Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: July 11 & 12, 2020

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California Chrome is represented by his first Japanese starter this weekend | Taylor Made/Taylor Gilkey

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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 Hanshin Racecourses, including the first Japanese runner for the expatriated California Chrome:

Saturday, July 11, 2020
5th-HAK, ¥13,400,000 ($125k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1200mT
CAL FRAGRANCE (f, 2, California Chrome–Right There, by Eskendereya), a $180K purchase out of last year's Keeneland September sale, is the first foal from her dam, a stakes winner and third to Songbird (Medaglia d'Oro) in the 2015 GI Chandelier S. Right There, who was purchased by Perry and Denise Martin for $325K at KEENOV in 2016, is a daughter of Elrose (Deputy Minister), the dam of GSW & GISP turfer Super Freaky (Smart Strike). Third dam Bonnie's Poker (Poker) produced GI Kentucky Derby hero Silver Charm. B-Perry & Denise Martin (KY)

Sunday, July 12, 2020
1st-HAK, ¥9,680,000 ($90k), Maiden, 2yo, 1000m
LINCOLN TESORO (c, 2, Carpe Diem–Santa Vindi, by Vindication) was beaten nearly 10 lengths into eighth in a 1200-meter newcomers' event on turf June 21, but switches to the dirt track for this second go. He is bred to adapt, as his half-brother Flexibility (Bluegrass Cat) won the GIII Jerome S., while his multiple Grade III-winning second dam Santa Catalina (Cure the Blues) was responsible for GI Pimlico Special H. hero Golden Missile (A.P. Indy). Lincoln Tesoro was a $75K KEESEP grad. B-Stonehaven Steadings (KY)

2nd-HSN, ¥9,680,000 ($90k), Maiden, 3yo, 1800m
KARNTNER (c, 3, Street Sense–Sweet Dreams, by Candy Ride {Arg}), a $210K KEENOV weanling, had the misfortune of catching rain-affected surfaces in his first two trips postward and exits a respectable fifth over course and distance June 13. His dam, multiple stakes-placed on synthetic tracks, is out of a daughter of turf SW/GSP Cat Charmer (Storm Cat), the dam of three-time winning turf mare Strike Charmer (Smart Strike). The deeper female family includes champion Gold Beauty (Mr. Prospector), Dayjur (Danzig), Sky Beauty (Blushing Groom {Fr}) and in-form sire Violence (Medaglia d'Oro). B-Buscar Stables Inc (KY)

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