Sunday, August 31, 2014

Robe Tissage takes Keeneland Cup

Robe Tissage finally ended her losing streak when she landed the grade three Keeneland Cup this afternoon at Sapporo Racecourse. It was the first victory for the 4-year-old filly since Dec. 9 2012 when she took the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.
Under the hands of Kosei Miura, Robe Tissage rushed into the front near the line, winning the 1,200-meter race in  minute 9 seconds by a neck from Red Oval with another head back third Majin Prosper in a blanket finish.
Bred by Northern Racing, Robe Tissage is a black filly by War Emblem out of Petit Noire by Singspiel.

Musee Sultan wins Niigata Nisai in thrilling photo finish
Musee Sultan won the Niigata Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds in 1 minute 33.40 seconds at Niigata Racecourse on firm ground. 
Musee Sultan, ridden by Yoshitomi Shibata, pulled away from the crowd within 200 meters to go. Avenir Marcher came with a superb late surge on the outside to challenge. The two produced a thrilling photo finish all the way to the line.

Prior to the grade three Stakes victory, Musee Sultan won his debut at Niigata on Aug. 10. The colt was sold at Select Sale on yearling session last year for 78,750,000 jpn yen(approx. US$787,500).
Bred by Shadai Farm, Musee Sultan is a son of King Kamehameha and the French Deputy mare Ask Deputy.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Japan horse racing news on Aug. 30

Gentildonna will return to action in the Tenno Sho Autumn and run in the Japan Cup after that. "To run her in the Arima Kinen is a possibility.", her trainer Ishizaka said on Tuesday. Her farewell race may be either the Japan Cup or the Arima Kinen.

Taiki Blizzard, winner of the 1997 Yasuda Kinen, died at age 23 after colic on August 18. 

Admire Flight's Australia campaign will be given up, his trainer Hashida commented on August 27.  "He didn't run his race and stopped running during the race." The trainer talked about his poor performance in the Sapporo Kinen.
In the meantime, Admire Rakti and Bande(IRE) runs in the Australian group one races as scheduled. They will leave Japan for Australia on September 19.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Field of Keeneland Cup drawn

A field of the Keeneland Cup is drawn Friday morning.

Red Oval, winner of the non-graded Sapporo Nikkan Sports Hai, drew post 15. Kenichi Ikezoe will ride him.
Grade winner Smart Orion drew post 3. Yutaka Take, who returns to action this weekend after a hand injury, will takes the mount on him.
Robe Tissage with Kosei Miura up drew post 7. Snow Dragon to be ridden by Takuya Ono will break from post 12.

The 16 horses will go to post at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, August 31.

The field for the grade three 1,200-meter turf at Sapporo Racecourse is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(kgs), Rider

1 Pas de Trois, 7h, 56, Nash Rawiller
2 Fukuno Dream, 3f, 51, Kazuo Yokoyama
3 Smart Orion, 4c, 57, Yutaka Take
4 Sakura Gospel, 6h, 56, Kota Fujioka
5 Clean Ecology, 6h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
6 San Carlo, 8h, 57, Yutaka Yoshida
7 Robe Tissage, 4f, 54, Kosei Miura
8 A Shin Bullseye(USA), 3c, 53, Shinichiro Akiyama
9 Hanohano, 6h, 56, Yuichi Shibayama
10 Brin d'Amour, 5m, 54, Hirofumi Shii
11 Leger Tosho, 8m, 54, Tomoaki Takenoshita
12 Snow Dragon, 6h, 56, Takuya Ono
13 Leon Bisty, 5h, 56, Masami Matsuoka
14 Majin Prosper, 7h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
15 Red Oval, 4f, 54, Kenichi Ikezoe
16 Forever Mark, 6m, 55, Issei Murata

A total of 18 juveniles have been entered to the grade three Niigata Nisai Stakes at Niigata.

The Niigata Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds has produced subsequent premier runners. Just a Away finished second in this race three years ago. Harp Star and Isla Bonita finished first and second, respectively, in the race last year. 

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

pp HorseName(sire) Sex Rider
1 Blixt(Chichicastenango) c Hiroyuki Uchida
2 Nishino Rush(Sakura Bakushin O) c Hironobu Tanabe
3 Kashino Hollywood(Taiki Shuttle) c Keita Tosaki
4 Musee Sultan(King Kamehameha) c Yoshitomi Shibata
5 Ramiro(Asakusa Den'en) c Mario Esposito
6 Gin Paris(Came Home) c Tomoharu Bushizawa
7 Avenir Marcher(Deep Impact) c Hiroshi Kitamura
8 Hiruno Mullet(King Kamehameha) c Ryuji Wada
9 Dear Concerto(Samurai Heart) c Teruo Eda
10 Komet(Black Tide) c Takayuki Kato
11 Toho Honey(Stay Gold) f Katsuharu Tanaka
12 Hanamomo(White Muzzle) f Masayoshi Ebina
13 God Barows(Stay Gold) c Syu Ishibashi
14 Cosmo Peacock(Medicean) f Daichi Shibata
15 Wakino Hibiki(On Fire) c Norihiro Yokoyama
16 T K Rapid(Snitzel) f Norifumi Mikamoto
17 Navion(Heart's Cry) c Hayato Matoba
18 Grass Etoile(Vermilion) f Hatsuhiro Kowata

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Keeneland Cup preview

Red Oval has shown a good performance in his recent runs, finishing second in the non-graded stakes on June 21 and following up with victory in the Sapporo Nikkan Sports Hai in early August. He warmed up for the Cup, working a 1,000-meter in 69.60 seconds at Sapporo Racecourse on Thursday morning.

Smart Orion worked at Sapporo Racecourse on Thursday, breezing a 1,000-meter in 69.80 seconds. The winner of the grade three Ocean Stakes earlier this season came at victory in the UHB Hai two weeks ago after failing to make a good result in two starts. 

Robe Tissage, a close second in the grade three Hokkaido Sprint, is looking for her first victory since winning the juvenile grade one race in 2012 season. 

Snow Dragon, second in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen last March, comes off second in the Hokkaido Sprint Cup at NAR Mombetsu. He galloped a 1,000-meter in 66.80 seconds at Sapporo dirt course on Thursday.