A Russian-bred colt from US-based Johar’s third crop won the 2400-meter Russian Derby (a dirt race) at the Central Moscow Hippodrome Sunday, Aug. 21. Owned and bred by the Donskoi Stud, one of the leading breeding farms in Russia, the Johar colt defeated a Canadian-bred Singspiel and a US-bred More Than Ready. Named Arjuna, the colt is from the Quiet American mare American Moud
American Maude and this is the family of South African-bred US Grade 1 winner Gypsy’s Warning. He’d won the Russian 2000 Guineas in June. Click here to see the chart of the Derby. Johar stands at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington, Ky., for a fee of $3,500. Because this colt was bred in Russia, equineline.com does not list him on its site of free five-generation pedigrees.
The Russian Oaks on the same card was contested at the same distance and featured an American finish with the US-bred Lemon Drop Kid filly Light Legend much the best over an Afleet Alex and a Concerto. The fourth and fifth were also US-breds, by Lemon Drop Kid and Pulpit, respectively. Lemon Drop Kid stands at Lane’s End for a $35,000 fee. Light Legend was bred by Calumet Farm and sold by the nursery for $25,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September sale. Click here for the chart.
The day featured four Russian Group 1 races on the card, including a Group 1 event for two-year-olds won by a US-bred son of Proud Citizen named Melt City from Mata Hari, a Russian-bred daughter of US-based Hat Trick—the Japanese-bred Sunday Silence horse whose French-bred son Dabirsim won the Group 1 Prix Morny in France today. Click here to see the chart of the Russian race.