Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mikki Queen produces strong late run in Oaks

Mikki Queen produced a sensational late run to win the 2015 Japaneses Oaks on Sunday at Tokyo Race Course. Ridden by Suguru Hamanaka, she got past Rouge Buck and Culminar in the very final stage, getting up to the winning post in 2 minutes 25.00 seconds on the 2,400-meter turf trip.
Rouge Buck, who took a lead before the 200-meter pole, gave way to finish a 3/4-length behind the winner in second. Another 1/2-length behind, Culminar finished third.

Mikki Queen has now won three in five starts for trainer Y. Ikee and owner for M. Noda. Her career earnings improved to more than 166 million jpy.
Bred by Northern Farm, Mikki Queen is a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Musical Way, by Gold Away.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rouge Buck early favorite for Japanese Oaks

As of Saturday, Rouge Buck has been installed as the favorite for the 2015 Japanese Oaks at odds of 2.9(19-10). Let's Go Donki was the second favorite at 6.3(53-10) followed by Kokorono Ai 7.2(31-5). The rest of the field was 10.0(9-1) or higher.

Incantation wire-to-wire victory in Heian
Incantation had a wire-to-wire victory in the Heian Stakes on Saturday at Kyoto Race Course. Surprisingly, Hiroyuki Uchida took Incantation to go into front from start and was never behind, winning the 1,900-meter grade race in 1 minute 55.10 seconds on fast track.
A 1 3/4-length behind, Kurino Star O came second followed by Roman Legend third.
Incantation is a 5-year-old horse by Sinister Minister out of Original Spin, by Machiavellian.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Field of 2015 Japanese Oaks

Rouge Buck, who had a disappointing finish in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) as the heavy favorite, attempts to redeem her reputation when she faces the 17 rivals in the Japanese Oaks on Sunday at Tokyo Race Course. She drew post 14.
Let's Go Donki, who won the Oka Sho under the aggressive ride of Yasunari Iwata, drew post 1. 
Mikki Queen, winner of the Wasurenagusa Sho, drew post 10. Kokorono Ai and Queens Ring drew post 4 and 6 respectively.

The field for the 2,400-meter filly classic is:

1 Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
2 Maximum de Paris, Yutaka Take
3 Tosen Natural, Yutaka Yoshida
4 Kokorono Ai, Norihiro Yokoyama
5 Sing with Joy, Hiroyuki Uchida
6 Queens Ring, Mirco Demuro
7 Cat Coin, Yoshitomi Shibata
8 Loaded, Yuichi Shibayama
9 Contessa Thule, Christophe Lemaire
10 Mikki Queen, Suguru Hamanaka
11 Perfica, Yuji Hishida
12 Earthrise, Kosei Miura
13 Andriette, Yuga Kawada
14 Rouge Buck, Keita Tosaki
15 Tosen Lark, Teruo Eda
16 Not Formal, Hiroto Mayuzumi
17 Culminar, Kenichi Ikezoe
18 Dear My Darling, Yuichi Fukunaga


A total of 16 horses assemble for the grade three Heian Stakes at Kyoto Race Course on Saturday.

The field for the 1,900-meter race on dirt is:

1 Incantation, 5h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
2 Enhorabuena, 4c, 56, Futoshi Komaki
3 Namura Victor, 6h, 56, Mirco Demuro
4 Asukano Roman, 4c, 56, Keisuke Dazai
5 Sound True, 5g, 56, Takuya Ono
6 Grand City, 8h, 56, Akihide Tsumura
7 Nihonpiro Ours, 8h, 58, Manabu Sakai
8 Danon Batura, 4c, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
9 Solitary King, 8h, 57, Kenichi Ikezoe
10 Isshin Dotai, 6h, 56, Ryuji Wada
11 Kurino Star O, 5h, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
12 Roman Legend, 7h, 58, Yasunari Iwata
13 Asia Express(USA), 4c, 57, Keita Tosaki
14 Tagano Gold, 4c, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
15 Dokofukukaze, 5h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
16 Meiner Crop, 5h, 57, Yuji Tannai

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Straight Girl takes Victoris Mile

Fifth favorite Straight Girl got up to the line in the nick of time to win the Victoria Mile on Sunday at Tokyo Race Course. Keita Tosaki rode the winner, completing the 1,600-meter distance in 1 minute 31.90 seconds. 12th favorite Keiai Elegant finished second, a head behind. Minaret, who dominated the pace, came another 1 3/4-length back third.

Straight Girl, a 6-year-old bay mare by Fuji Kiseki out of the Taiki Shuttle mare Never Period. Bred by TH Co.Ltd., Straight Girl has raced under the saddle of H. Fujiwara and the color of  T. Hirosaki