Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gold Dream triumphs February S


Having unplaced in the Champions Cup last outing, Gold Dream redeemed his reputation as he won the February Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday.
Outside 100 meters from home, Gold Dream and Best Warrior(USA) pulled away from the rest and they fought it out until Gold Dream put his neck in front at the post. Kafuji Take, making lots of grounds in the stretch, finished third, a 3/4-length away from Best Warrior. Gold Dream, ridden by Mirco Demuro, completed the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 35.10 seconds on fast track.

Gold Dream has now won five of his nine races under the condition of O. Hirata and the color of K. Yoshida. His career earnings improved to more than 199 million jpn yen.
Gold Dream is a 4-year-old by colt by Gold Allure(recently passed away) out of Mon Vert, by French Deputy.

Maltese Apogee wire-to-wire victory in Kokura


Maltese Apogee was never behind in the 1,800-meter trip to win the grade three Kokura Daishoten at Kokura Racecourse on Sunday.
Tomoharu Bushiawas rode the winner, winning it by a 2-length from Historical with Clarit Sky third, another neck behind.
Maltese Apogee is a 5-year-old bay horse by Goshawk Ken out of Mltese Heat, by Old Trieste.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Albert storms home in Diamond S


Albert stormed home to win the Diamond Stakes under Ryan Moore on Saturday at Tokyo. The 6-year-old horse won the grade three 3.400-meter race in 3 minutes 35.20 seconds by a 1 1/4-length from Labradorite. Kafuji  Prince was third, another 1 1/4-length behind.
Albert is a chestnut son of Admire Don and Folklore, by Dance in the Dark.

Let's Go Donki breaks losing streak in Kyoto Himba S


Let's Go Donki broke her losing streak as she won the Kyoto Himba Stakes under Yasunari Iwata. It was the first victory for her since winning the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) on April 12, 2015. She won the 1,400-meter race in 1 minute 22.50 seconds. A 13/4-length behind, Once in a Moon came second with another head away Snatch Mind third.
Let's Go Donki is a 5-year-old chestnut mare by King Kamehameha out of Marutoku, by Marvelous Sunday.

Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 grade one February Stakes


A total of 16 horses have been entered for the grade one February Stakes on Sunday at Tokyo.

Kafuji Take, who came from far behind to win the Negishi Stakes last outing, drew post 10. Gold Dream, well-beaten in the Champions Cup, drew post 3. Best Warrior(USA), second in the Negishi Stakes behind Kafuji Take, drew post 9. Moanin(USA), who has been losing since winning this event last year, drew post. Nonkono Yume, fourth in the Tokyo Daishoten, drew post 11. Sound True, winner of the Champions Cup who came off second in the Kawasaki Kinen, drew post 1. Multiple grade one winner Copano Rickey, fifth in the Tokyo Daishoten on his latest run, drew post 4.

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

1 Sound True, 7g, 57, Yoshitomi Shibata
2 White Fugue, 5m, 55, Masayoshi Ebina
3 Gold Dream, 4c, 57, Mirco Demuro
4 Copano Rickey, 7h, 57, Yutaka Take
5 Asukano Roman, 6h, 57, Ryuji Wada
6 Moanin(USA), 5h, 57, Ryan Moore
7 Brightline, 8h, 57, Syu Ishibashi
8 Denim and Ruby, 7m, 55, Hiroyuki Uchida
9 Best Warrior(USA), 7h, 57, Keita Tosaki
10 Kafuji Take, 5h, 57, Akihide Tsumura
11 Nonkono Yume, 5g, 57, Christophe Lemaire
12 Nishiken Mononofu, 6h, 57, Norihiro Yokoyama
13 A Shin Bakken, 5h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
14 King's Guard, 6h, 57, Yusuke Fujioka
15 K T Brave, 4c, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
16 Incantation, 7h, 57, Kota Fujioka

Sunday's main event at Kokura


The grade three Kokura Daishoten will be run on Sunday at Kokura. 

The field for the 1,800-meter handicap race is:

1 Red Solomon, 5h, 56, Shota Kato
2 Strong Titan(USA), 4c, 54, Yuichi Kitamura
3 Danon Major, 5h, 55, Futoshi Komaki
4 Cosmo Thorn Park, 9h, 55, Yuji Tannnai
5 Crans Montana, 8h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
6 Meiner Honey, 4c, 56, Daichi Shibata
7 Maltese Apogee, 5h, 56, Tomoharu Bushizawa
8 Beruf, 5h, 57, Shane Foley
9 Paddle Wheel, 6h, 55, Kohei Matsuyama
10 Katie Pride, 7h, 52, katsuma Sameshima
11 Clarity Sky, 5h, 57.5, Hironobu Tanabe
12 Fluky, 7h, 57.5, Suguru Hamanaka
13 Spirits Minoru, 5h, 55, Hayato Yoshida
14 Historical, 8h, 57, Ryo Takakura
15 D'accord, 9h, 58, Genki Maruyama
16 Lord Vent d'Or, 4c, 54, Keisuke Dazai

2017 Diamond Stakes on Saturday


The main event at Saturday's Tokyo meeting will be the Diamond Stakes, the grade three 3,400-meter marathon race, for 4-year-olds and upwards.

The leading contenders could be: Albert, winner of the 3,600-meter Stayers Stakes; Kafuji Prince, fifth in the Nikkei Sinshun Hai; Fame Game, winner of this event two years ago and Fata Morgana, second in the Stayers Stakes.

The field of 15 horses is: 

1 Fata Morgana, 9g, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
2 Mousquetaire, 9g, 56, Yuta Nakatani
3 Tosen Reve, 9h, 57, Shane Foley
4 Labradorite, 8g, 51, Manabu Sakai
5 King Luau, 5h, 51, Yutaka Yoshida
6 Jungle Cruise, 8g, 56, Hirofumi Shii
7 Fame Game, 7g, 58, Hiroshi Kitamura
8 Kafuji Prince, 4c, 54, Yuga Kawada
9 Festive Yell, 6h, 53, Katsuharu Tanaka
10 Samson's Pride, 7h, 54, Hironobu Tanabe
11 Prestwick, 6h, 54, Keita Tosaki
12 Albert, 6h, 58, Ryan Moore
13 Saimon Tornare, 11h, 48, Nanako Fujita
14 Proletariat, 6m, 51, Makoto Sugihara
15 Toshin Monstera, 7h, 53, Hiroyuki Uchida

2017 Kyoto Himba Stakes on Saturday


A total of 18 fillies and mares will run in the Kyoto Himba Stakes on Saturday at Kyoto.

The 1,400-meter grade three race looks like a wide-open event.

The field is:

1 Total Heat(USA), 5m, 54, Yoshitsugu Okada
2 At the Seaside, 4f, 54, Mirco Demuro
3 Belle Lumiere, 6m, 54, Shinji Kawashima
4 Albiano(USA), 5m, 55, Christophe Lemaire
5 Eterna Minoru, 4f, 54, Kenichi Ikezoe
6 Snatch Mind, 6m, 54, Suguru Hamanaka
7 Dantsu Cancer, 6m, 54, Manabu Tanaka
8 Moon Express, 5m, 54, Kohei Matsuyama
9 Peisha Felice, 6m, 54, Haruhiko Kawasu
10 Let's Go Donki, 5m, 55, Yasunari Iwata
11 Tokai Sense, 6m, 54, Keisuke Dazai
12 Estitato, 4f, 53, Yutaka Take
13 Nac Venus, 4f, 55, Norihiro Yokoyama
14 Uliuli, 7m, 57, Ryuji Wada
15 Once in a Moon, 4f, 54, Syu Ishibashi
16 Rinehart, 6m, 54, Fuma Matsuwaka
17 Fiducia(USA), 5m, 54, Koshiro Take
18 Win Fabulous, 4f, 54, Masami Matsuoka


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Suave Richard impressive victory in Kyodo News Service Hai


Suave Richard drew away from the rest inside 200 meters out and went on to win the Kyodo News Service Hai under Hirofumi Shii on Sunday at Tokyo. He won the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 47.50 seconds. The second was, a 2 1/2-length behind, Etre Digne with Move the World, another head behind, third.
Suave Richard is a 3-year-old chestnut colt by Heart's Cry out of Pirramimma, by Unbridled's Song.

Satono Crown defends Kyoto Kinen title


Satono Crown won the Kyoto Kinen for two consecutive years as he beat Smart Layer by a 1 1/4-length at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday. Another neck behind, race favorite Makahiki was third.
Mirco Demuro rode the winner to cover the 2,200-meter distance in 2 minutes 14.10 seconds.
Satono Crown is a 5-year-old dark bay horse by Marju out of Jioconda, by Rossini.