2015 News

May 10, 2015


Jockey Norihiro Yokoyama Captures G1 titles Two Weeks in a Row
NHK Mile Cup (G1)

NHK Mile Cup (G1)

Third pick Clarity Sky landed this year’s NHK Mile Cup, his first G1 win, and marked a father-son victory as sire Kurofune (USA, by French Deputy) claimed the race in 2001. After breaking his maiden in his third outing last September, the bay colt went on to register his first grade-race win, the Icho Stakes (1,600m) in record time, and had capped off his debut season with a third in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1, 1,600m). His two starts this season included a sixth in the Yayoi Sho (G2, 2,000m), and a fifth in the classics’ first leg, the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) in April. Following last year’s Victoria Mile victory with Verxina (JPN), this is trainer Yasuo Tomomichi’s fifth JRA-G1 win, while it is the 25th for jockey Norihiro Yokoyama who just captured the G1 Tenno Sho (Spring) title the preceding week. It is the jockey’s second NHK Mile Cup title—his first was with Symboli Indy (USA) back in 1999.

The field broke evenly at the head of the backstretch with Ren England up front stalked by one of the only two fillies in the field Albiano, along with Tagano Azaghal and Matenro Happiness. Sitting just off the pace in fourth to fifth and two-wide, Clarity Sky began to uncoil his run down the straight chasing fourth-pick Albiano, who had inherited the lead from the used-up pace setter just after the last turn and had stretched her lead to two lengths with a quarter of a mile to go. After easily holding off the late chargers, the Kurofune colt closed impressively to draw even with the filly 100 meters out and steadily pull away for a length victory.

“The pace was pretty slow up to the fourth corner and the colt was so keen to go—it was tough but I was able to hold him in an ideal position. He’s won in record time here, so as long as his condition was good, I was confident he had a good chance today. I’m sure he will improve more seeing how he raced today at his young age,” commented Norihiro Yokoyama.

Second favorite Musee Sultan traveled in mid-pack and after encountering traffic in upper-stretch, demonstrated a good turn of foot to improve his position to third place at the furlong pole and continued to close strongly, but was a neck short to Albiano at the wire. Race favorite Grand Silk hugged the rails in mid-division and closed well after finding room in middle stretch but lacked the final kick to finish fifth.

Other Horses:
4th: (1) Avenir Marcher—hugged rail toward rear, quickened between horses, timed fastest over last 3 furlongs
6th: (14) Young Man Power—raced wide in mid-pack, showed effort outside Musee Sultan, checked 200m out
7th: (15) Fumino Moon—sat 2nd from last, turned wide and accelerated until furlong pole
8th: (17) Nishino Rush—raced wide in mid-group, showed effort, weakened after furlong pole
9th: (10) Arma Waioli—ran in mid-pack, met traffic at top of stretch, switched to right, quickened in last 200m
10th: (13) Cosmo Nine Ball—trailed in rear, angled wide, showed belated charge
11th: (16) Danon Major—advanced to 4th from wide draw, ran gamely until 300m out, outrun thereafter
12th: (4) Guanciale—broke slowly, raced 4th from last, even paced after turning wide
13th: (11) Yamakatsu Ace—traveled outside winner, lacked needed kick at stretch
14th: (3) Cool Hotarubi—positioned 2nd or 3rd from last, passed tired rivals at stretch
15th: (8) Night Fox—raced behind winner in mid-division, boxed in 400m out, lost momentum
16th: (6) Ren England—set pace, surrendered lead to Albiano at top of stretch, faded
17th: (18) Matenro Happiness—rushed to 3rd from widest stall, checked at early stretch, lost momentum
18th: (5) Tagano Azaghal—stalked pacesetter in 3rd early, gradually dropped back, no factor at stretch


3-year-old Colts & Fillies, 1,600 meters (about 8 furlongs), turf, left-handed
Sunday, May 10, 2015     Tokyo Racecourse         11th Race          Post Time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 191,760,000 (about US$ 1,598,000 <US$1=¥120>)
3-y-o: 57 kg (about 126 lbs), 2 kg allowance for Fillies,
2 kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2012
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 4 7 Clarity Sky
C3 57.0 Kurofune
Taiki Clarity
N. Yokoyama
Y. Tomomichi
Tadakuni Sugiyama
Taiki Clarity Partnership
2 5 9 Albiano
F3 55.0 Harlan’s Holiday
Y. Shibayama
T. Kimura
Kazumi Yoshida
Helen Alexander & Helen Groves Rev Trust
3 6 12 Musee Sultan
C3 57.0 King Kamehameha
Ask Deputy
Y. Shibata
S. Oehara
Jin Takahashi
Shadai Farm
4 1 1 Avenir Marcher
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
Vite Marcher
H. Kitamura
K. Fujisawa
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
5 1 2 Grand Silk
C3 57.0 Stay Gold
Le Cirque
K. Tosaki
H. Toda
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
6 7 14 Young Man Power
C3 57.0 Snitzel
M. Matsuoka
T. Tezuka
Juichi Hoshino
Northern Farm
7 7 15 Fumino Moon
C3 57.0 Admire Moon
Fumino Cinderella
H. Miyuki
K. Nishiura
Tsuzuku Tani
Saitotakeshi Bokujo
8 8 17 Nishino Rush
C3 57.0 Sakura Bakushin O
Castle Brown
H. Tanabe
Y. Tamura
Shigeyuki Nishiyama
Nishiyama Stud
9 5 10 Arma Waioli
C3 57.0 Matsurida Gogh
Inazuma Laurel
M. Katsuura
K. Nishiura
Koutomic Racing
Koizumi Bokujo
10 7 13 Cosmo Nine Ball
C3 57.0 Higher Game
Six Pockets
D. Shibata
Y. Wada
Big Red Farm
Daiten Farm
11 8 16 Danon Major
C3 57.0 Daiwa Major
Y. Take
K. Hashiguchi
Danox Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
12 2 4 Guanciale
C3 57.0 Screen Hero
Chuo Saya
M. Ebina
Y. Kitade
Toshihiro Matsumoto
Chuo Bokujo
13 6 11 Yamakatsu Ace
C3 57.0 King Kamehameha
Yamakatsu Marilyn
Ke. Ikezoe
Ka. Ikezoe
Kazuo Yamada
Okada Bokujo
14 2 3 Cool Hotarubi
F3 55.0 Matsurida Gogh
Y. Yoshida
H. Shimizu
Tetsuji Kawakami
Hatakeyama Stud Farm
15 4 8 Night Fox
C3 57.0 Sakura Bakushin O
Admire Shizuka
K. Tanaka
M. Otake
Kozo Ishise
Shadai Farm
16 3 6 Ren England
C3 57.0 Kurofune
Marine Festa
H. Uchida
Y. Yahagi
Katsuhiko Tabata
Amaba Bokujo
17 8 18 Matenro Happiness
C3 57.0 Daiwa Major
Lady Happiness
S. Hamanaka
M. Kon
Chiyono Terada
K. I. Farm
18 3 5 Tagano Azaghal
C3 57.0 Bago
Lyre Melody
D. Matsuda
T. Chida
Ryoji Yagi
Niikappu Tagano Farm Ltd
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 RACE ALONE: ¥12,900,636,700  
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥21,015,386,100 ATTENDANCE: 47,222

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.7 ¥640 BRACKET QUINELLA 4-5 ¥1,510 QUINELLA 7-9 ¥2,800
PLACE No.7 ¥210 QUINELLA PLACE 7-9 ¥1,120 EXACTA 7-9 ¥5,990
No.9 ¥260 7-12 ¥780 TRIO 7-9-12 ¥6,200
No.12 ¥230 9-12 ¥1,260 TRIFECTA 7-9-12 ¥36,720
  1. Clarity Sky (JPN), bay, colt, 3-year-old
    Kurofune / Taiki Clarity (Special Week)
    Owner: Tadakuni Sugiyama Breeder: Taiki Clarity Partnership
    Trainer: Yasuo Tomomichi Jockey: Norihiro Yokoyama
    8 Starts, 3 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 95,822,000 Career earnings: ¥ 164,231,000
    Principal Race Performances: ’14 Icho Stakes (1,600m) 1st
    ’14 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1, 1,600m) 1st

  2. Albiano (USA), bay, filly, 3-year-old
    Harlan’s Holiday / Antics (Unbridled)
    Owner: Kazumi Yoshida Breeder: Helen Alexander & Helen Groves Rev Trust.
    Trainer: Tetsuya Kimura Jockey: Yuichi Shibayama

  3. Musee Sultan (JPN), bay, colt, 3-year-old
    King Kamehameha / Ask Deputy (French Deputy)
    Owner: Jin Takahashi Breeder: Shadai Farm
    Trainer: Satoshi Oehara Jockey: Yoshitomi Shibata
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.4 - 11.1 - 11.8 - 11.9 - 12.1 - 11.1 - 11.3 - 11.8
Last 4 furlongs: 46.3            Last 3 furlongs: 34.2

Positions at each corner: 3rd corner 6,9(18,16)(5,7)(11,17)(2,8)12(10,14)(1,4)(3,15)-13
4th corner (*6,9,18,16)(7,11,17)5(2,8,10,12,14)(1,4,15)3,13

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.

* NHK Mile Cup (G1)
While races in Japan for three-year-olds had been programmed mainly to facilitate those aiming towards the middle-long distance three-year-old Classics as typified by the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m), the interest in speed races is growing both within and outside Japan, and earning much respect as the traditional Classics. In 1996, JRA reorganized its races in order to accommodate and promote the three-year-olds suited to short distances, and established the NHK Mile Cup which was named after its sponsor Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)—Japan’s only public broadcaster. The race was designated as an international race in 2009.
Past NHK Mile Cup winners include subsequent derby winners King Kamehameha (JPN, by Kingmambo; ’04) and Deep Sky (JPN, by Agnes Tachyon; ’08) while El Condor Pasa (USA, by Kingmambo; ’98) and Kurofune (USA, by French Deputy; ’01) won the Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) and the Japan Cup Dirt (G1, dirt, 2,100m), respectively.
The top three finishers in the New Zealand Trophy (G2, 1,600m) on April 11 were among this year’s line-up; winner and seventh pick Yamakatsu Ace, runner-up and race favorite Grand Silk, and in third was second pick Arma Waioli who was second in the 2014 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1, 1,600m). Young Man Power, who claimed the Arlington Cup (G3, 1,600m) in February, was eighth in the same race. Victor of the graded Icho Stakes (1,600m) last October, Clarity Sky was entered coming off a fifth in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) held on April 19.
Other key runners included winner of last August’s Niigata Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,600m) Musee Sultan, victor of January’s Shinzan Kinen (G3, 1,600m) Guanciale, and Albiano and Tagano Azaghal who claimed the Flower Cup (G3, 1,800m) and the Falcon Stakes (G3, 1,400m) in March, respectively.

The race record is held by Danon Chantilly (JPN, by Fuji Kiseki) who covered the 1,600 meter distance in 1:31.4 in 2010.
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