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Exciting maiden win by Kanthaka
for West Point Thoroughbreds

Forced to steady at the three-eighths pole, Kanthaka found room three-wide entering the stretch and closed relentlessly to win his second start by a neck for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The handsome juvenile by Freshman sire Jimmy Creed was a $140,000 March Select Sale purchase (Hip 36) by West Point Thoroughbreds from the Kings Equine consignment.


Third stakes win for Right Hand Man

In his first start following a third-place finish in the July 4 Oak Tree Sprint, Right Hand Man held off a late challenge to win the $51,625 Albany Stakes by nose for trainer Jeff Bonde. The 3-year-old son of Street Boss purchased from the 2015 Harris Farms October consignment (Hip 129) for $120,000 is owned by Blinkers On Stable and a number of individual partners. With the victory, the 3-time stakes winner has a 4-1-1 record from 8 career starts and earnings of $147,780.


Lotus Queen goes the distance

Breaking alertly from the 12 post, Lotus Queen showed early speed, racing in the leading group before taking the lead in the final sixteenth to win the Dec. 2 six-furlong maiden race at Nakayama by three-quarters of a length for owner Nasuno Bokujo and trainer Masamichi Wada.

Following a :10 flat clocking at the March 27 Select Sale training preview, the daughter of Blame (Hip 67) consigned by Excel Bloodstock, sold for $180,000, her sire’s top-priced 2-year-old filly of 2017.


Ryano Tesoro completes weekend double

Following an impressive maiden victory at Tokyo on Nov. 18, Ryano Tesoro returned to the winner’s circle again Dec. 3 capturing a six-furlong allowance as the favorite in 1:12 flat at Nakayama. The promising son of Justin Phillip trained by Ryo Takei for owner Kenji Ryotokuji has already won twice in three starts.

A $300,000 purchase from the Eddie Woods consignment last March following a bullet work of :20 3/5, Ryono Tesoro (Hip 48) is his sire’s top-priced 2-year-old-in training.
























In his 2018 debut Best Macho notches his third stakes victory

A tough and consistent competitor since 2016 for owner Yukio Baba, Best Macho celebrated the opening of the 2018 racing season with a powerful victory in the $380,853 January Stakes at Nakayama, January 13 for trainer Takahisa Tezuka. Stalking the pace in third, the 5-year-old son of Macho Uno rallied strongly in the final furlong to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:10.40.

With the victory, he improved his record to 12-6-2-1 and increased his earnings to $952,347. The 2015 March Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 77) consigned by Eddie Woods, was a $260,000 purchase by Narvick International.

Graduate Short Notes 

Santa Anita, January 14, $55,725 Msw. 1mT
Bold Papa (6yo. g. by Papa Clem) took the lead entering the stretch and won clear by just over three lengths for owners Christopher Dunn and Jeremy Peskoff. The 2014 May Sale
2-year-old (Hip 51) trained by Richard Baltas was a $110,000 purchase by George Papaprodromou from the McCarthy Bloodstock consignment.

Golden Gate, Dec. 26, $30,488 Msw. 5 1/2f
Team Hollywood (2yo. f. by Alternation) closed steadily in the stretch to catch the pacesetter at the wire for a rare dead heat victory in her second start for trainer William Morey and owners Nick Ferrara and Michael Nentwig. The 2016 October Sale yearling (Hip 72) purchased by Nick Hines for $12,500, was consigned by El Dorado Farms. 

Los Alamitos, Dec. 10, $47,655 Alw. 1m
Resky Business (3yo. f by Eskendereya) took the lead at the half-mile pole and drew clear in the final furlong to record her fourth career victory by nearly three lengths for trainer William Morey and owners Gulliver Racing, Nick Ferrara and Michael Nentwig. The 2016 Select Sale 2-year-old (Hip 112) purchased by Nick Hines for $50,000, was consigned by Havens Bloodstock. 

Gulfstream, Dec. 2, $110,000 Rapid Transit Stakes
Cautious Giant (6yo. g by Giant’s Causeway) prevailed in a long stretch duel to win the 7-furlong stakes in time of 1:20.17 for owner Mark Moche and trainer Victor Barboza, Jr. The $57,000 purchase by Kristin Mulhall from the Harris Farms consignment at the 2017 January Sale (Hip 203) earned $172,280 last year.











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