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Danon Decile Defeats Strong Field of 3-Year-Olds in This Year’s Tokyo Yushun

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

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

Ninth pick Danon Decile ruled as the top three-year-old in this year's Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), revenging his exclusion from running in the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas). Debuting in October last year, the son of Epiphaneia broke his maiden in his next start and capped off his two-year-old season with a fourth in the Kyoto Nisai Stakes (G3, 2,000m). He commenced the current season with his first graded victory in the Keisei Hai (G3, 2,000m) in January but was excluded from running in the Satsuki Sho just before the race due to lameness in his right foreleg. Trainer Shogo Yasuda, who opened his yard in 2018, claimed his tenth grade-race and first G1 title in JRA. Jockey Norihiro Yokoyama scored his 28th JRA-G1 victory and third Derby title since 2009 with Logi Universe and 2014 with One and Only, becoming the oldest G1-winning jockey at the age of 56.

Breaking sharply from gate five, Danon Decile rushed out to take the front but eased back to settle 3-4th from Ecoro Walz who set a slow pace. The son of Epiphaneia saved ground along the rails while eyeing the race favorite on the outside, continued to take an economic trip rounding the final corners and broke loose from the pack through an inside opening to pull away with a powerful drive for a two-length win.

"I thought that the pace would be normal or slow since there were no horses that wanted to set the pace, but as Ecoro Walz took the front, we were able to wait in good position until the straight, and the horse responded strongly from there. I'm happy to have won the Derby but I'm also glad that my decision to not race him in the Satsuki Sho was not wrong. Danon Decile is a horse with great potential, and we knew that he would be a great horse if we took good care of him. I'm really grateful to the horse," commented Norihiro Yokoyama.

Race favorite Justin Milano missed his break from an outside draw but quickly recovered to settle 3-4th from the front. Though meeting traffic entering the lane, the son of Kizuna steered slight to the outside for an open space, pulled away from the pack 200 meters out but was unable to catch up with Danon Decile's closing speed to finish second.

Off a little slow, seventh pick Shin Emperor advanced to settle in seventh, dropped position turning the last corners and though checked 300 meters out, showed an impressive turn of foot to close in on the leaders. While failing to threaten the top finishers, the Siyouni colt secured third place by 1-1/4 lengths.

Other Horses:

4th: (1) Sunrise Earth—trailed in rear, advanced rapidly in backstretch to close in on leaders,
              fought well
5th: (2) Regaleira—sat around 10th on rails, angled out for clear path at early stretch and
              launched fastest late charge but belatedly
6th: (6) Cosmo Kuranda—broke poorly, made headway in backstretch, never threatened
7th: (11) Sugar Kun—tracked leader in 2nd, rallied for lead until 200m pole
8th: (18) Ecoro Walz—set pace, showed tenacity until 200m pole
9th: (12) Sixpence—settled around 5th near favorite, dropped position in last corners, lacked
                need kick
10th: (3) June Take—hugged rails around 7th, ran willingly until 100m out
11th: (8) Urban Chic—ran around 14th, circled wide, showed little at stretch
12th: (10) Sunrise Zipangu—sat around 10th, outrun turning last corners, even paced
13th: (14) Gonbade Qabus—raced around 6th behind favorite, gradually dropped back
14th: (9) Danon Ayers Rock—saved ground around 9th, showed effort up to 200m pole
15th: (17) Shonan la Punta—traveled wide around 11th, unable to reach contention
16th: (7) Mr G T—positioned near rear, showed third fastest late kick, had too much ground to
                make up
17th: (4) Byzantine Dream—took economic trip around 13th, never fired
Scratched: (16) Meisho Tabaru—stone bruise in his left hind leg


Japan Racing Association

Tokyo

Sunday, 26th May 2024

11
15:40
(local)

THE TOKYO YUSHUN (G1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
JPY ¥611,240,000
2400m TURF GOOD
11
15:40
(local)
JPY ¥611,240,000
2400m GOOD

THE TOKYO YUSHUN (G1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 5. DANON DECILE (JPN) 3yo C
EPIPHANEIA (JPN) - TOP DECILE (USA)
N YOKOYAMA
SHOGO YASUDA
$46.6
57kg
Danox Co. Ltd.
2nd 15. JUSTIN MILANO (JPN) 3yo C
KIZUNA (JPN) - MARGOT DID (IRE)
K TOSAKI
Y TOMOMICHI
$2.2
57kg
Masahiro Miki
3rd 13. SHIN EMPEROR (FR) 3yo C
SIYOUNI (FR) - STARLET'S SISTER (IRE)
RYUSEI SAKAI
Y YAHAGI
$17.8
57kg
Susumu Fujita

Sales Information

4th 1. SUNRISE EARTH (JPN) 3yo C
REY DE ORO (JPN) - CHANT DE L'ANGE (JPN)
K IKEZOE
KOICHI ISHIZAKA
$125.9
57kg
5th 2. REGALEIRA (JPN) 3yo F
SUAVE RICHARD (JPN) - ROCA (JPN)
C P LEMAIRE
TETSUYA KIMURA
$4.5
55kg
6th 6. COSMO KURANDA (JPN) 3yo C
AL AIN (JPN) - SOUTHERN SPEED (AUS)
M DEMURO
SHIZUYA KATO
$14.3
57kg
7th 11. SUGAR KUN (JPN) 3yo C
DURAMENTE (JPN) - SUGAR HEART (JPN)
YUTAKA TAKE
HIROO SHIMIZU
$22
57kg
8th 18. ECORO WALZ (JPN) 3yo C
BLACK TIDE (JPN) - PETIT PRINCESSE (JPN)
Y IWATA
MITSUNORI MAKIURA
$160
57kg
9th 12. SIXPENCE (JPN) 3yo C
KIZUNA (JPN) - FINLEY'SLUCKYCHARM (USA)
Y KAWADA
SAKAE KUNIEDA
$8.3
57kg
10th 3. JUNE TAKE (JPN) 3yo C
KIZUNA (JPN) - ADMIRE SABRINA (JPN)
MIRAI IWATA
HIDENORI TAKE
$109.4
57kg
11th 8. URBAN CHIC (JPN) 3yo C
SUAVE RICHARD (JPN) - EDGY STYLE (JPN)
TAKESHI YOKOYAMA
RYO TAKEI
$8.3
57kg
12th 10. SUNRISE ZIPANGU (JPN) 3yo C
KIZUNA (JPN) - SAIMAA (IRE)
AKIRA SUGAWARA
H OTONASHI
$128.5
57kg
13th 14. GONBADE QABUS (JPN) 3yo C
BRICKS AND MORTAR (USA) - AFFILATO (JPN)
KOHEI MATSUYAMA
N HORI
$67.9
57kg
14th 9. DANON AYERS ROCK (JPN) 3yo C
MAURICE (JPN) - MOSHEEN (AUS)
JOAO MOREIRA
N HORI
$12.7
57kg
15th 17. SHONAN LA PUNTA (JPN) 3yo C
KIZUNA (JPN) - FURIA AZTECA (ARG)
KATSUMA SAMESHIMA
TOMOKAZU TAKANO
$81.2
57kg
16th 7. MR G T (JPN) 3yo C
DURAMENTE (JPN) - LISTEN (IRE)
Y FUJIOKA
Y YAHAGI
$94.6
57kg
17th 4. BYZANTINE DREAM (JPN) 3yo C
EPIPHANEIA (JPN) - JAPONI CHARA (JPN)
ATSUYA NISHIMURA
TOMOYASU SAKAGUCHI
$61.2
57kg

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