Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Aug. 10 & 11, 2019

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Summer Soiree selling for $1.3m at KEENOV in 2016 | Keeneland 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–each making their racetrack debuts–running at Kokura and Niigata Racecourses:

Saturday, August 10, 2019
5th-KOK, ¥13,400,000 ($126k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1700m
NOCTURNE NOTES (JPN) (f, 2, Medaglia d’Oro–Summer Soiree, by War Front) is the first Japanese-bred produce for her dam, who posted her marquee success for Team Valor and Graham Motion in the 2011 GI Del Mar Oaks. The May 7 foal debuts for Dr. Masatake Iida, who acquired the filly in utero for $1.3 million at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale. Summer Soiree produced a filly by the late Deep Impact (Jpn) this past Apr. 19. B-Chiyoda Farm Shinuzai

5th-NII, ¥13,400,000 ($126k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1800m
MEINER TIPTON (c, 2, Street Sense–Heywards Park, by Tiznow), a $100K Fasig-Tipton October yearling purchase, is out of an unraced daughter of GSW & GISP Gemswick Park (Speightstown), the dam of MSP Tapped (Tapit). The bay colt’s stakes-winning third dam Queen’s Park (Relaunch) was a half-sister to the late Poet’s Voice (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and to Japanese stakes winner Gold Tiara (Seeking the Gold). B-Arturo & Eduardo Vargas (KY)

Sunday, August 11, 2019
5th-NII, ¥13,400,000 ($126k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1800mT
OCEAN EYE (c, 2, Kitten’s Joy–Save Our Oceans, by Super Saver) is a maternal grandson of Atlantic Ocean (Stormy Atlantic), a Grade III winner on turf and dirt and third in the 2003 American Oaks Invitational S. Ocean Eye’s dam, a half-sister to GSW turfer Converge (Sidney’s Candy), was purchased for $200K with this foal in utero at KEENOV in 2016. Ocean Eye was a $77K KEENOV weanling in 2017 before hammering to Paca Paca Farm on behalf of Godolphin for 280,000gns ($386,375) at Tattersalls October last fall. B-Jean Etienne Dubois (KY)

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