VICTORY ADMIRED FIRST CROWN WIN WITH KATSUHARU
But little of people did them when Victory aboard Katsuharu Tanaka made a long-shot escape to win Satsuki-sho, the first race of JRA's Japanese triple crown races, at Nakayama Racecourse Sunday. Winning jockey Tanaka was the first big race victory since Yasuda-kinen in 1992 while winning trainer Hidetaka Otonashi deserved the second G1 title this season. Sun Zeppelin finished the second by nose, overtaking the winner before receiving the fight-back. Unbeaten horse, Fusaichi Ho O rushed the two horses from the rear side but didn't reach by nose with the third, which was same place as his farther Jungle Pocket six years ago.
Race favorite, Admire Aura and Yutaka Take onboard advanced on the way watching the second pick of the Fusaichi and Ando but had the result behind the rival. The owner Riichi Kondo had to accept a disgrace given by the other side owner Fusaro Sekiguchi followed last year. Kondo, however, might have happy half in his mind because he stood in the winning photo session after the victory ceremony along with Victory's owner Eiko Kondo, his wife.
Watching Victory's escape win, I remembered Sunny Brian 10 years ago when the Brians Time's colt, same as Victory, surpassed the rushing horses including the favorite by slight defference. And he escaped again to win the next race, Japanese Derby, in little evaluation. Victory and Tanaka's road to the Derby is same as the predecessors, I don't know.
67th Satsuki-sho (15 Apr)
G1, 2000M, turf, at NAKAYAMA Racecourse
1.Victory #17 Katsuharu Tanaka, Hidetaka Otonashi, 1:59:9
2.Sun Zeppelin #9 Masami Matsuoka, Makoto Saito, by nose
3.Fusaichi Ho O #1 Katsumi Ando, Kunihide Matsuda, by nose
4.Admire Aura #15 Yutaka Take, Hiroyoshi Matsuda, +0.2
*Horeses Above Automatically Deserved the Entry of Nippon Derby on 27 May