REJOINING BELOVED PARTNER
With my wife and our son, I went to Tokyo Race Course in Fuchu to watch 18 three-year-old fillies of Oaks, the grade one race, on last Sunday 22 May. The day was strong sunlight but blewed wind a few, we felt comfortable to picnic on the grass going to inside the track course. The turf course JRA specially offered for the atendances was the one for the jump racing, and seemed to be over 10 centimeters long, so we were frolicking on the grass like big cushion.
I don't understand traditionaly Keiba, the horse racing, is thought to be the image of evil in Japan, because Keiba is connected with one of the gambles as a bad thing to spoil children, however I can say that yesterday, inside the track, the families with children were seen to enjoy the atmosphere around racing horses with smile and happiness. They knew these were the parts of Keiba, I thought.
Cesario, the favorite, who was named after the character in Shakespear's "Twelfth Night", got the winning goal on jocky Yuichi Fukunaga, who got on the Ouka-syo, grade one race, winner Rheinkraft not but on Cesario. But like the play, Cesario had won the love of him once again to finish her happy ending as well as almost people wished.
Anyway, Oaks of this year was a wonderful racing. The favorite claimed the summit. People outside the track might celebrate her and her partner with smile and happiness. Speaking for me, I was thinking about it, "Oh, Jadeit...".
66th Oaks (22 May)
G1, 2400M, turf, at TOKYO Racecourse
1.Cesario #4 Yuichi Fukunaga, Katsuhiko Sumii 02:28:8
2.Air Messiah #5 Yutaka Take, Yuji Ito +0.0(by neck)
3.Dia de la Novia #9 Kent Desormeaux, Katsuhiko Sumii +0.1