No Success for California Sprinters in Japan

Trainer Darrell Vienna's California-bred sprinters Disturbingthepeace and Echo Eddie finished 13th and 17th, respectively, in Sunday's $1.435-million Takamatsunomiya Kinen on the turf at Chukyo racecourse in Japan.

Japan's Believe, a 5-year-old daughter of Sunday Silence, defeated Sunningdale, also from Japan, by a length. The final time in the about-six furlong race was 1:08.10.

Defending champion Shonan Kampf was seventh in the18-horse field.

Disturbingthepeace and Echo Eddie were the first foreign horses to compete in the race since it was opened to international competition in 2001.

Believe is owned by Koji Maeda, who also campaigns Sunday Break, the third-place finisher in the 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).