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Horse racing: Titleholder bursts to win spring Tenno-sho

Titleholder wins the spring Tenno-sho at Hanshin Racecourse in Takarazuka, western Japan, on May 1, 2022. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Second-favorite Titleholder blasted to victory in the 165th running of the spring Tenno-sho on Sunday, holding off top-pick Deep Bond by seven lengths over 3,200 meters at Hanshin Racecourse for his second G1 win.

    Kazuo Yokoyama also made history as the first jockey to follow in the footsteps of both his father, Norihiro, and grandfather, Tomio, as a spring Tenno-sho winning jockey, securing a wire-to-wire victory in 3 minutes, 16.2 seconds.

    Fourth-favorite T O Royal was a length behind Deep Bond in third in Hyogo Prefecture.

    "It makes me happy I managed to get the win along with Titleholder," Yokoyama said of the 4-year-old colt.

    "The horse stepped up a gear at the same moment I wanted him to. He's a horse that is going to go from strength to strength."

    The winning purse was 200 million yen ($1.5 million).

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