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Ascoli Piceno Scores Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Win

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Ascoli Piceno wins this year’s Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin.

ASCOLI PICENO winning the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin in Japan.
ASCOLI PICENO winning the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

Third favorite Ascoli Piceno claim this year's Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, her third career win in as many starts, while renewing the race record time to 1:32.6. After breaking her maiden in her debut start (Tokyo, 1,400m) in June, she stepped up in class and immediately won her first grade-race title in the Niigata Nisai Stakes (G3, 1,600m) on August 27. For trainer Yoichi Kuroiwa, who opened his yard in 2012, this is his seventh graded and first G1 title, while jockey Hiroshi Kitamura, whose latest G1 victory was with Kitasan Black in the 2015 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), has now earned his fourth G1 title.

The race got underway with Chicago Sting sent to the front followed by Nanao pressing the pace on her outside while Ascoli Piceno traveled two-wide and in mid-pack. Still behind a group of horses when entering the straight, the Daiwa Major filly switched a path out for clear running and dueled with Corazon Beat down the middle of the stretch. After finally pinning the pacesetter 100 meters out, Ascoli Piceno shook offthe stubborn Corazon Beat and dug in strongly, holding off the late-charging Stellenbosch by a neck.

"The stable staff did a great job and she was in very good condition, so I had every confidence in her. The filly broke better than in her previous start, was relaxed during the race and responded well in the stretch. I was a bit worried for a second that we were going to get caught, but she gave her all, all the way to the line," commented Hiroshi Kitamura.

Fifth pick Stellenbosch ridden by Christophe Lemaire was reserved around 10th right behind the eventual winner and although struggled for room in early stretch, launched the fastest late kick to catch Corazon Beat 100 meters out but was a neck short at the wire and finished second.

Second choice Corazon Beat settled in around sixth, circled wide into the lane and dueled with the winner but lacked the final kick and missed the runner-up seat while securing third by 1-1/4-length margin.

Race favorite and Heart's Cry filly Safira, ran on the outside and beside the eventual runner-up in the early stages and lost ground when shifted out wide on the last turn, but closed strongly picking off her rivals to finish three lengths behind Corazon Beat in fourth.

Other Horses:

5th: (12) Chicago Sting—set pace, showed tenacity, outrun by top finishers in last 100m
6th: (16) Lucifer—traveled wide around 13th, lacked needed kick while met brief traffic 200m out
7th: (11) Sweep Feet—was off slow, trained in rear, angled out, had too much ground to make up
8th: (18) Dona Betty—sat in 16th, showed 3rd fastest late speed while drifted inside 200m out
9th: (1) Cosmo Dinner—hugged rails around 13th, passed tired rivals
10th: (3) Catfight—broke sharply, eased back to 10th, switched to outside at early stretch, even
                paced
11th: (9) Teleos Lulu—ran forwardly around 3rd, weakened in last 200m
12th: (15) Nanao—stalked leader in 2nd, outrun in last 150m
13th: (2) Quick Bio—saved ground in 7th, ran gamely until 150m out
14th: (5) Spring Nova—positioned near rear, showed effort but met traffic 200m out
15th: (8) Psipsina—raced wide around 8th, never fired to reach contention
16th: (13) Culture Day—chased leaders around 3rd, remained in contention up to 200m pole
17th: (4) New General—traveled in 15-16th, no factor
18th: (17) Mirai Tailor—tracked leaders around 3rd, faded after final corner


Japan Racing Association

Hanshin

Sunday, 10th December 2023

11
15:40
(local)

THE HANSHIN JUVENILE FILLIES (G1)

Age: 2yo Sex: F Type: OPEN
JPY ¥125,160,000
1600m TURF GOOD
11
15:40
(local)
JPY ¥125,160,000
1600m GOOD

THE HANSHIN JUVENILE FILLIES (G1)

Age: 2yo Sex: F Type: OPEN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 7. ASCOLI PICENO (JPN) 2yo F
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) - ASCOLTI (JPN)
H KITAMURA
YOICHI KUROIWA
$5.9
55kg
Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
2nd 6. STELLENBOSCH (JPN) 2yo F
EPIPHANEIA (JPN) - BLOUKRANS (JPN)
C P LEMAIRE
SAKAE KUNIEDA
$8.7
55kg
Katsumi Yoshida
3rd 10. CORAZON BEAT (JPN) 2yo F
SUAVE RICHARD (JPN) - LE CIEL D'OR (JPN)
TAKESHI YOKOYAMA
SHIZUYA KATO
$4.8
55kg
Thoroughbred Club Ruffian Co. Ltd.
4th 14. SAFIRA (JPN) 2yo F
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - SALOMINA (GER)
KOHEI MATSUYAMA
Manabu Ikezoe
$4.6
55kg
5th 12. CHICAGO STING (JPN) 2yo F
LOGOTYPE (JPN) - MULTI SCREEN (JPN)
KATSUMA SAMESHIMA
Y SHONO
$67
55kg

Sales Information

6th 16. LUCIFER (JPN) 2yo F
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - ALLURING STAR (USA)
BAUYRZHAN MURZABAYEV
TAKASHI SAITO
$9
55kg
7th 11. SWEEP FEET (JPN) 2yo F
SUAVE RICHARD (JPN) - BIJOU TOSHO (JPN)
MANAMI NAGASHIMA
Y SHONO
$34.2
55kg
8th 18. DONA BETTY (JPN) 2yo F
REAL STEEL (JPN) - DONA LUCIA (USA)
RYUSEI SAKAI
Y YAHAGI
$74.1
55kg
9th 1. COSMO DINNER (JPN) 2yo F
DANON BALLADE (JPN) - COSMO MEAL (JPN)
MASAMI MATSUOKA
SHINICHI ITO
$78.4
55kg
10th 3. CATFIGHT (JPN) 2yo F
DISCREET CAT (USA) - FLAMMABLE (JPN)
TAKUYA ONO
H UEHARA
$6.2
55kg
11th 9. TELEOS LULU (JPN) 2yo F
AL AIN (JPN) - GUILLEM (JPN)
YOSHIHIRO FURUKAWA
TOSHIAKI TAJIMA
$285.1
55kg
12th 15. NANAO (JPN) 2yo F
LORD KANALOA (JPN) - BUY THE DIMPLE (JPN)
ATSUYA NISHIMURA
MINORU OGURI
$33.5
55kg
13th 2. QUICK BIO (JPN) 2yo F
BRICKS AND MORTAR (USA) - ANIMATE BIO (JPN)
LUKE MORRIS
N SUGAI
$34.9
55kg
14th 5. SPRING NOVA (JPN) 2yo F
CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) - BERANGKAT (JPN)
R WADA
I SAMESHIMA
$65.6
55kg
15th 8. PSIPSINA (JPN) 2yo F
EPIPHANEIA (JPN) - PURPLE SAIL (JPN)
S HAMANAKA
MINORU OGURI
$100.9
55kg
16th 13. CULTURE DAY (JPN) 2yo F
FINE NEEDLE (JPN) - L'ARTISTA (JPN)
MANABU SAKAI
HIROFUMI SHII
$22.4
55kg
17th 4. NEW GENERAL (JPN) 2yo F
NEW YEAR'S DAY (USA) - HERMES GREEN (JPN)
KANTA TAGUCHI
HIDENORI TAKE
$142.2
55kg
18th 17. MIRAI TAILOR (JPN) 2yo F
ORFEVRE (JPN) - DUBAWI DEITY (IRE)
YUJI NAKAI
YUZO IIDA
$313.8
55kg

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