Notable US-Sired Runners in Japan: July 4, 2021


Joyful Victory winning the 2013 GII Molly Pitcher S. | Equi-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 Sunday running at Kokura Racecourse:

Sunday, July 4, 2021
5th-KOK, ¥13,400,000 ($121k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1800mT
DANON PEEKABOO (JPN) (c, 2, Kitten's Joy–Joyful Victory, by Tapit) is the first Japanese-foaled produce for the 2013 GI Santa Margarita S. heroine (see below), who carried and red-and-white checks of the late Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm. Sold to Aaron and Marie Jones for $2 million at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton November Sale, Joyful Victory was acquired privately by Shadai Farm in 2016, was bred to American Pharoah the following winter and produced the filly Sky Nile, herself a debut winner on dirt last December. Danon Peekaboo, a half-brother to SP Jennifer's Dream (Medaglia d'Oro) and MSP Saqqara King (American Pharoah), fetched ¥105 million ($982,202) from Danox Co. Ltd. at last year's JRHA Select Sale. The Apr. 2 foal is the second favorite in early wagering to odds-on Fidele (Jpn) (Heart's Cry {Jpn}), a half-brother to champion Champagne Room (Broken Vow), who cost ¥190 million at the same auction. B-Shadai Farm


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