Sunday, Chukyo, JapanTAKAMATSUNOMIYA KINEN-G1
, ¥185,720,000, Chukyo, 3-24, 4yo/up, 1200mT, 1:08.10 (NTR), fm.
1--LORD KANALOA (JPN), 126, h, 5, by King Kamehameha (Jpn) 1st Dam: Lady Blossom (Jpn), by Storm Cat 2nd Dam: Saratoga Dew, by Cormorant 3rd Dam: Super Luna, by In Reality
O-Lord Horse Club; B-K I Farm; T-Takayuki Yasuda; J-Yasunari Iwata; ¥98,654,000. Lifetime Record: G1SW-HK, 15-10-4-1. *1/2 to Lord Balius (Jpn) (Brian’s Time), MSP-Jpn, $753,961. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Dream Valentino (Jpn)
, 126, h, 6, Roses in May--Cosmo Valenti (Jpn), by Meiner Love. O-Saison Race Horse; B-Big Red Farm; ¥39,044,000.
3--Hakusan Moon (Jpn)
, 126, c, 4, Admire Moon (Jpn)--Ciliege (Jpn), by Sakura Bakushin-Oh (Jpn). (¥50,000,000 wnlg ’09 JRHAJUL). O-Goichi Kawasaki; B-Shirai Farm; ¥24,522,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, NO, HF. Odds: 0.30, 8.40, 84.60.
Also Ran: Sakura Gospel (Jpn), Dasher Go Go (Jpn), Majin Prosper (Jpn), Sugino Endevour (Jpn), Fifth Petal (Jpn), San Carlo (Jpn), Memorial Year (Jpn), I Love Riri (Jpn), Tsurumaru Leon (Jpn), Silk Fortune (Jpn), Epice Arome (Jpn), Admire Sceptre (Jpn), Monstre (Jpn), Mikino Banjo (Jpn).Click for the Racing Post chart, brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree.
Japan’s champion sprinter/miler in 2012 after giving the country its first-ever win in the G1 Hong Kong Sprint last December, Lord Kanaloa was the prohibitive favorite facing 16 rivals here, and came through with a track-record performance while annexing his third Group 1 win. The progressive 5-year-old, who prefaced his successful Sha Tin raid with a victory in the six-furlong G1 Sprinters S. at Nakayama in September, opened 2013 with a 3/4-length tally in the seven-furlong G3 Hankyu Hai at Hanshin Feb. 24. Turning back a panel here and breaking from post 11, he sat a mid-pack trip while racing under cover. Still locked behind horses as they turned for home, he finally extricated himself in midstretch, but for a brief moment, it look as if he was spinning his wheels a bit and might be in danger of the upset. But in the final furlong, he unleashed a dazzling turn of foot and got up in plenty of time. The son of King Kamehameha gave trainer Takayuki Yasuda a second consecutive Takamatsunomiya Kinen title, as Yasuda won the race with Curren Chan (Jpn) (Kurofune) last year. Jockey Yasunari Iwata was winning his first Takamatsunomiya.
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