04/10/2016 1:33PM

Jeweler prevails by nose in Japanese 1000 Guineas


Jeweler won the first stakes of her career in Sunday’s $1,840,800 Japanese 1000 Guineas at Hanshin Racecourse, the first leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old fillies in that country.

Jeweler’s win was a milestone for the stallion Victoire Pisa, his first Grade 1 winner from his first crop to race. A two-time champion in Japan, Victorie Pisa is best known internationally for winning the 2011 Dubai World Cup.

Jeweler (4-1) won the 1000 Guineas on turf by a nose over Sinhalite. The result reversed the first two positions of the Grade 3 Tulip Sho Stakes at a mile on turf at Hanshin on March 5.

Sinhalite, by Deep Impact, was beaten for the first time in her fourth career start in the 1000 Guineas, which is known in Japan as the Oka Sho. Sinhalite is out of Singhalese, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in 2005.

Jeweler was ridden by Mirco Demuro for trainer Kenichi Fujioka. Demuro, who rode Victoire Pisa in the Dubai World Cup, had Jeweler toward the back of the field of 18 for the first half-mile and reached contention with a wide rally.

Major Emblem, the 1-2 favorite and the Japanese champion 2-year-old filly of 2015, led in the stretch, but could not sustain the advantage. She was passed by Sinhalite, who was caught on the line by Jeweler.

At the Seaside finished third, with Major Emblem fading to fourth.

Jeweler races for Yoichi Aoyama. The win in the Japanese 1000 Guineas makes her a candidate for the Grade 1 Japanese Oaks at 1 1-2 miles on turf at Tokyo Racecourse on May 22, the second leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old fillies.

“Her confirmation tells us that she should suit longer distances, so I have high hopes for her to do well,” Demuro said.