Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Japanese Derby

Tokyo Yushun(known as the Japanese Derby)
The Japanese Derby, frequently called as the racing festival, has been the greatest of all races and established as the biggest race for 3-year-olds since the first run in 1932. It is the most glory and honor for any racing person to have a Derby winner. The Derby, the second leg of the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-olds, is combined with the Satsuki Sho and Kikuka Sho to complete the Triple Crown Races.

Major prep races: Satsuki Sho, Aoba Sho, Principal Stakes

Brief History
The Japanese Derby was first run as the Tokyo Yushun Daikyoso, going 2,400 meters in 1932 at Meguro Racecourse, where does no longer exist. For the first time in 1938, the race was called as the Tokyo Yushun Kyouso and continued that name until 1947. This classic race was abandoned due to war in 1945. The race resumed in 1947. It was carried out unde the name of the Yushun Kyoso in 1948 and 1949. The race name was changed again to the Tokyo Yushun Kyouso the following year.
In the 1950, the race was run under the name of the Tokyo Yushun.
As the grading system began in 1984, the Tokyo Yushun was graded as a grade one.
The door was open to NAR horses in 1995. The door was open to a limited number of foreign-bred horses. In 2010, the Japanese Derby gained an international status and foreign horses can run in this event. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nominations of 2016 Tokyo Yushun(Japanese Derby)

The cream of the crop of 23 three-year-olds remain on the final nomination list of the 2016 Tokyo Yushun(known as the Japanese Derby) to be run on Sunday, May 29 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Azur Rose
Meiner Rafflesia
Smart Odin
Agnes Forte 
Black Spinel
Vanquish Run
Red Eldest 
Prodigal Son
Meiner Honey
Dee Majesty 
Air Spinel
Mount Robson
George Cing
Lord Quest
Rainbow Line
Brave Smash
Shadow Approach
(in radom order)

Tokyo Racecourse
The 2,400-meter Japanese Derby starts at just off the middle of the homestretch and goes around the oval turf course of 2,083 meters more than once to the line. It is the tough trip to climb up the stretch hill to be required speed and stamina.

Data fact
Five of the last 10 favorites have visited the winner's circle. 2010 winner Eishin Flash(seventh pick at odds of 31.9(309-10) was the longest priced winner in the last decade.
Satsuki Sho runners have a good record, finishing seven firsts, five seconds and five thirds in the last 10 years. 
The horse who is able to produce a strong turn of foot in the final stretch could be the one to follow.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Favorite wins Japanese Oaks

Sinhalite revenged a narrow defeat in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) as she won the Japanese Oaks(Yushun Himba) as the 2.0 favorite on Sunday, May 21 at Tokyo Racecourse.
Kenichi Ikezoe forced Sinhalite to squeeze between horses on the middle in the late stage, winning the 2,400-meter filly classic in 2 minutes 25 seconds flat on firm ground.
Cecchino was second, a neck behind, with Biche another 1/2-length back third followed by Jealousy fourth and Peptide Supple fifth in the field of 18.

Trained at Ritto by S. Ishizaka and owned by Carrot Farm, Sinhalite has now recorded four wins of her five races with more than 233 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Sinhalite, a 3-year-old dark bay by Deep Impact out of Singhalese, by Singspiel.

Asukano Roman romps Heian Stakes

Asukano Roman led the field of 15 in the 1,900-meter dirt race to win the grade three Heian Stakes at Kyoto Racecourse on Saturday, May 21. A 5-length behind, Kurino Star O came second with another head back Chrysolite third. Keisuke Dazai was aboard the winning horse.
Asukano Roman is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Agnes Digital out of Asukano Himiko, by Tabasco Cat.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Field of 2016 Heian Stakes

15 horses will go for the grade three Heian Stakes to be run on Saturday, May 21 at Kyoto Racecourse.

The leading contenders are likely: Roi Jardin, Chrysolite, Amour Briller(USA) and Asukano Roman.

The field for the 1,900-meter dirt event is:

1 Majesty Hearts, 6h, 56, Kazuma Mori
2 Dokofukukaze, 6h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
3 Shonan Apollon, 6h, 57, Masami Matsuoka
4 Roi Jardin, 5h, 57, Mirco Demuro
5 Meiner Crop, 6h, 56, Ryuji Wada
6 Chrysolite, 6h, 58, Yuga Kawada
7 Bright Idea, 6h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
8 Torakichi Shacho, 5h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
9 Rhein Ruf, 4c, 56, Koshiro Take
10 Strong Souther, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
11 Kurino Star O, 6h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
12 Amour Briller(USA), 5m, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
13 Top Divo, 4c, 56, Hirofumi Shii
14 Asukano Roman, 5h, 58, Keisuke Dazai
15 Sammaru Duke, 7h, 56, Tomoharu Bushizawa

Flashback: 2000 Japanese Oaks

61st Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks) on May 21, 2000

Silk Prima Donna triumphs Oaks
Shinji Fujita-mounted Silk Prima Donna beat her stablemate Cheers Grace to win the Japanese Oaks/Yushun Himba this afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. Both are trained at Riito Training Center by Kenji Yamauchi.
Silk Prima Donna, the smallest filly in the field, took a clear lead by passing Lady Muse and Olive Crown at around 200-meter from home, while the biggest filly Cheers Grace challenged 
her from the outside. Deciding on the big title was left to the two stablemates. In the end, favorite Silk Prima Donna edged fifth pick Cheers Grace by a neck, completing a 2,400-meter 
trip in 2:30 1/5 on good to firm ground. 
Darkhorse Olive Crown, one and a half lengths behind Cheers Grace, was third with another half-length back Lady Muse fourth, followed by Grand Pas de Deux, Saiko Kirara, Sunny Side Up, Manic Sunday, Future Sunday, Sugino Formosa, Bailarina, Mayno Maybe, Charisma Sun Opera, Jo De Shiraoki, Fusaichi You Can, Glow Ribbon, Summer Babe and Living Daylights.

Silk Prima Donna, a daughter of Brian's Time, earned the 3YO filly classic title in fifth start and improved a career record to 5-3-1-1. Silk Prima Donna, unraced at two, won the first two starts before finishing second in the March 12th 3YO Himba Tokubetsu at Hanshin. Prior to the Oaks, she was third in the grade one Okasho on April 9th.

Note: Some names may be incorrect.