First for Drefong

Northern Farm-bred Geoglyph wins Satsuki Sho

GEOGLYPH winning the Satsuki Sho at Nakayama in Japan.
GEOGLYPH winning the Satsuki Sho at Nakayama in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Shadai Stallion Station-based Drefong (Gio Ponti) sired his first Group 1 winner on Sunday when the Tetsuya Kimura-trained Geoglyph (3 c ex Aromatico by King Kamehameha) won the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (Gr 1, 2000m) at Nakayama, the first leg of the Japanese Triple Crown. 

Winner of the Sapporo Nisai Stakes (Gr 3, 1,800m) last year, Geoglyph and capped off his two-year-old season with a fifth in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (Gr 1, 1,600m) in December. The colt had commenced his classic season with a second to Danon Beluga (Hearts Cry) in the Kyodo News Hai (Gr 3, 1,800m) back in February and on Sunday, the colt settled in midfield before he finished off strongly to beat his stablemate Equinox (Kitasan Black) by a length with Do Deuce (Heart's Cry) beaten two and a quarter lengths for third. 

"His start was good and we were able to sit in an ideal position which was crucial in winning today. I already knew that he was in good form when I rode him during workouts and had every belief that, although the colt was fifth pick, he was capable of winning today," said winning jockey Yuichi Fukunaga.

Geoglph is the fourth foal and one of three winners out of the Grade 1 placed mare Aromatico (King Kamehameha) and he became the first stakes winner for Drefong when he won the Nisai Stakes last September. 

Standing for a fee of Y3,000,000 this year, Drefong is also the sire of the Listed winner Desierto and the stakes placed duo Kawakita Reverie and Consigliere. 


Racing and Sports



Nakayama

Sunday, 17th April 2022

11
15:40
(local)

THE SATSUKI SHO (G1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
JPY ¥320,750,000
2000m TURF GOOD
11
15:40
(local)
JPY ¥320,750,000
2000m GOOD

THE SATSUKI SHO (G1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 14. GEOGLYPH (JPN) 3yo C
DREFONG (USA) - AROMATICO (JPN)
Y FUKUNAGA
TETSUYA KIMURA
$9.10
57.0kg
Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
2nd 18. EQUINOX (JPN) 3yo C
KITASAN BLACK (JPN) - CHATEAU BLANCHE (JPN)
C P LEMAIRE
TETSUYA KIMURA
$5.70
57.0kg
Silk Racing Co. Ltd.
3rd 12. DO DEUCE (JPN) 3yo C
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - DUST AND DIAMONDS (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE
Y TOMOMICHI
$3.90
57.0kg
Kieffers Co. Ltd.
4th 1. DANON BELUGA (JPN) 3yo C
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - COASTED (USA)
Y KAWADA
N HORI
$5.00
57.0kg
5th 2. ASK VICTOR MORE (JPN) 3yo C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - KARTICA (GB)
HIRONOBU TANABE
Y TAMURA
$9.90
57.0kg
6th 11. ONYANKOPON (JPN) 3yo C
EISHIN FLASH (JPN) - CHARIOT D'OR (JPN)
AKIRA SUGAWARA
S KOJIMA
$19.00
57.0kg
7th 6. JUSTIN ROCK (JPN) 3yo C
LEONTES (JPN) - FLOWER ROCK (JPN)
K TOSAKI
TATSUYA YOSHIOKA
$35.00
57.0kg
8th 15. LAGULF (JPN) 3yo C
MAURICE (JPN) - ABANDONNE (JPN)
KYOSUKE MARUTA
Y MUNAKATA
$162.70
57.0kg
9th 10. JUSTIN PALACE (JPN) 3yo C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - PALACE RUMOR (USA)
M DEMURO
HARUKI SUGIYAMA
$20.90
57.0kg
10th 8. DANTE'S VIEW (JPN) 3yo C
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - CROW CANYON (JPN)
HAYATO YOSHIDA
Y TOMOMICHI
$86.20
57.0kg
11th 13. BE ASTONISHED (JPN) 3yo C
AMERICAN PATRIOT (USA) - MAO RIO (JPN)
R WADA
YUZO IIDA
$72.70
57.0kg
12th 17. MATENRO LEO (JPN) 3yo C
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - SARATOGA VENUS (JPN)
N YOKOYAMA
M KON
$84.70
57.0kg
13th 4. KILLER ABILITY (JPN) 3yo C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - KILLER GRACES (USA)
TAKESHI YOKOYAMA
TAKASHI SAITO
$7.60
57.0kg
14th 7. BORN THIS WAY (JPN) 3yo C
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - WINDHUK (GER)
SHU ISHIBASHI
K MAKI
$49.30
57.0kg
15th 5. GRAND LINE (JPN) 3yo C
DURAMENTE (JPN) - GRAND CHARME (JPN)
KOSEI MIURA
N TAKAGI
$210.90
57.0kg
16th 16. DESIERTO (JPN) 3yo C
DREFONG (USA) - ADMIRE SCEPTRE (JPN)
Y IWATA
TAKAYUKI YASUDA
$15.50
57.0kg
17th 9. SATONO HELIOS (JPN) 3yo C
EPIPHANEIA (JPN) - AIR MAGDALENE (JPN)
MIRAI IWATA
Y TOMOMICHI
$47.50
57.0kg
18th 3. TOSEN VANNO (JPN) 3yo C
VANQUISH RUN (JPN) - TOSEN SONJA (JPN)
TAKUYA KOWATA
S KOBIYAMA
$311.80
57.0kg