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May 1, 2016


Kitasan Black Captures Tenno Sho (Spring) Title in Nail-Biting Duel
Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1)

Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1)

Kitasan Black under Yutaka Take, dominated this year’s Tenno Sho (Spring) by four centimeters in a photo-finish to notch the title from last year’s third-place finisher Curren Mirotic. After his first G1 triumph in the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, 3,000m) last year, the Black Tide colt turned in a good third in the year-end Arima Kinen against top-graded older horses and also demonstrated a promising runner-up finish in his kick-off start of the season, the Sankei Osaka Hai (G2, 2,000m) last month. This becomes trainer Hisashi Shimizu’s second G1 title since claiming the Kikuka Sho with the colt last year. Yutaka Take celebrates his seventh Tenno Sho (Spring) title, the last with Deep Impact in 2006, and has reached a milestone of 70 JRA-G1 wins with this victory extending the extraordinary record he himself holds. His most previous G1 win was in the 2015 February Stakes with Copano Rickey.

Breaking from the inner-most stall, Kitasan Black sprinted well to dash to the front with Yamanin Voielactee pressing the pace from his outside and 13th favorite Curren Mirotic in close pursuit right behind the leader in third. The three front runners maintained their positions and steady pace in front of the stands and in the backstretch while the others sat tight waiting to make their bids. As the field approached the last turn and with Yamanin Voielactee fading from his early efforts, Yutaka Take drove his mount down the stretch and narrowly held off a determined challenge from the eight-year-old gelding of Heart’s Cry in a result of a 150m classic head-to-head duel, just by a whisker at the wire, for the bay colt’s second G1 victory.

“I was intending to settle him in a good position after the start. He ran an ideal race—he responded beautifully. He’s not the type with an enormous burst of speed, so we made an early bid. It was so close but I’m glad he never gave up and stretched the way he did,” commented Yutaka Take.

Settled right in the middle of the field and on the rails, third favorite Cheval Grand found a clear inner path at the final corner as the others fanned out and dug in strongly picking off Toho Jackal in the last 100 meters but was a far 1-1/4-length third behind the dueling two.

Sent off favorite from a wide stall and with hopes to extend his five-race winning streak, last year’s Arima Kinen winner Gold Actor traveled wide in seventh to eighth and, although making headway rounding the last turns improving position at one point to second, came up empty in the stretch and faded to 12th.

Other Horses:
4th: (11) Tanta Alegria—sat in mid-group, timed fastest over last 3 furlongs, 1/2 length short for 3rd
5th: (9) Toho Jackal—raced in mid-pack, advanced position after 3rd corner, sustained bid, weakened in last 100m
6th: (10) Albert—saved ground in mid-division, accelerated between horses but was too late
7th: (7) Fata Morgana—ran 3-wide in mid-pack, lacked needed kick at stretch
8th: (5) Fame Game—hugged rails near rear, angled wide, showed belated charge
9th: (6) Admire Deus—traveled along rails in 6th, ran gamely until 100m out, outrun thereafter
10th: (18) Reve Mistral—trailed in rear, passed tired rivals at stretch
11th: (14) Satono Noblesse—raced in mid-group, even paced
13th: (2) Twinkle—settled 2nd from rear, made headway at backstretch, never fired at stretch
14th: (16) Phantom Light—sat 3-wide toward rear, unable to reach contention
15th: (15) Sounds of Earth—stalked leaders in 4-5th, driven after 3rd corner but nothing left at stretch
16th: (13) Meiner Medalist—traveled 3-wide in 4-5th, dropped back before last corner
17th: (12) Yamanin Voielactee—chased winner in 2nd, ran out of steam around last corner
18th: (4) Tosen Reve—raced in mid-division, faded after turning last corner

4-year-old & up, 3,200 meters (about 16 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, May 1, 2016   Kyoto Racecourse   11th Race   Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 325,000,000 (about US$ 2,708,000 <US$1=¥120>)
4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares,
1kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2012
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 1 1 Kitasan Black
C4 58.0 Black Tide
Sugar Heart
Y. Take
H. Shimizu
Ono Shoji
Yanagawa Bokujo
2 2 3 Curren Mirotic
G8 58.0 Heart’s Cry
Star Mie
K. Ikezoe
O. Hirata
Takashi Suzuki
Northern Racing
3 4 8 Cheval Grand
C4 58.0 Heart’s Cry
Halwa Sweet
Y. Fukunaga
Y. Tomomichi
Kazuhiro Sasaki
Northern Racing
4 6 11 Tanta Alegria
C4 58.0 Zenno Rob Roy
Tanta Suerte
M. Ebina
S. Kunieda
G1 Racing Co., Ltd.
Oiwake Farm
5 5 9 Toho Jackal
H5 58.0 Special Week
Toho Gaia
M. Sakai
K. Tani
Toho Bussan Co., Ltd.
Toho Bussan Co., Ltd.
6 5 10 Albert
H5 58.0 Admire Don
C. Lemaire
N. Hori
Masamichi Hayashi
Northern Farm
7 4 7 Fata Morgana
G8 58.0 Deep Impact
Tanino Mirage
H. Uchida
Y. Arakawa
U.Carrot Farm
Manabu Koizumi
8 3 5 Fame Game
H6 58.0 Heart’s Cry
Hall of Fame
H. Bowman
Y. Munakata
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
9 3 6 Admire Deus
H5 58.0 Admire Don
Royal Card
Y. Iwata
M. Hashida
Riichi Kondo
Tsuji Bokujo
10 8 18 Reve Mistral
C4 58.0 King Kamehameha
Reve d’Oscar
Y. Kawada
T. Takano
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
11 7 14 Satono Noblesse
H6 58.0 Deep Impact
Cry with Joy
R. Wada
Y. Ikee
Hajime Satomi
Mejiro Stud
12 8 17 Gold Actor
H5 58.0 Screen Hero
Heilong Xing
H. Yoshida
T. Nakagawa
Kaname Ishiro
Hokusho Farm
13 1 2 Twinkle
H5 58.0 Stay Gold
Long Stardom
M. Katsuura
K. Makita
Hiroshi Hatasa
Ito Bokujo
14 8 16 Phantom Light
H7 58.0 Opera House
Marie Chantal
K. Miura
H. Fujiwara
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
15 7 15 Sounds of Earth
H5 58.0 Neo Universe
First Violin
Y. Fujioka
K. Fujioka
Teruya Yoshida
Shadai Farm
16 7 13
Meiner Medalist
H8 58.0 Stay Gold
Tsukuba Noble
D. Shibata
K. Tanaka
K. Thoroughbred Club Ruffian
Niikappu Ito Bokujo
17 6 12 Yamanin Voielactee
G5 58.0 King Kamehameha
Yamanin Carrefour
G. Maruyama
M. Matsunaga
H. Doi
Hajime Doi
18 2 4 Tosen Reve
H8 58.0 Deep Impact
Biwa Heidi
K. Take
Y. Ikee
Takaya Shimakawa
Northern Racing
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: ¥20,828,151,900  
TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥29,181,419,000 ATTENDANCE: 79,028

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.1 ¥450 BRACKET QUINELLA 1-2 ¥6,650 QUINELLA 1-3 ¥20,160
PLACE No.1 ¥170 QUINELLA PLACE 1-3 ¥3,770 EXACTA 1-3 ¥29,950
No.3 ¥1,390 1-8 ¥540 TRIO 1-3-8 ¥32,350
No.8 ¥240 3-8 ¥7,840 TRIFECTA 1-3-8 ¥242,730
  1. Kitasan Black (JPN), bay, colt, 4-year-old
    Black Tide / Sugar Heart (Sakura Bakushin O)
    Owner: Ono Shoji Breeder: Yanagawa Bokujo
    Trainer: Hisashi Shimizu Jockey: Yutaka Take
    10 Starts, 6 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 153,780,000 Career earnings: ¥ 536,577,000
    Principal Race Performances: ’15 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m) 1st
    ’15 St. Lite Kinen (G2, 2,200m) 1st
    ’15 Spring Stakes (G2, 1,800m) 1st

  2. Curren Mirotic (JPN), chestnut, gelding, 8-year-old
    Heart's Cry / Star Mie (A. P. Indy)
    Owner: Takashi Suzuki Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Osamu Hirata Jockey: Kenichi Ikezoe

  3. Cheval Grand (JPN), chestnut, colt, 4-year-old
    Heart's Cry / Halwa Sweet (Machiavellian)
    Owner: Kazuhiro Sasaki Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Yasuo Tomomichi Jockey: Yuichi Fukunaga
Fractional Time: 13.0 - 12.1 - 12.4 - 12.2 - 12.1 - 12.0 - 11.6 - 12.9 - 12.6 - 12.6 - 12.7 - 12.5 - 11.6 - 11.4 - 11.7 - 11.9
(sec./furlong) Last 4 furlongs: 46.6   Last 3 furlongs: 35.0

Positions at each corner: 1st corner  1,12,3(15,13)6(4,17)(8,9)14(10,7)11(5,2)16-18
2nd corner 1,12,3(15,13)6(4,17)(8,14,9)(10,7)(11,2)(5,16)-18
3rd corner (2nd lap) 1,12,3(15,13,17)(6,4,9,2)8(14,7)(10,11,16)5,18
4th corner (2nd lap) 1,17(3,12,9)(6,15)13(8,14,2)4(10,11,7)(16,5)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 (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, Cadeaux Genereux) was the latest foreign contender of this race in 2014, running for the second time after finishing third in the 2013 edition, but was unable to perform over the firm turf and finished 14th. None took part this year.
Gold Ship (JPN, by Stay Gold) registered his sixth and final G1 triumph by capturing last year’s Tenno Sho (Spring) title before concluding his successful racing career at the end of the season.
The all-male line-up this year included the March 20 Hanshin Daishoten (G2, 3,000m) runners; winner Cheval Grand, marking his first grade-race win, runner-up by 2-1/2 lengths Tanta Alegria and 2014 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m) victor Toho Jackal who was seventh. Year-end Arima Kinen (G1, 2,500m) winner and runner-up Gold Actor and Sounds of Earth, respectively, had both come off the March 26 Nikkei Sho (G2, 2,500m) finishing in the same order, where Albert, winner of the Stayers Stakes (G2, 3,600m) last December was fourth. Others major contenders at the gate were; last year’s Kikuka Sho champion Kitasan Black who was entered off the April 3 Sankei Osaka Hai (G2, 2,000m) where he finished a neck-second; the February 20 Diamond Stakes (G3, 3,400m) winner Twinkle and runner-up Fame Game who also showed a runner-up effort in last year’s Tenno Sho (Spring), and January 17 Nikkei Shinshun Hai (G2, 2,400m) victor Reve Mistral.
The race record holder, Deep Impact (JPN, by Sunday Silence), marked 3:13.4 in 2006.

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