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December 26, 2015


Up to Date Wins the Nakayama Daishogai to Capture both J-GI Jump Titles in 2015
Nakayama Daishogai (J-G1)

Nakayama Daishogai (J-G1)

Nakayama Daishogai (J-G1)

Second pick Up to Date claimed this year’s Nakayama Daishogai, marking a three grade-race winning streak since winning the Nakayama Grand Jump in April to ensure his JRA Award Best Steeplechase Horse title for 2015. He is the first horse to win both JRA-G1 races in the same year since the grading system was introduced to steeplechase racing in 1999. This win marked trainer Shozo Sasaki’s second steeplechase G1 title following this year’s Nakayama Grand Jump and seventh JRA-G1 win overall (including five titles in flat racing). This also marked jockey Mitsuaki Hayashi’s second steeplechase G1 title following the Nakayama Grand Jump and 12th steeplechase grade-race title overall.

Up to Date broke alertly from stall 13 and advanced to third behind Sanacion after the first jump. Stalking behind the race favorite for most of the journey, the son of Kurofune progressed to second after Sanacion overtook the front at the tenth obstacle (fence 4). The five-year-old gray closed in on the leader and dueled strongly in the last 200 meters but pulled away in the last strides while fending off the strong challenge by Acorn Path before the wire for his second G1 victory.

“We were marking Sanacion throughout the trip but the pace was fast. We were challenged by Acorn Pass before the wire but the horse managed to fend him off,” commented Mitsuaki Hayashi. “Up to Date was injured when he had won the Kokura Summer Jump and it took some time to bring him back to his form. We were worried about the transportation but he had gained six kilos and grown up mentally since the last race. He seems to become stronger with longer distance and he’s a really tough horse,” added Shozo Sasaki.

Fifth choice Acorn Path settled in midfield and gradually improved his position to fourth around the seventh obstacle (fence 7) and raced behind Up to Date all the way to the homestretch, threatening the winner in the last strides, but finishing 1/2 length short in second.

Race favorite Sanacion broke sharply and settled behind frontrunner Dream Sailing in second. The Illumination Jump Stakes winner made an early bid, drew even with the frontrunner at the tenth obstacle (fence 4) and led the field until the homestretch. The Symboli Kris S bay dueled strongly with Up to Date in the stretch but was overtaken by the first two finishers in the last strides.

Other Horses:

4th: (9) Dantsu Mutant—raced 3 lengths behind winner in 5th, passed Tyrian Purple at stretch, but finished more than 12 lengths behind Sanacion
5th: (6) Tyrian Purple—traveled in mid-pack, advanced after 9th obstacle (fence 3), entered 4th to lane but outrun by Dantsu Mutant passing 200m marker
6th: (1) Oju Chosan—raced near rear, passed tired rivals at stretch
7th: (12) Ashvin—sat 3rd-4th from rear, lacked needed kick
8th: (10) Wanted—positioned back in mid-division, unable to reach contention
9th: (11) Tanino Tuxedo—ran in mid-group, stayed on same pace
10th: (7) Dream Sailing—set pace, led until 10th obstacle (fence 4), ran out of steam thereafter
11th: (5) Makio Bowler—traveled in mid-pack, sustained bid until stretch, then outrun
12th: (14) Tamamo Chopin—raced in mid-division, gradually dropped back after 2nd corner (2nd lap)
13th: (3) Shigeru Kyokucho—far rear throughout trip, no factor
Fail to Finish: (2) Apollo Maverick—pulled up before 6th obstacle (fence 5) due to fracture in left foreleg

3-year-old & up, 4,100 meters (about 2.56 miles), turf
Saturday, December 26, 2015   Nakayama Racecourse     10th Race      Post time: 14:45
Total prize money: ¥ 135,000,000 (about US$ 1,125,000 <US$1=¥120>)
3-y-o: 61kg (about 134-135 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 63kg (about 139 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares
Safety factor: 16 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 8 13 Up to Date
H5 63.0 Kurofune
Linear Muse
M. Hayashi
S. Sasaki
Kazuo Imanishi
North Hills Co,. Ltd.
4:37.9 3.5
2 3 4 Acorn Path
H6 63.0 Time Paradox
Acorn Ring
J. Takada
H. Matsuda
Kazuko Yoshida
Shadai Corporation Inc.
1/2 20.2
3 5 8 Sanacion
H6 63.0 Symboli Kris S
M. Nishitani
M. Matsunaga
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
2 1.7
4 6 9 Dantsu Mutant
H6 63.0 Meiner Love
Umeno Roman
K. Mori
M. Honda
Tetsuji Yamamoto
Nozaka Bokujo
DS 43.8
5 4 6 Tyrian Purple
M5 61.0 Jungle Pocket
Make History
K. Yamamoto
T. Kanari
Masatake Iida
Chiyoda Farm Shizunai
4 121.1
6 1 1 Oju Chosan
C4 63.0 Stay Gold
Shadow Silhouette
S. Ishigami
S. Wada
Chosan Co., Ltd.
Naoyoshi Nagayama
7 21.3
7 7 12 Ashvin
G6 63.0 Giant’s Causeway
Crazy Volume
M. Nakamura
K. Nakatake
Koji Maeda
Lynch Bages Ltd & Samac Ltd
3/4 39.4
8 6 10 Wanted
H5 63.0 Tanino Gimlet
Tanino Holo Holo
S. Kitazawa
K. Matsuda
Y. Tanimizu
Country Bokujo
5 41.9
9 7 11 Tanino Tuxedo
H5 63.0 Tanino Gimlet
Tanino Sister
T. Kosaka
K. Sumii
Y. Tanimizu
Country Bokujo
Neck 60.2
10 5 7 Dream Sailing
H8 63.0 Kurofune
Global Peace
N. Hamanoya
T. Tajima
Lion Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Chiyoda Farm Shizunai
DS 67.9
11 4 5 Makio Bowler
H5 63.0 Meisho Bowler
K. Hirasawa
T. Igarashi
Masato Inoke
Shigeki Umamichi
1-3/4 11.6
12 8 14 Tamamo Chopin
H6 63.0 Admire Moon
S. Kumazawa
K. Minai
Tamamo K.
Tamamo Co., Ltd.
1/2 188.8
13 3 3 Shigeru Kyokucho
H7 63.0 On Fire
T. Ueno
S. Yukubo
S. Morinaka
Take Bokujo
DS 228.5
- 2 2 Apollo Maverick
H6 63.0 Apollo Kingdom
Omega Fastar
Y. Igarashi
M. Horii
Apollo Thoroughbred Club
Apollo Thoroughbred Club
FF 11.1
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 DAY: ¥ 9,892,973,500 ATTENDANCE: 39,401

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.13 ¥350 BRACKET QUINELLA 3-8 ¥5,140 QUINELLA 4-13 ¥4,720
PLACE No.13 ¥130 QUINELLA PLACE 4-13 ¥1,140 EXACTA 13-4 ¥9,330
No.4 ¥300 8-13 ¥190 TRIO 4-8-13 ¥2,850
No.8 ¥110 4-8 ¥590 TRIFECTA 13-4-8 ¥28,680
  1. Up to Date (JPN), gray, horse, 5-year-old
    Kurofune / Linear Muse (Tony Bin)
    Owner: Kazuo Imanishi Breeder: North Hills Co,. Ltd.
    Trainer: Shozo Sasaki Jockey: Mitsuaki Hayashi
    23 Starts, 7 Wins (8 Starts, 5 Wins *steeplechases only)
    Added money: ¥ 65,497,000 Career earnings: ¥ 224,248,000 (¥ 193,200,000 *steeplechases only)
    Principal Race Performances: ’15 Nakayama Grand Jump (J-G1, 4,250m) 1st
      ’15 Kokura Summer Jump (J-G3, 3,390m) 1st

  2. Acorn Path (JPN), chestnut, horse, 6-year-old
    Time Paradox / Acorn Ring (Jade Robbery)
    Owner: Kazuko Yoshida Breeder: Shadai Corporation Inc.
    Trainer: Hiroyoshi Matsuda Jockey: Jun Takada

  3. Sanacion (JPN), bay, horse, 6-year-old
    Symboli Kris S / Jadeite (Sunday Silence)
    Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Farm
    Trainer: Mikio Matsunaga Jockey: Makoto Nishitani
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): Last 4 furlongs: 52.6          Last 3 furlongs: 39.2          (1 mile: 1:48.5)

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

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.

* Nakayama Daishogai (J-G1)
The history of the Nakayama Daishogai dates back to 1934 when the biggest jump race in Japan was established in the aim of providing equal excitement to the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), which was the most popular race in flat racing. The highest level of steeplechase racing was originally held as a biannual event held in April and December until the spring version was renamed the Nakayama Grand Jump (J-G1, 4,250m) in 1999. Still, the two jump races continued to position itself as the only two obstacle races of J-G1 level of equal standard and its results serving as a decisive factor in the selection of the seasonal JRA Award for Best Steeplechase Horse. In addition to the Nakayama Grand Jump, which was designated an international race in 2000, the Nakayama Daishogai became an international steeplechase event open to foreign contenders in 2011.
The Nakayama Daishogai features 11 jumps over the figure-of-eight-shaped course which includes six up-and-downs over the banks. The first half resembles that of the Nakayama Grand Jump while the Nakayama Daishogai does not include the movable hurdles along the outside turf track and the total distance being 150 meters shorter. The uphill stretch before the wire also is quite a test for many of the runners especially after running at a solid pace throughout the race.
Last year’s champion Red Kingdom (JPN, by Deep Impact) retired this spring as he was found to have a bowed tendon after finishing seventh in this year’s Nakayama Grand Jump in April. Up to Date, who claimed the Nakayama Grand Jump with record time, came off a five-month break after scoring another win in the Kokura Summer Jump (J-G3, 3,390m) held in August.
Contenders coming off the Illumination Jump Stakes (3,570m) held on December 5 were: winner Sanacion who marked a five-race winning streak, which also included the Tokyo High-Jump (J-G2, 3,110m) in October; runner-up Ashvin; third-place finisher and 2013 & 2014 Best Steeplechase Horse Apollo Maverick who was the Nakayama Daishogai champion in 2013; fourth-place Oju Chosan who had scored three wins a second and a third out of nine starts since switching to steeplechase racing.
Other contenders included: Dantsu Mutant and Makio Bowler who came off a win in the Kyoto Jump Stakes (J-G3, 3,170m) on November 14 and Shuyo Jump Stakes (3,110m) on November 23, respectively; and Tyrian Purple, winner of the Niigata Jump Stakes (J-G3, 3,250m) in August.
Symboli Montreux (JPN, by Mogami) set the record when winning the 1991 Nakayama Daishogai (Autumn) in 4:37.2.

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