HAPPY ENDING FOR DEEP IMPACT FLYING TO BE SIRE
Deep Impact, the 6th triple crown horse in Japan, won Arima-kinen at Nakayama Racecourse Sunday. The Arima-kinen title was the seventh G1 win for the 4-year-old colts, who stands most G1 wins with Shimbori Rudolf and T.M.Operaoh. Deep Impact set to quit racing horse before JRA held the farewell ceremony for future legend with owner Makoto Kaneko, trainer Yasuo Ikee, jockey Yutaka Take and twelve thousand fans in front there. It was very very happy moment on Christmas Eve.
It was last year's Wakagoma-stakes, the second race for Deep Impact, that I felt him special, but I thought it suspicious when "Deep" met olders after earning the triple crown. My doubt seemed to be right when Heart's Cry, no G1 holder at that time, defeated Deep Impact last Arima-kinen. But into 2006, Deep Impact performed his strength in Hanshin-daisyoten on March when he changed the gear faster at the third to fourth corner before the stretch to catch up with the top from one in the last. Watching this race winning, I was sure that no enemy was in Japan. Then at Longchamp on October, Deep Impact and on- boarding Take seemed to run for the victory first time in his carrier as Take put him in front more than usual in Japan. That was much impressed me even after watching his last-run.
Thank you, Deep Impact. Show us many sons and daughters resembling him into the turf.
51st Arima-kinen (24 Dec)
G1, 2500M, turf, at NAKAYAMA Racecourse
1.Deep Impact #4 Yutaka Take, Yasuo Ikee, 2:31:9
2.Pop Rock #1 Olivier Peslier, Katsuhiko Sumii, +0.5
3.Daiwa Major #5 Katsumi Ando, Hiroyuki Uehara, +0.6
4.Dream Passport #3 Hiroyuki Uchida, Hiroyoshi Matsuda, +0.6