Expensive Justify Foal On Debut Sunday at Hanshin

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 Chukyo and Hanshin Racecourses:

Saturday, March 11, 2023
4th-CKO, ¥10,480,000 ($77k), Maiden, 3yo, 1400mT
GARMISCH (c, 3, Uncle Mo–Fiduicia, by Medaglia d’Oro) is the second foal to race out of this dam, a Japanese stakes-winner and Group 3-placed turf sprinter whose first produce, Gran Aplauso (Gun Runner), was victorious on debut in a 1200-meter turf maiden in the summer of 2021. Fiducia is a daughter of Japanese champion older mare Believe (Jpn) (Sunday Silence), who defeated the boys in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen and Sprinters S. when they were contested as listed races and went on to produce Gendarme (Kitten’s Joy), upset winner of the 2022 G1 Sprinters’ S., as well as MSW & G1SP Faridat (Kingmambo). B-North Hills Co Ltd (KY)

6th-CKO, ¥14,880,000 ($109k), Allowance, 3yo, 1800m
BOLD ZONE (c, 3, Mendelssohn–Halo Dolly, by Popular), a $40,000 Keeneland September yearling turned $280,000 OBS March breezer, was let go at debut odds of 8-1 going this trip at Nakayama back in January and overcame a wide trip to draw clear by 3 1/2 lengths (video, SC 7). The Feb. 12 foal is one of two winners from two out of the mare, winner of the GII Yellow Ribbon S. and GIII Wilshire H. and also the dam of GIII San Simeon S. hero Barraza, a son of Mendelssohn‘s all-conquering half-brother Into Mischief. Spendthrift acquired Halo Dolly for $300,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November Sale. B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY)



Sunday, March 12, 2023
2nd-HSN, ¥10,480,000 ($77k), Maiden, 3yo, 1200m
ANGE FIELD (JPN) (f, 3, Justify–Not Now Carolyn, by Tapit) is out of a winning daughter of Eclipse Award, Grade I and inaugural Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Maryfield (Elusive Quality), who cost Shimokobe Farm $140,000 with this filly in utero at the 2019 Keeneland November Sale. Not Now Carolyn, a half-sister to Irish Group 2-placed Radio Silence (War Front), was exported to Japan and the filly–foaled Apr. 16, 2020–fetched ¥80 million ($745,639) at that year’s JRHA Select Sale. This is also the family of recent GII Risen Star S. runner-up Sun Thunder (Into Mischief). B-Shimokobe Farm



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