Four horses vied for the Tokyo Yushun title after pacesetter Pax Ottomanica faded late, and Tastiera held off Sol Oriens, Hearts Concerto and Bellagio Opera.
Trainer Tetsuya Kimura is hoping Equinox can replicate his winning form from October, when he produced a come-from-behind victory in the Tenno Sho (Autumn).
The 2021 Tokyo Yushun winner competed in big races in the United Arab Emirates and England in March and June, respectively, before returning home.
Do Deuce, Titleholder, Deep Bond and Stay Foolish are set to compete, with each team taking on the challenge with its own hopes and dreams in...
The winning duo finished in a race-record 2 minutes, 21.9 seconds, earning Take his sixth Japanese Derby title.
Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga aims for his third consecutive triumph in the marquee Grade 1 race at Tokyo Racecourse.
The Japanese Derby winner will be racing against Contrail, Wagnerian and Makahiki, making the race a unique event featuring four Derby winners from four different generations.
It was jockey Yuichi Fukunaga’s third Japanese Derby victory. Shahryar became the seventh Deep Impact-sired thoroughbred to win the Tokyo Yushun.
"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.