Lane's End stallion Kingmambo, who has long been one of the leading international sires, has been retired from stud duty at age 20, the farm announced Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Lane's End owner Will Farish told Bloodhorse.com that Kingmambo's career "was probably over" because of an ongoing neck problem.
By Mr. Prospector, Kingmambo was the first foal produced by the champion racemare Miesque and has more than lived up to his regal pedigree. A multiple Group I winner on the track, Kingmambo retired to stud at Lane's End, located outside Versailles, where he stood his entire career and proceeded to stamp himself as a force on both sides of the ocean.
Kingmambo has sired 86 stakes winners from 14 crops of racing age including champion and 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid, who also stands at Lane's End. It is internationally, however, where Kingmambo's influence is most felt as he has sired such standouts as Group I winners Divine Proportions, Russian Rhythm, Henrythenavigator, King Kamehameha, El Condor Pasa, and Rule of Law.
"He's one of the great stallions of all time," Farish said in a statement. "He has sired classic horses, sprinters and milers."
Kingmambo has sired six champions and 50 graded stakes winners with progeny earnings of $94,956,465.