There’s a remarkable horse in Central Europe (where black type races are not recognized internationally) named Age of Jape, and if you were reading this blog last year you might be familiar with his considerable exploits as a 3-year-old. Last year, he won five classic races, including the Czech triple crown in Prague at Velka Chuchle, where he was an acclaimed hero. A Polish-bred colt by the Alleged sire Jape, the leading sire by far in Poland, Age of Jape also won the Slovak Derby and St. Leger at Bratislava, a track that got on the map when the Hungarian-based sprinter Overdose won some races there before arriving at the bigger European tracks in Germany, France, and Italy a few years ago. Jape, by the way, won the Italian St. Leger, and Alleged, a two-time Arc winner, was a notable source of stamina. His male line, for the most part, is extinct here and barely alive in Europe, but at least in Poland, where they breed for stamina and the jumps, he’s held in high regard.
Age of Jape, who lost his first race in Warsaw but hasn’t skipped a beat since, so far hasn’t ventured out of his comfort zone in Central Europe, but there are indications he may this summer. How good is he? He’s most certainly better than the 2008 Czech Derby winner Tullamore, a son of Theatrical who took his chances in the Arc last year but was pummelled behind Sea the Stars. On a pure form comparison, however, Age of Jape may be a Group 3 type in Europe proper at 2400 meters and up; last out, on June 6 at Bratislava, Age of Jape had a hard race to defeat the 2008 Polish Derby and St. Leger winner and champion Ruten, a son of El Prado. And Ruten, in Germany, was Group 3 placed at 3200 meters (abt. 2 miles). The race between Age of Jape and Ruten is directly below:
The most recent Czech Derby winner, Talgado (see post below this one), won the race last Sunday, June 27, in record time of 2:28.46, but he’s not considered in the league of Age of Jape, either.
So far, Age of Jape has won 12 of 13 starts, 12 of them in a row, including two in 2010. Whether he can successfully make the transition to European group-race company will be something to follow. Below are the posts I’ve written on the horse from last year, and videos of several of his races are within the posts. Click here to access his complete record.
The 10 most intriguing horses of 2009 from around the globe [Age of Jape is No. 10]
Wrong Czech Derby winner in Arc; Tullamore no Age of Jape [Tullamore, a US-bred by Theatrical, won the Czech Derby in 2008]
Remarkable Age of Jape wins 5th classic of season Sunday [Age of Jape’s Slovak St. Leger on Sept. 27]
See video of Age of Jape’s St. Leger and triple crown sweep [Age of Jape wins the Czech St. Leger and takes the triple crown]