Leroidesanimaux with George DeBenedicty.
|Foaled||September 27, 2000|
|Died||May 27, 2016|
|Breeder||Haras Bage Do Sul|
|Owner||T N T Stud|
|Trainer||Robert J. Frankel (USA)|
|Citation Handicap (2004)|
Morvich Handicap (2004)
Inglewood Handicap (2004)
Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (2005)
Fourstardave Handicap (2005)
Woodbine Mile (2005)
|American Champion Male Turf Horse (2005)|
|Last updated on September 11, 2007|
His name was four French-language words combined. Le roi des animaux translates as "The king of the animals."
2002: Two-Year-Old season
At age two, Leroidesanimaux had a first and a second in three starts.
2003: Three-Year-Old season
2004: Four-Year-Old season
Racing in California for trainer Bobby Frankel, as a four-year-old Leroidesanimaux finished fourth in his American debut. He then won five consecutive races during which he set a track record for the 1 1/16-mile distance on turf in the Grade III Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park Racetrack. Among his other 2004 wins, Leroidesanimaux won the Grade I Citation Handicap.
2005: Five-Year-Old season
In 2005, Leroidesanimaux had another highly successful year. He won the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap at California's Santa Anita Park and followed this with a win in the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in New York in which he set another track record for the 1 1/16-mile distance on turf. Shipped north to Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Leroidesanimaux set the Woodbine Mile race record for the largest margin of victory at seven and three-quarter lengths while carrying the highest weight of any winner in the race's history.
Considered by many racing experts and fans as one of the best turf milers in years, Leroidesanimaux was sent off as the heavy betting favorite in the 2005 Breeders' Cup Mile. The morning of the race his handlers discovered the horse's feet were too sore to remove his training bar shoes and would have to compete without racing plates. In addition to sore feet and improper shoes, he drew the difficult outside post position eleven. Despite these obstacles, Leroidesanimaux still ran a strong race and finished second to Artie Schiller.
Sold to Richard and Audrey Haisfield, Leroidesanimaux was retired to stud duty at their Stonewall Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. In 2013, it was announced that Leroidesanimaux would be moved to stud in England. He died in May 2016 at the age of 15 at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket from complications after a minor paddock accident.
- "Animal Kingdom sire dies at Lanwades Stud". Racing Post Bloodstock. Retrieved 27 May 2016.