11/25/2012 3:14PM

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.

Mick More than 1 year ago
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.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
Yeah give me more of those thumbs down......One thing for sure....Orfevre is a superior horseflesh than Frankel......
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
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............
Curtis V Slewster More than 1 year ago
That's because the English are always looking for something for nothing. Just like What's his name, the horse. He ducked all the BiG races abroad & in England too. & that's not saying much, because horse racing in England stinks.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
You mean the straight course sprinter Frankel who DUCKED every prestigious 12 furlongs race in europe?.....Now the English and Timeform is promoting the Champion stakes as the race to compete with the Arc!! lmfao.....just because overrated Frankel ran in it....They should rename that race the chUmpion stakes......
Curtis V Slewster More than 1 year ago
U can't embarrass those green fruits from across the pond. That have that category locked up. Even the over-rated What's his name, the Duckster, couldn't better a 1:37 for the mile. Butts: wait a minute..He might have been the best horse from South London. He does look nice though. One saving grace is that his Sire & Dam are Irish breds. Th most over hyped horse on the Planet.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
Here is something you should get a sniff on.....Frankel wouldn't smell Orfevre or Gentildonna FART at 12 furlongs.....
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
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
Mike More than 1 year ago
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....
jttf More than 1 year ago
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.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The rider gets days but the horse stays up...
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Orfevre is a SUPER HORSE.
Kendra Mcallister More than 1 year ago
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Hanger my butt. That horse is a monster. He started from the far outside post in both the ARC and The Japan Cup. In the ARC he had a mental problem and he bore in badly and lost by a neck. In the Japan Cup from post 17, he was at least 3 wide the entire race, made another monster move, and then the jockey on Gentildonna slammed right into him on purpose in the stretch and knocked him sideways. (watch the replay and watch the head of Gentildonna) Orfevre lost by a nose. There was a 20 minute inquiry, they didn't reverse it but they suspended the jockey on Gentildonna. What sense does that make? Orfevre lost two of the most important races in the world by a neck and a nose. And by the way they are both 12 furlong races. (Mile and a half)
PeterG More than 1 year ago
And he also had to travel from Japan to France for the ARC, the ground was super soft and he started from post 19 in that race.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Gentildonna also got a dream trip in the Japan Cup hugging the rail the whole race right behind the leaders in 3rd position. If Orfevre gets that trip he wins easily.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
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.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
I meant THIS year she won the Japanese Triple Crown for fillies not last year.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Thanks for clearing that up.. Now we can all get some sleep tonight.