Missed the Cut Secures First Stateside Win in G3 Tokyo City Cup

October 1, 2023

Missed the Cut dominant in the Tokyo City Cup under Umberto Rispoli (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

Mike Willman/Santa Anita Press Box

ARCADIA, Calif.— Originally based in England, John Sadler’s long-fused Missed the Cut went from turf to dirt on Sunday at Santa Anita and responded with his first stateside victory, winning by 5 ½ lengths at a marathon mile and one-half in the Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup. Confidently ridden by Umberto Rispoli, he got the trip in 2:32.78.

With a field of three-year-olds and up reduced to four runners by the late scratch of Donner Lake, Rispoli was intent on attending the pace set by Bob Baffert’s Azul Coast, who showed the way to the quarter pole, as Missed the Cut saved ground at the rail and then swung three-wide outside of both Azul Coast and Kiss Today Goodbye, who wrested control from the pacesetter turning for home.

At that point, Missed the Cut was ready for his best as he sailed by Kiss Today Goodbye under mild hand urging and appeared to find his best stride late in a dominant effort.

Most recently a close fourth going a mile and three eighths on grass in the Grade II Del Mar Handicap Sept. 2, Missed the Cut was off at 3-5 and paid $3.20 and $2.20 with no show wagering.

Owned by Bee Zee, LLC, Lanes End Racing, St. Elias Stables, LLC, Edward Babington, Edward Hudson and Lynne Hudson, Missed the Cut, a 4-year-old colt bred in Kentucky by Quality Road out of the Elusive Quality mare Beauly, had three minor stakes wins on grass in England at age three and is now 11-5-1-0 overall. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $285,777.

Ridden by Hector Berrios, Kiss Today Goodbye bested Azul Coast by 4 ¼ lengths. Off at 6-1, he paid $4.60 to show.

Fractions on the race were 24.65, 49.79, 1:15.23, 1:41.67 and 2:07.39.

GRADE III, $100,000 TOKYO CITY CUP

JOCKEY QUOTES

UMBERTO RISPOLI, MISSED THE CUT, WINNER:

“I was loaded all the way. He relaxed for me behind the speed and when I asked him in the stretch he responded. Very nice effort.”

TRAINER QUOTES

JOHN SADLER, MISSED THE CUT, WINNER:

Missed the Cut finds the winner’s circle (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

“He’s a horse that can run long distance. He had a good race here in the spring before we went to Del Mar, he showed he liked the main track. This is his fourth start (stateside), so his whole story isn’t written yet, but it was a good race for him today. I’d like to thank the Japanese Racing Association for putting on a nice show. I had a good time with them in London with the Longines World Championships, great connections here today.

“He might be a good horse for an international race, he’s already run in England and Saudi Arabia so who knows.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Bee Zee LLC, Lanes End Racing, St. Elias Stables, LLC, Edward P. Babington, Edward J Hudson, Jr., and Lynne Hudson.

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