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October 28, 2018


Rey de Oro Tops Stellar Field in This Year's Tenno Sho (Autumn)
Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1)

Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1)

2017 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1) winner and second favorite Rey de Oro dominated this year’s Tenno Sho (Autumn) scoring his second G1 win in a tough competition which included six other G1 winners. After claiming all three of his two-year-old starts including the Hopeful Stakes (G2), the King Kamehameha colt commenced his three-year-old campaign with a fifth in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1) then claimed the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1). He landed another graded win in the Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2) and capped off the season with a runner-up effort in the Japan Cup (G1). This year, following a third in the Kyoto Kinen (G2) and a fourth in his overseas challenge, the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), the colt was refreshed after given a six-month break and claimed the All Comers (G2) in September.

Trainer Kazuo Fujisawa’s most recent G1 win was with the colt in last year’s Tokyo Yushun and he now celebrates 27 JRA-G1 career wins. This is his sixth Tenno Sho (Autumn) triumph while the others were with; Bubble Gum Fellow (1996), Symboli Kris S (2002 and 2003), Zenno Rob Roy (2004) and Spielberg (2014). For Jockey Christophe Lemaire, this was his 20th JRA- G1 victory and third consecutive weekend to score a G1 win following the Shuka Sho with Almond Eye and the Tenno Sho (Autumn) with Fierement. This was his second three-week G1 winning streak, a feat he also accomplished last year (Victoria Mile, Yushun Himba [Japanese Oaks], Tokyo Yushun) while the only other jockey to do so was Olivier Peslier in 2001 (Mile Championship, Japan Cup, Hanshin juvenile Fillies).

The race got underway with sixth favorite Kiseki leading the field, Al Ain and Vivlos chasing the pace and Rey de Oro reserved in sixth. Shifting to an outer route after the last turn in fifth, Rey de Oro unleashed a strong turn of foot, picked off all runners in front of him but one by the furlong marker and finally took over the lead from the stubborn pace setter 100 meters out to clear the wire a 1-1/4-length winner.

“I knew I had a good chance to win the Tenno Sho title for the first time. The colt’s condition and the race development were perfect. The pace was just right and the colt was relaxed so everything went smoothly. He showed good long-lasting speed. I’m grateful to be given great rides and am happy to be doing this well (tied with the most annual G1 wins (six)),” commented Christophe Lemaire.

Fourth favorite Sungrazer cruised two lengths behind Rey de Oro in mid-field, furiously chased the eventual winner down the straight while displaying the fastest last three-furlong drive, dug in gamely and poked his nose in front of Kiseki at the wire, stealing the runner-up seat.

Race favorite Suave Richard had to travel near the rear from being bumped heavily after the break and never reached contention, finishing 10th.

Other Horses:
4th: (7) Al Ain—chased leader in 2nd, overtaken by winner 200m out and runner-up 100m out
5th: (11) Mikki Rocket—ran in 5th, even paced at stretch
6th: (12) Sakura Empereur—sat in 9th, angled out, passed tired rivals at stretch
7th: (6) Makahiki—raced in 10th, lacked needed kick at stretch
8th: (3) Vivlos—settled in 3rd, showed effort until 200m marker, dropped back
9th: (1) Staphanos—traveled in 4th, faded after 400m marker
11th: (13) Action Star—trailed in rear, no factor throughout
12th: (2) Black Moon—hugged rails in 8th, gradually fell back at stretch
ER: (8) Danburite—broke loose after entering the track

3-year-old & up, 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs), turf, left-handed
Sunday, October 28, 2018    Tokyo Racecourse      11th Race        Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 325,000,000 (about US$ 2,955,000 <US$1=¥110>)
3-y-o: 56kg (about 124 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs),
2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares, 2kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2015
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 4 4 Rey de Oro
C4 58.0 King Kamehameha
La Dorada
C. Lemaire
K. Fujisawa
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
2 6 9 Sungrazer
C4 58.0 Deep Impact
Mantis Hunt
J. Moreira
H. Asami
G1 Racing Co., Ltd.
Oiwake Farm
3 7 10 Kiseki
C4 58.0 Rulership
Blitz Finale
Y. Kawada
K. Nakatake
Tatsue Ishikawa
Shimokobe Farm
4 5 7 Al Ain
C4 58.0 Deep Impact
Dubai Majesty
Y. Kitamura
Y. Ikee
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
5 7 11 Mikki Rocket
H5 58.0 King Kamehameha
R. Wada
H. Otonashi
Mizuki Noda
Northern Racing
6 8 12 Sakura Empereur
H7 58.0 King Kamehameha
Sakura Mega
H. Tanabe
T. Kanari
Sakura Commerce
Sakura Commerce Co., Ltd.
7 5 6 Makahiki
H5 58.0 Deep Impact
Y. Take
Y. Tomomichi
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
8 3 3 Vivlos
M5 56.0 Deep Impact
Halwa Sweet
Y. Fukunaga
Y. Tomomichi
Kazuhiro Sasaki
Northern Racing
9 1 1 Staphanos
H7 58.0 Deep Impact
C. O'Donoghue
H. Fujiwara
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
10 4 5 Suave Richard
C4 58.0 Heart's Cry
M. Demuro
Y. Shono
NICKS Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
11 8 13 Action Star
H8 58.0 Agnes Tachyon
Lady of Venice
T. Ono
Y. Wada
Akira Fukui
Shadai Corporation Inc.
12 2 2 Black Moon
H6 58.0 Admire Moon
Royal Attack
N. Yokoyama
K. Nishiura
Him Rock Racing Holdings Co., Ltd.
Tabata Farm
  6 8 Danburite
C4 58.0 Rulership
K. Tosaki
H. Otonashi
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
FP=Final Position / BK=Bracket Number / PP=Post Position / Wgt=Weight / L3F=Time of Last 3 Furlongs (600m)
ER=Excluded from running (by stewards)
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: ¥ 28,006,233,200 ATTENDANCE: 96,691

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.4 ¥310 BRACKET QUINELLA 4-6 ¥720 QUINELLA 4-9 ¥1,520
PLACE No.4 ¥150 QUINELLA PLACE 4-9 ¥640 EXACTA 4-9 ¥2,370
No.9 ¥310 4-10 ¥690 TRIO 4-9-10 ¥6,420
No.10 ¥300 9-10 ¥1,630 TRIFECTA 4-9-10 ¥24,230


  1. 1.Rey de Oro (JPN), bay, colt, 4-year-old
    King Kamehameha / La Dorada (Symboli Kris S)
    Owner: U. Carrot Farm Breeder: Northern Racing  
    Trainer: Kazuo Fujisawa Jockey: Christophe Lemaire  
    11 Starts, 7 Wins    
    Added money: ¥ 152,814,000 Career earnings: ¥ 769,360,700  

  2. 2.Sungrazer (JPN), dark bay or brown, colt, 4-year-old
    Deep Impact / Mantis Hunt (Deputy Minister)
    Owner: G1 Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Oiwake Farm
    Trainer: Hidekazu Asami Jockey: Joao Moreira

  3. 3.Kiseki (JPN), dark bay or brown, colt, 4-year-old
    Rulership / Blitz Finale (Deep Impact)
    Owner: Tatsue Ishikawa Breeder: Shimokobe Farm
    Trainer: Kazuya Nakatake Jockey: Yuga Kawada
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.9 - 11.5 - 11.8 - 11.5 - 11.7 - 11.6 - 11.3 - 10.9 - 11.6 - 12.0
  Last 4 furlongs: 45.8          Last 3 furlongs: 34.5

Positions at each corner: 2nd corner 10(3,7)1,11,4-9,2,12-6(5,13)
  3rd corner 10,7-(3,1)-(11,4)-9-(2,12)(5,6)-13
  4th corner 10-7(3,1)(11,4)-9,12(2,6)5,13

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.

* Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1)
“The Emperor’s Cup” was first held in 1905 to encourage the horse racing sport through annual events that gave the winner the highest honor of being awarded the Imperial prize. Then the Tenno Sho (Autumn) was established in 1937 together with its counterpart, Tenno Sho (Spring), under the name “Teishitsu Goshoten Kyoso” and held biannually in both the Eastern and Western part of Japan. The race was officially renamed the “Tenno Sho” in 1947. Both the spring and autumn races, which secured its status as the most prestigious events for older horses, were run over 3,200 meters in the early years. Later, the autumn version was shortened to 2,000 meters in 1984 so that the spring version could determine the best stayer, while the Tenno Sho (Autumn) would be the main target for middle-distance champions. This also gives the three-year-olds, who find the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m), to be beyond their suitability, an alternative G1 as the ultimate goal for their autumn campaign. The Tenno Sho (Autumn) entered a new chapter in its long history when opening its doors to foreign contenders as an international race in 2005.
Last year, Kitasan Black (JPN, by Black Tide) became the fifth horse in JRA history to capture both the spring and autumn Tenno Sho in the same year, and the second to score three Tenno Sho titles overall.
Among the thirteen runners in this year’s version were Sungrazer and 2016 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m) winner Makahiki, coming off their first and second place finishes, respectively, in the Sapporo Kinen (G2, 2,000m; Aug.19). 2017 Derby winner Rey de Oro had claimed the All Comers (G2, 2,200m; Sep.23) in which 2017 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) winner Al Ain finished a neck behind in second.
While this was the autumn kick off for Osaka Hai (G1, 2,000m; Apr.1) winner Suave Richard, Takarazuka Kinen (G1, 2,200m; Jun.24) victor Mikki Rocket and 2017 Dubai Turf (G1, 1,800m) champion Vivlos, it was the second fall start for 2017 Kikuka Sho victor Kiseki who scored a third in the Mainichi Okan (G2, 1,800m) three weeks earlier.
The race record 1:56.1 was set by Tosen Jordan (JPN, by Jungle Pocket) in 2011.

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