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December 24, 2017


Kitasan Black Retires with Seventh G1 Win in the Arima Kinen
Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (G1)

Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (G1)

Race favorite Kitasan Black turned the tables this time in his third Arima Kinen challenge after finishing third and second in his last two. Coming off a third-place finish in the Japan Cup, the son of Black Tide capped off his stellar career with his seventh G1 title, tying the record of most JRA-G1 wins with Symboli Rudolf, T.M. Opera O, Deep Impact and Vodka while surpassing T.M. Opera O in career earnings with 1,876,843,000 yen. He will retire to stud and stand at Shadai Stallion Station beginning next season. The last G1 victory being the Tenno Sho (Autumn) for both Trainer Hisashi Shimizu and jockey Yutaka Take, Shimizu is now a winner of seven G1 titles, all with Kitasan Black, while Take who has previously won the Arima Kinen with Oguri Cap and Deep Impact in 1990 and 2006, respectively, celebrated his 75th G1 victory with his third Arima Kinen win, which ties with Yukio Okabe, Seiki Tabara, Olivier Peslier and Kenichi Ikezoe.

Kitasan Black did not miss a beat coming out of the starting gate and assumed command uncontested. The son of Black Tide cruised by the cheering crowed who had come to witness his final run and was never in threat as he took it in his stride throughout the 2,500-meter trip, having plenty left as he entered the homestretch and in full gear for a comfortable 1-1/2-length victory.

“He ran a great race. I just concentrated on letting him run his race so there’d be no regrets. I was going to decide on the pace depending on his start but he broke really well so I let him take the front without hesitation,” commented Yutaka Take.

Queens Ring, also retiring after this race, gave a great performance under Christophe Lemaire. Constantly keeping an eye on the eventual winner while sitting in fifth position along the rails, the Manhattan Cafe mare responded well to her jockey as he drove her into full gear along the center lane and, while unable to cause a serious threat on Kitasan Black, out-rallied Japan Cup victor Cheval Grand and derby runner-up Suave Richard for second place.

Cheval Grand broke smoothly and was rated in mid-division, around tenth from the front. Making headway while turning wide around the last two corners with Suave Richard on his outside, the two horses came with great force to challenge the leaders with Japan Cup victor gaining an edge over Suave Richard in the last strides to almost pinning Queens Ring while out-finishing Suave Richard for third.

Other Horses:
4th: (14) Suave Richard―settled near rear, made wide bid, rallied strongly for 2nd, neck short at wire
5th: (11) Rouge Buck―unhurried from start, sat on rails in rear, dug in strongly with fastest last 3f charge
6th: (7) Sciacchetra―pressed pace from outside, slowly weakened in stretch, gave up runner-up seat 150m out
7th: (16) Sounds of Earth―3-wide and 2nd from rear, widest at last corner, good charge but never a threat
8th: (8) Rainbow Line―saved ground on rails near rear, keen early, showed effort in late drive, never a factor
9th: (6) Satono Chronicle―in mid-pack and on rails throughout, mild response, unable to reach contention
10th: (1) Yamakatsu Ace—sat on rails in third behind eventual winner, remained a factor last 100m, weakened
11th: (13) Mikki Queen―reserved in 3rd from rear, mild kick, improved position without reaching contention
12th: (4) Bless Journey—hugged rails in mid-division, gradually weakened in stretch, no factor
13th: (12) Satono Crown―sixth from rear on rails, struggled for room in early stretch, bumped after furlong pole
14th: (5) Tosen Victory―raced in mid-pack, ran gamely until 200m out, soon checked, lost momentum
15th: (15) Curren Mirotic―advanced to 4th from wide draw, outrun by rivals before final corner
16th: (9) Sakura Empereur―traveled in mid-division, met traffic 200m out, lost momentum

3-year-old & up, 2,500 meters (about 12.5 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, December 24, 2017   Nakayama Racecourse   11th Race   Post time: 15:25
Total prize money: ¥ 648,000,000 (about US$ 5,635,000 <US$1=¥115>)
3-y-o: 55kg (about 121 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 57kg (about 126 lbs),
2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares, 2kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2014
Safety factor: 16 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 1 2 Kitasan Black
H5 57.0 Black Tide
Sugar Heart
Y. Take
H. Shimizu
Ono Shoji
Yanagawa Bokujo
2 2 3 Queens Ring
M5 55.0 Manhattan Cafe
Aqua Ring
C. Lemaire
K. Yoshimura
Chizu Yoshida
Shadai Farm
3 5 10 Cheval Grand
H5 57.0 Heart’s Cry
Halwa Sweet
H. Bowman
Y. Tomomichi
Kazuhiro Sasaki
Northern Racing
4 7 14 Suave Richard
C3 55.0 Heart’s Cry
M. Demuro
Y. Shono
NICKS Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
5 6 11 Rouge Buck
M5 55.0 Manhattan Cafe
Ginger Punch
H. Kitamura
M. Otake
U. Carrot Farm
Northern Farm
6 4 7 Sciacchetra
C4 57.0 Manhattan Cafe
Y. Fukunaga
K. Sumii
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
7 8 16 Sounds of Earth
H6 57.0 Neo Universe
First Violin
C. Demuro
K. Fujioka
Teruya Yoshida
Shadai Farm
8 4 8 Rainbow Line
C4 57.0 Stay Gold
Y. Iwata
H. Asami
Masahiro Mita
Northern Racing
9 3 6 Satono Chronicle
C3 55.0 Heart’s Cry
K. Tosaki
Y. Ikee
Satomi Horse Company Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
10 1 1 Yamakatsu Ace
H5 57.0 King Kamehameha
Yamakatsu Marilyn
K. Ikezoe
K. Ikezoe
Kazuo Yamada
Okada Bokujo
11 7 13 Mikki Queen
M5 55.0 Deep Impact
Musical Way
S. Hamanaka
Y. Ikee
Mizuki Noda
Northern Farm
12 2 4 Bless Journey
C3 55.0 Battle Plan
Elfin Park
K. Miura
S. Sasaki
Takaya Shimakawa
Keiyu Farms Ltd.
13 6 12 Satono Crown
H5 57.0 Marju
R. Moore
N. Hori
Satomi Horse Company Co., Ltd.
Northern Racing
14 3 5 Tosen Victory
M5 55.0 King Kamehameha
To the Victory
H. Tanabe
K. Sumii
Takaya Shimakawa
Northern Racing
15 8 15 Curren Mirotic
G9 57.0 Heart’s Cry
Star Mie
Y. Kawada
O. Hirata
Takashi Suzuki
Northern Racing
16 5 9 Sakura Empereur
H6 57.0 King Kamehameha
Sakura Mega
M. Ebina
T. Kanari
Sakura Commers
Sakura Commerce Co., 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 DAY: ¥ 56,525,164,700 ATTENDANCE: 100,720

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.2 ¥190 BRACKET QUINELLA 1-2 ¥1,600 QUINELLA 2-3 ¥3,170
PLACE No.2 ¥120 QUINELLA PLACE 2-3 ¥1,180 EXACTA 2-3 ¥3,810
No.3 ¥550 2-10 ¥280 TRIO 2-3-10 ¥5,420
No.10 ¥180 3-10 ¥2,760 TRIFECTA 2-3-10 ¥25,040

  1. 1.Kitasan Black (JPN), bay, horse, 5-year-old
    Black Tide / Sugar Heart (Sakura Bakushin O)
    Owner: Ono Shoji Breeder: Yanagawa Bokujo
    Trainer: Hisashi Shimizu Jockey: Yutaka Take
    20 Starts, 12 Wins  
    Added money: ¥303,360,000 Career earnings: ¥1,876,843,000
    Principal Race Performances: ’17 Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1, 2,000m) 1st
    ’17&’16 Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1, 3,200m) 1st
    ’17 Osaka Hai (G1, 2,000m) 1st
    ’16 Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) 1st
    ’15 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m) 1st

  2. 2.Queens Ring (JPN), dark bay or brown, mare, 5-year-old
    Manhattan Cafe / Aqua Ring (Anabaa)
    Owner: Chizu Yoshida Breeder: Shadai Farm
    Trainer: Keiji Yoshimura Jockey: Christophe Lemaire

  3. 3.Cheval Grand (JPN), chestnut, horse, 5-year-old
    Heart's Cry / Halwa Sweet (Machiavellian)
    Owner: Kazuhiro Sasaki Breeder: Northern Racing
    Trainer: Yasuo Tomomichi Jockey: Hugh Bowman
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 6.8 - 11.6 - 11.9 - 12.2 - 12.3 - 13.3 - 13.2 - 12.8 - 12.2 - 12.1 - 11.7 - 11.2 - 12.3
Last 4 furlongs: 47.3   Last 3 furlongs: 35.2

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

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.

* Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (G1)
Established in 1956 under the name “Nakayama Grand Prix,” the race was renamed to Arima Kinen (Arima Memorial) a year later after the sudden passing of the second JRA president, Yoriyasu Arima. Arima initiated the idea of holding an attractive event at Nakayama Racecourse, where a new grandstand had just been completed at that time, in an attempt to create a race that would receive as much attention as the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) held at Tokyo Racecourse. The Arima Kinen was designed to be a season-end Grand Prix, in which the runners were selected by fan poll—an “All-Star” event in Japanese Racing. Fans could cast their votes by ballots available at JRA racecourses and off-track betting sites, by mail or by online to select the ten most popular runners. The rest of the field is determined in order of earnings. Foreign runners that won the Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) became eligible to race in the Arima in 2000 then the race was designated as an international G1 race and open to a maximum of six foreign runners in 2007, though no foreign runners have yet participated in the race. The Arima was given a boost in prize money last year and became the richest race in the country along with the Japan Cup.
This year’s contenders among the top ten horses with the most votes were as follows: 2016 Horse of the Year Kitasan Black (1st) and the Takarazuka Kinen (G1, 2,200m; Jun.25) winner Satono Crown (3rd) who came off a third and a 10th, respectively, in the Japan Cup; Cheval Grand (5th) who marked his first G1 title in the Japan Cup; and Mikki Queen (9th) who came off a third in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1, 2,200m; Nov.12).
Following horses avoided the race though ranked among the top ten: Satono Diamond (JPN, C4, by Deep Impact; 2nd), Rey de Oro (JPN, C3, by King Kamehameha; 4th), Makahiki (JPN, C4, by Deep Impact; 6th), Kiseki (JPN, C3, by Rulership; 7th), Soul Stirring (JPN, F3, by Frankel; 8th) and Gold Actor (JPN, H6, by Screen Hero; 10th).
Other contenders were: Yamakatsu Ace (12th), Rainbow Line (13th), Sciacchetra (15th), Suave Richard (16th), Sounds of Earth (18th), Rouge Buck (20th), Queens Ring (39th), Sakura Empereur (45th), Curren Mirotic (54th), Bless Journey (75th), Satono Chronicle (80th) and Tosen Victory (81st).
The race record of 2:29.5 was set by Zenno Rob Roy (JPN, by Sunday Silence) in 2004.

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