Notable US-Breds in Japan: Oct. 14 & 15, 2017

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In this ongoing 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, Niigata and Tokyo Racecourses, including a debuting colt from the first crop of Point of Entry who fetched a whopping sum at this year’s OBS March Sale:

Saturday, October 14, 2017
4th-KYO, ¥13,400,000 ($119k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1800m
BEST MY WAY (c, 2, Point of Entry–Hug It Out, by Medaglia d’Oro) cost just $15K as a KEENOV weanling in 2015 and was bought back on a bid of $39K at FTKJUL last summer. The colt improved dramatically over the next eight months and fetched $675K from Emmanuel de Seroux’s Narvick International after breezing a quarter-mile in :20 3/5 at this year’s OBSMAR sale. That price was tops among the 13 first-crop juveniles to sell for his sire this year. The colt’s stakes-winning dam is a half-sister to GSW Macho Macho (Macho Uno), while Grade I-winning third dam Fantastic Look (Green Dancer) produced GISW Designed For Luck (Rahy). B-Nursery Place, Donaldson & Broadbent (KY)

9th-TOK, ¥19,000,000 ($169k), Allowance, 2yo, 1600m
VIEL SPASS (c, 2, Kitten’s Joy–Mighty Renee, by Maria’s Mon) did not have much fun when well down the field in a Tokyo turf maiden in June, but turned it around with a slow-starting, fast-finishing win over a sloppy Hanshin main track Sept. 17 (video, gate 8). The chestnut, a $180K KEESEP acquisition by North Hills Farm, is a half-brother to GSW Mighty Caroline (Stormy Atlantic), MSW Cyclogenesis (Stormy Atlantic) and SW Renee’s Queen (After Market). Third dam Over All (Mr. Prospector) was a two-time GISW at two in 1987 and produced GSW For All We Know (Stephen Got Even). B-Sierra Farm (KY)

Sunday, October 15, 2017
9th-KYO, ¥30,400,000 ($270k), Open Class, 2yo, 1400mT
SEIUN SPY (c, 2, Midshipman–Trulips, by Elusive Quality) took plenty of tote action at 5-1 for his 1200m debut over the main track at Niigata and posted a neck success beneath top rider Keita Tosaki (video, gate 1). The chestnut, a $45K FTKJUL buy, worked his eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 at OBSMAR and was hammered down for $100K. He’ll try to transfer his form to the grass here. B-James & Janice Millar (KY)

11th-NII, ¥43,800,000 ($390k), Open Class, 3yo/up, 1400mT
New York-bred RIENO TESORO (f, 3, Speightstown–Akilina, by Langfuhr) was undefeated in four starts at two, including a handy success in a listed stakes over the dirt at Kawasaki last December (video, gate 1). The half-sister to SW & MGSP Governor Malibu (Malibu Moon), a $250K FTSAUG purchase, is winless in four tries this term, but turned in a giant effort to be a longshot second to the boys in the G1 NHK Mile Cup earlier this year (video, gate 4). B-Oak Bluff Stables LLC (NY)Alan Carasso

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