Marche Lorraine

2022-05-16 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: (Dirt G1 wins)1, Dirt, filly,mare(female).

Details

Name / Japanese Marche Lorraine / マルシュロレーヌ
Birth Year 2016
Sex mare
Earnings 193,279,000 yen (only Japan)
Races-Wins / G1-Wins 22-9 / 4-1
Sire Orfevre
Dam (Sire) Vite Marcher (French Deputy)
Other site link  JBIS / Umanity / netkeiba
Awards NAR Grand Prix for Special Award (2021)
NTRA Moment of the Year (2021)

All grade races + Sakurajima Stakes

Y
D/M
Track Race No. Pl. / E
2020
25/04
Fukushima
T1800
Fukushima Himba Stakes (G3) 7 9  G   
2020
14/06
Hanshin
T2000
Mermaid Stakes (G3) 15 6  G   
2020
05/09
Kokura
D1700
Sakurajima Stakes (Allowance) 3 1   /  G    
2020
08/10
Ohi
D1800
Ladies Prelude (G2) 10 1      
2020
03/11
Ohi
D1800
JBC Ladies Classic (G1) 13 3      
2021
20/01
Ohi
D1800
TCK Jo-o Hai (G3) 4 1  G   
2021
04/03
Kawasaki
D2100
Empress Hai (G2) 11 1  G   
2021
22/05
Chukyo
D1900
Heian Stakes (G3) 11 3     
2021
30/06
Ohi
D2000
Teio Sho (G1) 12 8     
2021
12/08
Monbetsu
D2000
Breeders’ Gold Cup (G3) 5 1     
2021
06/11
Del Mar
D9F
Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) 10 1  G   
2022
26/02
King Abdulaziz
D1800
Saudi Cup (G1) 14 6  G   
  • She won three turf races and tried turf grade races, but failed to win her fourth.
  • In the Sakurajima Stakes, it was her first time running a dirt race.
    She won by 1+1/4 lengths, making it her fourth win.
  • In the Ladies Prelude, she was the 1st favorite.
    She won her first grade race by 3 lengths.
  • In the JBC Ladies Classic, she was by far the most favorite.
    However, she was beaten to 3rd place by Fashionista.
  • She went on to win the TCK Jo-o Hai, Empress Hai and Breeders’ Gold Cup, and remained one of the top-ranked mares running dirt races in Japan.
    However, since dirt races were not as popular as turf races in Japan and she never won against male horses, her name recognition was not so high.
  • Trainer Yoshito Yahagi decided to take Loves Only You and Marche Lorraine to the Breeders’ Cup in the United States.
    He later said, “I thought the West Coast could be a good place for Japanese horses to win.”
    Many Japanese horse racing fans knew that Loves Only You had gone to the United States, but not much was known about Marche Lorraine.
    And even those who knew about Marche Lorraine thought and underestimated her, such as “She is a role to keep Loves Only You from being lonely, and cannot be expected to have a good run.”
    (Marche Lorraine and Loves Only You have been grazing at the same place since they were in foal at Northern Farm and have been good friends since joining the Yahagi Stable.)
  • Before the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Loves Only You, ridden by Yuga Kawada, won the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
    It was the first time in history that a Japanese horse trained by a Japanese trainer and a Japanese jockey won the Breeders’ Cup race.
  • In the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Marche Lorraine was ridden by Oisín Murphy.
    She began to move on the last corner and took the lead.
    She was nearly caught by Dunbar Road in the homestretch but was not overtaken and finished 1st.
    It was her first G1 win.
    This was the first foreign dirt G1 race victory by a Japanese-trained horse.
    (The Dubai World Cup, won by Victoire Pisa, was held on an all-weather track.
    The Korea Cup and Korea Sprint have also been won by several Japanese horses, but they are not international G1 races.)
  • The NAR presented her with a special award for her Breeders’ Cup victory.
    She was also selected for an award in the United States.
    She did not receive the JRA’s Special Award.
    Some critics and sports papers raised questions about that.
  • She retired after running the Saudi Cup.

Her family

  • Her granddam is Kyoei March.
  • As I described in my post about Kumohata, her family line is a very old family line in Japan.
    A few Japanese horse racing fans were surprised by her very old family line.
    (A few American horse racing fans might be surprised to find that Marche Lorraine and Loves Only You are the sire line of Sunday Silence, who left the U.S. in the past.)
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