Student Council Opts for Japan Cup Dirt
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 10/14/2007 6:21:43 PM
Last Updated: 10/17/2007 6:16:05 PM

Student Council
Photo: Four-Footed Fotos
Millennium Farms’ Ro Parra has decided to run his star pupil Student Council in the $2.3 million Japan Cup Dirt (Jap-I), rather than the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic—Powered by Dodge (gr. I). The 1 1/4-mile Japan Cup Dirt will be contested Nov. 24 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Five-year-old Student Council was purchased by Millennium Farms in August. Since then he has won the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) and the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I). The win in the Pacific Classic makes Student Council eligible for a bonus of $833,300 should he also take the Japan Cup Dirt.

He is currently training at Keeneland with Steve Asmussen, who took over for Vladimir Cerin after the Pacific Classic. However, once he arrives in California Oct. 19 to prepare for his trip to Japan, Cerin will take over and be the trainer of record for the Japan Cup Dirt.

Student Council’s regular jockey, Richard Migliore, will ride in Japan.

“The Japan Cup Dirt is a prestigious international race, and we believe we can compete and win the race,” Parra said. “Student Council has an affinity for deeper tracks, and we have been informed that the track in Tokyo is similar to the tracks that he has already won over. 

"We have a great deal of respect for the field assembling for the Breeders’ Cup, but the bonus is a significant factor, and with his terrific pedigree and great sire potential, an international group I victory would add to his value as a stallion prospect.”

Bred by Lane’s End Farm, the Kingmambo horse is out of the stakes winning Kris S. mare Class Kris. He is a half-brother to the graded stakes-winning colt Gradepoint.

Student Council will go to Japan having won seven of 22 starts for earnings of more than $1.1 million.



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