In what’s turning out to be an international “Year of the Fillies,” headlined by Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, the Japanese-bred 4-year-old filly Jolie’s Shinju took her star turn Sunday (July 12) by galloping to a five-length win in the 2000-meter Emirates Singapore Derby at Kranji race course in 2:00.2. Like Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, Jolie’s Shinju made all in the Kranji classic.
By winning the Derby, a Group 1 race in Singapore (no international black type) worth $1 million Singapore dollars (US equivalent of $684,079), Jolie’s Shinju also swept the Singapore “Triple Crown,” properly known as the Singapore 4-year-old Challenge. The first two legs were the 1400-meter The Patrons’ Bowl and the 1600-meter Singapore Derby Trial.
Trained in Singapore by Japanese horseman Hideyuki Takota, Jolie’s Shinju next will reportedly be aimed for the Group 1 Cox Plate over 2040 meters in Melbourne, in October.
Although bred in Japan, Jolie’s Shinju’s pedigree is all American. Her sire, the Halo horse Jolie’s Halo, was a front runner who stayed nine furlongs, and her dam, Endearing Quality, by Danzig, is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Qualify. Jolie’s Shinju’s third dam is champion Straight Deal.
Jolie’s Halo, who entered stud in the US in 1993, died in Japan in 2005, at age 18. As a son of Halo, like Sunday Silence, he was attractive to Japanese breeders, especially after his first-crop US-bred runner Super Nakayama hit the track running in Japan in 1996. In September of that year, Jolie’s Halo was purchased to stand in Japan for $5 million.