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Chrono Genesis captures her first G1 title in the Shuka Sho

Fourth-pick Chrono Genesis landed a two-length victory in the last leg of the three-year-old fillies’ Triple, the Shuka Sho Kyoto on Sunday, to register her first G1 title in her fourth G1 challenge. 

Marking two consecutive wins from her debut start in September last year, the Bago filly finished second in her first G1 challenge, the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (1,600m) in December and claimed her first graded victory in her first start as a three-year-old in the Queen Cup (G3, 1,600m) this year. 

She was third in both first two legs, the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) and  the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, G1, 1,600m). This was trainer Takashi Saito’s first JRA-G1 title since opening his stable in 2016 and jockey Yuichi Kitamura’s second JRA-G1 title following his win in the Osaka Hai with Al Ain this spring.

Chrono Genesis, breaking smoothly from stall five, settled two wide around 6-7th from the front, eying race favorite Danon Fantasy traveling in front. The Bago gray turned the last two corners in good striking position, steered to the outside entering the lane and immediately made bid, nailing the race favorite and frontrunners 200 meters out, then continued to produce an impressive burst of speed to cross the wire with a comfortable two-length margin.

“I was able to race her in an ideal position while eyeing Danon Fantasy in front. She was responding really well at the fourth corner so I was able to make bid with confidence. I am grateful for having been able to ride the filly since her debut, I’m really glad that I was able to deliver a good result,” commented Yuichi Kitamura.

Second pick Curren Bouquetd’or, traveling further back in eighth, hugged the rails through the last corners, angled out at the top of the stretch and surged out right behind the subsequent winner. The Deep Impact filly demonstrated a strong turn of speed but was unable to keep up with the winner and finished second.

Tenth favorite Shigeru Pink Dia sat fourth from the rear, improved position turning wide around the last two corners and exploded from the outside with a powerful late kick that marked the fastest last three furlongs in the field to close in on the runner-up by 1-1/2 length.

Race favorite Danon Fantasy made a clean start, eased back to let the frontrunners go and waited in third. The 2018 Best Two-Year-Old Filly, however, failed to respond in the stretch and finished eighth.

THE 24TH SHUKA SHO (G1)
3-year-olds, Fillies, 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs), turf, right-handed
Sunday, October 13, 2019 Kyoto Racecourse 11th Race Post Time: 15:40
Total prize money: ¥ 216,000,000 (about US$ 1,878,000 <US$1=¥115>)
3-y-o: 55 kg (about 121 lbs), 2 kg allowance for Southern Hemisphere-bred born in 2016
Safety factor: 18 runner

1. Chrono Genesis (JPN), gray, filly, 3-year-olds
Bago / Chronologist (Kurofune)
Owner: Sunday Racing Co., Ltd. Breeder: Northern Racing
Trainer: Takashi Saito Jockey: Yuichi Kitamura
7 Starts, 4 Wins
Added money: ¥ 103,822,000 Career earnings: ¥ 249,934,000
2. Curren Bouquetd’or (JPN), bay, filly, 3-year-olds
Deep Impact / Solaria (Scat Daddy)
Owner: Takashi Suzuki Breeder: Shadai Farm
Trainer: Sakae Kunieda Jockey: Akihide Tsumura
3. Shigeru Pink Dia (JPN), dark bay or brown, filly, 3-year-olds
Daiwa Major / Moonlight Bay (High Chaparral)
Owner: S. Morinaka Breeder: Amaba Bokujo 

Other Horses:
4th: (9) Shadow Diva—saved ground around 10th, showed response after finding clear path at early stretch
5th: (7) Beach Samba—set solid pace, showed tenacity, outrun in last 100m
6th: (6) Rose Tesoro—sat around 11th, quickened along rails, tied 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs
7th: (3) Blanc Noir—took economic trip around 5-6th, advanced to 2nd 300m out, weakened in last 100m
9th: (17) Espoir—traveled 3-wide in 12th, driven after 3rd corner, met traffic 200m out, lost momentum
10th: (16) Passing Through—ran near favorite around 3rd, turned final corner outside eventual winner, never fired
11th: (10) Schon Glanz—trailed in rear, advanced after 3rd corner, checked at final corner, never a threat
12th: (4) Too Flashy—hugged rails near rear, passed tired rivals on inner stretch
13th: (13) Satono Damsel—raced 3-wide around 12th, angled out, even paced
14th: (18) Sing for You—settled near rear, showed little at stretch, unable to reach contention
15th: (15) Contra Check—pressed pace in 2nd, ran out of steam 300m out
16th: (11) Fairy Polka—sat behind winner, found little room at final corner, outrun thereafter
17th: (12) Red Anemos—traveled in 5-6th early, gradually fell back in backstretch, faded
Scratched: (2) Meisho Shobu—due to a stone bruise in her left forefoot

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