A juvenile colt by Came Home (Gone West), Mont Saint Legame earned 40 points on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, recording a 1 1/4-length victory in the Cattleya Sho at Tokyo Racecourse. Separate from the Road to the Kentucky Derby, the Japan version awards a single spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May to the colt who accumulates the most points over two races; the second race, the Hyacinth, will be run in 2017 and awards points on a scale of 50-20-10-5.
Tracking the pace from the beginning, Mont Saint Legame overcame the pace-setting favorite Blanc Eclat under Ryan Moore in the stretch to record a final time of 1:37 4/5 for 1600 meters on the dirt course. The victory marks Mont Saint Legame 2-for-2 lifetime, with both wins coming over Tokyo’s course. Runner-up Caucus earned 16 points, Blanc Eclat earned eight for third and Lavapies earned four for fourth.
Last year’s Cattleya Sho winner, Lani, went on to compete in all three legs of the American Triple Crown, finishing best for third in the Belmont Stakes.
Trainer Koji Maki indicated that he would like to point Mont Saint Legame to the Kentucky Derby, but that it was too early to make a full commitment, according to bloodhorse.com.
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