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Wood Memorial winner Toby's Corner will stand in Japan
By Nicole Russo
Toby's Corner, winner of the 2011 Wood Memorial Stakes, has been purchased for stallion duty by Hidaka Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan. The 4-year-old Toby’s Corner arrived at the farm on Nov. 28.
Trained by Graham Motion, Toby's Corner won the Whirlaway Stakes and finished third in the Gotham Stakes, both at Aqueduct, before edging Arthur's Tale and Uncle Mo in the Wood Memorial. However, he subsequently missed the Triple Crown, and the remainder of the season, with an injury.
Toby's Corner, a son of Bellamy Road, returned this year to win the Mountainview Handicap at Penn National and earn three graded stakes placings, including a runner-up effort in the Philip H. Iselin Stakes in his final career start.
Bred and raced by Dianne Cotter, Toby’s Corner won 5 of 12 career starts and earned $928,240. Out of the winning Mister Frisky mare Brandon's Ride, Toby's Corner is a half-brother to stakes winners Bushmills Best and Taylors Irish.
Hope he has a successful second career. I always liked Toby.
This one, it's not the end of the world. I think a Bellamy Road x Mister Frisky pedigree isn't something American breeders will be clamoring for. Now, if the Japanese try to steal another highly-regarded pedigree, that's another story. But Toby, it's not nearly a big deal as it would be if it had been, say, Uncle Mo or something with star quality that deserves to stay here.
It never ends.
Not good. I love this horse. Had it not been for an injury he was gonna be top horse. Wish him well
Japan loves our horses. They are looking for the next Sunday Silence.