Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: Sunday, March 31, 2019

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Tapit | Gainesway photo

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 Hanshin and Nakayama Racecourses:

Sunday, March 31, 2019
2nd-HSN, ¥9,550,000 ($86k), Maiden, 3yo, 1400m
AMERICAN SOLEIL (c, 3, Tapit–Funny Feeling, by Distorted Humor) turned in a promising effort in his lone racetrack appearance to date, finishing third in newcomers’ event over 1400m of the Tokyo turf Nov. 10 (video, gate 9). A $550K Keeneland September yearling and trying dirt for the first time, the May 2 foal is out of a stakes-winning full-sister to GISW Jimmy Creed whose son Gato Del Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) was third in the GIII Oklahoma Derby in 2017. His Grade I-winning second dam Hookedonthefeelin (Citidancer) is also responsible for treble GISW Pussycat Doll (Real Quiet), while two-time GISW Midnight Lucky (Midnight Lute) appears under the third dam. B-S-B 2919 J.V. No. 2 & Summer Wind Equine (KY)

6th-NAK, ¥13,720,000 ($124k), Allowance, 3yo, 1600mT
JASPER JACK (c, 3, Declaration of War–Crescent Moon, by Seeking the Gold) got his career off on a winning note, scoring on his September debut (see below, gate 15) and drops out of listed stakes company and drops in trip for this test. A $175K KEESEP yearling, the bay is out of a daughter of MGSW Wandering Star (Red Ransom), dam of G1SW War Command (War Front) and GSW Naval Officer (Tale of the Cat). B-Camas Park Stud (KY)

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