Fusao Sekiguchi Buys Millionaire Denon for Japan Cup

Fusao Sekiguchi Buys Millionaire Denon for Japan Cup
Photo: Barbara D. Livingston
Denon, will race for new owner in Japan Cup.
Japanese owner Fusao Sekiguchi purchased the entire interest in millionaire Denon from Edmund Gann and the Niarchos family's Flaxman Stable and plans to run him in the Nov. 30 Japan Cup (Jpn-I). A grade I turf winner three separate years in the U.S., Denon might contest the Grand Prix (Jpn-I) at Nakayama if he wins the Japan Cup, or either the Hong Kong Cup or Hong Kong Vase, both group I, if he doesn't. Breeding plans are undecided.

Denon, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old son of Pleasant Colony out of the group I-winning Northfields mare Aviance, was bred by Flaxman Holdings and initially raced in France for members of the Niarchos family. He was a group winner in France and twice group I placed.

Denon was returned to the U.S. in 2001 and faced major competition right away, in that year's Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) for Flaxman and Gann. He won by a length and went on to win three grade I turf stakes over the next two years, taking the Turf Classic Invitational Stakes and the Manhattan and Charles Whittingham Handicaps.

Denon, who has won six of 19 starts and earned $1,739,156, is a half-brother to European champion Chimes of Freedom (dam of millionaires Aldebaran and Good Journey) and English stakes winner Imperfect Circle, the dam of European champion Spinning World.

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