The legacy of the late Paul Pompa is still playing out on the racecourses of the world. Just a few weeks ago, the owner-breeder’s Country Grammer – who had sold to WinStar Farm for $110,000 at the Pompa dispersal in the 2021 Keeneland January sale – won the Group 1 Dubai World Cup for WinStar, Zedan Racing Stables, and Commonwealth Thoroughbreds LLC, with the latter two entities buying in as partners after the colt won the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup last year.
At Keeneland on Saturday, April 16, favored Regal Glory (by Animal Kingdom) won the G1 Jenny Wiley, racing the 8.5 furlongs in 1:40.97 to win by a length over second-choice Shantisara. Sold for $925,000 to Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm at the Pompa dispersal, Regal Glory was already a graded stakes winner at the time of sale, but she has done nothing but improve since.
Lane’s End managed the Pompa dispersal, and sales director Allaire Ryan recalled that “under the tutelage of Chad Brown and with the patience of Mr. Pompa, Regal Glory was just starting to peak, and it was a fortuitous outcome that Mr. Brant saw the potential in her.
“She was a big, stretchy filly with great depth, a truly lovely race filly and broodmare prospect, and Regal Glory was in such good condition that she shipped straight to Palm Meadows to resume training after the sale.”
From seven starts since her sale, Regal Glory has won five, including her first Grade 1 race, the Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar last November, and the mare has won her only two starts after the Matriarch: the Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf and the Jenny Wiley.
To date, Regal Glory has won 11 of 18 starts, with four seconds, and she has total earnings of more than $1.8 million.
Bred in Kentucky by Pompa, Regal Glory is one of three stakes winners from her dam, the More Than Ready mare Mary’s Follies.
As a racer, Mary’s Follies won four of 12 starts, including the G2 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs and the G3 Boiling Springs at Monmouth Park. At the Pompa dispersal, Mary’s Follies sold for $500,000 to BBA Ireland when not in foal.
Pompa had purchased Mary’s Follies in a private transaction following her victory in the 2009 Boiling Springs and raced her the next year, as well. The mare’s first foal was Night Prowler (Giant’s Causeway), and he raced extensively for the breeder, winning a pair of graded stakes, the G3 Transylvania at Keeneland and the G3 Dania Beach at Gulfstream. The gelding was subsequently claimed from Pompa and went on to win the Barbados Gold Cup.
Regal Glory is the fourth foal of her dam, and the mare’s fifth foal is Café Pharoah (American Pharoah). Purchased out of the OBS March Sale Of 2-Year-Olds In Training for $475,000 in 2019, Café Pharoah is also a two-time Group 1 winner in Japan, with earnings of more than $3 million to date.
The sire of his half-sister Regal Glory is now also at stud in Japan. Regal Glory is the third G1 winner by Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux). After his illuminating racing career, Animal Kingdom was sold as a stallion to stand in Australia, and Darley bought the stallion rights to the horse in the Northern Hemisphere.
Animal Kingdom started his sire career respectably, but clearly his stock are better suited when asked to race a distance of ground, frequently are more effective on turf, and by the end of 2019, he was sold to the Japan Bloodstock Breeders Association and stands at their Shizunai Stallion Station on Hokkaido.
Animal Kingdom entered stud at Shizunai for the 2020 breeding season, and his oldest foals in Japan are yearlings. With a racing program that features a broad range of distances and surfaces, stock by Animal Kingdom should find something that suits their aptitudes, with surfaces of dirt or turf, distances short or long.
Of them all, however, the best racer by the gifted and versatile sire is his daughter Regal Glory, a tribute to the patience and diligence of her breeder, as well as her present connections.