If trainer Mikio Matsunaga had it to do over again, he would have prepared group II winner Lani for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Belmont Park instead of Churchill Downs.
Koji Maeda's UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Lani turned in a characteristically lengthy breeze early the morning of June 1 at Belmont Park, his penultimate work for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 11.
The last three horses expected for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) arrived at Pimlico Race Course May 19 and settled into their stalls at the Baltimore racetrack.
Koji Maeda's Lani took his time on the Belmont Park main track the morning of May 18, before turning in his final breeze ahead of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico Race Course.
Koji Maeda’s Lani turned in the only work of the day by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders May 3 when the Japanese-owned and –trained colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.
Japan's UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Lani arrived at Churchill Downs April 3 following a 5 1/2-hour van ride from Chicago and was bedded down in Barn 17.
Comments from trainer Mikio Matsunaga after Lani's victory in the UAE Derby (UAE-II). Courtesy Dubai Racing Club Watch Video
Comments from trainer Mikio Matsunaga after Lani's victory in the UAE Derby (UAE-II). Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Kentucky-bred Lani is headed back to his roots while representing Japan after earning his way into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a March 26 UAE Derby (UAE-II) score.
Should Lani finish first or second in Dubai, Yahoo Japan reported, Matsunaga plans to enter the colt, a son of leading sire Tapit, in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
American horses could have a tough time in the Emirates Airlines Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I). Not only is European invader Midday back to defend her title, Japan has sent a formidable adversary in Red Desire.
Buena Vista failed in her bid to become the third winner of the Japanese filly Triple Crown on Sunday when she lost by a nose to second choice Red Desire in the $2 million Shuka Sho (Jpn-I) at Kyoto Race Course.
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