Last updated
Sire Doyoun
Grandsire Mill Reef
Damsire Green Dancer
Sex Stallion
Country Ireland
Colour Dark Bay/Brown
BreederH.H. Aga Khan's Stud S.C.
Owner H.H. Aga Khan IV
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute
Record11: 6-4-1
Major wins
Heron Stakes (1999)
Queen Anne Stakes (2000)
Champion Stakes (2000) Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Turf (2000)
American Champion Male Turf Horse (2000)
European Champion Older Horse (2000)
Last updated on August 2, 2008

Kalanisi (foaled March 27, 1996 in Ireland) is a Thoroughbred racehorse who won European Champion and American Champion honors in 2000.

Ireland Island in north-west Europe, 20th largest in world, politically divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (a part of the UK)

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth.

Thoroughbred Horse breed developed for racing

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Horse racing Equestrian sport

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Bred and raced by H.H. Aga Khan IV, Kalanisi was out of the mare Kalamba, a daughter of Green Dancer, a Champion sire in France who was a son of the English Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky. Kalanisi was sired by Doyoun, winner of the 1988 British Classic Race, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes. Doyoun was a son of Mill Reef whose multiple Group One wins included The Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and who was voted 1971's European Horse of the Year.

Aga Khan IV 49th Imam of Nizari Ismailies

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The list below shows the leading Thoroughbred sire of racehorses in France for each year since 1887. This is determined by the amount of prize money won by the sire's progeny during the season. Due to the huge prize money of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the sire of the winner of that race has corresponded with the Leading Sire in France since 2005.

Racing career

1999: three-year-old season

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Kalanisi won all three starts as a three-year-old

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2000: four-year-old season

then at age four, won the then Group 2 Queen Anne Stakes and the Group 1 Champion Stakes in England plus earned a second in two other Group 1 races. Shipped to the United States for the November 4, 2000 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, under jockey Johnny Murtagh Kalanisi won the race by defeating runner-up Quiet Resolve as well as the betting favorite Montjeu plus other top international runners such Fantastic Light, and Manndar. It was the Aga Khan's second win of the Breeders' Cup Turf as an owner, having won with Lashkari in 1984's inaugural running.

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2001: five-year-old season

Racing at age five, Kalanisi won two of five starts and notably was second in June's Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at England's Ascot Racecourse. Injured in the race, he was retired to stud duty at his owner's Gilltown Stud in County Kildare, Ireland.

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Stud (animal) registered animal retained for breeding

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Kalanasi's performances in 2000 earned him the American Eclipse Award as U.S. Champion Male Turf Horse and the Cartier Racing Award as European Champion Older Horse.

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The Cartier Racing Awards are awards in European horse racing, founded in 1991, and sponsored by Cartier. The award winners are decided by points earned in group races (40%) plus the votes cast by British racing journalists (30%) and readers of the Racing Post and Daily Telegraph newspapers (30%).

Stud career

Kalanisi has been the sire of more than one hundred and forty foals of which, as of mid-2008, thirty-five have been race winners. Beginning in 2008 he has been standing at Boardsmill Stud in County Meath.


Tha 'Kalanisi Building' at the Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, England, was named in Kalanisi's honour on August 4, 2010.

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