Well-beaten in the last four starts, Meisho Naruto with Hironobu Tanabe up bounced back this afternoon at Fukushima when he won the Tanabata Sho. The Heart's Cry gelding led the field and went all the way to gain the grade three victory in 1 minute 58.70 seconds on firm for the 2,000-meter distance.
New Dynasty sneaked on the inside to finish a 1 3/4-length second. Race favorite Meiner Lacrima got up for third place in the 16-run race.
Trained by Hiroshi Takeda and owned by Y. Mtsumoto, Meisho Naruto has now registered sixth win in 24 starts. The 6-year-old gelding was bred by M. Kamada.