Japanese breeding

Bloodlines: Japan’s Grass Is Greener For Stallion Prospects Like Turf Star Bricks And Mortar

The Grade 1 Arlington Million became the 10th victory in 12 starts for Bricks and Mortar (by Giant’s Causeway), who is a virtual certainty to be divisional champion and is also a serious contender for Horse of the Year. Not since Kotashaan (Darshaan) in 1993 has a turf champion exerted the prowess to become Horse […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Japan Racing And Breeding A Global Force For Years To Come

A recent visit to Tokyo marked the 25th anniversary of my first Japan Cup experience in 1993, when Japanese-bred Legacy World claimed the top prize by defeating Kotashaan, a five-time Grade 1 winner in the U.S. who would be voted that year’s North American Horse of the Year. Legacy World became only the fourth Japanese-trained horse […]

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Mind Your Biscuits Sold To Shadai Farm, To Stand In Japan After Racing Career

Mind Your Biscuits, the all-time New York-bred leading money earner, will be sent to Japan for stud duty at the end of this year, trainer Chad Summers said Wednesday. The earner of $3,719,286 from 21 career starts will stand at Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm in Abira on the island of Hokkaido in Japan. “It’s one […]

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Classic-Placed Lani Retired To Arrow Stud In Japan

Globetrotting Lani, who captured the 2016 G2 U.A.E. Derby and finished third in the G1 Belmont Stakes, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Arrow Stud in Japan, according to the Thoroughbred Daily News. The 4-year-old son of Tapit began his career in Japan, winning two of four starts […]

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Huge ‘Impact’: Offspring By Sire Deep Impact In High Demand At JHRA Sale

Offspring by Shadai Stallion Station’s Deep Impact were in high demand as the Japanese stallion produced the sale toppers at the Japan Racing Horse Association’s selected foal and yearling sales July 10-11. According to a report in the BloodHorse, owner Riichi Kondo paid ¥580 million (US$5.087 million) for Hip 362, a yearling colt by Deep Impact out of French […]

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Japan: Deep Impact To Command ¥30m Stud Fee In 2017

Shadai Stallion Station has released its roster of stallions and stud fees for 2017, and it will be once again led by champion Deep Impact, who will command a fee of ¥30m ($264,777). According to a report in the Racing Post, the 14-year-old son of Sunday Silence is already booked full for 2017. He covered 230 mares in 2016. […]

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‘Dream Come True’: Charismatic Returning Stateside, To Live At Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, is proud to announce that Charismatic, 1999’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and  Horse of the Year, is coming home. The now 20-year-old stallion will return to the United States from the JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan, where he has stood since 2002, sometime in […]

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Japanese ‘All-Star’ Race Won By Gold Actor

The Arima Kinen was designed to be a season-end Grand Prix, in which the runners were selected by fan poll—an “All-Star” event in Japanese Racing. Fans could cast their votes by ballots available at JRA racecourses and off-track betting sites, by mail or by online to select the ten most popular runners. The 2015 edition […]

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Japan: Purses And Local Passion Create A Near ‘Racing Utopia’

Harry Sweeney made the move from Ireland to Japan in 1990 to work as a farm manager and veterinarian, because the farm was willing to pay six times his Irish salary. According to the New York Times, he only intended to stay for one year. Now, 25 years later, Sweeney owns and operates his own […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Following Her Dream And Silver Charm

Many people can pinpoint a single event, person or experience that changed their life forever. For Kate Hunter, a horse named Silver Charm changed the trajectory of her life and took her on a journey around the world to follow her dream. Growing up in Nashville, Tenn., Kate had always loved animals. Along with the rest of […]

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