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Tastiera Conquers Second Leg of Triple Crown - Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)

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

TASTIERA winning the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) at Tokyo in Japan.
TASTIERA winning the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) at Tokyo in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

Fourth favorite and Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) runner-up Tastiera turned the tables this time and powered to victory to notch this year's Tokyo Yushun, reaching the pinnacle of a total of 7,708 three-year-old thoroughbreds. As a first-crop progeny by sire Satono Crown, who was also trained by Noriyuki Hori and third in the 2015 Tokyo Yushun, the bay colt gave his sire his first G1 victory. After breaking his maiden last November (Tokyo, 1,800m), Tastiera was fourth in the Kyodo News Hai (G3, 1,800m) and went on to land his first graded win in the Yayoi Sho Deep Impact Kinen (G2, 2,000m) in March before finishing a 1-1/4-length second in the Satsuki Sho (G1, 2,000m). This marks trainer Noriyuki Hori's second Tokyo Yushun title following the 2015 win with Duramente, first JRA-G1 victory since the 2022 February Stakes with Cafe Pharoah and 15th overall. Jockey Damian Lane, who has ridden under short-term license since April 15, has now five JRA-G1 titles under his belt, his latest being last year's Mile Championship with Serifos. He also becomes the first foreign-based jockey since Mirco Demuro (2003, Neo Universe) to claim the Tokyo Yushun title.

After breaking from stall 12, Tastiera was positioned well in fifth and two-wide while Pax Ottomanica set a moderate pace way up front maintaining a huge lead into the stretch. Hitting the straight in fourth, the Satono Crown colt responded well to steadily close in, inheriting the lead from the pacesetter 200 meters out while repelling a determined challenge from Bellagio Opera from an inner route and a fiercely dueling Sol Oriens and Hearts Concerto on his outside to reach the wire a neck ahead for the win.

‟It's a very special, great feeling especially for Hori Stables and Carrot Farm with whom I've had success with. It was definitely the position (today), and credit to the horse—he's so versatile, he could jump quick, put himself in a good position and relax. It's just a great sense of achievement," commented Damian Lane.

Heavy favorite and Satsuki Sho victor Sol Oriens broke well and sat in sixth, just behind the eventual winner, while Hearts Concerto, who was off slow and near the rear earlier, steadily made headway in the backstretch to catch up and enter the straight alongside Sol Oriens. Although unable to tag the winner, the Satsuki Sho champion held off the son of Heart's Cry by a nose for second place in a result of a fierce duel to the line, while being denied the possibility of a Triple Crown triumph by the winner by a neck.

Other Horses:

4th: (1) Bellagio Opera—took economic trip around 8th, showed fastest late speed
              on inner stretch to rally for lead until wire, nose short for third place
5th: (15) Nocking Point—traveled behind winner, switched to outside at early
                stretch, passed one by one
6th: (3) Ho O Biscuits—chased leader in 2nd, dueled with winner briefly, weakened
              in last 100m
7th: (13) Season Rich—tracked leaders in 3rd, failed to sustain bid in last 200m
8th: (14) Phantom Thief—sat 3-wide around 10th, lacked needed kick
9th: (10) Shazzan—settled around 10th, angled out, passed tiring rivals
10th: (7) Hrimfaxi—hugged rails around 10th, switched to outside at early stretch,
                even paced
11th: (18) Satono Glanz—unhurried around 14th, showed belated charge
12th: (8) Metal Speed—raced in 4th inside winner, remained in contention until
                300m out
13th: (16) Pax Ottomanica—set pace, maintained lead up to 200m pole, ran out of
                  steam
14th: (4) Top Knife—stumbled and ran in 15th, entered lane in last, showed belated
                 charge
15th: (9) Gruner Green—traveled around 8th, showed little after final corner
16th: (6) Shonan Bashitto—broke poorly, trailed in rear, no factor
17th: (2) Skilfing—saved ground around 12th, advanced on outer route in
                backstretch, outrun at stretch
FF: (17) Dura Erede—stumbled at break and lost rider


Japan Racing Association



Tokyo Sunday, 28th May 2023

1m3f205y TURF GOOD
JPY ¥609,070,000

THE TOKYO YUSHUN (G1)

JPY ¥609,070,000
Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
1m3f205y TURF GOOD
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 12. TASTIERA (JPN) 3yo C
SATONO CROWN (JPN) - PARTITURA (JPN)
DAMIAN LANE
N HORI
$8.3
57kg
Carrot Farm Co. Ltd.
2nd 5. SOL ORIENS (JPN) 3yo C
KITASAN BLACK (JPN) - SKIA (FR)
TAKESHI YOKOYAMA
T TEZUKA
$1.8
57kg
Shadai Race Horse Co. Ltd.
3rd 11. HEARTS CONCERTO (JPN) 3yo C
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - NASUNO SIBELIUS (USA)
KOHEI MATSUYAMA
RYO TAKEI
$25.6
57kg
Green Farm Co. Ltd.
4th 1. BELLAGIO OPERA (JPN) 3yo C
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - AIR ROUTINE (JPN)
KAZUO YOKOYAMA
HIROYUKI UEMURA
$54.9
57kg
5th 15. NOCKING POINT (JPN) 3yo C
MAURICE (JPN) - CECCHINO (JPN)
H KITAMURA
TETSUYA KIMURA
$166.8
57kg
6th 3. HO O BISCUITS (JPN) 3yo C
MIND YOUR BISCUITS (USA) - HO O SABRINA (JPN)
KYOSUKE MARUTA
TAKESHI OKUMURA
$287.2
57kg
7th 13. SEASON RICH (JPN) 3yo C
DURAMENTE (JPN) - EVER CHARMANT (JPN)
K TOSAKI
T KUBOTA
$143.8
57kg
8th 14. PHANTOM THIEF (JPN) 3yo C
HARBINGER (GB) - LUPIN (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE
MASAYUKI NISHIMURA
$6.9
57kg
9th 10. SHAZZAN (JPN) 3yo C
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - QUEENS RING (JPN)
MIRAI IWATA
Y TOMOMICHI
$24.9
57kg
10th 7. HRIMFAXI (JPN) 3yo C
RULERSHIP (JPN) - REIZEND (JPN)
HAYATO YOSHIDA
N SUGAI
$88.2
57kg
11th 18. SATONO GLANZ (JPN) 3yo C
SATONO DIAMOND (JPN) - CHERRY COLLECT (IRE)
Y KAWADA
Y TOMOMICHI
$42.7
57kg
12th 8. METAL SPEED (JPN) 3yo C
SILVER STATE (JPN) - MY VIVIANE (IRE)
AKIHIDE TSUMURA
M SAITO
$89.7
57kg
13th 16. PAX OTTOMANICA (JPN) 3yo C
VICTOIRE PISA (JPN) - DEEP LOVE (JPN)
HIRONOBU TANABE
T KUBOTA
$322.2
57kg
14th 4. TOP KNIFE (JPN) 3yo C
DECLARATION OF WAR (USA) - BE WIND (JPN)
N YOKOYAMA
M KON
$68.4
57kg
15th 9. GRUNER GREEN (JPN) 3yo C
LOVELY DAY (JPN) - LADY DERBY (JPN)
YUKITO ISHIKAWA
I AIZAWA
$411.1
57kg
16th 6. SHONAN BASHITTO (JPN) 3yo C
SILVER STATE (JPN) - GUILLEM (JPN)
M DEMURO
N SUGAI
$80.4
57kg
17th 2. SKILFING (JPN) 3yo C
KITASAN BLACK (JPN) - ROSSWEISSE (JPN)
C P LEMAIRE
TETSUYA KIMURA
$4.5
57kg
FF 17. DURA EREDE (JPN) 3yo C
DURAMENTE (JPN) - MARCHESA (JPN)
RYUSEI SAKAI
Manabu Ikezoe
$44.3
57kg

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