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December 17, 2017


Undefeated Danon Premium Claims Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes in Record Time
Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1)

Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1)

Race favorite Danon Premium captured this year’s Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes in 1:33.3, renewing the race record at Hanshin set by Leontes (JPN, by King Kamehameha) in 2015 after the race was transferred from Nakayama in 2014 (the race record at Nakayama is 1:33.4 marked by Meiner Recolte (JPN, by Chief Bearhart) in 2004). He is the 13th undefeated colt to capture the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes title following Leontes. After marking a comfortable four-length victory in his debut start on June 25, the son of Deep Impact won the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (G3, 1,600m) on October 7 also in record time with a margin of 1-3/4 lengths. This win marked trainer Mitsumasa Nakauchida’s sixth graded victory and first G1 title after he opened his stable in 2014. Jockey Yuga Kawada captured his 10th JRA-G1 victory following his Yasuda Kinen title with Satono Aladdin in June this year.

Danon Premium broke sharply from the innermost stall and took an economic trip by the rails in third behind K T Clever and Fast Approach who rushed out form the outer stalls to lead the field. The Deep Impact colt made bid immediately after facing the homestretch and inherited the lead from K T Clever at the top of the stretch. Once taking the front, the brown colt unleashed a powerful late charge that timed the fastest of the field and drew away to a 3-1/2-length victory.

“He’s a smart horse. He was a bit keen to go today but I believed in his strength and urged him to go when I saw a clear path entering the lane. He stretched and accelerated really well, just as we had expected. We need to extend the distance of his races in order for him to win the classics next year but I think he will continue to develop well toward this goal,” commented Yuga Kawada.

Third pick Stelvio made a good break and eased back to settle toward the rear, around fifth from last. The son of Lord Kanaloa circled wide around the corners and, though caught between horses entering the lane, threaded through his rivals and dislodged an impressive late kick in the last 200 meters to nail Tower of London right before the wire for second place.

Second favorite Tower of London raced two wide in mid-division while eyeing Danon Premium traveling in front. Continuing to stalk the race favorite entering the homestretch, the son of Raven’s Pass held on well and, though overtaken by Stelvio in the last stride, managed to fend off the strong challenge byKeiai Nautique by a nose to finish third.

Other Horses:
4th: (5) Keiai Nautique―traveled in mid-pack, found little room at early stretch, showed belated charge
5th: (12) Danon Smash―was off slow, saved ground towards rear, switched to outside 200m out, quickened
6th: (8) Fast Approach―chased leader in 2nd, sustained bid, weakened in final strides
7th: (11) Cassius―stalked leaders in 3rd or 4th, ran gamely, outrun in last 100m
8th: (2) Frontier―hugged rails in mid-group, failed to respond at stretch
9th: (14) Double Sharp―advanced to 5-6th, took 4-wide trip, ran willingly until 200m out
10th: (6) Asakusa Genki―broke sharply, eased back to 5-6th, lacked needed kick at stretch
11th: (15) K T Clever―set pace from wide draw, fell back after 300m marker
12th: (4) Right on Cue―trailed in rear, turned wide, passed tired rivals
13th: (9) Muscoloso―ran 3-wide in mid-division, checked at early stretch, never fired
14th: (13) Iron Claw―raced 3-wide towards rear, unable to reach contention
15th: (7) Hishi Cosmah―sat near rear, never a threat
16th: (16) Ishimatsu―traveled near rear, no factor

2-year-old Colts & Fillies, 1,600 meters (about 8 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, December 17, 2017   Hanshin Racecourse        11th Race    Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 152,200,000 (about US$ 1,323,000 <US$1=¥115>)
2-y-o: 55kg (about 121 lbs), 1 kg allowance for Fillies, 3 kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2015
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 1 1 Danon Premium
C2 55.0 Deep Impact
Indiana Gal
Y. Kawada
M. Nakauchida
Danox Co., Ltd.
K. I. Farm
2 5 10 Stelvio
C2 55.0 Lord Kanaloa
C. Demuro
T. Kimura
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
3 2 3 Tower of London
C2 55.0 Raven’s Pass
Snow Pine
C. Lemaire
K. Fujisawa
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Darley Japan K.K
4 3 5 Keiai Nautique
C2 55.0 Deep Impact
Keiai Gerbera
H. Miyuki
O. Hirata
Kazuhiro Kameda
Queens Ranch Ltd
5 6 12 Danon Smash
C2 55.0 Lord Kanaloa
Spinning Wildcat
Y. Fukunaga
T. Yasuda
Danox Co., Ltd.
K. I. Farm
6 4 8 Fast Approach
C2 55.0 Dawn Approach
Jolie Jioconde
V. Cheminaud
K. Fujisawa
Hidetoshi Yamamoto
Hidetoshi Yamamoto
7 6 11 Cassius
C2 55.0 Kinshasa no Kiseki
Love Dylan
S. Hamanaka
H. Shimizu
Kanayama Holdings Co., Ltd.
Tanioka Stud
8 1 2 Frontier
C2 55.0 Daiwa Major
Grace Land
Y. Iwata
M. Nakauchida
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Shadai Corporation Inc.
9 7 14 Double Sharp
C2 55.0 Behkabad
Mejiro Ruchbah
R. Wada
K. Watanabe
Tadahiro Amahori
Masanori Murakami
10 3 6 Asakusa Genki
C2 55.0 Stormy Atlantic
Y. Take
H. Otonashi
K. Tahara
Alexander - Groves - Matz LLC.
11 8 15 K T Clever
C2 55.0 Harbinger
Molto Felice
T. Kobayashi
T. Meno
Kazuyoshi Takimoto
Shadai Farm
12 2 4 Right on Cue
C2 55.0 Shamardal
Great Timing
H. Shii
M. Kon
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Darley Japan K. K
13 5 9 Muscoloso
C2 55.0 Henny Hughes
Luna Regalo
K. Ikezoe
T. Tezuka
Yukihiro Ochiai
Northern Farm
14 7 13 Iron Claw
C2 55.0 Admire Moon
Yamano Irie
M. Sakai
T. Saito
Soichiro Fujii
Champions Farm
15 4 7 Hishi Cosmah
C2 55.0 Black Tide
Cosmah Grace
K. Matsuyama
H. Shimizu
Masahide Abe
Atsuga Furukawa Bokujo
16 8 16 Ishimatsu
C2 55.0 Swept Overboard
Spicy Kitty
S. Kato
H. Mori
Katsutoshi Yoshida
Shinsei 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.

WINNING TIME: 1:33.3 (race record) GOING: Firm WEATHER: Fine
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 22,103,699,700 ATTENDANCE: 25,128

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.1 ¥230 BRACKET QUINELLA 1-5 ¥530 QUINELLA 1-10 ¥550
PLACE No.1 ¥110 QUINELLA PLACE 1-10 ¥230 EXACTA 1-10 ¥840
No.10 ¥140 1-3 ¥210 TRIO 1-3-10 ¥700
No.3 ¥130 3-10 ¥330 TRIFECTA 1-10-3 ¥2,630

  1. 1.Danon Premium (JPN), brown, colt, 2-year-old
    Deep Impact / Indiana Gal (Intikhab)
    Owner: Danox Co., Ltd. Breeder: K. I. Farm
    Trainer: Mitsumasa Nakauchida Jockey: Yuga Kawada
    3 Starts, 3 Wins  
    Added money: ¥ 71,148,000 Career earnings: ¥ 111,799,000
    Principal Race Performances: ’17 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (G3, 1,600m)  

  2. 2.Stelvio (JPN), bay, colt, 2-year-old
    Lord Kanaloa / L’Archetto (Falbrav)
    Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Tetsuya Kimura Jockey: Cristian Demuro

  3. 3.Tower of London (JPN), bay, colt, 2-year-old
    Raven’s Pass / Snow Pine (Dalakhani)
    Owner: HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum   Breeder: Darley Japan K. K
    Trainer: Kazuo Fujisawa Jockey: Christophe Lemaire
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.6 - 10.8 - 11.8 - 12.0 - 12.1 - 11.3 - 11.0 - 11.7
Last 4 furlongs: 46.1          Last 3 furlongs: 34.0

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

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.

* Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1)
Races for two-year-olds were held for the first time in 1946 at Tokyo. As the number of contenders increased, championship races—the Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes (predecessor to the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes) and the Hanshin Sansai Stakes (predecessor to the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies)—which determined the top two-year-olds of the season in eastern and western Japan, respectively, were established in 1949. In conjunction with the new grading system implemented, the two races were designated G1 status in 1984.
In 1991, the two races were divided by gender into two separate G1 events; the Hanshin Sansai Himba Stakes for two-year-old fillies and the Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes for two-year-old colts and geldings, then renamed “Hanshin Juvenile Fillies” and “Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes”, respectively, in 2001. Since 2004, the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes has been limited to non-gelded colts and fillies. The race, which started off as a 1,100-meter sprint, was extended to 1,200 meters in 1959 and again to 1,600 meters in 1962. In 2010, the race was opened to foreign runners. Due to the restructured racing program for two-year-olds, the venue was transferred from Nakayama to Hanshin Racecourse, the same location as the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, in 2014.
This year’s field included five graded winners; Danon Premium and Tower of London who came off their wins in the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (G3, 1,600m; Oct.7) and the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes (G2, 1,400m; Nov.4), respectively; the Hakodate Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,200m; Jul.23) victor Cassius and the Kokura Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,200m; Sep.3) champion Asakusa Genki who came off a second and a third, respectively, in the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes; and the Niigata Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,600m; Aug.27) winner Frontier who came off a fourth in the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes (G2, 1,600m; Nov.11).
Other key runners were Iron Claw, Fast Approach and Stelvio who finished second in the Kokura Nisai Stakes, the Sapporo Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,800m; Sep.2) and the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup, respectively; the Momiji Stakes (1,400m; Oct.15) winner Danon Smash; and the Manryo Sho (1,600m; Dec.3) victor Hishi Cosmah.


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