Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref. – Second-favorite Chrono Genesis blitzed the field Sunday to claim the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin Racecourse.
Yuichi Kitamura steered the 4-year-old mare to victory by six lengths over sixth-favorite Kiseki. Outsider Mozu Bello finished third ahead of pre-race favorite Saturnalia.
"She ran really strongly. I didn't worry about the track or the other horses, I just rode believing in my horse," Kitamura said.
"We got off to a strong start and were able to go around in a good rhythm. She responded well once we hit the straight."
The race was the first Grade One event for Chrono Genesis since a second-place finish at the Osaka Hai in April.