Friday, May 31, 2019


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2019 Naruo Kinen

9 horses contest in the Naruo Kinen at Hanshin on Saturday, June 1.
The main players are likely: Gibeon, Tanino Frankel(IRE), Stay Foolish and Mer de Glace.

The post position with jockeys for the grade three 2,000-meter race is:

1-Platinum Bullet, Ryuji Wada
2-Sunday Wizard, Kota Fujioka
3-Gibeon, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Tanino Frankel(IRE), Yutaka Take
5-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
6-Stay Foolish, Yusuke Fujioka
7-Mer de Glace, Damian Lane
8-Black Bago, Yasunari Iwata
9-Black Spinel, Kosei Miura

Showdown between two top guns in 2019 Yasuda

A highlight of the Yasuda Kinen will be a showdown between Almond Eye and Danon Premium.
Almond Eyef, considerd the best horse in the country, comes into this event off a sequence of grade victories. This filly gained a sensation victory in the Dubai Turf last outing to extend her winning streak to seven.
Danon Premium has scored a couple of grade victories this season. His only defeat came at  last year's Japanese Derby when finishing sixth behind Wagnerian.

The Yasuda Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 2 at Tokyo over 1,600 meters.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one race is: 

1-Keiai Nautique, Hideaki Miyuki
2-Aerolithe, Keita Tosaki
3-Sakura Empereur, Norihiro Yokoyama
4-Sungrazer, Yasunari Iwata
5-Indy Champ, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Guanciale, Masami Matsuoka
7-Mozu Ascot(USA), Ryusei Sakai
8-Stelvio, Damian Lane
9-Smart Odin, Kenichi Ikezoe
10-Fiano Romano(AUS), Yuichi Kitamura
11-Entscheiden, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Lord Quest, Yukito Ishikawa
13-Persian Knight, Mirco Demuro
14-Almond Eye, Christophe Lemaire
15-Danon Premium, Yuga Kawada
16-Logi Cry, Yutaka Take

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Look Twice storms home in Meguro Kinen

Look Twice stormed home on the outside to win the grade two Meguro Kinen under Damian Lane at Tokyo on Sunday. He won it by a 1 1/4-length from Ice Bubble with another 1 1/4-length back Sole Impact third. Look Twice's winning time was the course record of 2:28.5 for the 2,500-meter race.
Look Twice, who has now won six of his 19 races, is a 6-year-old bay horse by Stay Gold out of Esyoueffcee, by Alzao.

Outsider wins Japanese Derby

Roger Barows, the 12th favorite at odds of 93.1(921/10), won the Japanese Derby under Suguru Hamanaka at Tokyo on Sunday, May 26. The colt ran at a sole second in the early race. On far upfront, Lion Lion set a sucidal pace.
Inside 400 meters from home, Roger Barows got past Lion Lion and went on to winning the grade one premier event in the race record time of 2:22.6 over 2,400 meters on firm ground. Danon Kingly was closing on in the very final stage, but finished a neck behind the winner in second. Another 2 1/2-length behind, Velox was third with Sautrnalia fourth, another 1/2-length back.
Roger Barows, trained by K. Sumii and owned by H. Inokuma, has now won three of his six races with more than 268 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Tobino Bokujo was the breeder of Roger Barows, a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Little Book, by Librettist.

Friday, May 24, 2019

2019 Meguro Kinen

13 horses will go for the Meguro Kinen at Tokyo on Sunday, May 26.
The leading contender are likely: Muito Obrigado, Blast Onepiece, Look Twice and Palingenesis.

The post position with jockeys for the grade two 2,500-meter race is:

1-Win Tenderness, Hiroyuki Uchida
2-Action Star, Nanako Fujita
3-Sole Impact, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Muito Obrigado, Yutaka Take
5-Ice Bubble, Brenton Avdulla
6-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
7-Go for the Summit, Shu Ishibashi
8-Chestnut Coat, Ryusei Sakai
9-Admire Eikan, Yasunari Iwata
10-Look Twice, Damian Lane
11-Popocatepetl, Mirco Demuro
12-Palingenesis, Yuga Kawada
13-K T Clever, Katsuma Sameshima

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Field set for 2019 Japanese Derby

A field of 18 is set to run in the Japanese Derby(known as Tokyo Yushun) at Tokyo on Sunday, May 26.
Saturnalia, an undefeated colt in four starts, who gained victory in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) last outing, drew post 6 with a new partner Damian Lane up.
Velox, who finished a head second in the Satsuki Sho behind Saturnalia, drew post 13.
Danon Kingly, a narrow third in the Satsuki Sho, drew post 7.
Lion Lion(post 15) and Run for the Roses(post 14) finished, respectively, first and second in the Aoba Sho.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,400-meter premier event is:

1-Roger Barow, Suguru Hamanaka
2-Wind, Tomoaki Takenoshita
3-Emeral Fight, Yukito Ishikawa
4-Satono Lux, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Meiner Surpass, Yuji Tannai
6-Saturnalia, Damian Lane
7-Danon Kingly, Keita Tosaki
8-Meisho Tengen, Yutaka Take
9-Nishino Daisy, Masaki Katsuura
10-Courageux Guerrier, Kosei Miura
11-Red Genial, Manabu Sakai
12-Admire Justa, Mirco Demuro
13-Velox, Yuga Kawada
14-Run for the Roses, Yuichi Fukunaga
15-Lion Lion, Takeshi Yokoyama
16-Tagano Diamante, Hironobu Tanabe
17-Naimama, Daichi Shibata
18-Schwarz Riese, Shu Ishibashi