Deep Impact Filly Emulates Dam in Shuka Sho


Deep Impact | Kelsey Riley


The G1 Shuka Sho had been billed as the stomping grounds of wildly popular white filly and G1 Japanese 1000 Guineas heroine Sodashi (Jpn) (Kurofune {Jpn}), but instead, 7-1 shot Akaitorino Musume (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) spoiled the party at Kyoto on Sunday.

Following in the hoofsteps of her dam, 2010 Shuka Sho victress Apapane, the Makoto Kaneko Holdings-owned dark bay settled in a tracking sixth through the early going as A Shin Hiten (Jpn) (A Shin Hikari {Jpn}) cut out steady fractions while Sodashi sat in second several lengths back. At the head of the lane, pilot Keita Tosaki had Akaitorino Musume in an ideal position and ready to pounce on the leaders, as Sodashi took over from pacesetter A Shin Hiten.

However, with 200 metres remaining, Sodashi began to weaken and it was left to Akaitorino Musume, Andvaranaut (Jpn) (King Kamehameha {Jpn}), and the rapidly closing Fine Rouge (Jpn) (Kizuna {Jpn}) to fight out the finish. A half-length separated Akaitorino Musume and Fine Rouge at the line, with the latter a half-length to the good of Andvaranaut at the wire. A Shin Hiten held on well to take fourth. Sodashi faded to 10th. G1 Japanese Oaks heroine Uberleben (Jpn) (Gold Ship {Jpn}) broke poorly and never factored in 14th.

“There was a strong idle horse in today's race but I'm really glad we were able to claim the last leg of the  Triple Crown. I was able to settle the filly in good position and let her find a good rhythm. She responded willingly and stretched really well in the lane. I think she is a strong horse and felt that she has stepped up to the next level. I look forward to her performances going forward,” commented Tosaki.

A two-time winner from three starts at two, Akaitorino Musume added her first black-type badge with a victory over a mile in the G3 Daily Hai Queen Cup at Tokyo on Feb. 13. Only fourth to Sodashi in the G1 Japanese 1000 Guineas, she improved to second behind Uberleben in the G1 Japanese Oaks, her first try at 2400 metres, as her previous five races had been at a mile.


Pedigree Notes

The winner is the 53rd Group 1 winner for the late  Deep Impact. Already successful at the Group 3 level prior to Sunday, she is among 178 worldwide black-type scorers and 144 group winners. Somewhat surprisingly, she is only the second top-level winner for her sire out of his deceased studmate King Kamehameha's daughters after G1 Japanese Derby hero Wagnerian (Jpn). King Kamehameha has 26 black-type winners and 19 group winners. His best runner as a broodmare sire is 2020 Japanese Fillies' Triple Crown heroine Daring Tact (Jpn) (Epiphaneia).

The fourth foal and fourth winner for her dual champion and Fillies' Triple Crown-winning dam Apapane, Akaitorino Musume is a full-sister to dual Japanese group-placed Jinambo (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and the Group 3-placed Rhinebeck (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). Her dam, who won three of her four starts at two, including the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies when it was only a listed race, built upon her juvenile form with Classic victories in the G1 Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1 Japanese Oaks and the 2010 edition of this event. As a 4-year-old, Apapane added the G1 Victoria Mile to her haul, and her latest produce are both by Deep Impact's brother Black Tide (Jpn)–a yearling filly and a weanling colt.

Katsumi Yoshida purchased the winner's second dam, Salty Bid, out of the Fasig-Tipton February Sale for $200,000 in 2002. Sent to Japan, she placed at the listed level in her adopted country, while her great granddam Piper Piper (Spectacular Bid) ran third in the 1990 GI Ashland S.


Sunday, Kyoto, Japan
SHUKA SHO-G1, ¥194,800,000, Kyoto, 10-17, 3yo, f, 2000mT, 2:01.20, fm.
1–AKAITORINO MUSUME (JPN), 121, f, 3, Deep Impact (Jpn)
        1st Dam: Apapane (Jpn) (Ch. 2yo Filly & 3yo Filly-Jpn,
                  MG1SW-Jpn, $1,682,719), by King Kamehameha (Jpn)
        2nd Dam: Salty Bid, by Salt Lake
        3rd Dam: Piper Piper, by Spectacular Bid
1ST GROUP 1 WIN. O-Makoto Kaneko Holdings; B-Northern
Farm (Jpn); T-Sakae Kunieda; J-Keita Tosaki. ¥103,360,000.
Lifetime Record: 7-4-1-0. *Full to Jinambo (Jpn) (Deep Impact
{Jpn}), MGSP-Jpn, $921,944; and Rhinebeck (Jpn) (Deep
Impact {Jpn}), GSP-Jpn, $783,280. Werk Nick Rating: A+++.
   *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Fine Rouge (Jpn), 121, f, 3, Kizuna (Jpn)
        1st Dam: Passion Rouge (Jpn), by Boston Harbor
        2nd Dam: Sexy Coconuts (Jpn), by Dance in the Dark (Jpn)
        3rd Dam: Coco Passion (Fr), by Groom Dancer
(¥33,000,000 Wlg '18 JRHAJUL). O-Genichi Mutsui; B-Northern
Farm (Jpn); ¥40,960,000.
3–Andvaranaut (Jpn), 121, f, 3, King Kamehameha (Jpn)
        1st Dam: Gullveig (Jpn), by Deep Impact (Jpn)
        2nd Dam: Air Groove (Jpn), by Tony Bin (Ire)
        3rd Dam: Dyna Carle (Jpn), by Northern Taste
O-Sunday Racing; B-Northern Farm (Jpn); ¥25,480,000.
Margins: HF, HF, 1HF. Odds: 7.90, 4.60, 6.30.
Also Ran: A Shin Hiten (Jpn), Slyly (Jpn), Stellaria (Jpn), Art de Vivre (Jpn) Dead Heat, Another Lyric (Jpn), Miss Figaro (Jpn), Sodashi (Jpn), Through Seven Seas (Jpn), Sulfur Cosmos (Jpn), Uberleben (Jpn), Enthusiasm (Jpn), Cool Cat (Jpn), Ho O Ixelles (Jpn). Click for the JRA chart & video or the free catalogue-style pedigree.

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