Longines Classic Division
TrainerWilliam I. Mott
OwnerWinStar Farm, LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, China Horse Club International Limited
SireHeart's Cry (JPN)
As a Grade 1 winner on turf and dirt, Yoshida (JPN) has blessed his connections with an abundance of options when plotting out his starts. Since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last November, however, the son of Heart’s Cry (JPN) has mostly stayed in the wide-open handicap ranks.
The Bill Mott-trained horse began his 5-year-old campaign on the turf with a sixth-place finish in the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes (G1), a race that was won by Bricks and Mortar. Since that outing, Yoshida has gone back to the main track in search of his first win since taking the 2018 Woodward Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1).
Following a pair of off-the-board efforts in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) and Stephen Foster Stakes (G2), Yoshida reasserted himself a divisional threat by finishing second to multiple Grade 1-winner McKinzie in the Aug. 3 Whitney Stakes (G1). Owned by China Horse Club, WinStar Farm and Head of Plains Partners, Yoshida then headed into this year’s Woodward Stakes attempting to become the first horse to score back-to-back triumphs in the race since Lido Palace (2001-02).
The parity among the older horse division ended up winning out in the Woodward as Preservationist crossed the wire in front with Yoshida checking in third.
The son of graded stakes winner Hilda's Passion, Yoshida won the 2018 Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs in his 4-year-old debut and also captured the Hill Prince Stakes (G3) on the turf during his sophomore season. His Hall of Fame trainer Mott has won 10 Breeders’ Cup races with his most recent victory coming with Tourist in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Yoshida is a grandson of Hall of Famer and 1989 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Sunday Silence, who went on to become a game-changing sire in Japan.
- October 23, 2019
McKinzie, Code of Honor, Midnight Bisou, Bricks and Mortar and Magical Lead 188 Horses Pre-Entered for 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships
Led by Whitney (G1) winner McKinzie, Travers Stakes (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner Code of Honor, standout filly Midnight Bisou, multiple Grade 1-winning turf star Bricks and Mortar, and Qipco Champions Stakes (G1) winner Magical (IRE), 188 horses, including 47 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
- October 18, 2019
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie finished as the top-rated horse in final polling for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings by a panel of leading Thoroughbred racing media, horseplayers and members of the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel.
- October 17, 2019
This is the last of nine weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at Santa Anita.