King's Best

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King's Best
Sire Kingmambo
Grandsire Mr. Prospector
Dam Allegretta
Sex Stallion
Foaled January 24, 1997[1]
Country USA
Colour Bay
Breeder M3 Elevage
Owner Saeed Suhail
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute
Record 6: 3-1-0
Earnings $318,390
Major wins
2000 Guineas Stakes (2000)
Last updated on July 1, 2011

Kings Best (foaled January 24, 1997) was an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 2000 Guineas Stakes. He was described by his trainer Michael Stoute as the best miler he'd ever trained.

Background[edit]

King's Best is a bay horse bred in Kentucky by M3 Elevage. King's Best's sire, Kingmambo, was a highly successful breeding stallion. His progeny included the British Classic winners Russian Rhythm, Henrythenavigator, Virginia Waters and Rule of Law, as well as major winners in Japan (El Condor Pasa), France (Divine Proportions) and the United States (Lemon Drop Kid).[2] His dam Allegretta was a very influential broodmare who also produced the Arc-winning Urban Sea, the dam of Sea the Stars and Galileo. Another of Allegretta's daughters was Allez Les Trois, the dam of the Prix du Jockey Club winner Anabaa Blue.[3]

Racing career[edit]

After winning his maiden race at Newmarket he won, from the front, in York's 1999 Acomb Stakes, a Group 3 race for juveniles. His first start as a three-year-old resulted in a second place to Umitism in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket. Few horses beaten in that race go on to win the 2000 Guineas, so it was a surprise when he claimed the first classic of the season, sprinting past Giant's Causeway from off the pace. Ridden by Kieren Fallon he sprinted to a three-and-a-half length victory, the widest margin winner since Zafonic in 1993.[4]

King's Best true ability was never satisfactorily determined as injury in his next race, the Irish Derby ended his career prematurely.

Stud career[edit]

Standing with Darley Stud, Kings Best has sired numerous high profile winners including Champion miler Creachadoir, Allybar and Eishin Flash, but his most famous son is the Michael Stoute-trained Workforce, who won the Derby by seven lengths in 2010, followed by the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.[5]

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of King's Best (USA), bay stallion, 1997[1]
Sire
Kingmambo (USA)
1990
Mr. Prospector (USA)
1970
Raise A Native Native Dancer
Raise You
Gold Digger Nashua
Sequence
Miesque (USA)
1984 
Nureyev Northern Dancer
Special
Pasadoble Prove Out
Santa Quilla
Dam
Allegretta (GB)
1978
Lombard (GER)
1976
Agio Tantieme
Aralia
Promised Lady Prince Chevalier
Belle Sauvage
Anatevka (GER)
1969
Espresso Acropolis
Babylon
Almyra Birkhahn
Asterblute (Family: 9-h)[3]

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