04/21/2011 1:24PM

Japanese 2000 Guineas has Sadamu Patek as likely favorite


The two-time stakes winner Sadamu Patek is expected to be favored in Sunday’s Group 1 Japanese 2000 Guineas, the Satsuki Sho, a race postponed a week and moved from Nakayama to Tokyo Racecourse after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on March 11.

Run over about 1 1/4 miles on turf and worth approximately $2,378,000 million, the 2000 Guineas will be Sadamu Patek’s second start of the year, preceded by a Group 2 win over about 10 furlongs in the Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho, at Nakayama on March 6.

In 2010, the Japanese 2000 Guineas was won by Victoire Pisa, who won the $10 million Dubai World Cup earlier this year. This year, his trainer, Katsuhiko Sumii, will start the highly-regarded Libertas, a colt by Deep Impact. Libertas won the Wakagoma Stakes at Kyoto on Jan. 22, but was only 13th of 18 in the Group 2 Spring Stakes at Hanshin Racecourse on March 26.

The winner of the Spring Stakes, Orfevre, is part of the Guineas field, along with Danon Ballade, who was a stakes winner at 2, but was ninth in a Group 3 in January, his lone start of 2010.

◗ Victoire Pisa will miss a scheduled start in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong on May 1 because of lameness in his right hind, according to a statement released Thursday by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

The statement said that Victoire Pisa “is mildly lame in his right hind, which has interrupted his training.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup was intended to be Victoire Pisa’s first start since the Dubai World Cup. Victoire Pisa, 4, has won 8 of 13 starts and $12,896,372.