Thursday, February 26, 2015

Horse Racing News on Feb. 26, 2015


This week JRA graded races
This Sunday sees the Nakayama Kinen for 4yo+ at Nakayama over 1,800 meters on turf. 13 horses have been nominated to the grade two race.

The Hankyu Hai is run on Sunday at Hanshin Race Course. A total of 33 horses have been nominated to the 1,400-meter turf race.

A total of 15 horses including a NAR horse have been nominated to the grade three 1,600-meter Arlington Cup for 3-year-olds at Hanshin on Saturday.

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Six JRA horses will go for the Dubai races on March 28.
Dubai World Cup - Epiphaneia, Hokko Tarumae
Dubai Sheema Classic - Harp Star, One and Only
UAE Derby - Dear Domus, Tap That

Two HK horses, Aerovelocity(NZ) and Lucky Nine(IRE), have been nominated to the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo.

Copan Rickey, recent winner of the February Stakes,  has injured his left front leg. The injury was found out the next day of the February Stakes. He will be out of action at least six months.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Copano Rickey claims his second February Stakes victory


Copano Rickey became the first horse to win the Feburary Stakes in two consecutive years as he claimed a 1/2-length victory in the 1,600-meter grade one race on the Tokyo dirt track today.
Yutaka Take forced Copano Rickey to take the lead with 400 meters to go before getting up to the winning post in 1 minute 36.30 seconds. Incantation finished a 3/4-length before Best Warroir(USA) in third.

Copano Rickey, a 5-year-old horse by Gold Allure out of Copano Nikita, by Timber Country, has now won nine in 16 career starts for owner S. Kobayashi and trainer A. Murayama. His career earnings brought up to more than 497 million jpn yen. Yanagawa Farm was the breeder of the 5-year-old chestnut.

Curren Black Hill victory in Kokura Daishoten
In the hands of Shinichiro Akiyama, Curren Black Hill stalked the pace to win the grade three Kokura Daishoten in 1 minute 48.30 seconds on the muddy Kokura course.
Cosmo Thorn Park, a 1/2-length behind, was second with another 1/2-length back D'accord third.
Curren Black His is a 6-year-old horse by Daiwa Major out of Charleston Harbor, by Grindstone.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fame Game wins Diamond S


Fame Game won the Diamond Stakes, the grade three 3,400-meter race, in two consecutive years at Tokyo on Saturday.
He won it by a decisive 2-length in 3 minutes 31.90 seconds. The winning rider was Hiroshi Kitamura. Fata Morgana finished a 1 1/2-length in front of Comfy in third.
Fame Game is a 5-year-old horse by Heart's Cry out of Hall of Fame, by Allez Milord.

Friday, February 20, 2015

2015 grade one February Stakes

Copano Rickey tops among 16 entrants when he lineups in the grade one February Stakes on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. The 5-year-old horse won this race last tearm and came here with victory in the grade three Tokai Stakes.
The main opponents to Copano Rickey could be: Roman Legend, Best Warrior(U
SA) and Wide Bach.

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

1 Roman Legend, 7h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
2 Corin Berry, 4f, 55, Kohei Matsuyama
3 Silk Fortune, 9h, 57,  Teruo Eda
4 Copano Rickey, 5h, 57, Yutaka Take
5 Kazenoko, 4c, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
6 Happy Sprint, 4c, 57, Hiroto Yoshihara
7 Grape Brandy, 7h, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
8 Red Alvis, 4c, 57, Masaki Katsuura
9 Sambista, 6m, 55, Cristian Demuro
10 Best Warrior(USA), 5h, 57, Keita Tosaki
11 Wide Bach, 6h, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
12 Satono Tiger, 7h, 57, Kosei Miura
13 Wonder Acute, 9h, 57, Francis Berry
14 Incantation, 5h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
15 Kyowa Duffy, 7h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
16 Admire Royal, 8h, 57, Norihiro Yokoyama

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Sunday sees the grade three Kokura Daishoten at Kokura. The field for the 1,800-meter handicap race is:

1 D'accord, 7h, 57, Yusuke Fujioka
2 Cosmo Thorn Park, 7h, 56, Yuji Tannai
3 Aromatico, 6m, 54, Kota Fujioka
4 Langley, 4c, 54, Ryuji Wada
5 Win Malerei, 4c, 54, Masami Matsuoka
6 Curren Black Hill, 6h, 58, Shinichiro Akiyama
7 Smart Gear, 10h, 54, Akihide Tsumura
8 Madeira, 6h, 53, Hayato Yoshida
9 Hit the Target, 7h, 57.5, Yoshihiro Furukawa
10 Quatre Feuilles, 6m, 55, Dario Vargiu
11 Makoto Brillar, 5m, 52, Hirofumi Shii
12 Hanano Shinnosuke, 8h, 52, Yoshitsugu Okada
13 Meiner Milano, 5h, 55, Daichi Shibata
14 Meisho Naruto, 7g, 57.5, Hironobu Tanabe
15 Mikki Dream, 8h, 56, Manabu Sakai
16 Red Raven(USA), 5h, 56.5, Yoshitomi Shibata

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Tokyo's main event on Saturday will be the grade three Diamond Stakes, the longest distance grade race, over

3,400 meters on turf.

The field is:

1 Major Presence, 5h, 51, Yukito Ishikawa
2 Stellar Wind, 6h, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
3 Neo Black Dia, 7h, 54, Norihiro Yokoyama
4 Tanino Epaulette, 8h, 56, Kosei Miura
5 Saimon Tornare, 9h, 50, Teruo Eda
6 Caldo Brezza, 7h, 55, Hiroyuki Uchida
7 Comfy, 6h, 51, Yoshitomi Shibata
8 Love Is Boo Shet, 6h, 57.5, Hironobu Tanabe
9 New Dynasty, 6h, 55, Andrasch Starke
10 Tagano Gufo, 6g, 53, Yutaka Yoshida
11 Champagne, 4c, 51, Manabu Sakai
12 Rikisan Stealth, 5h, 54, Hiroki Goto
13 Admire Flight, 6h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
14 Taisei Dream, 5h, 53, Syu Ishibashi
15 Fata Morgana, 7g, 56, Keita Tosaki
16 Fame Game, 5h, 58, Hiroshi Kitamura