Monday, January 30, 2006

Limitless romps home in Negishi

Limitless Bid romped home in the Tokyo 1,400-meter dirt track to take the grade three Negishi Stakes in 1 minute 23.7 seconds Sunday afternoon. This was his two-straight grade success following the Garnet Stakes at Nakayama three weeks ago.
The race looked like a wide open contest in a pre-race talk, but it turned out to be Limitless Bid’s commanding 2-length victory over Taiki Enigma(USA), who finished a neck better than third-paced Tosho Gear.
“When the lane opened up for us at stretch, he just made full of running.”, said NAR jockey Hiroyuki Uchida, who allowed Limitless Bid to wait at the back of the 16-horse field in the early stage.

A 7-year-old chestnut son of Sunday Silence out of the Northern Taste mare Elizabeth Rose, Limitless Bid has now career earnings of more than 215 million yen with 8 wins in 22 starts under the name of Shadai Racing Horse. Tadashi Kayo trains him at JRA Ritto. Shadai Farm in Chitose, Hokkaido is a breeder of the winning horse.

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The Kyoto Himba Stakes

Meine Samantha, under the hand of NAR jockey Yasunari Iwata, took up the lead before the far turn and never relinquished the postion, winning the Kyoto Himba Stakes(g3) in 1 minute 33.5 seconds at Kyoto over 1,600 meters on firm turf. Before a neck victory, she had to deny the two challengers, Cheerful Smile and Meisho Oscar, who shared second for a dead-heat in the field of 16 fillies and mares.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Tomorrow's grade races

The Negishi Stakes(g3), a major prep for the upcoming February Stakes(g1), is to be run at Tokyo Racecourse over 1,400 meters on dirt. The field has a good member of 16 four-year-olds and up. The presence of a bunch of front runners could be of good benefit to the closers such as Mighty Spring, Sunrise Bacchus and Taiki Enigma(USA).

In the meanwhile, Kyoto Racecourse hosts the Kyoto Himba Stakes(g3) for 4-year-olds and up f &m. In the quest for the first purse of 39 million yen, 16 contestants will compete the 1,600-meter turf event.

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Fuji Silence upset victory in Tokyo Shimbun

In the Tokyo Shimbun Hai(g3) at Tokyo over 1,600 meters on turf Saturday, Fuji Silence came from behind and produced a great stretch run for an upset victory over Orewa Matteruze by a head. Another neck back, Incentive Guy finished third in the field of 16. Teruo Eda guided the winner with a final time of 1 minute 33.7 seconds. A 6-year-old son of Fuji Kiseki out of the Maruzensky mare Daiwa Lovely, Fuji Silence picked up his first grade win in his 42nd start, returning 5,180 yen for the win as the 11th choice.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Tokyo Shimbun Hai Field

The Tokyo Shimbun Hai(g3) with a field of 16 four-year-olds and up is to run on Saturday as a feature for the opening day at Tokyo Racecourse. It looks like a wide open contest going 1,600 meters on turf. Possible leading contenders are:
Chunichi Shimbun Hai winner Gran Rio; King’s Trail who could turn the table after sixth in the Nakayama Kimpai as favorite earlier this month; Meiner Recolte who has failed to make the mark since he triumphed the Asahi Hai Futurity S in 2004; Orewa Matteruze disappointing last time out in the Kyoto Kimpai as favorite; Albireo who has shown a solid run in last three starts; consistent filly Penny Whistle.

2005 Horse of the Year Deep Impact may be headed for a premier European race this summer. The King George VI is a high possibility, according to his owner Kaneko’s comment at JRA Awards ceremony on Tuesday. Dirt champion Kane Hekili may run in the Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba on March 25. His next action will be the February Stakes(g1) before the world richest race. While, Heart’s Cry could go straight to the Dubai Sheema Classic without a prep race.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Graded races result on Jan.22

Silk Famous, ridden by Yoshitomi Shibata for the first time, dictated the pace from start and went all the way to win the 2,200-meter American Jockey Club Cup(g2) Sunday afternoon at Nakayama. The 7-year-old horse won it in 2 minutes 13.2 seconds by a neck from Fusaichi Auster(USA) with Higher Game another 2 lengths away third in the 10-horse field. Silk Famous has tasted the first victory since he won the Kyoto Kinen(g2) in 2004.

The Heian Stakes, a grade three feature for the Sunday Kyoto meeting was won in a stalking fashion by Tagano Guernica, who denied the late challenging Vermilion for his fifth straight victory. The two were separated by a head. The final time was 1 minute 50.2 seconds for the 1,800-meter on dirt. Running third was Hard Crystal, a 1 1/2-length behind Vermilion, in the field of 16 four-year-olds and up.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Jalisco makes a good appeal in Keisei Hai

Jalisco Light(USA) made a good appeal toward the classics when he won the Keisei Hai(g3) Sunday afternoon at Nakayama by a 1 1/4-length from Tosho Scirocco with Never Bouchon another 1 1/4-length further away third, followed by Siberian Heat(USA) fourth and Deep Wing fifth.

Sunday, January 15, 2006
Nakayama, Race 11
The Keisei Hai(g3)
3-year-olds, 2,000 meters, good turf, right-handed
Weight: 56kgs for colts, 54kgs for fillies

5 Jalisco Light(favroite) - sailed on mid-field, started to make a move at final bend, ran on strongly down the stretch, had the race wrapped up 100-meter out.
2 Tosho Scirocco(5th choice) - ranked mid-field, showed a good acceleration thru stretch for second best
4 Never Rouchon(4th choice)- was held up rear, produced a late ran to third spot
3 Siberian Heat(6th choice) - gave up the front position, chased the pace, failed to extend with a mild bid and could not hold off the first three
11 Deep Wing(3rd choice) - took the lead while turning around the first corner, held on position before giving away in the final stage
Margins: 1 1/4l, 1 1/4l, hd, nk
Winning time: 2m3.2(1/10s)
Winning jockey: Hiroshi Kitamura

His sole defeat in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes as favorite when we last saw him on the course was a bit disappointing, but Jalisco Light(USA) started the new season on a winning mark, when he triumphed the grade three event. It will be certain that you should keep a close eye on him in a series of the classics. Either the March 5 Yayoi Sho or the March 9 Spring Stakes will be his next action before taking on the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) followed by the Japanese Derby.

Jalisco Light, a son of Fantastic Light out of the Chief’s Crown mare Chancey Squaw, has now won 3 of his 4 races and earned more than 78.7 million yen for owner K.Yoshida and trainer Kazuo Fujisawa. Runnymede Farm Inc & Peter J. Callahan is a breeder of the chestnut colt. His half brother is the multiple g1 winner Agnes Digital(by Crafty Prospector).

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Impact is awarded the Horse of the Year

Deep Impact was named as the Horse of Year on Tuesday. The sensational colt not only became the first undefeated Triple Crown winner in 21 years, but also helped to provide a great boost for the racing industry. With more than 676 million yen in 2005 earnings, the richest racehorse in the country has recorded six firsts and a second in 7 starts. The best 3-year-old colt also went to Deep Impact in a unanimous choice.

Katsuhiko Sumii has gained the most fame as a trainer with four Award winners: Cesario, winner of the Japanese Oaks and American Oaks, for the Best 3-year-old filly and the Best Horse by Home-bred Sire, Hat Trick becoming a hero of the Mile Championshiop and Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile for the Best Sprinter or Miler, and Japan Cup Dirt winner Kane Hekili for the Best Dirt Horse.

2005 JRA Award Winners
Horse of the Year – Deep Impact
Best 2-year-old Colt – Fusaichi Richard
Best 2-year-old Filly – T M Precure
Best 3-year-old Colt – Deep Impact
Best 3-year-old Filly – Cesario
Best Older Colt or Horse – Heart’s Cry
Best Older Filly or Mare – Sweep Tosho
Best Horse by Home-bred Sire – Cesario
Best Sprinter or Miler – Hat Trick
Best Dirt Horse – Kane Hekili
Best Steeple Chase Horse – T M Dragon

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Outsider in Shinzan Kinen Shock

Go Go Kirishima, the 43.5(85-2) outsider of nine, landed the Shinzan Kinen(g3) victory by leading the way from start to finish Monday afternoon at Kyoto. It was the biggest surprise win for the King Halo colt in the Shinzan K for 3-year-olds since Derby Regno(paid 5,210 yen as 14th pick) won it in 2001. As the 8th pick, Go Go Kirishima returned 4,350 yen for the win. Running for second was 6th pick Glorious Week, who finished a neck behind the winner.

It was a big payday for longshot bettors. The combination of first and second paid 13,800 yen and 39,900 yen, respectively, for the 1-9 horse quinella and the 9-1 exacta. With second favorite Logic finishing third, the 9-1-7 trifecta returned a huge amount of 204,980 yen.

Go Go Kirishima gave the first grade success in 7 years to jockey Mamoru Ishibashi.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Take rides 2700th Winner

Yutaka Take, the most famous jockey in the country as well as all over the world, has ridden his 2700th flat-race winner Sunday afternoon when he guided Fusaichi Junk to a 3/4-length victory in the Fukujuso Tokubetsu at Kyoto. He joined Yukio Okabe as the only jockeys to reach the historic score at JRA. On the day, the 36-year-old jockey had superb races, registering 7 wins from 10 mounts. Coming off a record-breaking 2005 season of his 212 winning rides including 6 grade ones, another great season could be ahead of him.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Zenno Rob Boy Retire

The 2004 Japan Cup winner Zenno Rob Roy has been retired and will go to stud at Shadai Stallion Station in Hayakita, Hokkaido. The 5-year-old son of Sunday Silence ended his glorious career with 7 wins in 19 starts and more than 1.1 billion yen in career earnings. In addition to his Japan Cup victory, he won the 2004 Tenno Sho Autumn and Arima Kinen. Among his runs in a winless season last year, his second finish in the English group one Judomente International Stakes at York was recognized by world racegoers.

Admire Groove, winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in 2003 and 2004, has been out of training to retire from racing. She will enter breeding at Northern Farm in Hayakita, Hokkaido, where she was foaled.

Multiple grade winner Sunrise Pegasus was retired and will enter stud at Arrow Stud, Shizunai, Hokkaido.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Heart's goes for King George

Heart’s Cry, a recent winner of the Arima Kinen in which he beat Deep Impact, could go for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes this Summer. “Ascot Racecourse would well-suit him.”, winning jockey Christophe Lemaire said after the Arima. In response to the suggestion of the French jockey, T. Yoshida, representative of the Shaidai Group, has decided to run him in the King George. Before the English group one race, the 5-year-old will take on a couple of local events, including the Tenno Sho Spring at Kyoto.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Season's Greentings

A Happy New Year to you all. Wishing you a prosperous new year.

JRA 2006 season will kick off on January 5 at Kyoto and Nakayama Racecourse. Kyoto has the g3 Kyoto Kimpai as a main event on the day, while the g3 Nakayama Kimpai is to be run as a feature for the Nakayama opening day.