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Gentildonna becomes first 3-year-old filly to win Japan Cup
Gentildonna, the winner of the Japanese Triple Crown earlier this year, became the first 3-year-old filly to win the $6.5 million Japan Cup on Sunday, holding off Orfevre, the winner of the 2011 Japanese Triple Crown, by a nose.
Gentildonna had to survive a lengthy inquiry into the stretch run before the order of finish was left unchanged by track stewards.
Orfevre, second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October, finished 2 1/2 lengths clear of the Japanese older horse Rulership in the field of 17. The first three finishers are owned by Sunday Racing Co.
Solemia, the winner of the Arc, could only finish 13th in her final career start.
Gentildonna won her fifth consecutive stakes in the Grade 1 Japan Cup, her first race against older males. Trained by Sei Ishizaka and ridden by Yasunari Iwata, Gentildonna was always near the front, stalking pacesetter Beat Black. Gentildonna raced on the rail into the stretch and fought with Orfevre through the final furlong, with the two making contact.
While the order of finish was not changed, the stewards did suspend Iwata for two days, Dec. 1-2. Iwata also won the 2011 Japan Cup with Buena Vista.
Gentildonna is by Deep Impact, the winner of the 2006 Japan Cup. Aside from the filly Triple Crown – the Japanese 1000 Guineas, Japanese Oaks and Shuka Sho - she also won the Rose Stakes in September.
Ishizaka said after the race that Gentildonna will be considered for international racing in 2013, with races in Dubai, France and the United States as possibilities.
Nice filly this one is. Hope their plan to bring her to the U.S. comes to fruition, she'd be a nice addition to presumably the Breeders' Cup. She'll probably be their Arc representative next year too I'm guessing.
Yeah give me more of those thumbs down......One thing for sure....Orfevre is a superior horseflesh than Frankel......
Oh Lookie....more thumbs down! somehow a more mature stronger 4 year old trying 10 furlongs is something special......If you HYPE it enough, plenty of fishes would believe it.... Amazing, a truly great 3 year old won the 2K Guineas, Epsom and Arc and somehow a 4 year old trying 10 furlongs for the first time is somekind of special event. PLEASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! give that hype 147 a rest......it's really emabarassing............
Here is something you should get a sniff on.....Frankel wouldn't smell Orfevre or Gentildonna FART at 12 furlongs.....
Oh gee I got me some thumbs down......truth hurts like hell......must be the Frankel who ducked every prestigious 12 furlongs in europe his whole career.....was that it? lol
Orfevre was hand ridden the whole way, while Gentildonna was beaten and whipped furiously for 2 furlongs....Funny how that jock for Orfevre was on his heels and never did anything....Looked like he waited for the filly to show up.....LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES ORFEVRE IS A SUPER HORSE.....the best today and much better than that homeboy that never left England....whaz his name...Fran...Franny...Frankie....Fra...oh whatever...you know the miler that they keep hyping could run 12 furlongs....
it sounds to me like the all of the stewards didnt agree with one another. why not have a dead heat, so the fans dont lose their money ? i like how japan doesnt back down on handing out suspensions. orfevre is getting seconditis, like gio ponti did.
The rider gets days but the horse stays up...
Orfevre is a SUPER HORSE.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think Gentildonna won the Japanese Triple Crown last year like Steve Anderson says.. She won the Japanese "Fillies" Triple Crown. Orfevre probably should have won this race just like he should have won the Arc a month or so ago.
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