Well-Related Mendelssohn Colt Returns on Derby Undercard

The returning Bold Zone is closely related to GSW Barraza | Benoit


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 Sunday running at Kyoto and Tokyo Racecourses:

Sunday, May 28, 2023
2nd-KYO, ¥10,480,000 ($75k), Maiden, 3yo, 1800m
CHRYSO GRAND CHAT (c, 3, Bolt d'Oro–D'cats Meow, by D'wildcat), whose stakes-placed dam was purchased for $52,000 with this colt in utero out of the 2019 Keeneland November Sale, repaid that bill and then some when fetching $300,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September Sale. The Feb. 25 foal is out of a half-sister to three-time graded winner Pomeroys Pistol (Pomeroy), the dam of $1-million KEESEP grad and MGSW Thousand Words (Pioneerof the Nile), who stands alongside this colt's sire at Spendthrift Farm. The Omaha Beach 2-year-old half-brother to Chryso Grand Chat was sold to Hickory Stables & T/C Stables for $95,000 at this week's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale. B-Chris Baccari (KY)





5th-TOK, ¥14,880,000 ($106k), Allowance, 3yo, 1600m
BOLD ZONE (c, 3, Mendelssohn–Halo Dolly, by Popular) stayed on very nicely to graduate over nine furlongs at first asking at Nakayama this past January (video, SC 7) and was last seen finishing a creditable third at this level at Chukyo back in March. A $40,000 KEESEP yearling turned $280,000 OBS March breezer, the bay–campaigned by the Silk Racing syndicate–is out of a dual turf graded victress who is also responsible for this colt's close relation Barraza (Into Mischief), a Grade III-winning turf sprinter. B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY)


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