THE MEISHO OF THE OPERA: A BLOOD STORY
I have known Meisho Samson since the colt was beat by the 4th of Fusaichi Richard and Dream Passport(2nd) in Ogi stakes at Kyoto Racecourse last October. His father was Opera House, one of whose son was seven JRA G1 holder TM Opera O suffering Meisho Doto (G1 Takaraduka-kinen winner), who had finished the 2nd position in five of seven big races Opera O had won. Yes, I understood that Yoshio Matsumoto, the owner of horses with the name "Meisho" crowned, was spunning a story of blood. I wondered that Matsumoto dreamed a success of a horse poured the blood of the horse once it made him shed tears many times. Matsumoto was rewarded finally on the 16th of April when Meisho Samson won a Satsuki-sho title at Nakayama Racecourse.
Meisho Samson and trainer Tsutomu Setoguchi advanced to the Japanese 2000 guineas making Spring stakes(G2) and Kisaragi-sho(G3) a steppingstones which was same as the former Satsuki-sho winner Neo Universe, whose trainer was Setoguchi too. Jockey Mamoru Ishibashi was a person almost unrelated of G1 races because the local racecourse was his main battlefield. A 39-year-old local boy might have showed the ability as the representative of local jockeys, such a mind acted as me. It was the first G1 title for him also.
Race favorite Admire Moon finished the 4th. It is interesting for me that a son of End Sweep challenge the classic distance. It may be another blood story. Meisho Samson is more expected in next G1 race. Other contenders are aiming at special race entry with a vigilant eye. I also want to run somehow to the 10th race on the 28th of May at Tokyo Racecourse, NIPPON DERBY.
66th Satsuki-sho (16 Apr)
G1, 2000M, turf, at NAKAYAMA Racecourse
1.Meisho Samson #5 Mamoru Ishibashi, Tsutomu Setoguchi, 1:59:9
2.Dream Passport #2 Jun Takada, Hiroyoshi Matsuda, +0.1
3.Fusaichi Junk #6 Yasunari Iwata, Yasutoshi Ikee, +0.4
4.Admire Moon #15 Yutaka Take, Hiroyoshi Matsuda, +0.5
*Horeses Above Automatically Deserved the Entry of NIPPON Derby on 28 May