For the first time since 2016, the Preakness Stakes will have a contender from Japan in the starting gate, according to Kate Hunter on Twitter. The 3-year-old France Go de Ina, trained by Hideyuki Mori, is planning a trip to the United States to contest the middle leg of the Triple Crown.
The Kentucky-bred son of Will Take Charge out of the Curlin mare Dreamy Blues was a $100,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. He broke his maiden at second asking in Japan, and won a weight-for-age contest before traveling to Dubai for the UAE Derby.
France Go de Ina finished sixth that day after breaking poorly. The colt will enter quarantine on April 27, and fly to the U.S. on May 5.
Cat is finally out of the bag, but done correctly by Sponichi this time haha France Go De Ina is headed to the Preakness Stakes! Didn’t get a good break in the UAE Derby but the Preakness should fit him well, plus a gate boy! He enters quarantine on 4/27 & we depart on 5/5 for US https://t.co/6Zr3ReFm7J pic.twitter.com/p0AnwdxHOT
— Kate Hunter • Marugai Racing • ケイト ハンター• まるがいレーシング (@KeibaKate) April 23, 2021
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