Katsumi Yoshida knew he had some outstanding yearlings in his Northern Farm consignment but even he was surprised when a French Deputy colt established a Japanese record during Monday's session of the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale.
Mr. Sekiguchi, a son of Storm Cat purchased as a yearling for $8 million in 2004 by Fusao Sekiguchi, won Santa Anita's $52,100 allowance feature Friday by a head over 52-1 longshot Absolute Glory.
A strapping filly from the first crop of the Kingmambo stallion King Kamehameha smashed the world record for a foal or weanling sold at public auction Tuesday in Japan.
Fusao Sekiguchi's 3-year-old Mr. Sekiguchi, purchased for $8 million at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale, slipped through along the rail and went on to capture his first victory by three-quarters of a length as the 9-10 favorite in a field of seven maidens at Santa Anita Saturday.
The 3-year-old Mr. Sekiguchi, an $8 million yearling purchase making his career debut at Santa Anita Saturday for trainer Bob Baffert, opened up a big lead in the stretch before being overtaken close to home by another Baffert trainee, Rising Rate.
Flamboyant Japanese horseman Fusao Sekiguchi is the owner of the $8-million Storm Cat colt, which was the highest-priced Thoroughbred sold at public auction last year.
Front-running Fusaichi Rock Star responded when challenged at the quarter pole and pulled away in the stretch to win the $150,000 San Vicente (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Sunday.
Fusao Sekiguchi's Fusaichi Samurai, co-future book favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) despite only a maiden victory to his credit, has sustained a pulled muscle in his left hind leg, suffered in a workout, and has been taken off the Derby trail, trainer Neil Drysdale said Friday.
Multiple grade I winner Denon has been purchased by Paolo Crespi for stallion duty at his Societa Allevamento di Besnate near Varese, Italy
Fusaichi Samurai, a record-priced $4.5 million son of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, was an impressive two-length winner in his debut Saturday at Hollywood Park.
The $8-million Storm Cat colt, which was the highest-priced Thoroughbred sold at public auction this year, is in Florida being prepared for racing by brothers J.B. and Kevin McKathan.
Yukari Sekiguchi, the daughter-in-law of Fusao Sekiguchi, said her father-in-law did not buy the $8-million Storm Cat colt Tuesday that became the most expensive horse ever sold at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
The European record for a breeze-up sale was smashed during the opening session Wednesday of the Tattersalls breeze-up auction when Japanese owner Fusao Sekiguchi purchased a son of Fusaichi Pegasus, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner that he raced, for $895,500.
Europe's 2-year-old in training record price was passed twice at the Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale Wednesday, most dramatically by a 500,000 guineas Fusaichi Pegasus colt out of champion 2-year-old Lyric Fantasy bought by Fusao Sekiguchi.
The $4.5-million, world record Fusaichi Pegasus colt is now a California resident, living in the Hollywood Park barn of Hall-of-Fame trainer Neil Drysdale.
Prices soared to world record heights Tuesday during Fasig-Tipton Florida's sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. A handsome colt from the first crop of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus set a new standard for a juvenile sold at public auction by commanding $4.5 million. In addition, a colt from the first crop of Stephen Got Even also blew past the previous mark of $2.7 million, bringing $3.1 million earlier in the auction.
After having asked for invitations from trainers around the world to offer to condition the $2.79-million Sunday Silence yearling he bought at the 2003 Hokkaido foal sale, owner Fusao Sekiguchi has decided to keep the colt in Japan.
With hopes of him bouncing back off an eighth-place finish in the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) last weekend, Fusao Sekiguchi's Denon will be sent out to represent the United States in the HK $18-million (approx. $2.3 million) Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) on Dec. 14 at Sha Tin Racecourse.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Considering the shortage of horse owners in the U.S., maybe it's time to emulate the successful racing clubs that are popular in Japanese racing.
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).
Fusaichi Zenon, one of Sunday Silence's 94 stakes winners, will enter stud at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif.
Owner Fusao Sekiguchi will provide trainers from around the world an opportunity to train his $2.79-million Sunday Silence colt from the last crop of the reigning champion sire in Japan. All they have to do is show their eagerness.
The second day of the Japanese Racing Horse Association select foal sale lacked the glitter of the first, but was still a success, helping produce a record gross for the auction.
Gross revenue reached a record high of ¥3.792 billion ($32,081,218) Monday, the first day of the two-day Japan Racing Horse Association Select Sale held on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.
A Sadler's Wells filly sold for 150,000 guineas Thursday to top the second and final session of the Tattersalls breeze-up sale in England The price was a European breeze-up record for a filly.
A juvenile son of Tale of the Cat produced from Satin Sunrise was purchased by Irish bloodstock agent Demi O'Byrne for $1.4 million during Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Racecourse.
Sarafan, America's only hope to break a 10-year drought in the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), drew the number eight post position in a field of 16 international runners set to go postward Sunday in the world's richest turf race, moved to Nakayama racecourse and dropped from 12 to 11 furlongs in distance because of construction of a new grandstand at Tokyo racecourse.
Japanese owner and breeder Fusao Sekiguchi has bought an ownership interest from Gary Tanaka in Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) winner Sarafan, who trainer Neil Drysdale said was scheduled to depart for Tokyo on Tuesday night to contest the Nov. 24 Japan Cup (Jpn-I).
The Illinois State District Court on July 23 granted trainer Neil Drysdale a stay of his 45-day suspension and $2,500 fine stemming from positive drug samples taken from Hawthorne Derby (gr. II) winner Flying Dash May 11.
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