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Notable US-Breds in Japan: Apr. 13 & 14, 2019

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War Front is represented in this weekend’s G3 Arlington Cup in Japan

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 Hanshin Racecourse:

Saturday, April 13, 2019
11th-HSN, Arlington Cup-G3, ¥72m ($645k), 3yo, 1600mT
This weekend’s action features the G1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) at Nakayama, but sophomores not yet on a Derby trajectory convene at Hanshin for Saturday’s G3 Arlington Cup
A pair of American-breds are among a full field of 18, including FOSSAMAGNA (c, 3, War Front–River Belle {GB}, by Lahib), who has posted a pair of impressive victories either side of a fourth-place effort to Satsuki Sho entrant Danon Kingly (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in the G3 Kyodo News Hai (1800m) at Tokyo Feb. 10. The $275K Keeneland September buyback turned $725K OBS April breezer–a half to GSW & GISP Strathnaver (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB})–exits a smooth success going this distance Mar. 2 (see below, gate 14) and gets Christophe Lemaire in the saddle. Fossamagna was bred in Kentucky by Lofts Hall Stud. SAN JOSE TESORO (c, 3, The Factor–Cabaret Starlet, by Tale of the Cat) steps into stakes company on the heels of a very good-looking debut score going 1400m at Chukyo Mar. 16 (video, gate 6). Produced by a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Arravale (Arch), San Jose Tesoro was a $30K KEEJAN short yearling and $100K OBSAPR grad. He was bred in Kentucky by Sheltowee Farm, WMK Racing LLC, Patricia Pavlish and Joe Miller, et al.

 

Sunday, April 14, 2019
5th-HSN, ¥13,700,000 ($123k), Allowance, 3yo, 1800m
SMART ALCHEMY (c, 3, Super Saver–Runway Model, by Petionville), a half-brother to MGISW & ‘TDN Rising Star’ McKinzie (Street Sense), was a decent sixth on his 1400m debut last December, but stripped much fitter and appreciated the stretch out to a distance of ground when graduating in a nine-furlong maiden at Kyoto Jan. 19. A $45,000 KEESEP yearling, Smart Alchemy is out of a MGSW & GISP juvenile filly that fetched $2.7 million from Summer Wind Farm when carrying to Storm Cat at Keeneland November in 2006. B-Summer Wind Equine (KY)

 

WATCH: Fossamagna winning for the second time in three starts

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