Sunday, 4 October 2020

Horse Racing: Gran Alegria Wins Sprinters Stakes, 3rd G1 Title


Race-favorite Gran Alegria captured the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse on Sunday as Grade 1 action resumed in Japan following the summer break.

Steered by the country’s leading jockey Christophe Lemaire, Gran Alegria cut through the pack from the rear and dashed by in the final stretch to cross the line in front in 1 minute and 8.3 seconds.

The 4-year-old filly by Deep Impact claimed her third G1 victory and improved to six wins in nine starts.

 Lemaire and trainer Kazuo Fujisawa both won the race for the second year in a row following Tower of London’s victory in 2019. Lemaire claimed his second Sprinters Stakes crown and Fujisawa collected his third.

Third-favorite Danon Smash finished second, two lengths behind Gran Alegria, with 10th-pick A Will a Way taking third in 1:08.7. American-bred contenders Mr Melody and Mozu Superflare, the second favorite, finished fourth and 10th, respectively.

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