05/05/2017 1:14PM

Japan: New York-bred filly Rieno Tesoro gets shot at Grade 1 win in NHK Mile


The New York-bred filly Rieno Tesoro, purchased for $250,000 as a yearling at Saratoga in 2015, will make her Grade 1 debut in Sunday’s $1,821,571 NHK Mile for 3-year-old colts and fillies at Tokyo Racecourse.

Rieno Tesoro, one of five fillies in the field of 18, reeled off four consecutive wins to start her career as a 2-year-old. The streak ended with a fourth in the Anemone Stakes at a mile on turf at Nakayama Racecourse on March 11.

Despite the loss, Rieno Tesoro fits in the crowded field of the NHK Mile, which lacks a standout.

Jo Strictly won the Grade 2 New Zealand Trophy at 51-1 at Nakayama on April 8, his third win in seven starts. Karakurenai was fourth in the Grade 1 Japanese 1000 Guineas for fillies at Hanshin on April 9, the second loss in her five-race career.

Aerolithe was fifth in the Japanese 1000 Guineas, while Outliers was 12th in the Japanese 2000 Guineas at Nakayama on April 6.

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Rieno Tesoro was bred by Oak Bluff Stables and is out of Akilina, by Langfuhr.  Akilina won 6 of 26 starts and earned $316,460 from 2008 to 2011. She won two minor stakes and was third in the Grade 3 Honey Fox Stakes at Gulfstream Park in 2010.