Japanese Thoroughbreds

Chrono Genesis Pointed To Arc; Gets Murphy

Four-time Japanese Group 1 winner Chrono Genesis (Jpn) (Bago {Fr}) will be pointed to this year's G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, owners Sunday Racing have confirmed, with jockey Oisin Murphy set to take the ride. The 5-year-old mare's regular pilot, Yuichi Kitamura, is currently on the sidelines with an injury. Third in both the G1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) and G1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) at three before taking the G1 Shuka Sho, the third leg of the Japanese Fillies' Triple Crown, Chrono Genesis bested the Classic-winning colt...

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Hokkaido Autumn Sale Wraps Up Japanese Yearling Season

With the Hokkaido Autumn Sale's conclusion on Oct. 22, it was a wrap for the 2020 yearling sales season in Japan. While the world reels from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the Japanese yearling market held strong in 2020. The Autumn Sale was in the spotlight this year thanks to 2018 graduate and G1 Kikuka Sho contender Babbitt (Jpn) (Nakayama Festa {Jpn}). He won G2 St Lite Kinen in September, setting him up to be one of undefeated Triple Crown hopeful Contrail (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn})'s biggest threats. Babbitt...

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Full Brother To Yoshida Leads JRHA Foal Sale

While Monday's yearling session of the JRHA Select Sale in Hokkaido, Japan, was all about the progeny of Deep Impact (Jpn), the late great champion sire had no produce in Tuesday's foal session-his final crop containing only around 20 foals-and thus it was another son of Sunday Silence, Deep Impact's former Shadai studmate Heart's Cry (Jpn), who dominated proceedings during Tuesday's foal sale. Heart's Cry was responsible for the three highest-priced lots, all sold by Northern Farm and out of American mares. Last year's foal sale had set records for...

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