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May 22, 2016


Race Favorite Sinhalite Powers to Victory in Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks)
Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (G1)
Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (G1)

Race favorite Sinhalite showed her strength in dominating the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks), claiming her first G1 title and second grade-race victory. After three wins in a row from her two-year-old debut in October, she was denied the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1) title by a mere 2-centimeter margin but proved herself as an elite runner of her generation. Tranier Sei Ishizaka won his 14th career JRA-G1 title—the last victory at this level was the 2016 February Stakes with Moanin—and it was his second Yushun Himba title after winning the race with Gentildonna in 2012. Jockey Kenichi Ikezoe, whose recent G1 victory was with Shonan Pandora in the 2015 Japan Cup, registered his 22nd career JRA-G1 victory with his second Yushun Himba title after partnering Tall Poppy to victory in this race in 2008.

Sinhalite was allowed to settle well off the pace near the rails, traveling fifth from last along the far stretch behind a moderate pace set by Dantsu Pendant. Slightly shifted out coming into the homestretch, Sinhalite had to be patient while being surrounded by horses up to the top of the hill but did not fail to seize the moment to split horses from where she quickly gained on the leaders then overtaking Biche for a neck victory.

“We missed a beat coming out of the gate and had to race further back than intended in the early stages, but we were able to recover some ground along the way. I was instructed by the trainer to save as much ground as possible since we had a good chance in the race from a good inside draw, so I didn’t attempt to go wide, squeezing our way between horses instead. Once escaping the crowd, she responded really well and switched into gear,” commented Kenichi Ikezoe.

Second pick Cecchino raced well off the pace in mid-field, swung wide into the straight and came with impressive speed to join Sinhalite in their bid for the lead but had more ground to cover along the outside route and was a neck short for second.

Fifth choice Biche was positioned outside a rival a few lengths in front of Cecchino before making headway approaching the final corner, closed in on the leader down the center lane to take command soon after the furlong pole then ran on gamely while unable to hold off the late charging Sinhalite and Cecchino.

Other Horses:
4th: (16) Jealousy—trailed in rear, swung wide, quickened and timed 3rd fastest over last 3 furlongs
5th: (5) Peptide Supple—raced in mid-division, wide into stretch, showed effort
6th: (12) Frontier Queen—hugged rails 3rd from rear, accelerated between horses, weakened in final strides
7th: (15) Red Avancer—traveled 3-wide in mid-pack, quickened until 100m out, then weakened
8th: (18) Daiwa Dresser—settled toward rear, circled wide, showed belated charge at stretch
9th: (8) Denko Ange—positioned in mid-group, angled wide, bumped at 200m marker, lost momentum
10th: (11) Angel Face—chased leader in 2nd, led at top of stretch, weakened in last 100m
11th: (4) At the Seaside—ran along rails in mid-division, met traffic 300m out, even paced thereafter
12th: (2) Awake—saved ground around 7th, lacked needed kick at stretch
13th: (17) Rottenmeier—traveled near pace in 4th, sustained bid until furlong pole, dropped back
14th: (9) Win Fabulous—raced in 6th, ran willingly but met traffic 300m out, lost momentum
15th: (6) Admire Lead—sat 2nd from rear, unable to reach contention
16th: (1) From My Heart—hugged rails in 5th, failed to respond at stretch
17th: (7) Gekkako—chased leaders in 3rd, ran out of steam after final turn
18th: (10) Dantsu Pendant—set moderate pace, faded after 400m pole

3-year-old Fillies, 2,400 meters (about 12 furlongs), turf, left-handed
Sunday, May 22, 2016      Tokyo Racecourse        11th Race           Post Time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 216,000,000 (about US$ 1,800,000 <US$1=¥120>)
3-y-o: 55 kg (about 121 lbs), 3 kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2013
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 2 3 Sinhalite
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
K. Ikezoe
S. Ishizaka
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
2 7 13 Cecchino
F3 55.0 King Kamehameha
Happy Path
K. Tosaki
K. Fujisawa
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
3 7 14 Biche
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
M. Demuro
Y. Shikato
Yasushi Kubota
Northern Racing
4 8 16 Jealousy
F3 55.0 Harbinger
Glorious Days
N. Yokoyama
T. Kikuzawa
Hideko Kondo
Hideko Kondo
5 3 5 Peptide Supple
F3 55.0 Manhattan Cafe
Peptide More
H. Shii
K. Kihara
Kazuhiko Numakawa
Kazuhiko Numakawa
6 6 12 Frontier Queen
F3 55.0 Meisho Samson
Blue Box Bow
M. Ebina
S. Kunieda
Kazuo Nagatsuma
Koki Hayashi
7 7 15 Red Avancer
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Erimo Pixy
H. Tanabe
H. Otonashi
Hidetoshi Yamamoto
8 8 18 Daiwa Dresser
F3 55.0 Neo Universe
Liberty Print
K. Miura
Y. Shikato
Keizo Oshiro
Shadai Farm
9 4 8 Denko Ange
F3 55.0 Meisho Samson
Denko Lucky
Y. Kawada
Y. Arakawa
Yasuhiro Tanaka
Yasuhiro Tanaka
10 6 11 Angel Face
F3 55.0 King Kamehameha
One for Rose
C. Lemaire
H. Fujiwara
Lord Horse Club
K. I. Farm
11 2 4 At the Seaside
F3 55.0 King Kamehameha
Luminous Harbor
Y. Fukunaga
H. Asami
Teruya Yoshida
Shadai Farm
12 1 2 Awake
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Y. Yoshida
M. Saito
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
13 8 17 Rottenmeier
F3 55.0 Kurofune
T. Berry
M. Ikezoe
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
14 5 9 Win Fabulous
F3 55.0 Stay Gold
Summer Eternity
M. Matsuoka
Y. Hatakeyama
Win Co., Ltd.
Cosmo View Farm
15 3 6 Admire Lead
F3 55.0 Stay Gold
Belle Allure
Y. Iwata
N. Sugai
Riichi Kondo
Northern Farm
16 1 1 From My Heart
F3 55.0 Heart’s Cry
Meine Espoir
S. Ishibashi
H. Miyamoto
K. Thoroughbred Club Ruffian
Big Red Farm
17 4 7 Gekkako
F3 55.0 Roses in May
D. Shibata
Y. Takahashi
K. Thoroughbred Club Ruffian
Saito Stud
18 5 10 Dantsu Pendant
F3 55.0 Orewa Matteruze
North Princess
Y. Furukawa
M. Honda
Tetsuji Yamamoto
Tanikawa Stud
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.

TURNOVER FOR THE RACE ALONE: ¥ 15,694,849,600  
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 23,956,665,600 ATTENDANCE: 60,321

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.3 ¥200 BRACKET QUINELLA 2-7 ¥300 QUINELLA 3-13 ¥420
PLACE No.3 ¥110 QUINELLA PLACE 3-13 ¥200 EXACTA 3-13 ¥650
No.13 ¥130 3-14 ¥660 TRIO 3-13-14 ¥2,070
No.14 ¥320 13-14 ¥910 TRIFECTA 3-13-14 ¥5,790
  1. 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
    5 Starts, 4 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 126,796,000 Career earnings: ¥ 233,334,000
    Principal Race Performances: ’16 Tulip Sho (G3, 1,600m) 1st
    ’16 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) 2nd

  2. Cecchino (JPN), chestnut, filly, 3-year-old
    King Kamehameha / Happy Path (Sunday Silence)
    Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Kazuo Fujisawa Jockey: Keita Tosaki

  3. Biche (JPN), bay, filly, 3-year-old
    Deep Impact / Barancella (Acatenango)
    Owner: Yasushi Kubota Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Yuichi Shikato Jockey: Mirco Demuro
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.3 - 10.7 - 12.1 - 12.3 - 12.4 - 12.5 - 12.9 - 12.6 -12.7 - 11.4 - 11.5 - 11.6
Last 4 furlongs: 47.2 Last 3 furlongs: 34.5

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

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.

* Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks)(G1)
The Japanese version of the prestigious British Oaks, the Yushun Himba was established in 1938 and contested among runners limited to home-bred three-year-old fillies. Initially called the “Hanshin Yushun Himba” and held during the fall season at Hanshin Racecourse, the race acquired its current status as the Japanese Oaks upon changing its venue to Tokyo Racecourse in 1946. The race was also shifted to the spring season, being the richest in prize money and longest in distance among the current JRA races limited to fillies/mares. The Yushun Himba opened its door to foreign-bred runners in 2003 and acquired international G1 status in 2010.
While the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) serves in gauging the speed potentials in the future broodmares, the Yushun Himba is a championship race in which to discover the added quality of stamina as well as speed, and winners of this race are highly rated as broodmares upon retirement to stud. Recent winners included fillies/mares that became high profile G1 winners. 2009 Oaks winner, Buena Vista (JPN, by Special Week) captured a total of six G1 titles and JRA’s Horse of the Year of 2010 before her retirement in the end of 2011, while 2012 winner Gentildonna (JPN, by Deep Impact), who holds the race record of 2:23.6, went on to capture the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m) that autumn to become the fourth filly to sweep the Triple Crown for fillies. The star filly later went on to claim four G1 titles and was crowned Horse of the Year twice in 2012 and 2014. Last year’s victor Mikki Queen (JPN, by Deep Impact) subsequently won the Shuka Sho and named Best Three-Year-Old Filly of the 2015 season.
Jeweler (JPN, by Victoire Pisa), who claimed a narrow victory in the Oka Sho on April 10, was ruled out of her Oaks bid with a minor fracture in her near-fore pastern, leaving runner-up Sinhalite and third-place finisher At the Seaside the chance to aim for the second leg of the G1 triple for fillies. 2015 Artemis Stakes (G3, 1,600m) winner Denko Ange and 2015 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1, 1,600m) runner-up Win Fabulous also ran in the Yushun Himba, hoping to bounce back from their disappointing 10th and 12th, respectively, in the Oka Sho.
Qualifying to run from their Oaks trial starts were; Cecchino and Awake who finished first and third in the Flora Stakes (G2, 2,000m) on April 24. Jealousy and From My Heart also came off their first and second-place finishes, in the Sweet Pea Stakes (1,800m), another Yushun Himba trial, on May 1. Other notable runners included Angel Face who won the Flower Cup (G3, 1,800m) on March 21 and Rottenmeier who claimed the Wasurenagusa Sho (2,000m) on April 10.

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