Ashford Stallions Front and Center Sunday in Japan

The debuting Advance Pharoah is out of a half-sister to GSW Devil 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 weekend running at Hanshin and Tokyo Racecourses. Sunday's racing at headquarters features the G3 Unicorn S., a race won in 2020 by future multiple Group 1 scorer Cafe Pharoah (American Pharoah) and which includes the progressive Ju Taro (Arrogate) trying stakes company for the first time. Also in the field are G2 UAE Derby participants Combustion (Jpn) (Discreet Cat) and Sekifu (Jpn) (Henny Hughes):

Sunday, June 19, 2022
2nd-HSN, ¥9,900,000 ($75k), Maiden, 3yo, 1400mT
LA LA GARGOUILLE (c, 3, Classic Empire–Sweet Saturday, by Any Given Saturday), a $150K Keeneland September acquisition, is out of a winning daughter of the stakes-placed Dawn Raid (Vindication), most notably the dam of 2016 GI Preakness S., GI Haskell S. and GI Santa Anita Derby hero Exaggerator (Curlin). The colt's three-times stakes-placed third dam was responsible for Sovereign Award and dual Grade III winner Embur's Song (Unbridled's Song) from this sire line. China Horse Club purchased dam Sweet Saturday for $70K at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. B-China Horse Club International Limited (KY)

6th-TOK, ¥13,400,000 ($99k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1400m
ADVANCE PHAROAH (c, 2, American Pharoah–Fair Huntress, by Tiznow) was a $140K purchase by trainer Hideyuki Mori at KEESEP last fall and is out of an unraced half-sister to John Gunther's part-owned GIII Chicago H. victress Devil By Design (Medaglia d'Oro). Gunther's name was on the docket when this colt's dam fetched $22K at KEEJAN in 2017 and saw the mare's value increase when Devil By Design's daughter Competitionofideas (Speightstown) won the 2018 GI American Oaks. Yutaka Take has the debut riding assignment. B-John D Gunther & American Pharoah Syndicate (KY)


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