Tapiture Half-Sister To Mo Forza Debuting 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 Hanshin and Nakayama Racecourses:

Saturday, April 1, 2023
1st-HSN, ¥10,480,000 ($79k), Maiden, 3yo, 1400m
TAKE A STAB (JPN) (f, 3, Justify–It Was Magic, by War Front) is the first foal out of a daughter of 2011 G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Misty For Me (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the dam of three-time Group 1 winners Roly Poly (War Front) and U S Navy Flag (War Front) and of Grade III winner Cover Song (Fastnet Rock {Aus}), whose daughter Contemporary Art (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) was a Gulfstream allowance winner Mar. 26. This is also the family of European champion Fasliyev and Group 1 winner Ballydoyle (Ire). B-K I Farm

2nd-HSN, ¥10,480,000 ($79k), Maiden, 3yo, 1800m
YOUR DESTINY (f, 3, Oscar Performance–Rendezvous Point, by Kingmambo) is closely related to mutiple Grade III turf winner Kitten’s Point (Kitten’s Joy) and cost Paca Paca Farm $140,000 on behalf of Godolphin at the 2020 Keeneland November Sale. Also a half-sister to Kafuji Taurus (Declaration of War), a winner of nine of his 10 career starts and his last seven at Ohi Racecourse near Tokyo, the Mar. 23 foal is out of a half-sister to MGSW sprinter Five Star Day (Carson City). B-Crosshaven Bloodstock (KY)

6th-NKY, ¥10,480,000 ($79k), Maiden, 3yo, 1800m
NAGI (c, 3, Street Sense–Caramel Snap, by Smart Strike), a half-brother GSW & GISP Caramel Swirl (Union Rags), was produced by a daughter of GSW Fast Cookie (Deputy Minister), whose notable produce include three-time Grade I-winning Darley sire Frosted (Tapit) and Grade III winner Indulgent (Bernardini). The latter is the dam of May Fane (Uncle Mo), who is scheduled to make her first trip to the races Saturday at Gulfstream for Bill Mott (see Saturday Insights). MGSW & GISP third dam Fleet Lady (Avenue of Flags) is responsible for champion and Darley sire Midshipman (Unbridled’s Song). B-Godolphin (KY)

Sunday, April 2, 2023
2nd-HSN, ¥10,480,000 ($79k), Maiden, 3yo, 1400m
ROUGE ATHENA (f, 3, Tapiture–Inflamed, by Unusual Heat) is a half-sister to 2019 GI Hollywood Derby hero Mo Forza (Uncle Mo) and was her supplemented dam was purchased by Shadai Farm for $525,000 with this foal in utero about a month later at the 2020 Keeneland January Sale. Inflamed, a full-sister to GSW Burns, foaled this filly May 1, 2020, was bred to Uncle Mo on a late cover and was exported to Japan. She is also the dam of a 2-year-old colt by the star Coolmore stallion. B-Teruya Yoshida (KY)

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