02/22/2016 4:33PM

New York-bred scores in Japan


The New York-bred Moanin, the only non-Japanese-bred runner in the February Stakes, set a track record in winning the Group 1 event at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday.

The son of Henny Hughes won by 1 1/2 lengths and stopped the clock in 1:34 for the mile on a track rated “muddy.”

Moanin, who was bred in New York by Empire Equines, has now won six of seven starts. The horse was sold for $90,000 to Bradley Thoroughbreds at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton August yearling sale at Saratoga and then was a $335,000 pinhook purchase by Narvick International at the 2014 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Henny Hughes, best known in the U.S. as the sire of champion Beholder, has stood in Japan since the 2014 season.