On Sunday, Nov. 30 before a crowd of over 100,000 people, the son of Symboli Kris S scored the first Japan Cup win for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii since Vodka slipped into the winner's circle by a mere nose in 2009.
bettered not only race favorite Gentildonna, winner of both the 2012 and 2013 Japan Cups, but topped the world's top ranking racehorse Just a Way.
, surrounded by congratulatory reporters and shaking hands right and left, blurted out with uncharacteristic emotion and frankness and a big smile on his
"I'm so surprised.
, used to the colt, he
appeared "rather quiet" in the preparade ring, "but in the preliminaries he
became agitated and I was a bit concerned."
"It was a fast pace and he
had a good position," remarked Sumii
, who said plans are to take Epiphaneia to the Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) next, said, "I was waiting for him to show the ability I knew he
had and had displayed in the Kikuka Sho.
Epiphaneia, who was bred at Northern Farm in Hokkaido, is out of the Special Week mare Cesario, who won the American Oaks for Sumii
Epiphaneia is now six for 12 with total earnings of over 678 million yen.
In addition to the Japan Cup, he
won the G1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) in 2013, the G2 Kobe Shimbun Hai the same year and the G3 Radio Nikkei Hai Nisai Stakes in 2012.