Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This week's JRA graded races


A total of 23 horses remains on the final nomination stage of the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St Leger), held on October 26 at Kyoto Race Course. The nominations include Japanese Derby hero One and Only, To the World, Toho Jackal and Gold Actor.

Saturday's main event at Tokyo will be the grade three Fuji Stakes for 3-year-olds and up. A total of 18 horses have been nominated to the 1,600-meter turf race.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shonan Pandora strong finish in Shuka Sho


Shonan Pandora rallied on the inside to win the Shuka Sho in 1 minute 57 seconds at Kyoto.

As the field entered the final stretch, a group of horses were in front of Shonan Pandora. Suguru Hamanaka, finding a clear hole, forced her to take an inside path. 200 meters from home, Shonan Pandora went right away from the rest with an eye-catching burst of finishing speed. On the outside, Nuovo Record with Tagano Etoile on her inside was drawing up to challenge, but failed to catch Shonan Pandora in the shadow of the post. A neck separated the two. Tagano Etoile was third, a 1 1/4-length behind the runner-up.

Shonan Pandora, trained by Tomokazu Takano and owned by T. Kunimoto, has now won three in 9 career starts with 135+ million jpn yen in career earnings. Bred by Shadai Corporation, the  3-year-old bay filly is by Deep Impact out of the French Deputy mare Cutie Gold.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nuovo Record early favorite for Shuka Sho


After closing Saturday betting round, Japanese Oaks winner Nuovo Record has been installed as the 1.5(1-2) favorite for the grade one Shuka Sho on Sunday. Red Reveur was the 7.5(13-2) second favorite.

Dia de la Madre takes Fuchu Himba Stakes


Dia de la Madre came from far behind to win the grade two 1,800-meter Fuchu Himba Stakes in 1 minute 45.70 seconds under Kota Fujioka at Tokyo on Saturday afternoon. The 4-year-old bay filly demonstrated a strong finishing kick, beating Smart Layer by a 1/2-length with another 3/4-length away Whale Capture third.

Dia de la Madre is a daughter of King Kamahameha and the Sunday Silence mare Dia de la Novia.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Selected US horses to Champions Cup


7 US-trained horses have been selected to the Japan Autumn International Champions Cup(formerly Japan Cup Dirt), held on December 7 at Kyoto as follows:

Bayern(USA)
California Chrome(USA)
Cigar Street(USA)
Imperative(USA)
Majestic Harbor(USA)
Lea(USA)
Zivo(USA)


A total of 9 US horses including the selected runners in the Champions Cup have been nominated to the NAR grade one Tokyo Daishoten on December 29 at Ohi Race Course.

Field of 2014 Shuka Sho


A total of 18 fillies have been entered to the grade one Shuka Sho at Kyoto.

Japanese Oaks heroine Nuovo Record is likely to be the favorite for the 2,000-meter event. The Heart's Cry filly had a successful prep with victory in the Rose Stakes last month. She drew post 4.
Juvenile filly champ Red Reveur attempts to bounce back after performing a poor run in the Rose Stakes and drew post 8.
Shion Stakes winner Reve d'Etoies, first string of the 4 entrants trained by Hiroyoshi Matsuda, drew post 2.

The post time for the Shuka Sho will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 19.

The field is:

1 Blanc Neige, Shinichiro Akiyama
2 Reve d'Etoiles, Yuga Kawada
3 Bounce Shasse, Hiroshi Kitamura
4 Nuovo Record, Yasunari Iwata
5 Marble Cathedral, Hironobu Tanabe
6 Shonan Pandora, Suguru Hamanaka
7 Dilga(USA), Yutaka Take
8 Red Reveur, Yuichi Fukunaga
9 Admire Bijin, Hirofumi Shii
10 Meine Greville, Daichi Shibata
11 Peisha Felice, Shinji Kawashima
12 Tagano Etoile, Futoshi Komaki
13 Pacific Gal, Masaki Katsuura
14 Sang Real, Keita Tosaki
15 Happiness Dancer, Kota Fujioka
16 Omega Heart Rock, Francis Berry
17 Lilavati, Kohei Matsuyama
18 Ceu Azul, Yuichi Kitamura


Tokyo Race Course features the Fuchu Himba Stakes on Saturday. 13 fillies and mares will contest the grade two 1,800-meter race.

The field is:

1 Amicable Number, Takuya Ono
2 Quatre Feuilles, Yuichi Fukunaga
3 Smart Layer, Norihiro Yokoyama
4 Uliuli, Suguru Hamanaka
5 Dia de la Madre, Kota Fujioka
6 Ice Follies, Kosei Miura
7 Makoto Brillar, Shinichiro Akiyama
8 Winged Wheel, Takuma Ito
9 Sweet Salsa, Katsuharu Tanaka
10 Lei Carla, Keita Tosaki
11 Cuccagna, Hiroshi Kitamura
12 Whale Capture, Masayoshi Ebina
13 Otsu, Yoshitomi Shibata