Deep Impact Colt Contrail Lives Up To Top Billing In Satsuki Sho

Expectations were high for Contrail, Japan’s champion 2-year-old male of 2019, when he made his 3-year-old debut on Sunday in the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho at Nakayama Race Course near Tokyo.  The Satsuki Sho is considered the Japanese equivalent of England’s Two Thousand Guineas as the first race in the Triple Crown.

The Deep Impact colt did not disappoint.

Under jockey Yuichi Fukunaga, Contrail went off as the betting favorite in a field of 18 3-year-old colts, and his powerful stretch run proved that support to be justified. Lagging well behind the early pacesetter Chimera Verite, Contrail made a dramatic move on the far outside on the final turn of the 1 ¼-mile (2,000 meter) race on the clockwise turf course, caught Salios in the final furlong and powered his way to an impressive half-length victory.

Time for the distance on good turf was 2:00.70.

Salios, the third betting choice who got a perfect inside run under Damian Lane, was 3 ½ lengths clear of Galore Creek in third. Two foreign-bred starters did not threaten: Darlington Hall (by New Approach), bred in Great Britain, finished sixth; U.S.-bred American Seed (by Tapit out of Sweet Talker) was 12th.

Contrail, now unbeaten in four career starts, races for Shinji Maeda and is trained by Yoshito Yahagi. Bred in Japan by North Hills Co., Ltd., Contrail was produced from the Unbridled’s Song mare Rhodochrosite, who was bred in Kentucky by Robert and Beverly Lewis, sold at Keeneland as a yearling and raced in Japan. Rhodochrosite was produced from 2005 U.S. champion 2-year-old filly Folklore, bred and raced by the Lewises and winner of that year’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Belmont Park.

The quality in Contrail’s female family goes back generations: her eighth dam is Ogden Phipps’ Striking, a broodmare of the year and granddaughter of the important breed influencer La Troienne.

“Winning the way he did today, I am confident that he has every reason to handle the extended distance in the coming (Yushun) Derby,” said winning jockey Fukunaga.

Contrail’s sire, the late Deep Impact, by U.S. Horse of the Year Sunday Silence, won the Japanese Triple Crown in 2005, was two-time Horse of the Year in Japan and eight times leading sire there.

The Japan Racing Association continues to run races with no on-site spectators because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With all OTBs also closed, all wagering is conducted by personal computer or smartphone. There was $142.5 million wagered on the Satsuki Sho, with a total of $228-million bet on the 12-race Nakayama program.

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