Sunday, January 25, 2015

Courir Kaiser takes AJCC


Courir Kaiser took a good position in a 2,200-meter trip, winning the grade two American Jockey Club Cup at Nakayama on Sunday. Hironobu Tanabe rode the winner with the final time of 2 minutes 13.60 seconds.
A 1/4-length back, Mitra was second with another 1/2-length further back Air Saumur third. Heavy favorite Gold Ship finished a disappointing seventh in the field of 17.
Courir Kaiser is a 6-year-old horse by King Halo out of Smile Contest, by Soccer Boy.

Copano Rickey romps Tokai Stakes
Copano Rickey chased the pace to win the grade two Tokai Stakes in 1 minute 50.90 seconds under Yutaka Take at Chukyo on Sunday. Grand City finished a 4-length behind the winner in second with Incantation another nose back third.
Copano Rickey is a 5-year-old horse by Gold Allure out of the Timber Country mare Copano Nikita.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Keiai Elegant victory in Kyoto Himba S


Keiai Elegant was never behind during the 1,600-meter trip to win the grade three Kyoto Himba Stakes in 1 minute 33.90 seconds under Hiroyuki Uchida at Kyoto this afternoon.
Golden Numbe, a neck behind, came second with another 3/4-length further away Power Spot third.
Keiai Elegant is a 6-year-old mare by King Kamahamaha out of Post Parade, by A.P. Indy.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gold Ship tops AJC Cup


Gold Ship tops a field of the American Jockey Club Cup at Nakayama on Sunday.
The 6-year-old gray horse will make his first start of the season after finishing third in the Arima Kinen last December.
The main opponents to Gold Ship could be grade two Mainichi Okan winner Air Saumur and Fame Game, winner of the grade two Copa Republica Argentina. 

The field for the 2,200-meter AJC Cup is:

1 Dark Shadow, 8h, 56, Francis Berry
2 Meiner Frost, 4c, 55, Masami Matsuoka
3 Meiner Dean, 6h, 56, Kosei Miura
4 Passion Dance, 7h, 56, Keita Tosaki
5 Fragarach, 8h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
6 Decipher, 6h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
7 Meiner Medalist, 7h, 57, Daichi Shibata
8 Gold Ship, 6h, 58, Yasunari Iwata
9 Air Saumur, 6h, 57, Cristian Demuro
10 Fame Game, 5h, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
11 Universal Bank, 7h, 56, Kyosuke Maruta
12 Courir Kaiser, 6h, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
13 Ocean Blue, 7h, 56, Hiroki Goto
14 Mitra, 7g, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
15 Sacred Valley, 9h, 56, Gregory Benoist
16 Rhein Blood, 9h, 56, Hayato Matoba
17 Shonan Lagoon, 4c, 56, Yutaka Yoshida


Chukyo's main event on Sunday will be the grade two Tokai Stakes to which 14 horses have been entered.
The field for the Tokai Stakes over 1,800 meters on dirt is: 

1 Meiner Crop, 5h, 56, Yuji Tannai
2 Toshin Eagle, 7g, 56, Masaki Katsuura
3 Grand Prix Blood, 6h, 56, Daisaku Matsuda
4 Incantation, 5h, 56, Takuya Ono
5 Nihonpiro Ours, 8h, 57, Ryuji Wada
6 Copano Rickey, 5h, 58, Yutaka Take
7 Grazia, 7h, 56, Kota Fujioka
8 Namura Victor, 6h, 56, Futoshi Komaki
9 Solor, 5h, 56, Dario Vargiu
10 Runway Waltz, 4c, 55, Shinichiro Akiyama
11 Meiner Baika, 6h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
12 Machan Tamer, 6m, 54, Hayato Yoshida
13 Grand City, 8h, 56, Akihide Tsumura
14 Time's Arrow, 7h, 56, Makoto Sugihara


A total of 18 fillies and mares have been entered to the grade three Kyoto Himba Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday.
The field for the 1,600-meter turf race is:

1 Meisho Suzanna, 6m, 54, Kyosuke Maruta
2 Power Spot, 7m, 54, Takuya Ono
3 Makoto Brillar, 5m, 54, Hirofumi Shii
4 Dance Amiga, 4f, 53, Cristian Demuro
5 Tosen Benizakura, 6m, 54, Yutaka Take
6 Reve d'Etoiles, 4f, 53, Yuga Kawada
7 Belle Lumiere, 4f, 53, Shinji Kawashima
8 Quatre Feuilles, 6m, 56, Dario Vargiu
9 Winged Wheel, 6m, 54, Takuma Ito
10 Real Venus, 4f, 53, Suguru Hamanaka
11 Forevermore, 4f, 53, Masayoshi Ebina
12 Golden Number, 6m, 54, Shinichiro Akiyama
13 Keiai Elegant, 6m, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
14 Uliuli, 5m, 54, Yuichi Fukunaga
15 Shiny Girl, 4f, 53, Hideaki Miyuki
16 Aromatico, 6m, 55, Kohei Matsuyama
17 Cuccagna, 6m, 54, Manabu Sakai
18 Lei Carla, 6m, 54, Yasunari Iwata


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Exciting finish in Keisei Hai


Four of the 17 horses made an exciting finish in the grade three Keisei Hai at Nakayama on Sunday. The winner went to Beruf, who beat Black Bago by a nose. Kluger, another neck back, finished third with another nose further back Sole Impact fourth. Yuga Kawada was aboard the winner, completing the 2,000-meter turf trip in 2 minutes 2.30 seconds.
Beruf is a 3-year-old colt by Harbinger out of the Sunday Silence mare Les Clefs d'Or.

Admire Deus wins Nikkei Shinshun Hai
Admire Deus returned to the course off more than six-month layoff with a big success when he won the Nikkei Shinshun Hai this afternoon at Kyoto Race Course. Yasunari Iwata guided him to a 3/4-length victory in the grade two 2,400-meter race. Hula Bride finished a 3/4-length before Admire Flight in second. 
Admire Deus finished seventh in the Japanese Derby last season before victory in the Nikkei Shinshun Hai. Admire Deus is a son of Admire Don and Royal Card, by Sunday Silence.