advisor took the lead at the head of the Tokyo Racecourse Long Distance at Cattleya Sho on Nov. 27, holding on to win the first leg of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby with a neck.
The colt from the first crop of the sire raised in Kentucky Drefong went away as a favorite after an easy win in his first race. He was chased home by belated long shots Karma coffee and Geraldo Barows, sired by Henny Hughes and Finster Minister , respectively.
Consigliere, from the Spanish stairs great Tashas Stern , runs in the colors of Kasumi Yoshida and was bred by his Northern Farm. Japan’s leading jockey, Christophe Lemaire, made the betting windows even more attractive.
Lemaire was never far from the competition in the 1,600 meter (about a mile) Cattleya, producing consigliere outside of the early leaders just within the 400 meter mark. He took the lead in daylight and although the top rivals reduced the lead, Consigliere had enough left to be the first to go home.
Consigliere scored 10 points on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard. Café Karma and Geraldo Barows received four and two points, respectively. World connector, a associate Colt ridden by Ryan Moore, finished fourth and received one point.
The four-race series moves to the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun at the Kawasaki racecourse on December 14, where the points are doubled. The Hyacinth Stakes on February 7th at Tokyo Racecourse offer 30, 12, six and three points. The finals are the Fukuryu Stakes in Nakayama, where the stakes rise again to 40, 16, eight and four points.
It remains to be seen whether the dominance of American sires in the Cattleya reflects the new interest shown by Japanese riders in the US Triple Crown races. The earlier runs in the series did not have a significant impact on the Run for the Roses.
Consiglieri’s father Drefong was a successful sprinter. Trained by Bob Baffert for Baoma Corporation, Drefong made nine starts and scored six wins, including the Ketel One King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Racetrack and the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Santa Anita Park In 2016 he won the Forego Stakes (G1) in Saratoga the following year.
Drefong is at Shadai Stallion Station, owned by the Yoshida brothers.
Henny Hughes, the father of Café Karma, also won the Royal Bishop in 2006. The career of the Sinister Minister, also under Baffert, reached with a win in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) in 2006 Keeneland. He finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and remained without a win in seven consecutive starts, finishing in eighth place in the Longacres Mile (G3) Emerald green down.
Lani won the Cattleya in 2015 and then finished third in the 2016 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) after off-market efforts in the first two legs of the American Triple Crown.
Master fencer finished fourth in the series and accepted the 2019 Kentucky Derby invitation when the top three points earners declined. the Only one way Colt finished seventh and sixth after being disqualified from Maximum Security. Master Fence later finished fifth at the Belmont.