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FUNABASHI, Chiba Pref. — The Satsukisho, Japan’s equivalent of the 2,000 Guineas, the Triple Crown’s first leg, went off without a hitch Sunday as more than 85,000 fans made their way to Nakayama Racecourse, lured in large part by the rise of a new star.

That star, the unbeaten Deep Impact, answered the support — and rock-bottom odds — with an impressive win, as he cruised over the wire 2 1/2 lengths ahead of the rest of the field. Longshot Six Sense finished in second place.

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