09/30/2016 1:04PM

Japan: Big Arthur tries to earn berth in Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

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Big Arthur, the winner of consecutive graded stakes for sprinters in Japan earlier this year, tries to win for the ninth time in his 13-race career in Sunday’s $1,890,292 Sprinters’ Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse in Japan.

The Grade 1 Sprinters’ Stakes is part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth to the winner to the BC Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.

Big Arthur won the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at six furlongs on turf at Chuyko Racecourse on March 27. Rested in the late spring and early summer, Big Arthur won his comeback in the Grade 2 Centaur Stakes at six furlongs on turf at Hanshin Racecourse on Sept. 11.

Trained by Kenichi Fujioka, the 5-year-old Big Arthur is part of a field of 16 in the Sprinters’ Stakes.

Mikki Isle, fourth in the 2015 Sprinters’ Stakes, was second in the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen in his most recent start. Nero was second in the Centaur Stakes at Hanshin.

A 3-year-old to watch is the filly Blanc Bonheur, who won the Grade 3 Keeneland Cup at six furlongs at Sapporo Racecourse on Aug. 28.