Seeking the Pearl

2020-11-23 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: (Turf G1 wins)2, filly,mare(female), Turf.

Details

Name / Japanese Seeking the Pearl / シーキングザパール
Birth Year 1994
Sex female
Earnings 474,144,000 yen (only Japan)
Races-Win / G1-Win 21-8 / 11-2
Sire Seeking the Gold
Dam (Sire) Page Proof (Seattle Slew)
Other site link  JBIS / Umanity / netkeiba

All G1 races + grade-races she won + Niigata Sansai Stakes

Y
D/M
Track Race No. Pl.
1996
01/09
Nakayama
T1200
Niigata Sansai Stakes (G3) 12 3 G
1996
19/10
Kyoto
T1400
Daily Hai Sansai Stakes (G2) 2 1 G
1996
01/12
Hanshin
T1600
Hanshin Sansai Himba Stakes (G1) 1 4
1997
15/01
Kyoto
T1600
Nikkan Sports Sho Shinzan Kinen (G3) 11 1 G 
1997
15/03
Nakayama
T1800
Flower Cup (G3) 6 1 G 
1997
20/04
Tokyo
T1400
New Zealand Trophy Yonsai Stakes (G2) 16 1 G
1997
11/05
Tokyo
T1600
NHK Mile Cup (G1) 13 1  
1998
26/04
Kyoto
T1200
Silk Road Stakes (G3) 1 1 G
1998
24/05
Chukyo
T1200
Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1) 5 4  
1998
14/06
Tokyo
T1600
Yasuda Kinen (G1) 14 10
1998
09/08
Deauville
T1300
Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1) 8 1 G 
1998
06/09
Longchamp
T1600
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1) 5 G
1998
22/11
Kyoto
T1600
Mile Championship (G1) 4 8
1998
20/12
Nakayama
T1200
Sprinters Stakes (G1) 3 2  
1999
23/01
Santa Anita
D1400
Santa Monica Handicap (G1) 4 4 G
1999
23/05
Chukyo
T1200
Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1) 2 2  
1999
13/06
Tokyo
T1600
Yasuda Kinen (G1) 11 3
  • In the Niigata Sansai Stakes, she ran to the outside just after the start of the race.
    She rallied from there, but finished 3rd. (5th: Mejiro Dober)
  • In the Daily Hai Sansai Stakes, she was 1st favorite.
    She won by 5 lengths over second place Mejiro Bright.
    She broke the Japanese record.
  • After the Shinzan Kinen, her owner and trainer got into a dispute.
    She was transferred to Hideyuki Mori’s stable.
  • In the NHK Mile Cup, she was 1st favorite.
    She won by 1+3/4 lengths.
    It was her first G1 win.
  • In the second half of 1997, she suffered from wheeze.
    She had surgery and recovered.
  • In 1998 (age 4), she won the Silk Road Stakes.
    After that, her connections decided to go on an expedition to Europe in the summer.
  • In the Yasuda Kinen (1998), the track condition was soft.
    She finished 10th due to the bad track.
    Taiki Shuttle won the race.
    After the race, she and Taiki Shuttle underwent quarantine together and went to Europe.
  • Taiki Shuttle’s trainer, Kazuo Fujisawa, wanted to make Taiki Shuttle run in the Sussex Stakes (UK).
    But Taiki Shuttle was entered in the Prix Jacques le Marois (FR) because of his owner’s idea.

    Seeking the Pearl’s trainer, Hideyuki Mori, wanted to make Seeking the Pearl run in the Prix Jacques le Marois (FR).
    Her trainer was informed that Taiki Shuttle would be running in the race.
    He thought Seeking the Pearl couldn’t beat Taiki Shuttle.
    In addition, he wanted to win the first European G1 race as a Japanese horse.
    Seeking the Pearl was to run in the Prix Maurice de Gheest a week before the Prix Jacques le Marois.

  • In the Prix Maurice de Gheest, she was 5th favorite.
    She took the lead early.
    She was easy to win and broke the course record.

    Taiki Shuttle’s connections were surprised because they thought they were going to win the first European G1 race as a Japanese-trained horse.
    While it was well known to Japanese horse racing fans that Taiki Shuttle had gone to Europe, it was not so well known that Seeking the Pearl had gone to Europe, so Japanese horse racing fans were also very surprised.

    The Japanese-trained horse’s first European G1 race victory was widely reported in the French and British newspapers.

    After the race, her jockey, Yutaka Take, said to European reporters “Taiki Shuttle is more strong.”
    Taiki Shuttle won the Prix Jacques le Marois a week later.

    They pioneered the success of Japanese horses in international races.

As dam

  • She worked as a mare in USA.
  • Seeking the Dia (sire: Storm Cat) finished 2nd nine times in G1 races, but never won one.
    He was called “the Silver Collector”.
    He retired and become a stallion in Japan.
    But he was sold to USA and then went to work in Chile.
    He sired multiple G1 horses in Chile.
    His representative crops in Chile are Sono Bianco Nero, Top Casablanca, Rio Allipen, Safawi, Guapaza, Rio Azul, Halek, Lobelus.
    And Quasar won many G1 races in India.
  • Seeking the Pearl was found dead while grazing after giving birth to three crops.
    She was presumed dead from a lightning strike.
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