Yoshida Returns In Style; Wins Old Forester Turf Classic
Churchill Press Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 5, 2018) – China Horse Club, WinStar Farm and Head of Plains Partners’ Yoshida (JPN) returned to the races from a seven-month layoff to turn back favored Beach Patrol by three-quarters of a length to win the 32nd running of the $500,000 Old Forester Turf Classic (Grade I) for 4-year-olds and up.
Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Yoshida covered the 1 1/8 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course rated as “good” in 1:54.64. It is a record third victory in the race for Mott who won in 1994 with Paradise Creek and in 2004 with Stroll.
Shining Copper set the pace in the field of nine doling out fractions of :24.86, :50.61 and 1:16.44 with Beach Patrol in closest pursuit.
On the far turn, Beach Patrol moved to the lead with Yoshida surging to his outside. The two raced as a team through the lane with Yoshida drawing clear in the final yards.
The victory was worth $297,600 and increased Yoshida’s earnings to $846,700 with a record of 8-4-3-0. It is the second graded-stakes win for the 4-year-old son of Heart’s Cry (JPN) out of the Canadian Frontier mare Hilda’s Passion
Yoshida returned $21.80, $8 and $4.80. Beach Patrol, ridden by Joel Rosario, returned $3.60 and $2.80 and finished three lengths in front of Synchrony, who paid $3.40 to show under Joe Bravo.
Arklow finished another three-quarters of a length back in fourth and was followed in order by Channel Maker, Editore (BRZ), Camelot Kitten, Kurilov (CHI) and Shining Copper.