Japanese Runners Confirmed for Dirt Mile

Jasper Prince and Pingxiang Horsephotos

The connections of Jasper Prince (Violence) and Pingxiang (Speightstown) confirmed Thursday morning that the runners will compete in the GI Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Nov. 6 instead of the G1 Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Both Jasper Prince, owned by Kazuo Kato, and Pingxiang, owned by Naoya Fuji, are trained by Hideyuki Mori. The Dirt Mile was the first preference of both at pre-entry.

It was also announced Thursday that four horses are not traveling to Del Mar for next weekend's World Championships.

La Joconde (Ire) (Frankel {GB}), owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Westerberg is not traveling for the GI Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. That moves the first also-eligible, Juddmonte's Acanella (GB) (Dansili {GB}) into the race. Bonne Chance Farm and Stud R D I's Imperador (Arg) (Treasure Beach {GB}) is not coming for the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Turf. That moves the first also-eligible, Masaaki Matsushima, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor's Japan (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) into the race. Peter Stokes and Scott Krase's Crazyland (GB) (Kodiac {GB}) is not shipping for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and Kazuo Kato's Jasper Krone (Frosted) will not ship from Japan. He was pre-entered in both the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, his first preference, and the GI TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

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