Notable US-Breds in Japan: Dec.8-9, 2018


Pioneerof the Nile | Louise Reinagel

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 Chukyo, Hanshin and Nakayama Racecourses:

Saturday, December 8, 2018
2nd-HSN, ¥9,550,000 ($85k), Maiden, 2yo, 1800m
MARECHIARE (f, 2, Pioneerof the Nile–K. D.'s Shady Lady, by Maria's Mon), a $150K Keeneland September buyback turned $300K OBS March breezer, turned in a solid debut effort when third going a mile on the turf at Kyoto Nov. 10 (video, gate 11). A daughter of a GSP dam, the dark bay is a half-sister to GISW Lady of Fifty (After Market) and the Sws Lady Fifty Two (Kodiak Kowboy) and Forestry Steel (Forestry). B-Dixiana Farms LLC (KY)

7th-NKY, ¥13,720,000 ($122k), Allowance, 2yo, 1800m
COSMO ROBINSON (c, 2, Take Charge Indy–Lesson Plan, by Forestry) just failed to overcome post position 16 when narrowly second on his Oct. 21 debut over the Tokyo dirt and went one better last time, scoring by 3/4 of a length Nov. 11 (see below, gate six). A $37K KEESEP yearling and $130K OBSAPR juvenile, the May foal is out of a daughter of SW & GSP Tutorial (Forty Niner), also the dam of Grade III-winning 2-year-old Dixie Band (Dixie Union). B-Champion Equine LLC (KY)



Sunday, December 9, 2018
1st-CKO, ¥9,550,000 ($85k), Maiden, 2yo, 1400m
SPOKANE TESORO (f, 2, Scat Daddy–Nimue, by Speightstown) gave a decent account of herself when a first-out fifth on the turf at Sapporo and enters this first dirt try off back-to-back third-place finishes, including at Nakayama Sept. 16. Out of a half-sister to GSW Go Rockin Robin (Distorted Humor), Spokane Tesoro was bought back on a bid of $275K at KEENOV in 2016 and fetched $340K as an FTSAUG yearling last summer. She is a half-sister to Isomer (Cape Blanco {Ire}), runner-up to Churchill (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the Listed Chesham S. at Royal Ascot in 2016. B-Summerhill Farm (KY)

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