The Cattleya Sho

  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Inaugural Race: 2003
  • Distance: 1,600 meters (about one mile)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Two-year-olds
  • 2019 Purse: 19 million yen (about $169,000)
  • 2019 Race Date: Saturday, November 23rd

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2018 Cattleya Sho Entries and Results

14Make HappyC.LemaireK.Shinkai2/510
4Rhein CarinaM.MutoY.Muto18/10
12Naran HulegK.MarutaY.Munakata51/10
11Seiun OffroadA.TsumuraE.Yano116/10
7Peisha Lil KissK.MiuraK.Takaichi58/10
3Washington TesoroK.SameshimaM.Saito9/10
1Peisha MoutonH.KitamuraM.Ogasa76/10
5Seiun KobeK.TosakiH.Mori115/10
9Wild TraderY.IshikawaM.Matsuyama267/10

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The History of the Cattleya Sho

Founded in 2003, the Cattleya Sho is an allowance race in Japan for 2-year-olds run on dirt. It wasn’t run between 2008 and 2014, but resumed in 2015.

In 2015 it was won by the American-bred Tapit colt Lani, whose owners set him on the path to the U.S. Classics. He earned entry to the Kentucky Derby by winning the UAE Derby at Meydan, and in the Triple Crown races he finished ninth in the Derby, fifth in the Preakness Stakes, and a creditable third in the Belmont Stakes.

Churchill Downs introduced its 2017 Japanese Road to the Kentucky Derby the following year, making the 2016 Cattleya Sho one of two qualifying races along with the Hyacinth Stakes in March. It remained a qualifying race in 2017, with a third addition, December’s Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun. For the 2018 Japanese Road, the Cattleya Sho and the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun carry a 10-4-2-1 points split for the first four, while the Hyacinth has a 30-12-6-3 split.

Not many of Japan’s best juveniles contest the Cattleya Sho, but Lani’s Triple Crown efforts show it’s not a race to dismiss out of hand as a Kentucky Derby prep.