Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 Japanese Derby nominations

A total of 21 remains on the final nomination stage of the Tokyo Yushun known as the Japanese Derby.
The nominations include Blast Onepiece, Danon Premium, Epoca d'Oro, Kitano Commandeur, Stelvio and Wagnerian.
The Japanese Derby will be run on Sunday, May 27 at Tokyo Race Course.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Almond Eye romps home in Oaks to make filly double

Almond Eye made a Oka Sho-Oaks double when she won the Japanese Oaks at Tokyo on Sunday.
Christophe Lemaire on Almond Eye, the favorite in a reduced field of 17, took a good position, sixth place, early on, while Sayakachan, far up front, set the pace. After the field entered the homestretch, Almond Eye was moving up. Within 200 meters to go, she got past Lily Noble on her way to winning the 2,400-meter classic race in 2:23.8 on firm ground. Lily Noble finished a 1 3/4-length behind the winner in second with another 1 3/4-length away Lucky Lilac third.
Almond Eye, trained by S. Kunieda and owned by Silk Racing Co. LTD., has now won four in five starts with more than 313 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Almond Eye, a 3-year-old bay filly by Lord Kanaloa out of Fusaichi Pandora, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sunrise Soar wire-to-wire victory in Heian

Sunrise Soar was never behind in the 1,900-meter dirt trip to win the Heian Stakes in 1:57.3 under Mirco Demuro at Kyoto on Saturday. Second was, a 1 1/2-length behind, Queen Mambo with another nose back Queen's Saturn third.
Sunrise Soar, who has now won five of his 17 races, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Symboli Kris S out of Amelia, by Special Week.

Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 Heian Stakes

The Heian Stakes, a grade three dirt race, will be run on Saturday, May 19 at Kyoto Race Course.
The possible leading contenders among 16 entries are: Mitsuba, T M Jinsoku, Great Pearl and Sunrise Soar.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,900-meter Heian Stakes is:

1-Mitsuba, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Cosmo Canadian, Yuji Tannai
3-Kurino Star O, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Sammaru Duke, Tomoharu Bushizawa
5-T M Jinsoku, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Great Pearl, Yuga Kawada
7-Asukano Roman, K-eisuke Dazai
8-Meisho Sumitomo, Ryuji Wada
9-Sunrise Soar, Mirco Demuro
10-Queen's Saturn, Hirofumi Shii
11-Princia Cometa, Yasunari Iwata
12-Meisho Utage, Yutaka Take
13-Namura Arashi, Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Queen Mambo, Christophe Lemaire
15-Top Divo, Katsuharu Tanaka
16-My Tity, Tsubasa Iwasaki