Takeshi Yokoyama and the 3-year-old bay colt made a strategic late surge and took the lead with about 4 seconds remaining.
The lucrative race delivers a high-profile event to cap the Japanese racing calendar each year.
With Yuichi Fukunaga controlling the reins, the Deep Impact-sired brown colt rides off into retirement with a high-profile victory in his final race.
Successful foreign horses, trainers and jockeys have helped raise the event’s global profile since it began more than 40 years ago.
The 4-year-old overcame a slow start in the 2,200-meter race to earn her first Japan Racing Association Grade I victory.
The 3-year-old colt beat favorite Contrail by a length to secure the top prize, with the jockey joining his father and grandfather as winners of the...
Duramente’s offspring led from start to finish, giving jockey Takeshi Yokoyama his second career Grade 1 victory.
Christophe Lemaire and the grey mare rode an eye-popping burst of speed over the final 300 meters and cruised to victory.
The Deep Impact-sired mare pulls away late to give jockey Christophe Lemaire his 1,400th JRA win.
Over the final 100 meters of the tight race, Schnell Meister hit his stride with superb closing speed to win by the narrowest of margins, lunging...
World Premiere, guided by jockey Yuichi Fukunaga, found his way to the front of the pack with 100 meters remaining and held off race favorite Deep...
"My goal is to keep my jockey title. Because when you are on top, you need to do your best to stay on top," Lemaire said.