Do Deuce Puts Away Favorite in Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes

Do Deuce wins this year’s Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Hanshin.

DO DEUCE winning the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Hanshin in Japan.
DO DEUCE winning the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Hanshin in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

Third favorite Do Deuce claimed this year's Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes and has become an undefeated champion two-year-old miler—the colt won his debut start (1,800m) in September and his next Ivy Stakes (Listed, 1,800m) start in October. For trainer Yasuo Tomomichi, this is his second Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes victory following the 2018 version with Admire Mars, and his 14th overall JRA-G1 win—his latest was with World Premiere in this year's Tenno Sho (Spring). Jockey Yutaka Take celebrates his first Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes title in his 22nd challenge, and his 78th JRA-G1 win—his latest was with World Premiere in the 2019 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger). Among the 24 flat JRA-G1 races, Take is just one title short, the year-end Hopeful Stakes that was upgraded to G1 status in 2017.

Do Deuce traveled wide and in mid-pack after breaking from stall nine, ran down the middle of the straight with the tied fastest late speed tagging Serifos after the furlong marker and battled stride for stride finally shaking off the stubborn favorite in the final strides to win by half a length.

"Do Deuce is an honest colt. We were able to run in a good position and in good rhythm while observing the others. He responded well going into the straight and although the favorite was stubborn and hard to beat, he dug in remarkably all the way to the line. He's getting stronger by every race—we can look forward to the spring classics next year. (Asked about his long-awaited first Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes title) I'm so happy—at last! It's been a while since my last G1 victory which makes the win even sweeter. I hope I can make the (flat-G1 race) sweep next week in the Hopeful Stakes," commented Yutaka Take.

Race favorite Serifos broke well and was keen to press the pace but was held back, settling in fifth to sixth before the final turns. With a good turn of foot, the Daiwa Major colt ran strongly in the center of the lane, took over the lead after a brief duel with Toshin Macau but surrendered after putting up a good fight against the eventual winner for second place.

Fourth pick Danon Scorpion broke sharply, eased back to eighth and after angling out at the top of the stretch, launched a late drive chasing Do Deuce and Serifos but failed to threaten, finishing third while putting a good 1-3/4-length margin between himself and the rest of the field.

Other Horses:

4th: (3) Al Naseem—was off slow, saved ground around 12th, showed effort until overtaken by top finishers
5th: (13) Geoglyph—unhurried in 14th, angled out, showed belated charge
6th: (12) Toshin Macau—chased leaders around 3rd, took a brief lead before 200m pole, outrun
7th: (11) Dobune—ran 4-wide around 12th, passed tired rivals at stretch
8th: (8) Purpur Ray—tracked leader around 3rd, rallied for lead, weakened in last 200m
9th: (14) Tudo de Bom—stalked leader in 2nd, remained in contention up to 200m pole
10th: (10) Sprit the Sea—traveled 3-wide around 10th, even paced
11th: (5) Via Dolorosa—settled around 10th behind eventual winner, unable to reach contention
12th: (6) Otaru Ever—sat around 5th, circled wide, showed little at stretch
13th: (2) Sekkachi Cane—took economic trip around 5th, outrun in stretch
14th: (1) Kaju Faith—set pace, faded after passing 300m marker
15th: (15) Sin Limites—far rear throughout trip, no factor


Japan Racing Association



Hanshin

Sunday, 19th December 2021

11
15:40
(local)

THE ASAHI HAI FUTURITY STAKES (G1)

Age: 2yo Type: OPEN
JPY ¥135,580,000
1600m TURF GOOD
11
15:40
(local)
JPY ¥135,580,000
1600m GOOD

THE ASAHI HAI FUTURITY STAKES (G1)

Age: 2yo Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 9. DO DEUCE (JPN) 2yo C
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - DUST AND DIAMONDS (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE
Y TOMOMICHI
$7.80
55.0kg
Kieffers Co. Ltd.
2nd 4. SERIFOS (JPN) 2yo C
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) - SEA FRONT (FR)
CRISTIAN DEMURO
MITSUMASA NAKAUCHIDA
$2.40
55.0kg
G1 Racing Co. Ltd.
3rd 7. DANON SCORPION (JPN) 2yo C
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - LEXIE LOU (CAN)
KOHEI MATSUYAMA
TAKAYUKI YASUDA
$9.70
55.0kg
Danox Co. Ltd.
4th 3. AL NASEEM (JPN) 2yo C
MAURICE (JPN) - JEBEL ALI (JPN)
K IKEZOE
SHINSUKE HASHIGUCHI
$29.00
55.0kg
5th 13. GEOGLYPH (JPN) 2yo C
DREFONG (USA) - AROMATICO (JPN)
C P LEMAIRE
TETSUYA KIMURA
$3.20
55.0kg
6th 12. TOSHIN MACAU (JPN) 2yo C
BIG ARTHUR (JPN) - YUKINO MERMAID (JPN)
K TOSAKI
MIZUKI TAKAYANAGI
$46.90
55.0kg
7th 11. DOBUNE (JPN) 2yo C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - PREMIER STEPS (IRE)
HAYATO YOSHIDA
KOSHIRO TAKE
$21.30
55.0kg
8th 8. PURPUR RAY (JPN) 2yo C
ISLA BONITA (JPN) - MY JEN (USA)
M DEMURO
N SUGAI
$21.80
55.0kg
9th 14. TUDO DE BOM (JPN) 2yo C
ISLA BONITA (JPN) - COPPA (USA)
Y FUJIOKA
HIROFUMI SHII
$137.80
55.0kg
10th 10. SPRIT THE SEA (JPN) 2yo F
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LAND OVER SEA (USA)
R WADA
MASAYUKI NISHIMURA
$64.00
54.0kg
11th 5. VIA DOLOROSA (JPN) 2yo C
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - ROYAL STREET (JPN)
KATSUMA SAMESHIMA
Y KATO
$47.60
55.0kg
12th 6. OTARU EVER (JPN) 2yo C
LEONTES (JPN) - ROUGE COEUR (AUS)
H MIYUKI
K NAKATAKE
$24.10
55.0kg
13th 2. SEKKACHI CANE (JPN) 2yo C
JO CAPPUCCINO (JPN) - HURRICANE TAMA (JPN)
TAISEI DANNO
MIZUKI TAKAYANAGI
$275.50
55.0kg
14th 1. KAJU FAITH (JPN) 2yo C
A SHIN HIKARI (JPN) - TAIKI APPLAUSE (USA)
S AKIYAMA
NAOYUKI MORITA
$55.10
55.0kg
15th 15. SIN LIMITES (JPN) 2yo C
DREFONG (USA) - POLIAHU (JPN)
YUSAKU KOKUBUN
H ONEDA
$371.70
55.0kg