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November 1, 2015


Lovely Day Strongly Dominates the Field for His Second G1 Title in the Tenno Sho (Autumn)
Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1)

Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1)

Race favorite Lovely Day soared to capture his second G1 victory following his Takarazuka Kinen win in June, and extended his grade-race winning streak to four since his Naruo Kinen win. The King Kamehameha horse had come off a convincing Kyoto Daishoten win in his first start of his autumn campaign, and by claiming his sixth graded title of the season, he gives his trainer Yasutoshi Ikee his 14th JRA-G1 victory and seventh to jockey Suguru Hamanaka—sitting in for suspended regular rider Yuga Kawada. Ikee and Hamanaka had just celebrated a G1 Shuka Sho triumph with Mikki Queen two weeks before.

After sitting off the rather slow pace in third to fourth on the rails, Lovely Day gained on the leaders at the top of the lane stealing the lead easily before the furlong pole and pulled away, repelling a strong challenge from Staphanos, for a half-length victory.

“I’m relieved that in spite of the short notice, I was able to do my job well. The break was good and we were able to sit in an upward position. He was a bit keen to go at first but settled down. Since he responded so well at the top of the stretch, I had to wait for the run because I didn’t want him to take the lead too early. He gave a strong charge as soon as I asked him for it,” commented Suguru Hamanaka.

“We still have future races to think about so he wasn’t completely tuned up, but for a second autumn start, he was in good form. The horse has developed beautifully and has entered his prime. We have the Japan Cup in mind as his next start. We’ll carefully prepare him race by race,” said Yasutoshi Ikee.

Staphanos, who was lightly regarded as tenth pick, traveled wide in mid-pack while sixth favorite Isla Bonita sat a few lengths behind. As the field turned for home, Isla Bonita gained ground half-a-length in front of Staphanos and, while the two fiercely charged down the stretch picking off the tiring leaders, Staphanos found another gear 50 meters out and galloped strongly to excel, grasping the runner-up seat by a 3/4-length margin.

Other Horses:
4th: (15) Shonan Pandora—raced 4th from last, switched to outside for clear path at early stretch, quickened
5th: (2) Ambitious—traveled in mid-division, showed good effort after turning wide
6th: (5) Clarente—set pace, held on well until 100m out, outrun thereafter
7th: (10) Pelusa—sat toward rear, accelerated after 200m marker, was too late
8th: (1) Decipher—saved ground in mid-division, stayed on same pace at stretch
9th: (9) A Shin Hikari—chased leader in 2nd, ran gamely until furlong pole, weakened
10th: (17) Spielberg—sat 3rd from last, showed effort along rail until 200m out, unable to sustain bid
11th: (18) Admire Deus—trailed in rear, circled wide, showed belated charge
12th: (7) Last Impact—raced in mid-pack, found little room at early stretch, even paced thereafter
13th: (6) Curren Mirotic—stalked leaders in 3rd, weakened after 400m-marker
14th: (4) D’accord—hugged rail in mid-group, unable to reach contention
15th: (12) Derby Fizz—ran 2nd from rear, angled wide, lacked needed kick
16th: (11) One and Only—positioned wide around 6th, failed to respond at stretch
17th: (3) Satono Crown—raced near winner in 5th, dropped back and faded at straight
18th: (13) Vincennes—traveled wide in mid-division, no factor at stretch

3-year-old & up, 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs), turf, left-handed
Sunday, November 1, 2015   Tokyo Racecourse   11th Race   Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 313,000,000 (about US$ 2,608,000 <US$1=¥120>)
3-y-o: 56kg (about 123-124 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs),
2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares, 2kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2012
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 4 8 Lovely Day
H5 58.0 King Kamehameha
Popcorn Jazz
S. Hamanaka
Y. Ikee
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
2 7 14 Staphanos
C4 58.0 Deep Impact
K. Tosaki
H. Fujiwara
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Racing
3 8 16 Isla Bonita
C4 58.0 Fuji Kiseki
Isla Cozzene
M. Ebina
H. Kurita
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Corporation Inc.
4 7 15 Shonan Pandora
F4 56.0 Deep Impact
Cutie Gold
K. Ikezoe
T. Takano
Tetsuhide Kunimoto
Shadai Corporation Inc.
5 1 2 Ambitious
C3 56.0 Deep Impact
Carnival Song
M. Demuro
H. Otonashi
Hideko Kondo
Hideko Kondo
6 3 5 Clarente
H6 58.0 Dance in the Dark
Erimo Pixy
H. Tanabe
K. Hashiguchi
Shinji Maeda
North Hills Management
7 5 10 Pelusa
H8 58.0 Zenno Rob Roy
Argentine Star
Y. Shibayama
K. Fujisawa
Hidetoshi Yamamoto
Shadai Farm
8 1 1 Decipher
H6 58.0 Deep Impact
H. Shii
F. Kojima
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Darley Japan K. K
9 5 9 A Shin Hikari
C4 58.0 Deep Impact
Y. Take
M. Sakaguchi
Eishindo Co., Ltd.
KK Eishindo
10 8 17 Spielberg
H6 58.0 Deep Impact
Princess Olivia
H. Kitamura
K. Fujisawa
Hidetoshi Yamamoto
Shadai Farm
11 8 18 Admire Deus
C4 58.0 Admire Don
Royal Card
Y. Iwata
M. Hashida
Riichi Kondo
Tsuji Bokujo
12 4 7 Last Impact
H5 58.0 Deep Impact
Superior Pearl
Y. Hishida
H. Matsuda
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Shadai Corporation Inc.
13 3 6 Curren Mirotic
G7 58.0 Heart’s Cry
Star Mie
Y. Yoshida
O. Hirata
Takashi Suzuki
Northern Racing
14 2 4 D’accord
H7 58.0 Deep Impact
Asian Meteor
K. Miura
K. Nakatake
North Hills Co., Ltd.
North Hills Management
15 6 12 Derby Fizz
H5 58.0 Jungle Pocket
Manhattan Fizz
C. Demuro
F. Kojima
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
16 6 11 One and Only
C4 58.0 Heart’s Cry
H. Uchida
K. Hashiguchi
Koji Maeda
North Hills Co,. Ltd.
17 2 3 Satono Crown
C3 56.0 Marju
C. Lemaire
N. Hori
Hajime Satomi
Northern Racing
18 7 13 Vincennes
H6 58.0 Deep Impact
Flower Park
N. Yokoyama
M. Matsunaga
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Corporation Inc.
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: ¥ 19,802,602,900  
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 28,677,284,000 ATTENDANCE: 92,564

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.8 ¥340 BRACKET QUINELLA 4-7 ¥1,150 QUINELLA 8-14 ¥7,340
PLACE No.8 ¥160 QUINELLA PLACE 8-14 ¥2,320 EXACTA 8-14 ¥10,390
No.14 ¥590 8-16 ¥820 TRIO 8-14-16 ¥24,850
No.16 ¥300 14-16 ¥4,620 TRIFECTA 8-14-16 ¥109,310
  1. Lovely Day (JPN), dark bay or brown, horse, 5-year-old
    King Kamehameha / Popcorn Jazz (Dance in the Dark)
    Owner: Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd. Breeder: Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
    Trainer: Yasutoshi Ikee  Jockey: Suguru Hamanaka
    25 Starts, 9 Wins  
    Added money: ¥153,780,000 Career earnings: ¥ 647,555,000
    Principal Race Performances:  ’15 Takarazuka Kinen (G1, 2,200m) 1st
      ’15 Kyoto Daishoten (G2, 2,400m)  1st
      '15 Kyoto Kinen (G2, 2,200m) 1st
      ’15 Naruo Kinen (G3, 2,000m) 1st
      ’15 Nakayama Kimpai (G3, 2,000m)  1st

  2. Staphanos (JPN), bay, colt, 4-year-old
    Deep Impact / Kokoshnik (Kurofune)
    Owner: U. Carrot Farm Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Hideaki Fujiwara Jockey: Keita Tosaki

  3. Isla Bonita (JPN), dark bay or brown, colt, 4-year-old
    Fuji Kiseki / Isla Cozzene (Cozzene)
    Owner: Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd. Breeder: Shadai Corporation Inc.
    Trainer: Hironori Kurita Jockey: Masayoshi Ebina
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.8 - 11.7 - 11.9 - 12.2 - 12.0 - 12.2 - 11.6 - 11.3 - 11.1 - 11.6
  Last 4 furlongs: 45.6    Last 3 furlongs: 34.0

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

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 (Autumn) (G1)

“The Emperor’s Cup” was first held in 1905 to encourage the horse racing sport through annual events that gave the winner the highest honor of being awarded the Imperial prize. Then the Tenno Sho (Autumn) was established in 1937 together with its counterpart, Tenno Sho (Spring), under the name “Teishitsu Goshoten Kyoso” and held biannually in both the Eastern and Western part of Japan. The race was officially renamed the “Tenno Sho” in 1947. Both the spring and autumn races, which secured its status as the most prestigious events for older horses, were run over 3,200 meters in the early years. Later, the autumn version was shortened to 2,000 meters in 1984 so that the spring version could determine the best stayer, while the Tenno Sho (Autumn) would be the main target for middle-distance champions. This also gives the three-year-olds, who find the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m), to be beyond their suitability, an alternative G1 as the ultimate goal for their autumn campaign. The Tenno Sho (Autumn) entered a new chapter in its long history when opening its doors to foreign contenders as an international race in 2005. However, no foreign contenders have taken part yet.
A number of runners in this year’s line-up had come off their Mainichi Okan (G2, 1,800m) starts; winner A Shin Hikari, his second graded title after landing the Espom Cup (G3, 1,800m) in June, runner-up and Sapporo Kinen (G2, 2,000m) victor Decipher, 2014 Satsuki Sho (Japanese Guineas, G1, 2,000m) winner Isla Bonita finished third, Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1, 2,000m) runner-up Staphanos was seventh, while Tenno Sho (Autumn) defending champion Spielberg was tenth.
Lovely Day, who captured his first G1 win this June in the Takarazuka Kinen (G1, 2,200m), came off his Kyoto Daishoten (G2, 2,400m) sweeping win while Tenno Sho (Spring) third-place finisher Curren Mirotic and last season’s Derby winner One and Only was third and sixth in the same race, respectively.
All Comers (G2, 2,200m) winner Shonan Pandora was also among the field aiming to become the first filly to claim the title since Buena Vista (JPN, by Special Week) in 2010.
The race record 1:56.1 was set by Tosen Jordan (JPN, by Jungle Pocket) in 2011.

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