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Kitasan Black Colt Tops JRHA Sale Weanling Session

After two of his progeny topped the July 8 yearling session of the 2024 Japan Racing Horse Affiliation Choose Sale, Kitasan Black  delivered a clear sweep July 9 when certainly one of his colts, Hip 364, led the foal session of the two-day sale.

A two-time Japan Horse of the 12 months on the observe, Kitasan Black can also be the sire of two-time Japan Horse of the 12 months Equinox , who in 2023 earned the title of World’s Greatest Racehorse from the Worldwide Federation of Horseracing Authorities. 

Consumers on the JRHA Choose Sale at Northern Horse Park predict additional success. On Tuesday, Toshihiko Tabata of the Lion Race Horse racing syndicate, went to $410 million yen (US$2,546,584, [US$1=161 yen]) to land the session-topping colt, who’s the sixth foal out of German Oaks (G1) winner Serienholde . Her fist foal, by Kingman  , is Japan grade 1 winner Schnell Meister .   

Masahiro Noda of Danox Co., main purchaser on the yearling session Monday, was nonetheless hungry for recruiting younger horses Tuesday He spent 815 million yen in whole to purchase 4 foals, together with Hip 386, a colt by Contrail, which Noda purchased for 300 million yen.    

At Tuesday’s session, 231 foals had been offered for 14,421,000,000 yen in whole, which is down 2.4% from 2023. The 62,428,571 yen common value is off 7.5% from twelve months in the past, whereas the median, at 42 million yen, is up 2.4% from 2023. The clearance fee, 96.7%, is healthier than 2023, when it was 94.8%. 


Tuesday’s session additionally noticed a pair of weanlings by 2022 U.S. Horse of the 12 months and Kentucky-based sire Flightline   every promote for 210 million yen (US$1,304,348). A kind of weanlings, Hip 419, is out of Argentine champion 2-year-old filly Tan Gritona and was consigned by Northern Farm. The opposite, Hip 436, consigned by Grand Stud, is the primary foal out of 2021 Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) winner Grace Adler , a daughter of Curlin  .

Hip 419 was bought by Tetsuhide Kunimoto, whereas Hip 436 went to Danox Co.

One other Kentucky-based sire making headlines Tuesday was 2017 Horse of the 12 months and record-breaking sire Gun Runner  , who noticed a colt consigned by Shunsuke Yoshida, Hip 391, draw a profitable bid of 300 million yen (US$1,863,335) from Y’s Consignment Gross sales. The colt is a half brother to Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Angel of Empire .

For the two-day 2024 JRHA Choose Sale, 455 tons offered for 28,918,000,000 yen, which is a 2.7% improve as in contrast with 2023, and a file for gross on the JRHA Choose Sale.  Common value, 63,556,044 yen, is down 1.8% from 2023 and median value, 42 million yen, is off 2.3%. Clearance fee by two days, 96.4%, is healthier than 2023, when it was 96.0%. It’s the highest clearance fee within the sale’s historical past.

“It was a significantly better market than I anticipated, and I want to thank everyone concerned on this superb sale,” mentioned Teruya Yoshida, lively chairman of JRHA. “There are such a lot of gamers within the recreation, which is unbelievable.

“Yearlings and foals provided right here on Monday and Tuesday are the cream of Japanese-bred.  The standard of the catalog was very excessive.”

Yoshida famous that consumers have seen the success horses out of this sale are having fun with on the observe.

“Danon Decile, this 12 months’s Japanese Derby winner, was purchased right here, and Ceaselessly Younger, winner of the Saudi Derby and UAE Derby, who was narrowly crushed within the Kentucky Derby, was purchased right here as effectively. I perceive these successes by gross sales graduates inspired consumers to spend an increasing number of,” Yoshida mentioned.  “I’ve had consumers from USA, Europe, Australia, South America, the Mideast, and Hong Kong this 12 months.  I’m very completely happy to see these worldwide consumers had been very lively at this market.

“I can’t look ahead to JRHA Choose Sale in 2025, when the primary crop by Equinox is obtainable.”

One of many consumers from america was Mike Repole of Repole Steady. Upfront of the weanling sale, the proprietor reported on social media that he bought 5 yearlings: two colts by Drefong , one by Contrail, and fillies by Kizuna  and Nadal 

He wrote on X that “Their open, clear method—with medical data and revealed reserves—is each environment friendly and refreshing.”


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