Frankel Rising Star Makes the Grade in Japan

KYO, Y56200000G3 Kyoto Sho Fantasy S. (1400m)Winner: Mi Suerte (Jpn), f, 2 by Frankel (GB)

Mi Suerte kicked off her career with an as-she-liked two-length win in a Hanshin maiden Sept. 24, earning 'TDN Rising Star' status, and the bay followed up with another display of dominance on Saturday. Away slowest from the gates from stall one, Mi Suerte raced near the rear of the pack with just two rivals beaten through the opening stages. Traveling three-wide around the turn, she had plenty of ground still to make up as the field straightened but that proved to be a minor inconvenience. Gradually grinding down the leaders, she hit the lead in the final furlong under a hand ride and was geared down by Yuga Kawada on the line.

Mi Suerte is the third foal out of Mi Sueno, winner of the GI Darley Debutante S. at two. Mi Sueno was initially sold for $1.7-million at Keeneland November in 2007, and reappeared at Fasig-Tipton's November Sale six years later carrying Mi Suerte, where she was bought by Katsumi Yoshida of Northern Farm for $1.9-million. Mi Sueno is a daughter of GI Ashland S. winner Madcap Escapade (Hennessy), who is herself a half-sister to GI Ballerina Breeders' Cup winner Dubai Escapade (Awesome Again). Mi Suerte's 5-year-old half-sister Por Que Te Sueno (Medaglia d'Oro) is catalogued in foal to Street Sense as lot 75 at Monday's Fasig-Tipton November sale. Mi Sueno has a yearling filly by Heart's Cry (Jpn).

Saturday, Kyoto, Japan
KBS KYOTO SHO FANTASY S.-G3, ¥56,200,000, Kyoto, 11-5, 2yo, f, 1400mT, 1:21.80, fm.
1–@#MI SUERTE (JPN), 119, f, 2, by Frankel (GB)
Fasig-Tipton-Winner-Logo1st Dam: Mi Sueno (GISW-US, $288,400), by Pulpit
2nd Dam: Madcap Escapade, by Hennessy
3rd Dam: Sassy Pants, by Saratoga Six
'TDN Rising Star' ($1,900,000 i/u '13 FTKNOV) O-Sunday
Racing; B-Northern Farm; T-Yasutoshi Ikee; J-Yuga Kawada;
¥29,420,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0. *5th group winner for
first-season sire (by Galileo {Ire}). Werk Nick Rating: F. Click
for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Show Way (Jpn), 119, f, 2, Meisho Bowler (Jpn)–
Realmente (Jpn), by Fuji Kiseki (Jpn). O-Manabu Yoshitomi;
B-Mitsuru Nakawaki; ¥12,120,000.
3–Deirdre (Jpn), 119, f, 2, by Harbinger (GB)–Reizend (Jpn), by
Special Week (Jpn). (¥21,000,000 yrl '15 JRHAJUL) O-Toji
Morita; B-Northern Farm; ¥7,363,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, HD, NK. Odds: 0.40, 147.70, 5.90.
Click for the JRA chart and video or the free catalogue-style pedigree.

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