Monday, March 20, 2006

D Impact toys rivals in Daishoten


Deep Impact toyed 8 rivals with an easy victory in the Hanshin Daishoten(g2) Sunday at Hanshin Racecourse. As usual, Yutaka Take held the heavy favorite far back of the 9-horse field going 3,000 meters on turf. But once shifting into top gear with less than 1,000 meters to go, he picked up ground going around the final bend. During his swift move, the remainders looked like they were standing. Right before entering the stretch, Deep Impact took up the running and then cantered the rest of the way for a 3 1/2-length victory in 3 minutes 8.8 seconds. Tokai Trick, who led the field for the most of the way, hung on taking second with Delta Blues following in third place.

Exciting finish in Spring S
A thrilling three-way finish has been produced Sunday afternoon at Nakayama in the Spring Stakes(g2). The winner went to Meisho Samson, who beat Fusaichi Richard by a neck with Dream Passport finishing another nose back in third. The three will meet again in the Satsuki Sho three weeks later.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Deep Impact makes 2006 debut in Hanshin


Deep Impact, 2005 Triple Crown winner, makes his 2006 debut on Sunday when he faces eight rivals in the 3,000-meter Hanshin Daishoten at Hanshin. Unfortunately, his winning streak was snapped in last December. His sole defeat came in the Arima Kinen at the hand of Heart’s Cry, who finished a 1/2-length front. No doubt he will be the one to keep eyes on in the race. Another fabulous season could be ahead of him.

Fusaichi Richard tops the field of 16 three-year-olds in the Spring Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday. His strong front running could be seen in the 1,800-meter test. Dream Passport and Meisho Samson, who finished first and second in the Kisaragi Sho respectively, could be a threat to him.

A total of 21 runners have been nominated for the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, a G1 sprint event held at Chukyo on Sunday, March 26.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Moon makes big step


Admire Moon made a big step toward the first classic Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) when he won the Yoyai Sho(g2) in 2 minutes 1.5 seconds Sunday afternoon at Nakayama over 2,000 meters on turf. Glorious Week took second followed by Deep Air third in the field of 10 three-year-old colts. Yutaka Take was the winning rider. Trained by Hiroyuki Matsuda and owned by Riichi Kondo, Admire Moon(End Sweep – My Katies, by Sunday Silence) picked up the 5th win in 6 career starts with more than 166 million yen in earnings.

A day before Admire Moon’s half-length victory in the Yayoi Sho, the same connection gained a grade three victory as Admire Kiss came out on top in the Tulip Sho with a neck victory over Shells Lei at Hanshin. The Sunday Silence filly completed the 1,600-meter in 1 minute 36.5 seconds under the hand of Yutaka Take.