MEANWHILE, BACK IN JAPAN…

Admire Moon took the lead in the stretch and then held off three rivals to win the $4.6 million Japan Cup Turf at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday.


Chosan held the lead before tiring with just over 200 yards remaining, with Admire Moon taking charge and finishing a head in front of Pop Rock, who was a neck ahead of Meisho Samson. Vodka was fourth in the 18-horse field.

Admire Moon was sent off at odds of 11-1, with the 4-year-old colt owned by Darley Japan Farm coming into the race off a sixth-place finish in his last race.

U.S.-based Ariste Royal, winner of the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 6, was eighth.

Admire Moon, a 4-year-old son of End Sweep, is trained by Hiroyoshi Matsuda. The colt was bred by Northern Farm,

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