Sunday, June 01, 2014

One and Only wins Derby in final effort

Enormous racegoers turned up at Tokyo Racecourse on the great Derby day to see an exciting finish of the Japanese Derby, which was won in a final effort by One and Only.

The 17 runners went to post as scheduled, and Ekimae showed the way and got a huge lead throughout the backstretch, but he was pulled up when turning on the final bend. Suddenly, Tosen Stardom, who led a large pack of the horses, took over the leading position.

In the middle of the home strech, Tosen Stardom bumped on the rails, dropping back into rear. For a moment later, Isla Bonita drew out into the front with One and Only trailing on his outside. From there, a thrilling battle of the two began. They fought it out inch by inch for the last 200 meters. The exciting dual battle ended as One and Only got into front in a final effort. A 1/2-length separated the two. Another 1 1/2-length back Meiner Frost was third followed by another neck back Tagano Granpa fourth with To the World fifth.

In the hands of Norihiro Yokoyama, One and Only covered the 2,400-meter journey in 2 minutes 24.60 seconds on firm ground.

One and Only's trainer Kojiro Hashiguchi achieved a long-time ambition to saddle the Derby winner in his 20th Derby runner. 

One and Only, a 3-year-old colt by Heart's Cry out of the Taiki Shuttle mare Virtue, has now recorded three wins in nine stats with more than 313 million jp yen in career earnings for owner K. Maeda. North Hills Co. Ltds. was the breeder of the dark bay colt.

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