Koji Maeda’s wildly popular sophomore colt Lani made his first start since finishing third in the Belmont Stakes on Sunday, contesting Tokyo’s Brazil Cup Handicap in his home country. The grey son of Tapit finished third, closing rapidly down the lane after being hung very wide on the first turn in the 16-horse field.
Lani became a fan favorite when racing in the United States for his morning-time romantic overtures during training hours, his unusual training style, and his vibrant personality. He contested all three Triple Crown races, finishing ninth in the Kentucky Derby, fifth in the Preakness, and third in the Belmont.
Maeda’s plans for his star include a return to the site of one of his grandest victories. Lani will be pointed to the Dubai World Cup in March, over the same Meydan surface which saw him capture this year’s G2 UAE Derby over the very talented filly Polar River.
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