2018 News

November 4, 2018


K T Brave Conquers Fierce Competition in JBC Classic
JBC Classic (L)

JBC Classic (L)

Third favorite K T Brave displayed a remarkable stretch run against a stellar field of graded winners to claim this year’s JBC Classic. After registering an eighth in his debut start over turf as a two-year-old, the son of Admire Max was switched to dirt racing and has successfully collected 11 wins which are all over distances of 1,800 meters or more; the Hyogo Championship, the Hakusan Daishoten and the Urawa Kinen in 2016; the Nagoya Daishoten, the Teio Sho in 2017; the Kawasaki Kinen, the Diolite Kinen and his most recent win, the Nippon TV Hai this year. This is the first JBC Classic victory for both trainer Haruki Shigeyama and jockey Yuichi Fukunaga while Fukunaga has won the JBC Sprint with Sterling Rose in 2002.

K T Brave traveled two-wide in mid-field, made an early move after the third corner, moved up in position and entered the straight in third. With a clear path ahead of him, the chestnut unleashed an impressive run to the line swooping past the stubborn Sunrise Soar 100 meters out while holding off the fast closing Omega Perfume by 3/4 length for the title.

“The horse was in top condition which made me very confident today. He struggled a bit to keep up with the fast pace, but he has won at the highest level under the same kind of circumstances so I wasn’t worried about that. There’s no doubt he has many wins ahead of him and I’m happy we did well today”, jockey Yuichi Fukunaga commented after the race.

Three-year-old and second favorite Omega Perfume raced wide after breaking from stall 14 and was unhurried in lower mid-field, a length behind K T Brave. Kicking into gear after the third corner, Omega Perfume chased the eventual winner into the straight and with a tremendous burst of speed stormed down the stretch, tagging Sunrise Soar close to the wire, but was 3/4 length short from the winner for second.

Race favorite Sunrise Soar broke well and was driven to the front, briefly surrendered the lead between the third and last turn but quickened to hit the straight first, stretched well but succumbed to the fast closing speed of K T Brave 100 meters out and then Omega Perfume in the final strides for third.

Other Horses:
4th: (9) Nonkono Yume—trailed 3-length behind field, circled wide and made ground with fastest finish
5th: (7) Sound True—settled near the rear early, advanced along the rails after final turn
6th: (5) Asukano Roman—rated just off the rails in mid-pack, tracked Omega Perfume to join rally, left behind 200m out
7th: (15) T O Energy—rushed out of gate to dispute lead, pressed pace up to 200-meter pole, even paced
8th: (6) Meiner Basara—chased pace in front group, rallied up to final furlong, unable to quicken thereafter
9th: (2) Tagano Gold—saved ground further back than mid field, failed to threaten
10th: (13) All Blush—chased pace up front early, outrun early stretch
11th: (1) Centurion—raced mid division behind front runners advanced briefly into stretch but failed to fire
12th: (11) Katsugeki Kitokito—eased and rated between foes in mid-pack, outrun early stretch
13th: (12) Apollo Kentucky— raced 3rd from last, unable to reach contention
14th: (10) T M Jinsoku—stalked pace, briefly took over lead after 3rd corner, retreated in early stretch
15th: (16) Chrysolite—broke from farthest stall, fourth from rear, last to hit stretch, never fired
16th: (3) Stern Glanz—saved ground in 3rd to 4th, gradually retreated by last turn, no factor

3-year-old & up, 1,900 meters (about 9.5 furlongs), dirt, right-handed
Sunday, November 4, 2018    Kyoto Racecourse       11th Race        Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 195,400,000 (about US$ 1,777,000 <US$1=¥110>)
3-y-o: 55kg (about 121 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 57kg (about 126 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares,
2kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2015
Safety factor: 16 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 4 8 K T Brave
H5 57.0 Admire Max
K T Laurel
Y. Fukunaga
H. Sugiyama
Kazuyoshi Takimoto
Kazuyoshi Takimoto
2 7 14 Omega Perfume
C3 55.0 Swept Overboard
Omega Fragrance
R. Wada
S. Yasuda
Reiko Hara
Shadai Farm
3 2 4 Sunrise Soar
C4 57.0 Symboli Kris S
C. Lemaire
H. Kawachi
Takao Matsuoka
Tomita Bokujo
4 5 9 Nonkono Yume
G6 57.0 Twining
H. Uchida
Y. Kato
Chizu Yoshida
Shadai Farm
5 4 7 Sound True
G8 57.0 French Deputy
Kyoei Truth
T. Ono
N. Takagi
Hiroshi Yamada
Okada Stud
6 3 5 Asukano Roman
H7 57.0 Agnes Digital
Asukano Himiko
K. Dazai
Y. Kawamura
Chiro Toyoda
Chiro Toyoda
7 8 15 T O Energy
C3 55.0 Kane Hekili
Silky Craft
Y. Iwata
T. Miya
Tomoya Ozasa
Yoshitake Abe
8 3 6 Meiner Basara
H5 57.0 Sinister Minister
Southern Ray Star
K. Tosaki
M. Matsuyama
K. Thoroughbred Club Ruffian
Hamaguchi Bokujo
9 1 2 Tagano Gold
H7 57.0 Gold Allure
O. Shimohara
M. Atarashi
Hideyuki Yagi
Niikappu Tagano Farm Ltd
10 7 13 All Blush
H6 57.0 War Emblem
Blushing Princess
C. Demuro
A. Murayama
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
11 1 1 Centurion
H6 57.0 King Kamehameha
Hundred Score
H. Miyuki
Y. Tamura
Yasushi Kubota
Oiwake Farm
12 6 11 Katsugeki Kitokito
H5 57.0 Spicule
Lei Bisty
M. Ohata
I. Nishikimi
Hiroyuki Nonogaki
Katsuhiro Asano
13 6 12 Apollo Kentucky
H6 57.0 Langfuhr
Dixiana Delight
M. Demuro
K. Yamauchi
Apollo Thoroughbred Club
Doug Branham
14 5 10 T M Jinsoku
H6 57.0 Kurofune
My Discovery
Y. Furukawa
K. Kihara
Masatsugu Takezono
Masatsugu Takezono
15 8 16 Chrysolite
H8 57.0 Gold Allure
Y. Take
H. Otonashi
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
16 2 3 Stern Glanz
H7 57.0 Stay Gold
F. Matoba
S. Kokubo
Takatoshi Sakai
Shadai Farm
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: 1:56.7 GOING: Standard WEATHER: Fine

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.8 ¥420 BRACKET QUINELLA 4-7 ¥650 QUINELLA 8-14 ¥760
PLACE No.8 ¥150 QUINELLA PLACE 8-14 ¥340 EXACTA 8-14 ¥1,690
No.14 ¥140 4-8 ¥310 TRIO 4-8-14 ¥910
No.4 ¥130 4-14 ¥280 TRIFECTA 8-14-4 ¥4,890


  1. 1.K T Brave (JPN), chestnut, horse, 5-year-old
    Admire Max / K T Laurel (Sakura Laurel)
    Owner: Kazuyoshi Takimoto Breeder: Kazuyoshi Takimoto  
    Trainer: Haruki Sugiyama Jockey: Yuichi Fukunaga  
    31 Starts, 11 Wins    
    Added money: ¥ 93,402,000 Career earnings: ¥ 551,730,000  

  2. 2.Omega Perfume (JPN), gray, colt, 3-year-old
    Swept Overboard / Omega Fragrance (Gold Allure)
    Owner: Reiko Hara Breeder:Shadai Farm
    Trainer: Shogo Yasuda Jockey: Ryuji Wada

  3. 3.Sunrise Soar (JPN), dark bay or brown, colt, 4-year-old
    Symboli Kris S / Amelia (Special Week)
    Owner: Takao Matsuoka Breeder: Tomita Bokujo
    Trainer: Hiroshi Kawachi Jockey: Christophe Lemaire
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 7.1 - 11.2 - 11.9 - 12.9 - 12.2 - 11.5 - 11.8 - 12.2 - 12.7 - 13.2
  Last 4 furlongs: 49.9 Last 3 furlongs: 38.1

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

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.

* JBC Classic (L)
The JBC Classic, which is the main event of the JBC festival, is an important race that leads up to JRA’s Champions Cup (G1, dirt, 1,800m) a month later. Past JBC Classic victors include several JRA Award Best Dirt Horse winners such as Admire Don (’03&’04); Vermilion (’07); Hokko Tarumae (’14); Copano Rickey (’15); and Sound True (’16).

Year Venue Distance Winner Affiliation
2001 Oi (Tokyo) dirt, 2,000m Regular Member (JPN, C4, by Commander in Chief) JRA
2002 Morioka (Iwate) dirt, 2,000m Admire Don (JPN, C3, by Timber Country) JRA
2003 Oi (Tokyo) dirt, 2,000m Admire Don (JPN, C4, by Timber Country) JRA
2004 Oi (Tokyo) dirt, 2,000m Admire Don (JPN, H5, by Timber Country) JRA
2005 Nagoya (Aichi) dirt, 1,900m Time Paradox (JPN, H7, by Brian’s Time) JRA
2006 Kawasaki (Kanagawa) dirt, 2,100m Time Paradox (JPN, H8, by Brian’s Time) JRA
2007 Oi (Tokyo) dirt, 2,000m Vermilion (JPN, H5, by El Condor Pasa) JRA
2008 Sonoda (Hyogo) dirt, 1,870m Vermilion (JPN, H6, by El Condor Pasa) JRA
2009 Nagoya (Aichi) dirt, 1,900m Vermilion (JPN, H7, by El Condor Pasa) JRA
2010 Funabashi (Chiba) dirt, 1,800m Smart Falcon (JPN, H5, by Gold Allure) JRA
2011 Oi (Tokyo) dirt, 2,000m Smart Falcon (JPN, H6, by Gold Allure) JRA
2012 Kawasaki (Kanagawa) dirt, 2,100m Wonder Acute (JPN, H6, by Charismatic) JRA
2013 Kanazawa (Ishikawa) dirt, 2,100m Hokko Tarumae (JPN, C4, by King Kamehameha) JRA
2014 Morioka (Iwate) dirt, 2,000m Copano Rickey (JPN, C4, by Gold Allure) JRA
2015 Oi (Tokyo) dirt, 2,000m Copano Rickey (JPN, H5, by Gold Allure) JRA
2016 Kawasaki (Kanagawa) dirt, 2,100m Awardee (USA, H6, by Jungle Pocket) JRA
2017 Oi (Tokyo) dirt, 2,000m Sound True (JPN, G7, by French Deputy) JRA

This year’s line-up included the top four finishers of the trial Nippon TV Hai (dirt, 1,800m; Oct.3); winner K T Brave who also won this year’s Kawasaki Kinen (dirt, 2,100m), 2016 Tokyo Daishoten (G1, dirt, 2,000m) victor Apollo Kentucky in second, 2016 Best Dirt Horse Sound True in third and 2017 Champions Cup runner-up T M Jinsoku was fourth. 2018 February Stakes (G1, dirt, 1,600m) champion Nonkono Yume and 2017 Kawasaki Kinen victor All Blush came off a fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Mile Championship Nambu Hai (dirt, 1,600m; Oct.8). The Korea Cup (dirt, 1,800m; Sep.10) runner-up Chrysolite also ran along with CenturionSunrise Soar and Omega Perfume, winners of the March Stakes (G3, dirt, 1,800m), the Heian Stakes (G3, dirt, 1,900m) and the Sirius Stakes (G3, dirt, 2,000m), respectively.