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April 10, 2016


Jeweler Gives Sire Victoire Pisa First G1 Title in 2016 Oka Sho
Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) (G1)

Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) (G1)

Third favorite Jeweler claimed the first leg of the Three-Year-Old Fillies’ Triple Crown with a thrilling performance to win out a photo finish over Sinhalite. With a win in her only start in November as a two-year-old, Jeweler was runner-up by a neck against male runners in the Shinzan Kinen (G3, 1,600m) in January this year. The Victoire Pisa filly was second to Sinhalite in the Tulip Sho (G3, 1,600m) but turned the tables against her rival this time in her first G1 challenge. Winning trainer Kenichi Fujioka who had just captured his first G1 victory two weeks ago with Big Arthur in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen has successfully saddled his second G1 winner while Mirco Demuro registered his 16th career JRA-G1 title, his last being with Moanin in the February Stakes. Jeweler is the first G1 winner and not to mention a Classic winner among the first crop sired by Victoire Pisa who was also ridden by Mirco Demuro when claiming the 2011 Dubai World Cup.

Mirco Demuro was all praises for the gallant filly while her trainer Fujioka was confident that her powerful turn of foot would carry her to contention although she was position further back than expected. “Her conformation tells us that she should suit longer distances so I have high hopes for her to do well in the remaining two legs of the Fillies’ Triple Crown”, he said.

Jeweler was unrushed and assumed her usual position near the rear behind Quatre Rapport who took command from the outside to set the pace. Sinhalite was rated outside a rival in mid-division as At the Seaside followed close behind and continued to chase her when Sinhalite made headway approaching the final turn.

Heavy favorite Major Emblem was not quick enough out of the gate to secure good position in front and raced around sixth position along the rails for most of the trip then split horses coming into the straight for a brief lead before Sinhalite, followed by At the Seaside, emerged from the outside with great force.

Jeweler circled wide around the field coming into the stretch and had to cover some ground to come into view of the leaders. Major Emblem was unable to sustain her bid in the last 100 meters as Sinhalite continued on strongly and At the Seaside stayed on gamely behind that, but Jeweler demonstrated great determination under Mirco Demuro to overtake At the Seaside and catch Sinhalite in the very last stride, extending her head to the fullest to nose out Sinhalite for her first G1 victory and just 0.1 second short of the race record.

Other Horses:
5th: (17) Admire Lead—trailed in rear, turned wide, accelerated and timed 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs
6th: (15) Lavender Valley—sat near pace in 6th, sustained bid, weakened in last 100m
7th: (11) Red Avancer—traveled in front of winner, circled wide, lacked needed kick
8th: (2) Blanc Bonheur—raced in mid-pack, met traffic and switched to outside, quickened
9th: (6) B B Barrel—stalked favorite, failed to respond at stretch
10th: (7) Denko Ange—sat near winner, met traffic at early stretch, showed belated charge
11th: (3) Meisho Suizuki—traveled in 5th from rear, angled wide, lacked needed kick
12th: (16) Win Fabulous—stalked leaders in 4th, dropped back after 200m out
13th: (1) Candy Barows—saved ground toward rear, met traffic at top of stretch, unable to reach contention
14th: (14) Quatre Rapport—set pace, led until 300m out, outrun thereafter
15th: (9) G Plumeria—ran in front of favorite, failed to respond at stretch
16th: (18) Meisho Bird’s—chased leader in 2nd from widest draw, dropped back after 300m marker
17th: (4) Solveig—hugged rails in mid-division, met traffic at early stretch, no factor
18th: (8) Alla Salute—prominent early in 3rd, ran out of steam 300m out

3-year-old Fillies, 1,600 meters (about 8 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, April 10, 2016   Hanshin Racecourse   11th Race   Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 199,120,000 (about US$ 1,659,000 <US$1=¥120>)
3-y-o: 55kg (about 121 lbs), 2kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2013
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 7 13 Jeweler
F3 55.0 Victoire Pisa
M. Demuro
K. Fujioka
Yoichi Aoyama
Shadai Farm
2 6 12 Sinhalite
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
K. Ikezoe
S. Ishizaka
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
3 5 10 At the Seaside
F3 55.0 King Kamehameha
Luminous Harbor
Y. Fukunaga
H. Asami
Teruya Yoshida
Shadai Farm
4 3 5 Major Emblem
F3 55.0 Daiwa Major
Catchy Title
C. Lemaire
Y. Tamura
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
5 8 17 Admire Lead
F3 55.0 Stay Gold
Belle Allure
K. Fujioka
N. Sugai
Riichi Kondo
Northern Farm
6 7 15 Lavender Valley
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Crow Canyon
K. Tosaki
H. Fujiwara
Kaneko Makoto
Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
7 6 11 Red Avancer
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Erimo Pixy
Y. Take
H. Otonashi
Hidetoshi Yamamoto
8 1 2 Blanc Bonheur
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Le Sucre
K. Miura
K. Nakatake
Yoko Maeda
North Hills Co,. Ltd.
9 3 6 B B Barrel
F3 55.0 Pyro
Fine Dimple
S. Ishibashi
E. Nakadate
Katsuhiko Bando
Efue Bokujo
10 4 7 Denko Ange
F3 55.0 Meisho Samson
Denko Lucky
Y. Kawada
Y. Arakawa
Yasuhiro Tanaka
Yasuhiro Tanaka
11 2 3 Meisho Suizuki
F3 55.0 Pyro
Vuitton Queen
K. Matsuyama
M. Honda
Yoshio Matsumoto
Mishima Bokujo
12 8 16 Win Fabulous
F3 55.0 Stay Gold
Summer Eternity
M. Matsuoka
Y. Hatakeyama
Win Co., Ltd.
Cosmo View Farm
13 1 1 Candy Barows
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Y. Hishida
Y. Yahagi
Hirotsugu Inokuma
Tomita Bokujo
14 7 14 Quatre Rapport
F3 55.0 Grass Wonder
Sporting Ladder
S. Akiyama
Y. Asano
Yoshitaka Ishii
Hamamoto Bokujo
15 5 9 G Plumeria
F3 55.0 Street Sense
Song of Africa
D. Matsuda
K. Minai
Capital System Co., Ltd.
Betz Thoroughbreds
Werner & Humphrey
16 8 18 Meisho Bird’s
F3 55.0 Tanino Gimlet
Dehere Bird’s
Y. Furukawa
M. Honda
Yoshitaka Matsumoto
Fujisawa Farm
17 2 4 Solveig
F3 55.0 Daiwa Major
As de Coeur
M. Ebina
I. Sameshima
G1 Racing Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
18 4 8 Alla Salute
F3 55.0 Daiwa Major
R. Wada
T. Tezuka
Katsumi Yoshida
Northern Farm
FP=Final Position / BK=Bracket Number / PP=Post Position / Wgt=Weight / L3F=Time of Last 3 Furlongs (600m)
Note1: No Foreign Contenders
Note2: Figures quoted under Odds are Win Odds, which show the amount of money you get back per single unit (100yen), and Fav indicates the order of favorites.

TURNOVER FOR THE RACE ALONE: ¥15,678,977,200  
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥23,968,230,400 ATTENDANCE: 55,605

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.13 ¥500 BRACKET QUINELLA 6-7 ¥730 QUINELLA 12-13 ¥960
PLACE No.13 ¥240 QUINELLA PLACE 12-13 ¥320 EXACTA 13-12 ¥1,950
No.12 ¥260 10-13 ¥1,320 TRIO 10-12-13 ¥5,650
No.10 ¥810 10-12 ¥1,430 TRIFECTA 13-12-10 ¥20,330
  1. Jeweler (JPN), bay, filly, 3-year-old
    Victoire Pisa / Baldwina (Pistolet Bleu)
    Owner: Yoichi Aoyama Breeder: Shadai Farm
    Trainer: Kenichi Fujioka Jockey: Mirco Demuro
    4 Starts, 2 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 118,747,000 Career earnings: ¥ 155,101,000

  2. Sinhalite (JPN), dark bay or brown, filly, 3-year-old
    Deep Impact / Singhalese (Singspiel)
    Owner: U. Carrot Farm Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Sei Ishizaka Jockey: Kenichi Ikezoe

  3. At the Seaside (JPN), bay, filly, 3-year-old
    King Kamehameha / Luminous Harbor (Agnes Tachyon)
    Owner: Teruya Yoshida Breeder: Shadai Farm
    Trainer: Hidekazu Asami Jockey: Yuichi Fukunaga
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.4 - 10.7 - 11.7 - 12.3 - 12.0 - 11.4 - 11.3 - 11.6
Last 4 furlongs: 46.3   Last 3 furlongs: 34.3

Positions at each corner: 3rd corner (*14,18)(8,16)(9,15)5(6,12)(4,10)2(1,3)11(7,13)-17
4th corner (*14,18)16(8,9,15)5(4,6,12)10(1,2,3)(7,11)13,17

Note1: Underlined bold number indicates the winning horse.
Note2: Horse numbers are indicated in the order of their positions at each corner, with the first position listed first. Two or more horses inside the same parentheses indicate that they were positioned side by side. Hyphens between the horse numbers indicate that there is distance between the former and the latter. The asterisk indicates a slight lead.

* Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) (G1)
The Oka Sho, which is the first of the five JRA Classics held during the year, determines the champion three-year-old filly possessing the fastest speed running over 1,600 meters and serves as an opportunity to scout potential broodmare talents. The Japanese equivalent to the One Thousand Guineas originated in England, the Oka Sho was first held at Nakayama Racecourse in Chiba, run over 1,800 meters and under the name “Nakayama Yonsai Himba Tokubetsu”, then changed its distance and venue under the new name, “Oka Sho” (Oka, meaning cherry flower which is in full bloom at this time of the season). With the entire graded races opening its doors to foreign-trained horses in 2010, the three-year-old Classics including this race entered a new phase with international G1 status. While speed is a much required ability to win this race, the extension of the homestretch as well as a deeper turf surface and an uphill stretch at Hanshin after the track renovation in 1991 has added “stamina” as an added qualification—a newly added outside turf track further extended the homestretch in 2006.
The Oka Sho, together with the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, G1, 2,400m) and the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m), is also widely considered as the fillies’ version of the “Triple Crown”, a title which has been claimed by four fillies in the past, including Apapane (JPN, by King Kamehameha) who renewed the race record to 1:33.3 in her victory in the race of 2010, and Gentildonna (JPN, by Deep Impact) who completed the sweep in 2012 and went on to capture the Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) in 2012 and 2013 and Horse of the Year title in 2012 and 2014.
This year’s Oka Sho featured 2015 Best Two-Year-Old Filly Major Emblem who continued to show dominance in the Queen Cup (G3, 1,600m) on February 13 when she won by overwhelming five-length margin, making her the sure favorite in the first leg of the three-year-old Classic. B B Barrel, winner of the Fairy Stakes (G3, 1,600m) in January, finished ninth in the Queen Cup.
Sinhalite, Jeweler and Lavender Valley had earned their place in the G1 race as the top three finishers in the Oka Sho trial, the Tulip Sho (G3, 1,600m) on March 5 in which 2015 Artemis Stakes (G3, 1,600m) winner Denko Ange, 2016 Elfin Stakes (1,600m) victor Red Avancer, 2015 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1, 1,600m) runner-up Win Fabulous and 2015 Hakodate Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,200m) champion Blanc Bonheur, who had already secured their berth with their past performances, finished fifth, eighth, 10th and 14th, respectively.
Other notable runners from other trial races included Solveig, At the Seaside and 2015 Fantasy Stakes (G3, 1,400m) winner Candy Barows who were the top three finishers of the Fillies’ Revue (G2, 1,400m) on March 13, and also Alla Salute who was runner-up in the Anemone Stakes (1,600m) on March 12.

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