Friday, November 30, 2007

2007 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies


Sunday sees the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies for which a maximum field of 18 was set. The post time for the 1,600-meter top race for 2-year-old fillies at Hanshin will be at 3:40 p.m. JST. The field is as follows:

1 Valiant Lady(War Emblem) Ryuji Wada
2 Trust Purple(Meiner Love) Katsuharu Tanaka
3 Reginetta(French Deputy) Yutaka Take
4 Aroma Candle(French Deputy) Shinji Fujita
5 Nishino Garland(Mejiro Ryan) Edgar Prado
6 Challenge(Tenby) Issei Murata
7 Meine Blitz(Paradise Creek) Yuga Kawada
8 Heart of Queen(Jolie's Halo) Jiro Ono
9 Reve d'Amour(Falbrav) Yusuke Fujioka
10 Aim at Vip(Agnes Digital) Yuichi Fukunaga
11 Odile(Kurofune) Katsumi Ando
12 Graf(Mejiro Bright) Kohei Kitamura
13 Karei Jasmine(Tayasu Tsuyoshi) Hiroshi Kitamura
14 L'Archetto(Falbrav) Stephane Pasquier
15 Tall Poppy(Jungle Pocket) Kenichi Ikezoe
16 Yamakatsu Orchid(Dance in the Dark) Douglas Whyte
17 Eishin Panther(Coronado's Quest) Yasunari Iwata
18 F T Maia(Fuji Kiseki) Masayoshi Ebina
All starters carry 54kgs.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thrilling finish for 2007 Japan Cup; Admire Moon triumph


It will be all remembered as a magnificent finish for the Japan Cup, held today at Tokyo Racecourse. Admire Moon won by a head from Pop Rock, with another neck back Meisho Samson third and Vodka only a length away in fourth.

Surprisingly, Chosan led a parade of 18 horses with the opening 1,000 meters in 60.10 seconds. As the field entered the stretch, they bunched up and formed in a big pack.

Within 200 meters from home, the great thrill began when the four horses drew out.
Yasunari Iwata forced Admire Moon to take on the inside lane, passing Chosan and taking over. Pop Rock, ridden by Olivier Peslier, came on the middle and crept inch by inch with Yutaka Take on Meisho Samson challenging on the outside. On the further outside, Vodka, with Hirofumi Shii on her back, gained ground.

They fought for the biggest honor and purse in Japanese racing history, but the last stride carried Admire Moon remaining the front, and he held on to win the race in 2 minutes 24.70 seconds.

It was Admire Moon's first victory under the new color of Darley Japan Farm Co. Ltd. and the Hiroyoshi Matsuda-trained 4-year-old colt has now earnings of more than 1.18 billion yen with a record of 17-10-2-2. Norhtern Racing was the breeder of the bay colt by End Sweep out of the Sunday Silence mare My Katies.

Admire Moon will be retired, his owner revealed after the race.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

2007 Japan Cup preview


Meisho Samson is likely to get a lot of support for the favorite in the Japan Cup, which will award the 253+ million yen prize to the winner. The 4-year-old Opera House colt has had his fabulous campaign this year, winning 4 of his 5 races with a couple of g1 successes. His sole loss(second finish) came at the hand of Admire Moon in the Takarazuka Kinen in June.

Japanese Derby heroine Vodka, who has recovered from a minor leg problem, could produce her top game at her favored course. It would be no surprise to see that she gets up to the line for the winning affair.

Others to watch include dual g1 winner Admire Moon, Pop Rock, Inti Raimi and Dream Passport.

Vermilion wins JCD in record time


Vermilion, ridden by Yutaka Take, produced a great stretch run to win the Japan Cup Dirt(g1) at Tokyo on Saturday afternoon. Sending off the 2.3 favorite, the 5-year-old horse came home in 2 minutes 6.70 seconds for the new course record of 2,100 meters on dirt.
Field Rouge, a 1 1/4-length behind, was second place. Another 3 1/2-length back Sunrise Bacchus was third with Meisho Toko another 1 1/4-length further back in fourth.

US hope Student Council(USA), the 7.2 third favorite, finished 8th, while Jack Sullivan(USA) and Kandidate(GB) finished 12th and 15th respectively.

Outside 200 meters from home, Field Rouge drew away from the pack on the inside and was going well. But Vermilion with a great gallop was cruising up on the outside to challenge, and the gap narrowed as he made at every stride. Obviously, the stronger stride of the two was Vermillion. When Take asked him for the final effort, he just flew past Field Rouge.

Yutaka Take has now ridden the fourth Japan Cup Dirt winner, while trainer Sei Ishizaka won his second JCD victory following Alondite last year.

Vermilion, by El Condor Pasa out of the Sunday Silence mare Scarlet Lady, raced under the color of Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. with a record of 20-9-3-0. His career earnings improved to 571+ million yen. Northern Farm was the breeder of the darkbay horse.

Friday, November 23, 2007

2007 Japan Cup Dirt preview


Vermilion makes his third start of the season when he faces against 15 rivals in the Japan Cup Dirt at Tokyo on Saturday afternoon. The 5-year-old El Condor Pasa horse is coming off an impressive 4-length victory in the JBC Classic at NRA Ohi after getting a good fourth-placed finish in the Dubai World Cup in late-March. Certainly, he could be the one to keep an eye on.

The leading opponent to Vermilion will be Dragon Fire, who is in the middle of 4 winning streak with Sirius Stakes victory on his last outing. This could be a real test for the 3-year-old colt to face the top company for the first time.

The other to watch will be Student Council(USA), one of the 3 foreign entries. Having won the Pacific Classic Stakes, the 5-year-old Kingmambo horse seeks the extra prize in the Japan Cup Dirt. The victory would give him a 133+ million yen first prize plus a 100 million yen bonus.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Stage set for 2007 Japan Cup


The stage is set to run for the 2007 Japan Cup. 18 horses will go to post for the premier event at Tokyo. The post time will be at 3:20 p.m. JST on Sunday, November 25.

The 27th running of the Japan Cup
Grade One
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Tokyo Race-10, 3:20 p.m. JST
3-year-olds and upwards, international
2,400 meters, turf, left-handed
Added money(in million yen):
1st; 250, 2nd; 100, 3rd; 63, 4th; 38, 5th; 25

pp/Horse/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Jockey
(pedigree)

1/Erimo Harrier/7g/57/Koshiro Take
(Generous - Erimo Hustler, by Bravest Roman)
2/Pop Rock/6h/57/Olivier Peslier
(Helissio - Pops, by Sunday Silence)
3/Cosmo Bulk/6h/57/Masami Matsuoka
(Zagreb - Iseno, by Tosho Tosho Boy)
4/Admire Moon/4c/57/Yasunari Iwata
(End Sweep - My Katies, by Sunday Silence)
5/Chosan/5h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
(Dance in the Dark - Stay Young, by Soccer Boy)
6/Victory/3c/55c/Christophe Lemaire
(Brian's Time - Grace Admire, by Tony Bin)
7/Papal Bull(GB)/4c/57/Ryan Moore
(Montjeu - Mialuna, by Zafonic)
8/Artiste Royal(IRE)/6h/57/Joe Talamo
(Danehill - Agathe, by Manila)
9/Inti Raimi/5h/57/Tetsuzo Sato
(Special Week - Andes Lady, by Northern Taste)
10/Meisho Samson/4c/57/Yutaka Take
(Opera House - My Vivien, by Dancing Brave)
11/Vodka/3f/53/Hirofumi Shii
(Tanino Gimlet - Tanino Sister, by Rousillon)
12/Fusaichi Pandora/4f/55/Shinji Fujita
(Sunday Silence - Lotta Lace, by Nureyev)
13/Hiraboku Royal/3c/55/Hiroki Goto
(Tanino Gimlet - Mars Violet, by Mr. Prospector)
14/Dream Passport/4c/57/Katsumi Ando
(Fuji Kiseki - Grace Land, by Tony Bin)
15/Rosenkreuz/5h/57/Yusuke Fujioka
(Sunday Silence - Rose Colour, by Shirley Heights)
16/Saddex(GB)/4c/57/Sorsten Mundry
(Sadler's Wells - Remote Romance, by Irish River)
17/Halicarnassus(IRE)/3c/55/Darryll.P.Holland
(Cape Cross - Launch Time, by Relaunch)
18/Delta Blues/6h/57/Yuga Kawada
(Dance in the Dark - Dixie Splash, by Dixieland Band)


2007 Japan Cup Dirt

Saturday sees the 2007 Japan Cup Dirt for which 16 horses have been entered.

The 8th running of the Japan Cup Dirt
Grade One
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tokyo Race-11, 3:20 p.m. JST
3-year-olds and upwards, international
2,100 meters, dirt, left-handed
Added money(in million yen):
1st; 130, 2nd; 52, 3rd; 33, 4th; 20, 5th; 13

1/Sunrise Bacchus/5h/57/Katsumi Ando
(Hennessy - Real Sapphire, by Real Shadai)
2/Student Council(USA)/5h/57/Richard Migliore
(Kingmambo - Class Kris, by Kris S.)
3/Kandidate(GB)/5h/57/Ryan Moore
(Kabool - Valleyrose, by Royal Academy)
4/Furioso/3c/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
(Brian's Time - Fursa, by Mr. Prospector)
5/Cafe Olympus(USA)/6h/57/Hiroki Goto
(Grand Slam - Cognac Lady, by Olympio)
6/Wild Wonder/5h/57/Yasunari Iwata
(Brian's Time - Waltz Dancer, by Sunday Silence)
7/Vermilion/5h/57/Yutaka Take
(El Condor Pasa - Scarlet Lady, by Sunday Silence)
8/Meisho Tokon/5h/57/Koshiro Take
(Mayano Top Gun - Lunar Sphere, by Jade Robbery)
9/Eishin Lombard(USA)/5h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
(Victory Gallop - Pacific City, by Carson City)
10/Wonder Speed/5h/57/Futoshi Komaki
(King Glorious - Wonder Heritage, by Pleasant Tap)
11/Field Rouge/5h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
(Croco Rouge - Mejiro Romer, by Lindo Shaver)
12/Dragon Fire/3c/55/Katsuharu Tanaka
(Brian's Time - Magical Woman, by Paradise Creek)
13/Blue Concorde/7h/57/Hideaki Miyuki
(Fusaichi Concorde - Ebisu Family, by Brian's Time)
14/Fusaichi Ho O/3c/55/Olivier Peslier
(Jungle Pocket - Admire Sunday, by Sunday Silence)
15/Jack Sullivan(USA)/6g/57/Edward Ahern
(Belong to Me - Provisions, by Devil's Bag)
16/Bonneville Record/5h/57/Yoshitomi Shibata
(Assatis - Daiwa Stan, by Maruzensky)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Brief history of Japan Cup


The Japan Cup was inaugurated in 1981 as the first international race in Japan. Since then, it has been successfully run and become the most famous Japanese race in the world. There are a number of premier runners from Europe, North America and other areas to have taken part in this race.

Japan Cup past winners with winning times and riders:

2006 DEEP IMPACT(by Sunday Silence) 2:25.10 Y.Take
2005 ALKAASED(by Kingmambo) 2:22.10 L.Dettori
2004 ZENNO ROB ROY(by Sunday Silence) 2:24.20 O.Peslier
2003 TAP DANCE CITY(by Pleasant Tap) 2:28.70 T.Sato
2002 FALBRAV(by Fairy King) 2:12.20* L.Dettori
2001 JUGLE POCKET(by Tony Bin) 2:23.80 O.Peslier
2000 T.M.OPERA O(by Opera House) 2:26.10 R.Wada
1999 SPECIAL WEEK(by Sunday Silence) 2:25.50 Y.Take
1998 EL CONDOR PASA(by Kingmambo) 2:25.90 M.Ebina
1997 PILSUDSKI(by Polish Precedent) 2:25.80 M.Kinane
1996 SINGSPIEL(by In the Wings) 2:23.80 L.Dettori
1995 LANDO(by Acatenango) 2:24.60 M.Roberts
1994 MARVELOUS CROWN(by Miswaki) 2:23.60 K.Minai
1993 LEGACY WORLD(by Mogami) 2:24.40 H.Kawachi
1992 TOKAI TEI-O(by Symboli Rudolf) 2:24.60 Y.Okabe
1991 GOLDEN PHEASANT(by Caro) 2:24.70 G.Stevens
1990 BETTER LOOSEN UP(by Loosen Up) 2:23.20 M.Clarke
1989 HORLICKS(by Three Legs) 2:22.20 L.O'Sullivan
1988 PAY THE BUTLER(by Val de I'Ome) 2:25.50 C.McCarron
1987 LE GLORIEUX(by Cure the Blues) 2:24.90 A.Lequeux
1986 JUPITER ISLAND(by St.Paddy) 2:25.00 P.J.Eddery
1985 SYMBOLI RUDOLF(by Partholon) 2:28.80 Y.Okabe
1984 KATSURAGI ACE(by Boysie Boy) 2:26.30 K.Nishiura
1983 STANERRA(by Guillaume Tell) 2:27.60 B.Rouse
1982 HALF ICED(by Hatchet Man) 2:27.10 D.MacBeth
1981 MAIRZY DOATES(by Nodouble) 2:25.30 C.Asmussen
* 2,200 meters at Nakayama turf


Brief history of Japan Cup Dirt

Tokyo hosted the first international dirt event in 2000 when the inaugural Japan Cup Dirt was held at the revue. The Dirt race, one of the two JRA g1 dirt events(other is February Stakes), has since then attracted many top-class dirt runners including foreign invaders.

Japan Cup Dirt past winners with winning times and jockeys

2006 ALONDITE(by El Condor Pasa) 2:08.50 H.Goto
2005 KANE HEKILI(by Fuji Kiseki) 2:08.00 Y.Take
2004 TIME PARADOX(by Brian's Time) 2:08.70 Y.Take
2003 FLEETSTREET DANCER(USA)(by Smart Strike) 2:09.20 J.Court
2002 EAGLE CAFE(USA)(by Gulch) 1:52.20* L.Dettori
2001 KUROFUNE(USA)(by French Deputy) 2:05.90 Y.Take
2000 WING ARROW(by Assatis) 2:07.20 Y.Okabe
* 1,800 meters at Nakayama dirt

Dylan Thomas out of Japan Cup


Dylan Thomas(IRE) was out of the 2007 Japan Cup due to failing to pass one of the quarantine tests. The 4-year-old colt took the EVA test twice in quarantine inspection, but no negative result has been observed. Because of that, no entry permit was given to him according to the requirement of health regulations agreed upon between Ireland and Japan.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

2007 Japan Cup nominations


This Saturday sees the 27th running of the Japan Cup Dirt at Tokyo Racecourse. A total of 22 horses including 6 foreign invitees have been nominated for the premier race.

On the previous day, the 8th Japan Cup Dirt with a total of 26 nominations including 3 foreign invaders will run at the venue.

Both races will draw on Thursday morning.

Note that all entries(except for foreign and NAR horses) in this weekend races(Nov. 23, 24 & 25) are subject to take flu examination.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Daiwa Major gains his second Mile CS victory


3.8 favorite in a 18-strong field, Daiwa Major defended his crown in the Mile Championship(g1)when he won the 1,600-meter race Sunday afternoon at Kyoto Racecourse. The 6-year-old Sunday Silence horse beat fourth favorite Super Hornet by a neck, with another half-length back Suzuka Phoenix third. Another neck behind, four-placed finish was Agnes Ark, followed by Company. The US entry, Becrux(ITY) made a mild rally in the stretch and finished 8th.

Under the aggressive hand of Katsumi Ando, Daiwa Major tracked the early pace, just behind the front two runners, and then powered to his way into front with 200 meters to go in the process of getting home in 1 minute 32.70 seconds for the winning time. Super Hornet stormed from the outside to challenge, but was not good enough to catch the winner.

This was the fifth g1 title of Daiwa Major, who has now registered 9 wins in 27 career starts for trainer Hiroyuki Uehara and owner Keizo Oshiro. With the 103+ million yen first prize of the Mile Championship, his career earnings boosted to more than 1 billion yen. Shadai Farm in Chitose, Hokkaido was the breeder of Daiwa Major out of the Northern Taste mare Daiwa Scarlet.

Friday, November 16, 2007

2007 Mile Championship preview


Daiwa Major, last year's winner, attempts to defend his title against 17 rivlas in the Mile Championship(g1) at Kyoto on Sunday. Coming off a disappointing 9th in the Tenno Sho Autumn(g1), the 6-year-old horse could get his top game at his favored distance. Agnes Ark and Company, second and third in the Tenno Sho Autumn, could be the main oppositions to Daiwa Major. The post time for the Mile Championship will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday.

1/Koiuta/4f/55/Hayato Yoshida
2/Eishin Dover(USA)/5h/57/Christophe Lemaire
3/King's Trail/5h/57/Yasunari Iwata
4/Meiner Segal/3c/56/Hiroki Goto
5/Lohengrin/8h/57/Koshiro Take
6/Fusaichi Richard/4c/57/Olivier Peslier
7/Super Hornet/4c/57/Yusuke Fujioka
8/Daiwa Major/6h/57/Katsumi Ando
9/Company/6h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
10/Tosho Courage/5h/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
11/Suzuka Phoenix/5h/57/Yutaka Take
12/Agnes Ark/4f/57/Shinji Fujita
13/Laurel Guerreiro/3c/56/Ryuji Wada
14/Pink Cameo/3f/54/Hirofumi Shii
15/Jolly Dance/6m/55/Yuga Kawada
16/Picaresque Coat/5h/57/Shinichiro Akiyama
17/Becrux(ITY)/5g/57/Ryan Moore
18/San Valentin/6h/57/Koichi Tsunoda

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Updated on 2007 Japan Cup invitees


Four Japan Cup invitees arrived this afternoon at Narita Airport as follows:

Dylan Thomas(IRE)
Halicarnassus(IRE)
Papal Bull(GB)
Saddex(GB)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Updated on 2007 Japan Cup


16 local entries remain for the 2007 Japan Cup in the final nomination stage as follows:

Admire Moon
Meisho Samson
Vodka
Victory
Pop Rock
Delta Blues
Cosmo Bulk
Fusaichi Pandora
Inti Raimi
Dream Passport
Rosenkreuz
Erimo Harrier
Chosan
Hiraboku Royal
Never Bouchon
Higher Game

Note that the 2007 Japan Cup Dirt has a total of 23 local entries.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Updated on 2007 Japan Cup & Japan Cup Dirt


Grand Couturier(GB) was out of the Japan Cup, while Student Council(USA), one of the Japan Cup Dirt invitees, arrived this afternoon at Narita Airport.

Monday, November 12, 2007

2007 Mile Championship


A total of 32 horses remain in the final nomination stage for the 2007 Mile Championship(g1).

Sunday, November 18, 2007
Kyoto Race-11
The 24th running of the Mile Championship
Grade one, 3-year-olds and upwards
1,600 meters, turf, right-handed


Japan sends two to HK International Races

Japan will send two horses to the 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races as follows:

Shadow Gate(JPN) for the HK Cup(g1)
Kongo Rikishio(IRE) for the HK Mile(g1)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Daiwa Scarlet wire-to-wire victory in QE II Cup


Daiwa Scarlet, ridden by Katsumi Ando and trained by Kunihide Matsuda, gained her third g1 success of the season when winning the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup with wire-to-wire fashion Sunday afternoon at Kyoto Racecourse.

In the absence of her archrival Vodka, Daiwa Scarlet brushed aside the top-rated runners with a splendid front-running style which gave her a 3/4-length victory for the biggest race in female division.

Fusaichi Pandora, with Christophe Lemaire sitting on her back for the first time, came up on the outside in the very final stage to challenge, but never collared the winner, finishing second, a 1 1/4-length in front of third place Sweep Tosho.

After setting the pace with the opening 1,000 meters in 60.60 seconds, Daiwa Scarlet covered the 2,200-meter trip in 2 minutes 11.90 seconds on firm ground.

Daiwa Scarlet, a 3-year-old daughter of Agnes Tachyon out of Scarlet Bouquet(by Northern Taste), has now earned 411+ million yen for K.Oshirro. Her career record improved to 8-6-2-0. Shadai Farm in Chitose, Hokkaido is the breeder of the chestnut filly.

Vodka out of QE II Cup


Vodka was out of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup due to limping on her right rear leg.

2007JCD: 2 invitees arrive in Japan


2 foreign invitees of the 2007 Japan Cup Dirt have arrived yesterday afternoon at Narita Airport as follows:

Jack Sullivan(USA)
Kandidate(GB)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

2007 QE II Cup preview


The two 3-year-old fillies, Daiwa Scarlet and Vodka, look to be the major players in the field of 14 for the 2007 Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup.
The two met three times this season. The first time they met was in the Tulip Sho where Vodka wore down Daiwa Scarlet by a neck. Daiwa Scarlet defeated Vodka by a 1 1/2-length in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas). The last time they met in the Shuka Sho, Daiwa Scarlet chased the pace to take the race in the stretch, while Vodka failed to show her top game and finished third. It could come down to a thrilling battle of Daiwa Scarlet and Vodka if they run their race, but several older females such as Sweep Tosho, Daring Heart and Asahi Rising are capable of upsetting the two top fillies.

Vodka favored in QE II Cup

On Saturday, Japanese Derby heroine Vodka has been installed as the early favorite for the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at odds of 2.1. Dual g1 winner Daiwa Scarlet was second favorite at 3.6 followed by multiple g1 winner Sweep Tosho at 9.0.

Friday, November 09, 2007

2007 QE II Cup draws


The Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup(g1) has been drawn. A total of 14 fillies and mares will go to post for the QE II Cup at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday. Vodka drew post 3 ,while Daiwa Scarlet drew post 7. The total value of the race is 176.38 million yen with 93+ million yen for the winner.
The field with post position order for the Kyoto 2,200-meter race is:

1/Daring Heart(by Sunday Silence)/5m/56/Shinji Fujita
2/Spring Drew(by Misil)/7m/56/Yuga Kawada
3/Vodka(by Tanino Gimlet)/3f/54/Hirofumi Shii
4/Sweep Tosho(by End Sweep)/6m/56/Kenichi Ikezoe
5/Robe Decollete(USA)(by Cozzene)/3f/54/Yuichi Fukunaga
6/Admire Kiss(by Sunday Silence)/4f/56/Yasunari Iwata
7/Daiwa Scarlet(by Anges Tachyon)/3f/54/Katsumi Ando
8/Dear Chance(by Taiki Shuttle)/6m/56/Norihiro Yokoyama
9/Asahi Rising(by Royal Touch)/4f/56/Yoshitomi Shibata
10/Taiki Madeleine(by Brian's Time)/4f/56/Futoshi Komaki
11/Cosmo Marvelous(by Fuji Kiseki)/5m/56/Yutaka Yoshida
12/Fusaichi Pandora(by Sunday Silence)/4f/56/Christophe Lemaire
13/Dia de la Novia(by Sunday Silence)/5m/56/Yutaka Take
14/Kiss to Heaven(by Admire Vega)/4f/56/Hideaki Miyuki

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

2007 Japan Cup: Foreign invitees


Foreign invitees of the 2007 Japan Cup decreased to 6 after Royal Highness(GER) and Red Rocks(IRE) were withdrawn from the most-famous Japanese race. The invitees are now:

*Artiste Royal(IRE)
Grand Couturier(GB)
Halicarnassus(IRE)
Papal Bull(GB)
Dylan Thomas(IRE)
Saddex(GB)
[in random order]

*In traveling company with Becrux, Artiste Royal arrived at Narita airport on Tuesday and was transferred to Shirai quarantine facility. Note that Becrux will run in the Mile Championship(g1), held at Kyoto on November 18.

Fitz Flag(ARG) was out of the Japan Cup Dirt, so 3 foreigners remain on the invitation list of the dirt event as follows:

Student Council(USA)
Jack Sullivan(USA)
Kandidate(GB)
[in random order]

Brief history of QE II Cup


The first Queen Elizabeth II Cup was run over 2,400 meters as the 3-year-old filly championship in 1976. The Cup was run over 2,200 meters for the first time in 1996. In the same year, the race was open to the older fillies and mares and has been established as the championship for females since then.

Past 10 Winners
2006 Fusaichi Pandora
2005 Sweep Tosho
2004 Admire Groove
2003 Admire Groove
2002 Fine Motion
2001 To the Victory
2000 Phalaenopsis
1999 Mejiro Dover
1998 Mejiro Dover
1997 Erimo Chic

Monday, November 05, 2007

2007 QE II Cup nominations


A total of 17 fillies and mares including dual g1 winner Daiwa Scarlet and Japanese Derby heroine Vodka remain in the final nomination list of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, which is to be run this Sunday at Kyoto over 2,200 meters.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Take rides 3,000th winner


By winnning the first race on Sky Beauty at Kyoto on Saturday, Yutaka Take rode his 3,000th winner in his 14,288 mounts at JRA. It is the first jockey to reach the most winning number in JRA history. The 17-time leading jockey Take has been riding since 1987.

Friday, November 02, 2007

2007 Japan Cup: Foreign invitees


As of Thursday, the following 8 foreign runners have accepted for the invitation of the 2007 Japan Cup:

Artiste Royal(IRE)
Grand Couturier(GB)
Royal Highness(GER)
Halicarnassus(IRE)
Papal Bull(GB)
Red Rocks(IRE)
Dylan Thomas(IRE)
Saddex(GB)
(in random order)

The Japan Cup Dirt has 4 foreign invitees as follows:

Fitz Flag(ARG)
Student Council(USA)
Jack Sullivan(USA)
Kandidate(GB)
(in random order)

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Vermillion crushes the field by 4 lengths in JBC Classic


The JBC Classic(jpn-I), the richest race ever run in the NAR circuit, was won Wednesday night by Vermillion, ridden by Yutaka Take and trained at JRA Riito by Sei Ishizaka, who put up a great late stride on the main Ohi Racecourse. Final time for the 2,000-meter race was 2 minutes 4.80 seconds on fast.

Outside 200 meters from home, the race looked like the hand of NAR hope Furioso, but, out of blue, Yutaka Take-steered Vermillion came out of the crowd on the inside by splitting between horses. Vermilloin's head put into front inside 200 meters out, and yet he took the race by a decisive 4-length from Furioso with Sunrise Bucchus third and Blue Concorde fourth in the field of 16.

Following the Kawasaki Kinen earlier this season, Vermillion gained his second victory of the season and has totally registered 8 wins of his 19 career starts with almost 438 million yen in career earnings for owner Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. Northern Farm in Hayakita, Hokkaido was the breeder of the 5-year-old dark bay horse, by El Condor Pasa out of the Sunday Silence mare Scarlet Lady.

Fujino Wave is the hero in JBC Sprint

Near the finish line, Fujino Wave blew past the two JRA horses, Precise Machine and Agnes Jedi, to win the JBC Sprint at Ohi over 1,200 meters on fast track on Wednesday night. Trained at Ohi by Saburo Takahashi, Fujino Wave has become the first NAR horse to win the Sprint. His winning time was 1 minute 11.00 seconds on fast track.

The JBC Sprint was the biggest win in 26 career starts for Fujino Wave, by Black Tie Affair out of the Stop the Music mare Incurable Romantic, to have 16 wins in total with 183+ million yen in earnings.