Loves Only You (JPN)
OwnerDMM Dream Club Co.
SireDeep Impact (JPN)
DamLoves Only Me
Giving Japan its first ever Breeders’ Cup victory, DMM Dream Club Co.’s Loves Only You (JPN) ($10.60) split horses in deep stretch to prevail by a half-length over My Sister Nat (FR) to win the 2021 $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) for 3-year-olds and up at Del Mar. Trained by Yoshito Yahagi and ridden by Yuga Kawada, Loves Only You covered the 1 3/8 miles on a firm Jimmy Durante Turf Course in 2:13.87. Yahagi and Kawada were making their Breeders’ Cup debuts. Going to Vegas led the field early with minimal pressure from Dogtag and Pocket Square (GB) as Loves Only You, the 4-1 third choice, tracked closely behind the leaders. The race’s complexion changed on the far turn as favored War Like Goddess moved five wide to the lead with Love (IRE) going right with her to her inside. Those two pulled clear in mid-stretch but My Sister Nat made first run at War Like Goddess only to have Loves Only You split those two late in the stretch and pull away. A 5-year-old mare, Loves Only You is a daughter of Deep Impact (JPN) out of the Storm Cat mare Loves Only Me. The victory was worth $1,040,000 and increased her earnings to $6,493,602 with a record of 15-7-2-3. It is her third Grade or Group 1 victory.
“It’s a dream come true for Japanese horse racing history,” said winning trainer Yahagi. “I’d like to say thank you to my horse. She did a great job. I’d love to come back Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland next year and do the same thing, to win!”
Loves Only You won her first Group 1 in 2019 when she captured the Yushun Himba Japanese Oaks at Tokyo Racecourse. Winless in five starts the following year, she returned in 2021 with three victories, taking the Kyoto Kinen (G2) at Hanshin in February and the FWD Queen Elizabeth II (G1) at Sha Tin in Hong Kong in April. She finished second in the Sapporo Kinen (G2) on Aug. 22 in her last start before winning the Filly & Mare Turf.
|December 27, 2020||Arima Kinen Grand Prix||NAKAYAMA||1||10|
|November 15, 2020||Queen Elizabeth II Cup||HANSHIN||1||3|
|October 17, 2020||Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba S.||TOKYO||2||5|
|June 06, 2020||Naruo Kinen||HANSHIN||3||2|
|May 17, 2020||Victoria Mile||TOKYO||1||7|
|November 10, 2019||Queen Elizabeth II Cup||KYOTO||1||3|
|May 19, 2019||Yushun Himba Japanese Oaks||TOKYO||1||1|
|April 07, 2019||Wasurenagusa Sho||HANSHIN||1|
|November 25, 2018||Shiragiku Sho||KYOTO||1|
|November 03, 2018||KYOTO||1|