Friday, June 30, 2006

She is Tosho to seek a great feat

SHE IS TOSHO’s spectacular feat is on the line when she faces 13 opponents in the Hakodate Sprint Stakes(g3). With success on Sunday, she would gain her third Hakodate Sprint victory in three consecutive years.

The post positions, with weights(in kgs) and jockeys, for the 1,200-meter turf race are as follows:

1 SYMBOLI GRAN(IRE) 56 ShibayamaY
2 DAIWA PASSION 52 HasegawaK
6 SHE IS TOSHO 56 IkezoeK
11 BLUE SHOTGUN 56 FujiokaY
12 VENUS LINE 54 AkiyamaS
14 MEINER HEARTY 56 TsukadaY
The post time will be at 3:25 p.m.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Mitsuo goes wire-to-wire

Adjudi Mitsuo led from start to finish and set a course record of the Ohi 2,000 meters to win the Teio Sho, one of the NRA grade one races which is open to JRA horses, on Wednesday night. With Hiroyuki Uchida aboard, the 5-year-old horse completed the distance in 2 minutes 2.1 seconds.

Kane Hekili with Yutaka Take in the iron chased Adjudi Mitsuo, but never got into next to him, finishing a length behind in second. The third went to Silent Deal, a 6-length behind the runner-up.

Adjudi Mitsuo、trained at NRA Funabashi by Masayuki Kawashima, is a son of Adjudicating. The Teio Sho was his fifth NRA g1 victory.

Heart's Cry gears up for King George VI Stakes

Heart’s Cry geared up for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes,
and went the 800 meters in 52.3 seconds at Ritto course on June 28. A trip to England will be July 15.

By the way, the 5-year-old could skip the Arc to concentrate on the local g1 races in fall campaign, trainer Kojiro Hashiguchi revealed.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Impact romps home in Takarazuka

Deep Impact romped home in the muddy Kyoto course to win the Takarazuka Kinen(g1) Sunday afternoon.

“I just sat not to disturb him. He wanted to go during the final bend so I gave him a go-sign.”, said winning jockey Yutaka Take. “He ran like flying again. I felt fantastic during the stretch drive.”

Going around the final bend, Deep Impact overtook most of his rivals in a single spurt in doing so that he went up to a good position, just behind the front runners, at the entrance of stretch.

When Take made a final push, the colt went in a single bound into the front at around 200 meters out. The rest never got into a challenge.

It was a commanding 4-length to spare when Deep Impact, with Take reining back in, came home alone in 2 minutes 13 seconds after completing the 2,200-meter trip. Narita Century finished second, a 3/4-length before third-placed Balance of Game.

This victory was the fifth g1 glory and the 10th win in 11 starts for Deep Impact, who races for trainer Yasuo Ikee and owner Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co. Ltd. His career earnings brought up to more than 1 billion yen. Northern Farm in Hayakita, Hokkaido is the breeder of the 4-year-old bay colt by Sunday Silence out of the Alzao mare Wind In Her Hair.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Deep Impact re-hot favorite in Takarazuka

As of Saturday, Deep Impact has been installed as the red-hot favorite for the Takarazuka Kinen(g1) at odds of 1.1/1-10.
Lincoln was the second choice at 15.2/71-5, followed by Cosmo Bulk third choice(19.7/187-10). The rest of the field was 20.0/19-1 or longer odds.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Stage set for Takarazuka

The 13 runners will go to the post for the Takarazuka Kinen(GI) to be run this Sunday at Kyoto Racecourse. The field, with post positions and jockeys, for the 2,200-meter premier event is as follows:

1 LINCOLN YokoyamaN
6 COSMO BULK IgarashiF
9 COMPANY FukunagaY
12 CHAKRA KobayashiT
All starters carry 58 kgs.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Platinum pulls off an upset in Mermaid

Solid Platinum, who carried Yukio Abe on her back with the lightest weight of 49 kgs, stormed home an upset victory in the 2,000-meter Mermaid Stakes for 3yo+ fillies and mares Sunday afternoon. In a blanket finish, she won it by a nose from Sanrei Jasper. Orient Charm finished another neck behind in third with Meine Samantha neck further away fifth. The final time was 2 minutes 1.1 seconds at Kyoto main track.

“She ran smoothly in the outside passage. I was really amazed at how great she strode down the stretch.”, said NRA jockey Abe, who held his filly far off the pace for the most of the way. “She is open to more improvement.”

Solid Platinum, a dark bay daughter of Stay Gold out of the Creator mare Reserve Seat, has raced under the name of Hidaka Breeders Union and under the condition of trainer Norihiro Tanaka. Her career earnings boosted to more than 63.8 million yen with 3 wins in 8 starts. Hashimoto Bokujo in Shizunai, Hokkaido is the breeder of the filly.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Sucre slight favorite in Mermaid

As of Saturday, Yamanin Sucre has been installed as the slight favorite(4.1/31-10) for the wide-open Mermaid Stakes. Sanrei Jasper and Meine Samanth shared the second favorite at 6.8/29-5. Pricess Grace was the fourth favorite at 7.6/33-5. The fifth favorite went to Lailaps(7.9/69-10), followed by Les Clefs d’Or 8.5/15-2.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Field set for Mermaid Stakes

Yamanin Sucre, winner of the Nakayama Himba Stakes(g3) earlier this season, heads the field of 14 for the 2,000-meter Mermaid Stakes, a grade three turf event for 3-year-old and upwards fillies and mares, on Sunday at Kyoto Racecourse.

The field, in post positions with weights and jockeys, is as follows:

1 She’ll be Back 50 NakamuraM
2 Sanrei Jasper 51 SatoT
3 Spring Drew 50 SameshimaR
4 Orient Charm 51 AkagiK
5 Tokai Love 52 MiyukiH
6 Primo Star 51 WadaR
7 Rjord Cruise 53 YoshidaK
8 Lailaps 55 IwataY
9 Meine Samantha 56 FukunagaY
10 Princess Grace 51 SyonoK
11 Les Clefs d’Or 55 TakeY
12 Maria Valeria 50 YoshidaH
13 Solid Platinum 49 AbeY

14 Yamanin Sucre 57 ShiiH

Monday, June 12, 2006

D Impact among Takarazuka nominees

Deep Impact tops among the 13 Takarazuka Kinen nominees. The sensational Sunday Silence colt will make the last appearance in front of local fans before going aboard to face the world premier runners in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Trainer Yasuo Ikee mentioned on the paper, “All I say about the colt is that things are going well.”
On June 8, the colt galloped the 800 meters in 55.6 seconds at Ritto Training course.

The Takarazuka Kinen nominees are in a random order as follows:

Eye Popper
Cosmo Bulk
Silk Famous
Daiwa Major
Deep Impact
Tokai Come Come
Narita Century
Hat Trick
Balance of Game
Fast Tateyama

She is Tosho gains second CBC victory

Despite a 57-kgs impost in the male grade company, She is Tosho made a smashing late run to win the CBC Sho, a grade three handicap, at Chukyo Racecourse. She won it by a length from Wild Shout(USA), with Limitless Bid another neck further away third in the field of 17. Kenichi Ikezoe rode the winner after completing the 1,200-meter trip in 1 minute 9 seconds.

This was the second CBC Sho victory for She is Tosho, who has now won six in 32 starts under the saddle of Akio Tsurudome. Her career earnings increased to nearly 411 million yen. Bred and owned by Tosho Bokujo in Shinhidaka, Hokkaido, she is a 6-year-old mare by Sakura Bakushin O out of the Tosho Fleet mare Jane Tosho.

Top Gun Joe gains first grade win

The best performance that Top Gun Joe could do was a fifth-place finish in the grade company, but the 4-year-old colt has tasted the first grade success with the Epsom Cup(g3) victory Sunday afternoon in the muddy Tokyo course. Hitoki Goto steered the winner for trainer Masamichi Wada.

Before winning the 1,800-meter turf in 1 minute 49.2 seconds by a 1/2-length, Top Gun Joe had to encounter a dual battle in the last 400 meters with Machikane Kirara, who paced down near the line to give away second place to Grass Bomber.

By Mayano Top Gun out of the Golden Pheasant mare Golden Nova, Top Gun Joe has now earned more than 136.7 million yen with five wins in 20 career starts for owner T. Kawauchi. Hashimoto Farm in Niikappu, Hokkaido is the breeder of the4-year-old chestnut colt.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Kirara heavy favorite in Epsom Cup

As of Saturday, Machikane Kirara has been installed as the early favorite for the 18-field Epsom Cup(g3) at odds of 1.5(1-2). The winner of 5 of 7 starts is looking for his first grade winning form in the 1,800-meter turf. Tokyo Racecourse is well suited for him. So far, he has registered 4 for 4 at the venue. Top Gun Joe was the second favorite at 16.4(77-5), followed by Craft Work 16.5(31-2).

The odds, as of Saturday, for a wide-open CBC Sho:
Agnes Raspberry at 2.2(6-5), Wild Shout(USA) 6.2(26-5), Wind Legend 9.4(42-5) and She is Tosho 9.6(43-5) to complete the top 4 favorites

Friday, June 09, 2006

Final poll for Takarazuka Kinen completed

The final poll for the Takarazuka Kinen has been completed, JRA announced on June 8. The racing fans gave the lion’s share to Deep Impact, who collected 89,864-vote, approximately 23,000 more than second-ranked Lincoln. The top 10 Ranking of the runners is as follows:

1 Deep Impact
2 Lincoln
3 Heart’s Cry
4 Dance in the Mood
5 Air Messiah
6 Daiwa Major
7 Delta Blues
8 Fusaichi Junk
9 Meisho Samson
10 Admire Japan

This Sunday sees the Epsom Cup(g3) in which a total of 18 runners will run over 1,800 meters on grass.

Chukyo Racecourse hosts the CBC Sho, a main event for its Sunday meeting. The 17 contestants will go to the post for the 1,200-meter turf.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Japan sends two females to US

Japan will send two female runners to Hollywood Park in the stakes of the Fourth of July weekend.

Victoria Mile(g1) winner Dance in the Mood, trained by Kazuo Fujisawa, will run in the July 1 CashCall Mile(g3). This will be the reappearance on Hollywood Park course following the 2004 American Oaks.

Masaaki Koga-trained Asahi Rising, front-running filly who got third in the Japanese Oaks, will go for the American Oaks(g1) to be run on July 2. The Oaks has been very prosperous for the Japanese entries – Cesario winning last year and Dance in the Mood runner-up two seasons ago.

The two will be shipped out on June 19.

Cosmo Bulk may run in Arc

The schedule for Cosmo Bulk has been determined, his owner Okada revealed. Depending on how he will come out on his next run in the Takarazuka Kinen, the recent winner of the Singapore Airlines Int’l Cup(g1) may run in the Pix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

Unicorn Stakes winner heads for Japan Dirt Derby

Nike Earthwork will be heading for the Japan Dirt Derby at NRA Ohi on July 12. On his latest run of the Unicorn Stakes(g3) for 3-year-olds, a bursting stride which the colt showed off down the stretch at Tokyo sub-main course left him all alone at the line, romping it by a decisive 4-length.

Dream Passport injured

Japanese Derby third-placed Dream Passport has suffered a fracture of the left large pastern bone. The injury occurred during the Derby and is not career-threatening, but he will be sidelined for more than 3 months.

Company and Hat Trick, both of whom were disappointment of the Yasuda Kinen(finishing 11th and 13th respectively), will be heading for the Takarazuka Kinen(g1). In the meantime, Pop Rock winning the Meguro Kinen(g2) on the Derby day will skip the Takarazuka and go to the farm for taking a rest in a few days.

Bullish Luck triumps Yasuda for Hong Kong

Bullish Luck(USA), in the return of Tokyo Racecourse, gave a brilliant performance in winning the Yasuda Kinen by a commanding 2 1/2-length for Hong Kong Sunday afternoon.

Jockey Brett Prebble asked Bullish Luck for a final effort at around 400 meters out. When he did so, the gelding took off from the pack. That made the rivals to stand up.

“My horse almost broke well from a good ballot. We did not have to go back to the last bunch. We started on the middle and we spent no picture early. He gave me an explosive rally when I asked him. He actually gave it to me too quickly. So, he’s done no work this time and he saved all the ground on inside.”, said the Australian-born jockey in the TV interview. “He looked very strong and he covered no ground. I was one of the fences, so I didn’t have to go around very many horses and we saved the finish for like a 400-meter press. When I pressed, he went very quickly like a Ferrari.”

Asakusa Den’en deprived another Hong-Kong based Joyful Winner(AUS) of second place in a final stride. A nose separated the two. Daiwa Major followed in fourth with Dance in the Mood fifth. Disappointment for the 1,600-meter g1 race was favorite Orewa Matteruze, finishing 10th in the field of 10.

Trainer Anthony Cruz has now won his second g1 race at JRA following the Sprinters Stakes victory of last year with Silent Witness.