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Casino Drive - Nad Al Sheba 24.March 09

Casino Drive: set to retire to the Shadai Stallion Station

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) 

Casino Drive to join Shadai roster in Japan

CASINO Drive, the Japanese-trained winner of the 2009 Grade 2 Peter PanStakes, has been retired and will stand at the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan.

A $950,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by Nobutaka Tada, the six-year-old son of Mineshaft boasts excellent bloodlines as a half-brother to Belmont Stakes winners Rags To Riches and Jazil out of the Grade 1-placed blue hen Better Than Honour.

Casino Drive lived up to his illustrious heritage, winning four races for trainer Kazuo Fujisawa in Japan and America led by the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. That victory saw him enter the reckoning for the 2008 Belmont Stakes but Japanese hopes were crushed when a bruised foot forced his last minute withdrawal.

He was also second in the Group 1 February Stakes at Tokyo.

Casino Drive's half-brother, 2009 Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Man Of Iron, is catalogued as lot 670 in this week's Tattersalls July Sale.

 

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