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February 17, 2019


Inti Secures Seventh Consecutive Victory in February Stakes
February Stakes (G1)

February Stakes (G1)

Race favorite Inti extended his winning streak to seven by capturing his first G1 title in this year’s February Stakes. The son of Came Home marked a ninth in his debut start and had been undefeated in all six starts that followed up to his latest Tokai Stakes (G2, dirt, 1,800m) triumph four weeks earlier. Overcoming issues concerning recovery from fatigue which forced him to limit his starts to three in both the 2017 and 2018 season, the lightly raced five-year-old now boasts a record of seven out of eight, all on dirt over 1,600, 1,700 or 1,800m distances. Trainer Kenji Nonaka celebrates his eighth graded win and first JRA-G1 title since opening his yard in 2008. Since his latest 2017 Arima Kinen victory with Kitasan Black, this is jockey Yutaka Take’s 76th overall JRA-G1 win and fifth February Stakes title—Gold Allure (2003), Kane Hekili (2006), Vermilion (2008) and Copano Rickey (2015).

While defending champion Nonkono Yume missed his break, the rest of the field broke smoothly with Inti sent to the lead to set the pace chased by Sunrise Soar and Success Energy in second and third. Yutaka Take produced a perfect ride driving the five-year-old chestnut to victory while repelling a determined challenge from runner-up Gold Dream to land a neck win.

“The horse broke well and we were able to take the lead and set at an ideal pace. He was a bit too eager in the post parade and I was worried that he had used up his energy, but we secured a safe lead at the last turn and he showed amazing strength to the wire. He has so much potential, we have a lot to look forward to in his future starts,” commented Yutaka Take.

After settling in mid-field, 2017 champion and last year’s runner-up Gold Dream shot out of the chasing group with a good burst of speed 300 meters out and threatened the leader with the fastest late charge but was a neck short in second.

Eighth favorite Yuranoto ran on the rails in mid-division right beside Gold Dream up to the final turn and found a narrow path to advance to third at the furlong marker but proved no match for the winner finishing four lengths from the runner-up in third.

Under Nanako Fujita, who became the first Japanese female jockey to ride in a G1 event, fourth pick Copano Kicking trailed in the rear and lost ground going wide on both turns. The Spring At Last gelding showed the second fastest late drive but had too much ground to make up and finished a six-length fifth. “I am truly grateful to all who made it possible for myself to ride in this race. I have experienced this course numerous times before but today, everything looked totally different,” commented Nanako Fujita after the race.

Other Horses:
4th: (8) Moanin—traveled in 5th, showed tenacious effort while no match for top 2 finishers
6th: (10) Sunrise Soar—stalked leader in 2nd, ran gamely up to furlong pole, outrun
7th: (7) Sunrise Nova—settled 3-wide 3rd from rear, passed tired rivals at stretch
8th: (5) Success Energy—chased leaders in 3rd along rails, weakened in last 200m
9th: (9) Wonder Lider—raced 3-wide in 4th, ran willingly until 200m pole, gradually dropped back
10th: (14) Omega Perfume—sat around 8th outside Gold Dream, never fired at stretch
11th: (1) Queen’s Saturn—saved ground 2nd from rear, angled out, even paced
12th: (12) Nobo Baccara—traveled 3-wide in 11th, showed little at straight
13th: (13) Nonkono Yume—was off slow, made headway on outer route, failed to respond at stretch
14th: (4) Meisho Utage—hugged rails in 10th, showed brief effort, fell back after furlong pole

4-year-old & up, 1,600 meters (about 8 furlongs), dirt, left-handed
Sunday, February 17, 2019     Tokyo Racecourse      11th Race        Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 216,000,000 (about US$ 1,879,000 <US$1=¥115>)
4-y-o & up: 57kg (about 126 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares,
1kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2015
Safety factor: 16 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 4 6 Inti
H5 57.0 Came Home
Y. Take
K. Nonaka
Shigeo Takeda
Shigeo Takeda
2 3 3 Gold Dream
H6 57.0 Gold Allure
Mon Vert
C. Lemaire
O. Hirata
Katsumi Yoshida
Northern Farm
3 2 2 Yuranoto
H5 57.0 King Kamehameha
Y. Fukunaga
K. Matsuda
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
4 5 8
H7 57.0 Henny Hughes
R. Wada
S. Ishizaka
Yukio Baba
Empire Equines LLC
5 7 11 Copano Kicking
G4 57.0 Spring At Last
N. Fujita
A. Murayama
Sachiaki Kobayashi
Reiley McDonald
6 6 10 Sunrise Soar
H5 57.0 Symboli Kris S
H. Tanabe
H. Kawachi
Takao Matsuoka
Tomita Bokujo
7 5 7 Sunrise Nova
H5 57.0 Gold Allure
Bright Sapphire
K. Tosaki
H. Otonashi
Takao Matsuoka
Yanagawa Bokujo
8 4 5 Success Energy
H5 57.0 Kinshasa no Kiseki
Success Ai Ni
K. Matsuyama
Y. Kitade
Tetsu Takashima
Tetsu Takashima
9 6 9 Wonder Lider
H6 57.0 Statue of Liberty
Astrea Peace
D. Shibata
Y. Oki
Yoshinari Yamamoto
Oshima Bokujo
10 8 14 Omega Perfume
C4 57.0 Swept Overboard
Omega Fragrance
M. Demuro
S. Yasuda
Reiko Hara
Shadai Farm
11 1 1
Queen’s Saturn
H6 57.0 Pyro
Keiai Bellona
H. Shii
K. Nonaka
Kazuhiro Kameda
Satake Farm Ltd
12 7 12 Nobo Baccara
H7 57.0 Admire Aura
Nobo Kiss
F. Minarik
H. Mori
LS. M Co., Ltd.
LS. M Co., Ltd.
13 8 13 Nonkono Yume
G7 57.0 Twining
H. Uchida
Y. Kato
Chizu Yoshida
Shadai Farm
14 3 4 Meisho Utage
H8 57.0 Precise End
She’ll be Back
H. Kitamura
A. Adachi
Yoshio Matsumoto
Takae Bokujo
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: 1:35.6 GOING: Standard WEATHER: Fine
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 24,951,141,300 ATTENDANCE: 61,141

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.6 ¥260 BRACKET QUINELLA 3-4 ¥410 QUINELLA 3-6 ¥430
PLACE No.6 ¥130 QUINELLA PLACE 3-6 ¥230 EXACTA 6-3 ¥750
No.3 ¥120 2-6 ¥1,100 TRIO 2-3-6 ¥2,310
No.2 ¥340 2-3 ¥760 TRIFECTA 6-3-2 ¥6,620
  1. 1.Inti (JPN), chestnut, horse, 5-year-old
    Came Home / Kitty (Northern Afleet)
    Owner: Shigeo Takeda Breeder: Shigeo Takeda
    Trainer: Kenji Nonaka Jockey: Yutaka Take
    8 Starts, 7 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 103,108,000 Career earnings: ¥ 207,998,000

  2. 2.Gold Dream (JPN), bay, horse, 6-year-old
    Gold Allure / Mon Vert (French Deputy)
    Owner: Katsumi Yoshida Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Osamu Hirata Jockey: Christophe Lemaire

  3. 3.Yuranoto (JPN), chestnut, horse, 5-year-old
    King Kamehameha / Koiuta (Fuji Kiseki)
    Owner: Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd. Breeder: Shadai Farm
    Trainer: Kunihide Matsuda Jockey: Yuichi Fukunaga
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.4 - 11.5 - 11.9 - 12.2 - 12.2 - 11.6 - 11.4 - 12.4
Last 4 furlongs: 47.6          Last 3 furlongs: 35.4

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

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.


* February Stakes

Japanese horse racing, which is influenced by British racing, is held mainly on turf. However, dirt tracks that were popular in the U.S., quickly became widely used around the country since the Tokyo Racecourse implemented a new dirt track in 1960. While the mainstream of major JRA races remained over turf, the February Stakes (then called February Handicap), which was established in 1984 in conjunction with the new grading system, was one of just three graded dirt races at the time—the current number of graded dirt events is 15. The race was upgraded to G2 in 1994 and then to G1 in 1997, and stood as the highest-prized event until the Japan Cup Dirt (called the Champions Cup from 2014) took over in 2000.
Past winners include Wing Arrow (JPN, by Assatis; ’00), Agnes Digital (USA, by Crafty Prospector; ’02), Gold Allure (JPN, by Sunday Silence; ’03), Admire Don (JPN, by Timber Country; ’04), Kane Hekili (JPN, by Fuji Kiseki; ’06), Vermilion (JPN, by El Condor Pasa; ’08), Espoir City (JPN, by Gold Allure; ’10), Transcend (JPN, by Wild Rush; ’11), Copano Rickey (JPN, by Gold Allure; ’14&’15) and Gold Dream (’17)—all ten are winners of multiple-G1 races as well as JRA Award winners.
This year’s line-up featured 2018 Champions Cup (G1, dirt, 1,800m; Dec.2) contenders Sunrise Soar and last year’s February Stakes champion Nonkono Yume, who finished third and seventh, respectively, while runner-up Omega Perfume went on to claim his first G1 title in the Tokyo Daishoten (G1, dirt, 2,000m) three weeks later with 2017 Best Dirt Horse Gold Dream in second. Inti extended his winning streak to six by claiming one of the main prep races towards the February Stakes, the Tokai Stakes (G2, dirt, 1,800m; Jan.20). Copano Kicking came into the race after registering consecutive graded wins in the Capella Stakes (G3, dirt, 1,200m) and the Negishi Stakes (G3, dirt, 1,400m; Jan.27) while Sunrise Nova, who registered 6-3-0 out of 12 starts at Tokyo Racecourse, was a disappointing eighth in the latter. The field also included 2016 February Stakes winner Moanin who renewed the race record to 1:34.0 that year.

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