Friday, November 21, 2014

Field of 2014 Mile Championship

A total of 17 horses have been entered to the grade one Mile Championship at Kyoto Race Course on Sunday. 
Tosen Ra, winner of this race last season, who finished a respectable third in the Kyoto Daishoten last outing, drew post 13.
Grade one NHK Mile Cup winner Mikki Isle, who had a great prep with the Swan Stakes victory, drew post 15.  
Fiero, third in the Swan Stakes and Clarente, coming off a couple of grade victories, drew post 8 and 11 respectively.

The field for the 1,600-meter turf race is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(in kgs) Rider
1 Horai Akiko, 3f, 54, Ryuji Wada
2 Excellente Cave, 5m, 55, Ryan Moore
3 Grandezza, 5h, 57, Shinichiro Akiyama
4 Sadamu Patek, 6h, 57, Katsuharu Tanaka
5 Red Arion, 4c, 57, Futoshi Komaki
6 Daiwa Maggiore, 5h, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
7 Extra End, 5h, 57, William Buick
8 Fiero, 5h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
9 World Ace, 5h, 57, Pierre-Charles Boudot
10 Logotype, 4c, 57, Christophe Lemaire
11 Clarente, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
12 Danon Shark, 6h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
13 Tosen Ra, 6h, 57, Yutaka Take
14 Grand Prix Boss, 6h, 57, Kosei Miura
15 Mikki Isle, 3c, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
16 Tagano Grandpa, 3c, 56, Yuji Hishida
17 Sanrei Laser, 5h, 57, Yuga Kawada

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Mile Championship

A total of 20 horses have been nominated for the grade one Mile Championship to be run on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Kyoto Race Course.
The nominations include Tosen Ra, Mikki Isle, Fiero and World Ace.

The Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes is run on Monday, Nov. 24 at Tokyo Racecourse. 15 2-year-olds have been nominated to the grade three 1,800-meter turf race.
The nominations include Avenir Marcher, Courage City and Gruyeres.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014 Japan Cup nominations

A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the 2014 Japan Cup.

Isla Bonita
Satono Shuren
Just a Way
Tamamo Best Play
Denim and Ruby
Tosen Jordan
Harp Star
Hit the Target
One and Only
(in random order)

Foreign nominations:
Trading Leather(IRE)
Up with the Birds(CAN)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thrilling finish in QE II Cup

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup was won in a thrilling finish by Yuga Kawada-ridden Lachesis, who avenged last year's defeat by Meisho Mambo in this race. 
With more than 200 meters to go, Nuovo Record pulled away from the rest, but Lachesis drew on her at every step and just got up in the nick of time for the winning post. A neck separated  the two. Third came  another 1 1/4-length further back Dia de la Madre.

Trained by K. Sumii and owned by M. Oshima, Lachesis has now won four in 11 career starts with more than 213 million jpn yen in career earnings. Northern Farm in Hokkaido was the breeder of Lachesis, a 4-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of the Storm Cat mare Magic Storm.

Barzalona wins Fukushima Kinen on Mitra
Mickael Barzalona rode Mitra to win the grade three Fukushima Kinen at Fukushima. It gave the French jockey his second JRA grade race victory. The winning time of the 2,000-meter turf event was 1 minute 58.10 seconds.

Mitra is a 6-year-old gelding by Symboli Kris S out of the Sunday Silence mare Aigrette.