03/29/2015 6:00PM

Aerovelocity wins Takamatsunomiya Kinen


Aerovelocity won his second major stakes in the last five months in Sunday’s $1,658,831 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at about six furlongs at Chukyo, Japan.

Aerovelocity, sent off at 11-2, finished a half-length in front of the 15-1 Hakusan Moon in the field of 18. Straight Girl, the 4-1 favorite, finished 13th.

Aerovelocity was ridden by Zachary Purton for trainer Paul O’Sullivan. A 7-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding, Aerovelocity always was near the front. He was timed in 1:08.50 and won for the ninth time in his 17-race career. By Pins, Aerovelocity races for Daniel Yeung Ngai.

The gelding began his career in New Zealand, where he raced under the name Naisoso Warrior and was a maiden race winner. The name was changed when the gelding was sent to Hong Kong.

Aerovelocity, the only foreign runner in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, won the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in Hong Kong last December. He was second in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Sha Tin on Feb. 15.

Straight Girl, third in the Hong Kong Sprint, was one of six females in Sunday’s field.

Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
Aerovelocity was ML 5-1 He went off at 6-5 I think Hakusan Moon was rated in te top 3 sprinters in Japan by RPR rating. he went off at 29-1 ish. Another fantastic ride by Zac Purton,
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
I played my first exoctic bet in Japan and hit it. Aerovelocity , the Exacta and Trifecta. Zac Purton really knows how to get a Horse fired up in the closing stages. Racing Posts RPR ratings gave me the 15 and the 16 was a 4-1 so I threw him behind the 15. This Zac Purton dude is money I played only 2 races in Hong Kong several weeks ago Able Friend and Luger. Both with Zac Purton on board. Both won. Yes, the guy gets the good horses. But for a reason. With no whip this dude just flat out rides.