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Sky Kingdom (right) is a track record-setter by leading sire Empire Maker
Sky Kingdom, multiple GSW by Empire Maker, retires to Darby Dan
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Sky Kingdom, the multiple graded stakes-winning son of leading sire Empire Maker, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, KY for a fee of $5,000 S&N. Sky Kingdom will participate in Darby Dan’s Share The Upside program, and is now available for inspection. 

“Sky Kingdom is a track record-setter and multiple graded stakes winner, and he possesses a tremendous blend of classic looks and pedigree,” said Robert Hammond, Darby Dan Vice Chairman. “He’s one of the top physicals I’ve seen by Empire Maker, who’s quickly emerging as a sire of sires, and Sky Kingdom is from the direct female family of A.P. Indy. He represents a great opportunity for breeders through our Share The Upside program, and we invite people to come out and see him.”

Trained by Bob Baffert for Westrock Stables, Sky Kingdom broke his maiden as a 2-year-old and was regarded as one of Baffert’s top Derby hopefuls in 2012 before missing some time as a 3-year-old. He returned at four to capture the Tokyo City H. (G3) at Santa Anita by 3 ¾ lengths, earning a 104 Beyer, and went on to place behind Game On Dude in the Hollywood Gold Cup H. (G1). 

Sky Kingdom became a track record-setter at Los Alamitos with his win in the American Flag S., running 1 1/16 miles on dirt in 1:42.32. Earlier this year, he captured his second Tokyo City H. (G3) at Santa Anita with an authoritative 5 ¾-length victory, prior to retiring with a record of 6-2-4 from 21 starts and earnings of $532,122.

Sky Kingdom joins promising young sons of Empire Maker at stud in America, such as Triple Crown sire Pioneerof the Nile and leading first-crop yearling sire Bodemeister. He is out of the Kingmambo mare Sky Beam, a full sister to Grade 1-placed stakes winner Mambo in Seattle. Sky Kingdom’s third dam is former Broodmare of the Year and blue hen Weekend Surprise, the dam of A.P. Indy and Summer Squall.

For more information about Sky Kingdom or Darby Dan’s Share The Upside Program, or to set up a private inspection, please contact Ryan Norton at (859) 254-0424 or ryan@darbydan.com.