Casino Drive

2022-11-29 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: (G1 wins)0, colt,stallion(male), Dirt.


Name / Japanese Casino Drive / カジノドライヴ
Birth Year 2005
Sex horse
Earnings 69,386,000 yen (only Japan)
Races-Wins / G1-Wins 11-4 / 4-0
Sire Mineshaft
Dam (Sire) Better Than Honour (Deputy Minister)
Other site link  JBIS / Umanity / en.netkeiba

All grade races + his debut race

Track Race No. Pl.   
Newcomers 3yo 8 1 G /
Belmont Park
Peter Pan Stakes (G3) 1 1  G 
Santa Anita Park
Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) 2 12  G 
Japan Cup Dirt (G1) 11 6
February Stakes (G1) 14 2   
Nad Al Sheba
Dubai World Cup (G1) 8 8  G 
  • He was born in the U.S. and came to Japan.
    Prior to his debut, his two-year-old brother Jazil and one-year-old sister Rags to Riches had won the Belmont Stakes.
  • His debut was delayed a bit due to an injury, but he won his debut race hands down.
    His stunning victory in his debut race made a big splash, and talk surfaced of a third consecutive Belmont Stakes win for his siblings, following his brother and sister.
  • His connections then officially announced that he would be going to the U.S. to try to win the Belmont Stakes.
    He went to the U.S., although he only ran one race in Japan.
  • In the Peter Pan Stakes, he was the 1st favorite.
    He showed his ability in the U.S. by winning by 5+3/4 lengths.
    He became the first Japanese-trained horse to win an American dirt grade race.
    (In the past, there have been horses born in Japan, trained in Japan, and then transferred to American stables and won American dirt grade races.)
  • After the Peter Pan Stakes
    The owners of Rags to Riches offered Casino Drive’s owner to purchase him for $15 million, but his owner refused.
    The prize money from the Peter Pan Stakes was donated to an American nursing home.
    Kent Desormeaux, who rode him in the Peter Pan Stakes, asked his trainer to leave his jockey position open until after the Preakness Stakes.
    However, Kent Desormeaux then rode Big Brown to win the Preakness Stakes, so he was unable to ride in the Belmont Stakes.
  • Big Brown, ridden by Kent Desormeaux and aiming to become the first undefeated Triple Crown winner in 31 years since Seattle Slew, and Casino Drive, aiming for a third consecutive Belmont Stakes victory with his siblings, were the focus of much attention.
    However, the day before the Belmont Stakes, Casino Drive suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw from the race on race day.
    He then returned to Japan once.
  • He then went back to the United States to run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
    He won the race two weeks before the Breeders’ Cup Classic and appeared to be in good shape for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
  • In the Breeders’ Cup Classic, he came in last place.
    The interval from the previous race may have been too short for him, as he is not very good at keeping himself in shape due to many injuries.
    Or maybe it was because the all weather track was not a good fit for him and American bred horses like him.
    (The winner was Raven’s Pass, a British turf race winner.)
  • In the February Stakes, he was the 3rd favorite.
    In the homestretch he took Success Brocken and Kane Hekili past Espoir City in the lead.
    However, Success Brocken passed him just before the finish line and he finished 2nd.
  • He was rested after finishing 8th in the Dubai World Cup due to severe bowed tendon.
    Two years later he finally returned to racing but was unable to win and retired.

As a sire

  • He was quite promising as a stallion and in high demand.
    His foals did fairly well, but it is difficult to say whether he lived up to his early expectations or not.
    He worked as a stallion until 2017 and rested since then, dying in 2019.
  • Casino Fountain finished 2nd in the G1 race, Tokyo Daishoten, and 1st in the JPN1 races, Kawasaki Kinen and Kashiwa Kinen.

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