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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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Field Of Nine, Led By Tacitus, War Of Will, Shaping Up For Belmont Stakes

Preakness winner War of Will and third-place Kentucky Derby finisher Tacitus will likely be the solid top two choices in a probable field of nine for the Belmont Stakes June 8. The field won’t officially be set until Tuesday, when the post position draw takes place, but word from potential contenders points to a nine-horse […]

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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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Japan’s Master Fencer Puts In Final Belmont Stakes Breeze At Keeneland

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer (JPN), who is scheduled to make his next start in the Belmont (G1) on June 8, worked a half-mile in :52 over a fast track Wednesday at Keeneland, where he has resided since placing sixth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) on May 4. Video of the work […]

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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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The Haiku Handicapper Presented By Brisnet: 2019 Kentucky Derby

Time to analyze the 2019 Kentucky Derby field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. #1 – War of Will Honest horse undone By a wonky Fair Grounds trip And a lousy draw #2 – Tax Ex-claimer makes good […]

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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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