Victory in the third leg, the Shuka Sho which was established in
1996, saw the three year old Gentildonna become the first winner since Apapane in
2010 and the fourth in history.
The bay filly, ridden by Yasunari Iwata, nosed out her biggest rival
Verxina in a breathtaking photo-finish to claim the final leg, giving
her owners Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. the Triple Crown title for fillies
after achieving the same version for colts with Orfevre just last
They are the second owners to have achieved this remarkable feat
following Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co. Ltd. who captured both Triple
Crowns with Deep Impact and Apapane.
Gentildonna and her sire, Deep Impact, have become the first
father/daughter pair in JRA history to accomplish this while Deep Impact
also sired second home Verxina.
It was a first Shuka Sho title for trainer Sei Ishizaka and a second
consecutive title for Iwata following his victory aboard Aventura 12
Runner-up Verxina completed an unwelcome 'Triple Crown' of her own
having played the bridesmaid to Gentildonna in all three Triple Crown
This is the first time in JRA history that the same two fillies have
filled the top two places in the same order in all three legs with
Verxina failing by just a nose to gain revenge.
The Shuka Sho serves as a stepping stone to the Queen Elizabeth II
Commemorative Cup which was won by Ed Dunlop's Snow Fairy in both 2010