Katsumi Yoshizawa

Master Fencer Staying Stateside To Prepare For Switch To Turf In Belmont Derby

The creation of the Turf Trinity and Turf Tiara as part of the 2019 Turf Triple Series, offering $5.25 million in purse money for sophomores over three legs at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course has captured international attention with a pair of Japanese-breds – U.S. Triple Crown competitor Master Fencer and Group 2-placed filly Jodie – expected for […]

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Derby/Belmont Double A Learning Experience For Master Fencer Team

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer improved on his eye-catching sixth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby with a rallying fifth in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets at Belmont Park. Trained by Koichi Tsunoda and piloted by Julien Leparoux, Master Fencer settled last of 10 along the rail at the half-mile call […]

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Belmont Notes: Master Fencer ‘Energized,’ Sir Winston Worked ‘The Right Way’

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, trained by Koichi Tsunoda, was in good order on Friday morning at Belmont, where he continues to prepare for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. Master Fencer paddock schooled at 6:30 a.m. before heading out to the Belmont main track with the accompaniment of a […]

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Master Fencer ‘Fresh And Energized’ On First Tour Of Belmont Park

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, a rail-rallying sixth in the Kentucky Derby for trainer Koichi Tsunoda, jogged at Belmont Park for the first time early on Sunday morning. Racing manager Mitsuoki Numamoto, translating on behalf of training assistant Yosuke Kono, said the talented Japanese-bred son of Just a Way enjoyed the experience. “Master Fencer had […]

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‘Great Effort’ From Japan’s Master Fencer Puts Belmont Stakes On The Table

Katsumi and Yasuyo Yoshizawa’s Japanese-bred Master Fencer, trained by Koichi Tsunoda, exited his adjudged sixth-place Kentucky Derby (GI) finish in top shape, according to his connections. As stated immediately following his eye-catching closing finish from last place, he is pointing toward the Belmont Stakes (GI) in five weeks’ time. “He didn’t break that well, but […]

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Master Fencer ‘Culmination Of One Man’s Dream’

When the field goes to the post for the Kentucky Derby, Master Fencer will be the first Japanese-bred horse to make his start in the Run for the Roses. For owner Katsumi Yoshizawa, the event will be a new achievement for a formidable stable. Kate Hunter, the Japan-based representative for Breeders’ Cup, Keeneland, the Kentucky […]

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Japan-Based Master Fencer To Accept Kentucky Derby Invitation

Katsumi and Yasuyo Yoshizawa’s Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby competitor Master Fencer (Jpn) has accepted an invitation to participate in the 145th running of the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 5, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Trained by 48-year-old former jockey Koichi Tsunoda, Master Fencer […]

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