Most racing fans were focused on the racing that took place this past weekend at the Fair Grounds and Meydan, the Japanese Road to the Derby finished up Sunday at Nakayama, where the filly Delicada beat the boys in the Fukuryu Stakes.
Her victory was worth 40 points, enough to top the Japan leaderboard, however none of the Fukuryu Stakes top four winners have been nominated to the Triple Crown. While Delicada still can be eligible by Monday’s late nomination deadline, her owner Teruya Yoshida has indicated that she will not come to the US. Yoshida also owns the colt Crown Pride, who captured the UAE Derby at Meydan and secured a spot in the starting gate with 100 points.
In the race, the gray filly Delicada rallied between rivals to take the lead in the final sixteenth in her stakes debut and first start since an allowance race at Hanshin Racecourse on Dec. 28. She out finished Notturno by a neck, with Peisha Es another head back, in a final time of 1:52.1. Odilon closed late to take fourth. Notturno’s runner-up effort made him win 16 points, while third and fourth were worth eight and four points respectively.
Ho O Roulette, the 2-5 favorite, finished fifth in the Fukuryu Stakes, while Jasper Great, 10th of 11 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar last November, was seventh. Ho O Roulette and Jasper Great are nominated to the American Triple Crown, but failed to earn qualifying points in the Fukuryu Stakes.
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