Sunday, April 08, 2018

Almond Eye Storms Home in Oka Sho


Almond Eye came from far behind to win the Oka Sho under Christophe Lemaire at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday.  Lemaire held her far off the pace, second to last, in the early stage, but Almond Eye overtook her rivals in a single spurt down the stretch. They looked like standing still as she marched on the outside.
Lucky Lilac, who drew off to a lead with 200 meters to go, gave way to finish second, a 1 3/4-length behind. Another 1/2-length behind, Lily Noble was third. The winner came cross the wire in 1:33.1.
Almond Eye, trained at JRA Miho by S.Kunieda and owned by Silk Racing Co. Ltd., has now won three of her four races with more than 175 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Almond Eye, a 3-year-old bay filly by Lord Kanaloa out of Fusaichi Pandoa, by Sunday Silence.
Almond Eye finished second at her Niigata debut race on Aug. 06, 2017 before winning a maiden race at Tokyo on Oct. 08, 2017. Prior to the Oka Sho, she produced a sensational late stride like the Oka Sho when winning the g3 Shinzan Kinen against boys at Kyoto on Jan. 08, 2018.

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