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Japanese import Cesario wins American Oaks

Cesario easily takes the 2005 American Oaks at Hollywood Park

Japanese filly Cesario pulled away at the top of the stretch and went on to a four-length victory in the $750,000 American Oaks on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

Cesario became the first Japanese-bred to win a Grade 1 race in the United States, triggering a huge winner’s circle celebration that featured the Japanese flag waving on a most American holiday weekend.

“I love America,” winning trainer Katsuhiko Sumii said through an interpreter. “I’ve had a dream of winning in American racing; I am very happy.”

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