• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
7 Deep Impact
Japan: Shahryar was a record seventh Japanese Derby victor for legendary sire Deep Impact, whose progeny went 1-3-4-5 in Sunday’s edition of the nation’s premier Classic. A last-gasp triumph over Guineas winner Efforia was achieved in a race-record time of 2m22.50s, eclipsing the mark of 2m22.90s set by Roger Barows two years ago.
Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga has ridden three of the last four Yushun winners after Wagnerian (2018) and Contrail (2020).
6 Jamie Kah
Australia: Although Jamie Kah’s sights are firmly set on riding 100 metropolitan winners in Melbourne before the 2020-21 season draws to a close, the world’s leading female rider dropped into Brisbane on Saturday [May 29] for G1 success on Vega One in the Kingsford Smith (BTC) Cup at Eagle Farm.
This was the sixth G1 success of the three-time Adelaide premiership winner’s career – one more than Michelle Payne, and the most ever achieved by a female rider in Australia.
150,000 Nimbostratus claim
USA: There was a record claim at Santa Anita on Saturday [May 29] when trainer Leonard Powell stumped up $150,000 for Nimbostratus, a French-bred filly who won over 6f on turf under Abel Cedillo for former trainer Peter Miller.
The price eclipsed the previous claim record of $125,000, made in 1997. A winner at Navan for former trainer Ger Lyons, Nimbostratus is a daughter of Wootton Bassett. “She has residual value as a broodmare,” said Powell.
1,000 Jose Riquelme
USA: Jose Riquelme partnered his 1,000th winner in the US aboard Khushbu for trainer Bernie Flint in the eighth race at his home track Indiana Grand on Monday May 24. Riquelme started riding in 1992 in his native Lima before moving to the States in 2000; his biggest win came in the Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds in 2015 on Hard Aces.
1,000 Alejandro Medellin
USA: Alejandro Medellin hit the 1,000-winner mark on thoroughbreds in the US when he rode Who’s Laughing Now to victory at Sunray Park in New Mexico on Sunday May 23.
Originally from Mexico City, Medellin also mixes quarter horses and is a G1 winner in that sphere, where he has 536 wins to his name altogether in the States. His finest hour came in November 2012 at Zia Park when he rode seven winners on a nine-race card – five thoroughbreds and two quarter horses.