American Pharoah Set To Pick Up Another Japanese Winner

Advance Pharoah is out of a half-sister to Dance By Design, pictured here at Glennwood Farm | Sarah Andrew


In this continuing series, we take 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 Sunday running at Fukushima and Kokura Racecourses:

Sunday, July 17, 2022
1st-FKS, ¥9,900,000 ($71k), Maiden, 2yo, 1150m
ADVANCE PHAROAH (c, 2, American Pharoah–Fair Huntress, by Tiznow) turned in a promising debut when runner-up going seven furlongs at Tokyo June 19 (see below, SC 12) and has every right to improve for the effort. A $140,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by trainer Hideyuki Mori, the chestnut is out of an unraced half-sister to Grade III winner Devil By Design (Medaglia d'Oro), the dam of GI American Oaks winner Competitionofideas (Speightstown), who was purchased by Shadai Farm for $1.3 million at Fasig-Tipton November in 2020. B-John D Gunther & American Pharoah Syndicate (KY)



3rd-KOK, ¥9,900,000 ($71k), Maiden, 2yo, 1000m
ART PEPPER (c, 2, Frosted–Tim's Girl, by Broken Vow) appeared not to handle the turf when finishing well down the field on career debut June 12 and connections will be hoping a switch to the main track will do the trick here. Purchased by Mori for $150,000 at KEESEP last fall, the gray is out of a daughter of the stakes-winning Rich Find (Exploit), whose daughter Heavenly Hellos (Overanalyze) recently took out the Horseshoe Indianapolis S. Rich Find was also responsible for Grade I-placed juvenile filly Broken Spell (Broken Vow), herself the dam of SW Lord Dragon (Oxbow). This is also the extended family of Eight Belles (Unbridled's Song). B-Lemon's Mill LLC (KY)

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