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April 28, 2019


Fierement Lands Major Tenno Sho (Spring) Title in Sixth Career Start
Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1)

Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1)

Fierement successfully captured this year’s Tenno Sho (Spring) title as race favorite in only his sixth career start, the shortest in JRA history, to mark his second JRA-G1 victory after his three-year-old classics, the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m) after which he was given the rest of the season off to prepare for his four-year-old campaign. The Deep Impact colt had come off a runner-up effort in the American Jockey Club Cup (G2, 2,200m) in January and stamped his claim as a first class stayer with another G1 victory over long distance at the highest level. Trainer Takahisa Tezuka claimed his fifth JRA-G1 title—the latest being the Kikuka Sho last year with Fierement. Jockey Christophe Lemaire won his 25th JRA-G1 title—his last being the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) with Saturnalia just two weeks ago—and became only the third jockey to have claimed all eight of JRA’s major G1 titles (Satsuki Sho, Tokyo Yushun [Japanese Derby], Kikuka Sho, Oka Sho [Japanese 1000 Guineas], Yushun Himba [Japanese Oaks], Arima Kinen, Tenno Sho [Spring], Tenno Sho [Autumn]) after Takayoshi Yasuda and Yutaka Take.

Fierement broke smoothly but was unhurried and rated off the rails among the latter half of the 13-horse field for the early part of the 3,200-meter race behind a brisk pace set by Vosges, and moved a little further up to about seventh from the leader in front of the grandstand the first time around while still maintaining a relaxed rhythm. Making an early move approaching the last two corners, the Kikuka Sho victor took command soon after the 600-meter pole with Glory Vase breathing down his neck on his outside and the two horses continued their duel along the homestretch as they ran clear from the rest of the field. The son of Deep Impact, however, refused to surrender up to the wire, kept his nose stretched forward and finished a neck in front.

“It was a tough race to win but Fierement really showed his strength when we were challenged by Keita Tosaki’s mount on the outside. He was able to relax early on which is important in a long-distance race like this. He wanted to go in the last two corners so I let him go and although the ground got slippery under him at the last corner, he was able to regain his balance and increase his speed at the straight. He’s improving with every race and certainly proved he’s of G1 quality with this win,” commented Christophe Lemaire.

Glory Vase saved ground in mid-division about a length in front of Fierement. While overtaken by that rival after the first 1,000 meters, the four-year-old son of Deep Impact kept within close watch and stalked the eventual winner all the way to the homestretch before engaging in a fierce duel just missing by a neck for second

Perform a Promise was rated further up in mid-pack around fifth or sixth, got a little keen in the backstretch but relaxed as the field started to increase the flow and showed good speed to duel for third with Etario who came with great force from racing way back early and outran that rival for the share while no match for the first two finishers.

Other Horses:
4th: (2) Etario—trailed in far rear, advanced after 1,000m pole, dueled with Perform a Promise at stretch, weakened in last 100m
5th: (9) You Can Smile—ran 3rd to 4th from rear, angled out, passed tired rivals
6th: (1) Chestnut Coat—saved ground in 5th, failed to respond at stretch
7th: (6) Kafuji Prince—raced in 4th, ran gamely until 300m pole, weakened thereafter
8th: (3) Ridge Man—traveled 3rd to 4th from rear, lacked needed kick
9th: (11) Kento O—sat 2nd from rear, circled wide to lane, unable to reach contention
10th: (12) Clincher—hugged rails around 8th, never fired at stretch
11th: (5) Meisho Tekkon—chased leaders in 3rd, led briefly before final corner, dropped back at stretch
12th: (13) Lord Vent d’Or—tracked leader in 2nd, outrun after 3rd corner (2nd lap)
FF: (4) Vosges—set pace, faded after 3rd corner (2nd lap), pulled up lame and diagnosed to have sustained a partial rupture in his right fore superficial flexor tendon

4-year-old & up, 3,200 meters (about 16 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, April 28, 2019      Kyoto Racecourse       11th Race        Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 325,000,000 (about US$ 2,826,000 <US$1=¥115>)
4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares,
1kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2015
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 7 10 Fierement
C4 58.0 Deep Impact
Lune d’Or
C. Lemaire
T. Tezuka
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
2 5 7 Glory Vase
C4 58.0 Deep Impact
Mejiro Tsubone
K. Tosaki
T. Ozeki
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Lake Villa Farm
3 6 8 Perform a Promise
H7 58.0 Stay Gold
I'll Be Bound
Y. Kitamura
H. Fujiwara
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
4 2 2
C4 58.0 Stay Gold
Hot Cha Cha
M. Demuro
Y. Tomomichi
G Riviere Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
5 6 9 You Can Smile
C4 58.0 King Kamehameha
Mood Indigo
Y. Iwata
Y. Tomomichi
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
6 1 1 Chestnut Coat
H5 58.0 Heart’s Cry
White Veil
R. Sakai
Y. Yahagi
Yasushi Kubota
Shimokobe Farm
7 5 6 Kafuji Prince
H6 58.0 Heart’s Cry
Ginza Floral
Y. Nakatani
Y. Yahagi
Mamoru Kato
Northern Farm
8 3 3 Ridge Man
H6 58.0 Swept Overboard
Admire Monroe
M. Ebina
Y. Shono
Tsuji B.
Tsuji Bokujo
9 7 11 Kento O
H7 58.0 Dance in the Dark
H. Miyuki
T. Nishihashi
Tomiko Tabata
Hakutsu Bokujo
10 8 12 Clincher
H5 58.0 Deep Sky
The Fates
K. Miura
H. Miyamoto
Koji Maeda
Hirayama Bokujo
11 4 5 Meisho Tekkon
C4 58.0 Manhattan Cafe
A Shin Velocity
Y. Fukunaga
Y. Takahashi
Yoshio Matsumoto
Shimoyashiki Bokujo
12 8 13 Lord Vent d’Or
H6 58.0 Daiwa Major
Jazz Cat
N. Yokoyama
M. Kon
Lord Horse Club
K. I. Farm
  4 4 Vosges
H6 58.0 Nakayama Festa
R. Wada
M. Nishimura
Tadakuni Sugiyama
Tadakuni Sugiyama
FF 68.4
FP=Final Position / BK=Bracket Number / PP=Post Position / B=Blinker / Wgt=Weight / L3F=Time of Last 3 Furlongs (600m)
DS=Distance / FF=Fail to Finish
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: ¥ 29,554,223,600 ATTENDANCE: 73,662

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.10 ¥ 280 BRACKET QUINELLA 5-7 ¥ 1,480 QUINELLA 7-10 ¥ 1,780
PLACE No.10 ¥ 150 QUINELLA PLACE 7-10 ¥ 710 EXACTA 10-7 ¥ 2,470
No.7 ¥ 320 8-10 ¥ 1,660 TRIO 7-8-10 ¥ 16,410
No.8 ¥ 630 7-8 ¥ 4,260 TRIFECTA 10-7-8 ¥ 49,110
  1. 1.Fierement (JPN), bay, colt, 4-year-old
    Deep Impact / Lune d'Or (Green Tune)
    Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Takahisa Tezuka Jockey: Christophe Lemaire
    6 Starts, 4 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 152,814,000 Career earnings: ¥ 356,893,000

  2. 2.Glory Vase (JPN), dark bay or brown, colt, 4-year-old
    Deep Impact / Mejiro Tsubone (Swept Overboard)
    Owner: Silk Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Lake Villa Farm
    Trainer: Tomohito Ozeki Jockey: Keita Tosaki

  3. 3.Perform a Promise (JPN), chestnut, horse, 7-year-old
    Stay Gold / I'll Be Bound (Tanino Gimlet)
    Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Hideaki Fujiwara Jockey: Yuichi Kitamura
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.9 - 11.5 - 11.6 - 11.6 - 12.2 - 12.2 - 12.5 - 13.8 - 13.3 - 12.4 - 12.5 - 12.3 - 11.7 - 11.6 - 11.0 - 11.9
Last 4 furlongs: 46.2          Last 3 furlongs: 34.5

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

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 (Spring) (G1)

The forerunner of the Tenno Sho was established in 1905 under the name “Emperor’s Cup”, in which the winner received the silver comport bestowed by the Emperor. The race was renamed to “Teishitsu Goshoten Kyoso” the following year. The race became biannual events—held at Hanshin in spring and at Tokyo in autumn—a year after the establishment of the Japan Racing Society (the forerunner of the Japan Racing Association) in 1936, and was officially named the “Tenno Sho” since the autumn of 1947. The Tenno Sho (Spring) became the ultimate competition to determine the champion stayer, having altered its distance to 3,200 meters in 1938 while its counterpart in autumn run over 2,000 meters is one of the biggest middle-distance event contested between the proven older horses with the addition of the three-year-old hopefuls. The venue of the spring version was also moved to Kyoto Racecourse in 1948.
The Tenno Sho (Spring) was designated as an international race in 2005 and welcomed Makybe Diva (GB, by Desert King) of Australia as the first foreign contender the same year. She finished seventh to Suzuka Mambo (JPN, by Sunday Silence) and subsequently went on to make history back home by winning her third consecutive Melbourne Cup (G1, 3,200m). Red Cadeaux (GB, Cadeaux Genereux) was the latest foreign contender of this race in 2014, running for the second time after finishing third in the 2013 edition, but was unable to perform over the firm turf and finished 14th.
Last year’s Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m) champion Fierement and runner-up Etario both came off a runner-up effort in their respective kick-off starts of their four-year-old season, the American Jockey Club Cup (G2, 2,200m; Jan.20) and the Nikkei Sho (G2, 2,500m: Mar.23). 2018 Kikuka Sho third-place finisher You Can Smile registered his first graded title in the Diamond Stakes (G3, 3,400m; Feb.16). Other key four-year-olds were the Nikkei Shinshun Hai (G2, 2,400m; Jan.13) winner Glory Vase and the Nikkei Sho victor Meisho Tekkon. The field also included Clincher, third in the Tenno Sho (Spring) last year, Perform a Promise, winner of the 2018 Copa Republica Argentina (G2, 2,500m) as well as Kafuji Prince and Lord Vent d’Or who came off a second and a third in the Hanshin Daishoten (G2, 3,000m; Mar.17), respectively.
The race record of 3:12.5 was set by two-time Horse of the Year Kitasan Black (JPN, by Black Tide) in 2017, his second consecutive win in this race.

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