Notable US-Bred & -Sired Runners in Japan: Oct. 24, 2020


Vanishing Point at Keeneland last fall | Keeneland photo


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 a busy Saturday running at Kyoto and Tokyo Racecourse, including a pair by American Pharoah and the stakes debut of the exciting Vanishing Point. Sunday's runners will feature in Saturday's TDN:

Saturday, October 24, 2020
4th-KYO, ¥13,400,000 ($128k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1800m
RUSSIAN SAMOVAR (f, 2, American Pharoah–Megalicious, by Songandaprayer), a $70K Keeneland November weanling, improved to be a $165K KEESEP yearling and was acquired by Katsumi Yoshida for $650K after breezing a quarter-mile in a green :20 2/5 at this year's OBS March Sale. Bought back for $120K when offered in utero at KEEJAN in 2018, the April foal is a half to MSP My Sweet Stella (Eskendereya) and is out of a half-sister to MSW & MGSP Abbondanza (Alphabet Soup). Russian Samovar is bred 4×4 to Unbridled. B-Zayat Stables LLC (KY)

SATONO IMPULSE (c, 2, Tapizar–Allencat, by Storm Cat) is out of an unraced daughter of GISW Pharma (Theatrical {Ire}) who has already bred MSW Miss Frost (Curlin), the dam of MSP Torres Del Paine (Karakontie {Jpn}). The colt's third dam is champion and MG1SW Committed (Hagley), whose son Hap (Theatrical {Ire}) was a six-time GSW and twice GISP and whose daughter Belva (Theatrical {Ire}) is the dam of champion MGISW English Channel (Smart Strike). A $60K KEEJAN short yearling, Satono Impulse fetched $135K as a Fasig-Tipton July yearling and was hammered down for $500K at OBSMAR after drilling a furlong in :10 flat. Tapizar is the sire of three winners from as many runners to date in Japan. B-Kendall E Hansen MD Racing LLC (KY)



5th-KYO, ¥13,400,000 ($128k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1200mT
TOP THE BILL (JPN) (f, 2, American Pharoah–Top Decile, by Congrats) is the first foal from her dam, second in the GI Darley Alcibiades S. and GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies for Klaravich Stable and Al Stall, Jr. in 2014. Off the board in a pair of sophomore starts, Top Decile was purchased by Stronach Stables for $400K at KEENOV in 2015, remained in training and won one of four starts before selling for $950K with this filly in utero at KEENOV in 2017. Top Decile is the dam of a yearling filly by Heart's Cry (Jpn) and a weanling filly by Daiwa Major (Jpn). B-Shadai Farm

9th-TOK, Ivy S.-Listed, ¥32,400,000 ($309k), 2yo, 1800mT
VANISHING POINT (c, 2, Tapit–Unrivaled Belle, by Unbridled's Song), a $1.5m KEESEP yearling and full-brother to two-time Eclipse Award winner Unique Bella, makes his second career appearance, having romped home by seven lengths over 2000 meters on Sapporo debut Aug. 2 (see below, gate 7). The gray's dam, winner of the 2010 GI Breeders' Cup Distaff (ex Ladies' Classic), was purchased by Whisper Hill Farm's Mandy Pope for $3.8 million in foal to Tapit at KEENOV in 2016. Leading rider Christophe Lemaire retains the mount. B-Whisper Hill Farm LLC (KY)


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