City of Light Represented by First Japanese Starter

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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 three-day weekend running at Nakayama Racecourse:

Saturday, September 17, 2022
4th-NKY, ¥13,400,000 ($94k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1800m
EIGHT WAN (c, 2, City of Light–Banree, by Macho Uno) fetched a solid $150,000 as a short yearling at last year's Keeneland January Sale and improved over the next several months to hammer for $310,000 at the Keeneland September Sale. Out of a dual Grade III-placed half-sister to SW & MGSP Superstition (Ghostzapper) and GSW Gloryzapper (Ghostzapper). Eight Wan's Into Mischief half-brother sold to SF Bloodstock/Starlight/Madaket for $675,000 at KEESEP this week. The late February foal, the first Japanese starter for City of Light, is the 14-5 favorite in ante-post wagering. B-Pippa's Hurricane LLC (KY)

SILENT WIND (c, 2, Malibu Moon–Deana Street, by Street Sense) is out of an unraced daughter of SW Deanallen'skitten (Kitten Joy) who cost St. Simon Place $30,000 with this colt in utero at Keeneland November in 2019. A half-brother to a Vino Rosso colt that made $115,000 at last year's Keeneland November Sale, Silent Wind–the 13-2 fourth choice in the wagering as of this writing–was purchased by Paca Paca Farm for $117,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. B-St. Simon Place LLC & Scott Stephens

Monday, September 19, 2022
6th-NKY, ¥13,400,000 ($94k), Newcomers, 2yo, 2000mT
SHONAN GALLO (JPN) (c, 2, Mendelssohn–Lonelily, by Medaglia d'Oro) cost Yuki Dendo $100,000 when offered in utero at KEENOV in 2019 and hails from a deep female family. Third dam Mr. P's Princess was a half-sister to the legendary Korean sire Menifee and was herself responsible for European champion MG1SW Fasliyev (Nureyev), GSW Kamarinskaya (Storm Cat) and the dam of highweighted Misty For Me (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), G1SW Ballydoyle (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), SW & MGSP Twirl (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and GSP April Showers (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). B-Yuki Dendo

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