Sunday, August 24, 2014

Harp Star defeats Gold Ship in Sapporo Kinen

Harp Star got off to a good start toward the Arc de Triomphe when she won the Sapporo Kinen in 1 minute 59.10 seconds this afternoon at Sapporo. She beat Gold Ship by a 3/4-length in a strong 14-horse field of the 2,000-meter event. Another 5-length behind came Whale Capture third.

Tokei Halo made the pace with the first 1,000 meters in  58.40 seconds, while Harp Star raced at second to last and several lengths away Gold Ship was the dead last. 

Harp Star made an early move and her position improved on the final turn. Gold Ship chased after Harp Star and moved up a position right behind her. 

Jockey Yuga Kawada forced Harp Star to go into the front right after entering the short home strech. Jockey Norihiro Yokoyama brought Gold Ship to challenge Harp Sar on the outside, but never collared her.

Harp Star, trained at JRA Ritto by Hiroyoshi Matsuda and owned by Carrot Farm, has now won five in seven career starts. Northern Farm was the breeder of Harp Star, a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of the Falbrav mare Historic Star.

Harp Star and Gold Ship are both scheduled to run in the Arc de Triomphe for their next actions.

Little Gerda wins Kitakyushu Kinen

Little Gerda(USA) beat Meisho Izayioi by a nose to win the Kitakyushu Kinen this afternoon at Kokura Racecourse. Another 1/2-length further away came Kaishu Columbo third. Kyosuke Maruta was on board the winner, covering the 1,200-meter in 1 minute 7.50 seconds on firm ground.

Bred by Dapple Bloodstock, Little Gerda(USA) is a 5-year-old gray mare by Closing Argument out of the Budda mare Bijoux Miss.

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