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May 3, 2015


Third Time's the Charm for Gold Ship for Tenno Sho (Spring) Title
Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1)

Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1)

Installed as second favorite despite two unsuccessful Tenno Sho (Spring) starts in 2013 and 2014 in which he finished fifth and seventh, respectfully, Gold Ship responded by claiming his sixth career G1 title. His victory, which followed his third consecutive victory in the Hanshin Daishoten last March, raises high hopes towards his next target in becoming the first horse in JRA history to claim three consecutive G1 victories (flat racing) in the coming Takarazuka Kinen in June. Trainer Naosuke Sugai reached a milestone of 10 JRA-G1 victories with the win while jockey Norihiro Yokoyama won his 24th title—the latest being in last year’s Takarazuka Kinen for both.

Slow into the pace after refusing to load and having to be blindfolded into the gate, the Stay Gold entire trailed well off the pace set by Courir Kaiser. The field that had formed a long line got closer as the field passed the first 1,000 meters at a moderate pace and the leader eased the pace even more for a breather. Veteran jockey Norihiro Yokoyama, who had partnered Gold Ship for most of the 2014 season after the gray’s flop in his second Tenno Sho (Spring) including their victory in the Takarazuka Kinen, rode him for the first time since their unsuccessful overseas challenge in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and was careful to take his time to set his difficult mount into the mood as he urged the talented stayer to make an early move along the outside. Already among the front group going downhill past the third corner and taking a smart turn into the center lane for home and in full gear, Gold Ship moved up alongside Curren Mirotic who had taken command turning for home and looked poised to win until being hooked in the last 50 meters, then held off Fame Game who came charging along the outside for a neck victory.

“I was thinking of going front if he started well which obviously was not the case. From there on I just concentrated on following the pace and careful not to turn him off. In the straight, he really showed his stamina and perseverance. He’s often said to be unsuited to Kyoto Racecourse but I think it’s just that he’s not a handy type of horse and needs a skilled rider to guide him,” commented Norihiro Yokoyama.

Fame Game was rated between horses in mid-field, was caught behind rivals as the field increased speed before the third corner and met traffic again turning for home, having to angle out for a clear path. He showed a powerful turn of foot to just miss by a neck.

Curren Mirotic chased the leader in second or third along the rails for most of the trip, overtook the tired leader 600 meters out and into the homestretch, and ran on gamely up until the last strides for third.

Race favorite Kizuna sat well behind and trailed in last after being taken over by Gold Ship soon after the first 1,000-meter call. Followed the eventual winner towards the front group along the backstretch but failed to improve after reaching mid-pack while turning wide for home.

Other Horses:
4th: (4) Last Impact—positioned in rear pack, showed good effort along rail, timed fastest over last 3 furlongs
5th: (3) Neo Black Dia—ran latter half of mid-pack, quickened between horses at stretch
6th: (6) Hokko Brave—saved ground in mid-group, accelerated at stretch, but weakened in last final strides
8th: (10) Lovely Day—traveled in 4th, showed effort until last 100m
9th: (15) Sounds of Earth—raced around 6th, ran gamely until 200m-marker, weakened thereafter
10th: (12) Denim and Ruby—settled near rear, turned wide and failed to quicken
11th: (11) Hula Bride—ran in rear pack, unable to reach contention
12th: (16) Win Variation—sat 3-wide in mid-division, lacked needed kick at stretch
13th: (7) Tosen Arnica—raced toward rear, entered last into stretch, passed tired rivals
14th: (5) Tamamo Best Play—hugged rail in 5th, outrun by rivals at stretch
15th: (17) Admire Deus—traveled wide in 6-7th, lost momentum at final corner
16th: (9) Courir Kaiser—set moderate pace, weakened before turning for home
17th: (8) Suzuka Devious—chased leader in 2nd or 3rd, used up 300m out


4-year-old & up, 3,200 meters (about 16 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, May 3, 2015         Kyoto Racecourse       11th Race        Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 313,000,000 (about US$ 2,608,300 <US$1=¥120>)
4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares,
1kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2011
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 1 1
Gold Ship
H6 58.0 Stay Gold
Point Flag
N. Yokoyama
N. Sugai
Kobayashi Eiichi Holdings LLC.
Eiichi Kobayashi
2 7 14 Fame Game
H5 58.0 Heart’s Cry
Hall of Fame
H. Kitamura
Y. Munakata
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
3 1 2 Curren Mirotic
G7 58.0 Heart’s Cry
Star Mie
M. Ebina
O. Hirata
Takashi Suzuki
Northern Racing
4 2 4 Last Impact
H5 58.0 Deep Impact
Superior Pearl
Y. Kawada
H. Matsuda
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Shadai Corporation Inc.
5 2 3 Neo Black Dia
H7 58.0 Zenno Rob Roy
Orange Paradise
S. Akiyama
Y. Shikato
Kimiyuki Kobayashi
Shadai Corporation Inc.
6 3 6 Hokko Brave
H7 58.0 Marvelous Sunday
Hokko Memory
H. Miyuki
Y. Matsunaga
Michiaki Yabe
Koichi Yabe
7 7 13 Kizuna
H5 58.0 Deep Impact
Y. Take
S. Sasaki
Shinji Maeda
North Hills Co,. Ltd.
8 5 10 Lovely Day
H5 58.0 King Kamehameha
Popcorn Jazz
C. Lemaire
Y. Ikee
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
9 8 15 Sounds of Earth
C4 58.0 Neo Universe
First Violin
H. Uchida
K. Fujioka
Teruya Yoshida
Shadai Farm
10 6 12 Denim and Ruby
M5 56.0 Deep Impact
S. Hamanaka
K. Sumii
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
11 6 11 Hula Bride
M6 56.0 Gold Allure
Hikaru Carina
M. Sakai
K. Kihara
Kazuko Yoshida
Seiran Bokujo
12 8 16 Win Variation
H7 58.0 Heart’s Cry
Super Ballerina
Y. Fukunaga
M. Matsunaga
Win Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
13 4 7 Tosen Arnica
M5 56.0 Meisho Samson
Cecile Blues
K. Ikezoe
T. Kimura
Takaya Shimakawa
Takaya Shimakawa
14 3 5 Tamamo Best Play
H5 58.0 Fuji Kiseki
Hot Play
A. Tsumura
K. Minai
Tamamo K.
Shinsei Bokujo
15 8 17 Admire Deus
C4 58.0 Admire Don
Royal Card
Y. Iwata
M. Hashida
Riichi Kondo
Tsuji Bokujo
16 5 9
Courir Kaiser
H6 58.0 King Halo
Smile Contest
H. Tanabe
I. Aizawa
Shuji Yokoyama
Chiyoda Farm Shizunai
17 4 8 Suzuka Devious
C4 58.0 King Kamehameha
Suzuka Laurent
Y. Fujioka
M. Hashida
Keiji Nagai
Keiji Nagai
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: ¥19,770,216,100  
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥28,009,644,600 ATTENDANCE: 76,776

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.1 ¥460 BRACKET QUINELLA 1-7 ¥690 QUINELLA 1-14 ¥6,060
PLACE No.1 ¥260 QUINELLA PLACE 1-14 ¥2,300 EXACTA 1-14 ¥8,480
No.14 ¥630 1-2 ¥2,460 TRIO 1-2-14 ¥57,160
No.2 ¥610 2-14 ¥6,010 TRIFECTA 1-14-2 ¥236,300
  1. Gold Ship (JPN), gray, horse, 6-year-old
    Stay Gold / Point Flag (Mejiro McQueen)
    Breeder: Eiichi Kobayashi Owner: Kobayashi Eiichi Holdings LLC.
    Trainer: Naosuke Sugai Jockey: Norihiro Yokoyama
    25 Starts, 13 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 153,612,000 Career earnings: ¥ 1,397,767,000
    Principal Race Performances: ’14&’13 Takarazuka Kinen (G1, 2,200m) 1st
    ’12 Arima Kinen (G1, 2,500m) 1st
    ’12 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m) 1st
    ’12 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) 1st

  2. Fame Game (JPN), dark bay or brown, horse, 5-year-old
    Heart's Cry / Hall of Fame (Allez Milord)
    Breeder: Northern Farm Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
    Trainer: Yositada Munakata Jockey: Hiroshi Kitamura

  3. Curren Mirotic (JPN), chestnut, gelding, 7-year-old
    Heart's Cry / Star Mie (A. P. Indy)
    Breeder: Northern Racing Owner: Takashi Suzuki
    Trainer: Osamu Hirata Jockey: Masayoshi Ebina
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.7 - 11.4 - 12.0 - 12.5 - 12.8 - 12.2 - 12.1 - 12.8 - 12.4 - 12.3 - 12.5 - 12.0 -
11.7 - 11.8 - 11.5 - 12.0
Last 4 furlongs: 47.0         Last 3 furlongs: 35.3

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

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.

* Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1)
The forerunner of the Tenno Sho was established in 1905 under the name “Emperor’s Cup”, in which the winner received the silver comport bestowed by the Emperor. The race was renamed to “Teishitsu Goshoten Kyoso” the following year. The race became biannual events—held at Hanshin in spring and at Tokyo in autumn—a year after the establishment of the Japan Racing Society (the forerunner of the Japan Racing Association) in 1936, and was officially named the “Tenno Sho” since the autumn of 1947. The Tenno Sho (Spring) became the ultimate competition to determine the champion stayer, having altered its distance to 3,200 meters in 1938 while its counterpart in autumn run over 2,000 meters is one of the biggest middle-distance event contested between the proven older horses with the addition of the three-year-old hopefuls. The venue of the spring version was also moved to Kyoto Racecourse in 1948.
The Tenno Sho (Spring) was designated as an international race in 2005 and welcomed Makybe Diva (GB, by Desert King) of Australia as the first foreign contender the same year. She finished seventh to Suzuka Mambo (JPN, by Sunday Silence) and subsequently went on to make history back home by winning her third consecutive Melbourne Cup (G1, 3,200m). Red Cadeaux (GB, G9, Cadeaux Genereux) was the latest foreign contender of this race last year, running for the second time after finishing third in the 2013 edition, but was unable to perform over the firm turf in 2014 and finished 14th. None took part this year.
Gold Ship had come off his third consecutive Hanshin Daishoten (G2, 3,000m) victory on March 22 with 2013 Japan Cup runner-up Denim and Ruby finishing second and multiple grade-race winner Last Impact three-lengths behind that in third. Admire Deus also came off two grade-race victories, the Nikkei Shinshun Hai (G2, 2,400m) earlier this year in January and the Nikkei Sho (G2, 2,500m) on March 28. Win Variation and Hokko Brave, who were second and third, respectively, in the race, had also finished in the same order behind Fenomeno in the 2014 Tenno Sho (Spring). Sounds of Earth, who was fourth behind the three in the Nikkei Sho, was well backed in this year’s Tenno Sho, having finished second in the 2014 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m) at Kyoto despite breaking the previous race record by more than a second. Consecutive Tenno Sho (Spring) winner of 2012 and 2013, Fenomeno (JPN, H6, by Stay Gold) was headed to defend his title again this year, but strained his tendon in his left foreleg during training and was forced to withdraw his entry. 2013 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m) winner Kizuna, who had just made his comeback in February this year after sustaining a leg injury in this race last year, was third in the Kyoto Kinen (G2, 2,200m) and second over soft going in the Sankei Osaka Hai (G2, 2,000m) on April 5. The race also included Fame Game and Lovely Day, who each had scored a grade-race title in February this year in the Diamond Stakes (G3, 3,400m) and the Kyoto Kinen (G2, 2,200m), respectively.
The race record holder, Deep Impact (JPN, by Sunday Silence), marked 3:13.4 in 2006.

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