Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Foreign nominees for Sprinters S

The four foreign nominees for the Sprinters Stakes, the sixth leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, at Nakayama on October 1 are:

Les Arcs(USA) and Benbaun(IRE) of England, Silent Witness(AUS) of Hong Kong, Takeover Target(AUS) of Australia

Monday, August 28, 2006

Top Gun Joe wins Niigata Kinen in exciting finish

More than a 2-month layoff was not a setback for Top Gun Joe, who won the 2,000-meter Niigata Kinen(g3) under the good hands of Hiroki Goto Sunday at Niigata.
Goto switched Top Gun Joe to the outmost lane, running just off the stand side rail through the stretch.

“The pace was relatively slow, but he settled very well in the rear and was all out in the stretch. “, said Goto.

Inside the 200 meter out, the 4-year-old colt got into the front in the process crossing the line first in 1 minute 57.2 seconds.
Before a neck victory, Top Gun Joe had to deny the serious challenges from second-placed Sanrei Jasper and third-placed Vita Rose, who separated by a neck at the line.

The Niigata Kinen field was reduced to 17 because of Thaw Your Frost’s scratch immediately before the post time.

A come-from-behind victory for Cheerful Smile in Keeneland Cup

The chance of late runners improves when the race goes on at the strong pace. That’s exactly what happened on Sunday at Sapporo Racecourse as Cheerful Smile gained a come-from-behind victory in the Keeneland Cup(g3).
Yasunari Iwata-steered Cheerful Smile, the fourth favorite in the field, stormed home for her first grade success. Final time was 1 minute 8.4 seconds for 1,200 meters on grass.

Iwata said, “She produced an explosive turn of foot. The strong pace was very suitable for her.”

Taking up the running at top stretch, race favorite She is Tosho got a clear lead but faltered late to finish second, beaten a 1/2-length by the winner.
It was another neck behind that Venus Line got third with another nose back Blue Shotgun following in fourth.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

She is Tosho favored in Keeneland Cup

In major support of the public bettors, She is Tosho has been installed, as of Saturday, as the heavy favorite of 2.1 when she faces the 15 opponents in the Keeneland Cup(g3) on Sunday at Sapporo Racecourse.

In the meantime, the wide-open Niigata Kinen is scheduled to be run Sunday at 3:45 p.m. at Niigata Racecourse.

Swift Current has been installed as the favorite at odds of 3.9 for the 2,000-meter handicap. With win on Sunday, he would wrap up the title of Summer 2000 Series. As of Saturday, Top Gun Joe was the second favorite at 5.0. Eishin Niizan was the 6.4 third favorite. The fourth favorite was Nishino Nurse Call at 7.5 followed by Osumi Grass One at 8.1.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Sunday's JRA Graded Races

The Niigata Kinen, a grade three handicap for 3-year-olds and upward, will be run Sunday at 3:45 p.m. The field, in post positions with weights(in kgs) and jockeys, for the 2,000-meter turf event, lines up as follows:

1 Thaw Your Frost 54 MTanaka
2 Lord Flag 53 TBushizawa
3 Nishino Nurse Call 52 YYoshida
4 Sidewider 58 KHasegawa
5 Top Gun Joe 57 HGoto
6 Nike Germane(USA) 52 IMurata
7 Shaadi Nice 49 TOno
8 Sanrei Jasper 51 TSato
9 Eishin Niizan 53 MEbina
10 Yamanin Alabaster 55 YShibata
11 Asakusa Kininaru(USA) 54 KTanaka
12 Osumi Grass One 57 HShii
13 Yamaninmerveilleux 53 MKatsuura
14 Tagano My Bach 56 ENakadate
15 Daiwa Raiders 57 NOnishi
16 Vita Rosa 58 HUemura
17 Trillion Cut(USA) 53 JOno
18 Swift Current 57 YFukunaga

The Keeneland Cup(g3) for 3-year-olds and up has the 16 entrants, who travel 1,200 meters on Sapporo main course. The post positions with weights(in kgs) and jockeys are:

1 Cosmo Lovesick 56 JSerizawa
2 Venus Line 54 SAkiyama
3 Meiner Solomon 56 ATsumura
4 Tsurugaoka Hayate 56 NYokoyama
5 Moere Espoir 56 FIgarashi
6 Thor Hammer 56 KAndo
7 Precious Cafe 56 YShibayama
8 Copano Fujin 56 SFujita
9 Samson Happy 56 HMatoba
10 Blue Shotgun 56 YFujioka
11 More Than Best(USA) 54 TKikuzawa
12 Gallant Arrow 56 KTake
13 Dance of Salome 54 MHonda
14 She is Tosho 55 KIkezoe
15 Daiwa Memphis 56 HKitamura
16 Cheerful Smile 54 YIwata
The post time will be at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Moon rises in Sapporo

Admire Moon made a big step toward fall campaign when the only 3-year-old in the field of 15 won the Sappro Kinen(G2) under Yutaka Take Sunday afternoon at Sapporo Racecourse. The End Sweep colt worked his way from the rear, and established the fastest finish of 33.5 seconds in the last 600 meters, winning it in 2 minutes 0.3 seconds for the 2,000-meter trip.

Take said, "I wished he could achieve his best run on the firm ground. That's exactly what happened. He is the top-rated colt of his generation that he displayed today."

In the very final stage, Take and Admire Moon, who were in the rear rank for a long time, shot out from Les Clefs d'Or with Machikane Kirara laboring on the inside. From this point, favorite Admire Moon was running as the strongest of the three. At the line he secured the verdict by a length from Les Clefs d'Or, who resisted Machikane Kirara's late effort by a half length.

According to trainer Matsuda, Admire Moon is scheduled to go straight forward to the Tenno Sho Autumn.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

M Kirara favorite in Sapporo

Machikane Kirara, who seeks his first grade victory, has been installed as the early favorite for the Sapporo Kinen at odds of 3.1(21-10). After closing Saturday betting round, Admire Moon was the second favorite at 3.2(11-5). The third favorite went to Erimo Harrier at 6.0(5-1) followed by Silk Famous at 9.2(41-5). The rest of the field was 10.0(9-1) or higher.

Because of Blue Tornade's scratch, the Sapporo Kinen field was reduced to 15.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Field set for Sapporo Kinen

The stage is set for the Sapporo Kinen, a feature race for Sapporo Sunday meeting. The post positions with weight(in kgs) and jockeys for the 2,000-meter grade two are as follows:

1 Spring Sion 57 JSerizawa
2 Bullet Lane 57 TKikuzawa
3 Fast Tateyama 57 KTake
4 Shake My Heart 57 YShibayama
5 Blue Tornade 57 SAkiyama
6 Safety Emperor 57 KHasegawa
7 Les Clefs d'Or 55 SFujita
8 Machikane Kirara 57 NYokoyama
9 Tiger Cafe 57 NSugai
10 Shilk Famous 57 FIgarashi
11 Admire Moon 54 YTake
12 Great Journey TSato
13 Tagano Dangerous 57 YIwata
14 Erimo Harrier 57 KAndo
15 Mayano Raijin 57 HShii
16 My Sole Sound 57 MHonda

The post time will be at 3:25 p.m.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Daring Heart takes Queen Stakes

Daring Heart picked up her second victory in 15 starts when she won the Queen Stakes(g3) Sunday afternoon at Sapporo. Under the hand of Shinji Fujita, the Sunday Silence filly took up the running in the top-stretch, and went on winning the 1,800-meter race for fillies and mares in 1 minute 46.7 seconds.

Yamanin Sucre came with a good rally, but her effort to get home proved of no avail, finishing a 1 3/4-length behind the winner in second, with Les Clefs d’Or another neck away third in the field of 14.

“The point was that I had to race her in good harmony. She stuck to a good pace and I thought things would work out when I was in good hand.”, said Fujita. “She got off a good start toward fall campaign.”

Cosmo Fortune upsets Kitakyushu

Cosmo Fortune, aggressively ridden by Koichi Tsunoda, gained an upset victory in the 1,200-meter Kitakyushu Kinen(g3) at the Kokura Sunday meeting. The 4-year-old filly won it in 1 minute 8 seconds by a 1 3/4-length from Golden Cast, who beat Homan Tequila by a neck in second place.

Going around the final bend, Tsunoda angled in as the rest took the wide turn. That gave Cosmo Fortune the sole lead when she came into the stretch, and worked her way into the winning post.

Tsunoda said, “She did break well and had a good race at front with taking advantage of the light weight. The leading contenders, I thought, took the wide turn, so I brought her to the inside. She has not performed well at a shorter trip before, but I am very pleased with this win."

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Favorite for Queen Stakes is Yamanin Sucre

After closing Saturday betting round, Yamanin Sucre, winner of the Nakayama Himba Stakes(g3) three starts back, has been installed as the early favorite for the Queen Stakes(g3) at odds of 4.0(3-1). Fukushima Himba S(g3) heroine Lofty Aim was the second favorite at 5.3(43-10). Meine Samantha, who is likely to set the pace for the 1,800-meter trip, was at 6.0(5-1) for third favorite, followed by Daring Heart at 6.6(28-5) and Blumenblatt at 8.0(7-1). The rest of the field was 10.0(9-1) or higher.

The early favorite for the Kitakyushu Kinen(g3) was Maruka Kiseki(4.0/3-1), who seeks his first grade success. Homan Tequila was the second favorite at 4.2(16-5). The third favorite was Sachino Sweetie at 6.8(29-5) followed by Limitless Bid at 9.7(87-10). The rest of the field was 10.0(9-1) or higher.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Sunday's JRA Graded Races

Sunday sees a couple of JRA graded stakes, the Queen Stakes(g3) at Sapporo and the Kitakyushu Kinen(g3) at Kokura.

The 14 fillies and mares will compete the Queen Stakes, going over 1,800 meters on turf. The post positions with weights(in kgs) and jockeys are as follows:

1 Cheerful Smile 55 NYokoyama
2 Touch the Peak 52 YIwata
3 Les Clefs d'Or 55 YShibayama
4 Yamanin Sucre 55 HShii
5 Coreless Patio 55 TKikuzawa
6 Azuma Sanders 55 YFujioka
7 Lofty Aim 55 FIgarashi
8 Madonna Bravo 52 STakai
9 Daring Heart 55 SFujita
10 Tosen Jo O 55 HKitamura
11 Meine Samanth 55 KAndo
12 Blumenblatt 52 SKawashima
13 Choufleur 55 ATsumura
14 Hozan Glamour 55 SKato
It looks like a wide-open contest. The post time will be at 3:25 p.m.

The Kitakyushu Kinen has the 14 contestants. The post positions with weight(in kgs) and jockeys for the 1,200-meter turf are as follows:

1 Sachino Sweetie 52 NSuzuki
2 Cosmo Fortune 52 KTsunoda
3 Loulan Genereux(GB) 53 MTanaka
4 Eishin Hebe 53 RSameshima
5 Limitless Bid 58 YKawada
6 Maruka Kiseki 57.5 KSameshima
7 Ribbon Air 52 MIshibashi
8 Golden Cast 58 FKomaki
9 Spinning Noir 54 HUemura
10 Homan Tequila 56 TSato
11 K S Strong 51 KAkagi
12 Tamamo Hot Play 57 KWatanabe
13 Tagano Bastille 53 KIkezoe
14 Mayano Shadow 54 H
The post time will be at 3:35 p.m. The Kitakyushu Kinen is the third leg of the 2006 Summer Sprint Series.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Camphor upsets Sekiya

The wide-open Sekiya Kinen(g3) has sprung the surprise and 14th favorite Camphor Best was the hero of the hour for the Niigata Sunday feature. Teruo Eda-piloted Camphor Best got his head front in the stretch, winning the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 32.5 seconds, by a 3/4-length; one and a half lengths behind second-placed Daiwa Bandit, favorite Telegnosis was third in the field of 18. The long-shot bettors rewarded with the 13-11-3 triffecta returning 491,010 yen for 100 yen.

"He had a smooth run at mid-field despite the pace was slow, and he responded very well in the stretch.", said Eda. "He was in good shape. That's exactly what I was told before the race."

Nishino Charmy with Hirofumi Shii aboard displayed a strong stretch run to take the Hakodate Nisai Stakes(g3) for 2-year-olds at Hakodate. The daughter of Sakura Bakushin O won it by a 1 1/4-length from Laurel Guerreiro with Chartreuse another neck away third. The winning time for the 1,200-meter turf was 1 minute 10.3 seconds.

"She was full of fight. My concern was her high temperament before the start. Nevertheless, she acted well in the race.", Shii said and added, "At the turn for home, insided horses stopped, so I thought we were going to win easily. I am looking forward to showing a good run in the future."

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Peer Bynt favored in Sekiya Kinen

As of Saturday, Peer Gynt has been installed as the early favorite for the Sekiya Kinen(g3) at odds of 3.3(23-10). Telegnosis was the second favorite at 4.4(17-5). The third favorite was Sidewinder at 7.1 followed by Yamanin Alabaster 7.2 and Wadi Rum 9.3(83-10). The rest of the field was 10.0(9-1) or higher. Peer Gynt is looking for the first victory since taking the Shinzan Kinen(g3) in January 2005, while Telegnosis attempts to end his losing streak. Sidewider is the winner of this event last year.

After ending Saturday betting round, A Shin Darmson(USA) has been installed as the 3.8(1405) favorite for the Hakodate Nisai Stakes(g3) at Hakodate Racecourse. Imperfect was the 4.8(19-5) second favorite followed by Zetto Kirk(GB) 6.2(26-5) and Charlotte Noir 7.5(13-29). The rest of the field was 10.0(9-1) or higher.

Friday, August 04, 2006

JRA Grade Races on Aug.06

Sunday sees the Sekiya Kinen(g3) for 3yo+ at Niigata Racecourse. The 18 runners will contend the 1,600-meter turf. It could be the wide-open affair.

The field of 16 juveniles is set to run for the Hakodate Nisai Stakes, the first JRA grade event of the year for 2-year-olds, at Hakodate over 1,200-meter on grass.