Juddmonte Farms Owner Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Saud Dies

Prince Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family and master of Juddmonte Farms, died Tuesday, per a Juddmonte release.

Though his father, a half-brother to King Abdulaziz, was a horse owner, he did not keep a racing stable. Instead, Prince Khalid’s interest in horse racing came during a trip with friends to France in 1956, that included a visit to Longchamp Racecourse. He didn’t own racehorses himself until 1977, but over the course of five decades, the prince built Juddmonte Farms into one of the world’s most elite Thoroughbred racing and breeding operations.

The Juddmonte colors have been carried by over 500 stakes winners around the world, of which he bred over 440. Of the operation’s 118 Grade/Group 1 winners, Juddmonte bred 102.

“The whole of Juddmonte feels a huge sense of loss,” said Juddmonte CEO Douglas Erskine Crum. “Prince Khalid will always be remembered as a quiet, dignified, benevolent family man, whose horses spoke for him.

“He leaves a legacy that will stand the test of time,” Crum continued. “His contribution to the development of the Thoroughbred will have long-lasting effects.”

The list of notable figures to make a global impact for Juddmonte is long, but it starts with Known Fact, which was the operation’s lone purchase during the 1978 Keeneland July Yearling Sale at $225,000. Two years later, Known Fact became Prince Khalid’s first classic winner, taking the English 2,000 Guineas following the disqualification of Nureyev. It was not only the first classic winner for Prince Khalid, but the first English 2,000 Guineas victory for any Arab owner.

Known Fact’s classic triumph launched Juddmonte into the global ranks, where it would stay up to this date. Juddmonte has earned four Eclipse Awards as outstanding owner and five as outstanding breeder. In Europe, the operation has accounted for three champion flat owner titles in Great Britain and five champion flat owner titles in France.

With farms in the U.S., England, and Ireland, Juddmonte’s broodmare band is one of the strongest in the world, with five of its members earning Broodmare of the Year honors in the U.S. or Great Britain.

In the U.S., Juddmonte achieved its lone Triple Crown victory in 2003, when Empire Maker won the Belmont Stakes. The operation also won the 2001 Kentucky Oaks with Flute. Both horses were trained by the late Bobby Frankel.

Prince Khalid is one of the most successful owners in Breeders’ Cup history, notching seven victories (tied with Godolphin for the second-most) and leading all owners with Breeders’ Cup earnings of $17,135,820. Champion Arrogate won the Classic in 2016, while Juddmonte doubled up in 2018 when Enable won the Turf and Expert Eye won the Mile. Juddmonte has also won the Filly and Mare Turf on three occasions with Banks Hill, Intercontinental, and Midday, while Ventura won the Filly and Mare Sprint.

Arrogate has arguably been the crown jewel of Juddmonte’s racing operation in the U.S. In addition to his Breeders’ Cup Classic victory, the son of Unbridled’s Song won 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 reach the racetrack later this year.

In Europe, Juddmonte is a true powerhouse, having raced and bred a winner of each classic in Britain and France, along with several classic scores in Ireland. Juddmonte colors have also entered the winner’s circle in France’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on a record-tying six occasions.

Juddmonte has also won major races in Canada, Hong Kong, and the U.A.E., among other international locales. The operation earned Canada’s Horse of the Year honors in 2009 with Champs Elysees.

Any list of European stars to run under the Juddmonte colors would have to be led by the great Frankel, a homebred two-time European Horse of the Year who became a global sensation as he compiled an undefeated record in 14 starts. Among those efforts were two wins during 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, where he is currently one of the world’s most popular sires in the auction ring and one of the most successful with his runners on the racetrack.

Prince Khalid’s European stallion operation has left an undeniable impression on the European bloodstock landscape. In addition to Frankel, its stallion ranks have included breed-shapers including Dansili, Oasis Dream, and Kingman.

Juddmonte’s most recent international star was Enable, who retired in the fall of 2020 after a career that saw her win some of the biggest races in four different countries. The homebred daughter of Nathaniel is one of eight horses to have won 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 great that she faced only two rivals during her third and final start in the race. Enable also won both the Epsom and Irish Oaks, and a year later, she beat male competition in the U.S. to take the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Enable will be bred to Kingman, another Juddmonte star, during the upcoming breeding season. Both Enable and Kingman have earned European Horse of the Year honors.

Upon the news of Prince Khalid’s death, the Thoroughbred industry around the globe shared condolences and reflections on his life and career.

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