Each week, TDN Managing Editor Alan Carasso answers readers in-depth questions about content they’ve seen (or would like to see) in the TDN. To submit a question, email [email protected].
“I was reading about the Violence colt, Jasper Prince, that won by 12 lengths in Japan on the dirt, in the TDN Mar. 20. This is his fifth start. Is this his first dirt try?” -Tom Ryan
Tom–Yes, Jasper Prince was making his dirt debut as the 1-10 favorite going a two-turn seven furlongs at Sonoda on the National Association of Racing circuit Mar. 14 (video). He had placed once in four previous tries on the turf, completing a US-bred 1-2 behind the Speightstown filly Mozu Superflare on debut last August. A $60,000 KEESEP yearling turned $100,000 OBS March juvenile, Jasper Prince is the first Japanese winner from two runners for his sire in the country. The other, the US-bred sophomore filly Kitasan Daisy, has posted a pair of third-place efforts from three appearances on the dirt.