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Full Brother to Tom´s Ready Wins Stake in Japan

February 28, 2022

Jean Gros became the 214th worldwide black-type winner, and first in Japan, for his legendary sire More Than Ready with a spectacular performance in the February 27 $333,992 Listed Marguerite S. at Hanshin Racecourse.

The 6-5 favorite was away alertly, but was checked hard off heels prior to the entry to the turn, perhaps having caused his own problems. The full-brother to multiple graded stakes winner & Grade 1-placed Tom's Ready ($1,036,267), soon recovered from that bit of trouble and traveled strongly on the turn before easing off heels and into the four path on the swing for home.

The dark bay swooped in front with about a furlong to race and edged clear to score by a widening 1 1/2 lengths with ears pricked. The final time of 1:08 flat was about 0.2 seconds faster than the six-furlong split in the 1400-meter G3 Hankyu Hai for older horses in the following race. Jean Gros is one of 18 winners from 20 to race in Japan for the now 25-year-old More Than Ready.



The Broad Brush mare Goodbye Stranger was purchased by Blackstone Farm at the 2013 Keeneland January sale carrying Tom´s Ready, who ranks as the all-time leading Blackstone Farm-bred. Mated back to More Than Ready by Blackstone in 2018, Goodbye Stranger was then sold again at the 2019 Keeneland January auction to Nursery Place. Jean Sol was first a $130,000 RNA at Keeneland September for his new connections before selling to Susumu Fujita for $265,000 at the 2021 OBS March Two-Year-Old in Training sale. 

“He has tremendous speed and was very easy to ride today. He is a very talented colt,” commented winning jockey Yutaka Take.



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