Admire Groove Repeats in Japan's QE II Cup

Four-year-old filly Admire Groove made it back-to-back victories in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup (Jpn-I), winning the $1.8 million event Sunday at Kyoto Racecourse in Japan.

The Japanese-bred daughter of Sunday Silence, ridden by Yutaka Take, overtook the field with a late charge to win by three-quarters of a length over Osumi Haruku, who had taken control in the final furlong. Er Nova finished third, two lengths behind the winner.

The final time for the 2,200-meter event for fillies and mares was 2:13.6 on firm going.

Favored Sweep Tosho finished fifth.

Take won his fourth consecutive Queen Elizabeth Cup title.

''The pace was slow but she was able to pick it up in the end," the jockey told Kyodo News. "Last year, I felt that I really wanted to win with this horse but this year I'm really happy. I was able to win four straight thanks to the great horses I've ridden.''

Admire Groove, who was sent off at odds of about 2-1, is owned by Riichi Kondo and trained by Mitsuru Hashida. The winning purse was $952,381.

American-bred Le Mars Girl finished last in the 18-horse field.

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