American-Sired, -Bred Juveniles Get Going in Japan

Moonshine Memories | 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 weekend running at Kyoto and Tokyo Racecourses:

Saturday, June 15, 2024
5th-KYO, ¥13,720,000 ($88k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1200m
AMERICAN BIKINI (JPN) (f, 2, American Pharoah–Paris Bikini, by Bernardini) is a half-sister to Paris Lights (Curlin), who won the 2020 GI CCA Oaks, prompting Katsumi Yoshida to pay $1.95 million for Paris Bikini–in foal to Uncle Mo–at that year's Fasig-Tipton November Sale. The mare is a daughter of the stakes-placed Lacadena (Fasliyev), herself the dam of GSW & GISP America (A.P. Indy) and granddam of MGSW & GISP 'TDN Rising Star' First Captain (Curlin), who begins his stud career in Brazil this summer. Lacadena's dam Butterfly Blue (Ire) (Sadler's Wells) was a half-sister to Better Than Honour (Deputy Minister), the dam of GI Belmont S. winners Jazil (Seeking the Gold) and Rags to Riches (A.P. Indy). Paris Bikni's 3-year-old son Paris Plages was third in Tokyo maiden company May 26. Paris Bikini's yearling colt by top dirt horse Chrysoberyl (Jpn) sells at next month's JRHA Select Sale. B-Northern Racing


6th-TOK, ¥13,720,000 ($88k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1400m
THUNDER ROAD (JPN) (c, 2, Authentic–Guacamole, by Flat Out) becomes the first Japanese starter for his freshman sire (by Into Mischief) in this extended dirt sprint. The bay colt is the first produce for his dam, who finished third in the 2018 GII Adirondack S. for Repole Stable and Todd Pletcher and, after being acquired for Jackpot Farm for $125,000 at the 2020 Keeneland November Sale, was hammered down to J S Company for $425,000 with this colt in utero at the same auction in 2021. Thunder Road races for owner Yuji Hasegawa, who has acquired a fair amount of American bloodstock over the past several years, and who also owns the current yearling out of Guacamole, a colt by Saturnalia (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}). The mare's 2024 colt by Maurice (Jpn) also sells during the foal section of the Select Sale. B-Tsuji Bokujo

Sunday, June 16, 2024
5th-KYO, ¥13,720,000 ($88k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1600mT
SADIQ (f, 2, Into Mischief–Moonshine Memories, by Malibu Moon) becomes the second starter for her dam, named a 'TDN Rising Star' on debut in the summer of 2017 and subsequently victorious in the GI Del Mar Debutante and GI Chandelier S. A half-sister to SW & GSP Indian Evening (Indian Charlie) and to the dam of MGSW Super Hoity Toity (Uncle Mo), Moonshine Memories was knocked down to West Bloodstock for $3.4 million with this filly in utero at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. This is also the family of Horse of the Year Favorite Trick (Phone Trick). B-Orpendale/Chelston/Wynatt/Westerberg Ireland ULC et al (KY)


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