Japan Road To Kentucky Derby Begins Saturday – Horse Racing News

The Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby will begin early Saturday morning with the $271,844 (USD) Cattleya Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse.

Kazumi Yoshida’s Consigliere (JPN) was the early 2-1 favorite in the Cattleya. Trained by Yukio Inagaki, Consigliere broke his maiden at first asking on Aug. 22 at Niigata. The son of Drefong is scheduled to be ridden by Christophe Lemaire.

Consigliere is slated to face 14 rivals including Mataichiro Yamamoto’s World Connector, the current 4-1 second choice in the wagering. The son of Connect broke his maiden on Oct. 31 over the turf at Tokyo Racecourse. The Kazuo Fujisawa trainee will be ridden by Ryan Moore.

The one-mile Cattleya Stakes is carded as Race 9 at Tokyo with a post time of 12:15 a.m. ET. The Top 4 finishers will be awarded points on a 10-4-2-1 scale.

For more information about the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, visit www.KentuckyDerby.com/horses/prep-races.