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October 2, 2016


Red Falx Bests Top Class Sprinters in Sprinters Stakes
Sprinters Stakes(G1)

Sprinters Stakes(G1)

Third favorite Red Falx claimed this year’s Sprinters Stakes, topping the best short-distance runners to become the autumn champion sprinter. After accumulating wins in races between 1,200 to 1,400m over both turf and dirt, the versatile five-year-old gray landed his first graded win in his latest start, the CBC Sho (G3, turf, 1,200m) in July after running on dirt in all of his other four starts of this season. After registering a second with Sakura Gospel in last year’s Sprinters Stakes, trainer Tomohito Ozeki celebrates his first JRA-G1 victory after landing a total of eight graded wins since opening his yard in 2009. Mirco Demuro, who has won all three starts in partnership with this horse, landed his 17th JRA-G1 career title with the win and his first since his victory with Jeweler in April in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas).

Led by Mikki Isle, Solveig and Shuji, Demuro settled Red Falx in mid-field down the backstretch and steadily pushed the gray up to improve position rounding the final turns. Hitting the top of the stretch with nearly half of the field still in front to beat, the son of Swept Overboard struggled heavily to gain ground but found an amazing second gear in the last half-furlong to overtake the stubborn leaders, and eventually the frontrunner Mikki Isle at the wire, for a close head win.

“The horse was very relaxed today. We broke from a wide stall and since he doesn’t respond that well, we launched our bid early—from the third corner—and after that he just stretched well. I’ve won all three races I’ve ever been on him which makes us a terrific team. When I first rode him at Chukyo in 2014, I never imagined he would develop the way he has. He was really tough today,” commented Mirco Demuro.

In his second Sprinters Stakes challenge and after a six-month break since his last start in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen where he finished second, second favorite Mikki Isle sprinted well from the second farthest stall and set the pace by a length or two at one point, leading the field of 16 to the finish line only to be caught by the fast closing Red Falx at the wire for the runner-up seat.

Three-year-old Solveig broke well and briefly fought for the lead with Mikki Isle but was then reserved a length behind the leader on the rails with Shuji beside her. While the two chased the leader down the straight side-by-side, Solveig managed to outduel Shuji and also Nero, who gained on them from the outside, in the final strides but was tagged by the winner to finish third.

Big Arthur, winner of the Takamatsunomiya Kinen and the Centaur Stakes, was off a bit slow from stall one, sitting off the pace in fifth to sixth. Unable to make headway making the final turns, the race favorite was trapped behind horses, unable to find room for his reputable stretch run and finally lost momentum 100 meters out, finishing a dismal 12th.

Other Horses:
4th: (5) Shuji—sat around 3rd, sustained bid until 100m out, weakened thereafter
5th: (7) Snow Dragon—chased winner in10th, turned wide and accelerated at stretch, best stride late
6th: (16) Nero—advanced to 3rd or 4th from widest stall, sustained bid but weakened in last 100m
7th: (9) Satono Lupin—traveled in 6th, turned final corner in good striking position, weakened in last 100m
8th: (3) Teehaff—settled around 11th along rails, switched to stand side at early stretch, showed effort
9th: (12) Let’s Go Donki—saved ground 2nd from rear along rails, showed belated charge and timed fastest over last 3 furlongs
10th: (6) Bel Canto—ran inside winner, failed to find clear path at stretch, even paced
11th: (2) Blanc Bonheur—hugged rails around 8th, checked after passing 200m marker
13th: (14) Uliuli—trailed in rear, quickened at stretch to pass rivals
14th: (10) Red Arion—positioned 3rd from rear, unable to reach contention
15th: (11) Dance Director—raced wide 4th from rear, entered last into lane, never a threat
16th: (8) Sakura Gospel—traveled wide around 11th, no factor at stretch

THE 50TH SPRINTERS STAKES (G1) -the 8th leg of the Global Sprint Challenge-
3-year-old & up, 1,200 meters (about 6 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, October 2, 2016        Nakayama Racecourse     11th Race        Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 212,280,000 (about US$ 1,769,000 <US$1=¥120>)
3-y-o: 55kg (about 121 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 57kg (about 126 lbs),
2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares, 1kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2013
Safety factor: 16 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 7 13 Red Falx
H5 57.0 Swept Overboard
M. Demuro
T. Ozeki
TokyoHorseRacing Co.,Ltd
Shadai Farm
2 8 15 Mikki Isle
H5 57.0 Deep Impact
Star Isle
K. Matsuyama
H. Otonashi
Mizuki Noda
Northern Racing
3 2 4 Solveig
F3 53.0 Daiwa Major
As de Coeur
H. Tanabe
I. Sameshima
G1 Racing Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
4 3 5 Shuji
C3 55.0 Kinshasa no Kiseki
Y. Kawada
N. Sugai
Koji Yasuhara
Hamamoto Bokujo
5 4 7 Snow Dragon
H8 57.0 Admire Cozzene
Meine Caprice
T. Ono
N. Takagi
Makio Okada
Meiwa Iwami Bokujo
6 8 16 Nero
H5 57.0 Johannesburg
Nishino Takarazuka
H. Uchida
H. Mori
Shigeyuki Nishiyama
Nishiyama Stud
7 5 9 Satono Lupin
H5 57.0 Deep Impact
Erimo Pixy
R. Wada
A. Murayama
Hajime Satomi
Excel Management
8 2 3 Teehaff
H6 57.0 Storming Home
K. Ikezoe
K. Nishiura
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Darley Japan K. K
9 6 12 Let’s Go Donki
F4 55.0 King Kamehameha
Y. Iwata
T. Umeda
Hirosaki Toshihiro HD Co., Ltd.
Shimizu Bokujo
10 3 6 Bel Canto
M5 55.0 Sakura Bakushin O
M. Ebina
K. Tsunoda
North Hills Co., Ltd.
Tadayoshi Doi
11 1 2 Blanc Bonheur
F3 53.0 Deep Impact
Le Sucre
Y. Take
K. Nakatake
Yoko Maeda
North Hills Co,. Ltd.
12 1 1 Big Arthur
H5 57.0 Sakura Bakushin O
Y. Fukunaga
K. Fujioka
Akira Nakatsuji
Bamboo Stud
13 7 14 Uliuli
M6 55.0 Deep Impact
K. Tosaki
H. Fujiwara
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
14 5 10 Red Arion
H6 57.0 Agnes Tachyon
Erimo Pixy
H. Kawasu
S. Hashiguchi
TokyoHorseRacing Co.,Ltd
Excel Management
15 6 11 Dance Director
H6 57.0 Aldebaran
Mother Leaf
S. Hamanaka
K. Sasada
Suzuko Ota
Fujiwara Breeding Stud
16 4 8 Sakura Gospel
H8 57.0 Sakura President
Sakura Blues
N. Yokoyama
T. Ozeki
Sakura Commers
Sakura Commerce Co., Ltd.
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 DAY: ¥ 21,351,484,100 ATTENDANCE: 37,383

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.13 ¥920 BRACKET QUINELLA 7-8 ¥2,000 QUINELLA 13-15 ¥4,490
PLACE No.13 ¥380 QUINELLA PLACE 13-15 ¥1,470 EXACTA 13-15 ¥8,240
No.15 ¥290 4-13 ¥3,470 TRIO 4-13-15 ¥42,230
No.4 ¥740 4-15 ¥3,450 TRIFECTA 13-15-4 ¥180,060

  1. 1. Red Falx (JPN), gray, horse, 5-year-old
    Swept Overboard / Vermouth (Sunday Silence)
    Owner: TokyoHorseRacing Co., Ltd Breeder: Shadai Farm  
    Trainer: Tomohito Ozeki Jockey: Mirco Demuro  
    18 Starts, 8 Wins    
    Added money: ¥ 101,360,000 Career earnings: ¥ 245,718,000  
    Principal Race Performances: '16 CBC Sho (G3, 1,200m) 1st

  2. 2. Mikki Isle (JPN), bay, horse, 5-year-old
    Deep Impact / Star Isle (Rock of Gibraltar)
    Owner: Mizuki Noda Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Hidetaka Otonashi Jockey: Kohei Matsuyama

  3. 3. Solveig (JPN), chestnut, filly, 3-year-old
    Daiwa Major / As de Coeur (Jungle Pocket)
    Owner: G1 Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Shadai Farm
    Trainer: Ippo Sameshima Jockey: Hironobu Tanabe
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 11.8 - 10.5 - 11.1 - 11.2 - 11.2 - 11.8
Last 4 furlongs: 45.3          Last 3 furlongs: 34.2

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

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.

* Sprinters Stakes(G1)
The Sprinters Stakes, initially established in 1967 as a major 1,200-meter sprint race for three-year-old and up, was designated as a spring G3 event in conjunction with the new grading system implemented in 1984. It was then upgraded to G2 in 1987 before becoming a G1 sprint race in 1990 with the date of fixture also shifted to the latter part of the season. The race now positions itself as the highest mark for sprinters together with the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1, 1,200m) held in spring. As one of the first few races to open its doors to foreign entries, the race became part of the Global Sprint Challenge in 2005 and joined the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series this year, enabling its winners to earn automatic starting position and other benefits in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1, 1,300m).
Silent Witness (AUS, by El Moxie) from Hong Kong played the starring role in its inaugural year in 2005 while Australia’s Takeover Target (AUS, by Celtic Swing) won the 2006 Sprinters Stakes, coming off a runner-up effort in the previous Centaur Stakes (G2, 1,200m), and ultimately earned the Global Sprint Challenge Champion title. Native Hong Kong trainer Poon Fai Yiu and jockey Hoi Wing Lai claimed the 2010 Sprinters Stakes title with Ultra Fantasy (AUS, by Encosta de Lago) who gave a tenacious performance to fend off some of the best G1 sprinters that were among the 16-horse field, and the race has continued to enjoy the company of some of the top sprinters from overseas in recent years. Hong Kong’s Rich Tapestry (IRE, by Holy Roman Emperor) showed a sixth-place effort in last year’s event however, there were no foreign contenders in the field this year. Straight Girl (JPN, by Fuji Kiseki), who claimed the title last year, went on to capture her second consecutive victory in the Victoria Mile (G1, 1,600m) in May before capping off her career in August.
This year’s line-up featured Big Arthur who marked a wire-to-wire victory in the September 11 Centaur Stakes (G2, 1,200m) after landing his first G1 title in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen in March. Other runners coming off graded victories were; the CBC Sho (Jul. 3; G3, 1,200m) winner Red Falx; the Ibis Summer Dash (Jul. 31; G3, 1,000m) and 2016 Summer Sprint Series champion Bel Canto; and the Keeneland Cup (Aug. 28; G3, 1,200m) winner Blanc Bonheur, as where the 2015 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) champion Let’s Go Donki and the Hakodate Sprint Stakes (Jun. 19; G3, 1,200m) victor Solveig also finished third and fourth, respectively. The race also saw the participation of last year’s runner-up Sakura Gospel, and Mikki Isle who hadn’t raced since finishing second in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen earlier this year.
The race record of 1:06.7 was set by Lord Kanaloa (JPN, by King Kamehameha) in the first of his consecutive victories in this race in 2012 and 2013.

Sprinters Stakes (G1) related contents
Global Sprint Challenge
Breeders' Cup Challenge Race