Japanese import Cesario wins American Oaks

Japanese import Cesario wins American Oaks
Photo: Matt Sayles/AP

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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