2018 News

November 4, 2018


Sixth Pick Ange Desir Outruns Race Favorite in This Year's JBC Ladies' Classic
JBC Ladies' Classic (L)

JBC Ladies' Classic (L)

Sixth pick Ange Desir won out a fierce duel with odds on favorite Rabbit Run to claim this year’s JBC Ladies’ Classic. Marking a runner-up effort and a win in her two-year-old starts on turf, the Deep Impact filly was switched to dirt from her sixth career start in April of her three-year-old season. Her five wins out of 12 starts over dirt are all between 1,600m and 2,100m distances including the 2017 Sparking Lady Cup, the 2018 Empress Hai and the 2018 Marine Cup. This win was the first JBC Ladies' Classic title for both trainer Mitsugu Kon and jockey Norihiro Yokoyama, while Yokoyama has won the JBC Sprint with Nishiken Mononofu in 2017.

Quick out of gate 16, Ange Desir hugged the rails in fifth inside race favorite Rabbit Run along the backstretch. The two fillies, still racing side by side, advanced forward turning the final corners wide, took the front entering the homestretch and launched a fierce rally down the lane with Ange Desir passing the wire a head in front.

“We were able to race in good position and the filly ran really well right up to the end. I’m glad we were able to win out the duel. She was in good form coming into the race and she felt comfortable from the beginning. She’s a great horse and is improving with every race,” commented Norihiro Yokoyama.

Fifth choice Fashionista traveled third from last after a slow break, made bid from the outside after a wide turn and unleashed a powerful late charge, running the fastest last three furlongs, to pin second pick Queen Mambo in the final strides for third.

Other Horses:
4th: (3) Queen Mambo—eased back to 9th, made headway approaching last corners, chased top two, overtaken in final strides for fourth
5th: (13) Andes Queen—raced wide in mid-division, kicked into gear rounding final turn, finished willingly
6th: (8) Viscaria—was off slow, sat near rear, shifted out at 4th corner, 2nd fastest in last 3 furlongs
7th: (2) Fontana Liri—raced on rails in mid-pack, mustered mild bid, even paced
8th: (1) Iron Tailor—broke sharply, set pace, surrendered lead before final turn, was used up
9th: (6) Jewel Queen—took ground-saving trip in mid-pack, stayed on rails, mild response in stretch
10th: (10) Princia Cometa—prominent behind pace early, met traffic into straight, lost momentum
11th: (12) Blanche Coeur—raced 3-wide 9th from front, dropped back to 2nd from last through last corners, improved position in lane
12th: (9) Salsa Dione—disputed lead from a sharp break, chased pace in third, second rounding final turn, came up empty
13th: (11) Rieno Tesoro—raced lower mid-field, checked approaching final turn failed to rally
14th: (5) Rinehart—hugged rails in mid-pack, never fired at stretch
15th: (14) Dear Maruko—trailed in rear, no factor throughout
16th: (7) Kawakita Enka—chased leader in 2nd, outrun early

3-year-old & up, Fillies & Mares, 1,800 meters (about 9 furlongs), dirt, right-handed
Sunday, November 4, 2018    Kyoto Racecourse       12th Race        Post time: 16:25
Total prize money: ¥ 108,500,000 (about US$ 987,000 <US$1=¥110>)
3-y-o: 53kg (about 117 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 55kg (about 121 lbs),
2kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2015
Safety factor: 16 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 8 16 Ange Desir
F4 55.0 Deep Impact
Tickle Pink
N. Yokoyama
M. Kon
Koji Yasuhara
Tsuji Bokujo
2 2 4 Rabbit Run
F4 55.0 Tapit
M. Demuro
K. Nakatake
Kazuko Yoshida
Alexander Groves Matz, LLC
3 8 15 Fashionista
F4 55.0 Street Sense
T. Ono
T. Yasuda
Darley Japan K. K
4 2 3 Queen Mambo
F4 55.0 Manhattan Cafe
Suzuka El Mambo
C. Lemaire
K. Nakatake
K. Hidaka Breeders Union
Grand Stud
5 7 13 Andes Queen
F4 55.0 Turtle Bowl
Reina Castana
F. Matsuwaka
M. Nishizono
Green Farm
Northern Farm
6 4 8 Viscaria
M6 55.0 Vermilion
Fusaichi Jet
T. Mori
K. Yamauchi
Normandy Thoroughbred Racing Co., Ltd.
Okada Stud
7 1 2 Fontana Liri
M5 55.0 Kurofune
Scarlet Bell
C. Demuro
M. Nakauchida
Kazumi Yoshida
Northern Farm
8 1 1 Iron Tailor
F4 55.0 Gold Allure
Autumn Breeze
S. Hamanaka
Y. Iida
Kouichi Nakanishi
Hashimoto Farm
9 3 6 Jewel Queen
M6 55.0 Kinshasa no Kiseki
Platina Rose
Y. Iwata
S. Fukunaga
Tadakuni Sugiyama
Mie Sugiyama
10 5 10
Princia Cometa
M5 55.0 Spicule
Belmont Feliz
Y. Take
E. Yano
Takayuki Yoshikawa
Belmont Farm
11 6 12 Blanche Coeur
M5 55.0 Daiwa Major
Mon Petit Coeur
N. Mikamoto
T. Fujita
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
12 5 9
Salsa Dione
F4 55.0 Gold Allure
Salsa Queen
G. Maruyama
T. Hatsuki
Hirotaka Sugawara
Araya Bokujo
13 6 11 Rieno Tesoro
F4 55.0 Speightstown
H. Yoshida
R. Takei
Ryotokuji Kenji Holdings Co., Ltd.
Oak Bluff Stables LLC
14 3 5 Rinehart
M7 55.0 Stay Gold
T. Sasagawa
K. Tsukioka
Ryoichi Otsuka
Northern Farm
15 7 14 Dear Maruko
M5 55.0 Spicule
H. Sahara
T. Nagase
Assistant Co., Ltd.
Matsuhira Bokujo
16 4 7 Kawakita Enka
F4 55.0 Deep Impact
Kawakita Love Pop
K. Ikezoe
T. Hamada
Yoshio Kawashima
Yoshio Kawashima
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: 1:50.4 GOING: Standard WEATHER: Fine
TURNOVER FOR THE RACE ALONE: [JBC Sprint] ¥ 3,934,874,700
  [JBC Classic] ¥ 7,526,904,700
  [JBC Ladies’ Classic] ¥ 4,269,089,200
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 20,886,980,600 ATTENDANCE: 38,865

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.16 ¥1,310 BRACKET QUINELLA 2-8 ¥560 QUINELLA 4-16 ¥2,090
PLACE No.16 ¥300 QUINELLA PLACE 4-16 ¥740 EXACTA 16-4 ¥5,890
No.4 ¥150 15-16 ¥1,830 TRIO 4-15-16 ¥7,060
No.15 ¥290 4-15 ¥750 TRIFECTA 16-4-15 ¥53,720


  1. 1.Ange Desir (JPN), dark bay or brown, filly, 4-year-old
    Deep Impact / Tickle Pink (French Deputy)
    Owner: Koji Yasuhara Breeder: Tsuji Bokujo
    Trainer: Mitsugu Kon Jockey: Norihiro Yokoyama
    17 Starts, 6 Wins  
    Added money: ¥ 53,402,000 Career earnings: ¥ 191,522,000

  2. 2.Rabbit Run (USA), chestnut, filly, 4-year-old
    Tapit / Amelia (Dixieland Band)
    Owner: Kazuko Yoshida Breeder: Alexander Groves Matz, LLC
    Trainer: Kazuya Nakatake Jockey: Mirco Demuro

  3. 3.Fashionista (JPN), bay, filly, 4-year-old
    Street Sense / Aquarist (Coronado’s Quest)
    Owner: Godolphin Breeder: Darley Japan K. K
    Trainer: Takayuki Yasuda Jockey: Takuya Ono
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.1 - 10.9 - 12.5 - 12.5 - 12.4 - 12.2 - 12.5 - 12.3 - 13.0
  Last 4 furlongs: 50.0          Last 3 furlongs: 37.8

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

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.

The JBC Ladies’ Classic is the only distaff championship on dirt in Japan since there is no graded dirt race limited to fillies and mares held by the JRA. 2014 champion Sambista subsequently won the Champions Cup (G1, dirt, 1,800m) the following year and became the first mare to win JRA’s dirt G1 title. Other past winners are:

Year Venue Distance Winner Affiliation
2011 Oi (Tokyo) dirt, 1,800m Miracle Legend (JPN, F4, by Fuji Kiseki) JRA
2012 Kawasaki (Kanagawa) dirt, 1,600m Miracle Legend (JPN, M5, by Fuji Kiseki) JRA
2013 Kanazawa (Ishikawa) dirt, 1,500m Medeia (JPN, M5, by King Halo) JRA
2014 Morioka (Iwate) dirt, 1,800m Sambista (JPN, M5, by Suzuka Mambo) JRA
2015 Oi (Tokyo) dirt, 1,800m White Fugue (JPN, F3, by Kurofune) JRA
2016 Kawasaki (Kanagawa) dirt, 1,600m White Fugue (JPN, F4, by Kurofune) JRA
2017 Oi (Tokyo) dirt, 1,800m Lalabel (JPN, M5, by Gold Allure) NAR (Oi)

This year’s runners coming off the trial Ladies’ Prelude (dirt, 1,800m; Oct.11) were winner Princia Cometa who claimed her second major title following the 2017 Queen Sho (dirt, 1,600m), Ange Desir (4th) who won three major titles including this year’s Empress Hai (dirt, 2,100m), Queen Mambo (7th) who registered wins in the Kanto Oaks (dirt, 2,100m) and the Ladies’ Prelude last year and Rieno Tesoro (9th), the 2016 Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun (dirt, 1,600m) winner and the 2017 NHK Mile Cup (G1, 1,600m) runner-up while Blanche Coeur (2nd), Jewel Queen (6th), Dear Maruko (8th) and Rinehart (12th) were among the field as well. The race also included the Breeders’ Gold Cup (dirt, 2,000m; Aug.16) victor and the 2017 Rose Stakes (G2, 1,800m) Rabbit Run, Salsa Dione who came off a win in the BSN Sho (dirt, 1,800m; Aug.25) and this year’s Nakayama Himba Stakes (G3, 1,800m) winner Kawakita Enka.