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Casino Drive

Casino Drive
Sire Mineshaft
Dam Better Than Honour
Grandsire A. P. Indy
Damsire Deputy Minister
Gender Colt
Foaled March 7, 2005
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Shell Bloodstock
Owner Hidetoshi Yamamoto
Trainer Kazuo Fujisawa
Record 5: 3-0-0
Earnings $216,482
Casino Drive is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Better Than Honour by Mineshaft. He was born on March 7, 2005 in the United States, and was bred by Shell Bloodstock.
Major wins
Peter Pan Stakes (2008)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Casino Drive (foaled March 7, 2005, in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred racehorse. He was sired by 2003 United States Horse of the Year Mineshaft, out of the great broodmare Better Than Honour, making him a half-brother to 2006 Belmont Stakes winner Jazil, and a three-quarter brother to 2007 Belmont Stakes winner, Rags to Riches.

Purchased for $950,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales and shipped to Japan by owner, Hidetoshi Yamamoto[1], he was unraced until his three-year-old year. He made his debut in February on the turf at Kyoto, winning by 11½ lengths.[2]

Following his maiden win, he was shipped to the United States where, in his second career start, he won the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes by 5¾ lengths. He was ridden by Kent Desormeaux, rider of 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Big Brown.[3]

Expected to be hearty competition to Big Brown in the Belmont, Casino Drive was scratched and unable to run due to a stone bruise to his left rear hoof.[4]

After a lengthy wait for his return after the Belmont, Casino Drive was started in an allowance race in the fall season to qualify for the Breeders Cup Classic, easily beating the field.

Breeders Cup Classic

Expected to give a good run for the $5 million Classic, Japanese star Casino Drive, unbeaten in his three previous starts, was last after setting the pace mid-race.

Japan Cup Dirt

Casino Drive ended his 2008 campaign with a 6th place finish in the Japan Cup Dirt. The winner Kane Heliki, won his second Japan Cup Dirt title with his victory.[5]

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