Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: Nov. 20 & 21, 2021


American Pharoah | Coolmore


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 Tokyo and Hanshin Racecourses. The latter venue hosts a white-hot renewal of the G1 Mile Championship S. Sunday afternoon, where Gran Alegria (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn} x Tapitsfly) looks to defend her title in her final career start. Among the competition is G1 NHK Mile Cup hero Schnell Meister (Ger) (Kingman {GB}):

Saturday, November 20, 2021
4th-TOK, ¥13,400,000 ($117k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1400m
GLUTTON LASSIE (f, 2, American Pharoah–Brassy Lassie, by City Zip) cost $40K as a Keeneland September yearling last fall, but showed a good deal of improvement over the next six months and was hammered down for $350K at OBS March this spring after working an eighth of a mile in :10 flat. The February foal is out of a half-sister to GSW Saham (Lemon Drop Kid) and her third dam Ticket To Houston (Houston) produced MGSW/MGISP Runway Model (Petionville), the dam of 'TDN Rising Star', four-time GISW and Gainesway stallion McKinzie (Street Sense). Christophe Lemaire has accepted the call. B-Fleur De Lis Stable & Ashford Stud (KY)

5th-HSN, ¥13,400,000 ($117k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1400mT
SUGAR FLOAT (f, 2, Mohaymen–She's Gonna Float, by Horse Chestnut {SAf}) is out of a half-sister to GSW & GISP Wild Shot (Tapit) who was acquired by this breeder for $14,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton February Sale. The May-foaled gray filly, whose year-older half-brother Where's Joey (Tapizar) wired a field of Parx maidens Oct. 25, counts GISW Preach (Mr. Prospector) as her third dam. The latter accounted for the late, influential Pulpit as well as the dam of SW/GISP Endless Chatter (First Samurai) and SW/G1SP Whitecliffsofdover (War Front). B-Hidaka Farm (KY)

Sunday, November, 21, 2021
8th-TOK, ¥21,000,000 ($184k), Allowance, 3yo/up, 2100m
CAREERISM (c, 3, Upstart–Out of Goodbyes, by Out of Place) was second in his first two career appearances before scoring by open lengths in early May and following up in allowance company three weeks later. He'll face older rivals for the first time here, including 5-year-old Danon Luster (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), a son of GI Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar (Majestic Warrior). An $85K Fasig-Tipton November weanling, Careerism was sold for $120K at FTKJUL in 2019 and made $200K at the 202 OBSMAR sale. B-Golden Pedigree LLC (KY)

9th-HSN, ¥19,110,000 ($167k), Allowance, 2yo, 1400mT
PER AA (f, 2, American Pharoah–Nomee, by City Zip) validated 12-5 favoritism in a 1400-meter newcomers' event over the adjacent dirt oval Oct. 23 (see below, SC 1) and looks to make it two-for-two with a switch to the grass this weekend. The $210K KEENOV weanling purchase is out of an unraced half-sister to MGSW Secret Gypsy (Sea of Secrets), who was sold to Japanese interests at KEEJAN in 2011 and is the dam of six winners from seven to race. Secret Gypsy passed away in 2019. B-Zayat Stables LLC (KY)


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