Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Feb. 27 & 28, 2021

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The US-conceived Slap Shot can give Air Force Blue (pictured) a second Japanese winner | Coolmore photo

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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 for this weekend running at Nakayama and Hanshin Racecourses:

Saturday, February 27, 2021
3rd-NKY, ¥9,680,000 ($91k), Maiden, 3yo, 1200m
SLAP SHOT (JPN) (c, 3, Air Force Blue–Laxfield Road, by Quality Road) was sent off at debut odds of 53-10 in a 1400-meter newcomers' event at Toyko Feb. 14 and battled on gamely inside in the final half-furlong to miss by a short head after racing prominently throughout. The bay is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to GISP Zatter (Midnight Lute) who fetched $200K carrying this produce in utero at Keeneland January in 2018. Slap Shot was subsequently purchased for ¥32,940,000 ($305,354) at the Hokkaido Summer Select Yearling Sale in 2019. B-Sakurai Bokujo

Sunday, February 28, 2021
2nd-HSN, ¥9,680,000 ($91k), Maiden, 3yo, 1200m
EIFER LYNX (f, 3, Fed Biz–Polish Silk, by Polish Pro), a half-sister to SW I Got It All (Tiz Wonderful), is out of a six-time winning half-sister to SW Soaring Stocks (Trippi) and MSW & MGSP Razor (Concorde's Tune). The filly's third dam, Royal Ties (Distinctive), produced MGSW & GISP On to Royalty (On to Glory), the dam of Classic winner Louis Quatorze (Sovereign Dancer) and GISW Royal Indy (A.P. Indy). This is also the family of GISW Wildcat Heir (Forest Wildcat) and MGSW J J'sdream (Glitterman). B-David G Campbell (KY)

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