Friday, May 20, 2016

Flashback: 2000 Japanese Oaks

61st Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks) on May 21, 2000

Silk Prima Donna triumphs Oaks
Shinji Fujita-mounted Silk Prima Donna beat her stablemate Cheers Grace to win the Japanese Oaks/Yushun Himba this afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. Both are trained at Riito Training Center by Kenji Yamauchi.
Silk Prima Donna, the smallest filly in the field, took a clear lead by passing Lady Muse and Olive Crown at around 200-meter from home, while the biggest filly Cheers Grace challenged 
her from the outside. Deciding on the big title was left to the two stablemates. In the end, favorite Silk Prima Donna edged fifth pick Cheers Grace by a neck, completing a 2,400-meter 
trip in 2:30 1/5 on good to firm ground. 
Darkhorse Olive Crown, one and a half lengths behind Cheers Grace, was third with another half-length back Lady Muse fourth, followed by Grand Pas de Deux, Saiko Kirara, Sunny Side Up, Manic Sunday, Future Sunday, Sugino Formosa, Bailarina, Mayno Maybe, Charisma Sun Opera, Jo De Shiraoki, Fusaichi You Can, Glow Ribbon, Summer Babe and Living Daylights.

Silk Prima Donna, a daughter of Brian's Time, earned the 3YO filly classic title in fifth start and improved a career record to 5-3-1-1. Silk Prima Donna, unraced at two, won the first two starts before finishing second in the March 12th 3YO Himba Tokubetsu at Hanshin. Prior to the Oaks, she was third in the grade one Okasho on April 9th.

Note: Some names may be incorrect.

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