Prince Khalid Abdullah, many recollections on this sport would not exist” – @MCYeeehaaa, @sebsanders1 and Jason Weaver react to the massively unhappy lack of @JuddmonteFarms‘s proprietor pic.twitter.com/Ip2NLAO46u
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) January 12, 2021
Racing has suffered a large loss with the passing of Prince Khalid Abdullah. An enormous of the game on a worldwide scale. Our hearts are with everybody @JuddmonteFarms. Might he relaxation in peace. https://t.co/Yi3Wtk58p5
— NTRA (@NTRA) January 12, 2021
Racing has misplaced one among its best. HH Prince Khalid bin Abdullah by means of his @JuddmonteFarms has been a breed shaping proprietor/breeder but additionally a real gentleman, somebody who actually cared for his personal. His equine wonders run lengthy and deep and his legacy might be felt for generations.
— Tom Morley (@morley_racing) January 12, 2021
Khalid Abdullah might be remembered for what his horses did on the monitor and within the breeding sheds, however that yr when Sir Henry dwindled down to only 12 winners, it was exceptional that he caught by the good coach by means of these ultra-lean occasions. https://t.co/vZqWw8wCZr
— Geoffrey Riddle (@Louchepunter) January 12, 2021
We’re saddened to listen to that Prince Khalid Abdullah, one among racing’s best supporters, has handed away. pic.twitter.com/xVEjpql9pJ
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) January 12, 2021
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