Legacy World spurted to the front in the last three-eighths of a mile Sunday and won the Japan Cup at Fuchu, Japan.
The Japanese 4-year-old, ridden by Hiroshi Kawauchi, covered the 1 1/2-mile turf track at the Tokyo Race Course in an unofficial time of 2:24 2/5 and won $1.56 million.
Breeders' Cup Turf champion Kotashaan, trying to wrap up horse-of-the-year honors, was second, 1 1/4 lengths back. Kotashaan, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, charged from the back of the pack on the outside during the stretch but was unable to close the gap.
Winning Ticket, another Japanese horse, was third, a head behind Kotashaan.
It was the second consecutive year a hometown horse won the Japan Cup. Tokai Teio won in 1992.
The trotting filly Ina Scot set a world record in harness racing with her 31st consecutive victory, at Kalmar, Sweden.