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May 15, 2016


7-Year-Old Straight Girl Defends Victoria Mile Title in Record Time
Victoria Mile (G1)

Victoria Mile (G1)

Defending champion and seventh favorite Straight Girl coasted to a convincing victory to become the second mare to claim two Victoria Mile titles in a row, following Verxina in 2013 and 2014, and the first seven-year-old mare ever to capture a G1 title in JRA history. The Fuji Kiseki mare landed another G1 win in the Sprinters Stakes last season after claiming the Victoria Mile and was scheduled to conclude her racing career after registering a ninth in the year-end Hong Kong Sprint. However the decision by her connections to postpone her retirement proved successful and she had been well prepped in her kick-off start of the season, the Hanshin Himba Stakes in April, where she was ninth. Trainer Hideaki Fujiwara has now eight JRA-G1 titles in his pocket including three Victoria Mile titles—the first was in 2008 with Asian Winds—and jockey Keita Tosaki has now six. The Sprinters Stakes victory last year with the mare was the most recent JRA-G1 title for both of them.

The race broke smoothly with Red Reveur and Smart Layer fighting for the lead up front while Straight Girl was settled in mid-division in front of Mikki Queen in the early stages down the backstretch. After stalking the front runners in fourth, Cafe Brilliant took over the lead after the third corner and was the first to attack the straight, however was caught by the others early, especially Straight Girl who furiously swooped past her 300 meters out increasing her lead stride by stride to clear the wire by a comfortable 2-1/2 lengths.

“Her response was terrific and we were very fortunate to find a clear path open right in front of us in the homestretch. I felt I didn’t have to use my whip, but with top G1 competition chasing us, I drove her to the finish line just in case. The Hanshin Himba Stakes was a good start to get her back in form. To be able to show a race like that at seven means we still have a lot to look forward to,” commented Keita Tosaki.

Race favorite Mikki Queen took a ground saving trip in mid-field and rounding the final corner, could not keep up with the intimidating speed of the winner however chased her in the same path, galloped on strongly in the last furlong to tag Smart Layer 100 meters out, and narrowly held off a fast closing Shonan Pandora at the wire to secure the runner-up seat.

2015 Japan Cup victor and second choice of the field Shonan Pandora was reserved a length behind Mikki Queen earlier and demonstrated a good turn of foot down the homestretch after making a wide final turn, digging in fiercely and dueling with Mikki Queen in the final strides for a photo-finish third.

Other Horses:
4th: (2) Smart Layer—stalked leader in 2nd, sustained bid until 100m out, weakened thereafter
5th: (7) Rouge Buck—ran in front of winner, switched to outside for clear path, showed effort
6th: (6) Magic Time—saved ground in mid-group, switched to outside for clear path, accelerated briefly
7th: (14) Ukiyono Kaze—trailed in rear, circled wide and timed fastest over last 3 furlongs, was too late
8th: (12) Queens Ring—raced outside winner, passed tired rivals after turning widely
9th: (16) Sundarbans—settled 3rd from rear, lacked needed kick at stretch
10th: (11) Let’s Go Donki—traveled 3-wide in mid-pack, passed tired rivals at stretch
11th: (1) Win Primera—ran near pace along rails, showed effort until 200m pole, weakened thereafter
12th: (8) Meisho Mambo—raced toward rear, met traffic at 200m marker, never threatened
13th: (4) Uliuli—hugged rails in mid-division, failed to respond at stretch
14th: (5) Red Reveur—set pace, sustained bid until 300m out, outrun thereafter
15th: (9) Cafe Brilliant—traveled in 4th, led before 4th corner, dropped back after 300m out
16th: (18) Shonan Adela—sat 2nd from rear, unable to reach contention
17th: (17) Tosen Victory—made headway to 5th or 6th at backstretch, nothing left at stretch
18th: (3) Chaleur—chased leaders in 3rd, faded after entering stretch

4-year-old & up, Fillies & Mares, 1,600 meters (about 8 furlongs), turf, left-handed
Sunday, May 15, 2016    Tokyo Racecourse     11th Race        Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 200,480,000 (about US$ 1,671,000 <US$1=¥120>)
4-y-o & up: 55kg (about 121 lbs), 1kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2012
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 7 13 Straight Girl
M7 55.0 Fuji Kiseki
Never Period
K. Tosaki
H. Fujiwara
Hirosaki Toshihiro HD Co., Ltd.
TH Co., Ltd.
2 5 10 Mikki Queen
F4 55.0 Deep Impact
Musical Way
S. Hamanaka
Y. Ikee
Mizuki Noda
Northern Farm
3 7 15 Shonan Pandora
M5 55.0 Deep Impact
Cutie Gold
K. Ikezoe
T. Takano
Tetsuhide Kunimoto
Shadai Corporation Inc.
4 1 2 Smart Layer
M6 55.0 Deep Impact
Snow Style
Y. Take
R. Okubo
Toru Okawa
Okada Stud
5 4 7 Rouge Buck
F4 55.0 Manhattan Cafe
Ginger Punch
C. Lemaire
M. Otake
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
6 3 6 Magic Time
M5 55.0 Heart’s Cry
Time Will Tell
H. Bowman
T. Nakagawa
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
7 7 14 Ukiyono Kaze
M6 55.0 On Fire
Admire Dash
H. Shii
T. Kikuzawa
Jun Kokubu
Jun Kokubu
8 6 12 Queens Ring
F4 55.0 Manhattan Cafe
Aqua Ring
M. Demuro
K. Yoshimura
Chizu Yoshida
Shadai Farm
9 8 16 Sundarbans
M5 55.0 Heart’s Cry
Nature Guide
Y. Yoshida
E. Yano
Shimokobe B.
Shimokobe Farm
10 6 11 Let’s Go Donki
F4 55.0 King Kamehameha
Y. Iwata
T. Umeda
Hirosaki Toshihiro HD Co., Ltd.
Shimizu Bokujo
11 1 1 Win Primera
M6 55.0 Stay Gold
Erimo Pretty
Y. Kawada
R. Okubo
Win Co., Ltd.
Big Red Farm
12 4 8 Meisho Mambo
M6 55.0 Suzuka Mambo
Meisho Momoka
K. Take
Y. Iida
Yoshio Matsumoto
Yoshio Matsumoto
13 2 4 Uliuli
M6 55.0 Deep Impact
K. Miura
H. Fujiwara
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
14 3 5
Red Reveur
M5 55.0 Stay Gold
Y. Ishikawa
N. Sugai
Shadai Farm
15 5 9
Cafe Brilliant
M6 55.0 Brian’s Time
Shimmei Minerva
Y. Fukunaga
N. Hori
Koichi Nishikawa
Taihei Stud Farm Co., Ltd
16 8 18 Shonan Adela
F4 55.0 Deep Impact
Always Willing
M. Ebina
Y. Ninomiya
Tetsuhide Kunimoto
Shimokobe Farm
17 8 17 Tosen Victory
F4 55.0 King Kamehameha
To the Victory
H. Uchida
K. Sumii
Takaya Shimakawa
Northern Racing
18 2 3 Chaleur
F4 55.0 Zenno Rob Roy
Great Fever
N. Yokoyama
M. Matsunaga
U. Carrot Farm
Shadai Corporation Inc.
FP=Final Position / BK=Bracket Number / PP=Post Position / B=Blinker / 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.

WINNING TIME: 1:31.5 (race record) GOING: Firm WEATHER: Fine
TURNOVER FOR THE RACE ALONE: ¥ 15,486,284,900  
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 23,900,263,600 ATTENDANCE: 49,884

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.13 ¥1,770 BRACKET QUINELLA 5-7 ¥650 QUINELLA 10-13 ¥3,510
PLACE No.13 ¥410 QUINELLA PLACE 10-13 ¥1,310 EXACTA 13-10 ¥9,790
No.10 ¥140 13-15 ¥1,790 TRIO 10-13-15 ¥6,090
No.15 ¥170 10-15 ¥350 TRIFECTA 13-10-15 ¥48,310
  1. Straight Girl (JPN), bay, mare, 7-year-old
    Fuji Kiseki / Never Period (Taiki Shuttle)
    Owner: Hirosaki Toshihiro HD Co., Ltd. Breeder: TH Co., Ltd.
    Trainer: Hideaki Fujiwara Jockey: Keita Tosaki
    31 Starts, 11 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 96,822,000 Career earnings: ¥ 570,369,900
    Principal Race Performances: ’15 Sprinters Stakes (G1, 1,200m) 1st
    ’15 Victoria Mile (G1, 1,600m) 1st
    ’14 Silk Road Stakes (G3, 1,200m) 1st

  2. Mikki Queen (JPN), bay, filly, 4-year-old
    Deep Impact / Musical Way (Gold Away)
    Owner: Mizuki Noda Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Yasutoshi Ikee Jockey: Suguru Hamanaka

  3. Shonan Pandora (JPN), bay, mare, 5-year-old
    Deep Impact / Cutie Gold (French Deputy)
    Owner: Tetsuhide Kunimoto Breeder: Shadai Corporation Inc.
    Trainer: Tomokazu Takano Jockey: Kenichi Ikezoe
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.3 - 10.4 - 11.1 - 11.9 - 11.5 - 11.4 - 11.3 - 11.6
Last 4 furlongs: 45.8 Last 3 furlongs: 34.3

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

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.

* Victoria Mile (G1)
In accordance with the restructuring of JRA racing program for fillies/mares executed in the 2006 season, the Victoria Mile was established to give the older fillies/mares a stage to prove their ability among their own sex, in addition to the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, which had been the only G1 reserved for older fillies/mares. While the Queen Elizabeth is run over 2,200 meters and held in mid-November, the Victoria Mile is held in spring and provides female milers a chance to claim a G1 title without having a tough competition in a mixed field.
The race, however, attracts not only fillies/mares suited to the mile distance but also outstanding runners from the middle-long distance group. Two-time Horse of the Year winner Vodka (JPN, by Tanino Gimlet) claimed the title in 2009 by an overwhelming seven-length margin and the race record (1:31.9) was renewed in 2011 by Apapane (JPN, by King Kamehameha) who, after having claimed all three titles of the fillies’ version of the Triple Crown during 2010, held off defending champion and 2010 Horse of the Year Buena Vista (JPN, by Special Week) for a neck victory.
After claiming last year’s version, Straight Girl went on to win the Sprinters Stakes (G1, 1,200m) in the autumn and was back this year to defend her title coming off a ninth in the her kick-off start of the season, the Hanshin Himba Stakes (G2, 1,600m) on April 9. It was Smart Layer who landed the Hanshin Himba Stakes, her second graded victory in as many starts this year, while 2015 Best Three-Year-Old Filly Mikki Queen was runner-up, and winner of the January Kyoto Kimpai (G3, 1,600m) Win Primera, was third.
Other notable contenders comprising this year’s line-up had come off other key races such as; winner and runner-up of the March 13 Nakayama Himba Stakes (G3, 1,800m), Sundarbans and Rouge Buck, respectively; 2015 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) winner Let’s Go Donki who was eighth in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1, 1,200m) on March 27; 2015 Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) victor and Best Older Filly or Mare of that year Shonan Pandora who was third in the April 3 Sankei Osaka Hai (G2, 2,000m); and winner against tough male competition in the Lord Derby Challenge Trophy (G3, 1,600m) on April 3, Magic Time.
It was the first outing for Shonan Adela since she claimed the 2014 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1, 1,600m) and was duly crowned Best Two-Year-Old Filly that season, as she recovered from fractures which had forced her to sit out her whole three-year-old campaign.

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