Sunday Silence Grandson Yoshida Takes Turf Classic At Churchill - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Sunday Silence Grandson Yoshida Takes Turf Classic At Churchill

Jockey Jose Ortiz shakes hands with trainer Bill Mott after Yoshida wins the Old Forester Turf Classic at Churchill Downs

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott's 4-year-old charge, Yoshida, let loose in the stretch to win Saturday's Grade 1 Old Forester Turf Classic at Churchill Downs.

Under jockey Jose Ortiz, Yoshida turned on the speed coming off the far turn, overtaking the favorite Beach patrol, and prevailing by a length over that rival. Synchrony finished third. The final time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:54.64.

Yoshida is owned by the partnership of China Horse Club International, WinStar Farm and Head of Plains Partners and was bred in Japan by Northern Farm, a son of Heart's Cry and grandson of Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders' Cup Classic winner Sunday Silence. He became the second Japanese-bred grandson of Sunday Silence to win a G1 race outside of Japan today, after Saxon Warrior (by Deep Impact) won England's 2000 Guineas.

Yoshida paid $21.80 to win, $8.00 to place and $4.80 to show. The Turf Classic was the second graded stakes victory for the colt in his eight-race career and second in a row, following a win in the Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park last October. Yoshida had been off since then. He has four career wins from eight starts.

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