He is a half-brother to 2014 Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia, and he won this year’s Satsuki-sho. Supercomputer-developed face shields may offer lifeline for Japan's restaurant industry, Japan unveils new submarine in face of China's growing assertiveness, Universal Studios Japan unveils Mario-themed cafe ahead of opening, Yokohama Stadium to be packed with 27,000 to test virus measures, Japan boosts checks on Chinese students amid fears of campus spying. The Derby is one of the greatest races on the Japanese horse racing calendar, and attendance figures on the day invariably top the 100,000 mark. It represents the second leg of the Triple Crown, after the Satsuki-sho (or Japanese 2,000 Guineas) earlier in the spring, and the final race of the series in autumn, the Kikka-sho (or Japanese St. Leger). He won three races as a 2-year-old, including the Group 1 Hopeful Stakes. The Japan Times LTD. All rights reserved. The post-race ceremony for the winner and connections can really drive home the meaning of what it is to win the race. If you're not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site. Sponsored contents planned and edited by JT Media Enterprise Division. Another man who knows a bit about the Derby is racing commentator Murray Johnson, and it’s his call of the race in English that will be broadcast to countries around the world on Sunday. The race starts in front of the packed grandstands, and after taking in just over a circuit of the turf track (the race distance is 2,400 meters), the winning colt on Sunday will flash past the winning post to claim a Derby victory, in probably a little over 2 minutes and 20 seconds, and will become the proud recipient of all the glory that goes with a Classic win, as well as the ¥200 million winner’s check. The minimum stake bet is ¥100, so it doesn’t cost a king’s ransom to enjoy the sport of kings in Japan. A case in point is the great Deep Impact, who thrilled racing fans during his reign at the top, winning 12 out of a total of 14 races while gracing the racecourse, including the Derby in 2005. As for Saturnalia, he seems like a nice colt and I hope he can win the Derby. Domestically though, the Derby is one of the big ones, and it’s just about everybody’s dream to win it.