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December 8, 2019


Undefeated Resistencia Wins Gate to Wire with Record-Breaking Speed in Hanshin Juvenile Fillies
Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1)

Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1)

Fourth favorite Resistencia showcased a perfect trip under Yuichi Kitamura to dominate the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in an amazing 1:32.7, 0.4 seconds faster than the record set by Vodka in 2006. The Daiwa Major filly easily put a five-length margin between herself and the rest of the field at the wire while displaying the fastest last three-furlong drive. After immediately breaking her maiden in her October debut start and claiming last month’s G3 Fantasy Stakes, both 1,400m races, the unbeaten top two-year-old filly proved her unquestionable strength over the mile distance. Opening his yard in 2015, trainer Takeshi Matsushita now celebrates his first JRA-G1 triumph and sixth graded win while jockey Yuichi Kitamura has now three JRA-G1 wins under his belt, his latest was with Chrono Genesis in the Shuka Sho this year.

Breaking from stall no.4, Resistencia was quickest out of the gate, setting a solid pace with Lotus Land and Woman’s Heart on her heels up to the last turn. First to enter the lane, the Daiwa Major filly steadily pulled away, outdistancing the other runners from the 3-furlong point with commanding speed and romped to an easy and convincing five-length victory.

“I knew she had the necessary speed as long as she broke well so I concentrated on keeping her relaxed in the middle stages. We were hoping she would mature mentally and I'm happy to see that she was calm and relaxed today. She was so strong and has so much potential—her future is definitely something to look forward to,” commented jockey Yuichi Kitamura after the race.

In her first grade-race challenge, Saffron Sho winner Maltese Diosa sprinted well sitting off the pace on the outside in fourth and then move up to good striking position in third. Although the sixth pick was no match to the winner, the daughter of Kizuna stretched well to the wire, fending off a strong and persisting challenge from Cravache d’Or and nosed out her rival for the runner-up seat.

Third favorite Cravache d’Or took a wide trip in mid-field and with the second fastest late drive, tackled her tiring frontrunners, catching up with Maltese Diosa at the furlong pole but lacked the final kick and was a nose late for third.

Breaking from the second widest gate, heavy race favorite Ria Amelia was reserved in the rear and after hitting the straight second from last, was unable to unleash her good turn of foot and finished sixth.

Other Horses:
4th: (3) Woman’s Heart—chased leaders in 3rd, advanced to 2nd after 300m out, weakened in last 200m
5th: (1) Yamakatsu Mermaid—hugged rails around 8th, switched to outside at early stretch, showed effort until 100m out
7th: (2) Kawakita Ajin—saved ground around 10th, ran gamely until 200m pole, weakened thereafter
8th: (6) Christie—ran 3-wide around 5th, struggled to find clear path, lacked needed kick
9th: (13) J’Ai la Peche—sat 3-wide around 10th, passed tired rivals at stretch
10th: (5) Buon Voyage—settled around 5th, outrun after top of stretch
11th: (8) Autumn Red—raced around 10th, found little room in early stretch, even paced
12th: (7) Lotus Land—stalked leader in 2nd, fell back after 300m out
13th: (12) Himesama—raced inside favorite near rear, unable to reach contention
14th: (14) Sweet Melina—took economic trip near rear, never a threat
15th: (16) Elena Avanti—traveled 4-wide around 5th, faded after 4th corner
16th: (11) Luce della Vita—positioned 4-wide around 10th, no factor

2-year-olds, Fillies, 1,600 meters (about 8 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, December 8, 2019     Hanshin Racecourse      11th Race    Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 140,200,000 (about US$ 1,219,000 <US$1=¥115>)
2yo: 54kg (about 119 lbs), 3 kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2017
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 2 4 Resistencia
F2 54.0 Daiwa Major
Y. Kitamura
T. Matsushita
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
2 5 9 Maltese Diosa
F2 54.0 Kizuna
Top of Dora
H. Tanabe
T. Tezuka
Nagako Fujita
Nagako Fujita
3 5 10 Cravache d’Or
F2 54.0 Heart’s Cry
Path of Dreams
Y. Fujioka
M. Nakauchida
Sanshisuimei Co., Ltd.
Shimokobe Farm
4 2 3 Woman’s Heart
F2 54.0 Heart’s Cry
Lady of Persia
W. Buick
K. Nishiura
5 1 1 Yamakatsu Mermaid
F2 54.0 Lord Kanaloa
Yamakatsu Marilyn
Y. Take
K. Ikezoe
Kazuo Yamada
Okada Bokujo
6 8 15 Ria Amelia
F2 54.0 Deep Impact
Ria Antonia
Y. Kawada
M. Nakauchida
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
7 1 2 Kawakita Ajin
F2 54.0 Henny Hughes
Kafuji Wind
K. Sameshima
H. Sugiyama
Yoshio Kawashima
Kawashima Bokujo
8 3 6 Christie
F2 54.0 Kizuna
White Album
Y. Fukunaga
H. Sugiyama
Hidetoshi Makiura
Hidetoshi Makiura
9 7 13 J’Ai la Peche
F2 54.0 World Ace
Peach Fizz
H. Miyuki
T. Ozeki
Yoichi Shibata
Yoichi Shibata
10 3 5 Buon Voyage
F2 54.0 Lord Kanaloa
Deep in Ask
M. Iwata
T. Umeda
Toshihiro Hirosaki
Toshihiro Hirosaki
11 4 8 Autumn Red
F2 54.0 World Ace
Ticker Code
K. Matsuyama
T. Tezuka
Aoshiba Shoji Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
12 4 7 Lotus Land
F2 54.0 Point of Entry
Little Miss Muffet
K. Fujioka
K. Sumii
Kobayashi Eiichi Holdings LLC.
Dr. Aaron Sones & Dr. Naoya Yoshida
13 6 12 Himesama
F2 54.0 Daiwa Major
Cheatin’ Heart
H. Kawasu
T. Umeda
Futaba Hirosaki
Toshihiro Hirosaki
14 7 14 Sweet Melina
F2 54.0 World Ace
Sweet William
R. Wada
M. Kikukawa
Makio Okada
Junichi Takagishi
15 8 16 Elena Avanti
F2 54.0 Admire Moon
Dream Come Come
Y. Iwata
Y. Munakata
Yuji Kato
Chiyoda Farm Shizunai
16 6 11 Luce della Vita
F2 54.0 Kizuna
Tokai Life
K. Ikezoe
M. Nishimura
Koji Yasuhara
Hirotomi 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: ¥ 19,767,195,400 ATTENDANCE: 31,689

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.4 ¥ 1,120 BRACKET QUINELLA 2-5 ¥ 600 QUINELLA 4-9 ¥ 10,000
PLACE No.4 ¥ 310 QUINELLA PLACE 4-9 ¥ 2,480 EXACTA 4-9 ¥ 20,410
No.9 ¥ 670 4-10 ¥ 510 TRIO 4-9-10 ¥ 8,560
No.10 ¥ 170 9-10 ¥ 1,210 TRIFECTA 4-9-10 ¥ 86,720
  1. 1.Resistencia (JPN), bay, filly, 2-year-olds
    Daiwa Major / Malacostumbrada (Lizard Island)
    Owner: U. Carrot Farm Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Takeshi Matsushita Jockey: Yuichi Kitamura
    3 Starts, 3 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 66,162,000 Career earnings: ¥ 102,708,000

  2. 2.Maltese Diosa (JPN), dark bay or brown, filly, 2-year-olds
    Kizuna / Top of Dora (Grand Slam)
    Owner: Nagako Fujita Breeder: Nagako Fujita
    Trainer: Takahisa Tezuka            Jockey: Hironobu Tanabe

  3. 3.Cravache d'Or (JPN), dark bay or brown, filly, 2-year-olds
    Heart’s Cry / Path of Dreams (Giant’s Causeway)
    Owner: Sanshisuimei Co., Ltd. Breeder: Shimokobe Farm
    Trainer: Mitsumasa Nakauchida Jockey: Yusuke Fujioka
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.2 - 10.5 - 11.0 - 11.8 - 12.0 - 11.2 - 11.5 - 12.5
Last 4 furlongs: 47.2         Last 3 furlongs: 35.2

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

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.


* Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1)

Races for two-year-olds were held for the first time in 1946 at Tokyo. As the number of contenders increased, championship races that determine the top two-year-olds of the season—the Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes (predecessor to the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes) and the Hanshin Sansai Stakes (predecessor to the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies)—were established in eastern and western Japan, respectively, in 1949. The two races were designated G1 status in conjunction with the new grading system implemented in 1984. In 1991, the two races were divided by gender into two separate G1 events; the Hanshin Sansai Himba Stakes for two-year-old fillies and the Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes for two-year-old colts and geldings, then renamed “Hanshin Juvenile Fillies” and “Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes”, respectively, in 2001. The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, which initially started as a 1,200-meter sprint race, was extended to 1,400 meters in 1960 and to 1,600 meters in 1962. In 2010, the race was opened to foreign runners.
Past winners of the race include many successful G1 champions such as 2006 winner and 2008 & 2009 Horse of the Year Vodka (JPN, by Tanino Gimlet); 2008 champion and 2010 Horse of the Year Buena Vista (JPN, by Special Week); and 2009 champion Apapane (JPN, by King Kamehameha) who subsequently won the Triple Crown titles for three-year-old fillies—the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m), the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, G1, 2,400m) and the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m)—in 2010.
This year’s field included three undefeated graded winners, Woman’s Heart, Ria Amelia and Resistencia who claimed the Niigata Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,600m; Aug.25), the Artemis Stakes (G3, 1,600m; Oct.26) and the Fantasy Stakes (G3, 1,400m; Nov.2), respectively. Other key runners in the race were Cravache d’Or and Christie who came off second in their respective starts, the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (G3, 1,600m; Oct.5) and the Ivy Stakes (Listed, 1,800m; Oct.19), both against colts, while Maltese Diosa, winner of the Saffron Sho (1,600m; Sep.29), Yamakatsu Mermaid, fourth-place finisher of the Fantasy Stakes, and Lotus Land, runner-up of the Momiji Stakes (1,400m; Oct.12) were also among the line-up.

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