Friday, August 01, 2014

Queen Stakes preview

A field is set to run for Sunday's grade three Queen Stakes at Sapporo. The 14 fillies and mares will go to post for the 1,800-meter contest at 3:25 p.m. JST on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Smart Layer returned to this season with a couple of victories at grade level and may find a good spot after failing to produce the desired result at g1 event last outing. In absence of Yutaka Take, Kenichi Ikezoe will ride.

Dia de la Madre showed good form with the g3 Mermaid Stakes victory last time out. Reproduction of that run could see her go close to the line.

Aromatico showed a return to good form when winning the Tomoe Sho last time out and could produce another big run.

Quatre Feuilles has recorded a couple of runner-ups at grade races and could spot a good chance here after  finishing a respectable fifth in the g1 Victoria Mile.

Otsu comes here with three consecutive victories and will step up the class to have a testing contest.

pp HorseName, Age, Rider
1 Keiai Elegant, 5m, Yutaka Yoshida
2 Quatre Feuilles, 5m, Yuichi Fukunaga
3 Ice Follies, 5m, Nash Rawiller
4 Sunshine, 5m, Masami Matsuoka
5 Marble Cathedral, 3f, Hironobu Tanabe
6 Smart Layer, 4f, Kenichi Ikezoe
7 Philopator, 5m, Syu Ishibashi
8 Aromatico, 5m, Kosei Miura
9 Unavenged(USA), 5m, Hirofumi Shii
10 Tosen Benizakura, 5m, Yuji Hashida
11 Makoto Brillar, 4f, Shinichiro Akiyama
12 Dia de la Madre, 4f, Kota Fujioka
13 Cosmo Barbara, 5m, Yuji Tannai
14 Otsu, 4f, Daisaku Matsuda

IBIS Summer Dash preview

The grade three IBIS Summer Dash to which a total of 13 runners have been entered is run at Niigata over 1,000 meters on turf.  The post time will be at 3:45 p.m. JST on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Forever Mark, second in this race last year, may find his way to the winning form this time after finishing fifth in the Hakodate Sprint.
Seiko Raiko keeps in good form having come off a promising fourth in the Hakodate Sprint.
Little Gerda(USA) returns to his favorite course(5-2-1-2-0) and makes his first start since finishing third in the Silkroad Stakes.

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(in kgs), Rider
1 Blue Deja Vu, 7g, 56, Takuya Ono
2 Seiko Raiko, 7h, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
3 Forever Mark, 6m, 55, Issei Murata
4 Robe de Velours, 8m, 54, Masayoshi Ebina
5 Barbara, 5m, 54, Keita Tosaki
6 Dual Sword, 6h, 56, Makoto Sugihara
7 Pas de Trois, 7h, 59, Hiroyuki Uchida
8 Angenehm, g6, 56, Kyosuke Maruta
9 Little Gerda(USA) , 5m, 54, Daichi Shibata
10 Earth Sonic, 5h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
11 Fukuno Dream, 3f, 51, Norihiro Yokoyama
12 Am Ball Bleiben, 5m, 54, Ken Tanaka
13 Shiny Hawk, 6h, 56, Hayato Matoba

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hana's Goal may run in Hong Kong later this season

Hana's Goal resumes her overseas campaign later this season.
If all goes well, she may run in the Jockey Club Mile and Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin. Before making a trip to Hong Kong, the 5-year-old mare is likely to run in the Oct. 5 Sprinters Stakes. She has not raced since winning the group one All Aged Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Australia on April 26. 

Tosen Victory, a full sister of grade winners To the World and To the Glory, makes a debut at Sapporo this weekend. Tosen Victory, sold for 105,000,000 jp yen(approx. 1,050,000 US dollars) at 2013 Select Sale, is a 2-year-old filly by King Kamehameha out of the Sunday Silence mare To the Victory.

NAR Ohi will send three Ohi-trained horses to the Asia Challenge Cup 2014, held on August 31 at Seoul Racecourse in South Korea. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

JRA Leading Sires(thru 07/27)

2014 JRA Leading Sires by winners(thru July 27)

Stallion(coat, foaled, sire)/Winners
Deep Impact(b, 2002- , Sunday Silence)/124
Kingkamehameha(b, 2001- , Kingmambo)/118
Heart's Cry(b, 2001- , Sunday Silence)/69
Kurofune(USA)(gr, 1998- , French Deputy)/68
Daiwa Major(ch, 2001- , Sunday Silence)/63
Manhattan Cafe(bk, 1998- , Sunday Silence)/63
Gold Alure(ch, 1999- , Sunday Silence)/62
Neo Universe(b, 2000- , Sunday Silence)/61
Symboli Kris S(USA)(db, 1999- , Kris S.)/58
Zenno Rob Roy(db, 2000- , Sunday Silence)/57

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunday's JRA graded races

Grade three IBIS Summer Dash at Niigata
A total of 17 horses remain on the final entry stage of the 14th IBIS Summer Dash for 3-year-olds and upward to be run on Sunday at Niigata over 1,000 meters on turf.

Niigata Racecourse
The main course is a left-handed, oval turf course, 2,223 meters in length with a 658.7 meters run-in and 25 meters in width. The course rises to the first 1,000 meters or so and then drops steadily to 300 meters from home. It also has an undulating 1,000-meter straight course.
The inner turf course is an oval of 1,623 meters. The dirt oval track of 1,472.5 meters is inside the inner turf course.  
2014 meeting: 20 days (10-day for Aug. 8-day for Sep. 2-day for Oct.)

Grade three Queen Stakes at Sapporo
A total of 16 horses have been nominated to the 62nd Queen Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward fillies and mares on Sunday. The grade three race runs at Sapporo Racecourse over 1,800 meters on turf ground.