Sunday, November 29, 2015

Shonan Pandora wins Japan Cup in thrilling finish


Fourth favorite Shonan Pandora just got up the post in time to win the 35th Japan Cup under Kenichi Ikezoe in 2 minutes 24.70 seconds on the Tokyo 2,400-meter turf course on Sunday. She passed the line a neck in front of seventh favorite Last Impact with race favorite Lovely Day finishing another neck away in third place.
Another 1 1/4-length back, Jungle Cruise finished fourth place followed by Sounds of Earth and Erupt.
The most excitement began as Lovely Day went into the front at around 200-meter out with Last Impact chasing after him on the inside and Shonan Pandora making up the ground on the outside. The three fought it out to the post. In the end, Shonan Pandora's storming challenge prevailed.
Trained by T. Takano and owned by T. Kunimoto, Shonan Pandora has now won five of her 16 races and improved her career earnings to more than 567 million jpn yen. Shonan Pandora, a 4-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Cutie Gold, by French Deputy, was bred by Shadai Corporation.


Satono Lupin wins Keihan Hai
Satono Lupin held on challenge by Big Arthur to win the Keihan Hai at Kyoto on Sunday. Ryuji Wada was the winning rider to complete the 1,200-meter turf race in 1 minute 7.40 seconds. Big Arthur came second, a head  behind, with another 3 1/2-length back Earth Sonic third.
Satono Lupin is a 4-year-old dark bay colt by Deep Impact out of the Dancing Brace mare Erimo Pixy.

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