12/03/2015 2:54PM

Stakes winner Japan to stand at Waldorf Farm in New York

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Debra A. Roma
Japan will enter stud in New York in 2016.

Japan, a Grade 2-placed stakes winner, will debut at stud for the 2016 season at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y. for an advertised fee of $7,500.

The 3-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro retires with two wins in five career starts for earnings of $189,000, highlighted by a win in the Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont and a third-place finish behind Texas Red and Frosted in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. He was injured while training toward the Travers Stakes.

“Japan was quite impressive training up to the Travers, and I was looking forward to the opportunity to face American Pharoah because he was doing so well,” Mott said. “He always worked like a good horse and was just figuring out the game before his injury. He was a horse that was only going to get better and better, and he had the potential to be any kind.”

Bred in Kentucky by Emory Hamilton, Japan is out of the winning Capote mare Maya, whose six foals are all winners, including Grade 2-winning full brother Al Khali, and stakes winners Moe Man and Sheikhali. His extended family includes Grade 2 winner Tara Roma and Grade 3 winner Harmonize.