First Japanese stakes winner for Empire Maker
THE Grade 3 Nikkan Sports Sho Nakayama Kimpai Stakes at Nakayama in Japan on Thursday provided a welcome result forJapanese breeders with Federalist landing the event by a neck from Daiwa Falcon.
The five-year-old is the first Japanese stakes winner by 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, who was sold by Juddmonte in Kentucky to stand under the Japan Bloodstock Breeders' Association banner last year.
Since then, the son of Unbridled has been represented by leading American filly Royal Delta, the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner who sold at Keeneland in November for $8.5 million to Besilu Stables. In all, Empire Maker is the sire of seven Grade 1 winners - six of whom are fillies.
Federalist boasts a top-flight pedigree being one of six winners out of dual Japanese champion Dance Partner, a daughter of Sunday Silence who won the 1995 Japanese Oaks. In turn, she is a sister to Japanese champions Dance In The Mood and Dance In The Dark, also a successful sire.