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Sunday, February 19, 2012 |
Testa Matta won the first Grade 1 on the Japanese racing calendar on Feb. 18 with a two length win in the $2.45 million February S. at Tokyo Racecourse. The 6-year-old son of Tapit, the lone American bred in the field of 16, got his first Grade 1 win since claiming the Japan Dirt Derby in 2009.

Settled well back early, Testa Matta rallied on the outside around the turn to challenge the tiring leaders. Testa Motta took over with about a furlong to run and drew off thereafter. The final time for the 1,600 meters (about one mile) was 1:35.4.

Owned by Kazumi Yoshida and trained by Akira Murayama, Testa Matta has won 6 of 24 starts and earned $3.78 million in his career. He is the lifetime leading earner for Tapit, who is once again in the top 10 on the General Sire List in earnings. His 25 winners to date is second-best among all North American stallions.

Testa Matta is out of the Concern mare Difficult, who also produced the stakes-placed filly She's Impossible. Difficult is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Broad Smile, who won or placed in nine additional stakes.