Agnes Flight

2021-01-11 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: (Turf G1 wins)1, colt,stallion(male), Derby Horse, Turf.

Details

Name / Japanese Agnes Flight / アグネスフライト
Birth Year 1997
Sex male
Earnings 299,193,000 yen
Races-Win / G1-Win 14-4 / 5-1
Sire Sunday Silence
Dam (Sire) Agnes Flora (Royal Ski)
Other site link  JBIS / Umanity / netkeiba
  • Agnes Lady is his grand-dam.
    She won the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks).
  • Agnes Flora is his dam.
    She won the Oka Sho.
  • Agnes Tachyon is his young-brother.
    He won the Satsuki Sho.
  • Their main jockeys are all Hiroshi Kawachi.
  • Agnes Lady’s trainer is Hikosaburo Nagahama.
    Hikasaburo Nagahama’s son, Hiroyuki Nagahama, is a trainer of Agnes Flora, Agnes Flight and Agnes Tachyon.

All grade-races

Y
D/M
Track Race No. Pl.
2000
06/05
Kyoto
T2000
Kyoto Shimbun Hai (G3) 13 1  G 
2000
28/05
Tokyo
T2400
Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1) 4 1

G

2000
24/09
Hanshin
T2000
Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2) 11 2 G
2000
22/10
Kyoto
T3000
Kikuka Sho (G1) 6 5
2000
26/11
Tokyo
T2400
Japan Cup (G1) 14 13
2001
17/02
Kyoto
T2200
Kyoto Kinen (G2) 14 2 G
2001
01/04
Hanshin
T2000
Sankei Osaka Hai (G2) 5 10 G
2002
27/10
Nakayama
T2000
Tenno Sho (autumn) (G1) 2 15
2002
24/11
Nakayama
T2200
Japan Cup (G1) 6 16   
2003
22/02
Kyoto
T2200
Kyoto Kinen (G2) 8 6 G
2003
23/03
Hanshin
T3000
Hanshin Daishoten (G2) 6 13 G
  • In the Kyoto Shimbun Hai, he won his first grade-race.
  • In the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), he was 3rd favorite.
    Air Shakur was 1st favorite.
    Air Shakur’s jockey Yutaka Take was expected to win the Derby three times in a row, following Special Week two years ago and Admire Vega the previous year.
    Agnes Flight’s jockey Hiroshi Kawachi, on the other hand, is the senior disciple of Yutaka Take, and although he was considered a great jockey, he had yet to win a Derby.
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    In the home stretch, Air Shakur took the lead.
    Agnes Flight caught up with Air Shakur.
    They finished side by side.
    Agnes Flight won by 7cm.
    Kawachi became the Derby jockey he had dreamed of.
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    The live commentary on the TV broadcast of this race is considered to be a masterpiece.
    エアシャカール、豊だ:
    Air Shakur, Yutaka!
    アグネス、河内の夢も飛んで来ている:
    Agnes, Kawachi’s dream is coming in flying!
    エアシャカールかエアシャカールか、それともアグネスかアグネスか:
    Air Shakur!? Air Shakur!? or Agnes!? Agnes!?
    河内の夢か、豊の意地か、どっちだあああ:
    Kawachi’s dream!? or Yutaka’s pride!? Which one!?
  • In the Kikuka Sho, he was 1st favorite.
    He finished 5th and Air Shakur finished 1st.
    Air Shakur became a Double Crown horse.
    Air Shakur would have been a Triple Crown winner if he hadn’t lost the Derby by 7 cm.
  • In the Japan Cup (2000), he was 4th favorite.
    Agnes Flight, Air Shakur, and the other three-year-olds were up against T.M. Opera O and the other older horses.
    But the Japanese 3-year-old horses were no match for older-horses, and they dominated the bottom four.
  • In April 2001 (age 4), he developed a bowed tendon.
    His young-brother, Agnes Tachyon, developed a bowed tendon in May.
    Agnes Tachyon’s overwhelming performance allowed him to retire and become a stallion in August.
    But Agnes Flight couldn’t retire and had to be treated and kept active.

    He eventually retired without winning a single race after the Derby.

Evaluation of him

  • He’s certainly a memorable horse.
    His victory in the Derby made it three generations of Agnes Lady’s family to win the classic races.
    He is the horse that made Kawachi a Derby jockey.
  • However, since Agnes Flight and Air Shakur and others did not win at all against other horses of their age, it is often said that the level of classic races for horses born in 1997 is very low.
    For this reason, they are sometimes cynically referred to as ” It is a good thing Air Shakur did not win the Triple Crown” or “Agnes Flight is a hero for preventing the birth of Air Shakur, the worst Triple Crown winner in history.
    There are those who say more bad things about him than they should, but of course there are many fans who celebrate his glory.

    (Agnes Digital, Tap Dance City and Eishin Preston, who were born in 1997, did well against other horses of their age, but they couldn’t run in the classic races because they were foreign-born.)
  • His brother, Agnes Tachyon, is a successful sire, but he isn’t.
    He got sick the first and second years after he became a stallion, which meant he couldn’t breed much.
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