02/25/2004 1:00AM

$2.7M colt to rookie trainer in Japan

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Fusao Sekiguchi has decided to keep his $2.79 million Sunday Silence yearling colt in Japan with rookie trainer Yasutoshi Ikee.

The is considered a surprise, as the 35-year-old Ikee will only begin his career as a trainer in March. Sekiguchi won the Kentucky Derby in 2000 as the owner of Fusaichi Pegasus.

* Admire Don, winner of the one-mile Grade 1 February Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday, will join Regent Bluff, winner of the Grade 2 Nagoya Grand Prix in December, as the Japanese entries in the Dubai World Cup on March 27.