Cafe Pharoah wins in February Stakes: In 2015; American Pharaoh took the racing world by storm when he captured the Triple Crown and Breeder’s Cup Classic (G1). In Tokyo Racecourse in Japn, Koichi Nishikawa’s Cafe Phraroah, a Kentucky-bred son of America Phraroah; earned the first automatic berth into this year’s $6 million Longines Breeder’s Cup Classic through the Breeder’s Cup Challenge Series; with a three-quarter length victory over Air Spinel (JPN) in the one-mile $1.84 million February Stakes (G1) on dirt.

The Breeder’s Cup Challenge is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions; and fees pais into a corresponding race of the 2021 Breeder’s Cup World Championships; which is scheduled to be held on Nov 5-6 Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar; California.

As a part of the benefits of the Challenge Series; the Breeder’s Cup will pay the entry fees for Cafe Pharaoh to start in the 1 ¼ mile Longines Breeder’s Cup Classic. Breeder’s Cup also will provide a $40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Champions.

The 4-year old Cafe Pharoah

Trained by Noriyuki Hori and ridden by Christophe Lemaire; completed the mile in 1,34.40 in defeating 15 rivals for his first career Group 1 victory; Cafe Pharoah improved his overall mark to five wins in seven starts. Out of the More Than ready mare, Mary’s Follies, Cafe Pharoah was bred by the late Paul Pompa jr.

Absent of fans and cheers; the 38th running of the February Stakes; the first Group 1 event of the Japanese racing season; was on its way on the backstretch with Air Almas (JPN); Helios (JPN) and Wide Pharoah (JPN) fighting for the lead. As Helios slipped back in the early stages, Cafe Pharoah, breaking from stall three, stalked the two frontrunners while saving ground before smoothly angling out right beside them to enter the lane in third. From there on, Cafe Pharoah unleashed a powerful stretch drive; securing the lead by the furlong marker and held off the fsat-closing 35-1 Air Spinel.

In 2020, Cafe Pharoah won twice at the race distance over the Tokyo track, taking the two Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifying races; the listed Hyacinth Stakes and the Unicor Stakes (G3). He suffered his first defeat as the favorite in the Japan Dirt Derby on July 8 at Ohi; finishing seventh. He rebounded on Oct. 3 to win the 13/16 mile Sirius Stakes (G3) at Chukyo. In his final start last year, Cafe Pharoah stepped into Group 1 company for the first time, in the 11/8-mile Champions Cup at Chukyo on Dec.6; finishing sixth.

Christophe Lemaire said

“His condition was super, and I had confidence already at the paddock,” who also won last year’s February Stakes on Mozu Ascot (JPN). “We decided to use cheek pieces [headgear strips similar to blinkers] hoping for a more aggressive performance. His start was good, we were positioned well and he responded beautifully. The colt has such high potential. I had no doubt that he could land a G1 win if he gave his best. I’m happy that it all worked out today.”

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