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December 15, 2019


Salios Delivers as Favorite in Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes
Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1)

Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1)

Heavy favorite Salios captured the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes title undefeated in three starts since his debut in June and did so in record 1:33.0, 0.3 second faster than the previous record set by Danon Premium in 2017. After breaking his maiden in his debut start over 1,600 meters, the Heart’s Cry colt renewed the course record in his grade-race debut, the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (G3, 1,600m) in which he stopped the clock in 1:32.7. Trainer Noriyuki Hori won his 12th JRA-G1 title, his latest being the 2017 Takarazuka Kinen with Satono Crown. Ryan Moore who has been riding under a short-term license since November 16 won his eighth G1 victory—his first since the 2017 Champions Cup with Gold Dream and second in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes after his victory with Asia Express in 2013.

Salios slid into a nice spot from a good draw and chased the leader who set a rapid pace, in fourth position and off the rails and outside a rival, and edged closer to the front before the last turn as the field began to gather speed for the stretch run. The chestnut made use of his big strides to make an early start and take command at the head of the stretch as the front runners began to tire and was in full gear when Taisei Vision came with great force from behind, maintaining a clear lead right up to the wire for a 2-1/2-length victory.

“He was a lovely horse. The track ran very fast, but he’s a colt that’s not short-paced and he was still very green on the turn so he should run even faster in the future. He’s a big powerful colt and when I sat on him you get the impression that he’s very strong already, but he should improve and be even better as he gets older being the size that he is and hopefully he’ll carry on,” commented Ryan Moore.

Taisei Vision sat well off the pace two to three wide in 12th position, had to turn wide for the stretch run and made ground rapidly to close in on the eventual winner but was unable to cause a serious threat while besting the rest of the field by more than a length.

Lightly regarded Gran Rey, who had just debuted in early October and had come off a win in his second career start later that month, traveled second from last along the rails and loomed to contention with the fastest finish (last 3F) to make ground along the outside for third.

Other Horses:
4th: (14) Tagano Beauty—raced in 14th, turned wide, showed 2nd fastest late drive but overtaken by third-place finisher just before wire
5th: (13) Prince Return—wide trip around 11th early, further out in early stretch, showed belated charge
6th: (1) Jun Light Bolt—took economic trip around 10th, lacked needed kick
7th: (2) Bien Fait—set rapid pace, maintained lead until 300m out, weakened in last 100m
8th: (16) Lauda Sion—traveled 2-wide around 8th, showed brief effort, even paced in last 200m
9th: (7) Win Greatest—settled behind winner around 6th, checked 300m out, lost momentum
10th: (12) Red Bel Jour—was off a bit slow, ran around 12th, unable to reach contention
11th: (4) Triple Ace—raced inside winner, gradually fell back after final corner
12th: (11) Carinito—trailed in rear, circled wide, passed tired rivals
13th: (5) Meiner Grit—traveled around 9th, never threatened
14th: (10) Egremni—sat behind winner in 5th, checked at early stretch, dropped back
15th: (15) Meisho Titan—chased leader in 2nd, tired from early efforts
16th: (3) Pale Ale—saved ground in 7th, faded in stretch

2-year-olds, Colts & Fillies, 1,600 meters (about 8 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, December 15, 2019   Hanshin Racecourse        11th Race    Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 152,200,000 (about US$ 1,324,000 <US$1=¥115>)
2-y-o: 55kg (about 121 lbs), 1 kg allowance for Fillies, 3 kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2017
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 3 6 Salios
C2 55.0 Heart’s Cry
R. Moore
N. Hori
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
2 4 8 Taisei Vision
C2 55.0 Turtle Bowl
Y. Take
M. Nishimura
Seiho Tanaka
Northern Farm
3 5 9 Gran Rey
C2 55.0 Rulership
Miracle Berry
K. Ikezoe
M. Ikezoe
Nagoya Yuho
Kazuyoshi Yamagami
4 7 14 Tagano Beauty
C2 55.0 Henny Hughes
Special Dinner
R. Wada
M. Nishizono
Ryoji Yagi
Ryoji Yagi
5 7 13 Prince Return
C2 55.0 Strong Return
Princess Pride
K. Harada
T. Kayo
Cosmo View Farm Co., Ltd.
Nakadate Bokujo
6 1 1 Jun Light Bolt
C2 55.0 King Kamehameha
Special Groove
Y. Iwata
Y. Tomomichi
Junji Kawai
Northern Racing
7 1 2 Bien Fait
C2 55.0 Kizuna
Le Sucre
Y. Fujioka
K. Nakatake
Koki Maeda
North Hills Co,. Ltd.
8 8 16 Lauda Sion
C2 55.0 Real Impact
C. Lemaire
T. Saito
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Shunsuke Yoshida
9 4 7 Win Greatest
C2 55.0 Screen Hero
Great Catty
M. Matsuoka
T. Aoki
Win Co., Ltd.
Cosmo View Farm
10 6 12 Red Bel Jour
C2 55.0 Deep Impact
Red Fantasia
C. Soumillon
H. Fujiwara
TokyoHorseRacing Co., Ltd
Mint Co.
11 2 4 Triple Ace
C2 55.0 Shamardal
Triple Pirouette
W. Buick
T. Saito
12 6 11 Carinito
C2 55.0 Rulership
K S Akari
H. Miyuki
H. Oneda
Hirotsugu Oku
Takao Takayanagi
13 3 5 Meiner Grit
C2 55.0 Screen Hero
Meine Schokolade
Y. Kokubun
N. Yoshida
K. Thoroughbred Club Ruffian
Big Red Farm
14 5 10 Egremni
C2 55.0 Kizuna
Beach Idle
Y. Fukunaga
T. Kayo
Teruya Yoshida
Shadai Farm
15 8 15 Meisho Titan
C2 55.0 Lord Kanaloa
K. Matsuyama
M. Honda
Yoshio Matsumoto
Matsuda Bokujo
16 2 3 Pale Ale
C2 55.0 Daiwa Major
O. Murphy
T. Yasuda
Masamichi Hayashi
Northern Farm
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: ¥ 23,283,087,400 ATTENDANCE: 26,670

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.6 ¥ 200 BRACKET QUINELLA 3-4 ¥ 530 QUINELLA 6-8 ¥ 660
PLACE No.6 ¥ 120 QUINELLA PLACE 6-8 ¥ 310 EXACTA 6-8 ¥ 950
No.8 ¥ 190 6-9 ¥ 6,240 TRIO 6-8-9 ¥ 38,080
No.9 ¥ 2,360 8-9 ¥ 13,830 TRIFECTA 6-8-9 ¥ 90,260
  1. 1.Salios (JPN), chestnut, colt, 2-year-olds
    Heart's Cry / Salomina (Lomitas)
    Owner: Silk Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Noriyuki Hori Jockey: Ryan Moore
    3 Starts, 3 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 71,134,000 Career earnings: ¥ 111,449,000

  2. 2.Taisei Vision (JPN), chestnut, colt, 2-year-olds
    Turtle Bowl / Somnia (Special Week)
    Owner: Seiho Tanaka Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Masayuki Nishimura Jockey: Yutaka Take

  3. 3.Gran Rey (JPN), bay, colt, 2-year-olds
    Rulership / Miracle Berry (Falbrav)
    Owner: Nagoya Yuho Breeder: Kazuyoshi Yamagami
    Trainer: Manabu Ikezoe Jockey: Kenichi Ikezoe
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.2 - 10.5 - 11.1 - 11.6 - 11.8 - 11.8 - 11.6 - 12.4
Last 4 furlongs: 47.6         Last 3 furlongs: 35.8

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

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.


* Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1)

Races for two-year-olds were held for the first time in 1946 at Tokyo. As the number of contenders increased, championship races—the Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes (predecessor to the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes) and the Hanshin Sansai Stakes (predecessor to the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies)—which determined the top two-year-olds of the season in eastern and western Japan, respectively, were established in 1949. In conjunction with the new grading system implemented, the two races were designated G1 status 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. Since 2004, the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes has been limited to non-gelded colts and fillies. The race, which started off as a 1,100-meter sprint, was extended to 1,200 meters in 1959 and again to 1,600 meters in 1962. In 2010, the race was opened to foreign runners. Due to the restructured racing program for two-year-olds, the venue was transferred from Nakayama to Hanshin Racecourse, the same location as the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, in 2014.
Last year’s winner Admire Mars (JPN, by Daiwa Major) was named 2018 Best Two-Year-Old Colt and continued with G1 successes in the NHK Mile Cup and the Hong Kong Mile this year.
This year’s lineup featured Salios who came off his second consecutive win in the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (G3, 1,600m; Oct.5). Red Bel Jour also came into the race undefeated in two career starts including the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes (G2, 1,600m; Nov.9) in which Win Greatest, Pale Ale and Triple Ace finished second, third and fourth, respectively. Taisei Vision who finished second to Bien Fait in the Hakodate Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,200m; Jul.21) turned the tables on that rival in the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes (G2, 1,400m; Nov.2). The field also included Prince Return, Lauda Sion and Egremni, respective winners of the Kikyo Stakes (1,400m; Sep.21), the Momiji Stakes (1,400m; Oct.12) and the Shumeigiku Sho (1,400m; Nov.17).

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