Monday, December 25, 2006

Deep Impact triumph in farewell race

The great crowd turned up Sunday afternoon at Nakayama Racecourse to see Deep Impact’s final run, and the colt did not disappoint them. The 4-year-old colt gained the Arima Kinen(G1) victory in great style.
Yutaka Take, who rode the colt for each race he ran, was the winning rider to stop the clock in 1 minute 31.9 seconds at the winning post to spare 3 lengths. Pop Rock was a 3/4-length better than third-placed Daiwa Major to take second. Dream Passport was fourth with Meisho Samson fifth in the field of 14.

After ranking far off the pace in the early stages, Deep Impact began to pick up ground on the final bend to get down to business. Coming into the final stretch, Take drove him into contention. Outside 200 meters from home, Deep Impact quickened up into front as Take drew a whip. The rest were left behind.

Deep Impact has now collected the seventh grade one title and ended his glorious career with record of 14-12-1-0 and more than 1.45 billion yen in career earnings for trainer Yasuo Ikee and owner Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co.Ltd.
Deep Impact, a 4-year-old bay colt by Sunday Silence out of the Alzao mare Wind In Her Hair, who has been syndicated for 5.1 billion yen(60 shares), will now be retired to stud at Shadai Stallion Station.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Update on Arima Kinen

Deep Impact concluded his glorious career with victory in the Arima Kinen(G1) Sunday afternoon at Nakayama. The Sunday Silence colt won it by a 3-length from Pop Rock. Third, another 3/4-length back, was Daiwa Major with Dream Passport fourth in the 14-horse field.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Field set for Arima Kinen

The field is set for the 2006 edition of the Arima Kinen(known as the Grand Prix), held this Sunday at Nakayama. The 14 contestants will go to the post for the 2,500-meter premier event. The field in post position order with weights(in kgs) and jockeys is:

1 POP ROCK h5 57 O.Peslier
2 DELTA BLUES h5 57 Y.Iwata
3 DREAM PASSPORT c3 55 H.Uchida
4 DEEP IMPACT c4 57 Y.Take
5 DAIWA MAJOR h5 57 K.Ando
6 SWEEP TOSHO m5 55 K.Ikezoe
7 COSMO BULK h5 57 F.Igarashi
8 MEISHO SAMSON c3 55 M.Ishibashi
9 TOSHO KNIGHT h5 57 T.Bushizawa
10 ADMIRE MAIN c3 55 Y.Shibata
11 SWIFT CURRENT h5 57 N.Yokoyama
12 ADMIRE FUJI c4 57 K.Take
13 WIN GENERALE h6 57 M.Ebina
14 TOSEN SHANA O c3 55 M.Katsuura
The post time will be at 3:25 p.m.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

2006 Arima Kinen nominations

A total of 16 runners have been on the nomination list of the Arima Kinen(G1) to be run this Sunday at Nakayama. The Arima is the biggest finale race of the year in JRA calendar and its starters are basically decided based on public voting poll.
The major players are: Admire Moon, Daiwa Major, Deep Impact, Delta Blues, Dream Passport and Pop Rock.

Brief 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.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Field for Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes

A field for the 2006 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes(G1) has been drawn. The 15 juvenile colts will go to post for the 1,600-meter turf event at Nakayama on Sunday. The field in post position order with jockeys is:

1 Jungle Techno H.Shii
2 Gold Aguli K.Ando
3 Dream Journey M.Ebina
4 Meiner Rainier M.Matsuoka
5 Meiner Sanibel K.Tanaka
6 Arromanches M.Katsuura
7 Flying Apple(USA) H.Kitamua
8 Admire Hokuto N.Yokoyama
9 Laurel Guerreiro M.Honda
10 A Shin B L(USA) H.Miyuki
11 Osumi Daido O.Peslier
12 Meiner Segal H.Goto
13 Coreles Racer Y.Shibata
14 Admire Head Y.Iwata
15 Meiner Fogo H.Uchida
All starters carry 55 kgs.
The post time will be at 3:25 p.m.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Vodka storms home in Juvenile Fillies

Vodka stormed home on the outside to land the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in last stride Sunday afternoon at renovated Hanshin Racecourse. Hirofumi Shii took the winning mount. The final time for the 1,600 meters on grass was 1 minute 33.1 seconds.

Heavy favorite Aston Machan made headway in the stretch and looked set to wrap things up. But, inch by inch, fourth favorite Vodka crept up after Shii switched her to the outside. Apparently, the better run of the two was Vodka. She just got up home in the nick of time. Beaten by a neck, Aston Machan ran for second. Third place, a 3 1/2-length further back, was second favorite Luminous Harbor, who led the field of 18 fillies before giving way in the stretch.