Friday, June 23, 2017

Kitasan Black heads in 2017 Takarazuka Kinen


Multiple g1 winner Kitasan Black, who scored a couple of g1 victories with Tenno Sho Spring for his latest effort this season, heads a field of 11 horses in the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin Racecourse. Public bettors are likely to give him a lot of supports. 
The possible upsetters are: Cheval Grand, Sciacchetra and Satono Crown.
The Takarazuka Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 25.
The field for the grade one 2,200-meter race is: 

1-Mikki Rocket, 4c, Ryuji Wada
2-Gold Actor, 6h, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Spirits Minoru, 5h, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Clarity City, 6h, Kohei Matsuyama
5-Cheval Grand, 5h, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Sciacchetra, 4c, Christophe Lemaire
7-Rainbow Line, 4c, Yasunari Iwata
8-Mikki Queen, 5m, Suguru Hamanaka
9-Hit the Target, 9h, Yuga Kawada
10-Kitasan Black, 5h, Yutaka Take
11-Satono Crown, 5h, Mirco Demuro

Other than Mikki Queen(56 kgs), all starters carry 58 kgs.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 Takarazuka Kinen nominations


11 horses have been nominated to the grade one Takarazuka Kinen for 3-year-olds and upwards.
The nominations include Kitasan Black, Sciacchetra, Cheval Grand, Satono Crown and Mikki Queen.
The Takarazuka Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 25 at Hanshin Racecourse over 2,200 meters on turf.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunrise Nova romps Unicorn Stakes


Having run off the pace early on, Sunrise Nova produced an explosive stretch run on the outside to win the Unicorn Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday.
He won it by a decisive 4-length from Harukunno Tesoro with another 2-length back Sunrise Soar third. The final time was 1 minute 35.90 seconds over 1,600 meters on dirt. The winning rider was Keita Tosaki, who had five winners on the day.
Sunrise Nova is a 3-year-old chestnut colt by Gold Allure out of Bright Sapphire, by Thunder Gulch.

Jeune Ecole wins Hakodate Sprint in record time


Jeune Ecole, ridden by Yuichi Kitamura, strode strongly in front with about 100 meters to go in winning the grade three Hakodate Sprint Stakes at Hakodate Racecourse on Sunday. A 2 1/2-length behind, King Heart came second with another neck back Epoisses third. The winner's time was 1 minute 6.80 seconds, a record for the 1,200-meter turf course.
Jeune Ecole is a 3-year-old bay filly by Kurofune out of Luminus Point, by Agnes Tachyon.

Friday, June 16, 2017

2017 Hakodate Sprint


Hakodate Racecourse hosts the grade three Hakodate Sprint Stakes for 3yo+ on Sunday, June 18.

Seiun Kosei, who won the g1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen earlier this season, makes his first appearance on the Hakodate course. He drew post 12.
Possible other main contenders are Xmas, Jeune Ecole, Shuji and Blanc Bonheur.

The field for the 1,200-meter turf event:

1-Rinehart, 6m, 54, Genki Maruyama
2-Nobo Baccara, 5h, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
3-King Heart, 4c, 56, Yuta Nakatani
4-Epoisses, 9g, 56, Yuichi Shibayama
5-Ittetsu(IRE), 5h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
6-Xmas, 6m, 54, Masami Matsuoka
7-A Shin Bullseye(USA), 6h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
8-Jeune Ecole, 3f, 50, Yuichi Kitamura
9-Levante Lion(USA), 3c, 52, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Shuji, 4c, 56, Yutaka Take
11-Hokko Sara Star, 6m, 54, Kenichi Ikezoe
12-Seiun Kosei, 4c, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
13-Blanc Bonheur, 4f, 54, Yasunari Iwata

2017 Unicorn Stakes


Rieno Tesoro(USA), runner-up in the g1 NHK Mile Cup last outing, switches back to dirt surface when she lineups in the grade three Unicorn Stakes for 3yo at Tokyo Racecourse.
The main opponents to Rieno Tesoro could be: Sunrise Nova, Shigeru Bengaltora and Sunrise Soar.
The Unicorn Stakes will be run on Sunday, June 18.

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

1-Shigeru Kong, c, Takuya Kowata
2-Harukunno Tesoro, c, Hironobu Tanabe
3-Bullbear Baboon, c, Manabu Sakai
4-Rieno Tesoro(USA), f, Takuya Ono
5-Savvy, c, Yusuke Fujioka
6-La Hulotte, f, Makoto Sugihara
7-Antinous, c, Christophe Lemaire
8-Sunrise Nova, c, Keita Tosaki
9-Shigeru Bengaltora, c, Norihiro Yokoyama
10-Sun Oakland, c, Hiroshi Kitamura
11-Tagano Cattleya, f, Yuji Hishida
12-T M Hittamage, c, Ken Tanaka
13-Water Mars, c, Ryo Takakura
14-Tropical Spurt, f, Kyosuke Maruta
15-Sunrise Soar, c, Tsubasa Iwasaki
16-Tora Neko, c, Yutaka Yoshida
Weight: 56 kgs, filly allowed 2 kgs.