Expensive Bolt d'Oro Breezer Gets Going in Japan

The $900,000 Hideyuki Mori paid for the Top Line Sales-consigned From Dusk was the fifth highest at OBS this March | Judit Seipert


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 Kokura, Niigata and Sapporo Racecourses:

Saturday, September 3, 2022
5th-SAP, ¥13,400,000 ($96k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1500mT
EMETH AMOUR (f, 2, Union Rags–Trensa, by Giant's Causeway), a $220,000 Keeneland September graduate, is a full-sister to GISW juvenile and current Spendthrift stallion Free Drop Billy; a half to dual Group 1 winner, champion and Japanese first-crop sire Hawkbill (Kitten's Joy); and to the dam of GSW/GISP 'TDN Rising Star' Emmanuel (More Than Ready). The Jan. 27 foal looks to become the sixth winner from seven foals for the Michael Matz-trained Grade III-placed turf distaffer Trensa, a daughter of GI Ballerina S. winner Serape (Fappiano), whose other produce include treble Grade III winner Batique (Storm Cat). The American Pharoah yearling half-sister to Emeth Amour is cataloged as hip 96 to Keeneland September. B-Helen K Groves Revocable Trust (KY)

5th-KOK, ¥13,400,000 ($96k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1200mT
FROM DUSK (c, 2, Bolt d'Oro–Foolish Cause, by Giant's Causeway) fetched $200,000 at last year's KEESEP sale, but lit up the tote at OBS March to the tune of $900,000 after breezing an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5. A half-brother to juvenile stakes winner Foolish Humor (Distorted Humor), the dark bay is out of a half-sister to the late Get Stormy (Stormy Atlantic), a three time Grade I winner on the turf. B-Springhouse Farm (KY)




Sunday, September 4, 2022
6th-NII, ¥13,400,000 ($96k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1400mT
NITRO JOURNEY (c, 2, Speightstown–Twice the Lady, by Quiet American) was scooped up for $340,000 at last year's KEESEP sale about three months before half-brother Doppelganger (Into Mischief) earned 'TDN Rising Star' honors on Los Alamitos debut. The latter would go on to hit the board in this year's GII San Felipe S. and GIII Affirmed S. The colt's SW/MGSP dam was purchased for $350,000 by WinStar at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton November Sale and she has since amassed a perfect produce record from three previous foals to the races. B-WinStar Farm LLC (KY)

11th-KOK, Kokura Nisai S.-G3, ¥58.6k ($418k), 2yo, 1200mT
PROTOPOROS (JPN) (c, 2, War Front–Cavale Doree {Fr}, by Sunday Break {Jpn}) is the first foal from his French Group 3-winning dam, also third in the 2016 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, and who was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for the equivalent of $883,272 at the 2019 Tattersalls December Mares Sale. The bay debuted in the Carrot Farm green-and-white hoops going this distance at Chukyo June 16 and made light work of that group, graduating by 3 1/2 lengths as a 2-5 shot should (video, SC 1). Yuichi Fukunaga is back in the irons this weekend. B-Northern Racing


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