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Gr1 American Oaks Winner Cesario Retired In Japan

Thursday, 6th April 2006

In Japan, Cesario (who became the 1st Japanese-based horse to win a US Gr1 race when she scored in the 2005 American Oaks Invitational Stakes) "has been retired due to a ligament injury in her right front leg," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Breeding plans are yet to be announced. Cesario (Special Week-Kirov Premiere, by Sadler's Wells) "has been sidelined since shortly after her 4-lengths win in the Gr1 American Oaks on July 3 at Hollywood Park. Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii confirmed: "Unfortunately her inflamed ligament seems to be chronic. It would probably take at least 1 year for Cesario to come back. I am very sorry not to see her race again." Cesario also won the Gr1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) at Tokyo racecourse & finished 2nd by a head in the Gr1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin racecourse prior to her dominant win at Hollywood. She was honored as Japan's 3YO filly of 2005 & overall won 5 of 6 career starts & earned US$2,578,568. Cesario "will reside at her breeder Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm in Hokkaido".

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