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April 19, 2015


Duramente Shows Late Bursting Speed in Dominating Satsuki Sho Title
Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (G1)

Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (G1)

Duramente bested a number of proven grade-race winners in the first leg of the three-year-old Triple Crown, the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), to claim his first G1 title and grade-race victory. Missing by half a length to Real Steel in his previous start, the Kyodo News Service Hai (G3, 1,800m), the King Kamehameha colt turned the tables this time, giving his trainer Noriyuki Hori his first Classic title and sixth G1 title (JRA only) overall—the last being in the 2012 Yasuda Kinen with Strong Return although Hori has saddled Real Impact to victory in the George Ryder Stakes in Australia last month—while jockey Mirco Demuro claimed his first G1 victory since becoming a regular JRA jockey in March this year. Demuro’s G1 victory count has totaled to 11 among which four are titles claimed in the Satsuki Sho which places him as the only jockey to have won as many Satsuki Sho titles.

Sent to post third choice in his first start going right-handed after two wins and two seconds out of four career starts, all at Tokyo Racecourse, Duramente was unhurried early, traveling near the rails about three horses from the rear and gradually made headway approaching the last corner. As Mirco Demuro attempted to slightly angle his horse to the outside for a clear path, the highly-strung colt took him by surprise and literally jumped way out, causing some interference to his foes which led to Mirco’s suspension until May 3 while losing a fair amount of ground himself, but made up for that and then some with an explosive turn of foot which instantly carried him to contention and in level with the leaders with a little less than 100 meters to go. In an instant he had drawn away for a 1-1/2-length victory.

“He felt good in his workout before this race and I thought he felt very much like Neo Universe (with whom he won the 2003 Satsuki Sho). He was easy to ride early in the race but he’s very highly strung, it was his first time going right-handed and the crowd was very loud too so he may have over-reacted at the fourth corner—he gave me a bit of a fright. We’ll have to work on that towards the Derby but he certainly is a very strong colt,” commented Mirco Demuro.

Real Steel was sharp out of the gate and chased the pace in mid-field just off the rails. Made smooth headway into the stretch and soon challenged pacesetter Clarity Sky and Kitasan Black with 200 meters to go for a three-way rally. Drew away from the two and for a brief lead before Duramente overtook him like a lightning. Unable to keep up with the winner while second best by a comfortable margin.

Kitasan Black was quick to the front but allowed Clarity Sky to pass and set the pace while keeping within striking range in second. In level with the leader entering the stretch, and showing effort to mid-stretch but tired from early effort while staying well for third.

Race favorite Satono Crown broke slowly and raced well behind the pace in the rear group just in front of the eventual winner. Forced wide turning for home, the Marju colt failed to show his impressive performance that was seen in his past starts.

Other Horses:
4th: (1) Bright Emblem—saved ground in mid-pack, showed effort but missed third place by a head
5th: (14) Clarity Sky—set moderate pace, led until 200m out, maintained bid but outrun in final strides
7th: (9) Musee Alien—positioned in mid-group, lacked needed kick at stretch
8th: (11) Danon Liberty—raced near rear, showed brief effort along inner stretch
9th: (3) Spirits Minoru—hugged rail in 4th, weakened after climbing the uphill stretch
10th: (13) Komet—raced in 5-6th, even paced at stretch
11th: (15) Danon Platina—traveled 3-wide in mid-pack, never threatened
12th: (10) Beruf—trailed in rear, angled wide, unable to reach contention
13th: (6) Tagano Espresso—sat in mid-division, turned wide, failed to respond
14th: (12) Bell Lap—raced toward rear, made headway along backstretch, met traffic at final corner, lost momentum
15th: (4) Wonder Atleta—ran in 3rd, dropped back after the 3rd corner, faded

THE 75TH SATSUKI SHO (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1)
3-year-old Colts & Fillies, 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, April 19, 2015      Nakayama Racecourse       11th Race      Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 202,160,000 (about US$ 1,685,000 <US$1=¥120>)
3-y-o: 57kg (about 126 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies, 2kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2012
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 2 2 Duramente
C3 57.0 King Kamehameha
Admire Groove
M. Demuro
N. Hori
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
2 3 5 Real Steel
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
Loves Only Me
Y. Fukunaga
Y. Yahagi
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
3 4 7 Kitasan Black
C3 57.0 Black Tide
Sugar Heart
S. Hamanaka
H. Shimizu
Ono Shoji
Yanagawa Bokujo
4 1 1 Bright Emblem
C3 57.0 Neo Universe
Black Emblem
H. Tanabe
S. Kojima
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
5 8 14 Clarity Sky
C3 57.0 Kurofune
Taiki Clarity
N. Yokoyama
Y. Tomomichi
Tadakuni Sugiyama
Taiki Clarity Partnership
6 5 8 Satono Crown
C3 57.0 Marju
C. Lemaire
N. Hori
Hajime Satomi
Northern Racing
7 5 9 Musee Alien
C3 57.0 Screen Hero
Y. Shibayama
Y. Kuroiwa
Jin Takahashi
Shadai Farm
8 6 11 Danon Liberty
C3 57.0 King Kamehameha
Scarlet Bell
Y. Iwata
H. Otonashi
Danox Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
9 2 3 Spirits Minoru
C3 57.0 Deep Sky
Basel Clover
M. Sakai
M. Honda
Minoru Yoshioka
Fujiwara Farm
10 7 13 Komet
C3 57.0 Black Tide
June Bride
T. Kato
M. Tsuchida
Ken Racing Kumiai
Chiyoda Farm Shizunai
11 8 15 Danon Platina
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
M. Ebina
S. Kunieda
Danox Co., Ltd.
Chiyoda Farm Shizunai
12 6 10
C3 57.0 Harbinger
Les Clefs d'Or
K. Tosaki
Y. Ikee
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Shadai Corporation Inc.
13 4 6 Tagano Espresso
C3 57.0 Black Tide
Tagano Reventon
Y. Hishida
T. Igarashi
Ryoji Yagi
Niikappu Tagano Farm Ltd
14 7 12
Bell Lap
C3 57.0 Heart's Cry
Bell Sleeve
K. Miura
N. Sugai
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
15 3 4 Wonder Atleta
C3 57.0 Empire Maker
Wonder Muscle
D. Shibata
H. Kawachi
N. Yamamoto
Nobuyuki Yamamoto
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 RACE ALONE: ¥16,837,780,700  
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥25,614,654,900 ATTENDANCE: 52,105

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  1. Duramente (JPN), bay, colt, 3-year-old
    King Kamehameha / Admire Groove (Sunday Silence)
    Breeder: Northern Racing Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
    Trainer: Noriyuki Hori Jockey: Mirco Demuro
    5 Starts, 3 Wins
    Added money: ¥127,100,000 Career earnings: ¥160,346,000
    Principal Race Performances: ’15 Kyodo News Service Hai (G3, 1,800m)  2nd

  2. Real Steel (JPN), bay, colt, 3-year-old
    Deep Impact / Loves Only Me (Storm Cat)
    Breeder: Northern Farm Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
    Trainer: Yoshito Yahagi Jockey: Yuichi Fukunaga

  3. Kitasan Black (JPN), bay, colt, 3-year-old
    Black Tide / Sugar Heart (Sakura Bakushin O)
    Breeder: Yanagawa Bokujo Owner: Ono Shoji
    Trainer: Hisashi Shimizu Jockey: Suguru Hamanaka
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.5 - 10.7 - 12.0 - 11.8 - 12.2 - 12.2 - 12.1 - 11.7 - 11.4 - 11.6
  Last 4 furlongs: 46.8          Last 3 furlongs: 34.7

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

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.

* Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1)
The Satsuki Sho, which is the first of the three legs of JRA’s Triple Crown Classics for three-year-olds including the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m) and the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m), is comparable to British Two Thousand Guineas. The “Yokohama Norinsho Shoten Yonsai Yobiuma”, the precursor of the Satsuki Sho, was first run over 1,850 meters at Yokohama Racecourse in 1939 then moved its venue to Tokyo Racecourse four years later before given its current name and shifted again to Nakayama Racecourse in 1949—the distance was also altered to 2,000 meters in the following year.
Recent winners of the Satsuki Sho include subsequent JRA Award winners such as Victoire Pisa (JPN, by Neo Universe) whose success in the 2010 Satsuki Sho, the 2010 Arima Kinen (G1, 2,500m) and the 2011 Dubai World Cup (G1, AW, 2,000m) earned him two consecutive JRA Awards—Best Three-Year-Old Colt in 2010 and Best Older Colt or Horse in 2011, and Orfevre (JPN, by Stay Gold) who was named 2011 Horse of the Year for his achievement in sweeping all three Triple Crown titles—the first since Deep Impact (JPN, Sunday Silence) in 2005—as well as the Arima Kinen title that year. He also finished second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1, 2,400m) in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 winner Gold Ship (JPN, by Stay Gold) also became the 2012 Best Three-Year-Old Colt by capturing the Kikuka Sho as well as the Arima Kinen against older horses the same year.
Last year’s Best Two-Year-Old Colt and 2014 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1, 1,600m) winner Danon Platina had come off a third-place finish in his three-year-old debut, the Spring Stakes (G2, 1,800m) on March 22. Kitasan Black won that race and was unbeaten in all three career starts since his debut in January this year while Kyodo News Service Hai (G3, 1,800m) victor Real Steel came in second with Beruf, also a grade-race winner in the Keisei Hai (G3, 2,000m) early this year in fourth.
Satono Crown came off his second grade-race victory in the Yayoi Sho (G2, 2,000m) on March 8—his first being in the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,800m) in November last season. Bright Emblem, winner of the Sapporo Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,800m) last September, was the runner-up in the Yayoi Sho with Tagano Espresso in third, Clarity Sky in sixth and Bell Lap in ninth. Tagano Espresso, Clarity Sky and Bell Lap were also grade-race winners as a two-year-old in the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes (G2, 1,600m), the Icho Stakes (1,600m) and the Kyoto Nisai Stakes (G3, 2,000m), respectively.
Other notable runners included Wonder Atleta who had come off a runner-up effort in the Satsuki Sho trial, the Wakaba Stakes (2,000m) on March 21 and Musee Alien, winner of the Mainichi Hai (G3, 1,800m) on March 28.
The race record of 1:58.0 was set by the winner of the 2013 edition of this race, Logotype (JPN, by Lohengrin).

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