Japan: Chrono Genesis, Efforia Top Fan Votes for Arima Kinen – Horse Racing News

Chrono Genesis wins the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin Racecourse in Japan.

Final nominations for rank 1 Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) number 17 for the full 16 grid. $ 2.8 million), drops this year on Boxing Day, and will be followed by Freshman Hope Stakes two days later. The ages range from 3 to 7 years old, with a very strong representation of 3 years old. Five females are also in the mix.

Despite the many popular horses that traveled to Hong Kong for international races earlier this month, fans won’t be disappointed with this year’s Arima Kinen lineup, which includes six first-year winners and the top three winners. Poll – Efforia, Chrono Genesis and Title Holder. The three fan favorites won over 200,000 votes each and Efforia’s 260,742 votes set a new record, surpassing last year’s Chrono Genesis record of 46,000 votes. Chrono Genesis obtained a personal best of 240,165 votes this year.

The Arima Kinen was started in 1956 by Yoriyasu Arima, the second president of the Japan Racing Association. Arima wanted a race to rival the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and the event started as the Nakayama Grand Prix. At the time, it was the only race to solicit fan votes for the horses they most wanted to see run. Arima attended the inaugural run of her race on December 23, 1956, but fell ill and died less than three weeks later. The name of the race was changed in memoriam later that year.

The Arima Kinen, shortened by half a furlong since 1966, is currently run over 2,500 meters (about 1.55 miles) of turf. The race record, set by Zenno Rob Roy in 2004, is 2: 29.50. The race has been organized since its start every year in Nakayama.

The Arima Kinen will be the 11th race on Sunday December 26 at Nakayama and its start time is 3:25 p.m. It is open to children 3 years and older and horses carry 57 kg, with a 2 kg allowance given to females. . and 3-year-old foals.

The first choices expected are:

Chrono Genesis: The Arima Kinen will be the final race for Bago’s 5-year-old daughter. Seeking to secure its fifth Grade 1 victory, Chrono Genesis comes straight back from its seventh place at Longchamp, where the Gray encountered terrain she had never experienced before and his forward position made the race even more difficult. Following his victory at the Arima Kinen last year, Chrono Genesis started the year with a second place finish in the Dubai Sheema Classic, and then at home took his second consecutive victory at the Takarazuka Kinen, both rounds of level 1. Jockey Christophe Lemaire took the reins of Takarazuka Kinen after regular rider Yuichi Kitamura was seriously injured in a fall in May, and Lemaire is due Sunday.

Efforia: The father of Epiphaneia Efforia, winner this year of Satsuki Sho (2000 Japanese Guineas) and Tenno Sho (Autumn), made the dreams of jockey Takeshi Yokoyama come true, whose 100 victories this year put him in 5th place in the ranking of jockeys. in his fourth year riding only. Efforia is returning from her October 31 Tenno Sho run and the course is familiar to Satsuki Sho, and only 100 meters longer than Efforia’s longest trip to date. Last week the bay colt spun under the jockey in a trio on the six-stage woodchip course for a time of 84.1-38.2-11.8.

Trainer Yuichi Shikato expressed his satisfaction with the work: “It was good for a week. He will get two more training sessions before the race. He came back from the farm looking happy and healthy and the training went well.

Title holder: The defending colt Duramante was 2-6-1 in the classic races, with Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) winning by five lengths. He has experience in Nakayama with a record of 1-4-1-2-13, and the last of them (Asahi Hai St. Lite Kinen) saw him stranded helpless in traffic and n was not representative. Although jockey Takeshi Yokoyama has ridden the Kikuka Sho, this time his older brother Kazuo Yokoyama is expected to be paired with the colt for the first time. Like Efforia and Chrono Genesis, the Titleholder will also run under just 55kg. Note that over the last 10 runs of the Arima Kinen, four winners came straight from Kikuka Sho. Three had won the classic and one had finished fourth.

Stella Veloce: The fourth place of the Kikuka Sho this year was Stella Veloce, also by Bago and, despite her name, a colt. The name translates from Italian to “fast star” and he was 3-3-4 in the classics, as well as second in the 2-year-old Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes Grade 1 last year. Stella Veloce also pocketed the Kobe Shimbun Hai Grade 2 in Chukyo, before heading to the Kikuka Sho. He is good on all terrains and versatile in his racing style. Arima’s turn, however, will not go to Hayato Yoshida, who has ridden the colt’s last four starts, but quite possibly to new partner jockey Mirco Demuro, who won the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies two weeks ago, his second category 1 victory of the year.

Akai Ito: Akai Ito, a 4 year old filly by Kizuna, won her first Grade 1 in her first candidacy at the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Hanshin. And she did so as the 10th pick of the race. Jockey Hideaki Miyuki, who is also due to ride on Sunday, helped her secure Arima Kinen’s first victory in her 27-year career. Akai Ito only competed in two other high-stakes races, also women-only, and was seventh in both. Not only will this be his first listed race against men, but it will be his first time over a distance of over 2,200 meters. She does, however, have previous experience in Nakayama with a 4-5 over 1,800 and 2,000 meters, respectively.

Deep bond: Another offspring of Kizuna, Deep Bond raced in the 2020 Classics alongside Contrail for a score of 10-5-4. Like Chrono Genesis, the colt returns from the Arc, and he too, even more than the mare, was struck down to the ground and finished last. A little over two weeks earlier, he had won the Prix Foy Grade 2 at the same place, Longchamp. Being one of the best stayers of the generation, the better the distance seems to him and he might even find the 2,500 meters a bit short. He was three of the last in the Grade 3 Nakayama Kimpai (2,000 meters), dominated the Hanshin Daishoten (3,000 meters), followed by a second in the Tenno Sho (spring) (3,200 meters) before leaving for the ‘Europe.

Kiseki: The veteran Kiseki deserves a special mention, which will crown a career of 33 outings including four candidatures abroad. It’s been four years since winning the 2017 Kikuka Sho, his only Grade 1 victory and the last time he made the winner’s circle. Although Kiseki has only landed four wins in his career, he has made the first three 16 times. This will be his fourth Arima Kinen and his previous results at 5-5-12 are not promising, but his rotation is the least difficult to date. His father Rulership posted 6-4-3 on his three Arima runs.

Others of interest include:

Also by Epiphaneia, Aristoteles finished just a neck behind Contrail in the Kikuka Sho last year. Sent to the last outposts of the Japan Cup, he finished in ninth place. Before that, however, he showed a more relaxed race and finished second in the Category 2 Kyoto Daishoten two years ago. Although this is only his second round at Nakayama, he won the American Jockey Club Cup Tier 2 in January and the venue suits him.
The 5-year-old Heart’s Cry Shadow Diva mare won the Irish Grade 2 Fuchu Himba Stakes Trophy before finishing seventh in the Japan Cup. This time, it will be her first time over something over 2,400 meters, and she’s been 4-1-5 in three previous Nakayama races, all over 1,800 meters.

Plus, we can’t overlook Coach Yoshito Yahagi’s colt Panthalassa as he’s on a two-game winning streak, a end-to-end victory in the October Stakes followed by a four-length victory in the Grade 3 Fukushima Kinen.