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October 13, 2019


Fourth-Pick Chrono Genesis Captures Her First G1 Title in the Shuka Sho
Shuka Sho (G1)

Shuka Sho (G1)

Fourth-pick Chrono Genesis landed a two-length victory in the last leg of the three-year-old fillies’ Triple, the Shuka Sho, to register her first G1 title in her fourth G1 challenge. Marking two consecutive wins from her debut start in September last year, the Bago filly finished second in her first G1 challenge, the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (1,600m) in December and claimed her first graded victory in her first start as a three-year-old in the Queen Cup (G3, 1,600m) this year. She was third in both first two legs, the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) and the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, G1, 1,600m). This was trainer Takashi Saito’s first JRA-G1 title since opening his stable in 2016 and jockey Yuichi Kitamura’s second JRA-G1 title following his win in the Osaka Hai with Al Ain this spring.

Chrono Genesis, breaking smoothly from stall five, settled two wide around 6-7th from the front, eying race favorite Danon Fantasy traveling in front. The Bago gray turned the last two corners in good striking position, steered to the outside entering the lane and immediately made bid, nailing the race favorite and frontrunners 200 meters out, then continued to produce an impressive burst of speed to cross the wire with a comfortable two-length margin.

“I was able to race her in an ideal position while eyeing Danon Fantasy in front. She was responding really well at the fourth corner so I was able to make bid with confidence. I am grateful for having been able to ride the filly since her debut, I’m really glad that I was able to deliver a good result,” commented Yuichi Kitamura.

Second pick Curren Bouquetd’or, traveling further back in eighth, hugged the rails through the last corners, angled out at the top of the stretch and surged out right behind the subsequent winner. The Deep Impact filly demonstrated a strong turn of speed but was unable to keep up with the winner and finished second.

Tenth favorite Shigeru Pink Dia sat fourth from the rear, improved position turning wide around the last two corners and exploded from the outside with a powerful late kick that marked the fastest last three furlongs in the field to close in on the runner-up by 1-1/2 length.

Race favorite Danon Fantasy made a clean start, eased back to let the frontrunners go and waited in third. The 2018 Best Two-Year-Old Filly, however, failed to respond in the stretch and finished eighth.

Other Horses:
4th: (9) Shadow Diva—saved ground around 10th, showed response after finding clear path at early stretch
5th: (7) Beach Samba—set solid pace, showed tenacity, outrun in last 100m
6th: (6) Rose Tesoro—sat around 11th, quickened along rails, tied 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs
7th: (3) Blanc Noir—took economic trip around 5-6th, advanced to 2nd 300m out, weakened in last 100m
9th: (17) Espoir—traveled 3-wide in 12th, driven after 3rd corner, met traffic 200m out, lost momentum
10th: (16) Passing Through—ran near favorite around 3rd, turned final corner outside eventual winner, never fired
11th: (10) Schon Glanz—trailed in rear, advanced after 3rd corner, checked at final corner, never a threat
12th: (4) Too Flashy—hugged rails near rear, passed tired rivals on inner stretch
13th: (13) Satono Damsel—raced 3-wide around 12th, angled out, even paced
14th: (18) Sing for You—settled near rear, showed little at stretch, unable to reach contention
15th: (15) Contra Check—pressed pace in 2nd, ran out of steam 300m out
16th: (11) Fairy Polka—sat behind winner, found little room at final corner, outrun thereafter
17th: (12) Red Anemos—traveled in 5-6th early, gradually fell back in backstretch, faded
Scratched: (2) Meisho Shobu—due to a stone bruise in her left forefoot

3-year-olds, Fillies, 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, October 13, 2019    Kyoto Racecourse       11th Race        Post Time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 216,000,000 (about US$ 1,878,000 <US$1=¥115>)
3-y-o: 55 kg (about 121 lbs), 2 kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2016
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 3 5 Chrono Genesis
F3 55.0 Bago
Y. Kitamura
T. Saito
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
2 4 8 Curren Bouquetd’or
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
A. Tsumura
S. Kunieda
Takashi Suzuki
Shadai Farm
3 7 14 Shigeru Pink Dia
F3 55.0 Daiwa Major
Moonlight Bay
R. Wada
K. Watanabe
S. Morinaka
Amaba Bokujo
4 5 9 Shadow Diva
F3 55.0 Heart’s Cry
Diamond Diva
K. Matsuyama
M. Saito
Three H Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
5 4 7 Beach Samba
F3 55.0 Kurofune
Fusaichi Airedale
Y. Fukunaga
Y. Tomomichi
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
6 3 6 Rose Tesoro
F3 55.0 Heart’s Cry
N. Yokoyama
T. Kanari
Ryotokuji Kenji Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kenji Ryotokuji
7 2 3 Blanc Noir
F3 55.0 Lord Kanaloa
Petit Noire
S. Hamanaka
N. Sugai
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
8 1 1 Danon Fantasy
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Life For Sale
Y. Kawada
M. Nakauchida
Danox Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
9 8 17 Espoir
F3 55.0 Orfevre
A. Starke
K. Sumii
Hideko Kondo
Grace Inc.
10 8 16 Passing Through
F3 55.0 Rulership
Mighty Slew
K. Tosaki
Y. Kuroiwa
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
11 5 10 Schon Glanz
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Y. Take
K. Fujisawa
Shadai Race Horse
Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
12 2 4 Too Flashy
F3 55.0 Black Tide
Earth Fire
H. Miyuki
K. Takaichi
Isao Nishimori
Grory Farm
13 7 13 Satono Damsel
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
M. Demuro
N. Hori
Satomi Horse Company Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
14 8 18 Sing for You
F3 55.0 Just a Way
Sing Like Bird
Y. Fujioka
K. Maki
Shadai Race Horse
Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
15 7 15 Contra Check
F3 55.0 Deep Impact
Rich Dancer
C. Lemaire
K. Fujisawa
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
16 6 11 Fairy Polka
F3 55.0 Rulership
Fairy Dance
K. Miura
M. Nishimura
Takeshi Yamamoto
Northern Farm
17 6 12 Red Anemos
F3 55.0 Victoire Pisa
Machikane Hayate
K. Fujioka
Y. Tomomichi
Co., Ltd
Shadai Farm
  1 2 Meisho Shobu
F3 55.0 Daiwa Major
Meisho Suzuran
Ke. Ikezoe
Ka. Ikezoe
Yoshio Matsumoto
Yoshio Matsumoto
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: ¥ 20,734,113,400 ATTENDANCE: 35,344

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.5 ¥ 690 BRACKET QUINELLA 3-4 ¥ 1,680 QUINELLA 5-8 ¥ 2,180
PLACE No.5 ¥ 240 QUINELLA PLACE 5-8 ¥ 710 EXACTA 5-8 ¥ 4,950
No.8 ¥ 190 5-14 ¥ 2,120 TRIO 5-8-14 ¥ 15,170
No.14 ¥ 550 8-14 ¥ 2,170 TRIFECTA 5-8-14 ¥ 70,970
  1. 1.Chrono Genesis (JPN), gray, filly, 3-year-olds
    Bago / Chronologist (Kurofune)
    Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Takashi Saito Jockey: Yuichi Kitamura
    7 Starts, 4 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 103,822,000 Career earnings: ¥ 249,934,000

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

  3. 3.Shigeru Pink Dia (JPN), dark bay or brown, filly, 3-year-olds
    Daiwa Major / Moonlight Bay (High Chaparral)
    Owner: S. Morinaka Breeder: Amaba Bokujo
    Trainer: Kunihiko Watanabe Jockey: Ryuji Wada
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.3 - 10.7 - 11.6 - 11.8 - 11.9 - 12.7 - 12.5 - 12.0 - 12.3 - 12.1
Last 4 furlongs: 48.9         Last 3 furlongs: 36.4

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

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.


* Shuka Sho (G1)

The Shuka Sho, established in 1996, is run over 2,000 meters at Kyoto Racecourse and the third leg of the fillies’ Triple Crown following the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) and the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, G1, 2,400m) held in spring. The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1, 2,200m) was formally regarded as the third leg of the fillies’ Triple Crown until the race was opened to older fillies and mares; hence the Shuka Sho was established to take its place. Acquiring international G1 status in 2009, the Shuka Sho is open to a maximum of nine foreign runners.
Last year, Almond Eye (JPN, by Lord Kanaloa) became only the fifth filly in JRA history to claim the fillies’ Triple Crown title after Mejiro Ramonu (JPN, by Mogami; 1986), Still in Love (JPN, by Sunday Silence; 2003), Apapane (JPN, by King Kamehameha; 2010) and Gentildonna (JPN, by Deep Impact; 2012), and proceeded to achieve greater accomplishment during her three-year-old season by winning the Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) against a powerful field which contributed to earning the season’s highest honor of JRA’s Horse of the Year award.
This year’s field lacked two classic winners, Gran Alegria (JPN, by Deep Impact) and Loves Only You (JPN, by Deep Impact) who claimed the Oka Sho and Yushun Himba, respectively. Participating from the trial race Shion Stakes (G3, 2,000m; Sep.7) were top three finishers, winner Passing Through followed by Fairy Polka in second and Yushun Himba runner-up Curren Bouquetd’or in third. 2018 Best Two-Year-Old Filly Danon Fantasy came off a win in another trial Rose Stakes (G2, 1,800m; Sep.15) with record-breaking time followed by Beach Samba and Oka Sho runner-up Shigeru Pink Dia who finished second and fourth, respectively. The field also included Chrono Genesis, third-place finisher in both two classics, Contra Check, winner of the Flower Cup (G3, 1,800m) in March, Schon Glanz, victor of the Artemis Stakes (G3, 1,600m) in October 2018, and Satono Damsel and Espoir who came off their respective win against older male opponents.
The race record was renewed by 2015 victor Mikki Queen (JPN, by Deep Impact), covering the 2,000-meter distance in 1:56.9.

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