Apapane - Shuka Sho (Gr1)
(Photo : Japan Racing Association)
APAPANE SWEEPS JAPANESE TRIPLE CROWN
International relationships have been the lifeblood of Summerhill, and Admire Main occupies his place in our stallion barn courtesy of one of these. The Yoshida family have almost single handedly catapulted Japanese breeding into the international spotlight, and Northern Farm, the brainchild of Katsumi Yoshida, was the catalyst behind Admire Main’s arrival as the first son of Sunday Silence to come to Africa. The history of Japanese racing is festooned with the achievements of famous Yoshida horses, and this weekend, Northern Farm made history again.
Apapane (Jpn) (King Kamehameha), last year’s champion juvenile filly in Japan and heroine of this year’s Oka Sho (Gr1) (Japanese 1000 Guineas) and Yushun Himba (Gr1) (Japanese Oaks), lived up to expectations to become just the third miss to ever claim Japan’s Triple Crown title for fillies with a 3/4-length tally in Sunday’s Shuka Sho (Gr1) at Kyoto. She joins Triple Crown winners Still in Love (Jpn) (2003) and Mejiro Ramonu (Jpn) (1986). The win gave Kaneko Makoto Holdings, which also campaigned the brilliant champion Deep Impact (Jpn), the distinction of becoming the first owner to claim Triple Crown titles with a colt and a filly.
With usual partner Masayoshi Ebina in the saddle, Apapane appeared a bit agitated in her pre-race preparations, but settled nicely in mid-division in a crowded 18 horse field. It looked like anyone’s race as they lined up five or six abreast turning for home, but Apapane surged to the front under a stiff drive and gamely dug in to hold Animate Bio (Jpn) (Zenno Rob Roy) safe at the line.
Apapane also became the fifth female horse to ever win three Group 1 titles in the same year. “She’s a great horse, and I had complete confidence in her, so I just concentrated on letting her run her race,” commented Ebina.
Dam Salty Bid was purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for $200,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Calder juvenile in training sale.
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News