Yoshida (JPN)

  • Jockey
  • Trainer
    William I. Mott
  • Owner
    WinStar Farm, LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, China Horse Club International Limited
  • Breeder
    Northern Farm
  • Sire
    Heart's Cry (JPN)
  • Dam
    Hilda's Passion

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.

Lifetime Stats

Breeders’ Cup Winner
2018 Woodward Stakes*
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

August 31, 2019Woodward S. Presented by NYRA BetsSARATOGA13
August 03, 2019Whitney S.SARATOGA12
June 15, 2019Stephen Foster S.CHURCHILL DOWNS26
March 30, 2019Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates AirlineMEYDAN RACECOURSE16
January 26, 2019Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational S.GULFSTREAM PARK16
November 03, 2018Breeders' Cup ClassicCHURCHILL DOWNS14
September 01, 2018Woodward S. Presented by NYRA BetsSARATOGA11
August 11, 2018Fourstardave H.SARATOGA15
June 19, 2018Queen Anne S.ASCOT15
May 05, 2018Old Forester Turf Classic S.CHURCHILL DOWNS11
October 07, 2017Hill Prince S.BELMONT PARK31
September 02, 2017Saranac S.SARATOGA32
August 04, 2017National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame S.SARATOGA22
July 08, 2017Belmont Derby Invitational S.BELMONT PARK15
May 20, 2017James W. Murphy S.PIMLICO 1
April 09, 2017 KEENELAND 1
November 19, 2016 AQUEDUCT 2

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