Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This Sunday's Graded Races

Sapporo Race Course hosts the Elm Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward, a feature of the second day of the meeting.
A total of 21 horses have been nominated to the grade three 1,700-meter dirt race.

Sunday sees the Chukyo Kinen to which a total of 24 horses have been nominated. The grade three handicap race runs at Chukyo Race Course over 1,600 meters on turf.

Sapporo Race Course
The main course is a right-handed, turf, flat, oval track of 1,640.0 meters with 266.1 meters in home stretch and 25 to 27 meters in width. The inside oval is a 1,487-meter dirt track with a 264.3-meter run-in and a 20-meter width.

2014 Meeting: 14 days(2-day for Jul., 10-day for Aug., 2-day for Sep.)

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Nice Meet You takes Mercury Cup in record time

Nice Meet You got past Chrysolite near the finish line to win the NAR grade three Mercury Cup in record time this afternoon at Morioka. A 1/2-length separated by the two. Civil War finished a 2 1/2-length behind Chrysolite in third. Summit Stone was fourth with race favorite Solitary King fifth.

Futoshi Komaki was aboard the winner with the final time of 2 minutes 1.90 seconds for the 2,000-meter distance on fast surface. This was Nice Meet You's first triumph since March 3, 2013 when he scored the Ninagawa Stakes victory at Hanshin.

Trained at JRA Ritto by Kojiro Hashiguchi, Nice Meet You is a 6-year-old bay horse by Kingkamehameha and the Fire Maker mare Roza Robata(USA).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Love Is Boo Shet strides home in Hakodate Kinen

Having made an early move, Love Is Boo Shet strode home under an excellent ride of Yoshihiro Furukawa to win the 2,000-meter Hakodate Kinen this afternoon. He won it in 2 minutes 1.10 seconds by a 3/4-length from Dark Shadow. Stellar Wind finished another 1 1/2-length back in third.

Love Is Boo Shet, trained by A. Murayama, is a 5-year-old dark bay horse by Manhattan Cafe out of Laurier, by Mejiro McQueen.

Frankel filly at Select Sale 2014

A filly by Frankel(GB) ouf of the Foxhound(USA) mare Goodwood March(GB) was one of the 475 horses sold at Select Sale 2014. The filly was purchased for 96,000,000 jp yen(approx. 960,000 US dollars) by Toshio Terada on the weanling session.

Italian jockey first victory

Italian rider Mario Esposito scored his first victory, aboard Aviator in the fifth race at Fukushima on July 19. It was his 14th mount in Japan.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Active Minoru Hakodate Nisai victory

Active Minoru posted a length victory in the Hakodate Nisai Stakes by leading the field of 16 juveniles from start to finish. Kota Fujioka was aboard the winner to cover the 1,200-meter distance in 1 minute 10.20 seconds on firm. Takeden Tiger finished a 3/4-length in front of Tosho Piste in third.

Active Minoru, trained by Y. Kitade and owned by Minoru Yoshida, has now recorded his second victory following last weekend's score. Fujiwara Farm was the breeder of the 2-year-old colt by Statue of Liberty out of Piena Amazon, by Agnes Tachyon.

Field of NAR Mercury Cup

13 horses have been entered to the Mercury Cup at NAR Morioka.

Ex-JRA horse Summit Stone, who was 9 for 14 at the NAR circuit, comes here off a two-straight victory at Ohi. He breaks from post 7.

Solitary King, one of the five JRA entries, was victorious in last year's Mercury Cup, but he has since then missed the winner's circle. Fifth in the NAR grade one Teio Sho was his latest effort. He drew post 3.

The Mercury Cup for 3-year-olds and upward is one of the NAR grade three race which are open to JRA horses, running over 2,000 meters on dirt. The first prize is 23 milion jp yen(approx. 230,000 US dollars). The post time will be at 4:30 p.m. JST on Monday, July 21.

The field is:

pp HorseName, Rider
1 Community, M. Yamamoto
2 Renforcer, K. Tosaki
3 Solitary King, Y. Fukunaga
4 Cosmo Ifrit, T. Sugawara
5 Civil War, Y. Iwata
6 Danon Volcano, Y. Saito
7 Summit Stone, S. Ishizaki
8 Out General, H. Yoshihara
9 Nice Meet You, F. Komaki
10 Inside Park, S. Sakai
11 Chrysolite, H. Uchida
12 Cross Over, S. Hatanaka
13 Tohoku Arrow, T. Yamamoto