Sunday, February 07, 2016

Diamond shines in Kisaragi Sho

Satono Diamond made a big appeal toward the up-coming 3yo classic races as he romped the grade three Kisaragi Sho under Christophe Lemaire at Kyoto Sunday.
The heavy favorite pulled away from the rest at around 200 meters out to win by a decisive 3-length from Les Planches, who came far off the pace. 
Another head behind, Leukerbad came third. The final time for the 1,800-meter trip was 1 minute 46.90 seconds.
Satono Diamond is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Malpensa, by Orpen.

Smart Layer wire-to-wire victory in Tokyo Shimbun Hai
Unexpectedly, Hayato Yoshida sent Smart Layer to the front from start, and they went all the way to win the grade three Tokyo Shimbun Hai in 1 minute 34.10 seconds over 1,600 meters on the Tokyo turf course.
A 2-length behind, Extra End finished second with another 1 1/4-length back Meiner Aurato third.
Smart Layer is a 6-year-old gray mare by Deep Impact out of the White Muzzle mare Snow Style.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Field of Kisaragi Sho

A field has been drawn for Sunday's Kisaragi Sho for 3yo at Kyoto

Satono Diamond, to be ridden by Christophe Lemaire, undefeated in two starts, drew post 9. Leukerbad, coming off two victories, drew post 3. Yutaka Take mounts on him.

The field for the grade three 1,800-meter race is:

1 Oken Dia, f, Kyosuke Kokubun
2 Les Planches, c, Hiroyuki Uchida
3 Leukerbad, c, Yutaka Take
4 Roi Absolu, c, Mirco Demuro
5 On the Rocks, Ryota Kozaki
6 Ultra Broque, c, Fabrice Veron
7 Mo Katteru, c, Dario Vargiu
8 Nogaro, c, Fuma Matsuwaka
9 Satono Diamond, c, Christophe Lemaire


14 horses have been entered to the grade three Tokyo Shimbun Hai for 4yo+ at Tokyo Sunday.

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

1 Grand Silk, 4c, 56, Kenichi Ikezoe
2 Danon Platina, 4c, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
3 Extra End, 7h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
4 Daiwa Liberal, 5h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
5 Tagano Burg, 5h, 56, Kosei Miura
6 Smart Layer, 6m, 55, Hayato Yoshida
7 Lelouch, 8h, 57, Yoshitomi Shibata
8 Martinborough, 7h, 58, Shane Foley
9 Arma Waioli, 4c, 56, Masaki Katsuura
10 Meiner Aurato, 5h, 56, Daichi Shibata
11 Dashing Blaze(USA), 4c, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
12 Tosen Stardom, 5h, 56, Francis Berry
13 Satono Gallant, 7h, 56, Yuichi Shibayama
14 T M Taiho, 7h, 57, Keita Tosaki

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Two classic hopefuls meet again in Kisaragi Sho

Satono Diamond and Leukerbad will meet again in Sunday's Kisaragi Sho at Kyoto. The last time they met came at the Nov. 8 make debut race. Satono Diamond won that race and followed up with victory in the allowance. On the another hand, Leukerbad finished second in that race before recording a couple of victories. The two colts sired by Deep Impact were sold for more than 200 million jpn yen at 2013 Select Sale.
The grade three Kisaragi Sho for 3yo with 11 nominations will be run on Feb 7 at Kyoto Racecourse.

On the same day, Tokyo Racecourse hosts the grade three Tokyo Shimbun Hai for 4yo+.
14 horses have been nominated to the 1,600-meter turf race.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Moanin(USA) takes Negishi S

Race favorite Moanin(USA) took a commanding run in the stretch to win the grade three Negishi Stakes at Tokyo Sunday.
Keita Tosaki rode the winner, covering the 1,400-meter distance in 1 minute 22.00 seconds on dirt surface.
A 1/2-length behind, Tahltan(USA) took second place with Grape Brandy finishing another 1 3/4-length back in third.
Moanin, bred in USA by Empire Equines, LLC, is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Henny Hughes out of Giggy, by Distorted Humor.

Dance Director claims victory in Silk Road S
Dance Director, ridden by Suguru Hamanaka, showed a strong finish, winning the grade three Silk Road Stakes at Kyoto Sunday.
The final time for the 1,200-meter turf race was 1 minute 7.90 seconds.
Laurel Veloce came second, a 1 1/2-length behind, with another 1 1/2-length away Wakino Brace third.
Dance Director is a 6-year-old bay horse by Aldebaran out of Mother Leaf, by Sunday Silence.