Horse racing: Undefeated Contrail jets to Japanese Derby victory
Kyodo -- Jun 01
Top favorite Contrail remained on track to win the Japanese triple crown this year after blowing past the field in the 87th running of the Japanese Derby on Sunday.

The colt, with jockey Yuichi Fukunaga, got off to a fast start and stalked the leaders from a few lengths back until the final turn over 2,400 meters on the turf at Tokyo Racecourse.

With 200 meters to go, Contrail burst past the leaders and opened up a huge lead before sailing across the finish line in 2 minutes, 24.1 seconds. It was the third Grade 1 win for Contrail, who is unbeaten in five career races.

The final leg, the 3,000-meter Kikka-sho, will be in October at Kyoto Racecourse. There Contrail will aim to become Japan's eighth triple crown winner and first since Orfevre in 2011.

News source: Kyodo
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