Justify Colt Yuttitham On The Rise in Japan

10th-Tokyo, Seiryu S. (Allowance), ¥34,530,000 ($253,726), 5-14, 3yo, 1600m, 1:35.8, gd.
YUTTITHAM (JPN) (c, 3, Justify–Zipessa {GISW, $783,550}, by City Zip), dropped his career debut to future SW Perriere (Jpn) (Henny Hughes) last August and was a warm item in his 3-year-old debut off victories in his final two starts of 2022 last December. The 9-10 favorite was forwardly placed after an uneventful beginning and sat a handy fourth into the turn. Traveling very nicely in the hands of Yuga Kawada, the athletic chestnut was pulled out into the long Tokyo straight, was asked for his best about 300 meters from home and never felt a crack of the crop en route to a 2 1/2-length victory over pace-pressing Copano Pasadena (Jpn) (Copano Rickey {Jpn}). Fellow U.S.-bred Wayward Act (Maclean’s Music), a runaway debut winner over course and distance just two weeks ago, ran extremely well to be third. Yuttitham is out of the Michael Stidham-trained Zipessa, winner of Keeneland’s GI First Lady S. in 2017 who was acquired by Shadai for $1.25 million in foal to Medaglia d’Oro at Keeneland November in 2018. The mare is represented by a 2-year-old colt by Isla Bonita (Jpn) and a yearling filly by Kizuna (Jpn), sire of Sunday’s G1 Victoria Mile heroine Songline (Jpn). Zipessa was most recently bred to Lord Kanaloa (Jpn). The next start for Yuttitham is rumored to be the $750,000 Listed Japan Dirt Derby July 12, where he could square off with the likes of Derma Sotogake (Jpn) (Mind Your Biscuits), Mandarin Hero (Jpn) (Shanghai Bobby) and Continuar (Jpn) (Drefong). Sales history: ¥200,000,000 Ylg ’21 JRHAJUL. Lifetime Record: 4-3-1-0, $249,544.
O-Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co Ltd; B-Shadai Farm; T-Naosuke Sugai.




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