Titleholder Earns Ticket to Breeders' Cup with Takarazuka Kinen Win

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Titleholder taking the G1 Takarazuka Kinen | JRA

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The fan's pick Titleholder (Jpn) (Duramente {Jpn}) lived up to his star billing with a facile two-length victory in Sunday's G1 Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin, a 'Win and You're In' event to the GI Breeders' Cup Turf later this fall. With the top 10 runners in the 2200-meter event selected by fan voting, the 4-year-old was installed the 3-1 second choice behind Efforia (Jpn) (Epiphaneia {Jpn}).

Titleholder vied for the early lead with Panthalassa (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) before settling in second. Inching closer to the pacesetter in the latter stages, the colt reached the weakening leader turning for home and strode clear late to score by a comfortable two-length margin. Hishi Iguazu (Jpn) (Heart's Cry {Jpn}) closed to take second, while 2020 Fillies' Triple Crown heroine Daring Tact (Jpn) (Epiphaneia {Jpn}) offered a nice closing kick to grab third. Favored Efforia was sixth. The final time of 2:09.7 equaled the track record for the distance.

“This was my fourth race with Titleholder and I knew how the colt could run in good rhythm,” commented winning rider Kazuo Yokohama. “The pace was fast, but I wasn't concerned because he still had enough power left at the straight. He's still in the process of maturing and I think he'll get better going forward.”

Victorious in last season's G1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) at Hanshin, the dark bay also took Nakayama's G2 Deep Impact  Kinen and finished runner-up in the G1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) during the 2021 season. He kicked off this term with a victory in the G2 Nikkei Sho at Nakayama in March before returning to his favored surface at Hanshin to triumph in the May 1 G1 Tenno Sho (Spring).

Titleholder becomes the first horse to capture both the Tenno Sho and Takarazuka Kinen in the same year since Deep Impact (Jpn) in 2006.

According to trainer Toru Kurita, “I've been told by the owner that the colt will go to 'the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe if he wins' so we're planning to send him straight to France with Kazuo.”

Pedigree Notes:
Takarazuka Kinen winner Titleholder went one better than his sire, dual Group 1 winning Duramente, who finished runner-up in the 2016 renewal of the race. The Japanese Derby and 2000 Guineas scorer is also responsible for this season's G1 Japanese Oaks heroine Stars on Earth (Jpn). With only two named foals to her credit, 13-year-old Mowen (GB) (Motivator {GB}) is also responsible for the minor winner Melody Lane (Jpn) (Orfevre {Jpn}), who finished 13th behind her more exalted sibling in Sunday's Takarazuka Kinen.

 

Sunday, Hanshin, Japan
TAKARAZUKA KINEN-G1, ¥385,400,000, Hanshin, 6-26, 3yo/up, 2200mT, 2:09.70 (NCR), fm.
1–TITLEHOLDER (JPN), 128, c, 4, by Duramente (Jpn)
1st Dam: Mowen (GB), by Motivator (GB)
2nd Dam: Top Table (GB), by Shirley Heights (GB)
3rd Dam: Lora's Guest (Ire), by Be My Guest
(¥20,000,000 Wlg '18 JRHAJUL). O-Hiroshi Yamada; B-Okada Stud; T-Toru Kurita; J-Kazuo Yokoyama; ¥203,780,000. Lifetime Record: 12-6-2-0, ¥793,111,000. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Hishi Iguazu (Jpn), 128, h, 6, Heart's Cry (Jpn)–La Liz (Arg), by Bernstein. (¥97,000,000 Wlg '16 JRHAJUL). O-Masahide Abe; B-Northern Farm; T-Noriyuki Hori; J-Damian Lane. ¥81,080,000.
3–Daring Tact (Jpn), 123, m, 5, Epiphaneia (Jpn)–Daring Bird (Jpn), by King Kamehameha (Jpn). (¥12,000,000 Ylg '18 JRHAJUL). O-Normandy Thoroughbred Racing; B-Hasegawa Farm; T-Haruki Sugiyama; J-Kohei Matsuyama. ¥50,504,000.
Margins: 2, 2, NO. Odds: 3.20, 8.50, 6.30.
Also Ran: Deep Bond (Jpn), Meiner Fanrong (Jpn), Efforia (Jpn), Win Marilyn (Jpn), Panthalassa (Jpn), Stay Foolish (Jpn), Gibeon (Jpn), Potager (Jpn), Gloria Mundi (Jpn), Melody Lane (Jpn), Arrivo (Jpn), Iron Barows (Jpn), African Gold (Jpn), King of Koji (Jpn). Scratched: Authority (Jpn). Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Click for the JRA chart and video.

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