Best Warrior(USA), the 1.9(9-10) favorite, rallied on the outside down the stretch and was ahead in the last stride to win the grade three Procyon Stakes at Chukyo. Kyowa Duffy drew away from the rest in the final stage, but he fell a neck short of the winner to finish second. Ganges was third in the field of 16.
In the hands of Keita Tosaki, Best Warrior was timed in 1 minute 22.60 seconds on good track for the 1,400-meter trip.
Best Warrior, by Majestic Warrior out of the Mr. Greenly mare Flirtatious Miss, has now won six of his 13 races for trainer Sei Ishizaka and owner Y. Baba. Buck Pon Farm Inc. was the 4-year-old colt's breeder.