Mares in Japan 2012

Fellow racing photographer and journalist, Kate Hunter has the rare privilege of seeing some of the best horses, including mares and foals, from around the world. Kate will share her photos with you in several blog entries. To see Kate’s racing images go to http://photos.bloodhorse.com/Photographers/Kate-Hunter

From Kate: The Yoshida brothers' Shadai and Northern Farms have been on a quest to make a world class racehorse. To do that they have been buying up some of the best bloodstock from around the world, which of course includes the United States. This summer I spent time with some of my fellow Americans as they get used to their new lives in Japan.

Part 1:

Gabby's Golden Gal (2006, Medaglia d'Oro x Gabriellina Giof, by Ashkalani) Gabby won the G1 Acorn Stakes and the G1 Santa Monica Handicap, then was bought by Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Farm for $1.25 million at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale in 2010. She had her first foal this spring, a colt by G1 Dubai Duty Free winner, and the only Japanese horse to beat Deep Impact, Heart's Cry. She is not in foal this year.

 

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Gozzip Girl (2006, Dynaformer x Temperence Gift, by Kingmambo) The winner of the G1 American Oaks Invitational Stakes was bought by Shadai Farm privately in 2010. Her first foal is a colt by Triple Crown champion Deep Impact. She is not in foal this year.

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Dubawi Heights(GB) (2007, Dubawi, IRE, x Rosie's Posy, IRE, by Suave Dancer) Winner of the G1 Gamely Stakes and the G1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes was bought by Shadai Farm for $1.6 million at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale in 2011. She was bred to Deep Impact this spring and has been confirmed in foal.

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Laragh (2006, Tapit x Rose of Summer, by El Prado, IRE)) The G1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes winner was bought by Shadai Farm for $850,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November Sale in 2009. She has a yearling chestnut filly by multiple G1 winner Zenno Rob Roy (Sire of Trailblazer, who will run in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf) and had a bay Deep Impact filly this spring. She has been confirmed back in foal to Deep Impact.

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Wickedly Perfect (2008, Congrats x Wickedly Wise, by Tactical Cat) Wickedly Perfect had a short career on the track. She won the G1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes and placed in the G1 Darley Debutante Stakes. She was bought by Katsumi Yoshida for his Northern Farm at the Keeneland January sale in 2008 for $800,000 as a broodmare prospect. Her first foal is a filly by top stallion King Kamehameha (Kingmambo) and she has been confirmed in foal to Deep Impact.

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