Friday, October 23, 2009


A win to God’s Own filly, Kuroda Field, in tomorrow’s $251,000 Microflite Helicopters Inglis Juvenile (1000m) at Moonee Valley could well rate as the wedding present of a lifetime.
The daughter of exciting first season sire, God’s Own, this David Hayes trained filly is from the King Marauding city winning mare Tycoon Princess, closely related to Group Two winning 3YO Courvoisier and from the family of Champion mare Indian Skimmer.
Eliza Park stands God’s Own in conjunction with Yallambee Stud, which sold Kuroda Field at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Kuroda Field got her name from the Hawaiian memorial to US Army Sergeant Robert Kuroda who was, posthumously, awarded a Medal of Honour in World War II after single-handedly attacking two enemy machine gun emplacements in France.
In a rather more romantic twist, Kuroda Field was where Brian Bloom proposed to his wife Felice last September, before purchasing the God’s Own filly as a wedding gift when they married in April.
A match made in heaven!

PS. The official Medal of Honor citation for Robert Kuroda reads:
Staff Sergeant Robert T. Kuroda distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action, on 20 October 1944, near Bruyeres, France. Leading his men in an advance to destroy snipers and machine gun nests, Staff Sergeant Kuroda encountered heavy fire from enemy soldiers occupying a heavily wooded slope. Unable to pinpoint the hostile machine gun, he boldly made his way through heavy fire to the crest of the ridge. Once he located the machine gun, Staff Sergeant Kuroda advanced to a point within ten yards of the nest and killed three enemy gunners with grenades. He then fired clip after clip of rifle ammunition, killing or wounding at least three of the enemy. As he expended the last of his ammunition, he observed that an American officer had been struck by a burst of fire from a hostile machine gun located on an adjacent hill. Rushing to the officer's assistance, he found that the officer had been killed. Picking up the officer's submachine gun, Staff Sergeant Kuroda advanced through continuous fire toward a second machine gun emplacement and destroyed the position. As he turned to fire upon additional enemy soldiers, he was killed by a sniper. Staff Sergeant Kuroda's courageous actions and indomitable fighting spirit ensured the destruction of enemy resistance in the sector.
Brian Bloom reports that the vibes around Kuroda Field are promising and even if she doesn’t salute at the Valley, the filly appears to have a bright future. Fingers crossed she has the same courage under her first round of fire.

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