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March 24, 2019


Third Pick Mr Melody Registers First G1 Victory in Takamatsunomiya Kinen
Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1)

Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1)

Four-year-old Mr Melody captured his first G1 title in this year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen. Debuting in November of his two-year-old season, the Scat Daddy colt marked two wins and two seconds in his first four starts on dirt raced over 1,200 – 1,400 meters. Registering his first graded win in his first start on turf in the Falcon Stakes (G3, 1,400m) at Chukyo Racecourse last March, he has since been raced on turf, including his runner-up effort in the year-end Hanshin Cup (G2, 1,400m) and a seventh in the previous Hankyu Hai (G3, 1,400m) in February. This win marked trainer Hideaki Fujiwara’s 10th JRA-G1 win following last year’s Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) with Epoca d’Oro and jockey Yuichi Fukunaga’s 23rd JRA-G1 win and third Takamatsunomiya Kinen title following his win with Sunningdale in 2004 and Big Arthur in 2016.

Third pick Mr Melody broke smoothly from stall 3 and settled around fourth, inside Danon Smash. Though meeting traffic entering the lane, the Scat Daddy colt found an open space between horses, surged out behind Seiun Kosei,who had overtaken the front after entering the lane, and briefly dueled with the chestnut but assumed command 150 meters out for his first G1 title.

“He was in good form and I was able to race him as planned. I tried to position him toward the front and was able to find an open space in the lane at the right timing. He’s a capable horse, being able to handle his first G1 1,200-meter race on turf with a win. There are many options for him going forward as he can also cover 1,400 meters as well as dirt surface.”

Quick out of the gate, 12th pick Seiun Kosei immediately led the field and, while overtaken by Mozu Superflare turning the corners, recaptured the front 300 meters out. Though soon overtaken by the eventual winner, the 6-year-old Admire Moon chestnut held on well, holding off the strong challenge by Shonan Anthem, for second place.

Seventeenth pick Shonan Anthem settled in mid-division and was positioned right behind Mr Melody when facing the homestretch. The son of Jungle Pocket surged out behind the eventual winner with a powerful drive that marked the second fastest over last three furlongs but was a head short of Seiun Kosei.

Race favorite Danon Smash settled within striking distance, around 3-4th from the front, and made bid from the outside entering the homestretch but was unable to reach the top three, finishing 0.2 seconds behind in fourth.

Other Horses:
5th: (5) Teehaff—traveled in mid-pack, met traffic at early stretch, responded well in last 200m
6th: (8) Let’s Go Donki—sat towards rear, accelerated between horses, timed fastest over last 3 furlongs
7th: (16) Dea Regalo—positioned towards rear, circled wide, showed belated late drive
8th: (12) Logi Cry—traveled 3-wide in mid-group, struggled to find clear path, quickened in last 300m
9th: (6) Ares Barows—raced behind eventual winner, boxed in at top of stretch, lacked needed kick
10th: (2) Rhein Spirit—saved ground near winner, found little room at early stretch, showed brief effort
11th: (17) Daimei Fuji—ran 4-wide in mid-division, passed tired rivals after 4th corner
12th: (14) Peisha Felicita—traveled 3-wide in mid-pack, even paced at straight
13th: (11) Hiruno Devaro—trailed in rear, turned wide, failed to respond at stretch
14th: (9) Nac Venus—sat 3-wide in mid-group, unable to reach contention
15th: (15) Mozu Superflare—set pace, led until 300m out, fell back
16th: (18) Daimei Princess—was off slow, raced near rear, circled wide, never a threat
17th: (1) Snow Dragon—settled in mid-division, checked at 3rd corner, no factor
18th: (10) Love Kampf—advanced to 2nd, faded after entering lane

4-year-old & up, 1,200 meters (about 6 furlongs), turf, left-handed
Sunday, March 24, 2019    Chukyo Racecourse      11th Race        Post time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 238,600,000 (about US$ 2,075,000 <US$1=¥115>)
4-y-o & up: 57kg (about 126 lbs),
2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares, 1kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2015
Safety factor: 18 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
1 2 3 Mr Melody
C4 57.0 Scat Daddy
Trusty Lady
Y. Fukunaga
H. Fujiwara
Green Fields Co., Ltd.
Bell Tower Thoroughbreds
2 2 4 Seiun Kosei
H6 57.0 Admire Moon
H. Miyuki
H. Uehara
Shigeyuki Nishiyama
Sakurai Bokujo
3 4 7 Shonan Anthem
H6 57.0 Jungle Pocket
K. Fujioka
T. Tanaka
Shonan Co., Ltd.
Morinaga Bokujo
4 7 13 Danon Smash
C4 57.0 Lord Kanaloa
Spinning Wildcat
Y. Kitamura
T. Yasuda
Danox Co., Ltd.
K. I. Farm
5 3 5 Teehaff
H9 57.0 Storming Home
Y. Kokubun
K. Nishiura
Darley Japan K. K
6 4 8 Let’s Go Donki
M7 55.0 King Kamehameha
Y. Iwata
T. Umeda
Hirosaki Toshihiro HD Co., Ltd.
Shimizu Bokujo
7 8 16 Dea Regalo
M5 55.0 Manhattan Cafe
Souvenir Gift
K. Ikezoe
M. Otake
Sunday Racing Co., Ltd.
Northern Farm
8 6 12 Logi Cry
H6 57.0 Heart’s Cry
Dream Moment
C. Lemaire
N. Sugai
Masaaki Kumeta
Northern Racing
9 3 6 Ares Barows
H7 57.0 Deep Impact
Taisei Etoile
Y. Kawada
K. Tsunoda
Hirotsugu Inokuma
Yanagawa Bokujo
10 1 2 Rhein Spirit
H8 57.0 Swept Overboard
Ribbon Stripe
K. Mori
M. Matsunaga
Shigemasa Osawa
Fujiwara Breeding Stud
11 8 17 Daimei Fuji
H5 57.0 Agnes Digital
Daimei Dark
G. Maruyama
N. Morita
Noboru Miyamoto
Koichi Miyamoto
12 7 14 Peisha Felicita
M6 55.0 Heart's Cry
Pleasant Cape
D. Matsuda
N. Takagi
Naoto Kitajo
Tomoda Bokujo
13 6 11
Hiruno Devaro
H8 57.0 Manhattan Cafe
N. Yokoyama
M. Kon
Hiruno Co., Ltd.
Kamii Stud
14 5 9 Nac Venus
M6 55.0 Daiwa Major
Ready to Please
T. Ono
H. Sugiura
Kinya Komatsu
Shadai Farm
15 7 15 Mozu Superflare
F4 55.0 Speightstown
Christies Treasure
Y. Take
H. Otonashi
Capital System Co., Ltd.
Alpha Delta Stables LLC
16 8 18 Daimei Princess
M6 55.0 King Halo
Daimei Dark
M. Demuro
N. Morita
Koichi Miyamoto
Koichi Miyamoto
17 1 1 Snow Dragon
H11 57.0 Admire Cozzene
Meine Caprice
N. Fujita
N. Takagi
Makio Okada
Meiwa Iwami Bokujo
18 5 10
Love Kampf
F4 55.0 Shonan Kampf
Love Heart
M. Sakai
N. Morita
Yoichi Masuda
Yoichi Masuda
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: ¥ 18,837,319,300 ATTENDANCE: 30,085

PAY-OFF (for ¥100)
WIN No.3 ¥780 BRACKET QUINELLA 2-2 ¥33,310 QUINELLA 3-4 ¥30,530
PLACE No.3 ¥320 QUINELLA PLACE 3-4 ¥7,590 EXACTA 3-4 ¥49,630
No.4 ¥2,210 3-7 ¥30,460 TRIO 3-4-7 ¥870,740
No.7 ¥6,410 4-7 ¥88,520 TRIFECTA 3-4-7 ¥4,497,470
  1. 1.Mr Melody (USA), bay, colt, 4-year-old
    Scat Daddy / Trusty Lady (Deputy Minister)
    Owner: Green Fields Co., Ltd. Breeder: Bell Tower Thoroughbreds
    Trainer: Hideaki Fujiwara Jockey: Yuichi Fukunaga
    10 Starts, 4 Wins
    Added money: ¥ 113,780,000 Career earnings: ¥ 220,343,000

  2. 2.Seiun Kosei (JPN), chestnut, horse, 6-year-old
    Admire Moon / Observant (Capote)
    Owner: Shigeyuki Nishiyama Breeder: Sakurai Bokujo
    Trainer: Hiroyuki Uehara Jockey: Hideaki Miyuki

  3. 3.Shonan Anthem (JPN), gray, horse, 6-year-old
    Jungle Pocket / Voladores (Kurofune)
    Owner: Shonan Co., Ltd. Breeder: Morinaga Bokujo
    Trainer: Tsuyoshi Tanaka Jockey: Kota Fujioka
Fractional time (sec./furlong): 12.0 - 10.1 - 11.1 - 11.4 - 11.2 - 11.5
Last 4 furlongs: 45.2          Last 3 furlongs: 34.1

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

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.


* Takamatsunomiya Kinen

The Takamatsunomiya Kinen, one of two G1 championship events for sprinters held by the JRA together with the Sprinters Stakes (G1, 1,200m) in autumn, was formerly named Takamatsunomiya Cup in honor of Prince Takamatsunomiya who presented the trophy to the winner in 1971. The race was shortened from 2,000 meters to 1,200 meters and granted a Japanese Grade 1 status in 1996, then renamed Takamatsunomiya Kinen in 1998. The first of flat turf G1 events held annually, the race was temporarily shifted to Hanshin Racecourse in 2011 and was contested over the newly renovated track back at Chukyo in the following year with added challenges of an uphill and a longer homestretch exceeding 400 meters.
The Takamatsunomiya Kinen was designated an international race in 2001 and welcomed its first two foreign participants—Disturbingthepeace (13th) and Echo Eddie (17th)—from the U.S. in 2003 and was part of the Global Sprint Challenge, the international championship series for sprinters between 2011 and 2017. Aerovelocity (NZ, by Pins) from Hong Kong became the first foreign horse to win the race in 2015 and Blizzard (AUS, by Starcraft), also from Hong Kong, finished fifth last year.
Last year’s champion Fine Needle (JPN, by Admire Moon) went on to win the Sprinters Stakes to be named JRA Award Best Sprinter or Miler of 2018 and now stands for stud at Darley Japan Stallion Complex.
This year’s race included Danon Smash who came off consecutive grade-race victories in the Keihan Hai (G3, 1,200m) and the Silk Road Stakes (G3, 1,200m; Jan.27), and 2017 Takamatsunomiya Kinen champion Seiun Kosei who was 15th in the latter. Key contenders coming off the Hankyu Hai (G3, 1,400m; Feb.24) were three-time G1 sprint runner-up Let’s Go Donki (2nd) and two-time graded winner Logi Cry (3rd). Mozu Superflare came off a win in the Ocean Stakes (G3, 1,200m; Mar.3) followed by last year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen third-place finisher Nac Venus. The field also included last year’s Sprinters Stakes runner-up Love Kampf and fourth-place Daimei Princess, the Hanshi Cup (G2, 1,400m) runner-up Mr Melody and the Kyoto Himba Stakes (G3, 1,400m; Feb.16) winner Dea Regalo.
Big Arthur (JPN, by Sakura Bakushin O) set the race record of 1:06.7 in 2016.

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