Japanese Champion Gentildonna Foals A Filly

by | 02.16.2016 | 5:19pm
Gentildonna with her newborn filly (photo via @LongBallToNoOne Twitter)

Twice voted Horse of the Year in Japan, Gentildonna (Deep Impact – Donna Blini, by Bertolini) foaled a filly by King Kamehameha on Tuesday. Owned by Sunday Racing Co. and trained by Sei Ishizaka, the mare won 10 races from 19 starts in the course of her career, including seven Group 1 events, to earn ¥1,726,030,400 (about $14.3 million US).

The 7-year-old mare won all three legs of the Japanese Fillies Triple Crown in 2012, on her way to a unanimously voted Best 3-Year-Old Filly Award from the Japanese Racing Association as well as the Horse of the Year Award. A string of defeats led to a rider change in 2013, from Yasunari Iwata to Ryan Moore, at the end of which Gentildonna became the first horse to win the Japan Cup twice.

In her 5-year-old season, the mare won her second Horse of the Year Award from the JRA, as well as the Older Filly and Mare Award. She defeated males in the Dubai Sheema Classic, including Breeders' Cup Turf champion Magician. Gentildonna finished fourth in her third consecutive Japan Cup, but defended that defeat with a victory in the Group 1 Arima Shinen over the same horses in the last start of her career.

The new filly's sire, King Kamehameha, was syndicated for a Japanese-record $19 million at the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan after a successful racing career earned him the JRA's Best 3-Year-Old Colt Award in 2004. The son of Kingmambo has subsequently made the top of the Japanese sire list twice, in 2010 and 2011.

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