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Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:47 pm

Trainer Bill Mott reported that Travers (gr. I) nominee Japan emerged from his Aug. 22 workout at Saratoga Race Course with an injury that is likely to be career-ending.

"He fractured a sesamoid," Mott said outside his barn the morning of Aug. 23. "(It's) not good."

Japan, winner of the WinStar Farm Easy Goer Stakes June 6 on the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) undercard, led the Jim Dandy (gr. II) field in the early going before giving way to Texas Red at the top of the stretch to finish third Aug. 1.

In Saturday's five-furlong breeze, Japan was timed in :59.59, the third-fastest of 43 at the distance.

Owned by Barry Schwartz, Japan is by Medaglia d'Oro out of Maya, by Capote. The half brother to multiple graded stakes winner Al Khali was a $300,000 yearling purchase from Gainesway, agent, at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale. He posted a 2-1-1 career line from five starts and earned $189,000.

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Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:04 pm

Well, that's a shame. But at least it isn't life-threatening.

I'm just guessing where he'll end up standing.
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Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:41 pm

That's a crying shame. Hope he makes as full a recovery as possible to have a comfortable retirement and stud career. Certainly has an interesting pedigree, and he's gorgeous.
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Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:53 pm

"The half brother to multiple graded stakes winner Al Khali ..."

Japan is a full brother to Al Khali. And I agree that he's a stunning looking colt. Too bad he didn't get the chance to reach his potential.
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Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:35 pm

I think he could make a nice regional stallion. Totally not knocking him with that, either. He's a grand looking animal and obviously has some talent. Shame he couldnt hold together.
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Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:59 pm

Unquestionably the prettiest pony at Belmont that day. Here's to hoping he winds up being okay.
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Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:05 pm

Rough few weeks for Mott, first with Speightster getting hurt, now Japan.
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Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:04 pm

dustino140 wrote:Rough few weeks for Mott, first with Speightster getting hurt, now Japan.
So I missed the Speightster getting hurt...do you know what happened?
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Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:44 pm

When he was about to enter the path to the paddock for the Jim Dandy, an amateur photographer took his picture with a flash; when the flash went off he reared up. One of the goofy events I'll remember from this meet. Sorry his promising career is ended.
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