Fourth favorite Indy Champ claimed this year’s Yasuda Kinen in his first G1 challenge, renewing the race record to 1:30.9, 0.4 seconds shorter than previously set by Strong Return in 2012.
On Sunday, June 2 and coming on the heels off a longshot victory in the Japanese Derby is the final big event at Tokyo until the autumn – the Grade 1 Yasuda Kinen, a mile turf event for horses 3 years old and up.
Second fillies classic
The Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) is a 2,400m turf race held at Tokyo Racecourse.
Master Fencer finished an admirable sixth place in the 145th Kentucky Derby as the first Japanese-bred racehorse to take a crack at the Run for the Roses on Sunday.
Over 70,000 racegoers witnessed a thrilling Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) last Sunday at Kyoto Racecourse, enjoying every moment of the race, particularly the hard fought finish in the closing stages, before Fierement finally got the better of Glory Vase.
Last year’s NHK Mile Cup was won by 6th favorite Keiai Nautique with win odds of 12.8, resulting in a considerable Trifecta payout of 129,560 yen.