US-Breds Dot Sunday Newcomers' Events at Niigata

Wine Wine Red as a yearling | ThoroStride


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 is a quartet of horses of interest for this Sunday running in consecutive newcomers' events at Niigata Racecourse:

Sunday, August 7, 2022
5th-NII, ¥13,400,000 ($99k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1600mT
WINE WINE RED (c, 2, Justify–Streaming, by Smart Strike), a half-brother to SP Soaring (Tapit), cost owner Susumu Fujita $650,000 at last year's Keeneland September and the early April foal gets the endorsement of leading rider Yuichi Fukunaga for the debut. The chestnut is the fourth foal to the races for his dam, winner of the 2013 GI Hollywood Starlet S., whose stakes-winning full-sister Treasuring is the dam of Sweet as Pie (Tapit), third in the Leslie's Lady Overnight S. in June. Streaming is also a half-sister to SW Cascading (A.P. Indy) and to the dam of MGSW and $3.65-million juvenile Cezanne (Curlin). The colt's third dam is $14-million mare Better Than Honour (Deputy Minister), herself responsible for a pair of GI Belmont S. winners and the granddam of MGSW Greatest Honour (Tapit). A Justify colt out of Streaming's daughter Shadowing (Tapit) is cataloged as hip 70 at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Monday evening. B-Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings & Stretch Run Ventures LLC (KY)

ESPERANZA FLAG (f, 2, Point of Entry–Place of Honor, by First Samurai) is a full-sister to the dual stakes-placed Hierarchy and was purchased in utero for $70,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November Sale. The filly's second dam is the outstanding My Flag (Easy Goer), whose daughter Storm Flag Flying (Storm Cat) won the 2002 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies en route to champion 2-year-old filly honors. This is also the family of dual-surface GSW Parading (Pulpit) as well as SW & GISP Miles D (Curlin). This sire's eight winners from nine to race in Japan includes MGSW/G1SP Lotus Land. B-Crown Farm USA (KY)

6th-NII, ¥13,400,000 ($99k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1800m
ELEGANT MAIDEN (f, 2, American Pharoah–Sunshine for Life, by Giant's Causeway) is the latest foal of racing age from his Grade III-winning dam, a half-sister to GSW Tubrok (Rahy) and to the dam of Big Trouble (Tiz Wonderful), winner at two of the GIII Sanford S. Elegant Maiden, a $110,000 KEESEP yearling, looks to become the 26th Japanese winner from 31 starters for American Pharoah. She is joined in the field by fellow U.S.-bred filly Modernize Queen (Distorted Humor), purchased for $180,000 at KEESEP last fall and a maternal granddaughter of G1 Chilean Derby heroine and U.S. GISW Noches de Rosa (Chi) (Stagecraft {GB}). B-Jane Schosberg (KY)



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