Notable US-Bred and -Sired Runners in Japan: July 17 & 18, 2021


Lecce Baroque breezing at OBS in 2019 | Photos by Z


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 Hakodate and Kokura Racecourses. A pair of US-breds see action at group level on the turf this weekend, as Lotus Land (Point of Entry) contests the G3 Chukyo Kinen (1800m), while Group 1 winner Cafe Pharoah (American Pharoah) tries the grass for the first time in the G3 Hakodate Kinen (2000m). Both races take place Sunday afternoon:

Saturday, July 17, 2021
7th-KOK, ¥9,680,000 ($88k), Maiden, 3yo, 1700m
PREFERRED RUN (f, 3, Mshawish–Little Miss Muffet, by Scat Daddy) is the year-younger half-sister to the aforementioned Lotus Land, and while she hasn't been a factor in three tries on the grass to begin her career, neither has she been beaten by excessive margins in any of those appearances. The daughter of a dual-surface Grade I-winning sire, Preferred Run has license to take to this new surface, as her female family includes champion Brocco (Kris S.), among others. B-Winchester Farm (KY)

Sunday, July 18, 2021
2nd-KOK, ¥9,680,000 ($88k), Maiden, 2yo, 1800mT
DANON PEEKABOO (JPN) (c, 2, Kitten's Joy–Joyful Victory, by Tapit) backs up on two weeks' rest, having finished a debut second to champion Champagne Room (Broken Vow)'s well-meant half-brother Fidele (Jpn) (Heart's Cry {Jpn}) after making the majority of the running over this course and distance (see below, gate 1) July 4. Grade I winner Joyful Victory was acquired privately by Shadai Farm in 2016, was bred to American Pharoah the following winter and produced the filly Sky Nile, herself a debut winner on dirt last December. Danon Peekaboo, a half-brother to SP Jennifer's Dream (Medaglia d'Oro) and MSP Saqqara King (American Pharoah), fetched ¥105 million ($982,202) from Danox Co. Ltd. at last year's JRHA Select Sale. B-Shadai Farm



12th-HAK, ¥28,600,000 ($260k), Allowance, 3yo/up, 1200mT
LECCE BAROQUE (f, 4, Uncle Mo–My Fast One, by Elusive Quality) ran a hole in the wind in her first two starts, scoring by a combined 19 lengths (see below, gate 10), but the wheels came off when ninth to Cafe Pharoah at 2-1 in last year's G3 Unicorn S. She has since posted a runner-up effort from three trips to the post, but the $410,000 Keeneland September yearling turned $525,000 OBS March breezer makes an interesting shift to the turf for the first time here. Produced by a half-sister to SW No Mo Dough (Uncle Mo), Lecce Baroque is bred on the exact same cross as GISW Gomo and GSW Lost Raven and on a similar cross to the late Laoban. B-MMM Stables (KY)


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