Arriving at the Northern Horse Park just moments beforehand, natural foods entrepreneur Takaya Shimakawa jumped into action immediately, grabbing an elegant dark bay colt by Deep Impact (Jpn) for ¥170 million (about $1,666,667) early in the July 8 session. "I think I'm very lucky to make it," said a smiling Shimakawa while surrounded by Japanese media. "This is a Derby-type horse." Consigned by Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm, the colt is the first foal of American GI winner Persistently (Smoke Glacken), a granddaughter of Phipps Stable's champion Heavenly Prize (Seeking the Gold).
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