RACING lost one of its greatest patrons today with the announcement of the death of Prince Khalid bin Abdullah.
A statement from Juddmonte read:
It is with great sadness that Juddmonte announces the death of His Highness Prince Khalid bin Abdullah. He died peacefully on Tuesday 12th January 2021.
One of the greatest ever owner/breeders in the history of the thoroughbred, his famous green, pink and white silks were carried by such immortals as Frankel, Dancing Brave, Arrogate and Enable. His colours were carried to victory by over 500 stakes winners, of which he bred over 440, including 118 Group/Grade 1 winners, of which he bred 102.
Douglas Erskine Crum, CEO Juddmonte, said: “The whole of Juddmonte feels a huge sense of loss. 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. His contribution to the development of the thoroughbred will have long-lasting effects.”
Juddmonte Farms have over the years won the top awards in racing throughout the world.
In the UK, Prince Khalid bin Abdullah has won the British flat racing Champion Owner Title in 2003, 2010 and 2011, with horses such as Oasis Dream, Derby winner Workforce, Byword, classic winners Special Duty, Timepiece, Twice Over, Midday, 10-time Group 1 winner Frankel, the highest rated thoroughbred racehorse in history, and the triple King George and dual Arc winner Enable. A Champion Owner title was also achieved in Ireland 1993. Juddmonte colours were carried by three Derby winners in Quest For Fame, Commander In Chief and Workforce.
The top horses to race in the UK included the outstanding Dancing Brave, champion sprinter, Oasis Dream, champion milers Warning and Kingman as well as the outstanding Frankel and Enable.
In the US awards include 16 Eclipse Awards to date, which includes the Top Breeder Award in 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2009, as well as the Top Owner Award in 1992, 2003, 2016 and 2017. In 2003, they had a win at the Belmont Stakes, with Empire Maker and also had wins in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf in 2001, 2005 and 2009 with Banks Hill, Intercontinental and Midday.
They won the Breeders' Cup Classic with Arrogate in 2016, and the Breeders' Cup Mile with Expert Eye and Breeders' Cup Turf with Enable in 2018.
To date, Prince Khalid bin Abdullah and Juddmonte horses have won 21 Cartier Racing Award titles, also known as the European Horse of the Year Awards. Wins include Horse of the Year (Frankel (twice), Kingman, and Enable), Three-Year-Old Colt of the Year (Commander in Chief, Workforce, Frankel and Kingman), Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year (Banks Hill, Enable), Two-Year-Old Colt of the Year (Zafonic, Frankel), Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year (Special Duty), Top Older Horse of the Year (Frankel, Noble Mission, Enable), Top Sprinter of the Year (Oasis Dream) and the Award of Merit.
In France, Prince Khalid bin Abdullah has won the French Champion Owner Title in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2015 and 2017. In Ireland the Champion Owner Title was won in 1993.
Four times, at the end of 2011, 2012 and 2016, a Juddmonte Farms horse has led the IFHA World's Best Racehorse rankings: Frankel in 2011–12 and Arrogate in 2016–17.