Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: July 31, 2021

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Mozu Lotus Land is a half-brother to GSW/G1SP Taareef | Shadwell 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 Saturday running at Niigata Racecourse:

3rd-NII, ¥9,680,000 ($88k), Maiden, 3yo, 1800m
MOZU LOTUS LAND (c, 3, Tapit–Sacred Feather, by Carson City), a $425K Keeneland September acquisition by the owner of MG1SW and now Japanese sire Mozu Ascot (Frankel {GB}), was a debut sixth to the promising Careerism (Upstart) May 8 ahead of an improved fourth-place effort two weeks later. A half-brother to French GSW & G1SP Taareef (Kitten's Joy), the chestnut is out of a daughter of GSW Marianna's Girl (Dewan), also the dam of MSW/MGSP Crimson Classic (Sky Classic); GSWs Marastani (Shahrastani) and Christine's Outlaw (Wild Again); and SW & GSP Amansara (War Chant), the dam of SW Siem Riep (Tapit). B-Dixiana Farms LLC & Tapit Syndicate (KY)

5th-NII, ¥13,400,000 ($122k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1600mT
PIONIER (JPN) (f, 2, Pioneerof the Nile–Skylander Girl, by Stroll) is the first produce for her Grade III-winning dam, who fetched $260K from Polo Green Stable on behalf of Shimokobe Farm when offered as a broodmare prospect at KEENOV in 2017.  The filly's second dam, Heliotrope (Northern Score), was a Sovereign Award-winning grass mare in Canada. Skylander Girl's foal of 2021, a colt by Satono Aladdin (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), was knocked down for ¥41 million ($369,370) at the JRHA Select Sale earlier this month. B-Shimokobe Farm

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