Breeders' Cup F/M Turf

Japan's Loves Only You is 2021's Top Female Turf Horse

Globetrotting Loves Only You (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) became the first-ever Japanese-trained Breeders' Cup winner when she took the GI Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf in November, and snagged the Eclipse Award for champion turf female Thursday. The Yoshito Yahagi trainee finished off her 5-year-old season with a win in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup in December. 

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Loves Only You Gets Japan Its Breeders' Cup Win

Over the last quarter-century, horses based in Japan have increasingly made their presence felt on the international stage, winning top races on the European continent, the Middle East, Hong Kong and places as far afield as Australia. Though clearly possessed of the horseflesh to make an impression--no matter the port of call--the Breeders' Cup had eluded the island nation, but history was made Saturday at Del Mar when the well-traveled Loves Only You (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) sliced her way between rivals in the dying strides to salute in the...

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