Monday, July 31, 2006

Swift Current takes Kokura Kinen in record time

Under the hand of Yuichi Fukunaga, Swift Current took the Kokura Kinen(g3) Sunday afternoon at Kokura Racecourse. He got home a 1 1/4-length ahead of Vita Rosa with Nihonpillow Keith another 1 1/4-length away third in the field of 13.

Fukunaga angled to inside as the field turned for home. When the room was opened up, Swift Current split between the horse and the rail and went on to winning the grade three race in 1 minute 57.8 seconds, a course record for the Kokura 2,000-meter turf.

“All I cared about during the race was to keep a good harmony with my horse. I brought him to inside, just off the rails, to save his strength for the last.”, said Fukunaga. “In an instant, he got past lots of rivals, so he showed a heck of a turn of foot. This is his first grade success, but I think he can flourish on the highest level.”

Heart’s Cry, who has recently registered third in the King George at Ascot behind Hurricane Run and Electrocutionist, may return to the 2007 edition of the King George, trainer Kochiro Hashiguchi revealed on Sunday.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Kaido favored in Kokura Kinen

After closing Saturday betting round, Meisho Kaido has been installed as the favorite at odds of 2.3 for the Kokura Kinen(g3). On his latest run in the Tanabata Sho, the 7-year-old beat Kongo Rikishio by a 1 1/4-length for the respectable victory at Fukushima.
Kongo Rikishio, a front-running individual who looks for a reversal order for the Tanabata Sho finish, was the second favorite at 3.1. Sanrei Jasper, having shown the good form of run in recent starts, was the third favorite(6.8) with the Nikkei Shinshun Hai runner-up Swift Current the fourth favorite(9.2).

Friday, July 28, 2006

Field set for Kokura Kinen

The field of 13 is set for the Kokura Kinen(g3) at Kokura over 2,000 meters on turf. The post positions with weights(in kgs) and jockeys for the handicap race are as follows:

3 VITA ROSA 57.5 HUemura
7 KEY VOLANTE 55 RSameshima
8 DAITAKU ALBIN 51 MIshibashi
10 SILENT DEAL 57 YKawada
12 SWIFT CURRENT 55 YFukunaga
13 SPARTACUS 52 KIkezoe
The post time will be at 3:35p.m on Sunday.

Meisho Kaido, kokura specialist who has won 8 at Kokura Racecourse, attempts to gain his third Kokura Kinen(g3) victory in three consecutive years this Sunday. The top weight of 59.5 kgs is assigned him for the 2,000-meter race. But, on his latest effort in the Tanabata Sho, the 7-year-old defied the top weight of 59 kgs with an impressive victory.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Harrier gains his second Hokodate victory

Erimo Harrier gained his second Hakodate Kinen Sunday afternoon when he beat Air Shady by a length at Hakodate Racecourse. Mayano Raijin took third in the field of 16 for the grade three event. Katsumi Ando steered the winner after completing the 2,000-meter trip in 2 minutes 5.1 seconds on main turf course.

When the field came into the stretch, Air Shady took up the running, with Erimo Harrier trailing in the crowd. But Erimo Harrier managed to run through a heavy traffic and stormed on, getting up to the line for the second Hakodate Kinen title in two consecutive years.

“He was in good shape and my mount was just to have him race smoothly. This win totally resulted from his strength.”, said Ando. “The position was exactly what I expected. He has a good turn of foot and plenty of ability, so I expect him to run like today for the Sapporo Kinen.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Field set for Hakodate Kinen

The 16 runners will contest the Hakodate Kinen, a g3 handicap race, on Sunday at Hakodate Racecourse. The field with weights(in kgs) and jockeys for the 2,000-meter race is as follows:

1 Tagano Dangerous 56 YIwata
2 Blue Tornade 56 SAkiyama
3 Erimo Harrier 56 KAndo
4 Air Shady 57 HGoto
5 Tosho Knight 57 TBushizawa
6 Stormy Cafe 56 KTake
7 Mayano Raijin 55 KIkezoe
8 Shake My Heart 53 YShibayama
9 Matikanemenimomiyo 55 SFujita
10 Yukino Sun Royal 54 HKitamura
11 Sakura Gale 51 TKobayashi
12 Shaadi Nice 50 HGohara
13 Nishino Due 54 HShii
14 My Sole Sound 58 KTsunoda
15 Ask Jubilee 54 NYokoyama
16 Safety Emperor 55 KHasegawa
The post time will be at 3:35p.m.

As of Saturday, Erimo Harrier has been installed as the slight favorite for the 16-runner Hakodate Kinen at odds of 4.3/33-10. Air Shady was the second favorite at 4.7/37-10. The third favorite went to Mayano Raijin 7.0/6-1 followed by Blue Tornade 9.2/41-5.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Easy victory for Sachi in IBIS

It was an easy victory for Sachino Sweetie in the Niigata feature Sunday afternoon, when she won the IBIS Summer Dash(g3). This was her first grade score and the fourth win in 10 starts for trainer Yuji Hirai and owner Sachihiko Sato. The 3-year-old bay filly won it by a decisive 3-length from Marine Festa with Raise and Call third in the field of 16.

Naoto Suzuki- steered Sachino Sweetie went into front with the two early speed horses, Raise and Call and T M Churasan right next to her. The three-way battle for the lead continued until half-way of the race when Sachino Sweetie drew away from the rest.

No one challenged. Sachino Sweetie put on a one-man show at the remaining way and came at the line in 55.7 seconds for the winning time.

"All of the post position, the ground and a heavy rain just before the start stood up for us. She easily galloped into the front. Her reaction was very well so that we could draw clear of the rest at any time. She has improved a lot and I confidently rode her for the victory.", said winning jockey Suzuki.

The victory boosted Sachino Sweetie’s career earnings to more than 78.7 million yen. Shin Ikusei Bokujo in Mombetsu, Hokkaido is the breeder of Sachino Sweetie by Kalista Glory out of the Afleet mare Per Favore.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Field set for IBIS

The field is set for the IBIS Summer Dash(g3) to be run this Sunday at Niigata Racecourse. The 16 sprinters will go over the straight 1,000-meter course. Under the firm ground, the speeding race is expected.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Final Preparation for Heart's Cry

Before shipping out to England, Heart’s Cry appeared on the Ritto Training Center on July 12 in final preparation of the upcoming King George VI and Queen Diamond Stakes at Ascot. The Japanese hope galloped the 1,200 meters in 77.6 with the last 600 meters in 36.8 seconds.

“His form is now best which is the similar condition of going for the Dubai race last March. I expect him to run a good race there.”, said trainer Kojiro Hashiguchi. The 5-year-old horse is scheduled to leave for England on July 15.

Heart’s Cry is now in his prime. Local racing fans can’t take their eyes off him in the English premier event on July 29.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Battler gives Matsumoto double

The Procyon Stakes(g3) was won at Kyoto by Meisho Battler, who gave his owner Matsumoto the double on the day. About 10 minutes earlier, Meisho Kaido owned by Matsumoto triumphed the g3 Tanabata Sho at Fukushima.
Meisho Battler, with Tetsuzo Sato up, won the Kyoto feature in 1 minute 22 seconds over 1,400 meters on dirt. A 2 1/2-length behind the winner, Seeking the Best ran second, finishing a 1 1/2-length better than third-placed Sunrise King.

“I had him race at a good position without rush. All I think was to make the most of what he has. My mount went very well exactly what I wanted.”, said Sato.

Kaido takes Tanabata

Meisho Kaido defied the top weight and the unfamiliar course Sunday afternoon when he won the 2,000-meter Tanabata Sho(g3) at Fukushima. Under the aggressive hand of Yutaka Take, the 7-year-old horse sailed behind the front pack, and took command in the last 200 meters for the 1 1/4-length victory in 1 minute 59.3 seconds. Kongo Rikishio, who set the pace under Yasunari Iwata, took second with Grass Bomber third in the field of 16. A 1 3/4-length separated the two.

“The 59 kgs weight was too much for him as I had expected, but it was a great run that he showed under such a tough impost. I was very pleased to have him perform his best run for this victory. “, said winning jockey Yutaka Take, who rode at Fukushima Racecourse for the first time in seven years. “He wanted to run freely in the early pace, so I just let him go into the front side.”

By Scan out of the Hittite Glory mare Kinsen Glory, Meisho Kaido has now won 11 in 40 starts under the color of Yoshio Matsumoto and under the condition of Masahiro Sakaguchi. M. Morinaga is the breeder of the winning bay horse.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Rikishio early favorite in Tanabata Sho

As of Saturday, Kongo Rikishio(IRE) has been installed as the 4.1/31-10 favorite for the Tanabata Sho(g3). Coming off victory in the Kinko Sho, the Irish-bred horse by Stravinsky tries to dance at the front end again. Grass Bomber, who runs well at Fukushima, was the second favorite at odds of 4.4/17-5. The multiple grade winner Meisho Kaido was the third favorite at 7.5/13-2 followed by Conrad fourth favorite(8.0/7-1) and Southern Twiste fifth favorite(8.7/77-10).

For the Procyon Stakes(g3), Seeking the Best(IRE) has been the early favorite at 2.6/8-5. The 5-year-old horse by Seeking the Gold, who has run very well on the lower level with the Rikka Stakes victory on latest, steps up to the grade company for the first time. Limitless Bid was the second choice at 5.1/41-10 followed by Ancient Hill third favorite(9.0/8-1).

Friday, July 07, 2006

JRA Graded Races This Weekend

It looks like a wide-open contest when the 16 runners go for the Tanabata Sho(g3) at Fukushima on Sunday. The Tanabata Sho is the first leg of the Summer 2000 Series which consists of the five 2,000-meter graded races. The field in a post-position with jockeys and weight(in kgs) for the handicap race are:
1 EL COMINO KobayashiJ 51
2 TAGANO MY BACH NakadateE 57
7 DAIWA BANDIT(USA) KitamuraH 55
8 GRASS BOMBER KatsuuraM 57.5
10 HOOKIPA WAVE TanakaK 57.5
11 CONRAD ShibataY 55
12 SHAADI NICE YoshidaY 51
14 TOSHO KNIGHT BushizawaT 57
The post time will be at 3:35 p.m.

The Kyoto feature on Sunday will be the 11th Procyon Stakes. The 16 entrants are scheduled to run in the 1,400-meter g3 event on dirt surface. The post time will be at 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Two females return to Japan

Dance in the Mood and Asahi Rising returned to Japan on July 5. They made a quick trip to Hollywood Park and their trips were productive.

Dance in the Mood won the CashCall Invitational Stakes(g3) on July 1, while Asahi Rising ran second in the American Oaks Invitational Stakes(g1) the following day. They will summer at the farm before resuming their action in fall campaign.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Venus Line springs surprise in Hakodate

Venus Line, the longest shot in the field of 13, sprung a big surprise in Hakodate feature when the Fuji Kiseki mare stormed home in the Hakodate Sprint Stakes(g3) Sunday afternoon.

It was a devastating burst of run that she blew past She is Tosho and Blue Shotgun within 100 meters from home on her way to winning the 1,200 meters in 1 minute 9.1 seconds by a 2 1/2-length. She is Tosho ran second, a 1/2-length before Blue Shotgun. The winning rider was Shinichi Akiyama.

Venus Line paid 7,740 yen for win. The 12-6-11 trifecta returned a huge amount of 306,260 yen for 100 yen.

Trained by Noriyuki Hori and owned by Turf Sport, Venus Line is a 5-year-old daughter of the Park Regent mare Hokuto Pendant. Her career earnings increased to more than 126 million yen with 6 wins in 27 starts. Sakai Bokujo in Urakawa, Hokkaido is the breeder of the winning mare.

The Radio Nikkei Sho(g3), a Fukushima feature was won by Tamamo Support, who took up the running while entering the stretch and went on to winning the 1,800 meters in 1 minute 50.5 seconds. A 2-length behind the winner, Song of Wind came in second with Stella Madlade another nose back in third.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Japanese Dance at Hollywood Park

Congratulations on Dance in the Mood's sensational victory in CashCall Mile Saturday afternoon at Hollywood Park!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

She is Tosho favorite in Hakodate

As of Saturday, She is Tosho has been installed as the odds-on favorite(1.9/9-10) for the Hakodate Sprint Stakes(g3) at Hakodate Racecourse on Sunday. The 6-year-old mare seeks her third Hakodata Sprint victory in three consecutive years. Symboli Gran(IRE) was the second favorite at 4.3/33-10, followed by Precious Café third favorite(9.3/83-10). The post time for the Hakodate Sprint will be at 3:25 p.m. Due to Daiwa Passion’s scratch, the field is reduced to 13.

On the same day, Fukushima hosts the Radio Nikkei Sho, a grade three 1,800-meter event for 3-year-olds, in which the 16 runners will start. Song of Wind, a good performer on the lower level, who faces the grade company for the first time, has been installed as the early favorite at 2.5/3-2. Asakusa Z Ki was the second favorite at 7.2/31-5 followed by Tosho Scirocco third favorite 8.4/37-5.