Notable US-Breds In Japan: May 16 & 17, 2020

Pyramid Moon at OBS | Thorostride


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 Niigata and Tokyo Racecourses:

Saturday, May 16, 2020
5th-NII, ¥9,680,000 ($90k), Maiden, 3yo, 2400mT
PYRAMID MOON (c, 3, Cairo Prince–She Hung the Moon, by Malibu Moon) failed to handle a sloppy Kyoto main track on October debut, but improved to finish midfield and not beaten far when trying nine furlongs on turf for the first time last December. The $105K Keeneland September yearling turned $200K OBS March breezer is out of a daughter of Sovereign Award winner Bear Now (Tiznow), a three-time graded winner going two turns and third in the GI Vinery Madison S. at seven-eighths. Pyramid Moon races in the Silk Racing Co. colors of 2018 Horse of the Year Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}), the favorite for Sunday's G1 Victoria Mile at Tokyo. B-Burleson Farm & McKenzie Bloodstock (KY)

Sunday, May 17, 2020
11th-TOK, ¥34,620,000 ($332k), Allowance, 4yo/up, 1400m
SAN JOSE TESORO (c, 4, The Factor–Cabaret Starlet, by Tale of the Cat) has punched well above his weight in his eight starts to date–all on turf–good for three victories and one minor placing and earnings approaching $370K. A $30K KEEJAN yearling and $100K OBSAPR graduate, the gray colt is out of a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Arravale (Arch), SW Hollywood Hideaway (Zensational) and GSP Hollywood Critic (Blame). San Jose Tesoro's year-younger half-brother Train Bearer (Carpe Diem) was a five-length maiden winner in the slop at Chukyo Mar. 29. B-Sheltowee Farm, WMK Racing LLC, Patricia Pavlish & Joe Miller et al (KY)

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