Several racing publications are reporting that the Thoroughbred industry in northern Japan has escaped major harm from the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that ravaged much of the region.
About 99 percent of the Japanese Thoroughbred industry is centered in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. Shinhidaka in southwest Hokkaido is one of Lexington's sister cities.
The Daily Racing Form quoted French bloodstock agent Patrick Barbe, who said he was told the tsunami caused flooding on Hokkaido, but the damage was relatively light.
The British paper, the Racing Post, also reported that Darley Japan's stallions were unharmed. Darley is the global racing and breeding operation owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai. Its U.S. headquarters is located at the former Jonabell Farm in Lexington.
According to the Daily Racing Form, several famous American-bred studs are in Japan, including Azeri, Silver Charm and Charismatic.