Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: Apr. 4, 2020


American Pharoah's A Shin Amen Ra tries turf this weekend in Japan | Sarah Andrew


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 Nakayama and Hanshin Racecourses:

Saturday, April 4, 2020
5th-NKY, ¥9,680,000 ($89k), Maiden, 3yo, 2000mT
LOUD AND CLEAR (c, 3, Giant's Causeway–Melody Maiden, by Saint Ballado) is the 11th foal to make the races from his dam, who has been responsible for SW Medolina (Aragorn {Ire}–a paternal granddaughter of Giant's Causeway–and the SP Skating (Awesome Again). A $150K Keeneland September yearling, this Godolphin-owned runner hails from the extended female family of Halo (Hail To Reason) and champion Flawlessly (Affirmed). B-Ron & Fran Stolich (KY)

6th-NKY, ¥13,830,000 ($128k), Allowance, 3yo, 1800m
NEWTON TESORO (c, 3, Distorted Humor–Ilikecandy, by Malibu Moon) completed the exacta in each of his first two trips to the post, including a runner-up effort to the talented Danon Pharaoh (Jpn) (American Pharoah) second time out, but put it all together last time to graduate by five lengths over track and trip Dec. 7 (see below, gate 2). The $160K KEESEP yearling is out of a stakes-winning daughter of GSW Real Candy (Real Quiet). B-WinStar Farm LLC (KY)



9th-HSN, ¥19,370,000 ($179k), Allowance, 3yo, 2400mT
A SHIN AMEN RA (c, 3, American Pharoah–I O Ireland, by Giant's Causeway), a $325K purchase out of the 2018 KEESEP sale, got his career off to a smashing start, landing a nine-furlong dirt maiden at this track by seven dominating lengths Dec. 7 (see below, gate 4). Unraced since, the chestnut stretches out and tries the grass for the first time, but has license to do so. His dam was a stakes winner on the turf and stakes-placed over an extended 10 furlongs for Illinois-based Team Block, while second dam Ioya Two (Lord At War {Arg}) was victorious in Arlington's GIII Modesty H. The latter's produce include Ioya Bigtime (Dynaformer), victorious in the GIII Kentucky Cup Turf over this trip, GSW Amazing Results (Grand Slam) and SW Mavericking (Empire Maker) from this sire line. Ioya Two's half-brother Mystery Giver (Dynaformer) was a dual graded winner and Grade I-placed on the lawn. B-Team Block (KY)


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