Team Valor International, owner of 2011
Animal Kingdom finished a charging second in the
Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin called Motion's work with Animal Kingdom "a great feat of horsemanship."
Motion has decided to take Animal Kingdom back to the turf -- he'd never raced on dirt before winning the Derby -- in the Grade 1
"I like the timing, the spacing and the surface," Motion said.
Animal Kingdom will then have 50 days until the March 30 renewal of the 10-furlong World Cup in
“I like racing him on grass again, because it is kinder on
"As for getting used to the track in Dubai, it is made of Tapeta and while it may not be exactly the same as our course at home or the one as Presque Isle, it should be close enough, so that I am not worried about how he will handle it."