Le Vent Se Leve (JPN)

Le Vent Se Leve (JPN)

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Foal Date
Jan 26, 2015

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Horse Profile - Le Vent Se Leve (JPN)


Le Vent Se Leve was born in 2015 and has quickly ascended to a the top of the ranks amongst young dirt runners in Japan. His sire is Synboli Kris who was honoured as Japan Horse of the Year twice in his illustrious career. Maestrale is his mother, and while she too ran well as a competitor, her grand-sire is a true legend.


Pumping through the veins of Le Vent Se Leve is the pedigree of Sunday Silence, the Hall of Fame winner of the 1989 Kentucky Derby and 1989 Preakness Stakes. With such an impressive lineage, the pressure on Le Vent Se Leve to perform was always going to be present. Fortunately it looks like this colt could be the real deal.


Running in the 2017 Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushen against an eager field of 14 horses, Le Vent Se Leve managed to make up lost ground from a poor start and grace the wire first. He showed not only his sheer talent, but also resilience and determination while competing against a field that included a host of talented juveniles. The Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushen is largely considered to be the dirt race that determines the best two-year-old runner in Japan. Le Vent Se Leve absolutely rose to the occasion, which is an apt phrase given his name.


His name is the French translation of “The Wind Rises,” one of the most popular Japanese Anime movies of all time.


Trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara oversees Le Vent Se Leve’s development and is no stranger to success. Hagiwara recently trained Epicharis, who won the 2016 Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushen and then the 2017 Hyacinth. It seems obvious that Le Vent Se Leve is on an identical pathway. The 2018 Hyacinth will run on February 18th and will likely be Le Vent Se Leve’s next destination.


A win there over 2017 Cattleya Sho winner Ruggero would most certainly vault Le Vent Se Leve to the top of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard. It’s only after that race that Throughbred racing fans will know of this French named Japanese colt will make the trip overseas to compete in the 2018 Kentucky Derby.


Learn more about Le Vent Se Leve with these indepth stories:

BULL: Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Le Vent Se Leve (JPN)

REILLY: Le Vent Se Leve stays perfect in Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun

Race History

1st Road to the Kentucky Derby Zennippon Nisai Yushun


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