Nobo True, a Kentucky-bred son of Broad Brush, posted his first grade I victory when he won Sunday's February Stakes (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday. The 5-year-old horse ran the mile over a good main track in 1:35.6, defeating Wing Arrow by 1 1/4 lengths.
The victory was the seventh in 27 career starts for the winner, trained by Hideyuki Mori for owner Ikebata Inc. Winner of the Negishi Stakes (Jpn-III) earlier this year, Nobo True has earned the equivalent of $1,958,534. Bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss, Nobo True was produced from the Naskra mare Nastique. Whose 10 victories included four grade I stakes from 1987-89. A half-brother to grade III winner Thunder Kitten, Nobo True was purchased by Clover Club Co. for $200,000 from the Niall Brennan consignment to the 1998 Fasig-Tipton Florida February sale of 2-year-olds in training. Consigned to the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale by Mill Ridge Sales, Nobo True was purchased by I.B. Corp. for $110,000.