Fillies' Imports Into Japan

Author: Jana Nemeckova, published: 11th January 2018

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Japanese breeders weren't interested only in exciting stallion prospects, but also in possible star broodmares. Whether it was for great performances at the racetracks or very good pedigrees, a great number of mares was shipped overseas to start or continue their stud career in Japan. The following list will be updated regularly to make a comprehensive database of Japanese imported broodmares, sorted according to the year they were imported.

1956

Concubine

b.f. 1948; Le Pacha - Climax, Precipitation - Riot, Colorado - Lady Juror

The winner of 1 of 4 starts. Her dam Climax was a half-sister to Spedition, the dam of the Sussex Stakes winner Agigator, and to the Oaks Stakes winner Commotion, who later produced full brothers Combat and Faux Tirage by Big Game, and Aristophanes by Hyperion. The third dam Lady Juror produced Fair Trial, The Black Abbot by Abbot's Trace, The Recorder by Captain Cuttle, and the fillies Jurisdiction – an ancestress of Kashmir II, Sansonnet – the dam of Tudor Minstrel, and Dissenter, the dam of the Prix Royal Oak winner Scot.

Concubine produced a bay filly Kane Keyaki by Kaneryu, a tail male ancestor of Manna, who won both the Oka Sho and the Yushun Himba. Her granddaughter Kane Himuro by Partholon won the Yushun Himba too, and she herself became the dam of Kane Minobu, who won or placed in numerous top races in Japan, including the victory in the Arima Kinen and the third place finish in the Toyko Yushun. Other stakes horses in the family were Kane Kuroshio, Kane Miksa, and Tsuki Masaru. The family had the best years in the 1970s, but survived into the 21st century in several branches.

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1975

Sweet France

ch.f. 1972; Exclusive Native - Angel Chile, Herbager - Mon Ange, Tom Fool - Two Lea

The dam of this unraced filly was Angel Chile, a half-sister to minor sires Son Ange and Tarboosh - the former was the damsire of Sri Pekan, while the latter sired the US champion grass mare Just a Game. The third dam Two Lea, herself being a champion three-year-old filly and champion older mare, produced a double classic winner Tim Tam, and a good handicap horse On-And-On, the sire of Forward Pass and the damsire of Alydar. Two Lea's younger full sister Twosy is an ancestress of Chris Evert, and her older full sister Miz Clementine is the granddam of Best Turn; their dam Two Bob was the winner of the Kentucky Oaks in 1936.

Sweet France's best daughter was Sweet Native, the winner of the Yasuda Kinen 1982; far the best horse from the family was Seiun Sky, a grey colt by Sheriff's Star born in 1995 thatwon both the Satsuki Sho and the Kikuka Sho in 1998, both over Tokyo Yushun winner and multiple G1 winner Special Week. Other good horses were the Japanese G3 winner of 1990 Sweet Mithuna and her G3 placed son Admire Head; Air Valjean, who ran third in the New Zealand Trophy G2 in 2001; and Nishino Dokomademo, who ran second in the Aoba Sho G2 in 2005.

1976

Sunny Swaps

b.f. 1975; Hawaii - Iron Age, Khaled - Iron Reward, Beau Pere - Iron Maiden

Sunny Swaps was an unraced filly with its own kind of blue blood – a daughter of South African Horse of the Year 1968 and the subsequent US champion grass horse Hawaii, out of full sister to great Swaps, the Kentucky Derby winner, Horse of the Year 1956, and holder of six world records. Her family is described in Swaps's stallion profile, which will be published soon.

Sunny Swaps did well in Japan. She left at least three multiple winners from four known foals, the best being Sakura Sunny O by Partholon, a G2 winner and multiple graded placed, and above all, third from the Satsuki Sho and the Kikuka Sho. Two years younger Sakura Daio by Maruzensky won five of his six starts and placed in the sixth one; he became a minor sire, whose best son was Legend Hunter, winner of the G2 Daily Hai Sansai Stakes and multiple graded placed. The family reached two more peaks through two different daughters. Blue Hawaii became the third dam of bay colt Transcend by Wild Rush, multiple G1 winner, and double winner of the Japan Cup Dirt, and also JRA champion older horse of 2011. Dyna Swaps, three times winner from 23 starts, became the dam of three winners, including the G3 winner Dandy Commando, but more importantly, her family was able to produce Kurofune Surprise, second at G1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in 2012. Sadly, Kurofune Surprise had to be euthanized at the age of four due to a fractured leg, but there's a great probability that both branches of Sunny Swaps' daughters are still alive.