Sadamu Patek Holds Back Favorite at Kyoto

The Fuji Kiseki colt scored his first top-level win in the Mile Championship.

Sadamu Patek held back determined favorite Grand Prix Boss near the finish line and captured the Mile Championship (Jpn-I) on Nov. 18 at Kyoto for a breakthrough win at the top level.

With top Japanese jockey Yutaka Take at the reins, Sadamu Patek uncoiled his winning move about 200 meters out and won by a neck while completing the mile (1,600 meters) in 1:32.90.

Donau Blue, a full sister to 2012 filly Triple Crown winner Gentildonna, was overtaken in the final strides by Grand Prix Boss and finished a half-length back in third.

Take landed his first group I race in two years since winning the 2010 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) with Rose Kingdom. The rider has won 21 of Japan’s 22 group I races and needs only a win Asahi Hai Futurity (Jpn-I) in December to add an enviable achievement to his career record.

Breaking from the inside post as the 10.50-to-1 fourth choice, Sadamu Patek relaxed in mid-division and group I-winning miler Grand Prix Boss, the 4-to-1 favorite, settled right behind him on the outside as Silport set a moderate pace.

Sadamu Patek, Grand Prix Boss, and Donau Blue came off the home turn as a team with Sadamu Patek nearest the rail and Donau Blue on the outside. Passing the 200-meter mark, Take guided Sadamu Patek out from the inside for his winning rally while Donau Blue powerfully closed in.

Sadamu Patek seized command less than 100 meters out to score and Grand Prix Boss charged strongly to overhaul the filly near the finish line and take second. Silport hung on to finish fourth, 1 1/4 lengths back in the 18-horse field.

Campaigned by Sadamu Onishi, Sadamu Patek won for the second time in six starts this season. The 4-year-old Fuji Kiseki colt captured the Keio Hai Spring Cup (Jpn-II) in May but then disappointed with unplaced finishes in the Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-I) in June and the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (Jpn-I) in October in his return from a layoff of more than four months. His overall record improved to five wins, two seconds, and two thirds from 16 career starts for trainer Masato Nishizono, who won the Mile Championship in 2010 with A Shin Forward.

Last year, Sadamu Patek had raced creditably in Japan’s Triple Crown series, finishing second as the favorite to eventual Triple Crown winner Orfevre in the Satsuki Sho (Jpn-I Japanese Two Thousand Guineas), and then seventh and fifth, respectively, in the Tokyo Yushun (Jpn-I Japanese Derby) and the Kikuka Sho (Jpn-I Japanese St. Leger).

Bred in Japan by Shadai Corp. Sadamu Patek is out of the winning Helissio mare Summer Night City, who is a half sister to stakes winner and New York-based sire Catienus. Sadamu Patek was a $129,840 purchase from the Shiraoi Farm consignment at the 2009 Japan Racing Horse Association select yearling sale. He is among six stakes winners this year and 61 stakes winners overall from 15 crops of racing age for Fuji Kiseki, a 20-year-old son of Sunday Silence who stands at Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido.