By Ray Paulick
Espoir City, front-running winner of the 2009 Japan Cup Dirt and this year's February Stakes, is being pointed for the Breeders' Cup Classic, sources in Japan told the Paulick Report.
The Japanese champion dirt horse, a 5-year-old by the Sunday Silence stallion Gold Allure out of Eminent City, a daughter of American-raced Brian's Time, Espoir City has won 11 of 19 starts and $5.8 million, including six consecutive Japanese graded stakes. Owned by the Yushun Horse club, he is trained by Akio Adachi. Espoir City was invited to this year's Dubai World Cup but declined.
Espoir City has been given the summer off and will train for a fall campaign that begins with the one-mile Nanbu Hai at Morioka racecourse north of Tokyo Oct. 11. He used this race as a prep for last year's Japan Cup Dirt.
Espoir City would have to be nominated to the Breeders' Cup as a horse of racing age (by a non-nominated stallion) at a cost of $200,000.
No Japanese-trained horses have yet won a Breeders' Cup race.
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