I bought her for $75,000. She will stay in Kentucky to foal and will be bred to Animal Kingdom.
— Barry Irwin / Team Valor International

The South African-bred Crimson Palace (Elliodor) was reunited with former owner Barry Irwin when the Team Valor principal snapped up the dual Gr.1 winner at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

"I bought her for $75,000," Irwin remarked. "She will stay in Kentucky to foal and will be bred to Animal Kingdom." Team Valor raced the Kentucky Derby winner who shuttles between Australia and the States, where he has been extremely popular. According to Irwin, the son of Leroidesanimaux covered 150 mares in his first American season.

Bred by former TBA chairman Altus Joubert, Crimson Palace was acquired by Team Valor after claiming the Gr.1 Paddock Stakes and carried the green and red silks to victory in Dubai. Sold to Godolphin, she won the Gr.3 Middleton Stakes at York and crossed the Pond to claim an international Gr.1 score in the Beverly D Stakes at Arlington Park.

As a broodmare, Crimson Palace has yet to reach similar heights, although she has produced the six-times winner Iscar (Bernardini). Her most recent foals, both colts, are an unraced three-year-old by Street Cry and a yearling by Lonhro. She is due to foal to leading stallion Elusive Quality in February.

Extract from Racing South Africa