Sunday, June 08, 2014

Just a Way wins Yasuda in photo finish


Veteran jockey Yoshitomi Shibata forced Just a Way ahead in last stride to capture the Yasuda Kinen on the heavy Tokyo ground. The 5-year-old son of Heart's Cry won it by a nose from Grand Prix Boss in 1 minute 36.80 seconds.
Shonan Mighty was, another 3 lengths back, third with Danon Shark fourth.

In the middle of the stretch, hot favorite Just a Way looked struggling in the crowd. Shibata said, "He was off-balanced during the stretch drive on the heavy ground."

Aroung 200 meters to go, Grand Prix Boss drew away from the rest on the middle. Despite of the very soft going, Just a Way drew up on the inside step by step before collaring the leader. From there, a thrilling finish of the two began for the rest of the way. Just a Way's powerful stride just prevailed to put his nose in front.

Just a Way out of the Wild Again mare Sibyl has now won six in 19 career starts with more than 778 million jp yen for trainer N. Sugai and ower A. Yamatoya. Shiraoi Farm was the breeder of the bay horse.

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