Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This Sunday's JRA grade two races

Isla Bonita, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) is among 25 nominations for the St. Lite Kinen, the grade two 2,200-meter race for 3-year-olds, to be run at Niigata Race Course on Sunday. The Fuji Kiseki colt makes his first start since finishing a 3/4-length second behind One and Only in the Japanese Derby.

On the same day, Hanshin Race Course features the grade two Rose Stakes, one of the preps for the grade one Shuka Sho. A total of 17 three-year old fillies including Red Reveur and Nuovo Record have been nominated for the 1,800-meter event.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Little Gerda(USA) takes Centaur Stakes

Little Gerda(USA) continued to run well with the Centaur Stakes victory this afternoon at Hanshin. 
The thrilling two-way battle between Little Gerda and Hakusan Moon was produced down the stretch, but it was not long before Little Gerda went to the front near the line. A 1 1/4-length separated the two. Another 1/2-length back came Epice Arome third.
Kyousuke Murata was aboard the winner to cover the 1,200-meter turf distance in 1 minute 7.40 seconds on firm.

Prior to the grade three victory, Little Gerda had won the Kitakyushu Kinen at Kokura on Aug. 24. Bred in US by Dapple Blood Stock, the 5-year-old mare is by Closing Argument out of Bijoux Miss, by Buddha.

Clarente wins Keisei Hai AH
Clarente stalked the pace and drew away from the pack to win the Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap under Hironobu Tanabe this afternoon at Niigata Race Course. The final time was 1 minute 33.30 seconds for the 1,600-meter distance on firm. A 3/4-length back Blaze a Trail came second with Mitra another neck further away third.

Clarente, a 5-year-old horse by Dance in the Dark out of the Dancing Brace mare Erimo Pixy, has now two-straight grade victory following the Sekiya Kinen on Aug. 17.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Field of JRA Sunday's graded races

Hanshin Race Course hosts the Centaur Stakes as a main event on Sunday meeting.

Hakusan Moon, who appears on the course after finishing third in the grade one 
Takamatsunomiya Kinen last March, drew post 15.
Epice Aroma, third in the Kitakyushu Kinen as favorite last outing, drew post 3.
Toho Amapola, winner of the July 6 CBC Sho, has post 4. 
Mayano Ryujin, who had an excellent summer campaign with a couple of victories, will break from post 2.

The post time for the 1,200-meter Centaur Stakes will be at 3:35 p.m. JST on Sunday, September 14.

The field in draw postion with rider is:

1 Little Gerda(USA), Kyosuke Maruta
2 Mayano Ryujin, Kenichi Ikezoe
3 Epice Arome, Suguru Hamanaka
4 Toho Amapola, Yuichi Fukunaga
5 Princess Memory, Masaki Katsuura
6 Sugino Endeavour, Yasunari Iwata
7 Real Venus, Kota Fujioka
8 Am Ball Bleiben, Ken Tanaka
9 Bakushin Teio, Shinichiro Akiyama
10 Meisho Izayoi, Hideaki Miyuki
11 Alma Limpia, Haruhiko Kawasu
12 A Shin Top(USA), Koshiro Take
13 Forever Mark, Issei Murata
14 Dasher Go Go, Yuga Kowada
15 Hakusan Moon, Keita Tosaki


The Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap for 3-year-olds and up will be held at Niigata Sunday. A total of 16 horses have been entered to the grade three 1,600-meter contest.

Clarente, winner of the Sekiya Kinen, drew post 3. 
Satono Gallant, third in the Sekiya Kinen, and Excellente Cave, fourth in the same race, drew post 3 and 2 respectively.

The starters will go to post at 3:45 p.m. JST on Sunday, September 14.

The field is:

1 Extra End, Kosei Murata
2 Kings of the Sun, Masayoshi Ebina
3 Clarente, Hironobu Tanaba
4 Satono Gallant, Hiroshi Kiatamura
5 Sadamu Patek, Katsuhara Tanaka
6 Blaze a Trail, Akihide Tsumura
7 Mitra, Mario Esposito
8 Ardent, Masami Matsuoka
9 Tagano Burg, Takuya Ono
10 Shiny Prince, Daichi Shibata
11 Shonan Achieve, Yoshitomi Shibata
12 Excellente Cave, Syu Ishibashi
13 Golden Number, Norihiro Yokoyama
14 Neo Wisdom, Yutaka Yoshida
15 Winged Wheel, Takuma Ito
16 Mikki Dream, Genki Maruyama

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kyoei Asura wins Oval Sprint

JRA-trained Kyoei Asura quickend up into the front right after going into the short home stretch, winning the NAR grade three Tel Tama Hai Oval Sprint at Urawa Race Course on Thursday afternoon. Keita Tosaki was aboard the winner with clocking 1 minute 26.20 seconds over 1,400 meters on sloppy track.
A Shin Beatlon came a 2-length behind in second with Admire Sagace finishing another 1 1/2-length back in third.
Kyoei Asure is a 7-year-old bay horse by Swept Overboard out of the Amber Shadai mare Sun Shower Kiss.