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Notable US-Bred/Sired Runners in Japan: Jan. 5 & 6, 2019


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In this continuing series, Alan Carasso takes a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for this weekend running at Kyoto and Nakayama Racecourses:

Saturday, January 5, 2019
3rd-NKY, ¥9,550,000 ($89k), Maiden, 3yo, 1800m
DALLAS TESORO (f, 3, Cairo Prince–Copelan’s Angel, by Copelan), a $60K Keeneland November weanling purchase, matured into a $235K OBS April 2-year-old, and raced twice at two for third-place efforts on Tokyo debut in November and over this course and distance the following month (video, gate 10). The daughter of a Grade III-placed dam, Dallas Tesoro is a half-sister to SW Fly Away Angel (Skip Away) from the deeper female family of GISW Pure Fun (Pure Prize). B-Christiana Stables LLC (KY)

4th-KYO, ¥11,400,000 ($106k), Newcomers, 3yo, 1200m
TIMING NOW (c, 3, Tapit–Her Smile, by Include) is the latest foal to make the races from the 2011 GI Prioress S. winner and cost $750K as a KEESEP yearling in the fall of 2017. Her Smile, whose 4-year-old daughter Pink Sands (Tapit) was an impressive allowance winner at Gulfstream Park Dec. 27, is a half-sister to MSW Moon River (Bluegrass Cat) and to the dam of SW & GSP Tricks To Doo (Into Mischief). KatieRich Farms acquired Her Smile for $1.5 million at Keeneland November in 2014. B-KatieRich Farms (KY)

8th-KYO, ¥19,000,000 ($176k), Allowance, 3yo, 2000mT
PERKUNAS (JPN) (c, 3, Majesticperfection–Thundercup, by Thunder Gulch), a brother to 2015 GI Kentucky Oaks winner Lovely Maria, made a big impression in a single racetrack appearance last season, carrying Joao Moreira to a 1 3/4-length success in an 1800m maiden over this course Nov. 11 (see below, gate 4). Thundercup, who was sold to the late Olin Gentry and Thomas Gaines for $32K carrying Lovely Maria at KEENOV in 2011, was acquired privately by Shadai Farm with this foal in utero in 2015. B-Shadai Farm



Sunday, January 6, 2019
2nd-KYO, ¥9,550,000 ($89k), Maiden, 3yo, 1200m
TOP SOLISTE (f, 3, War Front–Moth {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}), a $650K graduate of the 2017 KEESEP sale, turned in a terrific debut effort to miss narrowly over the local turf course Oct. 21 (see below, gate 9) and tries the main track for her sophomore debut. The bay’s dam, third to Sky Lantern (Ire) (Red Clubs {Ire}) in the 2013 G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas, is a half-sister to GSW Hearthstead Maison (Ire) (Peintre Celebre) and SW & G1SP Rave Reviews (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells). Top Soliste is bred on the same cross as this sire’s G1SWs Roly Poly and U S Navy Flag. B-Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt (KY)


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