Yoshida Upsets Turf Classic

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11th at CD , Gr. Stk, $500,000GI Old Forester Turf Classic S. (1 1/8m)Winner: Yoshida (Jpn), c, 4 by Heart's Cry (Jpn)

Yoshida (Jpn) | Coady Photography

Completing a remarkable multi-continental Group 1/Grade I double for his paternal grandsire, the expatriated 1989 GI Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence, ‘TDN Rising Star’ Yoshida (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry {Jpn}) rolled up three wide on the turn, locked up with pace-pressing favorite and fellow ‘Rising Star’ Beach Patrol (Lemon Drop Kid) at the top of the lane and outgamed that foe to post a 9-1 upset in Saturday’s GI Old Forester Turf Classic S. at Churchill Downs. Saxon Warrior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) was victorious earlier Saturday in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Yoshida, who holds an entry for the G1 Queen Anne S. (1600m) on opening day of the Royal Ascot meeting, hit the ground running from gate nine and took up a forward position in the one-out and one-back slot, outside of Kurilov (Chi) (Lookin At Lucky) and on the back of Beach Patrol as Shining Copper (Aragorn {Ire}) stole away to a clear advantage through the opening furlongs. Pulled off the heels of Beach Patrol and into the three path at the entrance to the second turn, Yoshida was asked for a burst of speed by Jose Ortiz and that forced the hand of Joel Rosario aboard Beach Patrol, who was asked to go perhaps a few seconds sooner than he wanted. Yoshida kicked into a short lead off the home corner, and although Beach Patrol proved stubborn in his seasonal debut, Yoshida always looked to have his measure and reported home narrowly best. Snychrony (Tapit) caboosed the field down the backstretch and rallied nicely through the off going to be a very good third.

Given the Rising Star nod off a front-running maiden breaker at Keeneland last April, Yoshida trailed the field in Pimlico’s James Murphy S. by 23 lengths before unleashing a furious rally en route to a four-length score. Fifth as the favorite in the GI Belmont Derby and second as the chalk in the GII Hall of Fame S., he missed by a neck in second in the GIII Saranac S. and was last seen taking the GIII Hill Prince S. by a neck Oct. 7.

Pedigree Notes:

Yoshida is the second foal for Hilda’s Passion, who won the 2011 GI Ballerina S. by over nine lengths for Starlight Racing and Todd Pletcher, then sold for $1.225 million at that year’s Fasig-Tipton November sale. Yoshida was purchased for ¥94 million as a yearling by John McCormack on behalf of WinStar Farm and is a half-brother to the 3-year-old colt Weltherrschaft (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), a 2-year-old colt by Orfevre (Jpn) and a yearling filly by Deep Impact (Jpn). Hilda’s Passion was most recently bred to 2015 G1 Tokyo Yushun hero Duramente (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}).

Saturday, Churchill Downs
OLD FORESTER TURF CLASSIC S.-GI, $500,000, CD, 5-5, 4yo/up, 1 1/8mT, 1:54.64, yl.
1–YOSHIDA (JPN), 120, c, 4, by Heart’s Cry (Jpn)
1st Dam: Hilda’s Passion (GISW, $739,493), by Canadian Frontier
2nd Dam: Executricker, by El Prado (Ire)
3rd Dam: Trick Trick, by Clever Trick
1ST GRADE I WIN. ‘TDN Rising Star’. (¥94,000,000 Ylg ’15
JRASAL). O-China Horse Club International Ltd., WinStar Farm,
LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC; B-Northern Farm (JPN);
T-William I. Mott; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $297,600. Lifetime Record:
8-4-3-0, $846,700. Werk Nick Rating: C+.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Beach Patrol, 120, h, 5, Lemon Drop Kid–Bashful Bertie, by
Quiet American. ‘TDN Rising Star’. ($250,000 Wlg ’13 KEENOV).
O-Al Shahania Stud America LLC, Sheep Pond Partners, Head of
Plains Partners LLC & Covello; B-Nancy C. Shuford (KY); T-Chad
C. Brown. $96,000.3–Synchrony, 120, h, 5, Tapit–Brownie Points, by Forest
Wildcat. O-Pin Oak Stable; B-Pin Oak Stud, LLC (KY); T-Michael
Stidham. $48,000.
Margins: 3/4, 3, 3/4. Odds: 9.90, 1.60, 4.30.
Also Ran: Arklow, Channel Maker, Editore (Brz), Camelot Kitten, Kurilov (Chi), Shining Copper. Scratched: Deauville (Ire). Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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