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2021 Japanese Derby video..
The closing camera angle is superb..
That was fantastic.What the hell are we doing watching US dirt racing?
Action packed.Great finish
Got to admit. In a large field like this and holding a Tri ticket; watching the closing unfold and having the right horses underneath and the time and distance to the wire narrowing...
Like the hokie pokie.. That's what it's all about!
You couldn’t tell who was going to be in the tri with 50 feet to go.Nail biting stuff
Like we said yesterday, that was a very strong race, overall & a scintillating finish for the top 5 who finished within a long length of one another. Best 3 year old race of the year for the entire planet by a whole lot, IMO.
I was rooting hard for Satono Reinas (#16) the filly, to beat those boys. She came really close after racing up near the pace, wide for the entire race. What an effort!
Spectacular racing is the norm in Japan. The race horses come first, last & always. The fan base is incredible over there, as well.
Thanks for the video That is great !
I would like to thank you Steve and Winter for the heads up when it was race day.
The announcers on the Twin Spires feed said it was a new track record.
the winning time was about 10 lengths faster then Big Reds Record on dirt
2:22 and change for about 12 furlongs.
That Tokyo course plays very fast. Sub-2:24 is commonly run for 12f races. I get the impression it is rock-hard firm like American turf courses, and isn't a bog like the Europeans prefer. Firm turf is generally faster than dirt, and let's not forget unlike Churchill Downs, NYRA doesn't "scrape and roll" its dirt tracks to turn them into pavement. So running 12f over the sandy beach of Belmont Park is going to be tougher and more tiring than that same distance over Tokyo's dry, fast NFL-like lawn :-)