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Champion British Idiom Dies In Japan At Age Four

British Idiom, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2019, died on Oct. 1, 2021 in Japan, per Japanese Studbook Database records.

A cause of death was not listed for the 4-year-old daughter of Flashback, who was pregnant for the first time to Japanese champion Duramente. The stallion died in September after a battle with colitis.

British Idiom was sold privately to the Yoshida family's Northern Farm in June 2020, and she arrived in Japan in September of that year.

Trained by Brad Cox for the partnership of Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb, and the Elkstone Group, British Idiom went undefeated during her championship 2-year-old campaign, taking her debut at Saratoga by 3 1/2 lengths, then shipping to Keeneland to trounce the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths. She entered the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Park as the betting public's second choice, and she wore down favorite Donna Veloce to prevail by a neck and secure the Eclipse Award.

After a three-month break, British Idiom started her 3-year-old season with a runner-up effort in the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds. Her final start came in the G3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park, where she finished 10th and exited the race with a chip in her right-front ankle.

The filly retired with three wins in five starts for earnings of $1,442,139.

British Idiom was bred in Kentucky by Hargus and Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm, out of the stakes-winning Mr. Sekiguchi mare Rose and Shine. She sold as a yearling for $40,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale.

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