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April 17, 2016


Deep Impact Colts Dominate the Top Three with Dee Majesty Setting Record Time in This Year's Satsuki Sho
Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (G1)

Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (G1)

Eighth pick Dee Majesty defeated a strong field of three-year-olds while breaking the record time by 0.1 second in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), the first leg of the three-year-old Triple Crown, to capture his first G1 title and second grade-race victory. Debuting in September of his two-year-old season, Dee Majesty broke his maiden in his third career start and, although being forced to withdraw from the following Hopeful Stakes (G2) in December due to a minor leg problem, claimed the kick-off start of his three-year-old season in the Kyodo News Service Hai, in which he was posted sixth favorite. This win marked trainer Yoshitaka Ninomiya’s sixth JRA-G1 victory following the 2014 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies with Shonan Adela and his first classic title. Jockey Masayoshi Ebina claimed his 25th JRA-G1 victory following his win in last year’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup with Marialite and his second Satsuki Sho title—his first title being in 2014 with Isla Bonita.

Breaking slowly from stall 18, Dee Majesty settled toward the rear, around fifth from last, as the frontrunner Respect Earth set a fast pace. As the horses spread wide through the last two corners with Leontes heading the field, Masayoshi Ebina guided the Yoshitaka Ninomiya-trained colt to the outer route to make bid for the final attack. Responding willingly to the jockey’s urging, Dee Majesty unleashed a powerful drive, flying past the front runners one by one—race favorite Satono Diamond, Air Spinel and finally Leontes 100 meters out—and continued to accelerate strongly for a comfortable 1-1/4-length victory.

Third choice Makahiki broke smoothly from stall three, eased back toward the rear and traveled wide behind Dee Majesty throughout the race. The Yasuo Tomomichi-trained bay exploded powerfully in the last stretch, running the last three furlongs the fastest in the field and, although unable to close in on the winner, finished 1-1/4-length ahead of the race favorite in second.

Odds-on-favorite Satono Diamond traveled two wide in midfield and was well-placed coming into the homestretch. The Yasutoshi Ikee-trained colt edged forward and, while overtaken by the top two finishers, pinned Leontes before the wire for a third-place finish.

Second pick Leontes pressed the pace in second, took command at the top of the stretch but was overtaken in the last 100 meters. Although finishing fourth behind Satono Diamond, the son of King Kamehameha was demoted to fifth for interfering with Air Spinel 200 meters out.

“We were slow out of the gate so I made up my mind to race him toward the rear as there were strong horses in the front. I was hoping to close in on the front runners from around the third corner and everything went as planned. He was responding really well turning the last corner and I knew then that he’ll be able to take over the field at the top of the slope,” commented Masayoshi Ebina.

Other Horses:
4th: (15) Air Spinel—positioned in 6th, ran gamely but checked by Leontes 200m out, finished 5th, promoted
6th: (5) Mount Robson—sat near pace in 4th, accelerated until 100m out, weakened thereafter
7th: (9) Namura Shingun—ran 3-wide in mid-pack, advanced gradually, showed effort
8th: (14) Lord Quest—raced along rails in mid-division, ran gamely until 100m out
9th: (4) Admire Daio—traveled in 7th, failed to respond at stretch
10th: (7) Umbruch—ran in front of winner, even paced
11th: (13) Prophet—raced inside winner, accelerated briefly, lacked needed kick
12th: (6) Miraieno Tsubasa—hugged rails 3rd from last, quickened until 100m out
13th: (8) Mikki Rocket—traveled near rear, turned wide, passed tired rivals
14th: (10) Toa Raijin—trailed in rear, unable to reach contention
15th: (1) Dreadnoughtus—saved ground in mid-pack, failed to respond at stretch
16th: (2) George Cinq—sat along rails in 5th, no factor at stretch
17th: (12) Respect Earth—set fast pace, dropped back after 3rd corner
18th: (17) Admire Morale—prominent early in 3rd or 4th, faded before 4th corner

3-year-old Colts & Fillies, 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, April 17, 2016      Nakayama Racecourse       11th Race      Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 216,000,000 (about US$ 1,800,000 <US$1=¥120>)
3-y-o: 57kg (about 126 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies, 2kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2013
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 8 18 Dee Majesty
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
Hermes Tiara
M. Ebina
Y. Ninomiya
Masaru Shimada
Masaru Shimada
2 2 3 Makahiki
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
Y. Kawada
Y. Tomomichi
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
3 6 11 Satono Diamond
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
C. Lemaire
Y. Ikee
Hajime Satomi
Northern Racing
4 7 15 Air Spinel
C3 57.0 King Kamehameha
Air Messiah
Y. Take
K. Sasada
Lucky Field Co., Ltd.
Tsunebumi Yoshihara
5 8 16 Leontes
C3 57.0 King Kamehameha
M. Demuro
K. Sumii
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
6 3 5 Mount Robson
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
Miss Pascali
T. Berry
N. Hori
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
7 5 9 Namura Shingun
C3 57.0 Victoire Pisa
Dream of Genie
H. Tanabe
T. Takano
Mutsuhiro Namura
Tanikawa Stud
8 7 14 Lord Quest
C3 57.0 Matsurida Gogh
Matsurida Waltz
K. Ikezoe
S. Kojima
Lord Horse Club
Samani Hori Bokujo
9 2 4 Admire Daio
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
Admire Marine
Y. Fukunaga
Y. Tomomichi
Riichi Kondo
Riichi Kondo
10 4 7 Umbruch
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
Y. Shibayama
N. Hori
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Corporation Inc.
11 7 13 Prophet
C3 57.0 Harbinger
K. Tosaki
Y. Ikee
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
12 3 6 Miraieno Tsubasa
C3 57.0 Dream Journey
Tamuro Bright
D. Shibata
D. Ito
Nobuhiko Mishima
Suwa Bokujo
13 4 8 Mikki Rocket
C3 57.0 King Kamehameha
N. Yokoyama
H. Otonashi
Mizuki Noda
Northern Racing
14 5 10 Toa Raijin
C3 57.0 Durandal
Toa Lightning
T. Ono
A. Murayama
Takayama Land Co., Ltd.
Toa Bokujo
15 1 1 Dreadnoughtus
C3 57.0 Harbinger
Dia de la Novia
Y. Fujioka
Y. Yahagi
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
16 1 2 George Cinq
C3 57.0 Victoire Pisa
Hollywood Rose
H. Yoshida
I. Sameshima
Masatsugu Kamada
17 6 12 Respect Earth
C3 57.0 Manhattan Cafe
Earth Green
Y. Ishikawa
M. Ogasa
Green Farm
Nasuno Bokujo
18 8 17 Admire Morale
C3 57.0 Kinshasa no Kiseki
Katsura Driver
H. Uchida
H. Uehara
Riichi Kondo
Northern Farm
FP=Final Position / BK=Bracket Number / PP=Post Position / Wgt=Weight / L3F=Time of Last 3 Furlongs (600m) /
=Disqualified and Placed, or Demoted (demoted from 4th to 5th)
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.

WINNING TIME: 1:57.9 (race record) GOING: Firm WEATHER: Fine
TURNOVER FOR THE RACE ALONE: ¥18,646,312,700  
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥27,810,166,000 ATTENDANCE: 51,284

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.18 ¥3,090 BRACKET QUINELLA 2-8 ¥450 QUINELLA 3-18 ¥6,220
PLACE No.18 ¥530 QUINELLA PLACE 3-18 ¥1,730 EXACTA 18-3 ¥17,680
No.3 ¥160 11-18 ¥1,760 TRIO 3-11-18 ¥6,000
No.11 ¥150 3-11 ¥320 TRIFECTA 18-3-11 ¥70,390
  1. Dee Majesty (JPN), bay, colt, 3-year-old
    Deep Impact / Hermes Tiara (Brian’s Time)
    Owner: Masaru Shimada Breeder: Masaru Shimada
    Trainer: Yoshitaka Ninomiya Jockey: Masayoshi Ebina
    5 Starts, 3 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 127,888,000 Career earnings: ¥ 176,059,000
    Principal Race Performances: ’16 Kyodo News Service Hai (G3, 1,800m)  1st

  2. Makahiki (JPN), bay, colt, 3-year-old
    Deep Impact / Wikiwiki (French Deputy)
    Owner: Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd. Breeder: Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
    Trainer: Yasuo Tomomichi Jockey: Yuga Kawada

  3. Satono Diamond (JPN), bay, colt, 3-year-old
    Deep Impact / Malpensa (Orpen)
    Owner: Hajime Satomi Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Yasutoshi Ikee Jockey: Christophe Lemaire
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.0 - 10.7 - 11.5 - 11.7 - 12.5 - 11.5 - 12.4 - 12.2 - 11.6 - 11.8
Last 4 furlongs: 48.0          Last 3 furlongs: 35.6

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

* Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (G1)
The Satsuki Sho, which is the first of the three legs of JRA’s Triple Crown Classics for three-year-olds including the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m) and the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m), is comparable to British Two Thousand Guineas. The “Yokohama Norinsho Shoten Yonsai Yobiuma”, the precursor of the Satsuki Sho, was first run over 1,850 meters at Yokohama Racecourse in 1939 then moved its venue to Tokyo Racecourse four years later before given its current name and shifted again to Nakayama Racecourse in 1949—the distance was also altered to 2,000 meters in the following year.
Seven of the past Satsuki Sho champions since 2005 subsequently receive the JRA Best Three-Year-Old Colt Award, in recognition of their outstanding performances throughout the year—Deep Impact (JPN, Sunday Silence) in 2005, Meisho Samson (JPN, by Opera House) in 2006, Victoire Pisa (JPN, by Neo Universe) in 2010, Orfevre (JPN, by Stay Gold) in 2011, Gold Ship (JPN, by Stay Gold) in 2012, Isla Bonita (JPN, by Fuji Kiseki) in 2014 and Duramente (JPN, by King Kamehameha) in 2015. Triple Crown winners Deep Impact and Orfevre were also named the Horse of the Year.
This year’s contenders included: 2015 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1, 1,600m) champion and runner-up, Leontes (Best Two-Year-Old Colt) and Air Spinel who finished second and third, respectively, in this year’s Yayoi Sho (G2, 2,000m) on March 6; unbeaten Makahiki who marked his third consecutive victory in the Yayoi Sho; Admire Daio and Namura Shingu who won their tickets to race in the Satsuki Sho by coming in first and second, respectively, in the Wakaba Stakes (2,000m) on March 19; Mount Robson who claimed his first grade-race victory in the Spring Stakes (G2, 1,800m) on March 20; and 2015 Niigata Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,600m) winner Lord Quest and 2015 Kyoto Nisai Stakes (G3, 2,000m) victor Dreadnoughtus who were third and seventh, respectively, in the Spring Stakes.
In addition to those that participated in the above trial races, Prophet, winner of the Keisei Hai (G3, 2,000m) on January 17; Satono Diamond who also marked a three-race winning streak since his debut in the Kisaragi Sho (G3, 1,800m) on February 7; and Dee Majesty, winner of the Kyodo News Service Hai (G3, 1,800m) on February 14 were among the high-level contenders.

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