Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott's 4-year-old charge, Yoshida, let loose in the stretch to win Saturday's Grade 1 Old Forester Turf Classic at Churchill Downs.
Under jockey Jose Ortiz, Yoshida turned on the speed coming off the far turn, overtaking the favorite Beach patrol, and prevailing by a length over that rival. Synchrony finished third. The final time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:54.64.
Yoshida is owned by the partnership of China Horse Club International, WinStar Farm and Head of Plains Partners and was bred in Japan by Northern Farm, a son of Heart's Cry and grandson of Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders' Cup Classic winner Sunday Silence. He became the second Japanese-bred grandson of Sunday Silence to win a G1 race outside of Japan today, after Saxon Warrior (by Deep Impact) won England's 2000 Guineas.
Yoshida paid $21.80 to win, $8.00 to place and $4.80 to show. The Turf Classic was the second graded stakes victory for the colt in his eight-race career and second in a row, following a win in the Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park last October. Yoshida had been off since then. He has four career wins from eight starts.
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