John Velazquez rode Animal Kingdom to victory at the 2011 Kentucky Derby.
John Velazquez rode Animal Kingdom to victory at the 2011 Kentucky Derby.
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ASCOT, England (AP) -- Kentucky Derby champion Animal Kingdom was unable to go out a winner, fading quickly in the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday in his last race before retirement.

Animal Kingdom had a mediocre start and was no factor in the prestigious race - a straight mile on the opening day of the Royal Ascot meet.

Animal Kingdom won the Derby in 2011 and the $10 million Dubai World Cup this year. Not since 1936 has a Derby winner run at Royal Ascot.

Declaration of War easily won the Queen Anne. The horse ridden by Joseph O'Brien and trained by Aidan O'Brien finished ahead of Aljamaaheer and Gregorian.

After the traditional procession down the course led by Queen Elizabeth II, a minute of silence was held for Henry Cecil, the legendary trainer who died last week at 70.

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