Copano Rickey Goes Out a Winner

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11th at OHI, $1.2mG1 Tokyo Daishoten (2000m)Winner: Copano Rickey (Jpn), h, 7 by Gold Allure (Jpn)

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Following in the hoofprints of Isla Bonita (Jpn) (Fuji Kiseki {Jpn}) and Kitasan Black (Jpn) (Black Tide {Jpn}) over the course of the last week, Copano Rickey (Jpn) (Gold Allure {Jpn}) signed off victoriously on a wildly successful career, winning Friday's G1 Tokyo Daishoten in gate-to-wire fashion to secure his spot as one of Japan's best dirt horses in history.

Drawn gate 13 in a full field, Copano Rickey was perhaps a beat slow from the stalls, but soon recovered to cross and clear all of the inside traffic to lead passing under the wire for the first time as the blaze-faced K T Brave (Jpn) (Admire Max {Jpn}) gave chase from second. Well-rated by Hironobu Tanabe through the middle stages, Copano Rickey kicked further in front off the final corner and was never in serious danger. Sound True (Jpn) (French Deputy), winner of this event in 2015, ran on well from the second half of the field to grab second ahead of K T Brave and defending champion Apollo Kentucky (Langfuhr).

Copano Rickey concludes his career with 13 black-type victories, including back-to-back scores in the G1 February S. (1600m) in 2014 and 2015. Only 14th when contesting that event for the fourth straight year this past winter, the 7-year-old was last seen finishing third in the G1 Champions Cup at Chukyo Dec. 3.

Copano Rickey is one of 10 graded winners for Gold Allure, a son of Sunday Silence whose eight career victories included the 2002 Tokyo Daishoten and the 2003 February S. The dam of Copano Rickey's 2-year-old full-sister Copano Levine (Jpn), Copano Nikita produced Gold Allure fillies in each of the last two seasons and was most recently covered by 2015 G1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and G1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) hero Duramente (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}).

Friday, Ohi, Japan
TOKYO DAISHOTEN-G1, ¥136,000,000, Ohi, 12-29, 3yo/up, 2000m, 2:04.20, gd.
1–COPANO RICKEY (JPN), 126, h, 7, by Gold Allure (Jpn)
1st Dam: Copano Nikita (Jpn), by Timber Country
2nd Dam: Nihon Pillow Rose (Jpn), by Tony Bin (Ire)
3rd Dam: Wedding Bouquet (Jpn), by Real Shadai
O-Sachiaki Kobayashi; B-Yanagawa Farm; T-Akira Murayama; J-Hironobu Tanabe; ¥80,000,000. Lifetime Record: Ch. Dirt Horse-Jpn, 33-16-3-3, ¥995,144,000. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Sound True (Jpn), 126, g, 7, French Deputy–Kyoei Truth (Jpn), by Fuji Kiseki (Jpn). O-Hiroshi Yamada; B-Okada Stud; ¥28,000,000.
3–K T Brave (Jpn), 126, c, 4, Admire Max (Jpn)–K T Laurel (Jpn), by Sakura Laurel (Jpn). O-Kazuyoshi Takimoto; B-Okano Farm; ¥16,000,000.
Margins: 3, 2HF, 1 1/4. Odds: 3.70, 3.00, 2.50.
Also Ran: Apollo Kentucky, London Town (Jpn), Mitsuba (Jpn), Incantation (Jpn), Higashi Will Win (Jpn), Turbulence (Jpn), Sabuno Kurohyo (Jpn), Baldassare (Jpn), Sei Falcon (Jpn), Sand Platina (Jpn), Cosmo Cut (Jpn), Shadow Party (Ire), Hercules (Jpn). Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO.

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