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Archipenko Dead After Brief Illness


Archipenko | Lanwades

Archipenko (Kingmambo-Bound I, by Nijinsky), who just last weekend sired his third Group 1 winner in the G1 Hong Kong Cup winner Time Warp (GB), has died at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket due to a rare form of lymphoma at age 13. A press release from Lanwades owner Kirsten Rausing read, “he had a brief illness due to a rare, rapid and aggressive lymphoma. This is a fatal but non-infectious condition that is, sadly, untreatable. Until shortly before his death, Archipenko had been in good health and in fact successfully covered mares to Southern Hemisphere time at Lanwades.”

“Archipenko, as good-looking as he was well-bred, was a delightful individual to deal with and he is an enormous loss to Lanwades and the European Thoroughbred breeding industry in general.”

Trained initially by Aidan O’Brien and campaigned in the Michael Tabor silks, Archipenko won the G2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial S. in 2007 but trailed in last behind Authorized (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) in the blue riband. Three further Group 1 assignments that season resulted in off the board finishes, and he was transferred to trainer Mike de Kock. Archipenko reappeared at the 2008 Dubai carnival in the silks of Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, and in his second start for his new connections he scooped the G2 Al Fahidi Fort S. He was third next out in the G1 Dubai Duty Free, and put it all together for a Group 1 win next time in the G1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin. Archipenko returned to Britain that summer to take the G2 Summer Mile S. at Ascot, and put in a strong showing in a trip to America to be second in the GI Arlington Million. Archipenko added one more group win before his career came to a close, taking the G3 Zabeel Mile at the 2009 Dubai carnival.

Archipenko has stood his entire career at Lanwades and he also shuttled to Argentina. There, he was responsible for this year’s G1 Gran Premio General San Martin winner Forty One (Arg) and three other Group 1 winners. His European flagbearer was the G1 British Champions Fillies and Mares S. winner Madame Chiang (GB), while Time Warp last weekend gave his sire a Group 1 winner on three continents. He is also the sire of Polish Triple Crown winner and German Group 3 winner Va Bank (Ire).

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