Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: Mar. 14 & 15, 2020

Kitten's Joy is represented by first-starter Ingonyama Sunday at Hanshin | 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, Hanshin and Chukyo Racecourses:

Saturday, March 14, 2020
5th-NKY, ¥9,680,000 ($92k), Maiden, 3yo, 1600mT
CHAROITE (f, 3, Uncle Mo–Taboo, by Forestry) turned in a creditable debut effort, finishing fourth on her lone appearance over course and distance Dec. 22. A $295K Fasig-Tipton Saratoga buyback turned $400K F-T Gulfstream breezer (:21 flat), the Mar. 26 foal is a half-sister to Der Lu (Orb), herself a $900K FTFMAR graduate who lines up in Saturday's GI Beholder Mile S. at Santa Anita. Bred on the exact same cross as champion and GI Kentucky Derby hero Nyquist, Charoite is out of a winning daughter of GISW Dream of Summer (Siberian Summer), the dam of GISW and successful young sire Creative Cause (Giant's Causeway), MGSW Destin (Giant's Causeway) and GSW Vexatious (Giant's Causeway). B-Merriebelle Stable LLC (KY)

Sunday, March 15, 2020
4th-HSN, ¥9,680,000 ($92k), Maiden, 3yo, 1800mT
INGONYAMA (f, 3, Kitten's Joy–Laureldean Gale, by Grand Slam) cost $110K as a FTKOCT yearling in the fall of 2018 before fetching $300K (:10 flat) as an OBSAPR juvenile the following spring. Produced by a half-sister to SW Costume Designer (Capote), this bay filly is bred on a cross that has been responsible for five of her sire's 47 graded/group winners, including GISWs Kitten's Dumplings and Admiral Kitten as well as Home Run Kitten, Granny's Kitten and Kitten Kaboodle. Kitten's Joy has been represented by two Japanese GSWs–U.S.-breds Gendarme and Dashing Blaze. B-Godolphin (KY)

10th-CKO, ¥19,110,000 ($182k), Allowance, 3yo, 1800m
CORRAL NOCTURNE (c, 3, Emcee–Cowgirl Lucky, by Stephen Got Even), a $90K OBSAPR acquisition, made a giant debut impression when posting a professional 1 3/4-length victory as the 17-10 favorite going a mile at Toyko Feb. 2 (see below, gate 10). The late April foal is out of a half-sister to the dam of the history-making Wildman Jack (Goldencents). He could have his hands full in the form of Mytyl (f, Verrazano), a six-length winner going 1400 meters at headquarters Feb. 23. B-Harris Training Center LLC (KY)


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