Imagine my delight to receive in today’s mail the latest issue (July 2008 ) of Sarabure horseracing magazine.
It’s a Japanese-language monthly published by Enterbrain and edited by Mr. Takeyuki Kondo, who asked me for some information on Zingaro.
Zingaro was bred in Japan, raced there, and was brought to the Philippines for stud duty at Jun Paman’s farm. I sent Mr. Kondo some pictures I took of Zingaro last year, which he printed in the magazine along with a short writeup which I wish I could understand. I’m so happy I have a photo credit.
Sarabure comes with a pull-out centerfold of a horse and rider. I promptly taped it to the wall beside me where I can be inspired by it every day. Thank you so very much, Mr. Kondo!
The centerfold shows Deep Sky (Agnes Tachyon – Abi, by Chief’s Crown), winner of the 75th Nippon Derby, with jockey Hirofumi Shii up. The trainer is Mitsugu Kon.
From breitbart.com, a short report on Deep Sky’s victory:
TOKYO, June 1, 2008 (AP) – (Kyodo)-Top favorite Deep Sky produced a devastating burst of speed down the final furlong Sunday to give jockey Hirofumi Shii his second consecutive victory at the Japanese Derby, the second leg of the Triple Crown series.
Coming off a convincing victory at the NHK Mile Cup, Deep Sky timed his charge to perfection at Tokyo Racecourse, the three-year-old colt bolting down the outside with around 200 meters left to win in a time of 2 minutes, 26.7 seconds.
Deep Sky earned 150 million yen in prize money after his one-and-a- half length win over 12th pick Smile Jack. Black Shell, runner-up to Deep Sky at the NHK Mile Cup, was third.
Shii became only the second jockey after Yutaka Take to win the Japanese Derby twice in a row.
With Shii on board, third pick Vodka last year became the first female horse in 64 years to win Japanese thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious race.
“He (Deep Sky) ran an incredibly strong race for me,” said Shii. “I have won the Derby two years in a row but I am grateful to the horseracing gods.”
Deep Sky returned 360 yen on a 100-yen wager.