TAKARAZUKA, HYOGO PREF.– Resistencia won the 71st running of the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday to capture her very first Grade 1 triumph and stay unbeaten in three starts.
With Yuichi Kitamura aboard, fourth-favorite Resistencia led wire-to-wire over the 1,600-meters at Hanshin Racecourse, crossing the line unrivaled in a record time of 1 minute, 32.7 seconds.
“I’m grateful to (Resistencia). She was strong,” said Kitamura, who won the year-end race for 2-year-old fillies for the very first time.
“I simply attempted to unwind and let her run. She still had energy to spare in the last stretch. She’s a horse with potential so I’m anticipating see where she goes from here.”
Resistencia’s trainer Takeshi Matsushita likewise declared his first G1 title.
Sixth-pick Maltese Diosa completed second, 5 lengths behind Sunday’s winner, while third-favorite Cravache d’Or was an additional nose back in third.
Earlier in the day, Nanako Fujita guided Copano Kicking to success in the G3 Capella Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse and ended up being the Japan Racing Association’s first female jockey to win a graded race.
“There have been times that I couldn’t get excellent outcomes riding Copano Kicking. I’ve felt a little frustrated so I’m happy I was able to win like this” stated Fujita, who declared her first graded success in 23 efforts given that her debut in 2016.
“I’m glad that I can grow little by little riding such a wonderful horse.”
The 22-year-old made history as the first female JRA jockey to contend in a G1 race at this year’s February Stakes, where she completed fifth aboard the very same horse.
Overseas, Japanese horses won three of the four prominent Hong Kong International Races for the very first time in 18 years.
Among the 9 Japanese horses running at Sha Tin Racecourse, Win Bright captured the 2,000-meter Hong Kong Cup, Admire Mars claimed the 1,600-meter Hong Kong Mile, and Glory Vase and Lucky Lilac ended up one-two in the 2,400-meter Hong Kong Vase.
Danon Smash ended up eighth in the 1,200-meter Hong Kong Sprint.
“I’m grateful to (Resistencia).”I simply attempted to unwind and let her run.”There have actually been times that I could not get good outcomes riding Copano Kicking.