Logi Universe romped the Yayoi Sho by making all the running on the Nakayama 2,000-meter course. The odds-on favorite beat Mikki Petra by a 2 1/2-length to get home in 2 minutes 3.50 seconds. Third, another half-length behind, was Moere Expert. Second favorite Seiun Wonder finished a disappointing 8th.
As jockey Norihiro Yokoyama brought Logi Universe into front before main stand, spectators gasped in surprise. Because the colt had never got the leading position in his past runnings. From there, no rivals got a step in front.
You can see the race(in Japanese) on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhIxYhy8Qh8
The 46th Yayoi Sho, grade 2
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Nakayama Race-11 3:45pm 10-ran
3yo 2,000-meter turf good cloudy
10 Logi Universe f N.Yokoyama
2 Mikki Petra K.Tanaka
7 Moere Expert M.Matsuoka
3 Kitasan Amigo Y.Kawada
9 Keiai Raijin H.Uchida
margins: 2-1/2l, 1/2l, nk, 3/4l
Logi Universe remains undefeated in 4 starts with 3 straight grade victories before going for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas). He will be certainly the major player in the first leg of the triple crown races for 3-year-olds.
Logi Universe is a bay colt by Neo Universe, winner of the 2003 Japanese Derby and the Satsuki Sho, out of the Cape Cross mare Acoustics.