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Yutaka Take, Jack d'Or Team Up for Narrow Victory in 67th Osaka Hai

Second favorite Jack d'Or held off Stars on Earth by a nose to win the 2,000-meter Osaka Hai, giving Take his eighth win in the race.



Osaka Hai
Jack d'Or, guided by Yutaka Take, closes in on a narrow victory over Stars on Earth (11) and Danon the Kid in the Osaka Hai on April 2 at Hanshin Racecourse. (KYODO)

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Jack d'Or, ridden by legendary jockey Yutaka Take, won the Osaka Hai by a nose on Sunday, April 2.

Race favorite Stars on Earth, steered by 2015 Osaka Hai winner Christophe Lemaire, made a spectacular surge toward the front of the pack in the 2,000-meter turf race, but finished just short at Hanshin Racecourse. 

Jack d'Or, the wire-to-wire winner, completed the Japan Racing Association Grade 1 event in 1 minute, 57.4 seconds, a race record, in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture.

For Take, Sunday's triumph was his 80th JRA G1 win. The Kyoto native, who celebrated his 54th birthday on March 15, is the oldest jockey to win a G1 race in Japan. Trainer Kenichi Fujioka earned his third G1 triumph. (Watch the full race on the JRA's YouTube channel.)

Take has had extraordinary success in this race over the years. Established in 1957, it was previously known as the Sankei Osaka Hai through 2016 and contested as a G2 race from 1984-2016. Take collected race victories in 1988 (Fresh Voice), 1990 (Super Creek), 1993 (Mejiro McQueen), 1997 (Marvelous Sunday), 1998 (Air Groove), 2014 (Kizuna) and 2017 (Kitasan Black).

Jack d'Or unwinds after his first race of 2023. (ⒸSANKEI)

Osaka Hai Results

On Sunday, veteran poise and decades of racing experience were on display as Take surveyed his surroundings and handled the rapid test of speed with aplomb.

Finishing a neck's length behind Stars on Earth was Danon the Kid, who was piloted by Kazuo Yokoyama. His father, Norihiro Yokoyama, rode Matenro Leon to a fourth-place finish. Maria Elena (Suguru Hamanaka) placed fifth.

Third favorite Weltreisende, guided by Dubai World Cup winner Yuga Kawada, was ninth, while fourth favorite Hishi Iguazu (Kohei Matsuyama), finished seventh.

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Author: Ed Odeven

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