Koji Maeda has big plans for his star 3-year-old colt Lani, according to thoroughbreddailynews.com. The fan-favorite Triple Crown contender earned widespread acclaim during his stay in the United States for his unusually extensive training sessions, as well as his feisty antics on and off the racetrack. Lani finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby, fifth in the Preakness and third in the Belmont Stakes.
Lani is currently back in his home country of Japan, serving a 90-day quarantine at Maeda’s Daisen Hills training center. The owner plans to point the son of Tapit to the G1 Champions Cup (formerly the Japan Cup Dirt) at Chukyo Racecourse on Dec. 4. Lani will then return to Meydan, the scene of his UAE Derby win earlier this year, to contest the Dubai World Cup in March of 2017. After than, Maeda plans to ship Lani back to the United States to prepare for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar.
“Lani has a very big stride and the tracks were a bit smaller, but I think Lani had a very good experience to prepare for next year’s Breeders’ Cup,” Maeda said. “He was getting used to the style of racing.” He added, “Lani has an interesting character. He has a little bit of a temperament issue, but he’s improving.”
Maeda still owns Lani’s dam, Heavenly Romance (Sunday Silence), and indicated that she is back in foal to Tapit with a colt. The resulting foal will stay in the United States to be trained, rather than returning to Japan for race training as Lani did.
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