Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: June 23, 2019

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Aurora Tesoro (Malibu Moon), a half to MSW & GSP Soul Driver (pictured), debuts Sunday | Benoit photo

In this continuing series, Alan Carasso takes 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. American-bred juveniles make their presence known for the first time this Sunday in newcomers’ events at (chronologically) Hakodate, Tokyo and Hanshin Racecourses:

Sunday, June 23, 2019
5th-HAK, ¥13,400,000 ($125k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1200mT
FEEL FOR YOU (f, 2, War Front–Easy Feeling, by Elusive Quality), a $375K Keeneland September buy, is the first foal from a winning half-sister to MSW & GSP War Officer (Grand Slam), SW Doo Lang (Pulpit) and MGSP Danceland (Tapit), who was purchased carrying this foal in utero for $650K at KEENOV in 2016. The filly’s third dam, GSW Wandering Star (Red Ransom), bred 2013 G1 Dewhurst S. winner War Command (War Front) and GSW Naval Officer (Tale of the Cat). In foal to Uncle Mo, Easy Feeling fetched $350K from T & G Farm of Kentucky at KEENOV last fall and produced a colt this year. B-Barronstown Stud

5th-TOK, ¥13,400,000 ($125k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1600mT
AURORA TESORO (c, 2, Malibu Moon–For Passion, by Not For Love), a $140K KEEJAN yearling turned $450K Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling, is a half-brother to Soul Driver (Street Boss), a dual stakes winner and Grade III-placed runner on the grass. The chestnut is out of a daughter of GSP Short Time (Clever Trick), the dam of Grade I-winning turf miler Victor’s Cry (Street Cry {Ire}) and Clever Strike (Smart Strike), Grade III-placed on dirt. B-John R Penn & Spendthrift Farm (KY)

5th-HSN, ¥13,400,000 ($125k), Newcomers, 2yo, 1800mT
TROIKA (c, 2, Animal Kingdom–Triune, by E Dubai) cost $160K at KEENOV in 2017, the most expensive of his Kentucky Derby-winning sire’s 20 horses to sell as weanlings that year. Produced by a stakes-placed half-sister to SW & GSP Crew Leader (Pulpit), the colt’s third dam Multiply (Easy Goer) was responsible for GI Met Mile and inaugural Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile hero Corinthian (Pulpit) as well as MGSW & GISP Desert Hero (Sea Hero). B-B P Walden Jr & P W Madden (KY)

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