My boss (Racing Manager Ding Magboo) lent me the latest issue of the Japan Racing Journal (April 2007). It’s published by the JAIR (Japan Association for International Horse Racing) which is under the JRA (Japan Racing Association).
* Admire Moon wins the Dubai Duty Free - Eight Japanese runners participated in six out of the seven races at the Dubai World Cup Day at Nad-al-Sheba Racecourse on 31 March 2007…The emerging star, Admire Moon (c4b, Endsweep-My Katies), was piloted by Yutaka Take, and collected the trophy for the 1777-meter Dubai Duty Free (G1) on the Dubai Turf. It marks the second consecutive year that a Japanese runner has won at Dubai following on the heels of the 2006 victories of Heart’s Cry and Utopia, who won the Dubai Sheema Classic and the Godolphin Mile, respectively.
* Deep Impact, Heart’s Cry standing at Shadai in 2007 – Japanese “superhorse” Deep Impact (h5b, Sunday Silence [USA]-Wind In Her Hair [IRE]) is now standing at the Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido, along with archrival Heart’s Cry (Sunday Silence-Irish Dance.)
Styled Japan’s “racehorse of the age”, Deep Impact won one win in one start as a 2yo, and went on to win the Triple Crown of Japan, the Satsuki Sho, the Japanese Derby, and the Kikka Sho stakes races.
He had 6 wins out of 7 runs as a 3yo. His only defeat was to Heart’s Cry in the Arima Kinen. He was elected JRA Horse of the Year in 2005.
As a 4yo in 2006, he won 5 of 5, triumphing in the Hanshin Daishoten, the Spring Emperor’s Cup, Takarazuka Kinen, Japan Cup, and Arima Kinen. Again he won Horse of the Year and Best 4YO of the Year honors from JRA.
He had one overseas outing, the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, where he came in a close third but was unfortunately disqualified. At that time, he had achieved the highest rating in the racing world for long distance on turf.
Deep Impact earned Y1.4 billion in his racing career, while Heart’s Cry bagged a respectable Y555 million.