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PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Animal Kingdom off the mark with first winner By James Thomas 1:38PM 8 MAR 2017 KENTUCKY Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom sired his first winner on Wednesday when the two-year-old filly Earth Angel got up late to land race three at Ballarat in Australia.
Racing in the colours of John Messara's Arrowfield Stud, the farm at which Animal Kingdom stood the southern hemisphere breeding season from 2013 to 2015, Earth Angel showed her inexperience early in the straight, but once jockey Damien Oliver angled her into daylight her class showed as she quickened to the front inside the final furlong.
She passed the line half a length to the good and plainly had more than the bare margin in hand.
“She's doing it on raw ability at the moment,” said Oliver. “She got a little whack over the head with the whip accidentally coming to the turn in a bit of a tight ga..