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
Recent Cattleya Sho News
- 2020 Kentucky Derby: Four Japanese challengers to follow (11/14/2019) - Who will follow in the hoofprints of Lani and Master Fencer as the latest Japanese challenger in the Run for the Roses? Here are a… ...Read More
- Filly Make Happy Earns Derby Qualification Points in Cattleya Sho (11/24/2018) - If you haven’t already placed a bet on the “All Other Three-Year-Old Fillies” option in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1, maybe you need to… ...Read More
- Ruggero Kicks Off Japan’s Road to the Kentucky Derby (11/30/2017) - If you’re a fan of international participation in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (gr. I), then you’ll want to keep an eye… ...Read More
2018 Cattleya Sho Entries and Results
|POST||HORSE||JOCKEY||TRAINER||ODDS||RTKD POINTS EARNED|
|7||Peisha Lil Kiss||K.Miura||K.Takaichi||58/1||0|
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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.