Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Top Candidate for Horse of the Year


Despite a heart-breaking second in the Arima Kinen for his first defeat, Deep Impact is sitting right on the top spot for the 2005 JRA Horse of the Year Award. A nearly flawless season gave him the JRA richest earner with more than 676 million yen in earnings and a record of 7-6-1-0.

The year of 2005 will be all remembered for the great performance of Deep Impact, who has seized the Triple Crown altogether with a series of impressive victories. His best run has yet to come and more improvement for next season is expected.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Heart's Cry finally gets big one


Heart’s Cry, previously having knocked on the door for winning the grade one on three occasions, finally got one when he became a hero of the Arima Kinen(g1) yesterday afternoon at JRA Nakayama. Christophe Lemaire also rode the first g1 winner in Japan. Prior to the Arima, the 26-year-old French jockey had registered the 5 seconds from 9 mounts in the Japanese grade one races.

16 runners went to the post. Lemaire sent Heart’s Cry into a surprising third slot as Tap Dance City, as expected, made the running and Osumi Haruka followed in second. While, heavy favorite Deep Impact under Yutaka Take ranked in the rear.

Before the turn at the final corner, Cosmo Bulk made a spurt. Heart’s Cry and Lincoln went after him. As the field entered the home stretch for the second time, Cosmo Bulk took the lead with Tap Dance City fading, and Heart’s Cry and Lincoln were just on the tail. On the outside, at least four lengths back, Deep Impact began to shift into the top gear.


At around 200 meters from home, Lemaire had one of the strongest rides to force Heart’s Cry into front. On behind, Deep Impact surmounted Cosmo Bulk and Lincoln, and the gap was closing by inches. Within 100 meters to go, there was only Heart’s Cry to beat, but he
was not stopping and went on to the winning post. The two separated by a half-length. The winner stopped the clock in 2 minutes 31.9 seconds having traveled over 2,500 meters on grass. Running for third was Lincoln, a 1 1/4-length behind Deep Impact. Another 1 1/4-length back, Cosmo Bulk was fourth with Coin Toss fifth.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Deep Impact early favorite in Arima


After closing Saturday betting round, Triple Crown winner Deep Impact has been installed as the early favorite for the Arima Kinen at odds of 1.5(1-2). With win tomorrow, he would become the first undefeated Arima Kinen winner in racing history and lock up the Horse of Year Award. Zenno Rob Roy, who attempts to wrap up his glorious career, was the second favorite at 6.4(27-5). Delta Blues was the 10.9(99-10) third favorite followed by Heart’s Cry at 11.7(107-10). The rest of the field was 12.0(11-1) or higher price. The post time for the Arima Kinen will be at 3:25 p.m.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Brief Arima Kinen History


The inaugural race was to be run over 2,600 meters under the name of the Nakayama Grand Prix in 1956. The Arima Kinen, named after the founder Yoriyasu Arima, was first used as the name race the following year. In 1966, the distance was shortened to 2,500 meters. Since the first run, the Arima Kinen(known as the Grand Prix) has been well-known to many as the biggest season-ending race. Arima starters are basically decided by voting from racing fans.

Arima Kinen Trend


Shocks are relatively rare. 5 favorites have visited to the winner’s circle in the last 10 years. During the same period, second and third favorites have won twice and thrice respectively. The longest priced winner in the last decade is Grass Wonder(paid 1,450yen as 4th pick) in 1998. Recent formed horses are to be fancied – eight of the last 10 winners have registered the winning record prior to the Arima. 6-year-olds or older horses have not won, while 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds have scored, respectively, five and fourth times in the last 10. 4 of the last 10 winners have won or placed in the Japan Cup on previous start prior to the Arima. Olivier Peslier having ridden the last 3 winners has the best striking record of 5-3-0-1 in the last 10 Arima runnings. In the last decade, Sunday Silence and Brian’s Time have produced the two Arima Kinen winners a piece.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Arima Kinen draws


The 50th running of the Arima Kinen
Grade One
Nakayama - 9th Race
Sunday, December 25, 2005
3-year-old and upwards
2,500-meter turf right-handed
Added money(in million yen):
1st; 180, 2nd; 72, 3rd; 45, 4th; 27, 5th; 18
Field: 16
Post time: 3:25 p.m. JST

1 1 My Sole Sound(ch h 6yo) 57kgs M.Honda
Tamamo Cross - Cheers Sumire, by Sunday Silence
T: Katsuichi Nishiura
O: Kiyoshi Sano
B: Nagata Farm
Exclusively raced at grade class, but has been out of form since he won the Hanshin Daishoten(g2) earlier this season; no factor on his latest run in the Japan Cup where he remained in the rear for a disappointing finish; needs to drastically improve the form.

1 2 Sunrise Pegasus(ch h 7yo) 57kgs M.Ebina
Sunday Silence - Higashi Brian, by Brian's Time
Sei Ishizaka
Takao Matsuoka
Yanagawa Bokujo
Got a couple of g2 victories this season, but has yet to impact on g1 evetn so far; unplaced in the Tenno Sho Autumn before finishing 6th in the Japan Cup on his latest effort; attempts to bounce back.

2 3 Zenno Rob Roy(db h 5yo) 57kgs K.Desormeaux
Sunday Silence - Roamin Rachel, by Mining
Kazuo Fujisawa
Shinobu Oosako
Shiraoi Farm
2004 champion horse with multiple g1 victories, including the Japan Cup and Arima Kinen last year, but he seemed to find one or two rival(s) in front at the line this season so far, resulting into winless in 4 starts; beaten but only less than 2-length last time out when he finished 3rd in the Japan Cup; this could be his final appearance on the course before going to stud; his connections and supporters hope him to round off his glorious career with victory; Desormeaux returns to take the mount, breaking from the gate 3.

2 4 Cosmo Bulk(b c 4yo) 57kgs F.Igarashi
Zagreb - Iseno Tosho, by Tosho Boy
Kazunori Tabe
Misako Okada
Kano Bokujo
NAR-trained horse who has frequently raced at JRA since he was two; disappointed this season so far, including unplaced finish in the Japan Cup last outing; traner Tabe names NAR jockey Igarashi to handle the colt for the comeback.

3 5 Suzuka Mambo(b c 4yo) 57kgs K.Ando
Sunday Silence - Spring Mambo, by Kingmambo
Mitsuru Hashida
Keiji Nagai
Grand Stud
Performed well earlier this season with Tenno Sho Spring victory, but returned to fall campaign with disappointing results in 2 starts; missed hitting the board in the Japan Cup last time out; needs to recapture the good form for competitiveness.

3 6 Deep Impact(b c 3yo) 55kgs Y.Take
Sunday Silence - Wind In Her Hair, by Alzao
Yasuo Ikee
Kaneko Makoto
Northern Farm
One of the all-time great colts, who has monopolized the 3-year-old classics this season to bring off the Triple Crown; impressive series of victories, in his latest run with Kikuka Sho victory for achievement of the feat; has plenty of time to prepare for this prestigious contest after connections' decision to skip the Japan Cup and will meet for the first time the top-rated older company; could wrap up a fabulous season with a strong late stride; Take handles the likely heavy favorite to break from post 6.

4 7 Heavenly Romance(b m 5yo) 55kgs M.Matsunaga
Sunday Silence - First Act, by Sadler's Wells
Shoji Yamamoto
North Hills Management
North Hills Management
Performed her career best 2 starts back when bested the top company in the Tenno Sho Autumn for an upset victory; failed to repeat that performance in the Japan Cup; bids to turn the table and prove that the Tenno Sho win was no fluke; equipped with blinkers.

4 8 Grass Bomber(db h 5yo) 57kgs M.Katsuura
Machiavellian - Blue Lustre, by Nureyev
Mitsuhiro Ogata
Hanzawa
Northern Farm
Has been running well at grade level, who hit the board last 7 starts with the Fukushima Kinen(g3) victory last time out; will be tested for class to face the tougher opponents in the first start at grade one.

5 9 Tap Dance City(USA)(b h 8yo) 57kgs T.Sato
Pleasant Tap - All Dance, by Northern Dancer
Shozo Sasaki
Yushun Horse
Ech Valley Horse Farm & Swettenham Stud
Multiple grade one winner, notably best that he went to a wire-to-wire victory in the 2003 Japan Cup by a commanding 9-length; well beaten last out in the Japan Cup where he dictated the pace with extremely high; would not be a shoker when he runs up to the line; with Sato up, he will start off the gate 9, attempting to dance at front end for his final run.

5 10 Heart's Cry(b c 4yo) 57kgs C.Lemaire
Kojiro Hashiguchi
Shadai Race Horse
Shadai Farm
Previously knocked on the door for the g1 glory; recently that he got a close 2nd in the Japan Cup behind Alkaased last month; has not run well at Nakayam short stretch in the past, but his late surge will be effective with the early strong pace; Lemaire returns to ride.

6 11 Opera City(b c 4yo) 57kgs E.Nakadate
Opera House - Charme majeur, by Bavest Roman
Shozo Sasaki
Yushun Horse
Hokko Farm
Meguro Kinen winner, who will turn back to a longer distance after well-beaten in the Keihan Hai one month ago; the extended distance will suit him and the will fit him when his stamina comes into play.

6 12 Big Gold(b h 7yo) 57kgs Y.Shibata
Brian's Time - Beautiful Gold, by Mr.Prospector
Tadashi Nakao
Yugengaisha Big
Shimokobe Farm
Front-running type who did well earlier this season with a couple of wins at lower level and 2nd in the Tenno Sho Spring; failed to get a desired result last time one when disappointing in the Japan Cup, but could produce a surprise under given conditions.

7 13 Coin Toss(db h 7) 57kgs H.Kitamura
Sunday Silence - Re Toss, by Egg Toss
Kazuo Fujisawa
Hiroyoshi Usuda
Shadai Farm
Occasionally made the frame, but has yet to score at grade class; came here with 6th in the Naruo Kinen and would appreciate the added distance; will be the 3rd running in the Arima - 3rd in 2002 and 15th in 2004.

7 14 Lincoln(b h 5yo) 57kgs N.Yokoyama
Sunday Silence - Grace Admire, by Tony Bin
Hidetaka Otonashi
Kideko Kondo
Northern Farm
2nd in this event two seasons ago, who runs well at longer distance; showed an encouraging run last outing when a less-than 2-length 4th in the Japan Cup last month; looks like a one-paced runner; the race fits him if everything goes right for him.

8 15 Delta Blues(b c 4yo) 57kgs O.Peslier
Dance in the Dark - Dixie Splash, by Dixieland Band
Katsuhiko Sumii
Sunday Racing Co.
Northern Farm
Kikuka Sho winner last year, who comes into the race on a high note with picking up the Stayers Stakes victory earlier this month; his stamina is really guaranteed and will bid to finish better than last year(5th in 2004); Peslier returns to ride him for the possible best performance.

8 16 Osumi Haruka(b m 5yo) 55kgs S.Kawashima
Fusaichi Concorde - Hokko Oka, by Lindo Shaver
Masatoshi Ando
Hidenori Yamaji
Keiichi Samekawa
Decent front runner in female division, coming from a half-length 2nd in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Nov.13; could be a tough assignment in the presence of strong front runners.


Friday, December 16, 2005

2005 Arima Kinen


The Arima Kinen known as the Grand Prix Race will be held Sunday, December 25 at Nakayama Racecourse. The year-ending big race is also called the Dream Race for racing fans, since the starters for the 2,500-meter turf will be basically determined by public voting. 19 runners, headed by Triple Crown winner Deep Impact, are on the nomination list for this year's Arima.

The finalized top 10 standing by public voting are:
Deep Impact
Zenno Rob Roy
Tap Dance City
Sweep Tosho
Lincoln
Heart's Cry
Admire Japan
Admire Groove
Heavenly Romance
Dance in the Mood

Monday, December 12, 2005

Richard wins Asahi Hai

Fusaichi Richard probably locks up the Best 2-year-old Colt Award in winning the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes(g1) under Yuichi Fukunaga yesterday afternoon at Nakayama Racecourse. Fukunaga allowed his colt to chase the pace, and then made headway right after turning into the stretch, going on to winning the 1,600 meters in 1 minute 33.7 seconds. Before a neck victory, the winning colt had to deny a desperate challenge from Super Hornet, who came with an impressive late surge under Uchida. Running third was favorite Jalisco Light(USA), finishing a 1 3/4-length behind the runner-up and a 1 1/2-length before Shonan Tachyon.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Jalisco Light is favorite in Asahi


As of Saturday, JALISCO LIGHT(USA) has been installed as the 2.4(7-5) favorite for the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds on Sunday at Nakayama Racecourse. FUSAICHI RICHARD was the second favorite at 3.4(12-5) followed by SHONAN TACHYON 3.9(29-10). The rest of the field was 10.0(9-1) or higher price. SUROKU HIGHNESS was scratched from the grade one event, reducing the field to 15.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Three Talented Juveniles meet in Asahi


JALISCO LIGHT, FUSAICHI RICHARD and SHONAN TACHYON meet for the first time on Sunday in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes(g1), a biggest race for 2-year-olds.

JALISCO LIGHT, regarded as one of the talented colts from leading trainer Fujisawa’s barn, enters the Futurity S off a 2 1/2-length victory in the Icho Stakes at Tokyo on October 22. The undefeated colt by Fantastic Light has galloped well for this engagement and could be the one to beat. Kent Desormeaux teams up with the colt for the first time, breaking from post 7.

FUSAICHI RICHARD, a front running type who has registered three wins, including the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes(g3) on his latest effort, in four starts, cuts back to the mile distance, a trip which he has yet to run. Like his previous races, it is likely that he dances at the front end for the productive result. Trainer Kunihide Matsuda keeps Yuichi Fukunaga at the mount to start off from the gate no. 12.

SHONAN TACHYON, an undefeated colt in two starts, knocked off the opponents with authority last time out when he notched up a devastating 5-length victory in the Niigata Nisai Stakes(g3) at Niigata on September 4. A three-month layoff could be a negative factor but a late threat would give him a chance for the winning run. With regular rider Katsuharu Tanaka up, the colt will break from post 2.


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Brief Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes History
It was in 1949 that the first run was run over 1,100 meters under the name of the Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes. The trip was lengthened to 1,200 meters in 1959. In 1962, the race was run over 1,600 meters for the first time. The name was changed to the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes in 2001. The Futurity Stakes is the biggest race for 2-year-olds and the winner could lock up the juvenile champion.

Asahi Hai Futurity S Field


The 57th running of
the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes
(Grade One)
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Nakayama Race11
2-year-old c&f
1,600 meters, turf, right-handed
Weight: colt; 55kgs, filly; 54kgs
Added money(in million yen):
1st; 60, 2nd; 24, 3rd; 15, 4th; 9, 5th; 6
Field: 16
Post time: 3:25p.m. JST

The post positions with jockeys are:
1 DIAMOND HEAD c TakeY
2 SHONAN TACHYON c TanakaK
3 FAKE FACE c WadaR
4 APOLLO NO SATORI(USA) c EbinaM
5 SUPER HORNET c UchidaH
6 DANON BRILLER(GB) c EdaT
7 JASLICO LIGHT(USA) c DesormeauxK
8 DENSHAMICHI c ShibataY
9 DEEP AIR c IkezoeK
10 SUROKU HIGHNESS f TannaiY
11 ROSONAR c KitamuraH
12 FUSAICHI RICHARD c FukunagaY
13 TANI OF GOLD c MatsuokaM
14 FIELD KAISER c BonillaD
15 M S WORLD c MatsunagaM
16 KOMANO REQUIN c KowataH

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Brief News around Japan


DELTA BLUES, warming up for a possible start in the Arima Kinen December 25, posted a head victory in the Stayers Stakes, a grade two feature for Nakayama meeting on Saturday. Under the hand of Frenchman Olivier Peslier, the 4-year-old colt closed well to gain the first prize in a final stride. His winning time for the 3,600 meters on turf was 3 minutes 47.7 seconds. ER NOVA with American jockey Kent Desormeaux in the iron produced an impressive stretch run to finish second followed by SAKURA CENTURY in the field of 11 runners for the longest-distance flat race at the grade class.

ALKAASED, recent winner of the Japan Cup, will return to Japan for the purpose of stud servicing, not racing. The group one winner in France and Japan will stand at Darley Japan.

Multiple g1 winner DURANDAL has been out of training and will stud at Shadai Stallion Station in Hayakita, Hokkaido. His glorious career ended with 8 wins in 18 starts and more than 500 million yen in earnings.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Alluring Voice goes for 5-straight win in Juvenile Fillies


As of Saturday, ALLURING VOICE has been installed as the 2.7(17-10) favorite for the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday at Hanshin Racecourse. The French Deputy filly goes for a five-straight victory in the biggest race for 2-year-old fillies. Yutaka Take takes the mount, breaking from post 14. FUSAICHI PANDORA, impressive maiden winner, was the second favorite at 3.9(29-10), followed by KOIUTA, winner of two in 4 starts, at 9.8(44-5). The rest of the field was 10.0(9-1) or higher price.

Friday, December 02, 2005

2005 World Super Jockeys Series


The 19th World Super Jockeys Series will take place at Hanshin Racecourse on Saturday and Sunday.

Participating jockeys with based-country are in a random order as follows:

Norihiro Yokoyama JPN
Eiji Nakadate JPN
Yutaka Take JPN
Yuichi Fukunaga JPN
Shinji Fujita JPN
Yasunari Iwata JPN
Rafael Bejarano USA
Edgar Prado USA
Kieren Fallon IRE
Michael Kinane IRE
Stephane Pasquier FR
Darren Beadman AUS
Leith Innes NZ
Douglas Whyte HK

Races subjected to the Series:
12/03 2005 Golden Spur Trophy 3yo+ 1,800-meter dirt
12/03 2005 Golden Whip Trophy 3yo+ 1,600-meter turf
12/04 2005 Golden Saddle Trophy 3yo+ 1,400-meter turf
12/04 2005 Golden Boots Trophy 3yo+ 2,000-meter turf

Alluring Voice heads Hanshin Juvenile Fillies


ALLURING VOICE, winner of four in 5 starts, heads the field of eighteen 2-year-old fillies for the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday at Hanshin Racecourse. On her latest victory in the Fantasy Stakes last month, she displayed a new dimension by rallying in the stretch. Her sole loss came at July 3 on her debut race when second in the Kokura Shimba maiden. With victory for the grade one, she would lock up the juvenile filly champion. Yutaka Take returns to ride.

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Brief Juvenile Fillies History
The race was founded in 1949 to determine the 2-year-old champ in west. The Hanshin Sansai Stakes was used as the race name until 2000. Setting limits to 2-year-old fillies in 1991, the race was reborn to the juvenile filly championship. In 2001, the present name of the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies started. The initial distance was 1,200 meters before lengthening to 1,400 meters in 1960 and it was again lengthened to 1,600 meters two years later.

Field Set For Juvenile Fillies


A field of eighteen 2-year-old fillies is set for the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies(g1) on Sunday at Hanshin Racecourse. The post postions with jockeys for the 1,600-meter turf test are:

1 KOIUTA YokoyamaN
2 KEY LETTER DazaiK
3 BLACK CHEETAH AndoK
4 EISHIN AMORE FukunagaY
5 SECRET CODE FujitaS
6 KURINO SPECIAL UemuraH
7 COSMO MEAL KowataH
8 SHELLS LEI MatsunagaM
9 ASAHI RISING KobayashiJ
10 SACHINO SWEETIE NakadateE
11 SAINT LOUIS GIRL(USA) KomakiF
12 T M PRECURE KumazawaS
13 GRACE TIARA TanakaK
14 ALLURING VOICE TakeY
15 PLATINA ROSE IwataY
16 FUSAICHI PANDORA TsunodaK
17 BEST STORY WatanabeK
18 ICE DOLL FujiokaY
Each stater carry 54kgs.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Japan Entries for HK Int'l Race


Japan will send four horses to the 2005 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races as follows:

Asakusa Den'en and Hat Trick for the Hong Kong Vase
Six Sense for the Hong Kong Vase
Admire Max for the Hong Kong Sprint

Asakusa Den'en is scheduled to leave Japan on December 2. For the remaining horses, it will be on December 4.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Dettori gains his third Japan Cup triumph


Frankie Dettori, an Italian-native who has enjoyed most of his riding career in England, collected his third Japan Cup triumph when he guided ALKAASED(USA) to a nose victory in the 2005 Japan Cup Sunday afternoon at Tokyo. ALKAASED’s victory followed Singspiel(1996) and Falbrav(2002) as Dettori’s third success of the Japanese premier race. His time of an amazing 2 minutes 22.1 seconds was the record time for the Tokyo 2,400-meter distance. Running for second was HEART’S CRY, who finished a 1 3/4-length before ZENNO ROB ROY. Another nose back LINCOLN followed in fourth with OUIJA BOARD(GB) another farther neck away fifth to complete the added-money earners.

The pace which TAP DANCE CITY(USA) made was extremely high with the first 2,000 meters in 1 minute 57 seconds.

With 200 meters remaining, as TAP DANCE CITY was done, QUIJA BOARD with Kieren Fallon up had a brief lead, but Dettori forced ALKAASED into front with, outside of him, Kent Desormeaux, on ZENNO ROB ROY, laboring to challenge and QUIJA BOARD hanging on just off the rail. Out of the blue, Christophe Lemaire-piloted HEART’S CRY was in the presence, storming past QUIJA BOARD to challenge. The two came at the line for a photo-finish. ALKAASED hung on to defeating HEART’S CRY by the tip of the nostril in a photo inspection.

Immediately following a thrilling finish, the stewards inquired into HEART’S CRY's interference that he passed QUIJA BOARD during the last 100 meters, but the finishing order stood as it was.

In the TV interview, Dettori said, “Alkaased, I have been here since Friday and I looked at the horse. A horse is I have never felt that horse such a good form. I looked over Cumani. He did such a great job. I was really confident that my horse was gonna run a big race and he sure did today.”, and added, “Japan has been very very lucky. People very very warm here since I first came in 1990 as a young jockey. So, every time I come here very excited and emotional. I always try my best good because I am very welcome here.”

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Update on Japan Cup


Dettori gains his third Japan Cup triumph

Frankie Dettori, an Italian-native who has enjoyed most of his riding career in England, collected his third Japan Cup triumph when he guided ALKAASED(USA) to a nose victory in the 2005 Japan Cup Sunday afternoon at Tokyo. ALKAASED’s victory followed Singspiel(1996) and Falbrav(2002) as Dettori’s third success of the Japanese premier race. His time of an amazing 2 minutes 22.1 seconds was the record time for the Tokyo 2,400-meter distance.


Running for second was HEART’S CRY, who finished a 1 3/4-length before ZENNO ROB ROY. Another nose back LINCOLN followed in fourth with OUIJA BOARD(GB) another farther neck away fifth to complete the added-money earners.

Thrilling Finish in Japan Cup Dirt


A thrilling finish for the Japan Cup Dirt ended Saturday afternoon at Tokyo in a nose victory for KANE HEKILI, a 2.1(11-10) favorite, over SEEKING THE DIA, a 52.1(511-10) 11th pick, with STAR KING MAN, a 82.9(819-10) 12th pick, a neck farther back third. TIME PARADOX followed in fourth with SUNRISE BACCHUS fifth in the 16 strong field.

Yutaka Take rode the third Japan Cup Dirt winner by completing the 2,100-meter dirt distance in 2 minutes 8 seconds for the record time. This also gave Take his 200th win of the season.

It was an extremely thrilling climax in the battle of the first three finishers. At around 400 meters from home, Norihiro Yokoyama, on SEEKING THE DIA, got past UTOPIA to stride into a lead. On inside, Kent Desormeaux found the room to send STAR KING MAN into a contending position. Yutaka Take, in the meantime, took the outside lane on KANE HEKILI, drawing up to SEEKING THE DIA for the challenge. For the last 200 meters, the three were running evenly and fought out to the finish.

Disappointments of the g1 dirt event were foreign entries, LAVA MAN running for 11th, TAP DAY 13th and ECCENTRIC the last place.

Katsuhiko Sumii-trained KANE HEKILI by Sunday Silence has earnings of 320+ million yen with a record of 7 wins in 11 starts. Owner Makoto Kaneko purchased the chestnut colt for 20 million yen at the 2002 Select Yearling Sale. Northern Farm in Hayakita, Hokkaido is a breeder of the 3-year-old.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Zenno Rob Roy favored for Japan Cup


After closing the Saturday betting round at 5:30 p.m., local hope ZENNON ROB ROY has been installed as the favorite for the Japan Cup at odds of 2.2(or 6-5). ALKAASED(USA) and HEART'S CRY shared at 9.0(or 8-1) for the second favorite. OUIJA BOARD(GB) was the 9.8(or 44-5) fourth choice, followed by TAP DANCE CITY(USA) at 14.6(or 68.5), ADMIRE JAPAN at 15.3(or 143-19) and BAGO(FR) at 15.8(or 74-5). Other foreign entries were BETTER TALK NOW(USA)(35.8 or 174-5), KING'S DRAMA(IRE)(57.6 or 283-5) and WARRSAN(IRE)(87.2 or 431-5).

Friday, November 25, 2005

Strong Invaders for Japan Cup


Foreign entries look as strong as ever in Japan Cup history. The foreign invaders are:

OUIJA BOARD, a world-class top filly who had incredible season last year with a pair of Oaks victories(English and Irish) and her success of the BC F&M Turf, returned this season with first(Princess Royal John Doyle Stakes) and second(BC F&M Turf) in 3 starts. This consistent filly has ability to run well at major staying event. K.Fallon takes the mount to bid for his first JC win in 4th try.

Multiple group 1 winner BAGO, notably winner of L’Arc de Trimphe last year, has yet to score this season, but has shown a solid and consistent run at highest level. Following his fourth in BC Cup Turf in late-October, his trainer J. Pease points at this world premier event as the main objective. A French horse has been silence since Le Glorieux won it in 1987, but, with his best form of run, he could make a noise for France.

WARRSAN, winner of the group 1 Grosser Preis Von Baden in Germany, makes his second straight appearance in the Japan Cup(15th last year). His trainer Clive Brittain won the 1986 edition with Jupiter Island. The soft ground would be welcomed.

ALKAASED winning the group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud earlier this season could show terrific ability at firm ground. To be controlled by the two-time Japan Cup winning jockey F. Dettori would be very much interesting.

BETTER TALK NOW, one of the two USA entries, is the multiple grade 1 winner at his home country; the Man O’War Stakes on September 10 for his latest victory. He could have something to prove here if he blows a strong late run at Tokyo long stretch.

KING’S DRAMA
is considered as a second string of the two US entries, but this one could produce a surprise if he hangs on tough in the final stage.

Rob Roy Hopes for Japan in JC


Local fans will focus their great hopes and expectations on defending champion ZENNO ROB ROY, who faces the premier foreign runners from Europe and USA in the 2005 edition of the Japan Cup. With a couple of runner-ups at highest level in three starts this season, a neck second in the Tenno Sho Autumn on his latest run, the 5-year-old horse by Sunday Silence is looking for a back-to-back victory in the world-famous Japanese turf event. Home advantage will help, and to be ridden by Kentucky Derby winning jockey Kent Desormeaux for reunion would be further assisted.

Other prominent entrants from the host country are: front-running TAP DANCE CITY(2003 Japan Cup winner), ADMIRE JAPAN(runner-up in Kikuka Sho), HEAVENLY ROMANCE(winner of Tenno Sho Autumn), late-striding HEART'S CRY and SUZUKA MAMBO.

Real Test for Kane Hekili in JC Dirt


The Japan Cup Dirt, in which KANE HEKILI meets the toughest opponents, will be a real test for him. The dual grade 1 winner at NAR is likely to be the favorite. Yutaka Take, who won the race aboard Kurofune in 2001 and Time Paradox in 2004, returns to take the mount for his third JCD success.

Other leading contenders will be: TIME PARADOX(winner of multiple g1 events including last year’s JC Dirt), SUNRISE BACCHUS(Musashino Stakes winner), PERSONAL RUSH(multiple grade winner) and NAR grade winner SAQALAT with F.Dettori in the iron.

Three foreign entries are Eccentric(GB), Lava Man(USA) and Tap Day(USA), who are in the hunt.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Field set for Japan Cup Dirt


The 6th running of the Japan Cup Dirt
Grade One
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Tokyo Racecourse Race-11
3-year-old and upwards
2,100 meters, dirt, left-handed
Added money(in million yen):
1st; 130, 2nd; 52, 3rd; 33, 4th; 20, 5th;13
Post time: 3:20 p.m. JST
Field: 16

The post positions with jockeys and weights(in kgs) are as follows:

1 SHIROKITA GOD RUN DemuroM 57
2 LAVA MAN(USA) NakataniC 57
3 SUNRISE BACCHUS SatoT 57
4 UTOPIA AndoK 57
5 TIME PARADOX PeslierO 57
6 STAR KING MAN(USA) DesormeauxK 57
7 SEEKING THE DIA(USA) YokoyamaN 57
8 TAP DAY(USA) CoaE 57
9 HIGHER GAME TanakaK 57
10 KANE HEKILI TakeY 55
11 SAQALAT DettoriL 57
12 PERSONAL RUSH(USA) FujitaS 57
13 GENE CRISIS(USA) ShibataY 57
14 ADJUDI MITSUO UchidaH 57
15 ECCENTRIC(GB) HollandD 57
16 HISHI ATLAS EbinaM 57
weight: 4yo&up-57kgs, 3yo-55kgs
fillies&mare allowed 2kgs

Stage set for 2005 Japan Cup


The 25th running of the Japan Cup, Grade One
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Tokyo Racecourse Race-10
Age: 3-year-old and upwards
Distance: 2,400 meters, turf, left-handed
Added money(in million yen):
1st; 250, 2nd; 100, 3rd; 63, 4th; 38, 5th; 25
Field: 18
Post time: 3:20 p.m. JST

The post positions with jockeys and weights(in kgs) for the world-famous Japanese race are:

1 MY SOLE SOUND HondaM 57
2 TAP DANCE CITY(USA) SatoT 57
3 WARRSAN(IRE) SpencerJ 57
4 ADMIRE JAPAN YokoyamaN 55
5 LINCOLN TakeY 57
6 OUIJA BOARD(GB) FallonK 55
7 BETTER TALK NOW(USA) DominguezR 57
8 ZENNO ROB ROY DesormeauxK 57
9 STORMY CAFE ShiiF 55
10 HEAVENLY ROMANCE MatsunagaM 55
11 COSMO BULK DemuroM 57
12 BAGO(FR) GilletT 57
13 SUNRISE PEGASUS GotoH 57
14 ALKAASED(USA) DettoriL 57
15 KING'S DRAMA(IRE) PradoE 57
16 HEART'S CRY LemaireC 57
17 SUZUKA MAMBO AndoK 57
18 BIG GOLD WadaR 57
weight: 4yo&up-57kgs, 3yo-55kgs
fillies&mares allowed 2kgs

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

2005 Japan Cup


The 25th running of the Japan Cup
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Tokyo - Race 10
2,400 meters, turf, left-handed

The Japan Cup was inaugurated in 1981 as the first international race in Japan. Since then, it has been successfully run and become a world-famous event. There are a number of premier runners from Europe, North America and other areas to have taken part in this race. The Cup holds one of the events subject to the World Series Racing Championship.

Favorites have not done well in the last 10 years. Zenno Rob Roy(2004) and T.M. Opera O(2000) are the only winning favorites in the decade, but a big surprise is rare. During the same period, Falbrav(2002) is the longest winner(paid 2,050 yen as ninth pick). Local horses have scored six out of the last 7 years. An English horse has not won since Pilsudski in 1997. The last time we saw a triumph for USA was in 1991 when Golden Pheasant beat Magic Night by a 1 1/2-length.

Japan Cup Winners

Year/Winner/Time(1/10s)/Jockey
2005 ??
2004 Zenno Roby Roy 2.24.2 O.Peslier
2003 Tap Dance City 2.28.7 T.Sato
2002 Falbrav 2.12.2* L.Dettori
2001 Jungle Pocket 2.23.8 O.Peslier
2000 T.M. Opera O 2.26.1 R.Wada
1999 Special Week 2.25.5 Y.Take
1998 El Condor Pasa 2.25.9 M.Ebina
1997 Pilsudski 2.25.8 M.Kinene
1996 Singspiel 2.28.8 L.Dettori
1995 Lando 2.24.6 M.Roberts
1994 Marvelous Crown 2.23.6 K.Minai
1993 Legacy World 2.24.4 H.Kawachi
1992 Tokai Tei O 2.24.6 Y.Okabe
1991 Golden Pheasant 2.24.7 G.Stevens
1990 Better Loosen Up 2.23.2 M.Clarke
1989 Horlicks 2.22.2 L.O’Sullivan
1988 Pay the Butler 2.25.5 C.McCarron
1987 Le Glorieux 2.24.9 A.Lequeux
1986 Jupiter Island 2.25 P.J.Eddery
1985 Symboli Rudolf 2.28.8 Y.Okabe
1984 Katsuragi Ace 2.26.3 K.Nishiura
1983 Stanerra 2.27.6 B.Rouse
1982 Half Iced 2.27.1 D.MacBeth
1981 Mairzy Doates 2.25.3 C.Asmussen
* - 2,200 metes at Nakayama


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The 6th running of the Japan Cup Dirt
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Tokyo – Race 11
2,100 meters, dirt, left-handed

Tokyo held the first international dirt event in Japan when the first Japan Cup Dirt was run in 2000. The Dirt race, one of the two JRA g1 dirt events(other is February Stakes), has since then attracted many top-class runners including foreign invaders.


Japan Cup Dirt Winners

Year/Winner/Time/Jockey
2005 ??
2004 Time Paradox 2.08.7 Y.Take
2003 Fleetstreet Dancer 2.09.2 J.Court
2002 Eagle Café 1.52.2* L.Dettori
2001 Kurofune 2.05.9 Y.Take
2000 Wing Arrow 2.07.2 Y.Okabe

* - 1,800 meters at Nakayama

Monday, November 21, 2005

Exciting Finish for Mile


The Mile Championship was won in an exciting photo-finish by Hat Trick, whose French rider Olivier Peslier drove home the 4-year-old colt just in time to defeat DAIWA MAJOR by the smallest official margin of a nose. Another one length behind, RHEIN KRAFT gained third spot followed by DANCE IN THE MOOD fourth and BALANCE OF GAME fifth. DURANDAL(favorite) finished a disappointing eighth in the field which was reduced to 17 due to RIKIAI TAIKAN’s scratch.

Switching HAT TRICK to a trouble-free outside passage at the turn for home, Peslier began to storm past the rivals. On front end, another French rider Christophe Lemaire, on DAIWA MAJOR, worked hard, and inside 200 meters from home, he finally pulled away from DANCE IN THE MOOD and BALANCE OF GAME to take a clear lead. As HAT TRICK quickly picked up grounds, the gap was closing fast. Excitement hit a highest point when the two French men got home side by side. After a photo investigation, the winner went to Peslier’s HAT TRICK. The final time for the Kyoto 1,600-meter turf test was 1 minute 32.1 seconds.

“I am very pleased to win the g1 race with the Sumii-trained horse.”, said Peslier, who has now ridden on the 12th JRA grade one winner since 2000 season.

This was the biggest win for HAT TRICK, by Sunday Silence out of the Lost Code mare Tricky Code, who has now won 7 in 12 starts for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii and owner Carrot Farm. The first prize brought his career earnings to 231+ million yen. Oiwake Farm in Oiwaka, Hokkaido is a breeder of the 4-year-old colt.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Update: Mile Championship


The Mile Championship was won in an exciting photo-finish by Hat Trick, whose rider Olivier Peslier drove home the 4-year-old colt just in time to defeat DAIWA MAJOR by the smallest official margin of a nose. Another one length behind, RHEIN KRAFT gained third spot followed by DANCE IN THE MOOD fourth and BALANCE OF GAME fifth. DURANDAL(favorite) finished a disappointing eighth in the field of 17.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

F Richard wins Tokyo Sports Hai in record time


FUSAICHI RICHARD led all the way to win the 1,800-meter Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes(g3) under Yuichi Fukunaga at Tokyo this afternoon. As the 2.7(or 17-10) favorite in the field of eleven 2-year-olds, FUSAICHI RICHARD came at the wire in 1 minute 46.9 seconds which was 0.5 second faster than the record for 2-year-olds set by Machikane Genji last week. A 2 1/2-length behind the winner, MEISHO SAMSON got second place with ON FIRE finishing another 1/2-length back in third place. Trained at Ritto by Kunihide Matsuda, FUSAICHI RICHARD is a gray colt by the 2001 Japan Cup Dirt winner Kurofune out of the multiple grade winner Fusaichi Airedale, by Sunday Silence.

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As of Saturday, Durandal has been the early odds-on favorite for tomorrow’s Mile Championship at 1.6(or 3-5), followed by Rhein Kraft 6.9(or 59-10) and Hat Trick 8.5(or 15-2).

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Japan may send three horses to the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races as follows:


Asakusa Den’en for the Hong Kong Mile
Six Sense for the Hong Kong Vase
Admire Max for the Hong Kong Sprint

Friday, November 18, 2005

Invitees arrive in Japan; part 2


Four Japan Cup invitees described below arrived in Japan on November 17:

Quija Board(GB), Alkaased(USA), Better Talk Now(USA), King’s Drama(IRE) [in a random order]


On the same day, Tap Day(USA), who will run in the Japan Cup Dirt, also arrived in Japan.


On November 16, Bago(FR) and Lava Man(USA) came to Japan and they have already exercised at the quarantine facility.

Rhein Kraft goes for Mile Champ


Rehein Kraft, the best 3-year-old miler with a pair of g1 victories, turns back to her best distance when she lineups in the Mile Championship. After beating but only a neck off the winner Air Messiah in the Shuka Sho, her trainer has decided to skip the QE II Cup to have a good spot for her. This could be the right decision to produce a maximum performance from her despite her first start against the older company.

Durandal seeks for a three-peat in Mile


Durandal, winner of the last two years, seeks for a three-peat in the grade one Mile Championship when he competes in the 18 strong field for the 1,600-meter turf test. After out of action for more than 10 months following the 2004 edition of the MC, the Masahiro Sakaguchi-trained horse returned in the Sprinters Stakes on October 2 and he finished a 1 1/4-length behind Silence Witness(AUS) of Hong Kong there. An explosive late surge could give him a chance to add another g1 title to his resume.

Field set for Mile Championship


A field of 18 is set for the grade one Mile Championship to be held this Sunday at Kyoto. The post positions with jockeys and weights(in kgs) for the 1,600-meter turf event are:

1 RHEIN KRAFT FukunagaY 54
2 ADMIRE MAX TakeY 57
3 WIN RADIUS TanakaK 57
4 LOHENGRIN YokoyamaN 57
5 HAT TRICK PeslierO 57
6 BIG PLANET WadaR 56
7 AZUMA SANDERS FujiokaY 55
8 DANCE IN THE MOOD KitamuraH 55
9 BALANCE OF GAME KowataH 57
10 MEINER HEARTY AndoK 56
11 TANINO MARTINI SugaiN 57
12 DAIWA MAJOR LemaireC 57
13 SIDEWINDER MatsunagaM 57
14 DURANDAL IkezoeK 57
15 TELEGNOSIS KatsuuraM 57
16 KINETICS KomakiF 57
17 RIKIAI TAIKAN TakeK 57
18 ALBIREO IwataY 57
Weight: 4yo&up – 57kgs, 3yo colts – 56kgs, mare&fillies allowed 2kgs

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Two Invitees arrive in Japan


Warrsan(IRE) and Eccentric(GB) arrived in Japan on November 15. Warrsan is one of the six invitees for the Japan Cup, while Eccentric will contest the Japan Cup Dirt. Before moving to Tokyo Racecourse, both of them have to stay at the quarantine facility for a required time and they have already begun to exercise there.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Nominations for JC and JCD


Local nominations(18) for the Japan Cup to be run November 27 at Tokyo:

Zenno Rob Roy, Tap Dance City(USA), Lincoln, Heart’s Cry, Six Sense, Heavenly Romance, Big Gold, Delta Blues, Sunrise Pegasus, Balance of Game, Admire Japan, Suzuka Mambo, Yamanin Alabaster, My Sole Sound, Hookipa Wave, Cosmo Bulk, Higher Game, Stormy Café [in a random order]

Foreign invitees(6) for the JC:

Warrsan(IRE), Alkaased(USA), Ouija Board(GB), Better Talk Now(USA), King’s Drama(IRE), Bago(FR) [in a random order]

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Local nominations(18) for the Japan Cup Dirt to be run November 26 at Tokyo:

Time Paradox, Hishi Atlas, Saqalat, Gene Crisis(USA), Silent Deal, Hard Crystal, Kane Hekili, Utopia, My Sole Sound, Personal Rush(USA), Star King Man(USA), Sunrise Bacchus, Adjudi Mitsuo, Higher Game, Stormy Café, Shirokita God Run, Café Olympus(USA) [in a random order]

Foreign invitees(3) for JCD:

Eccentric(GB), Tap Day(USA), Lava Man(USA) [in a random order]

Monday, November 14, 2005

Sweep Tosho storms home in QE II Cup


SWEEP TOSHO stormed home in the Kyoto main course to land the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup(g1) on Sunday afternoon. The End Sweep filly won it by a half length from OSUMI HARUKA. ADMIRE GROOVE, who finished a 2 1/2-length behind the runner-up, came in third with YAMANIN SUCRE another 3/4-length back fourth. AIR MESSIAH, the 2.5(or 3-2) favorite, followed in fifth place. SUMMITVILLE(GB) of England finished 16th.

As expected, OSUMI HARUKA led the way in a parade of 18 fillies and mares, and opened up throughout the backstretch. While, Kenichi Ikezoe had SWEEP TOSHO laid back in the middle of the big pack. “I tried to save the best for a late run.”, said Ikezoe. That’s exactly what happened in the stretch.

Finding a clear passage on the outside, SWEEP TOSHO stormed past ADMIRE GROOVE at mid-stretch to get into a sole second. On front, OSUMI HARUKA was not stopping after opening up a clear lead at top-stretch, but, for the last 200 meters, the gap was quickly closing by inches as SWEEP TOSHO strode at every step. Ikezoe said, “She responded very well. I thought we got around the leader before the line. I just pressed her as much as I could.” SWEEP TOSHO just galloped on to the winning post in 2 minutes 12.5 seconds for the 2.200-meter trip. Shinji Kawashima, on OSUMI HARUKA, had a superb ride with the ideal pace to finish second in two consecutive years.

Following the Shuka Sho in Novembe of last year and the Takarazuka Kinen in June of this year, it was the third g1 success for SWEEP TOSHO, trained by Akio Tsurudome and owned by Tosho Sangyo, who has now won seven in 16 starts. The 103.9+ million yen first prize for the QE II Cup brought her career earnings to 572+ million yen. Out of the Dancing Brave mare Tabatha Tosho, SWEEP TOSHO was bred in Shizunai, Hokkaido by Tosho Sangyo Corp. Tosho Bokujo.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Update: QE II Cup


SWEEP TOSHO, the 2.8(or 9-5) second favorite, stormed home in the Kyoto main course to land the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup(g1) on Sunday afternoon. The End Sweep filly won it by a half length from OSUMI HARUKA. ADMIRE GROOVE, who finished a 2 1/2-length behind the runner-up, came in third with YAMANIN SUCRE another 3/4-length back fourth, and AIR MESSIAH, the 2.5(or 3-2)favorite, followed in fifth place. SUMMITVILLE(GB) of England finished 16th.


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Other JRA graded races:

Grass Bomber took up the running at top stretch in winning the Fukushima Kinen at Fukushima on Sunday. A 1 1/2-length behind the winner, TOKAI TRICK took second with ONE MORE CHATTER third. GRASS BOMBER is a 5-year-old horse of Machiavellian and the Nureyev mare Blue Lustre.

DENSHAMICHI denied the challenges of EASTER and KOIUTA to win the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes, a feature event at Tokyo on Saturday. Yoshitomi Shibata-ridden DENSHAMICHI landed the grade two for 2-year-olds by a nose from Easter with Koiuta another nose back third in the field of 10. DENSHAMICHI is a son of Sakura Bakushin O and the Maruzensky mare NO.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Air Messiah is early favorite in QE II Cup


Air Messiah has been installed, as of Saturday at 5:30 p.m., as the early favorite for the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at odds of 2.7(or 17-10). Sweep Tosho was at 3.1(or 21-10) for the second favroite. Yamanin Alabaster was the 7.4(or 32-5) third choice, followed by Admire Groove at 12.5(or 23-2). The fifth choice was Osumi Haruka at 14.5(or 27-2). The rest of the field was 20.0(or 19-1) or higher price. After closing Saturday betting round, British invader Summitville was at 30.8(or 149-5).

Brieg QE II Cup History

The first Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup was run over 2,400 meters as the 3-year-old filly championship in 1976. The Cup was run over 2,200 meters for the first time in 1996. In the same year, the race was open to the older fillies and mares, and has since then been established as the championship for females.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Stage set for QE II Cup

The stage is set for the 30th Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup which 18 females including British entrant Summitville will contest.

In the absence of Cesario and Rhein Kraft, AIR MESSIAH represents the 3-year-old filly division to confront the older females. Her recent winning form at the g1 Shuka Sho has great impression. Yutaka Take returns to ride her. It has been a great benefit for the star jockey, who has won last four years.

ADMIRE GROOVE, the winner of last two years, has been disappointing at the highest level in the top male company, but this could a good spot for her to show an ability. It will be not surprising to find her running up to the finish line.

YAMANIN ALABASTER, coming here with a three-straight victory including a Fuchu Himba Stakes triumph on her latest effort last month, has a chance to gain the day at the highest class for the first time. Her recent outings indicates that she has been in top form as good as ever.

A strong pace would be very welcomed by Sweep Tosho, who has a most powerful late run in the field. The daughter of End Sweep winning the Takarazuka Kinen earlier this season came off fifth in the Tenno Sho Autumn against the top male runners two weeks ago. She attempts to revenge for fifth last year.

SUMMITVILLE, a British invader who finished a 1 1/2-length second in the group one Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket, has worked well since she arrived in Japan on November 1. In her most recent outing, the Premio Lydia Tesio, the Grand Lodge mare got fourth place at Campannelle where the ground was too heavy for her according to her trainer. The firm ground at Kyoto could give her the best run of form.

The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2005.

The post positons with jockeys and weights(in kigs) for the 2,200-meter Queen Elizabeth II Cup are as follows:


1 OSUMI HARUKA KawashimaS 56
2 LAILAPS MatsunagaM 54
3 ADMIRE GROOVE UemuraH 56
4 SHONAN PEINTRE YoshidaY 54
5 OSUMI COSMO IwataY 56
6 MEMORY KEANU TsunodaK 56
7 MIGHTY COLLAR UchidaK 56
8 SWEEP TOSHO IkezoeK 56
9 KUROYURI JO PeslierO 54
10 BRIAN'S LETTER FukunagaY 54
11 AIR MESSIAH TakeY 54
12 YAMANIN ALABASTER Eda 56
13 SUMMITVILLE(GB) SandersS 56
14 YAMANIN SUCRE ShiiH 56
15 WINGLET TakeK 56
16 MEINE SAMANTHA LemaireC 56
17 LES CLEFS D'OR EbinaM 56
18 BEST ALBUM WatanabaK 56

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Update: Foreign Invitees for JC and JCD


As of November 10, the foreign invitees for the Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt are listed in a random order as follows:

[Japan Cup invitees]
Warrsan(IRE) - accepted
Alkaased(USA) - accepted
Ouija Board(GB) - accepted
Better Talk Now(USA) - accepted
King's Drama(IRE) - accepted
Bago(FR) - accepted

out - Fourty Niners Son(USA), Pride(FR)

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[Japan Cup Dirt invitees]
Eccentric(GB) - accepted
Tap Day(USA) - accepted
Lava Man(USA) - accepted

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Update: Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt


As of November 9, the foreign invitees for the Japan Cup and the Japan Cup Dirt are listed in a random order as follows:

[Japan Cup Invitees]
Warran(IRE) – accepted

Alkaased(USA) – accepted
Ouija Board(GB) – accepted
Better Talk Now(USA) – accepted
Bago(FR) – accepted

Pride(FR) – undecided
King’s Drama(IRE) – undecided
Fourty Niners Son(USA) – undecided

Out – Electrocutionist(USA), Norse Dancer(IRE), Ace(IRE)
In – Fourty Niners Son(USA)


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[Japan Cup Dirt Invitees]
Lava Man(USA) – accepted

Eccentric(GB) – accepted
Tap Day(USA) – accepted

Out – Perfect Drift(USA), Super Frolic(USA), Saint Liam(USA), Choctaw Nation(USA), Borrego(USA)

[revised at 8:00 p.m.]

Monday, November 07, 2005

Sakura Century takes Argentina


The Copa Republica Argentina was won Sunday afternoon at Tokyo in a thrilling finish by Sakura Century, who beat Marble Chief by a head, with Coin Toss one length away third in the field of 18.
With 200 meters to go, Coin Toss took the lead with Marble Chief challenging from inside, and Sakura Century drew up on the outside. Sakura Century had the best stride of the three, coming at the winning post with the final time of 2 minutes 32.4 seconds for the 2,500-meter trip. Tetsuzo Sato was aboard Sakura Century, who has now won five of his 21 races.



Alluring Voice triumphs Fantasy as favorite

Alluring Voice, the 2.5(or 3-2) favorite, came from far behind to win the grade three Fantasy Stakes under Yutaka Take at Kyoto on Sunday. The French Deputy filly won it by a neck from Rush Life with Nishino Takrazuka another 2 lengths further back third in the field of fifteen 2-year-old fillies.
This was the fourth win in five starts for Alluring Voice, whose only defeat came at her debut race where she finished a neck second. She will be heading for the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.


World Super Jockeys Series

The 19th World Super Jockeys Series will be carried out at Hanshin on December 3 and 4. The participating riders in a random order are as follows:

Rafael Bejarano
Edger Prado
Michael Kinane
Kieren Fallon
Stephane Pasquier
Darren Beadman
Leith Innes
Douglas Whyte
Yutaka Take
Norihiro Yokoyama
Eiji Nakadate
Yuichi Fukunaga
Shinji Fujita
Yasunari Iwata

Saturday, November 05, 2005

DB is early favorite in Argentine


Delta Blues, winner of the 2004 Kikuka Sho, has been installed as the early favorite for the grade two Copa Republica Argentina at odds of 5.5(or 9-2). Coin Toss is the 7.6(or 33-5) second favorite followed by Sakura Century at 8.6(or 38-5). The fourth choice was Nishino Dokomademo at 9,4(or 42-5). The rest of the field was at 10.0(or 9-1).


Alluring Voice, winner of the last three starts including the g3 Kokura Nisai Stakes, was the favorite at 2.2(or 6-5), as of Saturday, for the Fantasy Stakes, a feature race for the Sunday meeting at Kyoto. Black Cheetah was at 4.1(or 31-10) for the second favorite. Rush Life was the 8.4(or 37-5) third favorite and 9.6(or 43-5) Nishino Fujimusume followed in fourth favorite.

Friday, November 04, 2005

D Blues makes his 2005 debut in Argentina

Delta Blues, winner of the 2004 Kikuka Sho, makes his 2005 debut on Sunday when he faces the 17 rivals in the Copa Republica Argentina(g2) at Tokyo. Katsuhiko Sumii, trainer of the 4-year-old colt, has given him plenty of time to recover from fatigue. It was the Arima Kinen in December of 2004 that we have lastly seen him on the racecourse and he finished fifth to Zenno Rob Roy there. The Sunday’s race could be a good spot before he goes for the upcoming g1 events; the Japan Cup and Arima Kinen. To be ridden by Olivier Peslier for the first time, Delta Blues with the top weight of 59 kgs is the one to follow in the CRArgentina. The post positions with jockeys and weights(in kgs) for the 2,500-meter race are as follows:

1 SAKURA CENTURY SatoT 57.5
2 TENJIN MUSASHI IshigamiS 54
3 DADDY’S DREAM YasudaY 55
4 BIG GOLD WadaR 57
5 CHAKRA ShibataY 57
6 COIN TOSS YokoyamaN 57
7 HI FRIEND TRY KobayashiJ 53
8 MARBLE CHIEF KumazawaS 55
9 ASAKUSA KININARU(USA) KitamuraH 54
10 BULLET LANE YoshidaY 53
11 DELTA BLUES PeslierO 59
12 ELOGUE ShibayamaY 53
13 MY SOLE SOUND HondaM 58
14 DAITAKU BERTRAM EdaT 58
15 NISHINO DOKOMADEMO TanakaK 54
16 GRASS EIKO O(USA) MurataI 54
17 FAST TATEYAMA TakeK 57
18 SMOOTH BARITONE BonillaD 54


A feature race for Kyoto Sunday meeting is the grade three Fantasy Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. 15 runners will contest the 1,400-meter turf event.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Update: Foreign invitees for JC and JCD


Japan Cup invitees:
Out – Oratorio(IRE), Shakespeare(USA), Gonbarda(GER)
In – Norse Dancer(IRE), Ace(IRE), King’s Drama(IRE)

As of November 3, the JC invitees with status are listed in a random order as follows:
Warran(IRE) – accepted
Alkaased(USA) – undecided
Ouija Board(GB) – accepted
Better Talk Now(USA) – undecided
Pride(FR) – undecided
Bago(FR) – accepted
Electrocutionist(USA) – undecided
Norse Dancer(IRE) – undecided
Ace(IRE) – accepted
King’s Drama(IRE) – undecided

Japan Cup Dirt invitees:
Out – Starcraft(NZ), Jack Sullivan(USA), Rock Hard Ten(USA)
In – Eccentric(GB), Super Frolic(USA), Tap Day(USA)

As of November 3, a list of the JCD invitees is as follows:
Perfect Drift(USA) – undecided
Saint Liam(USA) – undecided
Choctaw Nation(USA) – undecided
Borrego(USA) – undecided
Leva Man(USA) – undecided
Eccentric(GB) – accepted
Super Frolic(USA) – undecided
Tap Day(USA) – undecided
[in a random order]


Majors Cast(IRE) is out of the Mile Championship and Capital Stakes.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

JRA horses to HK Races


The three JRA horses have been selected for the 2005 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races to be run at Sha Tin on December 11 as follows:

Asakura Den'en and Durandal for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile

Admire Max for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint

Update: foreigners for International Races


Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup:
Megahertz(GB) - - - out
Intercontinental - - - out

Mile Championship:
Starcraft(NZ) - - - out
Leroidesanimaux(BRZ) - - - out
Intercontinental - - - out
Three Valleys(USA) - - - out

Capital Stakes:
Starcraft(NZ) - - - out

As of November 1, the possible foreigners to make a trip to Japan will be as follows:

Summitville(GB) for Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup
Majors Cast(IRE) for the Mile Championship and Capital Stakes

Note: Summitville arrived at Narita Japan this afternoon.(posted at 9:00 p.m.JST)

Monday, October 31, 2005

Outsider stuns in Tenno Sho Autumn


HEAVENLY ROMANCE stunned in the 132nd Tenno Sho in front of more than 103,000 in attendance including the Emperor and Empress. In one of the most unexpected finishes in racing history, the 14th pick outsider won the Autumn edition of Emperor’s Cup Sunday afternoon at Tokyo by a head from favorite ZENNO ROB ROY with DANCE IN THE MOOD another neck further away third. ASAKUSA DEN’EN followed in fourth place and SWEEP TOSHO fifth. Mikio Matsunaga was the winning rider to complete the 2,000-meter turf test in 2 minutes 0.1 second.

HEAVENLY ROMANCE, starting at odds of 75.8(or 374-5), is the longest-priced winner since Gallop Dyna at 88.2(or 436-5) chance in 1985. In addition, she is the first female Tenno Sho winner in 8 years since Air Groove’s success in 1997.

As expected, STORMY CAFE led the 18 strong-field, going the first half in 62.4 seconds, and TAP DANCE CITY was right on his tail. HEAVENLY ROMANCE saved the ground at mid-field, just behind ZENNO ROB ROY, while DANCE IN THE MOOD sat behind the leaders.

Before climbing up to the stretch hill, both front-runners were done. From there, DANCE IN THE MOOD took up a lead, and ZENNO ROB ROY was drawing up. For a moment, it looked like the two stablemates would fight it out to the finish, but HEAVENLY ROMANCE was in a hurry. “I never intended to bring her to the outside throughout the race.”, said Matsunaga, who forced her to split between the two and put her head in front at the finish. Trainer Shoji Yamamoto said, “The pace was not as fast as I expected, but she had a very strong finish.”

HEAVENLY ROMANCE, a 5-year-old daughter of Sunday Silence out of the Sadler’s Wells mare First Act, registered the first g1 success, totaling 8th win in 31 starts under the color of North Hills Management Co. Ltd., who is also a breeder of her. The first prize of 135+ million yen brought her career earnings to 391+ million yen.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Tenno Sho Update


Outsider stuns in Tenno Sho

In one of the most unexpected finishes at the highest level, HEAVENLY ROMANCE, a 14th pick outsider, won the Autumn edition of Tenno Sho(Emperor’s Cup) by a head from favorite ZENNO ROB ROY with DANCE IN THE MOOD another neck further away third.

Bacchus gets even in Musashino

Five weeks ago in the Derby Grand Prix at NAR Morioka, KANE HEKILI defeated SUNRISE BACCHUS by a 2 1/2-length for the NAR grade one dirt victory, but this time, in the Musashino Stakes Saturday afternoon, the two finished in a reversal order to get even. SUNRISE BACCHUS took the command at mid-stretch to win the 1,600-meter Musashino by a 1 3/4-length in 1 minute 35.2 seconds on dirt. Despite a poor start, KANE HEKILI showed an encouraging late surge under Yutaka Take to take second in the field of 16 runners. The two will be heading for the Japan Cup Dirt to be run at Tokyo on November 26.

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Comeback victory for Sunbeam


The Swan Stakes, a main showcase for the Kyoto meeting on Saturday, was won by COSMO SUNBEAM, who ended a losing streak for the comeback victory. It was the first success in nearly two years since the 2003 Asahi Futurity(g1). COSMO SUNBEAM, the 11th choice in the field of 18, won the 1,400-meter g2 event in 1 minute 21.5 seconds by a 1/2-length. Bettors’ favorite SIDEWINDER took second with WIN KLUGER third.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Rob Roy is favorite in Tenno Sho


As of Saturday, multiple g1 winner ZENNO ROB ROY has been installed as the early favorite for the Tenno Sho at odds of 2.5(or 3-2). He seeks a back-to-back victory for the Autumn edition of the Emperor's Cup. HEART'S CRY, who has the most powerful late stride of the entrants, was the second favorite at 6.9(or 59-10). Strong front-running TAP DANCE CITY was the third favorite at 7.6(or 33-5). Kyoto Daishoten winner LINCOLN was the 8.9(or 79-10) fourth choice, and SWEEP TOSHO, winner of the Takarazuka Kinen last June, was at 10.5(or 19-2) to follow. The rest of the field was 15.0(or 14-1) or higher price.

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Foreign horses withdrawn from international races

Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup
Ouija Board(GB) --- out
Sweet Stream(ITY) --- out

Mile Championship
Ad Valorem(USA) --- out
Court Masterpiece(GB) --- out

Capital Stakes
Court Masterpiece(GB) --- out

Friday, October 28, 2005

Saturday's JRA Graded Races

A showcase for the Tokyo Saturday meeting will be the grade three Musashino Stakes, a major prep for the Japan Cup Dirt. Among the 16 strong field for the 1,600-meter dirt, Kane Hekili is likely to be the favorite.

Kyoto hosts the Swan Stakes, a grade two event for 3-year-old and upwards. 18 runners are scheduled to go to the post for the 1,400-meter turf.

Tenno Sho Autumn Trend


3 favorites have won in the last 10 years, but big surprises are rare; Offside Trap(1998) is the longest winner(paid 4,240 yen as 6th pick). Proven runners on the grade level figure to be fancied. All the last 10 winners have previously been successful in the grade event.

Brief Tenno Sho Autumn History


The Tenno Sho(Emperor's Cup) is a biannual race, taking place in Spring at Kyoto and Autumn at Tokyo. The first running of the Tenno Sho Autumn was in 1937 at Tokyo over 2,600 meters and the distance extended to 3,200 meters the following year. The race was not run in 1944 due to war and continued to be abandoned the next three years. In 1948, the traditional Autumn event was called as the Tenno Sho for the first time. The Autumn edition was run over 2,000 meters for the first time in 1984. The door was opened for 3-year-olds and foregin-breds in 1987. The international status was given to the race in 2005.

Tenno Sho Autumn Entrants


Introduction for Tenno Sho Autumn entrants in a post postion order

HEAVENLY ROMANCE b 5 m
Sunday Silence – First Act, by Sadler’s Wells
Shoji Yamamoto, North Hills Management, North Hills Management

Career Record: 30-7-8-3
Out of form earlier this season, but came back on the right track after a 4-month break; recently encouraged connections to win Sapporo Kinen in August; a tough assignment to face the top male company.

SUZUKA MAMBO b 4 c
Sunday Silence – Spring Mambo, by Kingmambo
Mitsuru Hashida, K. Nagai, Grand Stud

15-4-3-1
Won Tenno Sho Spring edition in early May and has not raced since; without a prep run could be a negative material, but runs well when fresh; K. Ando returns to ride for another possible great run on Tokyo long stretch.

LINCOLN b 5 h
Sunday Silence – Grace Admire, by Tony Bin
Hidetaka Otonashi, H.Kondo, Northern Farm

17-5-4-2
Looks to be an one-paced horse; has a good momentum coming off a 1/2-length victory in Kyoto Daishoten to break his losing streak; probably the distance is shorter than his best trip; Y. Take returns to control.

HAT TRICK blk 4 c
Sunday Silence – Tricky Code, by Lost Code
Katsuhiko Sumii, Carrot Farm, Oiwake Farm

10-6-0-0
Looks to be a good miler with a couple of successes at grade class; failed to connect a late charge last time out in Mainichi Okan; Tenno Sho distance could be longer than his best; to be piloted by Frenchman Peslier will be interesting.

ASAKUSA DEN’EN(GB) ch 6 h
Singspiel – Whitewater Affair, by Machiavellian
Michifumi Kondo, G.Tahara, F.Sekiguchi

24-8-3-5
Has his career best season so far which is highlighted by a recent victory in Yasuda Kinen; exclusively ran 1,600 meters or less in last 2 seasons; out of action for more than 4 months could be a slight setback; looks like a top miler but can’t make light of his ability.

TAP DANCE CITY(USA) b 8 h
Pleasant Tap – All Dance, by Northern Dancer
Shozo Sasaki, Yushun Horse, Echovalley Horse Farm & Swettenham Stud

39-12-6-7
Strong front-running type who had a couple of g1 victories, including 2003 Japan Cup, under his belt; gained his third Kinko Sho victory before disappointing in Takarazuka Kinen on his latest start; goes well fresh; has plenty of speed and could be a serious contender under the give conditions; acts well on any going.

HOOKIPA WAVE db/br 4 c
Carnegie – Platinum Wave, by Mr. Prospector
Yoshitaka Ninomiya, M.Kaneko, Northern Farm

11-3-3-1
Picked up a All Comers victory on his latest run last month; has shown the good form, but the longer distance could suit him.

KING’S TRAIL db/br 3 c
Sunday Silence – Santa Fe Trail, by Northern Taste
Kazuo Fujisawa, Sunday Racing Co.Ltd., Northern Farm

5-2-2-1
Talented 3-year-old colt from Fujisawa barn, who bypassed Kikuka Sho to take on this event; came just off his recent success in St. Lite Kinen; could be a tough task to confront the competitive company.

MEISHO KAIDO b 6 h
Scan – Kinsen Glory, by Hittite Glory
Masahiro Sakaguchi, Y.Matsumoto, M.Morinaga

36-10-6-5
Kokura specialist who will make the first appearance at g1 event; disappointing on latest run in Mainichi Okan 3 weeks ago; a tough spot in the competitive company.

HEART’S CRY b 4 c
Sunday Silence – Irish Dance, by Tony Bin
Kojiro Hashiguchi, Shadai Race Horse, Shadai Farm
13-3-3-2

Late-striding runner who returns to action since finishing 2nd in Takarazuka Kinen; without a prep could be disadvantage, but Tokyo long stretch is right up his alley; don’t make light of his bursting late run; French rider Lemaire takes the mount.

STORMY CAFE b 3 c
Admire Vega – Greetings, by Rainbow Quest
Futoshi Kojima, K. Nishikawa, Northern Farm

6-3-2-0
Front runner who skipped Kikuka Sho to gain the spot for this traditional event; posted a promising victory in Kyodo News Service earlier this year before leg injury; disappointed last outing in Kobe Shimbun Hai; could be a tough task to face the top older company for first time.

DANCE IN THE MOOD blk 4 f
Sunday Silence – Dancing Key, by Nijinsky
Kazuo Fujisawa, Shadai Race Horse, Shadai Farm

15-4-3-0
Runner-up last year in this race but has been struggling since November when she finished 2nd in Mile Championship; failed to hit on the board last time out in Mainichi Okan; needs a drastic improvement for the comeback.

ZENNO ROB ROY db/br 5 h
Sunday Silence – Roami Rachel, by Mining
Kazuo Fujisawa, S.Oosako, Shiraoi Farm

17-7-5-3
First string of the three entries from leading trainer Fujisawa’s barn; 2004 champion who has impressive sequence of g1 victories in fall campaign of last year; has raced only twice this term – finishing third in Takarazuka Kinen in late June and following up with a respectable neck 2nd in Judomente International Stakes at York in August; returns to Tokyo since he won the race last year; runs well when fresh; firm ground prefers; Yokoyama is called up to reunite; certainly one of the major players here.

SWEEP TOSHO b 4 f
End Sweep – Tabatha Tosho, by Dancing Brave
Akio Tsurudome, Tosho Sangyo, Tosho Sangyo

14-6-2-1
Winner of Takarazuka Kinen in late June, who performed well against males at top level; ran 3 weeks ago in Mainichi Okan where she finished 6th, but not disgraced; could have a much better run in 2nd start from a long layoff; firm ground would be appreciated.

TELEGNOSIS b 6 h
Tony Bin – Make a Wish, by Northern Taste
Hiroaki Sugiura, Shadai Race Horse, Shadai Farm

27-5-5-4
Explosive closer coming here with a good 2nd in Mainichi Okan 3 weeks ago; this will be on reappearance after having an undesired result last year; 2,000-meter is a bit longer than his best distance.

SUNRISE PEGASUS ch 7 h
Sunday Silence – Higashi Brian, by Brian’s Time
Sei Ishizaka, T.Matsuoka, Yanagawa Bokujo

21-6-4-1
Lightly-raced horse who endured leg injury on two occasions, but has made up for lost time by winning a pair of grade races this season – recently that he topped off an impressive victory in Mainichi Okan 3 weeks ago; has yet to have impact on the highest level; maintains good form and could show a big run.

ADMIRE GROOVE b 5 m
Sunday Silence – Air Groove, by Tony Bin
Mitsuru Hashida, R.Kondo, Northern Farm

18-7-1-2
Third in this event last year; has made in the frame against males, but generally struggled a bit at highest level; needs the tip-top form for reproduction of last year; Y. Uemura takes the mount for the first time.

BALANCE OF GAME b 6 h
Fusaichi Concorde – Hall of Fame, by Allez Milord
Yoshitada Munakata, H.Sonobe, Yamada Farm

22-6-3-1
Decent runner at grade class but failed to perform the best run at highest level; came here with 4th in Mainichi Okan; could find a hard time in the top company.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Field set for Tenno Sho Autumn


The 132nd running of the Tenno Sho Autumn
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Tokyo, Race 10
3-year-old and upwards
2,000 meters, turf, left-handed
Field: 18
Post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

BN*/HN**/HORSE/jockey/weight(in kgs)
1 1 HEAVENLY ROMANCE MatsunagaM 56
1 2 SUZUKA MAMBO AndoK 58
2 3 LINCOLN TakeY 58
2 4 HAT TRICK PeslierO 58
3 5 ASAKUSA DEN'EN EbinaM 58
3 6 TAP DANCE CITY SatoT 58
4 7 HOOKIPA WAVE FujitaS 58
4 8 KING'S TRAIL FukunagaY 56
5 9 MEISHO KAIDO MiyukiH 58
5 10 HEART'S CRY LemaireC 58
6 11 STORMY CAFE ShiiF 56
6 12 DANCE IN THE DARK KitamuraH 56
7 13 ZENNO ROB ROY YokoyamaN 58
7 14 SWEEP TOSHO IkezoeK 56
7 15 TELEGNOSIS KatsuuraM 58
8 16 SUNRISE PEGASUS GotoH 58
8 17 ADMIRE GROOVE UemuraH
8 18 BALANCE OF GAME TanakaK 58

* - Bracket Number
** - Horse Number(Post Position)



Foreigners For JRA International Races


On October 26, foreign horses have been selected for the JRA international races. The selected runners are as follows:

Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup;
Summitville(GB), Ouija Board(GB), Megahertz(GB), Intercontinental(GB) and Sweet Stream(ITY) [in a random order]

Mile Championship;
Court Masterpiece(GB), Starcraft(NZ), Majors Cast(IRE), Ad Valorem(USA), Leroidesanimaux(BRZ), Intercontinental(GB) and Three Valleys(USA) [in a random order]

Capital Stakes;
Court Masterpiece(GB), Starcraft(NZ) and Majors Cast(IRE) [in a random order]

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Foreign invitees for Japan Cup


On October 25, foreign horses for the Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt have been selected as follows:

Japan Cup invitees
Warran(IRE), Alkaased(USA), Ouija Board(GB), Oratorio(IRE), Better Talk Now(USA), Shakespeare(USA), Pride(FR), Bago(FR), Electrocutionist(USA) and Gonbarda(GER) [in a random order]

Japan Cup Dirt invitees
Starcraft(NZ), Jack Sullivan(USA), Perfect Drift(USA), Saint Liam(USA), Choctaw Nation(USA), Borrego(USA), Rock Hard Ten(USA) and Lava Man(USA) [in a random order]

Note: The invitees described above are not final. Some of them may be replaced or withdrawn.

The 2005 Japan Cup runs November 27 at Tokyo, while the day before the JC sees the Japan Cup Dirt at the venue.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Deep Impact is latest Triple Crown winner


A record-breaking crowd at Kyoto on Sunday afternoon never stopped giving the roar of cheering for the latest edition of the Triple Crown winner as DEEP IMPACT stormed home for the winning post in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger). He won the last classic for 3-year-olds by a 2-length from ADMIRE JAPAN with ROSENKREUZ another 4 lengths away third. SIX SENSE got fourth followed by FUSAICHI AUSTER(USA) finishing fifth to complete the money earners. The winning time for the 3,000 meters on turf was 3 minutes 4.6 seconds.

Yutaka Take, who was aboard the winner, said, "I was deeply filled with emotion." Take and DEEP IMPACT were given a tremendous ovation with overwhelming congratulations when they returned to the unsaddled enclosure.

Norihiro Yokoyama rode an aggressive and better-judged race, keeping ADMIRE JAPAN in secon place as SHADOW GATE led the field of 16. Meanwhile, Take sent heavy favorite DEEP IMPACT to the middle of the field after making a good start, but the colt seemed to be unsettled in the early stage. "He wanted to go a faster pace.", Take said.

Entering the stretch for the second time, ADMIRE JAPAN deprived SHADOW GATE of the lead, and at the same time DEEP IMPACT crept up on the outside. At the top-stretch, Yokoyama guided his colt to running just off the rails, making headway with a comfortable lead. Outside 200 meters from home, Take brought DEEP IMPACT to challenge the leader, and obviously he got the better of the two. Within 100 meters to go, DEEP IMPACT had the third classic laurel in the bag. "He was not relaxing until we got to the back stretch for the second time.", Take said. "With 600 meters to go, as I gave him a go-sign, he ran like he was flying in the rest of the way."

DEEP IMPACT is the sixth Triple Crown winner to sweep the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), Japanese Derby and Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger) and he is only the second undefeated colt(other is Symboli Rudolf in 1984) to achieve it.

It was DEEP IMPACT's seventh win without loss and the 152.467 million yen first prize brought his earnings to 610.103 million yen. A 100 million yen bonus for the Triple Crown winner is not included in the earnings. DEEP IMPACT, trained at Ritto by Yasuo Ikee and owned by Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co. Ltd., is a Sunday Silence colt out of the Alzao mare Wind In Her Hair. Northern Farm in Hayakita, Hokkaido is a breeder of the bay colt.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Triple Crown win for Deep Impact


Kyoto Racecourse at a record-breaking crowd Sunday afternoon heard at the roar of cheering for the latest edition of the Triple Crown winner as DEEP IMPACT stormed home for the winning post in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger). He won the last classic of the year by a 2-length from ADMIRE JAPAN with ROSENKREUZ another 4 length away third. SIX SENSE got fourth followed by FUSAICHI AUSTER finishing fifth to complete the money earners. Yutaka Take was aboard the winner, covering the 3,000-meter distance in 3 minutes 4.6 seconds on turf. (to be continued tomorrow)

Win Radius wins Fuji S


WIN RADIUS landed the Fuji Stakes(g3) Saturday afternoon at Tokyo. Before a 1/2-length victory, he had to deny the challenging TANINO MARTINI, who finished a neck before KINETICS to take second in the field of 16 runners. The final time for the 1,600-meter turf race was 1 minute 32.9 seconds. Katsuharu Tanaka took the mount on the winner. Trained by Kazuo Fujiwara, WIN RADIUS is a 7-year-old son of Sunday Silence and the Maruzensky mare Jono Matiere.