Twelfth Favorite Roger Barows Scores Upset Victory with Record Time in 86th Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)

Roger Barows wins this year’s Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) at Tokyo.

ROGER BAROWS winning the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) in Tokyo, Japan.
ROGER BAROWS winning the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

Twelfth favorite Roger Barows captured his first grade-race victory in this year’s Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), renewing the race record set by Duramente in 2015 by 0.6 seconds to 2:22.6. The Deep Impact colt won his debut start (2,000m) in August last year and was runner-up in his second start two months later. The bay marked his second win in his kick-off start this year, the Fukujuso Tokubetsu (2,000m), but finished seventh in the Spring Stakes (G2, 1,800m) in March and was second in the Kyoto Shimbun Hai (G2, 2,200m), three weeks prior to this race. He is the 20th colt since Fusaichi Concorde in 1996 to win the Derby without prior graded win. This win gave trainer Katsuhiko Sumii his 26th JRA-G1 victory following his Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) title with Saturnalia and his second Derby win following Vodka in 2007. Jockey Suguru Hamanaka marked his 9th JRA-G1 win following his Mile Championship victory with Mikki Isle in 2016 and his first Derby title in his 13 years of career.

Breaking smoothly from the innermost stall, Roger Barows settled in second behind Lion Lion who dashed out from the outer stall to set an extremely fast pace. Traveling 5-6 lengths behind the frontrunner along the backstretch, the Deep Impact colt gradually closed the gap turning the last two corners and immediately made bid entering the lane to assume command at the 400-meter pole. The Katsuhiko Sumii-trained bay continued to run strongly, fending off the repeated efforts of Danon Kingly in the last 300 meters, for his first G1 win.

“I was hoping for a fast pace, so settling in second behind an early pace was an ideal race for us. The colt is a stayer with much stamina so he held on strongly even after the uphill climb and ran persistently all the way to the end. He’s now a Derby horse, so we can count on his future performance,” commented Suguru Hamanaka.

Third pick Danon Kingly made a good break and hugged the rails in fifth. The son of Deep Impact kicked into gear rounding the last turn, entered the lane in third and threatened Roger Barows from the outside with an impressive burst of speed but was a neck short at the wire in second.

Second pick Velox traveled two wide, around 7-8th from the front, turned the last corner wide and stretched strongly behind Saturnalia in the homestretch. The son of Just a Way ran persistently and overtook the odds-on-favorite in the last 100 meters to finish 1/2 a length in front for third place.

Odds-on-favorite Saturnalia who seemed nervous from before the race, missed his break and was forced to settle eleventh from the front. The Katsuhiko Sumii-trained dark bay steered to the outside turning the last corner, unleashed a powerful late charge that timed the fastest over the last three furlongs and advanced to third at the 200-meter marker but weakened in the last 100 meters to finish fourth.

Other Horses :

5th:  (9)  Nishino Daisy - ran inside favorite, showed effort and quickened in final strides, head short for 
6th:  (10) Courageux Guerrier - sat in 5-6th, rallied with Velox and Saturnalia, weakened in last 100m
7th:  (14) Run for the Roses - traveled in mid-group along rails, showed brief response, even paced in last 200m
8th:  (11)  Red Genial - hugged rails towards rear, showed belated charge, timed 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs
9th:  (16) Tagano Diamante - settled near rear, accelerated on inner stretch, met traffic 200m out
10th: (8)  Meisho Tengen - positioned near rear, quickened and passed tired rivals in last 200m
11th:  (5)  Meiner Surpass - took economic route in mid-pack, outrun in last 300m
12th: (3)   Emeral Fight - saved ground in 4th, turned wide for clear path, ran gamely until 250m out
13th: (17)  Naimama - raced in mid-division, angled out, failed to respond
14th: (2)   Wind - sat near rear along rails, never fired at stretch
15th: (15)  Lion Lion - set fast pace, ran out of steam 300m out
16th: (18)  Schwarz Riese - traveled in front of favorite, unable to reach contention
17th: (4)   Satono Lux - ran 5 lengths behind eventual winner in 3rd, faded after final corner
18th: (12)  Admire Justa - was off slow, trailed in rear, no factor


Japan Racing Association



Tokyo

Sunday, 26th May 2019

11
15:40
(local)

TOKYO YUSHUN (JAPANESE DERBY) (G1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
JPY ¥416,110,000
2400m TURF FIRM
11
15:40
(local)
JPY ¥416,110,000
2400m FIRM

TOKYO YUSHUN (JAPANESE DERBY) (G1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. ROGER BAROWS (JPN) 3yo C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LITTLE BOOK (GB)
S HAMANAKA
KATSUHIKO SUMII
$93.10
57.0kg
Hirotsugu Inokuma
2nd 7. DANON KINGLY (JPN) 3yo C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MY GOODNESS (USA)
K TOSAKI
K HAGIWARA
$4.70
57.0kg
Danox Co. Ltd.
3rd 13. VELOX (JPN) 3yo C
JUST A WAY (JPN) - SELKIS (GER)
Y KAWADA
MITSUMASA NAKAUCHIDA
$4.30
57.0kg
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co. Ltd.
4th 6. SATURNALIA (JPN) 3yo C
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - CESARIO (JPN)
DAMIAN LANE
KATSUHIKO SUMII
$1.60
57.0kg
5th 9. NISHINO DAISY (JPN) 3yo C
HARBINGER (GB) - NISHINO HINAGIKU (JPN)
M KATSUURA
N TAKAGI
$107.90
57.0kg
6th 10. COURAGEUX GUERRIER (JPN) 3yo C
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - JUMEAU (JPN)
KOSEI MIURA
Y IKEE
$66.20
57.0kg
7th 14. RUN FOR THE ROSES (JPN) 3yo C
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - LAST GROOVE (JPN)
Y FUKUNAGA
K FUJISAWA
$33.30
57.0kg
8th 11. RED GENIAL (JPN) 3yo C
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - RED AGATE (JPN)
MANABU SAKAI
Y TAKAHASHI
$92.90
57.0kg
9th 16. TAGANO DIAMANTE (JPN) 3yo C
ORFEVRE (JPN) - TAGANO REVENTON (JPN)
HIRONOBU TANABE
I SAMESHIMA
$265.10
57.0kg
10th 8. MEISHO TENGEN (JPN) 3yo C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MEISHO BELUGA (JPN)
YUTAKA TAKE
KANEO IKEZOE
$80.00
57.0kg
11th 5. MEINER SURPASS (JPN) 3yo C
I'LL HAVE ANOTHER (USA) - MEINE AKTIS (JPN)
YUJI TANNAI
N TAKAGI
$434.30
57.0kg
12th 3. EMERAL FIGHT (JPN) 3yo C
KUROFUNE (USA) - SETOUCHI SOLAR (JPN)
YUKITO ISHIKAWA
I AIZAWA
$131.70
57.0kg
13th 17. NAIMAMA (JPN) 3yo C
DANON BALLADE (JPN) - NISHINO MADOKA (JPN)
DAICHI SHIBATA
YOSHINORI MUTO
$420.10
57.0kg
14th 2. WIND (JPN) 3yo C
MATSURIDA GOGH (JPN) - SMARTY COZZENE (USA)
TOMOAKI TAKENOSHITA
TERUHIKO CHIDA
$317.90
57.0kg
15th 15. LION LION (JPN) 3yo C
RULERSHIP (JPN) - AGEHIBARI (JPN)
TAKESHI YOKOYAMA
MIKIO MATSUNAGA
$53.20
57.0kg
16th 18. SCHWARZ RIESE (JPN) 3yo C
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - SOBERANIA (GER)
SHU ISHIBASHI
N HORI
$77.30
57.0kg
17th 4. SATONO LUX (JPN) 3yo C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LISTEN (IRE)
K IKEZOE
Y IKEE
$67.70
57.0kg
18th 12. ADMIRE JUSTA (JPN) 3yo C
JUST A WAY (JPN) - ADMIRE TERESA (JPN)
M DEMURO
N SUGAI
$25.90
57.0kg