Japanese Riding Champ Finally Scores at Seaside

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Japanese Riding Champ Finally Scores at Seaside
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Brian Beach will be the first one to admit that he was getting a little frustrated. The jockey agent signed up 2011 Japanese riding champion Yuichi Fukunaga for the Del Mar meet. Beach knew that there would be obstacles along the way — a language barrier, Fukunaga's age (35) and, perhaps most importantly, the fact that Fukunaga would be returning to Japan at the end of the meet.

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