Reframe Latest Japanese Winner for Pharoah
Making a winning racing debut on Saturday, Reframe (2f American Pharoah x Careless Jewel, by Tapit) became American Pharoah’s seventh Japanese winner from eight runners in the country.
Racing over a mile on turf against males, the gray filly started the race in midpack but quickly went to the front under Takuya Kowata. A slipping saddle added an additional challenge to the filly’s debut and she entered the stretch in the center of the track before drifting to the outside rail with a little over a furlong to go.
The tack malfunction didn’t keep Reframe from a win, however, with the filly winning by half a length for trainer Yoichi Kuroiwa and owner Yusuke Yamaguchi.
A $410,000 Keeneland September purchase by Yamaguchi Stable, Summer Wind Equine-bred Reframe is out of Grade I winner Careless Jewel, who won five of seven races in her career. Reframe’s granddam is a half-sister to dual-Grade I winner Subordination with fellow Grade I winners Fabulous Notion, Fabulously Fast, City of Light, Cacothes, Fiji, Java’s War, and Galileo’s Group I Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Peaceful also among the filly’s family.
Leading Second-Crop Sire by stakes winners and runners, American Pharoah has proven to cross well with Tapit daughters. Reframe is one of four winners from four runners out of Tapit’s daughters by the Triple Crown winner, including Grade III winner Harvey’s Lil Goil and Listed-placed Saqqara King.