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Up-to-date: March 6, 2023 at 1:04 pm
By Bill Finley
Mandarin Hero (Jpn) (Shanghai Bobby), a winner of 4 of 5 job starts in Japan, will make his subsequent start in the GI Santa Anita Derby Apr. 8 at Santa Anita.
Mandarin Hero races on the Countrywide Affiliation of Racing (NAR) circuit, comprised of regional tracks predominantly providing filth racing and broadly regarded as to be a reduce underneath the Japan Racing Association circuit. Mandarin Hero will be the very first NAR horse to contend in the U.S., even though Marche Lorraine (Jpn) (Orfevre Jpn) was a four-time black-form winner at NAR tracks right before upsetting the 2021 GI Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar.
Mandarin Hero, one of 24 winners from the initial Japanese crop of 2012 Eclipse Award-successful juvenile male Shanghai Bobby, was undefeated in 4 begins as a 2-12 months-outdated and won the Haiseiko Kinen (allowance) going a two-switch mile past November (see below, SC 9). He built his 3-year-outdated debut in an precious 1800-meter [nine-furlong] check Feb. 23, ending a close next. All of his races have occur on the dust at Ohi Racecourse exterior of Tokyo, in which he has earned the equivalent of $236,854.
This is the initial time a NAR horse has headed to the Usa.pic.twitter.com/dAZtdyv93O
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“My target of managing in the Santa Anita Derby has occur true, and I am determined to attain good outcomes,” explained trainer Terunobu Fujita. “After a very good operate in the Santa Anita Derby, I hope to run in the Kentucky Derby. I have the expertise of an overseas tour [in Korea] and I will do my best to do all the things in my power.”
There are four races on the Japanese calendar earn which details for the GI Kentucky Derby are awarded. Mandarin Hero has not operate in any of them. Five Japanese horses are envisioned to get portion in the G2 UAE Derby at Meydan Mar. 25, a race that offers Kentucky Derby factors on a scale of 100-40-30-20-10 as does the Santa Anita Derby.