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May 19, 2019


Undefeated Loves Only You Claims Yushun Himba with Record-Breaking Speed
Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (G1)

Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (G1)

Race favorite Loves Only You captured this year’s Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) while setting a new race record of 2:22.8, 0.8 seconds faster than previously set by Gentildonna in 2012. The unbeaten Deep Impact filly has extended her winning streak to four since her debut in November last year. A full sister to 2016 Dubai Turf victor Real Steel, Loves Only You concluded her two-year-old season with two wins but was unable to start in Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) trials due to a minor leg problem and instead of aiming for the first leg of the fillies’ Triple Crown, she was sent off to the Wasurenagusa Sho (Listed, 2,000m) on April 7 in which she romped to a three-length victory. She has now become the fifth undefeated filly to capture the title following Kawakami Princess in 2006 and is also tied with Kawakami Princess as the Japanese Oaks winner with the least career starts. This is the sixth JRA-G1 victory for trainer Yoshito Yahagi and first following his 2018 Queen Elizabeth II Cup victory with Lys Gracieux. Jockey Mirco Demuro celebrates his 30th JRA-G1 victory—his most recent triumph was in the NHK Mile Cup with Admire Mars a couple of weeks before—and he now becomes the 10th jockey in JRA history to have won all five classics titles for three-year-old colts and fillies.

The race broke in front of the crowd-packed stands with Jodie making the most of her inner draw to gun for the lead while Loves Only You, who broke from stall 13, was settled two to three-wide in mid-division. After slightly shifting to an outer path rounding the final turn, the Deep Impact filly unleashed the fastest stretch drive picking off her rivals and displayed her stamina with another strong stride after reaching the top of the hill to pin Curren Bouquetd’or with less than 100 meters to the wire for the title.

“I was a bit worried at the final corner since we were in a lower position than planned, but she showed an incredible burst of speed and stretched beautifully. She has a heart of steel and can’t stand to lose. I’m just thrilled that I’ve now won all five classics,” commented Mirco Demuro after the race.

Coming off her Sweet Pea Stakes win, Curren Bouquetd’or maintained her good striking position in fourth to fifth and three-wide beside Chrono Genesis and easily stole the lead in the lane two furlongs out. The 12th favorite held on remarkably well but her fleeting glimpse of glory ended by the strong closure of the eventual winner and she finished a neck second.

Second favored Chrono Genesis saved ground on the rails in fourth to fifth, squeezed through a gap in early stretch and chased Curren Bouquetd’or down the straight while briefly dueling with third favorite Contra Check, but failed to keep up with the speed of the eventual runner-up and finished 2-1/2 lengths behind in third.

Other Horses:
4th: (12) Victoria—was off slow, ran in 15th, quickened between horses, 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs
5th: (8) Danon Fantasy—raced around 7th, responded well at stretch although checked 200m out
6th: (7) Shadow Diva—saved ground around 8th, switched to outside, ran gamely but weakened in last 100m
7th: (4) Schon Glanz —settled in 16th, circled wide, accelerated and 3rd fastest over last 3 furlongs
8th: (6) Aqua Mirabilis—trailed in rear, angled out, showed belated charge
9th: (3) Contra Check—tracked leader in 2nd, ran gamely until 200m pole, weakened thereafter
10th: (18) Figlia Pura—traveled 2nd from rear along rails, passed tired rivals in last 200m
11th: (5) Aile Voix—chased leaders in 3rd, overtaken by late chargers after 400m pole
12th: (11) Shigeru Pink Dia—sat inside winner around 10th, even paced at stretch
13th: (9) Win Zenobia—hugged rails in 14th, advanced at backstretch, ran willingly until 200m marker
14th: (1) Jodie—set solid pace, surrendered lead at early stretch, outrun thereafter
15th: (16) Beach Samba—sat 3-wide in 11th, noting left at straight
16th: (14) Fairy Polka—settled 4-wide around 6th, ran out of steam after entering lane
17th: (17) Meisho Shobu—raced 3-wide in 13th, never fired at stretch
18th: (15) No One—traveled in 12th, faded after final corner

3-year-old Fillies, 2,400 meters (about 12 furlongs), turf, left-handed
Sunday, May 19, 2019      Tokyo Racecourse        11th Race           Post Time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 238,600,000 (about US$ 2,075,000 <US$1=¥115>)
3-y-o: 55 kg (about 121 lbs), 3 kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2016
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 7 13 Loves Only You
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Loves Only Me
M. Demuro
Y. Yahagi
DMM Dream Club Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
2 5 10 Curren Bouquetd’or
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
A. Tsumura
S. Kunieda
Takashi Suzuki
Shadai Farm
3 1 2 Chrono Genesis
F3 55.0 Bago
Y. Kitamura
T. Saito
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
4 6 12 Victoria
F3 55.0 Victoire Pisa
Black Emblem
K. Tosaki
S. Kojima
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
5 4 8 Danon Fantasy
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Life For Sale
Y. Kawada
M. Nakauchida
Danox Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
6 4 7 Shadow Diva
F3 55.0 Heart’s Cry
Diamond Diva
Y. Iwata
M. Saito
Shadow Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
7 2 4 Schon Glanz
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Y. Take
K. Fujisawa
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
8 3 6 Aqua Mirabilis
F3 55.0 Victoire Pisa
Aqua Ring
Y. Fujioka
K. Yoshimura
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
9 2 3 Contra Check
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Rich Dancer
D. Lane
K. Fujisawa
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
10 8 18 Figlia Pura
F3 55.0 Harbinger
Princess Camellia
G. Maruyama
T. Kikuzawa
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
11 3 5 Aile Voix
F3 55.0 Victoire Pisa
Feeling Tone
K. Matsuyama
S. Hashiguchi
Yukari Saeki
Oiwake Farm
12 6 11 Shigeru Pink Dia
F3 55.0 Daiwa Major
Moonlight Bay
R. Wada
K. Watanabe
S. Morinaka
Amaba Bokujo
13 5 9 Win Zenobia
F3 55.0 Screen Hero
Gossip Queen
M. Matsuoka
T. Aoki
Win Co., Ltd.
Muramoto Bokujo
14 1 1 Jodie
F3 55.0 Daiwa Major
M. Muto
H. Toda
Tadakazu Obama
Northern Racing
15 8 16 Beach Samba
F3 55.0 Kurofune
Fusaichi Airedale
Y. Fukunaga
Y. Tomomichi
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
16 7 14 Fairy Polka
F3 55.0 Rulership
Fairy Dance
H. Miyuki
M. Nishimura
Takeshi Yamamoto
Northern Farm
17 8 17 Meisho Shobu
F3 55.0 Daiwa Major
Meisho Suzuran
Ke. Ikezoe
Ka. Ikezoe
Yoshio Matsumoto
Yoshio Matsumoto
18 7 15 No One
F3 55.0 Heart’s Cry
R. Sakai
K. Sasada
Yoshinori Fujita
Tobino Bokujo
FP=Final Position / BK=Bracket Number / PP=Post Position / 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.

TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 25,727,499,700 ATTENDANCE: 61,596

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.13 ¥ 400 BRACKET QUINELLA 5-7 ¥ 8,420 QUINELLA 10-13 ¥ 25,140
PLACE No.13 ¥ 200 QUINELLA PLACE 10-13 ¥ 6,430 EXACTA 13-10 ¥ 28,210
No.10 ¥ 1,400 2-13 ¥ 470 TRIO 2-10-13 ¥ 28,240
No.2 ¥ 170 2-10 ¥ 4,960 TRIFECTA 13-10-2 ¥ 179,960
  1. 1.Loves Only You (JPN), bay, filly, 3-year-old
    Deep Impact / Loves Only Me (Storm Cat)
    Owner: DMM Dream Club Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Yoshito Yahagi Jockey: Mirco Demuro
    4 Starts, 4 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 135,508,000 Career earnings: ¥ 172,949,000

  2. 2.Curren Bouquetd'or (JPN), bay, filly, 3-year-old
    Deep Impact / Solaria (Scat Daddy)
    Owner: Takashi Suzuki Breeder: Shadai Farm
    Trainer: Sakae Kunieda Jockey: Akihide Tsumura

  3. 3.Chrono Genesis (JPN), gray, filly, 3-year-old
    Bago / Chronologist (Kurofune)
    Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Takashi Saito Jockey: Yuichi Kitamura
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.5 - 10.9 - 11.7 - 11.9 - 12.1 - 12.2 - 12.3 - 12.2 - 11.7 - 11.4 - 11.6 - 12.3
Last 4 furlongs: 47.0         Last 3 furlongs: 35.3

Positions at each corner: 1st corner 1,3,5(2,8,10,14,16)(7,11,13,15,17)-(9,12)4-18,6
2nd corner 1,3,5(2,10)(8,14)(7,13)(11,16)(15,17)(9,12)4-18-6
3rd corner 1,3,5(2,10)8(7,14)11(9,13,16)(15,17)(18,12,4)-6
4th corner (1,*3,5)10(2,8)(7,14)16(9,11,13)(15,17)(18,12,4)6

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.


* Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (G1)

The Japanese version of the prestigious British Oaks, the Yushun Himba was established in 1938 and contested among runners limited to home-bred three-year-old fillies. Initially called the “Hanshin Yushun Himba” and held during the fall season at Hanshin Racecourse, the race acquired its current status as the Japanese Oaks upon changing its venue to Tokyo Racecourse in 1946. The race was also shifted to the spring season, being the richest in prize money and longest in distance among the current JRA races limited to fillies/mares. The Yushun Himba opened its door to foreign-bred runners in 2003 and acquired international G1 status in 2010, and the first three finishers of this race are eligible to start in the French G1 Prix Vermeille (2,400m) beginning this year, free of charge to enter and with additional support for transportation.
While the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) serves in gauging the speed potentials in the future broodmares, the Yushun Himba is a championship race in which to discover the added quality of stamina as well as speed, and winners of this race are highly rated as broodmares upon retirement to stud. Recent winners included fillies/mares that became high profile G1 winners. Last year’s winner Almond Eye (JPN, by Lord Kanaloa) went on to capture the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m) that autumn to become the fifth filly to sweep the Triple Crown for fillies, the first since Gentildonna (JPN, by Deep Impact).
The five top finishers of the Oka Sho (Apr.7) that were automatically eligible for the Oaks were; Shigeru Pink Dia (2nd), Chrono Genesis (3rd), Danon Fantasy (4th) and Beach Samba (5th) while the winner Gran Alegria (JPN, F3, by Deep Impact) was decided not to step up in distance and opted to aim for a G1 title in the NHK Mile Cup (1,600m) instead. From the Oka Sho, graded winners Schon Glanz (9th), No One (11th) and Figlia Pura (15th) were also among the lineup. Others that came off their efforts in Oaks trials were; Victoria and Shadow Diva who finished first and second, respectively, in the Flora Stakes (G2, 2,000m; Apr.21), as well as the Sweet Pea Stakes (Listed, 1,800m; Apr.28) winner Curren Bouquetd’or. The field also included Contra Check and Loves Only You, victors of the Flower Cup (G3, 1,800m; Mar.16) and the Wasurenagusa Sho (Listed, 2,000m; Apr.7), respectively.

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