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
- 2020 Purse: $174,871
- 2020 Race Date: Saturday, November 28th
2019 Cattleya Sho Entries and Results
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Dieu du Vin
- Exacta (3-13) Paid: $71
- Trifecta (3-13-10) Paid: $850
Watch the 2019 Cattleya Sho
The History of the Cattleya ShoFounded 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.
Road to the Kentucky Derby prep-race list