Godolphin Unveil War Front Firster 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 18, 2023
2nd-HSN, ¥10,480,000 ($79k), Maiden, 3yo, 1800m
FREEWHEELING (c, 3, War Front–Fresh Feline, by Kitten’s Joy) cost Godolphin $250,000 as a weanling at the 2020 Keeneland November Sale and is a half-brother to Feel the Fear (Honor Code), a debut winner and victorious in the 2021 Prairie Gold Juvenile S. in his next start. The colt’s multiple Grade II-placed dam is a daughter of the stakes-winning Merry Me In Spring (Wekiva Springs), whose son So Brilliant (Medaglia d’Oro) won the GIII Hollywood Prevue S. in 2011. Godolphin’s Japanese arm also purchased the only other War Front weanling offered in 2020, going to $400,000 for a colt out of Irish Group 2 winner Elizabeth Browning (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). The field also includes US-breds Lap Star (Justify), Mystic Lore (Arrogate) and Shigeru Sorososo (Runhappy). B-Lazy F Ranch & W S Farish (KY)

Sunday, March 19, 2023
3rd-CKO, ¥10,480,000 ($79k), Maiden, 3yo, 1400m
JASPER WORLD (c, 3, Justify–Sweet Shirley Mae, by Broken Vow), whose dam was second in the 2012 GI Spinaway S. and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, is a half-brother to SW Mae Never Know (Ire) (No Nay Never), The Apr. 15 foal’s stakes-winning second dam Joyful Chaos (Rahy) is also responsible for Grade III-placed I Remember Mama (Ghostzapper) and the dam of Grade III winner Chaos Theory (Curlin). On behalf of owner Kazuo Kato, trainer Hideyuki Mori purchased Jasper World for $240,000 at Keeneland September in 2021. Breeze Easy acquired Sweet Shirley Mae for $225,000 in foal to Giant’s Causeway at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. B-Breeze Easy LLC (KY)

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