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December 28, 2018


Saturnalia Continues Undefeated with G1 Hopeful Stakes Win
Hopeful Stakes (G1)

Hopeful Stakes (G1)

Heavy favorite Saturnalia won his first G1 title while undefeated in three career starts since debuting in June and coming off his latest victory in the Hagi Stakes in October. The son of legendary sprinter Lord Kanaloa is out of Cesario, winner of the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks)-American Oaks double in 2005, who has also produced two previous G1 winners, Epiphaneia [2013 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), 2014 Japan Cup] and Leontes [2015 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes]. Trainer Kazuya Nakatake claimed his second career JRA-G1 title after saddling Jo Cappuccino to victory in the 2009 NHK Mile Cup. Jockey Mirco Demuro landed his fourth G1 victory of the season and 28th overall—his latest being the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes with Admire Mars.

Saturnalia broke sharply to secure a good position among the front group, allowed Cosmo Calendula to set a considerably slow pace while settling well a length behind in second position early. Still unhurried as the field began to close in before the final turn, the Lord Kanaloa colt found another gear passing the furlong pole, instantly dislodged Admire Justa 100 meters out and drew away easily to a 1-1/2-length victory to conclude his two-year-old debut season with three wins in as many starts.

“I feel great. I knew I was riding the strongest two-year-old of the season but it was his first time over 2,000 meters so I was a little worried. He really showed his strength though squeezing his way through the narrow opening. I am really looking forward to his three-year-old season,” commented Mirco Demuro.

Admire Justa broke smoothly and was positioned smartly outside the eventual winner in third, moved up to close in on the leader rounding the third corner, sprinted out to take command in the early stretch but was unable to sustain his bid as the winner flew past his outside while holding well for second.

Nishino Daisy took advantage of an inside draw and saved ground inside at the heel of the eventual winner as the three top favorites formed the front group chasing Cosmo Calendula. The Harbinger colt dropped back briefly as the runners outside began to make headway approaching the last corner but showed impressive turn of speed to come out from between horses and track the winner once again, just short of pinning Admire Justa.

Other Horses:
4th: (13) Cosmo Calendula—set slow pace, showed tenacity until 100m pole, weakened in final strides
5th: (2) Breaking Dawn—raced in 6th behind winner, in contention with leaders at top of stretch, weakened in last 200m
6th: (11) Vin de Garde—sat 2nd from rear, checked at early stretch, met traffic 200m out, quickened thereafter
7th: (4) Hiruno Dakar—ran 3-wide in 7th, turned to straight in good striking position, failed to respond
8th: (3) King Listeia—was off slow, trailed in rear, advanced on outer route, passed tired rivals
9th: (7) Mikki Black—settled in 10th, made headway after 3rd corner, found little room at early stretch, even paced
10th: (10) Madre Voice—traveled in 11th, lacked needed kick
11th: (9) Just a Gigolo—raced 4-wide in 9th, checked at final corner, lost momentum
12th: (6) Hakusan Taiyo—hugged rails in 8th, outrun after 3rd corner
13th: (12) Tanino Drama—sat 4-wide in 5th, faded after 3rd corner

2-year-old Colts & Fillies, 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Friday, December 28, 2018         Nakayama Racecourse     11th Race    Post time: 15:30
Total prize money: ¥ 152,200,000 (about US$ 1,384,000 <US$1=¥110>)
2-y-o: 55kg (about 121 lbs), 1 kg allowance for Fillies, 3 kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2016
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 4 5 Saturnalia
C2 55.0 Lord Kanaloa
M. Demuro
K. Nakatake
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
2 6 8 Admire Justa
C2 55.0 Just a Way
Admire Teresa
C. Lemaire
N. Sugai
Riichi Kondo
Northern Racing
3 1 1 Nishino Daisy
C2 55.0 Harbinger
Nishino Hinagiku
M. Katsuura
N. Takagi
Shigeyuki Nishiyama
Nishiyama Stud
4 8 13 Cosmo Calendula
C2 55.0 Novellist
Mill Luteus
K. Tosaki
H. Tanaka
Big Red Farm
Big Red Farm
5 2 2 Breaking Dawn
C2 55.0 Victoire Pisa
Agnes Sakura
Y. Fukunaga
K. Nakatake
Koki Maeda
Kosho Bokujo
6 7 11 Vin de Garde
C2 55.0 Deep Impact
C. Demuro
H. Fujiwara
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
7 4 4 Hiruno Dakar
C2 55.0 Victoire Pisa
Time Fair Lady
D. Matsuda
Y. Kitade
Hiruno Co., Ltd.
Niikappu Hashimoto Bokujo
8 3 3 King Listeia
C2 55.0 Belshazzar
Listeia Asli
H. Uchida
H. Kawachi
Toshihiro Hirosaki
Kawakami Bokujo
9 5 7 Mikki Black
C2 55.0 Black Tide
O. Murphy
H. Otonashi
Mizuki Noda
Northern Farm
10 7 10 Madre Voice
C2 55.0 Daiwa Major
Soulful Voice
K. Miura
Y. Tamura
Dearest Club Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
11 6 9 Just a Gigolo
C2 55.0 Novellist
Puma Cafe
H. Tanabe
N. Owada
Reiko Hara
Shadai Farm
12 5 6 Hakusan Taiyo
C2 55.0 Black Tide
M. Matsuoka
Y. Asano
Tsuneo Shinozaki
Maekawa Planning Inc.
13 8 12 Tanino Drama
C2 55.0 Tanino Gimlet
Bridal Veil
K. Ikezoe
K. Matsuda
Y. Tanimizu
Tanino M R Ltd
FP=Final Position / BK=Bracket Number / PP=Post Position / Wgt=Weight / L3F=Time of Last 3 Furlongs (600m) / DS=Distance
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: ¥ 20,657,399,400 ATTENDANCE: 29,766

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.5 ¥180 BRACKET QUINELLA 4-6 ¥550 QUINELLA 5-8 ¥640
PLACE No.5 ¥110 QUINELLA PLACE 5-8 ¥260 EXACTA 5-8 ¥840
No.8 ¥150 1-5 ¥250 TRIO 1-5-8 ¥1,130
No.1 ¥140 1-8 ¥560 TRIFECTA 5-8-1 ¥3,650
  1. 1.Saturnalia (JPN), dark bay or brown, colt, 2-year-old
    Lord Kanaloa / Cesario (Special Week)
    Owner: U. Carrot Farm Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Kazuya Nakatake Jockey: Mirco Demuro
    3 Starts, 3 Wins  
    Added money: ¥ 70,966,000 Career earnings: ¥ 94,141,000

  2. 2.Admire Justa (JPN), bay, colt, 2-year-old
    Just a Way / Admire Teresa (Helissio)
    Owner: Riichi Kondo Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Naosuke Sugai Jockey: Christophe Lemaire

  3. 3.Nishino Daisy (JPN), bay, colt, 2-year-old
    Harbinger / Nishino Hinagiku (Agnes Tachyon)
    Owner: Shigeyuki Nishiyama Breeder:Nishiyama Stud
    Trainer: Noboru Takagi Jockey: Masaki Katsuura
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.8 - 12.0 - 13.0 - 12.5 - 12.2 - 11.8 - 11.8 - 12.2 - 11.5 - 11.8
Last 4 furlongs: 47.3          Last 3 furlongs: 35.5

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

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.


* Hopeful Stakes (G1)

Established in 1984 under the name of Radio Tampa Hai Sansai Himba Stakes as a G3 race for two-year-old fillies run over 1,600 meters at Hanshin Racecourse, the race held in December has made various changes in its status over the years. The distance was extended to 2,000 meters while the runners were limited to colts and geldings in 1991, opened its doors once again to fillies and mares in 2000 and acquired international status in 2010. In 2014, the race was given the Hopeful Stakes name, upgraded to G2, excluded geldings and was shifted to a new venue, the Nakayama Racecourse where the first leg of the three-year-old Triple Crown, the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1), is held over the same distance. Last year, the race made its final elevation in grade and has become JRA’s 24th G1 flat race.
Even before becoming a G1 race, the Hopeful Stakes was highly regarded as the championship event for two- year-old middle-distance prospects aiming for the three-year-old classics and chosen as the main target in place of the traditional two-year-old G1 championships, the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes and the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies run over 1,600 meters. As a result, the 2,000-meter race attracted many talented runners and subsequent G1 winners such as 2010 Satsuki Sho and 2011 Dubai World Cup (G1, AW, 2,000m) winner Victoire Pisa (JPN, by Neo Universe), 2013 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m) and 2014 Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) victor Epiphaneia (JPN, by Symboli Kris S), and last year’s Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m) champion Rey de Oro (JPN, by King Kamehameha).
Nishino Daisy who claimed the Sapporo Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,800m; Sep.1) and the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,800m; Nov.17) was the only graded winner among this year’s field while notable open-class/allowance race winners included Saturnalia [Hagi Stakes (1,800m; Oct.27)], Admire Justa [Shigiku Sho (2,000m; Oct.13)] and Cosmo Calendula [Kigiku Sho (2,000m; Nov.11)]. Breaking Dawn and the Fuyo Stakes (2,000m, Sep.23) victor Mikki Black came off second and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in the Kyoto Nisai Stakes (G3, 2,000m; Nov.24). The field also included the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes third-place finisher Vin de Garde.
Rey de Oro set the record of 2:01.3 in 2016 while Agnes Tachyon (JPN, by Sunday Silence) marked 2:00.8 at Hanshin Racecourse in 2000.

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