Chrono Genesis Streets Ahead In Takarazuka Kinen


The 4-year-old filly Chrono Genesis (Jpn) (Bago {Fr}) was the second choice in the betting for Sunday's G1 Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin, but at the finish line there was no doubting who was number one, with the Sunday Racing colourbearer establishing her dominance with a race record six-length victory and earning a spot in the Nov. 7 GI Breeders' Cup Turf.

After finishing third in the opening two races of last year's fillies' Triple Crown, the G1 Oka Sho and the G1 Yushun Himba, Chrono Genesis collected her first Group 1 title in the third leg, the G1 Shuka Sho, in October before running a respectable fifth against older mares in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup. She opened her season with a win in the G2 Kyoto Kinen on Feb. 16 and finished a neck second in the G1 Osaka Hai on Apr. 5.

Breaking from gate 16 of 18, Chrono Genesis was able to get within three paths of the fence by the time they hit the first bend and established a position about six lengths off the lead. Chrono Genesis began to circle runners rounding the final turn and found herself four-wide and among the leaders as they straightened. Despite the rain-softened ground she employed an eye-catching turn of foot to draw clear and never appeared in danger in the lane, leaving the 2017 G1 Kikuka Sho victor Kiseki (Jpn) (Rulership {Jpn}) to settle for second once again.

“The filly broke smoothly and we were able to travel in good rhythm in good striking position,” said jockey Yuichi Kitamura. “I didn't really have to urge her to go but she just went spontaneously. She was responding really well so I knew that she would stretch well in the lane. She has become a powerful filly and was in very good condition. She was really strong.”

Pedigree Notes

Chrono Genesis is the eighth foal out of the winning 3-year-old Chronologist (Jpn) (Kurofune), who one year prior had produced the G1 Victoria Mile winner Normcore (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}). Chrono Genesis and Normcore are the only two black-type winners under the first two dams, while the former champion 2-year-old Fusaichi Richard (Jpn) (Kurofune) appears under the third dam amidst a smattering of minor stakes winners.

Sunday, Hanshin, Japan
TAKARAZUKA KINEN-G1, ¥291,400,000, Hanshin, 6-28, 3yo/up, 2200mT, 2:13.50, gd.
1–CHRONO GENESIS (JPN), 123, f, 4, by Bago (Fr)
                1st Dam: Chronologist (Jpn), by Kurofune
                2nd Dam: In This Unison (Jpn), by Sunday  Silence
                3rd Dam: Rustic Belle, by Mr.Prospector
O-Sunday Racing; B-Northern Farm; T-Takashi Saito; J-Yuichi
Kitamura; ¥153,780,000. Lifetime Record: 11-6-2-2. *1/2 to
Normcore (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}), G1SW-Jpn, $2,709,237.
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   Rating: F.
2–Kiseki (Jpn), 128, h, 6, Rulership (Jpn)–Blitz Finale (Jpn), by
Deep Impact (Jpn). O-Tatsue Ishikawa; B-Shimokobe Farm;
3–Mozu Bello (Jpn), 128, c, 4, Deep Brillante (Jpn)–Harlan's
Ruby, by Harlan's Holiday. O-Capital System; B-Murata Farm;
Margins: 6, 5, 1 3/4. Odds: 3.10, 13.20, 105.10.
Also Ran: Saturnalia (Jpn), Meisho Tengen (Jpn), Lucky Lilac (Jpn), Tosen Surya (Jpn), Tosen Cambina (Jpn), Danburite (Jpn), Red Genial (Jpn), Stiffelio (Jpn), Cadenas (Jpn), Wagneran (Jpn), Admire Alba (Jpn), Persian Knight (Jpn), Blast Onepiece (Jpn), Glory Vase (Jpn), African Gold (Jpn).
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