Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: Sept. 20 & 21, 2020

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Voix d’Ange, a daughter of Love and Pride (pictured), goes back to work in Japan this weekend | Coglianese

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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–a trio of fillies–for this holiday weekend running at Chukyo and Nakayama Racecourses:

Sunday, September 20, 2020
12th-NKY, ¥14,360,000 ($137k), Allowance, 3yo/up, 1200mT
DETROIT TESORO (f, 3, Speightstown–Bella Traviata, by Indian Charlie) comprised a record of three thirds and a second from four previous tries on the turf before punching through when last seen at Niigata May 24. The dark bay, produced by of a stakes-placed half-sister to MSW & MGSP Afleet Deceit (Northern Afleet), was bought back for $180K out of the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, was RNAd for $127K at FTKOCT a handful of weeks later and was acquired by owner Kenji Ryotokuji for $375K at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale. Her Distorted Humor half-brother fetched $100K Thursday at Keeneland September. B-Blackstone Farm LLC (PA)

Monday, September 21, 2020
3rd-CKO, ¥9,680,000 ($92k), Maiden, 2yo, 2000mT
VOIX D’ANGE (f, 2, Curlin–Love and Pride, by A.P. Indy) may have struggled with a rain-affected turf when a midfield seventh on Tokyo debut going a mile June 28, but the $675,000 KEESEP graduate improved to be second to the record-setting Wonderful Town (Jpn) (Rulership {Jpn}) on a sounder surface over nine furlongs at Niigata July 25. Grade I winner Love and Pride, who was acquired by Three Chimneys for $4.9 million in foal to Distorted Humor at FTKNOV in 2013, is the dam of the SW Princesinha Julia (Pioneerof the Nile) and a now-yearling Gun Runner filly that made $750K to top the weanling offerings at FTKNOV last fall. Love and Pride is closely related to top sire Bernardini. B-Three Chimneys Farm LLC (KY)

4th-CKO, ¥13,400,000 ($128k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1200m
LADY MERCY (f, 2, American Pharoah–Two Oceans, by Cape Town) is the second foal to the races for her dam, a daughter of MSW & GSP Ocean Cat, and carries the latter’s sire Storm Cat 4×3 the same as American Pharoah’s recent G2 Park Hill S. winner Pista and SW & GSP Ocean Atlantique. This sire’s dual U.S. graded winner Sweet Melania has Storm Cat 4×4. The homebred descends from the female family of Japanese Horses of the Year Narita Brian (Jpn) (Brian’s Time) and Biwa Hayahide (Jpn) (Sharrood) and successful young stallion Kizuna (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). B-Toshihiro Matsumoto (KY)

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