US-Bred & Sired Runners in Japan: Jan. 18 & 19, 2020


US-conceived American Baby looks to return to winning ways Saturday |

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 Kyoto and Nakayama Racecourses:

Saturday, January 18, 2020
4th-KYO, ¥11,400,000 ($104k), Newcomers, 3yo, 1400m
A SHIN ENBARR (c, 3, Carpe Diem–Ambling, by Chester House), a half-brother to three-time graded-placed Triple Arch (Arch), was his sire (by Giant’s Causeway)’s 10th most expensive first-crop yearling when hammering for $270K at Keeneland September in 2018. The Mar. 18 foal is out of a daughter of Incha (GB) (Nashwan), dam of MGSW turf mare Solvig (Caerleon) as well as GSW Lady Carlock (Chester House) and SW Swing That Cat (Cat Thief). Top German jockey Andrasch Starke begins a short-term Japanese contract this weekend and has the call. B-Randal Family Trust, R David & Marilyn Randal Trustees (KY)

6th-KYO, ¥13,830,000 ($126k), Allowance, 3yo, 1800m
AMERICAN BABY (JPN) (c, 3, Bernardini–Nile Queen, by Pioneerof the Nile) is out of a half-sister to 2016 GI Preakness S. hero Exaggerator (Curlin) and was purchased in utero for $525K at KEENOV in 2016 before fetching ¥29 million ($254k) from owner Katsumi Yoshizawa at the 2017 JRHA Select Foal Sale. A touch green when scoring by five lengths at first asking at Tokyo Nov. 2 (see below, SC 12), he makes his first start since finishing down the field behind the impressive Dieu du Vin (Jpn) (Declaration of War) in the Nov. 23 Cattleya Sho at headquarters. Also making his 3-year-old debut is Full Flat (Speightstown), last seen finishing a respectable fifth in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. B-Queens Ranch Ltd



10th-KYO, Kobai S.-Listed, ¥38,000,000 ($345k), 3yo, f, 1600mT
COMBAT MARCH (f, 3, Shackleford–Combat’s Love, by Combat Ready) turned in a spectacular racetrack debut, dictating from the front to score by two lengths at odds of 28-1 at Hanshin Dec. 14. A $2K purchase as a weanling at KEENOV in 2017, she made for a tidy profit when hammering for $55K at Fasig-Tipton October 11 months later. Her dam is a full-sister to Leslie’s Love and Our Love, both multiple stakes winners on the Louisiana circuit. B-Jay Goodwin & Brian Foret (KY)

Sunday, January 19, 2020
7th-NKY, ¥14,360,000 ($130k), Allowance, 4yo/up, 1800m
DOVER TESORO (c, 4, Union Rags–Miss Emilia, by War Front) placed twice from three JRA maidens to begin his career and made his last two appearances at Sonoda on the NAR circuit, graduating by about eight lengths Oct. 31 before a similarly easy score Nov. 20. A $195K buyback when offered in utero at KEENOV in 2015, the bay was a $130K KEENOV weanling and 210k gns ($288k) TATOCT yearling. Dover Tesoro is out of a half to French MSW/GSP War Officer (Grand Slam), SW Doo Lang (Pulpit) and MGSP Danceland (Tapit). The female family includes War Front’s G1 Dewhurst S. winner War Command. B-Chadds Ford Stable LLC (KY)

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