Japanese Road to the Kentucky Derby

La Perouse Swoops in Hyacinth S.

The 1600-metre Listed Hyacinth S., the third of four Japanese prep races for the GI Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, was captured by the late-running La Perouse (Jpn) (Pelusa {Jpn}). His 1 1/2-length win granted him 30 points on the Japanese Road to the Kentucky Derby, with only the Fukuryu Sho yet to be run at Nakayama on Mar. 27. The Hyacinth carried 51 points total (30-12-6-3). Second choice on the board at 5-2 after 4-5 favourite Takeru Pegasus (Jpn) (Dunkirk), the dark bay did not leave the gate...

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Henny Hughes Colt Rules in Derby Stepping Stone

Breaking quickly from post 11 in Wednesday's Zennihon Nisai Yushun at Kawasaki, the second leg in Japan's Road to the Derby, Alain Barows (Jpn) (Henny Hughes) sped to the front, easing his way over to the rail as the field raced into the first turn. Building a comfortable advantage over his rivals down the backstretch, the bay continued to run freely heading into the final turn. Well clear of Ranryo-Oh at the head of the stretch, Alain Barows rolled home a commanding five-length winner over Ranryo-Oh, who outpaced Luce d'Oro....

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Cafe Americana: Pharoah Colt Takes Unicorn S.
Cafe Americana: Pharoah Colt Takes Unicorn S.

The undefeated SW Café Pharoah (American Pharoah), the even-money pick in Tokyo's 1600-meter G3 Unicorn S., made that price look like a gift on Sunday, as he won that Japanese Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifier by five easy lengths and set a new stakes record in the process (1:34.90). Dieu du Vin (Jpn) (Declaration of War) was second, 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Kenshinko (Jpn) (Pyro), as American-bred sires were responsible for the first three home. It was the first winner on dirt at the graded/group level for his...

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