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October 22, 2017


Race Favorite Kiseki Bests Three-Year-Olds in This Year's Kikuka Sho in Heavy Rain
Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger)(G1)

Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger)(G1)

Race favorite Kiseki captured this year’s Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), the last leg of the Triple Crown, with powerful strides over soft going under the heavy rain and wind from the approaching typhoon, to register his first grade-race title. Winning his first and only start as a two-year-old, the Rulership colt kicked off this season with a fifth and two thirds, which included the G3 Mainichi Hai, and won two allowance races before coming in second, two lengths behind Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) winner Rey de Oro in the previous Kobe Shimbun Hai. This win marked trainer Katsuhiko Sumii’s 24th JRA-G1 win, the first since the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes with Leontes in 2015, and third Kikuka Sho title, which he claimed with Delta Blues in 2004 and Epiphaneia in 2013. Jockey Mirco Demuro claimed his 22nd JRA-G1 victory following the Sprinters Stakes with Red Falx three weeks ago. Kiseki became the first G1 winner for his sire Rulership (JPN, by King Kamehameha) who retired for stud service in 2013.

Breaking somewhat slowly from stall 13, Kiseki traveled wide in mid-division toward the rear while the field expanded into a long line in the backstretch. With all the horses turning wide through the last corners to avoid the muddy inner track, Mirco Demuro led the Rulership colt to take the widest turn, and once facing the homestretch, urged him to make bid, to which the dark bay responded willingly, taking the front 200 meters out and further accelerating to a two-length victory.

“The race condition was tough but I had confidence in him because he’s a great horse. I just tried to race him in good rhythm as his tension was a bit high and the distance of 3,000 meters was not his favorite. Though the pace was slow, I was able to race him well, traveling behind Mikki Swallow. I was sure we were going to win when we entered the straight, and he displayed a great turn of speed at the end,” commented Mirco Demuro.

Tenth pick Clincher also traveled toward the rear, in front of the winner, and made an early bid toward the end of the backstretch and through the corners to enter the straight in second. The son of Deep Sky won out a fierce rally with Popocatepetl and Danburite at the top of the straight and, although overtaken by Kiseki, managed to fend off the persisting efforts of Popocatepetl to finish a nose in front.

Popocatepetl, though posted 13th favorite, showed an impressive kick in the stretch after traveling in midfield, around ninth from the front, and dueled strongly with the runner-up for a well-fought third.

Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) winner and second pick Al Ain settled in mid-division, swung wide and entered the lane in good striking position behind Clincher, but the Deep Impact sired colt failed to respond to finish seventh.

Other Horses:
4th: (6) Meiner Wunsch―settled 3rd from rear, turned wide, showed impressive effort in last 200m
5th: (15) Danburite―made wide trip in mid-pack, advanced and led at final corner, weakened in last 200m
6th: (12) Mikki Swallow―traveled wide in mid-group, advanced before 3rd corner, quickened until 200m out
8th: (9) Kurino Yamatono O―settled in mid-division, accelerated until 200m out, weakened thereafter
9th: (17) Platina Voice―broke poorly, trailed in rear, showed effort at inner stretch but unable to reach contention
10th: (11) Satono Chronicle―raced in 5th, gradually fell back, improved position at stretch
11th: (8) Satono Arthur―sat towards rear, made headway before 3rd corner, lacked needed kick
12th: (1) Bless Journey―ran 2nd from rear, angled wide, passed tired rivals at stretch
13th: (10) Best Approach―settled in 4-5th, stayed in contention until final corner, nothing left at stretch
14th: (3) Stiffelio―traveled in 4th, lacked needed response after 3rd corner, dropped back
15th: (5) Tricolore Bleu―raced in 6th, advanced to 3rd at 3rd corner, weakened thereafter
16th: (2) Win Ganador―led early then stalked leader in 2nd, failed to sustain bid before final corner
17th: (7) Adam Barows―sat 3rd early, ran out of steam before final corner, fell back
18th: (18) My Style―set pace from widest draw before 4th corner (1st lap), used up at backstretch, faded

3-year-old Colts and Fillies, 3,000 meters (about 15 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, October 22, 2017      Kyoto Racecourse       11th Race Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥248,400,000 (about US$ 2,160,000 <US$1=¥115>)
3-y-o: 57 kg (about 126 lbs), 2 kg allowance for Fillies, 2 kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2014
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 7 13 Kiseki
C3 57.0 Rulership
Blitz Finale
M. Demuro
K. Sumii
Tatsue Ishikawa
Shimokobe Farm
2 2 4 Clincher
C3 57.0 Deep Sky
The Fates
Y. Fujioka
H. Miyamoto
Koji Maeda
Hirayama Bokujo
3 7 14 Popocatepetl
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
Miss Pascali
R. Wada
Y. Tomomichi
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
4 3 6 Meiner Wunsch
C3 57.0 Stay Gold
Meine Sharona
D. Shibata
T. Mizuno
K. Thoroughbred Club Ruffian
Big Red Farm
5 7 15 Danburite
C3 57.0 Rulership
Y. Take
H. Otonashi
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
6 6 12 Mikki Swallow
C3 57.0 Tosen Homareboshi
Madre Bonita
N. Yokoyama
T. Kikuzawa
Mizuki Noda
Northern Farm
7 8 16 Al Ain
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
Dubai Majesty
C. Lemaire
Y. Ikee
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
8 5 9 Kurino Yamatono O
C3 57.0 Jungle Pocket
H. Miyuki
Y. Takahashi
Mamoru Kurimoto
Hirotoshi Yoshida
9 8 17
Platina Voice
C3 57.0 Empire Maker
Pleasant Breeze
H. Tanabe
I. Sameshima
Shigeru Homma
Yano Bokujo
10 6 11 Satono Chronicle
C3 57.0 Heart’s Cry
Y. Fukunaga
Y. Ikee
Hajime Satomi
Northern Racing
11 4 8 Satono Arthur
C3 57.0 Deep Impact
King’s Rose
Y. Kawada
Y. Ikee
Hajime Satomi
Northern Racing
12 1 1 Bless Journey
C3 57.0 Battle Plan
Elfin Park
Y. Shibata
S. Sasaki
Takaya Shimakawa
Keiyu Farms Ltd.
13 5 10 Best Approach
C3 57.0 New Approach
Sant Elena
Y. Iwata
H. Fujiwara
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Car Colston Hall Stud
14 2 3 Stiffelio
C3 57.0 Stay Gold
Serious Attitude
F. Matsuwaka
H. Otonashi
Shadai Race Horse Co., Ltd.
Shadai Farm
15 3 5 Tricolore Bleu
C3 57.0 Stay Gold
Penkenna Princess
K. Tosaki
Y. Tomomichi
Silk Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
16 1 2 Win Ganador
C3 57.0 Stay Gold
Time Fair Lady
A. Tsumura
H. Uehara
Win Co., Ltd.
Niikappu Hashimoto Bokujo
17 4 7 Adam Barows
C3 57.0 Heart’s Cry
K. Ikezoe
K. Tsunoda
Hirotsugu Inokuma
Kentaro Hattori
18 8 18 My Style
C3 57.0 Heart’s Cry
First Niner
H. Shii
M. Kon
Chiyono Terada
Inoke Bokujo
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 DAY: ¥ 22,351,543,800 ATTENDANCE: 31,097

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.13 ¥450 BRACKET QUINELLA 2-7 ¥3,070 QUINELLA 4-13 ¥10,660
PLACE No.13 ¥210 QUINELLA PLACE 4-13 ¥3,730 EXACTA 13-4 ¥15,890
No.4 ¥770 13-14 ¥4,940 TRIO 4-13-14 ¥136,350
No.14 ¥1,110 4-14 ¥12,360 TRIFECTA 13-4-14 ¥559,700

  1. 1. Kiseki (JPN), dark bay or brown, colt, 3-year-old
    Rulership / Blitz Finale (Deep Impact)
    Owner: Tatsue Ishikawa Breeder: Shimokobe Farm
    Trainer: Katsuhiko Sumii Jockey: Mirco Demuro
    8 Starts, 4 Wins  
    Added money: ¥145,709,000 Career earnings: ¥213,159,000

  2. 2. Clincher (JPN), bay, colt, 3-year-old
    Deep Sky / The Fates (Brian's Time)
    Owner: Koji Maeda Breeder: Hirayama Bokujo
    Trainer: Hiroshi Miyamoto Jockey: Yusuke Fujioka

  3. 3. Popocatepetl (JPN), gray, colt, 3-year-old
    Deep Impact / Miss Pascali (Mr. Greeley)
    Owner: Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd. Breeder: Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc.
    Trainer: Yasuo Tomomichi Jockey: Ryuji Wada
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 13.2 - 12.6 - 12.0 - 13.1 - 13.2 - 13.5 - 14.5 - 14.3 - 13.5 - 13.0 - 13.1 - 12.9 - 13.4 - 12.7 - 13.9
Last 4 furlongs: 52.9          Last 3 furlongs: 40.0

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

* Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger)(G1)
The history of Kikuka Sho, the Japanese St. Leger and the last leg of the Triple Crown race for three-year-old colts and fillies, dates back to 1938—a year after Japan’s 11 racing clubs integrated into one organization named Nihon Keiba Kai (forerunner of the JRA). Initially called “Kyoto Norin-sho Shoten Yonsai Yobiuma Kyoso”, the race was renamed to Kikuka Sho in 1948. The race distance, however, has not changed since the first running, except in 1979 when the race was held at Hanshin Racecourse during Kyoto’s stand renovation. The Kikuka Sho features three-year-olds, most of who have grown dramatically since the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m) held five months before, prior to their summer break. The Kikuka Sho winners have both the speed and the stamina to prove their caliber as the potential breeding stock. The last of the seven Triple Crown winners in JRA history was Orfevre (JPN, by Stay Gold) in 2011 who proceeded to prove his power against older G1 caliber in the Arima Kinen (G1, 2,500m), which led to his Horse of the Year that year. 2015 Kikuka Sho winner Kitasan Black (JPN, by Black Tide) and last year’s champion Satono Diamond (JPN, by Deep Impact) were chosen as the Horse of the Year and Best Three-Year-Old Colt, respectively, in 2016.
While this year’s Tokyo Yushun champion Rey de Oro (JPN, by King Kamehameha) will head to the Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) to face older horses next month, the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) winner Al Ain aimed for his second classic title coming off a runner-up effort in the St. Lite Kinen (G2, 2,200m; Sep.18). The race also included Mikki Swallow and Satono Chronicle, winner and third-place finisher, respectively, of this lead-up race, as well as Clincher (fourth in the Satsuki Sho) who came in ninth. Coming off another trial race, the Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2, 2,400m; Sep.24), were: Kiseki who was second to winner Rey de Oro by two lengths and Satono Arthur who finished another 3/4-length behind in third, as well as fourth-place finisher Danburite (third in the Satsuki Sho) and seventh-place My Style (fourth in Tokyo Yushun). Other runners included Tricolore Bleu who defeated older horses in an allowance race (2,000m; Sep.2) and Bless Journey who had registered two graded titles last year but was sidelined for close to a year due to an injury and made a comeback in this race.
Toho Jackal (JPN, by Special Week) renewed the race record and course record by 1.7 seconds to 3:01.0 seconds in 2014.


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