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Johannesburg - Breeders Cup 2001

Johannesburg wins the 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Johannesburg sold to stand in Japan

JOHANNESBURG, the former champion two-year-old and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, has been bought by the Japanese Bloodhorse Breeders' Association.

The stallion, who had been standing at Coolmore's Ashford Stud since 2002 after his retirement from racing, will take up stud duties at JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Hokkaido. The 10-year-old  is currently covering in Argentina and will be exported to Japan early next January.

Fromthe family of the champion juvenile Minardi, Johannesburg was bred by Wayne Lyster and Jayeff B Stables. Bought by Demi O'Byrne for $200,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, and trained by Aidan O'Brien, the bay was unbeaten in seven starts as a juvenile. His wins included the Prix Morny, Middle Park Stakes, Phoenix Stakes and Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

He did not fare quite so well in his three-year-old career, finishing second in the Group 3 Gladness Stakes, eighth in the Kentucky Derby and ninth in the Golden Jubilee Stakes. He ran only three times at three and was retired that August.

As a stallion he was the leading US-based freshman sire of 2006 and is now the sire of 26 stakes winners including the Grade 1 winner Scat Daddy and the Prix d'ISpahan scorer Sageburg. His current star is Norfolk Stakes winner and Middle Park Stakes runner-up Radiohead.

Johannesburg, who stood the 2009 season at Ashford Stud in Kentucky for $35,000, will join the likes of David Junior, Bago, Alamshar, Opera House and Stravinsky at Shizunai.

 

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