Chrono Genesis Fullfills Expectations in Grand Prix Arima Kinen

Chrono Genesis wins this year’s Arima Kinen at Nakayama.

CHRONO GENESIS winning the Arima Kinen at Nakayama in Japan.
CHRONO GENESIS winning the Arima Kinen at Nakayama in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

Voted first pick by a record number of 214,742 ballots, race favorite Chrono Genesis displayed a determined performance in capturing this year's Arima Kinen (the Grand Prix), her third G1 victory following the 2019 Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m) and this year's Takarazuka Kinen (the Grand Prix, G1, 2,200m). The Bago filly has become the 15th horse and the second mare to dominate both Grand Prix races following Lys Gracieux last year (11th horse to win both races in the same year). Not only is it the first time in 60 years for a filly/mare to claim the Arima Kinen title two years in a row, but also the record set by fillies/mares to claim G1 races open to both male and female runners in a single season has now been extended to nine. For the owner, Sunday Racing Co., Ltd., this is their fifth Arima Kinen title, the most in history, as they celebrate their ninth JRA-G1 victory this year alone (three with Gran Alegria, two each with Lucky Lilac and Chrono Genesis, one with Fierement and one with Grenadier Guards) which is also the most claimed in a single season. For both trainer Takashi Saito and jockey Yuichi Kitamura, this is the first JRA-G1 title since their Takarazuka Kinen win with the filly, and fourth and fifth overall, respectively.

The 16-horse field got underway with Babbitt taking the early lead, Authority and Blast Onepiece stalking the pace while Chrono Genesis camped way behind, around fifth from the rear. The gray filly made an early move gradually making headway in the middle of the backstretch and moved up on the field, entering the straight in third. After immediately picking off the tired pacesetter, Chrono Genesis tagged Fierement 100 meters out and battled stride for stride through the lane until the filly finally wore down the second favorite while holding off the strong-closing Salacia to prevail by a neck.

"All I wanted was her to be relaxed and her break wasn't that bad, she was in hand and ran in the same rhythm as before. Yesterday and today, I was in 2,500 meter-races here at Nakayama which enabled me to get warmed up with a good idea of how I wanted her to run. We haven't faced the two Triple Crown winners yet, but I hope she performs well and stays in the spotlight next season," commented Yuichi Kitamura. "She was in good form and gave us a great impression before the race. I was worried that Yuichi might have made a too early bid, but he was confident and rode her beautifully, holding off the others. This is a dream come true and I have a feeling there will be many more," added trainer Takashi Saito.

Sent off 11th favorite, Salacia broke from a wide stall before sitting in fourth from the rear right behind the eventual winner and was still trailing near the back when hitting the top of the stretch with a wide move. However, with a monstrous closing kick that was timed the fastest of the field, the five-year-old mare came looming up on the outside to challenge the dueling front runners and while a neck late to pin the winner, caught Fierement right before the wire to steal the runner-up trophy by a neck. Chrono Genesis and Salacia have become the first female runners to notch the top two places in the history of the race.

Moving up from mid-pack to second before hitting the backstretch and turning the final corners in good striking position, second pick Fierement entered the straight first but could not repel the determined challenge from the winner and was also caught right before the wire by the fast-closing Salacia to finish third.

Other Horses:

4th:  (7)  Lucky Lilac - sat 3-wide around 9th, gradually advanced, showed effort, no match for top 3 finishers
5th:  (5)  World Premiere - hugged rails around 5th, fell back turning final corners, quickened between horses
5th:  (10) Curren Bouquetd'or - ran 3-wide around 8th, advanced to 3rd by final corner, lacked needed kick
7th:  (8)  Persian Knight - saved ground around 9th, angled out, showed belated charge
8th:  (3)  Crescendo Love - settled around 5th, dropped back rounding final corners, even paced
9th:  (15) Ocea Great - sat 3-wide around 5th, showed brief effort until 100m marker
10th: (4)  Loves Only You - raced around 9th, angled out but met traffic at early stretch, never a threat
11th:  (16) You Can Smile - took economic trip near rear, showed little at stretch
12th: (6)   Kiseki - was off slow, traveled 3-wide around 14th, advanced in backstretch, nothing left at stretch
13th: (1)   Babbitt - set slow pace, faded after surrendering lead at top of stretch
14th: (12) Authority - tracked leader around 2nd, ridden after 3rd corner but outrun
15th: (11)  Mozu Bello - broke poorly, trailed in rear, no factor
FF:    (2)   Blast Onepiece - stalked leader, fell back in backstretch, pulled up due to atrial fibrillation


Japan Racing Association



Nakayama

Sunday, 27th December 2020

11
15:25
(local)

ARIMA KINEN (THE GRAND PRIX) (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
JPY ¥574,860,000
2500m TURF FIRM
11
15:25
(local)
JPY ¥574,860,000
2500m FIRM

ARIMA KINEN (THE GRAND PRIX) (G1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 9. CHRONO GENESIS (JPN) 4yo F
BAGO (FR) - CHRONOLOGIST (JPN)
YUICHI KITAMURA
TAKASHI SAITO
$2.50
55.0kg
Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
2nd 14. SALACIA (JPN) 5yo M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - SALOMINA (GER)
KOHEI MATSUYAMA
Manabu Ikezoe
$74.90
55.0kg
Silk Racing Co. Ltd.
3rd 13. FIEREMENT (JPN) 5yo H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LUNE D'OR (FR)
C P LEMAIRE
T TEZUKA
$3.50
57.0kg
Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
4th 7. LUCKY LILAC (JPN) 5yo M
ORFEVRE (JPN) - LILACS AND LACE (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA
MIKIO MATSUNAGA
$8.10
55.0kg
5th 5. WORLD PREMIERE (JPN) 4yo H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MANDELA (GER)
YUTAKA TAKE
Y TOMOMICHI
$13.50
57.0kg
6th 10. CURREN BOUQUETD'OR (JPN) 4yo F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - SOLARIA (CHI)
K IKEZOE
SAKAE KUNIEDA
$7.90
55.0kg
7th 8. PERSIAN KNIGHT (JPN) 6yo H
HARBINGER (GB) - ORIENT CHARM (JPN)
TAKUYA ONO
Y IKEE
$148.10
57.0kg
8th 3. CRESCENDO LOVE (JPN) 6yo H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - HIGHER LOVE (IRE)
RYUSEI SAKAI
TORU HAYASHI
$188.10
57.0kg
9th 15. OCEA GREAT (JPN) 4yo H
ORFEVRE (JPN) - BLUE DANUBE (IRE)
N YOKOYAMA
M KIKUKAWA
$183.40
57.0kg
10th 4. LOVES ONLY YOU (JPN) 4yo F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LOVES ONLY ME (USA)
M DEMURO
Y YAHAGI
$15.50
55.0kg
11th 16. YOU CAN SMILE (JPN) 5yo H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - MOOD INDIGO (JPN)
Y IWATA
Y TOMOMICHI
$157.00
57.0kg
12th 6. KISEKI (JPN) 6yo H
RULERSHIP (JPN) - BLITZ FINALE (JPN)
S HAMANAKA
KATSUHIKO SUMII
$24.90
57.0kg
13th 1. BABBITT (JPN) 3yo C
NAKAYAMA FESTA (JPN) - ART RYOKO (JPN)
H UCHIDA
TAMIO HAMADA
$36.20
55.0kg
14th 12. AUTHORITY (JPN) 3yo C
ORFEVRE (JPN) - ROSALIND (JPN)
Y KAWADA
TETSUYA KIMURA
$20.30
55.0kg
15th 11. MOZU BELLO (JPN) 4yo H
DEEP BRILLANTE (JPN) - HARLAN'S RUBY (USA)
HIRONOBU TANABE
NAOYUKI MORITA
$174.60
57.0kg
FF 2. BLAST ONEPIECE (JPN) 5yo H
HARBINGER (GB) - TSURUMARU ONEPIECE (JPN)
TAKESHI YOKOYAMA
MASAHIRO OTAKE
$33.10
57.0kg