Tuesday, August 26, 2014

JRA Leading Sires(thru 08/24)

2014 JRA Leading Sires by winners
(thru Aug 24)

Stallion(coat, foaled, sire)/Winners
Deep Impact(b, 2002- , Sunday Silence)/143
Kingkamehameha(b, 2001- , Kingmambo)/133
Heart's Cry(b, 2001- , Sunday Silence)/80
Kurofune(USA)(gr, 1998- , French Deputy)/72
Daiwa Major(ch, 2001- , Sunday Silence)/71
Manhattan Cafe(bk, 1998- , Sunday Silence)/70
Gold Allure(ch, 1999- , Sunday Silence)/68
Neo Universe(b, 2000- , Sunday Silence)/68
Zenno Rob Roy(db, 2000- , Sunday Silence)/67
Symboli Kris S(USA)(db, 1999- , Kris S.)/65

This week's JRA graded races

The 9th grade three Keeneland Cup is run this Sunday at Sapporo Race Course. A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the 1,200-meter race for 3-year-olds and up.

A total of 18 juveniles have been nominated to the grade three Niigata Nisai Stakes at Niigata Race Course over 1,600 meters on turf.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Comments after Sapporo Kinen

Winning jockey Yuga Kawada quoted:
I gave her an early go-sign on the third turn as the trainer instructed me. 
It was such an early front that we've never had before, so I pressed her to the finish as strong as I can. I am very happy with this result.
"She had her race, but her best has yet to come." H. Matsuda, trainer of Harp Star, commented.

Norihiro Yokoyama on Gold Ship commented: We had a good race. He ran as usual. 
"The race showed that he is a good horse. " Sugai, trainer of Gold Ship, is not pessimistic about the defeat. With a fastest finish, Gold Ship came at a 3/4-length second behind Harp Star, but he finished far ahead of the others. 

The two horses with Just a Way are scheduled to leave Japan for France on September 20. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Harp Star defeats Gold Ship in Sapporo Kinen

Harp Star got off to a good start toward the Arc de Triomphe when she won the Sapporo Kinen in 1 minute 59.10 seconds this afternoon at Sapporo. She beat Gold Ship by a 3/4-length in a strong 14-horse field of the 2,000-meter event. Another 5-length behind came Whale Capture third.

Tokei Halo made the pace with the first 1,000 meters in  58.40 seconds, while Harp Star raced at second to last and several lengths away Gold Ship was the dead last. 

Harp Star made an early move and her position improved on the final turn. Gold Ship chased after Harp Star and moved up a position right behind her. 

Jockey Yuga Kawada forced Harp Star to go into the front right after entering the short home strech. Jockey Norihiro Yokoyama brought Gold Ship to challenge Harp Sar on the outside, but never collared her.

Harp Star, trained at JRA Ritto by Hiroyoshi Matsuda and owned by Carrot Farm, has now won five in seven career starts. Northern Farm was the breeder of Harp Star, a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of the Falbrav mare Historic Star.

Harp Star and Gold Ship are both scheduled to run in the Arc de Triomphe for their next actions.

Little Gerda wins Kitakyushu Kinen

Little Gerda(USA) beat Meisho Izayioi by a nose to win the Kitakyushu Kinen this afternoon at Kokura Racecourse. Another 1/2-length further away came Kaishu Columbo third. Kyosuke Maruta was on board the winner, covering the 1,200-meter in 1 minute 7.50 seconds on firm ground.

Bred by Dapple Bloodstock, Little Gerda(USA) is a 5-year-old gray mare by Closing Argument out of the Budda mare Bijoux Miss.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Field of Sapporo Kinen

Sunday sees the grade two Sapporo Kinen with a strong field of 14 at Sapporo Race Course.
Gold Ship, one of the best Japanese horses, returns to the course where he raced twice in his freshman campaign. He drew post 5 with Norihiro Yokoyama on his back.
Harp Star regarded as the best 3-year-old filly in the country faces the older company for the first time. Regular rider Yuga Kawada rides her, breaking from post 8.
Front-runner Tokei Halo drew post 6. Classic winner Logtype drew post 1.

The post time will be at 3:25 p.m. JST on Sunday, August 24.

The field for the 2,000-meter turf event for 3-year-olds and up is:

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(kgs), Rider
1 Logotype, 4c, 57, Issei Murata
2 Tokai Paradise, 7h, 57, Yuichi Shibayama
3 Tamamo Best Play, 4c, 57, Ryuji Wada
4 Moonlit Lake, 6h, 57, Yuji Hishida
5 Gold Ship, 5h, 57, Norihiro Yokoyama
6 Tokei Halo, 5h, 57, Hirofumi Shii
7 Air Saumur, 5h, 57, Keita Tosaki
8 Harp Star, 3f, 52, Yuga Kawada
9 Admire Flight, 5h, 57, Kota Fujioka
10 Whale Capture, 6m, 55, Masayoshi Ebina
11 Love Is Boo Shet, 5h, 57, Yoshihiro Furukawa
12 Lelouch, 6h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
13 Super Moon, 5h, 57, Nash Rawiller
14 Nakayama Knight, 6h, 57, Yoshitomi Shibata

On the same day, Kokura Race Course features the Kitakyushu Kinen. A total of 18 horses have been entered to the grade three race.

The Field for the 2,000-meter handicap event is:

1 Little Gerda(USA), 5m, 53, Kyosuke Maruta
2 Luna Fontana, 5m, 55, Yuichi Kitamura
3 Tsurumaru Leon, 6h, 57, Futoshi Komaki
4 I Love Riri, 5m, 54, Hideaki Miyuki
5 Alma Limpia, 6m, 53, Haruhiko Kawasu
6 Blue Deja Vu, 7g, 54, Yusaku Kokubun
7 Kaishu Columbo, 6h, 54, Shinji Kawashima
8 Meisho Izayoi, 5m, 52, Keisuke Dazai
9 Wakino Brave, 4c, 54, Kyosuke Kokubun
10 Barbara, 5m, 53, Koshiro Take
11 Epice Arome, 5m, 55, Suguru Hamanaka
12 Real Venus, 3f, 53, Fuma Matsuwaka
13 Meisho Suzanna, 5m, 53, Tyo Takakura
14 Am Ball Bleiben, 5m, 52, Ken Tanaka
15 Ninja, 5h, 54, Manabu Sakai
16 Sugino Endeavour, 6h, 57, Kohei Matsuyama
17 Bel Canto, 3f, 52, Yusuke Fujioka
18 Poison Black, 5h, 56, Shigefumi Kumazawa