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Japan’s Master Fencer ‘Refreshed And Energetic’ In Turf Gallop For Belmont Derby

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, trained by Koichi Tsunoda, competed in the two-thirds of the Triple Crown with a rail-rallying sixth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and a wide-rallying fifth in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, just a head shy of Tax for fourth. The Japanese-bred son of […]

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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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‘A Little Weird’: Master Fencer Stumbles, Pulls Up Quickly After Belmont Breeze

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, a Japanese-bred son of Just a Way trained by Koichi Tsunoda, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.48 on Wednesday morning on the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, slated for Saturday, June 8. Jockey Julien Leparoux was scheduled to pilot […]

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Master Fencer Brings Bonus Chance, Japanese Wagering To Belmont Stakes

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, a Japanese-bred son of Just a Way trained by Koichi Tsunoda, put in a strong training session on the Belmont Park main track on Monday morning. Master Fencer made the 6,600 mile journey from Japan to Kentucky to compete in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, where he rallied up the rail […]

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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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Master Fencer Headed To New York To Chase $1 Million Belmont Stakes Bonus

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, an eye-catching sixth in the Kentucky Derby rallying up the rail under Julien Leparoux for trainer Koichi Tsunoda, will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on Saturday, June 8 at Belmont Park. The Japanese-bred son of Just a Way will […]

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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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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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