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November 17, 2019


Indy Champ Claims This Year's Mile Championship to Secure Both Spring & Autumn G1 Mile Titles
Mile Championship (G1)

Mile Championship (G1)

This Year’s Yasuda Kinen winner Indy Champ claimed the Mile Championship to become the seventh horse following Maurice in 2015 to claim both spring and autumn G1 mile races in the same year. The Stay Gold colt, who kicked off his autumn campaign with a third in the Mainichi Okan (G2, 1,800m) on October 6, is headed for his first overseas challenge in the Hong Kong Mile (G1, 1,600m) to be held on December 8. This win marked trainer Hidetaka Otonashi’s 11th JRA-G1 title following the Yasuda Kinen, which he won with this horse, and his third Mile Championship victory following his win with Company in 2009 and Mikki Isle in 2016. Jockey Kenichi Ikezoe marked his 25th JRA-G1 win following his 2018 Arima Kinen with Blast Onepiece, and his fourth Mile Championship title following his win with Durandal (2003 and 2004) and Eishin Apollon (2011).

Third pick Indy Champ broke smoothly and hugged the rails in fifth, eyeing Danon Premium on the outside. The bay turned the last corner two wide, steered slightly to the outside entering the lane to position himself again inside the race favorite. The two colts dueled strongly to nail the frontrunner 200m out, from where the Stay Gold colt unleashed a powerful kick and pulled away, leaving the race favorite behind for his second G1 title.

“I was asked to ride at short notice (in place of regular rider Yuichi Fukunaga who is under suspension) but wanted to deliver a good result since the colt was a Yasuda Kinen champion. I was told that he is a bit unstable at the start but he broke well and we were able to race in good position while eyeing Danon Premium. He responded really well when asked at the lane,” commented Kenichi Ikezoe.

Race favorite Danon Premium broke sharply from stall 14 and eased back to travel two wide in fourth, made early bid turning the last corner and nailed the leader passing the 200m pole but was immediately overtaken by the winner for a 1-1/2-length second.

Sixth choice Persian Knight broke slowly to travel 10-12th from the front. As the field spread wide coming into the lane, the 2017 champion and last year’s runner-up positioned himself right behind Indy Champ and chased the winner with a powerful late charge to the wire but was a neck short of the runner-up in third.

Other Horses:
4th: (3) My Style—set pace, showed tenacity after overtaken by winner, weakened in final strides
5th: (1) Danon Kingly—hugged rails behind winner, showed effort but no match for top finishers
6th: (11) Catedral—sat 2nd from rear, quickened between horses, timed fastest over last 3 furlongs
7th: (9) Kurino Gaudi—raced around 7th, lacked needed kick, failed to threaten
8th: (2) Guanciale—chased leaders in 3rd along rails, weakened in last 100m
9th: (4) Red Olga—traveled around 10th, ran willingly until 100m out
10th: (15) Diatonic—ran in 13th, angled out, showed brief effort, even pace in last 200m
11th: (8) Primo Scene—settled 3-wide around 8th, lacked needed kick at stretch
12th: (13) Time Trip—was off slow, trailed in rear, passed tired rivals at stretch
13th: (6) Fiano Romano—stalked leader in 2nd, ram gamely until 300m out
14th: (12) Mozu Ascot—sat 4-wide around 9th, failed to respond at stretch
15th: (17) Leyenda—raced 3rd from rear, unable to reach contention
16th: (10) Al Ain—positioned around 10th, never fired at stretch
17th: (16) Emeral Fight—traveled in 14th, circled wide, no factor

THE 36TH MILE CHAMPIONSHIP (G1) – Japan Autumn International -
3-year-olds & up, 1,600 meters (about 8 furlongs), right-handed, turf
Sunday, November 17, 2019  Kyoto Racecourse    11th Race      Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 238,600,000 (about US$ 2,075,000 <US$1=¥115>)
3-y-o: 56kg (about 124 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 57kg (about 126 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares,
1kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2016
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 3 5 Indy Champ
C4 57.0 Stay Gold
Will Power
K. Ikezoe
H. Otonashi
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
2 7 14 Danon Premium
C4 57.0 Deep Impact
Indiana Gal
Y. Kawada
M. Nakauchida
Danox Co., Ltd.
K. I. Farm
3 4 7
Persian Knight
H5 57.0 Harbinger
Orient Charm
O. Murphy
Y. Ikee
G1 Racing Co., Ltd.
Oiwake Farm
4 2 3
My Style
H5 57.0 Heart’s Cry
First Niner
K. Tanaka
M. Kon
Chiyono Terada
Inoke Bokujo
5 1 1 Danon Kingly
C3 56.0 Deep Impact
My Goodness
N. Yokoyama
K. Hagiwara
Danox Co., Ltd.
Mishima Bokujo
6 6 11 Catedral
C3 56.0 Heart’s Cry
Y. Take
M. Ikezoe
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
7 5 9 Kurino Gaudi
C3 56.0 Screen Hero
Kurino Billionaire
Y. Fujioka
N. Fujisawa
Hiroharu Kurimoto
Hiroharu Kurimoto
8 1 2 Guanciale
H7 57.0 Screen Hero
Chuo Saya
M. Matsuoka
Y. Kitade
Toshihiro Matsumoto
Chuo Bokujo
9 2 4 Red Olga
M5 55.0 Deep Impact
Erimo Pixy
M. Iwata
H. Fujiwara
TokyoHorseRacing Co., Ltd
Hidetoshi Yamamoto
10 8 15 Diatonic
C4 57.0 Lord Kanaloa
To Harmony
C. Soumillon
T. Yasuda
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Sakai Bokujo
11 4 8 Primo Scene
F4 55.0 Deep Impact
W. Buick
T. Kimura
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
12 7 13 Time Trip
H5 57.0 Lord Ultima
Milford Subaru
H. Miyuki
M. Kikukawa
Yuko Nakamura
Tadayoshi Unoki
13 3 6 Fiano Romano
H5 57.0 Fastnet Rock
Heart Ashley
K. Fujioka
T. Takano
Kazumi Yoshida
Kia Ora Stud
14 6 12 Mozu Ascot
H5 57.0 Frankel
R. Wada
Y. Yahagi
Capital System Co., Ltd.
Summer Wind Farm
15 8 17
C4 57.0 King Kamehameha
La Dorada
C. Lemaire
K. Fujisawa
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
16 5 10
Al Ain
H5 57.0 Deep Impact
Dubai Majesty
R. Moore
Y. Ikee
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
17 8 16 Emeral Fight
C3 56.0 Kurofune
Setouchi Solar
Y. Ishikawa
I. Aizawa
Tsutomu Takahashi
Tsutomu Takahashi
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.

TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 22,745,947,100 ATTENDANCE: 36,272

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.5 ¥ 640 BRACKET QUINELLA 3-7 ¥ 860 QUINELLA 5-14 ¥ 840
PLACE No.5 ¥ 190 QUINELLA PLACE 5-14 ¥ 370 EXACTA 5-14 ¥ 2,040
No.14 ¥ 130 5-7 ¥ 1,090 TRIO 5-7-14 ¥ 3,200
No.7 ¥ 290 7-14 ¥ 570 TRIFECTA 5-14-7 ¥ 16,580
  1. 1.Indy Champ (JPN), bay, colt, 4-year-olds
    Stay Gold / Will Power (King Kamehameha)
    Owner: Silk Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Hidetaka Otonashi Jockey: Kenichi Ikezoe
    12 Starts, 7 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 113,570,000 Career earnings: ¥ 361,790,000

  2. 2.Danon Premium (JPN), dark bay or brown, colt, 4-year-olds
    Deep Impact / Indiana Gal (Intikhab)
    Owner: Danox Co., Ltd. Breeder: K. I. Farm
    Trainer: Mitsumasa Nakauchida Jockey: Yuga Kawada

  3. 3.Persian Knight (JPN), dark bay or brown, horse, 5-year-olds
    Harbinger / Orient Charm (Sunday Silence)
    Owner: G1 Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Oiwake Farm
    Trainer: Yasutoshi Ikee Jockey: Oisin Murphy
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.5 - 11.2 - 11.6 - 11.9 - 11.6 - 11.5 - 11.0 - 11.7
Last 4 furlongs: 45.8          Last 3 furlongs: 34.2

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

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.


*Mile Championship (G1)

The Mile Championship is one of the most prestigious autumn grade-one events for milers together with the Yasuda Kinen (G1, 1,600m) in spring. Horse racing in Japan had been focusing on long distance racing for a long time, regarding stamina and strength as the most important quality of horses. However, with modern racing having increased its attention to speed horses suited to a mile or shorter distance races, the Mile Championship was established in 1984 in conjunction with Japanese races adopting the grading system. The current racing program now provides races for short, middle and long distance racehorses.
The race welcomed several foreign contestants in the past; Special Kaldoun (IRE, by Alzao; 9th), Tout Seul (IRE, by Ali-Royal; 16th) in 2003—first since being designated an international race in 1998—, Rakti (GB, by Polish Precedent; 14th) in 2004, Court Masterpiece (GB, by Polish Precedent; 7th) in 2006, Becrux (ITY, by Glen Jordan; 8th) in 2007, Rahy’s Attorney (CAN, by Crown Attorney; 9th) in 2008, Eva's Request (IRE, by Soviet Star; 10th) in 2009, Immortal Verse (IRE, by Pivotal; 7th) in 2011 and Sahpresa (USA, by Sahm) in 2009 (3rd), 2010 (4th) and 2011 (3rd).
This year’s contestants coming off the Mainichi Okan (G2, 1,800m; Oct.6) were Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) third-place finisher and Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m) runner-up Danon Kingly (winner), this year’s Yasuda Kinen champion Indy Champ (3rd) and 2017 Mile Championship winner Persian Knight (4th). The field also included Epsom Cup (G3, 1,800m) winner Leyenda who finished a close second in the Fuji Stakes (G3, 1,600m; Oct.19), Diatonic who registered his first graded title in the Swan Stakes (G2, 1,400m; Oct.26) with 2018 Yasuda Kinen champion Mozu Ascot following a nose behind in second, Al Ain, winner of the 2017 Satsuki Sho and the 2019 Osaka Hai (G1, 2,000m), and Danon Premium and Primo Scene who finished second in this year’s Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1, 2,000m; Oct.27) and Victoria Mile (G1, 1,600m), respectively.
Danon Shark (JPN, by Deep Impact) set the race record of 1:31.5 when winning the race in 2014.

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