Great expectations are hovering over Japanese Triple Crown winner Deep Impact as he prepares for his first season at stud, with Shadai Stallion Station officials hoping he will help ignite global interest in Japanese-bred horses.
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, whose purchase by Fusao Sekiguchi for $4.5 million earlier this year set a record for a juvenile sold at public auction, is scheduled to make his first career start Saturday in the fourth race at Hollywood Park.
- By Steve Haskin
Stud farms interested in standing Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus currently are in the process of making their offers to representatives of owner Fusao Sekiguchi.
One day after paying a world-record price for a suckling or weanling sold at public auction, Japanese owner Fusao Sekiguchi went to â280 million ($2,592,593) to acquire a Gone West colt on the final day of the Japan Racing Horse Associations select foal sale at Northern Park on the island of Hokkaido.
Fusao Sekiguchi, who raced 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, paid a world-record price for a foal sold at public auction when he acquired a Dance in the Dark colt for ä490,000,000 ($4,537,037) during the first day of the Japan Racing Horse Association sale Monday.
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.
For the second time Tuesday, a world-record price for a juvenile sold at public auction was set during the Fasig-Tipton selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Race Course. The new world record price of $4.5 million was paid by Japanese owner Fusao Sekiguchi for a colt from the first crop sired by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, who was raced by Sekiguchi.
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.
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).
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.
Flying Dash rallied along the inside to win Saturday's $250,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) on a rain-softened turf course at Hawthorne, giving jockey Victor Espinoza his second derby win in as many weekends.
Trainer Neil Drysdale said Fusao Sekiguchi's Flying Dash will run in the April 27 Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs and then go on to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) if the German-bred performs well in the one-turn mile event.
German-bred Flying Dash balked entering the gate in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland Friday, but was full steam ahead at the wire. Attendance of 14,879 at the Lexington, Ky. track was the largest for a spring opening day since 1985. Attendance last year on opening day was 11,646.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus returned to the races Saturday with a visually impressive 3/4-length win over El Corredor in the $150,000 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Under highweight of 124 pounds, conceding from four to 10 pounds to his five rivals, the Neil Drysdale trainee completed the one-turn mile in 1:34.07 over a fast track.
Fusaichi Pegasus completed his second three-furlong work in less than a week Wednesday at Hollywood Park.
Japanese horseman Teruya Yoshida has confirmed that his family's vast bloodstock operation is a minority owner of 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus.
Irish-based Coolmore has a tentative agreement to purchase Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus for stud duty, beginning in 2001.
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