Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Flashback: 2000 Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun)


67th Japanese Derby: May 28, 2000

Agnes Flight captures the Derby by a photo finish 
Third pick Agnes Flight won the Japanese Derby at Tokyo Racecourse over favorite Air Shakur by less than three inches, to provide a veteran jockey Hiroshi Kawachi with the first Derby victory in 17th try. Trainer Hiroyuki Nagahama also grabbed his first Derby title.

The weather forecast for today proved wrong. It was a clear and nice day. Attendance of more than 160,000 witnessed a thrilling and exciting finish between Agnes Flight and Air Shakur. The two, both bred by Shadai Farm, are sons of Sunday Silence, who became the third straight Derby winning sire.

Hiroshi Kawachi settled his colt Agnes Flight in the last place, just like they raced the Kyoto Shimbun Hai last time out. While, Air Shakur, ridden by Yutaka Take, was the fourth place to the last. Air Shakur picked up ground at the far turn. Simultaneously, Agnes Flight started making a move to keep a pace up with Air Shakur. Air Shakur, with Agnes Flight tailing behind, positioned on the far outside when the field entered into the home stretch. At around 200-meter out after climbing up the hill, the winner looked in the possession of Air Shakur.
Agnes Flight, however, made an effort to approaching Air Shakur swiftly from the outside. The two drew away from the field for dueling to the finish line. The photo inspection was provided to make a decision for a winner. 

Agnes Flight covered a 2,400-meter trip in 2:26 1/5. A nose behind the winner, Air Shakur was second with Ataraxia another three and a half lengths back third, followed by Toho Shiden, Reward Faucon, Joten Brave, Carnegie Daian, Plant Taiyo O, Osumi Condor, G.T.Boss, Kurio King O, Daitaku Riva, Tanino Sol Cubano, Meiner Blau, Meiner Condor, Puple Ebisu, Maruka irror, Meiner Brian.

Agnes Flight, a son of Sunday Silence and Royal Ski mare Agnes Flora, has now won four races of five starts with a career earnings of more than 239 million yen. He comes from a classic winner family. His dam Agnes Flora is a 1990 Okasho winner. 
His second dam is Agnes Lady, winner of 1979 Japanese Oaks. Hiroshi Kawachi was also a regular rider for his mother Agnes Flora as well as his grandmother Agnes Lady. 
The 3-year-old colt, unraced at two, broke a maiden on February 6 in his debut before finishing 12th in the Wakaba Stakes. He won the Wakakusa Stakes and the Kyoto Shimbun Hai(g3) prior to the Derby.

Note: Some horse names may be incorrect.

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