Friday, October 31, 2014

Field of 2014 Tenno Sho Autumn draws


A field of the Tenno Sho Autumn has been drawn.
The maximum field of 18 horses have been entered to the grade one traditional race.

Gentildonna, who finished second last year's Tenno Sho Autumn, returns to her favorite course. To be ridden by Keita Tosaki for the first time, she drew post 1.
Fenomeno, having not raced since winning the Tenno Sho Spring, drew post 9.
Isala Bonita, who partners with Christophe Lemaire, drew post 15.

The Tenno Sho Autumn for 3-year-olds and up runs on Sunday at Tokyo over 2,000 meters on turf.

The field is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(kgs) Rider
1 Gentildonna, 5m, 56, Keita Tosaki
2 Hit the Target, 6h, 58, Yutaka Take
3 Denim and Ruby, 4f, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
4 Spielberg, 5h, 58, Hiroshi Kitamura
5 Epiphaneia, 4c, 58, Yuichi Fukunaga
6 Dark Shadow, 7h, 58, Francis Berry
7 Satono Noblesse, 4c, 58, Yasunari Iwata
8 Decipher, 5h, 58, Hirofumi Shii
9 Fenomeno, 5h, 58, Masayoshi Ebina
10 Pelusa, 7h, 58, Yoshitomi Shibata
11 Love Is Boo Shet, 5h, 58, Yoshihiro Furukawa
12 Fragarach, 7h, 58, Ryo Takakura(JPN)
13 Curren Black Hill, 5h, 58, Shinichiro Akiyama
14 Martinborough, 5h, 58, Yuga Kawada
15 Isla Bonita, 3c, 56, Christophe Lemaire
16 Tosen Jordan, 8h, 58, Pierre-Charles Boudot
17 Asuka Kurichan, 7h, 58, Kosei Miura
18 Meiner Lacrima, 6h, 58, Daichi Shibata



Saturday's JRA graded races

Kyoto's main event on Saturday is the grade two Swan Stakes. A 13-horse field for the 1,400-meter turf race is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(kgs) Rider
1 Wing the Moon, 5m, 54, Shinichiro Akiyama
2 Olivine, 5h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
3 Sudden Storm, 5h, 56, Yusaku Kokubun
4 Tagano Burg, 3c, 55, Yuga Kawada
5 Fiero, 5h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
6 Bel Canto, 3f, 53, Yutaka Take
7 Sadamu Patek, 6h, 57, Katsuharu Tanaka
8 Silk Fortune, 8h, 56, Haruhiko Kawasu
9 Afford, 6h, 56, Kota Fujioka
10 Ninja, 5h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
11 Mikki Isle, 3c, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
12 Sunrise Major, 5h, 56, Kenichi Ikezoe
13 Sakura Adonis, 6h, 56, Ryuji Wada

The grade three Artemis Stakes is held at Tokyo Race Course on Saturday.
The field of 18 two-year-old fillies for the 1,600-meter turf race is as follows:

pp HorseName(sire) Rider
1 Flawless Dancer(Harbinger) Christophe Lemaire
2 Sing with Joy(Manhattan Cafe) Futoshi Komaki
3 Let's Go Donki(King Kamahameha) Yasunari Iwata
4 Niagara Monroe(Admire Moon) Yoshitomi Shibata
5 Chaleur(Zenno Rob Roy) Hirofumi Shii
6 Art Brut(Makfi) Kosei Miura
7 Tamamo Lumiere(Heart's Cry) Yutaka Yoshida
8 Primera Azul(Special Week) Hideaki Miyuki
9 Tosen Lark(Aldebaran) Hayato Yoshida
10 Rozova Dolina(Snitzel) Syun Ishizaki
11 Kokorono Mamani(Meisho Bowler)
12 River Cruise(Maruka Shenck) Takuya Ono
13 Stella Starlight(Deep Impact) Keita Tosaki
14 Meisho Meigetsu(Deep Impact) Masayoshi Ebina
15 Hanamomo(White Muzzle) Daichi Shibata
16 Kokorono Ai(Stay Gold) Norihiro Yokoyama
17 Smart Planet(Falbrav) Hironobu Tanabe
18 Tenderly Voice(Deep Impact) Hiroshi Kitamura

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gentildonna returns to action


Gentildonna returns to action in Sunday's Tenno Sho Autumn. It will be exactly the same schedule as she had last season. Her last start was the Takarazuka Kinen where she had a poor performance. She will bid for her third consecutive victory in the Japan Cup after the Tenno Sho.

Other possible prominent starters in the Tenno Sho Autumn
Fenomeno makes his first start since winning the Tenno Sho Spring last May. Isla Bonita, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) who skipped the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger), will face the top older company for the first time.

Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 Tenno Sho Autumn nominations


A total of 20 horses remain on the final nomination stage of the Tenno Sho Autumn, held on Sunday, Nov. 2 at Tokyo as follows:

Asuka Kurichan
Isla Bonita
Epiphaneia
Curren Black Hill
Satono Noblesse
Gentildonna
Spielberg
Dark Shadow
Decipher
Denim and Ruby
Tosen Jordan
Hit the Target
Fenomeno
Fragarach
Pelusa
Martinborough
Meiner Lacrima
Max Dream
Love is Boo Shet
Rosa Gigantea
(in random order)


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Toho Jackal wins Kikuka Sho in record time


Toho Jackal, the latest debut horse of the 18 entrants, won the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) at Kyoto on Sunday in the course record time of 3 minutes 1.00 second. He won the 3,000-meter event by a 1/2-length from Sounds of Earth, with Gold Actor, a 3 1/2-length further behind third.

Race favorite One and Only was never into contention to finish a disappointing ninth.

Manabu Sakai's steered Toho Jackal took a good position until he went into the front entering the final stretch. In the last 200 meters, Sounds of Earth challenged, but he never gave way.

Toho Jackal, trained by Kiyoshi Tani, was well beaten at his debut race at Kyoto in a late-May before winning a couple of races in Summer. His career earnings increased to more than 175 million jpn yen with a record of 7-3-1-1. Bred and owned by Toho Bussan Co. Ltd, the 3-year-old chestnut colt was produced by Special Week out of the Unbridled's Song mare Toho Gaia.