Sunday, December 23, 2007

Matsurida Gogh upsets Arima

Unplaced in the Tenno Sho Autumn on last outing, ninth pick Matsurida Gogh won the Arima Kinen by a 1 1/4-length from Daiwa Scarlet on Sunday afternoon. It was one of the biggest upsetting victories in the history of JRA racing. Third, another 2 1/2-length behind, was Daiwa Major with Roc de Cambes fourth and Pop Rock fifth. The winning rider was Masayoshi Ebina. Final time for the 2,500-meter trip was 2 minutes 33.60 seconds on good ground.

Ebina had Matsurida Gogh raced at third spot before hitting into the front going into the final stretch. Daiwa Scarlet hung on tough at second slot, but, by the time Ebina and his colt reached the last 200-meter mark, they had a clear lead, and then drew away from the rest.

Matsurida Gogh, trained by Sakae Kunieda and owned by F.Takahashi, has now won seven of his 16 races with more than 388 million yen in career earnings. Okada Stud was the breeder of the Sunday Silence 4-year-old colt out of the Bel Bolide mare Paper Rain.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Stage set for 2007 Arima Kinen

The stage is set for the Arima Kinen for which 16 horses have been entered. The post time for the 2,500-meter turf event will be at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, December 23.
The post position order is as follows:

1 Meisho Samson 4c 57 Yutaka Take
(Opera House - My Vivien, by Dancing Brave)
2 Dream Passport 4c 57 Jun Takada
(Fuji Kiseki - Grace Land, by Tony Bin)
3 Matsurida Gogh 4c 57 Masayoshi Ebina
(Sunday Silence - Paper Rain, by Bel Bolide)
4 Daiwa Major 6h 57 Mirco Demuro
(Sunday Silence - Scarlet Bouquet, by Northern Taste)
5 Legolas 6h 57 Yoshitomi Shibata
(Sunday Silence - Carling Garde, by Royale)
6 Pop Rock 6h 57 Olivier Peslier
(Helissio - Pops, by Sunday Silence)
7 Daiwa Scarlet 3f 53 Katsumi Ando
(Agnes Tachyon - Scarlet Bouquet, by Northern Taste)
8 Roc de Cambes(NZ) 3c 53 Michael Kinane
(Red Ransom - Fairy Lights, by Fairy King)
9 Sun Zeppelin 3c 55 Hiroshi Kitamura
(Tenby - Plant Ogygian, by Ogygian)
10 Fusaichi Pandora 4f 55 Shinji Fujita
(Sunday Silence - Lotta Lace, by Nureyev)
11 Cosmo Bulk 6h 57 Masami Matsuoka
(Zagreb - Iseno Tosho, by Tosho Boy)
12 Inti Raimi 5h 57 Yuichi Fukunaga
(Special Week - Andes Lady, by Northern Taste)
13 Delta Blues 6h 57 Yuga Kawada
(Dance in the Dark - Dixie Splash, by Dixieland Band)
14 Higher Game 6h 57Christophe Lemaire
(Sunday Silence - Fanjica, by Law Society)
15 Chosan 5h 57 Norihiro Yokoyama
(Dance in the Dark - Stay Young, by Soccer Boy)
16 Vodka 3f 53 Hirofumi Shii
(Tanino Gimlet - Tanino Sister, by Rousillon)

Brief history of Arima Kinen
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.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Goshawk Ken goes all the way in Asahi Hai Futurity S

Goshawk Ken(USA) made all the running to win the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds Sunday afternoon at Nakayama. Masaki Katsuura steered the winner, completing the 1,600-meter trip in 1 minute 33.50 seconds on firm ground. Second, a 2 1/2-length behind, was Let's Go Kirishima with Captain Thule another neck back third.

Goshawk Ken, a Bernstein colt out of the Grand Slam mare Allthewaybaby, has now won 2 in 3 starts for trainer M.Saito and owner Y.Fujita. His earnings improved to more than 72 million yen. Four Horsemen's Ranch in US is the breeder of the dark bay colt.

Friday, December 07, 2007

2007 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes

The Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes field has been drawn. The main contenders of the top 2-year-old race could be Apollo Dolce(USA), Captain Thule, A Shin Forward(USA) and Suzu Jupiter.
The post time for the Nakayama 1,600-meter turf event will be at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, December 9.

1 Goshawk Ken(USA)(by Bernstein) c 55 kgs Masaki Katsuura
2 Ceres Hunt(by Coronado's Quest) c 55 Masayoshi Ebina
3 Let's Go Kirishima(by Mejiro Ryan) c 55 Hideaki Miyuki
4 Dream Signal(byt Agnes Digital) c 55 Christophe Lemaire
5 Gingei(by New England) c 55 Hiroshi Kitamura
6 Win Trigger(by Star of Cozzene) c 55 Hirofumi Shii
7 Captain Thule(by Agnes Tachyon) c 55 Yuga Kawada
8 Fortune Word(by Dehere) f 54 Masami Matsuoka
9 Suzu Jupiter(by Tanino Gimlet) c 55 Yoshitomi Shibata
10 A Shin Forward(USA)(by Forest Wildcat) c 55 Yuichi Fukunaga
11 Yamanin Kingly(by Agnes Digital) c 55 Yutaka Take
12 Million Wave(by Fuji Kiseki) c 55 Futoshi Komaki
13 Smart Gang(by Grass Wonder) c 55 Yasunari Iwata
14 Apollo Dolce(USA)(by Officer) c 55 Hiroki Goto
15 Dream Gardener(by Twining) c 55 Hayato Yoshida
8 16 Subject(by Fuji Kiseki) c 55 Katsumi Ando

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Toll Poppy produces good stride in Juvenile Fillies

Toll Poppy, ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe, produced a superb late stride to win the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies(g1) Sunday afternoon at Hanshin Racecourse. In the 1,600-meter top 2-year-old filly race, the Jungle Pocket filly gained the neck victory from Reve d'Amour, getting home in 1 minute 33.80 seconds on firm ground.

Toll Poppy, out of the Sunday Silence mare Admire Sunday, has now won 2 in 4 starts with 2 seconds and more than 73 million yen in earnings. Bred by Northern Farm, the bay filly is owned by Carrot Farm. Her trainer Katsuhiko Sumii gained the second Juvenile Fillies victory in two years following last year with Vodka.