Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: June 27 & 28, 2020

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Love and Pride winning the 2012 Personal Ensign H. | Susie Raisher

In this continuing series, Alan Carasso takes 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 Tokyo and Hanshin Racecourses. Group 1 racing will recess in Japan, but not before this weekend’s running of the Takarazuka Kinen, featuring Lucky Lilac (Jpn) (Orfevre {Jpn}), a daughter of 2011 GI Ashland S. winner Lilacs and Lace (Flower Alley):

Saturday, June 27, 2020
6th-HSN, ¥9,680,000 ($90k), Maiden, 3yo, 2000mT
PHARSALUS (c, 3, Giant’s Causeway–Damsah, by Mr. Greeley) switches to the turf for this third lifetime appearance, having finished down the field in a pair of dirt maidens over sprint distances. A $150K Keeneland September yearling purchase, the chestnut is out of a daughter of MSW and eight-time group-placed Modeeroch (Ire) (Mozart {Ire}), the dam of MGSP Moteo (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}). Further down the page is dual Group 1-winning champion Belardo (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}). B-Al Shaqab Racing (KY)

Sunday, June 28, 2020
5th-TOK, ¥13,400,000 ($125k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1600mT
VOIX D’ANGE (f, 2, Curlin–Love and Pride, by A.P. Indy) is the latest to the races for her dam, winner of the 2012 GI Personal Ensign H. and GI Zenyatta S. for Green Hills Farm and trainer Todd Pletcher. A $675K KEESEP purchase by the Maeda family’s North Hills Co. Ltd., the late February foal is a half-sister to Princesinha Julia (Pioneerof the Nile), winner of last year’s Trapeze S., while her second dam Ile de France (Storm Cat) is a Grade I-placed half-sister to Darley America’s Bernardini (A.P. Indy). Love and Pride was acquired by Borges Torrealba Holdings for $4.9 million in foal to Distorted Humor at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton November sale. B-Three Chimneys Farm LLC (KY)

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