October 9, 2016 - Keeneland, Race 5, Alw, USD $62,000, 1 3/16M, NW1X

Hayabusa One (Fr), c, 3, 2013 by Siyouni (Fr)

1st Dam: Northern Ocean (Fr), by Green Tune
2nd Dam: Moortown (Ire), by Grand Lodge
3rd Dam: Accell (Ire), by Magical Wonder

Owner: Team Valor International & Gary Barber
Breeder: Dominque Lepagney (FR)
Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Hayabusa One nearly lost his pilot when two horses inside of him dropped their riders at Cagnes-sur-Mer Feb. 1 (video), but he continued on to a convincing score that day before being purchased privately and transferred from conditioner Simone Brogi. Having prepped over the Fair Hill synthetic for a conditioner who excels with European imports making their first Stateside starts, the chestnut was let go at 6-1 and gave the impression of a runner who could go on to bigger and better. Away well, Hayabusa One was taken in hand by Florent Geroux and guided to the rail to avoid being bottled up in traffic. He bided his time behind solid splits in midpack, but seemed to idle turning for home. The light went on leaving the home bend and, tipped widest into the lane, he powered away impressively to score by 3 3/4 lengths over Gio’s Calling (Gio Ponti). Hayabusa One was beaten a head when second on debut over the Deauville Polytrack Dec. 17, but failed to fire over the Cagnes-sur-Mer synth a month later. The winner hails from the family of Guillaume Tell (Ire) (Rossini), who was group-placed in France before finishing second by a nose in the 2005 GIII Transylvania S. over this course. His dam has a yearling colt named Katana One (Fr) (Sunday Break {Jpn}).  

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