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Marialite Wins Gr1 Takarazuka Kinen
At Hanshin racecourse in Japan, 5YO mare Marialite (Deep Impact-Chrysoprase, by El Condor Pasa) posted the second top-flight victory of her career when scoring by a long neck in the 57th running of the Gr1 Takarazuka Kinen (2200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Duramente (King Kamehameha-Admire Groove, by Sunday Silence) & 4YO gelding Kitasan Black (Black Tide-Sugar Heart, by Sakura Bakushin O). Marialite improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup) and 7 placings from 17 starts for ¥ 407,258,000 earnings. Marialite became the first mare in 11 years (since Sweep Tosho in 2005) to win the Takarazuka Kinen.