Sunday, December 28, 2008

D Scarlet makes history in Arima

Daiwa Scarlet became the first filly in 37 years to win the Arima Kinen(The Grand Prix) on Sunday. Prior to her victory, the only three females who has visited to the winning circle in Arima Kinen history were Garnet in 1959, Star Rotti in 1960 and Tomei in 1971.

Daiwa Scarlet's strong run at the front position just prevailed. What a great filly. Nobody stepped on her shadow.

Under the hand of Katsumi Ando, Daiwa Scarlet grabbed the front position from start and went all the way to get home in 2 minutes 31.50 seconds at the Nakamaya main course over 2,500 meters.

A 1 3/4-length behind Daiwa Scarlet, outsider Admire Monarch took second with another 3/4-length back Air Shady third. Dream Journey was fourth place followed by Screen Hero fifth.

The horses such as Meisho Samson, Asakusa Kings and Flotation, who made an early move and chased after Daiwa Scarlet on the final turn, sped down on the uphill stretch.

Daiwa Scarlet, a daughter of Agnes Tachyon out of the Northern Taste mare Scarlet Bouquet, has now recored 8 firsts and 4 seonds in 12 starts with 786+ million yen in career earnings for trainer K.Matsuda and owner K.Oshiro. Shadai Farm in Chitose, Hokkaido was the breeder of the 4-year-old chestnut filly.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Daiwa Scarlet early favorite for 2008 Arima Kinen

Daiwa Scarlet, who comes off a narrow loss to Vodka in the Tenno Sho Autumn, has been installed as the 2.9 favorite for the Arima Kinen at Nakayama on Sunday. As of Saturday, Defending champion Matsurida Gogh was the 4.9 second favorite. The Japan Cup winner Screen Hero was the 6.2 third favorite followed by 7.6 Meisho Samson.

Friday, December 26, 2008

2008 Arima Kinen

Despite the absence of Vodka and Deep Sky, the 14 strong members assemble for the Arima Kinen(The Grand Prix)(G1) to search for the 183+ million first purse and the big honor.

Daiwa Scarlet, a narrow second in the Tenno Sho Autumn last time outing, who skipped the Japan Cup to concentrate on this race, could make a big noise in the front position. The 4-year-old filly has not yet to finish worse than second and breaks from post 13.
Matsurida Gogh, coming off a respectable Japan Cup fourth finish, returns to his favorite course and could defend the Arima Kinen title.
Other runners include Japan Cup winner Screen Hero, Kikuka Sho runner-up Flotation, Meisho Samson who will make his final run before retirement.

The post time for the 2,500-meter turf will be at 3:35 p.m. JST on Sunday, December 18, 2008 at Nakayama Racecourse.

Brief Arima Kinen 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.

The field of the 2008 Arima Kinen is as follows:

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider Name
1/Kawakami Princess/5m/55/Norihiro Yokoyama
2/Venture Nine/3c/55/Yoshitomi Shibata
3/Cosmo Bulk/7h/57/Masami Matsuoka
4/Air Zipangu/5g/57/Shinji Fujita
5/Flotation/3c/55/Christophe Lemaire
6/Air Shady/7h/Hiroki Goto
7/Al Nasrain/4c/57/Olivier Peslier
8/Screen Hero/4c/57/Mirco Demuro
/9/Meisho Samson/5h/57/Yutaka Take
10/Matsurida Gogh/5h/57/Masayoshi Ebina
11/Dream Journey/4c/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
12/Asakusa Kings/4c/57/Hirofumi Shii
13/Daiwa Scarlet/4f/55/Katsumi Ando
14/Admire Monarch/7h/57/Yuga Kawada

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Seiun Wonder wins Asahi Hai FS

Seiun Wonder rushed on the inside with a gusty run, winning the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes on Sunday. Fifth Petal, a neck behind the winner, took second with another half-length back Break Run Out(USA) third in the field of 16 two-year-old colts. The winning rider was Yasunari Iwata to stop the clock in 1 minute 35.10 seconds for the 1,600-meter trip over the Nakayama main turf course.

Iwata and Seiun Wonder faced the traffic jam on the inside, while Fifth Petal and Break Run Out were in a hurry on the outside. As the room was opened up for Seiun Wonder, Iwata just drove it through before breaking away from the pack. In the very final stage, Fifth Petal, Break Run Out and Hokko Tachyon were in the shadow of Seiun Wonder, but neither of them were able to catch him.

Seiun Wonder, a son of Grass Wonder out of the Sunday Silence mare Seiun Kunoichi, finished second on his debut race last June before breaking the maiden next month. Prior to the Asahi Hai Futurity, he won the Niigata Nisai Stakes on September.

Friday, December 19, 2008

2008 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes Field

16 2-year-old colts assemble for the 60th running of the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes. It looks like a wide-open contest. The post time for the 1,600-meter Nakayama race will be at 3:25 p.m. JST on Sunday.

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name(Sire)/Rider Name
1/Mikki Pumpkin(by Dance in the Dark)/Olivier Peslier
2/Schon Wald(by Jungle Pocket)/Yuichi Kitamura
3/Seiun Wonder(by Grass Wonder)/Yasunari Iwata
4/Tokai Fit(by Taiki Shuttle)/Katsuharu Tanaka
5/Break Run Out(USA)(by Smart Strike)/Yutaka Take
6/Toreno Puzzle(by White Muzzle)/Norihiro Yokoyama
7/Omega Ulysses(by Admire Cozzene)/Hiroshi Kitamura
8/Tsurumaru Japan(by Manhattan Cafe)/Masami Matsuoka
9/Eishin Tiger(by Coronado's Quest)/Hiroyuki Uchida
10/Top of Piikoi(by Eishin Sandy)/Masaki Katsuura
11/Fifth Petal(by King Kamehameha)/Christophe Lemaire
12/Get Full Marks(by Meiner Love)/Masayoshi Ebina
13/Peace Peace(by Marienbard)/Hayato Yoshida
14/Blast Kronos(by King Kamehameha)/Teruo Eda
15/Hokko Tachyon(by Agnes Tachyon)/Yuji Iida
16/Ken Bridge L(by Eishin Preston)/Kosei Miura
All starters carry 55kgs.

The Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes is the biggest race for juveniles and the winner could hold the Best 2-year-old Colt Award.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Buena Vista wins Juvenile Fillies in a canter

Buena Vista won the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in a canter to wrap up the 2008 Best 2-year-old Filly Award title. Katsumi Ando steered the winning filly to run the 1,600-meter g1 distance in 1 minute 35.20 seconds.

When the field turned for home, Buena Vista was still far off the leader, third from the last. But she finished with an exlosive stride from there, marching on the outside and getting past rivals in the blink of an eye to spare a 2 1/2-length at the line. Danon Berbere, a 1 1/4-lengh before Mikrokosmos, took second.

Friday, December 12, 2008

18 go for Hanshin Juvenile Fillies(g1)

18 fillies will go for the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies(g1) at Hanshin.
The main contenders could be: Akamatsu Sho winner Danon Berbere, Fantasy Stakes runner-up One Carat and impressive maiden winner Buena Vista.

The 1,600-meter turf event will post at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday.

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name(sire)/Rider Name
1/Katsuyo Twining(by Twining)/Teruo Eda
2/Danon Berbere(by Agnes Tachyon)/Hiroki Goto
3/Lady Rouge(by Brian's Time)/Koichi Tsunoda
4/A Diaphon(by Dance in the Dark)/Futoshi Komaki
5/Inazuma Amaryllis(by Suehiro Commander)/Yutaka Yoshida
6/Le Sucre(by Sakura Bakushin O)/Mirco Demuro
7/Shonan Kassai(by Shonan Kampf)/Hideaki Miyuki
8/Hukilau Song(by Kurofune)/Tadashi Kosaka
9/Mikrokosmos(by Neo Universe)/Ryota Sameshima
10/Koei Heart(by Bubble Gum Fellow)/Yuga Kawada
11/De Gratia(by Fuji Kiseki)/Suguru Hamanaka
12/One Carat(by Falbrav)/Yasunari Iwata
13/Buena Vista(by Special Week)/Katsumi Ando
14/Charm Pot(by Fuji Kiseki)/Katsunori Tanaka
15/Pas de Bourree(by White Muzzle)/Masami Matsuoka
16/Meisho Bonnard(by White Muzzle)/Tetsuzo Sato
17/Germinal(by Agnes Tachyon)/Yuichi Fukunaga
18/Shigeru Kirigamine(by Grandera)/Shinichiro Akiyama
All runners carry 54 kgs.

Brief history
The race was founded in 1949 to determine the 2-year-old champ in west. The Hanshin Sansai Stakes was used as the race name until 2000. Setting limits to 2-year-old fillies in 1991, the race was reborn to the juvenile filly championship. In 2001, the present name of the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies started to use. The initial distance was 1,200 meters before lengthening to 1,400 meters in 1960 and it was again lengthened to 1,600 meters two years later.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Japan has 4 horses for 2008 HK Races

Japan has 4 horses for the 2008 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races as follows:

Super Hornet for the Hong Kong Mile(g1)
Jaguar Mail for the Hong Kong Vase(g1)
Laurel Guerreiro and Tosho Courage for the Hong Kong Sprint(g1)

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Kane Hekili makes comeback in Japan Cup Dirt

Kane Hekili made a big comeback when he won the Japan Cup Dirt(g1) at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday. A head behind Kane Hekili, Meisho Tokon finished second with Vermilion another neck further back third in the reduced field of 15. The final time for the 1,800-meter distance on dirt was 1 minute 49.20 seconds.

Tip Cup Chalice(USA) set the pace until Success Brocken took over at the top backstretch, while Kane Hekili with French jockey Christophe Lemaire on him ran at the mid-field. Before the third corner, Vermilion and Meisho Tokon picked up grounds on the outside to gain the good position. After the field turned for home, Lemaire angled in and droved Kane Hekili to take the inside path between Success Brocken and Tip Cup Chalice. Kane Hekili found the best form, taking the lead inside 200 meters. On the outside, Vermilion and Meisho Tokon made a devastating stride. With another extra stride, they could have caught him.

Complete finishing order: Kane Hekili, Meisho Tokon, Vermilion, Sunrise Bacchus, Blue Concorde, Casino Drive(USA), Furioso, Success Brocken, Wonder Speed, Wild Wonder, Frost Giant(USA), Tip Cup Chalice(USA), Admire Fuji and Meisho Battler. Scratch: Mast Track(USA)

Last month, muliple g1 winner Kane Hekili ran in the Musashino Stakes off more than 2-year layoff due to bowed tendon. This was the first victory for him since February 19, 2006 when he took the February Stakes(g1).Kane Hekili, a 6-year-old horse by Fuji Kiseki out of the Deputy Minister mare Life Out There, has now gained the fifth g1 victory(overall 9 wins in 16 starts) for trainer K. Sumii and owner Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co. His career earnings increased to 611+ million yen.Northern Farm in Hokkaido was the breeder of the chestnut horse.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Vermilion favored for Japan Cup Dirt

After closing Saturday betting round, Vermilion has been installed as the 2.8 favorite for Sunday's Japan Cup Dirt at Hanshin. The multiple g1 winner attempts to defend the title. Success Brocken, winner of the Japan Dirt Derby, was the 4.3 second favorite followed by Peter Pan Stake winner Casino Drive.

Odds for USA entries are: Tin Cup Chalice(USA) 15.0, Mast Track(USA) 40.6, Frost Giant(USA) 51.8

Friday, December 05, 2008

Vermilion likely favorite for Japan Cup Dirt

Vermilion is likely the favorite. The 2007 JCD winner comes here off victory in the JBC Classic(g1). The main oppositions to Vermilion could be Succuss Brocken and Casino Drive. Three USA horses are in good shape and could have a chance here.

1/Wonder Speed/6h/57/Futoshi Komaki
2/Frost Giant(USA)/5h/57/Cornelio Velasquez
3/Sunrise Bacchus/6h/57/Tetsuzo Sato
4/Meisho Battler/8m/55/Yuichi Fukunaga
5/Meisho Tokon/6h/57/Shinji Fujita
6/Vermilion/6h/57/Yasunari Iwata
7/Success Brocken/3c/56/Norihiro Yokoyama
8/Tin Cup Chalice(USA)/3g/56/Edgar.Prado
9/Admire Fuji/6h/57/Yuga Kawada
10/Kane Hekili/6h/57/Christophe Lemaire
11/Casino Drive(USA)/3c/56/Katsumi Ando
12/Blue Concorde/8h/57/Hideaki Miyuki
13/Mast Track(USA)/4c/57/Garrett Gomez
14/Furioso/4c/57/Keita Tosaki
15/Wild Wonder/6h/57/Masayoshi Ebina
16/Bonneville Record/6h/57/Hiroyuki Uchida

Brief history
Tokyo held the first international dirt event in Japan when the first Japan Cup Dirt was run in 2000. The Dirt race, one of the two JRA g1 dirt events(other is February Stakes), has since then attracted many top-class runners including foreign invaders.
Freetstreet Dancer in 2003 is the only foreign winner in JCD history. This year, Hanshin Racecourse hosts the Japan Cup Dirt for the first time.

Past winners
2007 Vermilion
2006 Alondite
2005 Kane Hekili
2004 Time Paradox
2003 Freetstreet Dancer
2002* Eagle Cafe
2001 Kurofune
2000 Wing Arrow
* held at Nakayama over 1,800 meters

Thursday, December 04, 2008

2008 Japan Cup Dirt field draws

The field of the Japan Cup Dirt has been drawn. 16 horses are scheduled to compete the 1,800-meter Hanshin dirt race on Sunday.
The post position order is:

1 Wonder Speed
2 Frost Giant(USA)
3 Sunrise Bacchus
4 Meisho Battler
5 Meisho Tokon
6 Vermilion
7 Success Brocken
8 Tin Cup Chalice(USA)
9 Admire Fuji
10 Kane Hekili
11 Casino Drive(USA)
12 Blue Concorde
13 Mast Track(USA)
14 Furioso
15 Wild Wonder
16 Bonneville Record

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

2008 Japan Cup Dirt nominations

A total of 41 horses including 3 American runners(Frost Giant, Mast Track and Tip Cup Chalice) have been nominated for the Japan Cup Dirt(g1)at Hanshin on Sunday, December 7th.
The local nominations include Casino Drive, Success Brocken and Vermilion.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Outsider takes 2008 Japan Cup

The 41.0 outsider Screen Hero produced a sensational run to win the Japan Cup at Tokyo on Sunday. Italian jockey Mirco Demuro rode the 4-year-old colt to travel the 2,400-meter distance in 2 minutes 25.50 seconds. Second place, a 1/2-length behind, was favorite Deep Sky with Vodka finishing another 3/4-length further behind in third place.

Demuro took Screen Hero to race fifth or sixth place, outside of Meisho Samson, while the leader of the 17 runners was Never Bouchon followed by Cosmo Bulk, Vodka and Matsurida Gogh.

With 200 meters to go, Matsurida Gogh with a while shadowroll got into front. On the outside, Screen Hero was about to blow his late run. On the further outside, Deep Sky labored well. On the inside, Vodka looked to struggle.

At the end, Screen Hero produced his career best run to get past the line first. Deep Sky, the fastest finisher who ran the last 600 meters in 33.80 seconds, took second place. Vodka edged Matsurida Gogh by a head to get third.

Demuro said, "It was a good start that took a good position. Everything went well. I am extremely pleased."

Screen Hero, by Grass Wonder out of the Sunday Silence mare Running Heroine, struggled in the lower class before having sidelined for a year, but he had good races since coming back on the course 4-month ago. Prior to the Japan Cup, Screen Hero gained the first grade victory in the g2 Copa Republica Argentina.

Trained by Y. Shikato and owned by T. Yoshida, Screen Hero has now won 5 in 17 starts.The 250 million yen first purse(added money) of the Japan Cup brought his career earnings into 408+ million yen. Shadai Farm was the breeder of the chestnut colt.

Complete finsihing order: Screen Hero, Deep Sky, Vodka, Matsurida Gogh, Oken Bruce Lee, Meisho Samson, Never Bouchon, Asakusa Kings, Purple Moon(IRE), Toho Alan, Osumi Grass One, Admire Monarch, Sixties Icon(GB), Papal Bull(GB), Tosen Captain, Daiwa Wild Boar and Cosmo Bulk
Scratch: Marsh Side(USA)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Deep Sky early favorite for 2008 Japan Cup

As of Saturday, 2008 Japanese Dery winner Deep Sky has been installed as the 3.9 favorite for the Japan Cup on Sunday. Vodka was the 4.0 second favorite followed by Meisho Samson 6.4. The fifth favorite was 6.5 Matsurida Gogh. Oken Bruce Lee was the 7.2 sixth favorite.

Marsh Side(USA) was withdrawn from the Japan Cup filed due to common cold.

Friday, November 28, 2008

2008 Japan Cup field the strongest ever

The field of the 2008 Japan Cup, including the last 3 Japanese Derby winners and the last 2 Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) winners, is the strongest ever.

The favorite is likely Vodka, the 2007 Japanese winner who has scored a couple of g1 wins this season. Her recent glory was the narrow victory in the Tenno Sho Autumn.
Multiple g1 winner Meisho Samson, coming off a disappointing finish in the Arc de Triomphe, has yet to score this season, but he could make a big run here.
Matsurida Gogh, who gained a couple of grade stakes victories this season, has not run well on the Tokyo main course. Nevertheless, he could be one of the main contenders.
The representative of the 3-year-old division will be dual g1 winner Deep Sky and Kikuka Sho winner Oken Bruce Lee.

Foreign entries are Marsh Side, Papal Bull, Purple Moon and Sixties Icon.

The first prize(added money) of the Japan Cup is 250 million yen. The post time will be at 3:20 p.m. JST on Sunday, November 30, 2008.

H#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight/Rider Name
1/Oken Bruce Lee/3c/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
2/Meisho Samson/5h/57/Mamoru Ishibashi
3/Tosen Captain/4c/57/Olivier Peslier
4/Vodka/4f/55/Yasunari Iwata
5/Daiwa Wild Boar/3c/55/Hiroshi Kitamura
6/Purple Moon(IRE)/5g/57/James Spencer
7/Never Bouchon/5h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
8/Toho Alan/5h/57/Shinji Fujita
9/Deep Sky/3c/55/Hirofumi Shii
10/Osumi Grass One/6h/57/Yuga Kawada
11/Sixties Icon(GB)/5h/57/John Murtagh
12/Marsh Side(USA)/5h/57/Javier Castellano
13/Matsurida Gogh/5h/57/Masayoshi Ebina
14/Papal Bull(GB)/5h/57/Ryan Moore
15/Asakusa Kings/4c/57/Christophe Lemaire
16/Screen Hero/4c/57/Mirco Demuro
17/Admire Monarch/7h/57/Katsumi Ando
18/Cosmo Bulk/7h/57/Masami Matsuoka

Thursday, November 27, 2008

2008 Japan Cup Field

A field of 18 horses is set to run for the 2008 Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday.
The field in post position order for the 2,400-meter turf event is as follows:

1 Oken Bruce Lee
2 Meisho Samson
3 Tosen Captain
4 Vodka
5 Daiwa Wild Boar
6 Purple Moon(IRE)
7 Never Bouchon
8 Toho Alan
9 Deep Sky
10 Osumi Grass One
11 Sixties Icon((GB)
12 March Side(USA)
13 Matsurida Gogh
14 Papal Bull(GB)
15 Asakusa Kings
16 Screen Hero
17 Admire Monarch
18 Cosmo Bulk

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Blumenblatt takes Mile Championship

Fourth favorite Blumenblatt with a devastating late run split horses on the inside lane to win the Mile Championship at Kyoto on Sunday. A 3/4-length behind, race favorite Super Hornet ran second with Fine Grain another 3/4-length back third.

Around at the last 200 meters, Super Hornet strode into front on the outside. All of a sudden, Blumenblatt challenged him having squeezed between horses on the inside. The best run of the two was Blumenblatt.

Yutaka Yoshida was the winning rider to complete the 1,600-meter turf trip in 1 minute 32.60 seconds.

Prior to the Mile Championship victory, Blumenblatt tasted the first graded stakes glory in the Fuchu Himba Stakes and has now won eight in 24 starts with 349+ million yen in career earnings. Owned by Carrot Farm and trained by S.Ishizaka, the 5-year-old mare was bred in Hokkaido by Northern Farm.

The 25th running of the Mile Championship, grade one
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Kyoto Race-11 3:40pm 18-ran
3yo+ international 1,600-meter right-handed turf firm clear
final time: 1m 32.60s
fractional time: 12.50-23.10-34.40-46.30-57.90-1:09.30-1:20.90-1:32.60

7 Blumenblatt 10.6 Y.Yoshida
17 Super Hornet 2.3f Y.Fujioka
2 Fine Grain 26.5 H.Miyuki
16 Company 6.7 N.Yokoyama
1 Laurel Guerreiro 10.1 H.Shii
margins: 3/4l, 3/4l, 1/2l, 1/2l

also ran: Maruka Shenck, Admire Subaru, Suzuka Phoenix, Rahy's Attorney(CAN), Reserve Card, Smile Jack, Shonan Alba, Kiss to Heaven, Silent Pride, Jolly Dance, Eishin Dover(USA), Kongo Rikishio(IRE) and Meiner Rainier

Friday, November 21, 2008

2008 Mile Championship

Sunday, November 23 sees the Mile Championship at Kyoto.

Among the 18 entries, the main contenders are likely Mainichi Okan winner Super Hornet, Company who finished 4th in the Tenno Sho

Autumn and Fushun Himba Stakes winner Blumenblatt.

The only foreign entry is Rahy's Attorney(CAN) who will break from post 10.

The post time for the 1,600-meter Kyoto turf event will be at 3:40 p.m. JST.

The 25th running of the Mile Championship, grade one
3yo+ international 1,600-meter Kyoto

1/Laurel Guerreiro/4c/57/Hirofumi Shii
2/Fine Grain/5h/57/Hideaki Miyuki
3/Suzuka Phoenix/6h/57/Yutaka Take
4/Meiner Rainier/4c/57/Tetsuzo Sato
5/Jolly Dance/7m/55/Shinichiro Akiyama
6/Shonan Alba/3c/56/Masayoshi Ebina
7/Blumenblatt/5m/55/Yutaka Yoshida
8/Admire Subaru/5h/57/Yuga Kawada
9/Maruka Shenck/5h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
10/Rahy's Attorney(CAN)/4g/57/Slade Callaghan
11/Reserve Card/5h/57/Yuichi Shibayama
12/Kiss to Heaven/5m/55/Shinji Fujita
13/Silent Pride/5h/57/Hiroki Goto
14/Kongo Rikishio(IRE)/6h/57/Christophe Lemaire
15/Smile Jack/3c/56/Yasunari Iwata
16/Company/7h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
17/Super Hornet/5h/57/Yusuke Fujioka
18/Eishin Dover(USA)/6h/57/Hiroyuki Uchida

The following four foreign invitees for the 2008 Japan Cup arrived at Narita on November 20th.

Sixties Icon(GB)
Purple Moon(IRE)
Papal Bull(GB)
Marsh Side(USA)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Little Amapola best run in QE II Cup

Under the hand of Christophe Lemaire, Little Amapola performed the best run in her 8th career start when she gained a 1 1/2-length victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday.

By Agnes Tachyon out of the Commander in Chief mare Little Harmony, Little Amapola took the good inside position throughout the race before grabbing the lead in the stretch. Heavy favorite Kawakami Princess took second, a 3/4-length in front of Bella Rheia.

Right after getting off the gate, Portofino stumbled so that her rider Yutaka Take fell down on the ground. By the way, the riderless horse crossed the line first.

Little Amapola has now won 4 races with 161+ million yen in career earnings for trainer H. Nagahama and owner Shadai Race Horse. Shaidai Corporation was the breeder of the 3-year-old dark bay.

The 33rd running of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, grade one
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Kyoto Race-11 18-ran 3:40 p.m.
3yo+ f&m 2,200-meter turf right-handed firm clear
final time: 2m 12.10s

16 Little Amapola C.Lemaire
15 Kawakami Princess N.Yokoyama
13 Bella Rheia S.Akiyama
7 Meine Ratsel Y.Kawada
1 Rain Dance K.Take
margins: 1-1/2l, 3/4l, 2-1/2l, nk

also ran: Mood Indigo, Arco Senora, Red Agate, Ask Deputy, Tres Rapide(IRE), Tokai Luna, Reginetta, F T Maia, Biennale, Pisa no Juban, Fair Breeze(GER) and Cosmo Platina
dnf: Portofino

Friday, November 14, 2008

2008 QE II Cup at Kyoto

18 fillies and mares including two European runners will go for the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, held at Kyoto Racedcourse on Sunday, November 16.

The main contender is likely dual g1 winner Kawakami Princess, who comes here off second place in the Fuchu Himba Stakes. The formidable opponents could be: Fuchu Himba Stakes third-placed Bella Rheia; Mood Indigo who missed the g1 glory in the Shuka Sho last time outing; Portofino, victor in the non-graded stakes on her last start.

Fair Breeze of German and Tres Rapide of France break from post 4 and 6 respectively.

The field in post position order with weights and riders for the 2,200-meter turf event is as follows:

1/Rain Dance/4f/56/Koshiro Take
2/Red Agate/3f/54/Shinji Fujita
3/Biennale/5m/56/Kosei Miura
4/Fair Breeze(GER)/5m/56/Andreas Helfenbein
5/Portofino/3f/54/Yutaka Take
6/Tres Rapide(IRE)/3f/54/Dominique Boeuf
7/Meine Ratsel/3f/54/Yuga Kawada
8/F T Maia/3f/54/Masayoshi Ebina
9/Arco Senora/4f/56/Tomoharu Bushizawa
10/Pisa no Juban/3f/54/Suguru Hamanaka
11/Mood Indigo/3f/54/Yuichi Fukunaga
12/Ask Deputy/4f/56/Yasunari Iwata
13/Bella Rheia/4f/56/Shinichiro Akiyama
14/Cosmo Platina/5m/56/Syu Ishibashi
15/Kawakami Princess/5m/56/Norihiro Yokoyama
16/Little Amapola/3f/54/Christophe Lemaire
17/Tokai Luna/6m/56/Hirofumi Shii
18/Reginetta/3f/54/Futoshi Komaki

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Exciting and thrilling photo-finish in Tenno Sho

The most exciting and thrilling photo-finish has been produced in Tenno Sho history when Daiwa Scarlet and Vodka rushed into the line this afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse.
After an about 15-minute photo examination, the Tenno Sho Autumn glory went to favorite Vodka. A skin of nose behind, second favorite Daiwa Scarlet took second in the 2,000-meter traditional race. The third, another neck back, was third favorite Deep Sky.

Exciting and thrilling part of the race began to arise when the field led by Daiwa Scarlet reached the 200-meter marker after climbing up the stretch hill. Vodka and Deep Sky, running side by side on the outside, hit into front. Meanwhile, Daiwa Scarlet, running along the rail, looked like she was sinking into the crowd, but this filly fought back to keep getting into contention.

In the end, Vodak and Daiwa Scarlet got home at the same level to stop the clock in 1 minute 57.20 seconds for the new course record.

Vodka, a 4-year-old filly by Tanino Gimlet out of the Rousillon mare Tanino Sister, has raced 17 times(7 wins of them) with more than 758 million yen in career earnings for trainer K.Sumii and owner Y.Tanimizu. Country Bokujo in Hokkaido was the breeder of the bay filly.

The 138th running of the Tenno Sho Autumn, grade one
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Tokyo Race-11 3:40pm 17-ran
3yo+ international 2,000-meter right-handed turf firm clear
final time: 1m 57.20s

14 Vodka Yutaka Take
7 Daiwa Scarlet Katsumi Ando
2 Deep Sky Hirofumi Shii
16 Company Norihiro Yokoyama
3 Air Shady Hiroki Goto
margins: nose, neck, nose, neck
also ran: Sakura Mega Wonder, Osumi Grass One, Asakusa Kings, King's Trail, Dream Journey, Admire Fuji, Admire Monarch, Erimo Harrier, Pop Rock, Higher Game, Tosen Captain and Tascata Sorte

Friday, October 31, 2008

2008 Tenno Sho Autumn

The 138th running of the Tenno Sho Autumn, grade one
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Tokyo Race-11 3:40 p.m. JST
3yo+ international 2,000-meter left-handed turf

A strong field of 17 runners is set for the 2008 Tenno Sho Spring.

Deep Sky, winner of the Japanese Derby and the NHK Mile Cup, who skipped the Kikuka Sho to run this traditional race, takes on the older company for the first time.
The two great fillies, Daiwa Scarlet and Vodka, can make a noise in the 2,000-meter g1 race.

Others include: Dream Journey, who comes off a couple of victories in the graded stakes; 2007 Kikuka Sho winner Asakusa Kings and Tascata Sorte, winner of the Sapporo Kinen.

The field, in post position order, with age/sex, weight and rider, for the 2008 Tenno Sho Autumn is as follows:

1/Asakusa Kings/4c/58/Yusuke Fujioka
2/Deep Sky/3c/56/Hirofumi Shii
3/Air Shady/7h/58/Hiroki Goto
4/Admire Monarch/7h/58/Yasunari Iwata
5/Sakura Mega Wonder/5h/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
6/Erimo Harrier/8g/58/Yutaka Yoshida
7/Daiwa Scarlet/4f/56/Katsumi Ando
8/Pop Rock/7h/58/Hiroyuki Uchida
9/Admire Fuji/6h/58/Yuga Kawada
10/King's Trail/6h/58/Hiroshi Kitamura
11/Higher Game/7h/58/Yoshitomi Shibata
12/Tascata Sorte/4c/58/Christophe Lemaire
13/Osumi Grass One/6h/58/Masayoshi Ebina
14/Vodka/4f/56/Yutaka Take
15/Tosen Captain/4c/58/Olivier Peslier
16/Company/7h/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
17/Dream Journey/4c/58/Kenichi Ikezoe

Casino Drive, who disappointed in the BC Classic, may run in the Japan Cup Dirt, held at Hanshin Racecourse on December 7. Curlin is out of the Musashino Stakes.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Favorite wins Kikuka Sho

Under the hand of Hiroyuki Uchida, race favorite Oken Bruce Lee produced a sensational run down the stretch to win the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) at Kyoto on Sunday afternoon. The Jungle Pocket colt got the better of Flotation by a1 1/4-length at the line. Namura Crescent finished another 1 1/2-length back in third.

Uchida had Oken Bruce Lee settled at the middle of the 18-horse field, and then began to make a move on the final bend for the second time. Around 400 meters from home, Oken Bruce Lee grabbed the lead on his way to winning the 3,000-meter classic in 3 minutes 5.70 seconds.

Quote form winning rider Uchida:
We had a good position as I had expected. Because of the Kyoto flat stretch, I gave the colt an early go-sign. He perfomed a strong race, but he is still open to improve and his best run has yet to come.

The 69th running of the Kikuka Sho
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Kyoto Race-11 3:40pm 18-ran
3yo 3,000-meter turf right-handed firm cloudy
final time: 3m 5.70s
fractional time: 12.90-25.10-36.10-47.80-58.80-1:11.00-1:24.90-1:38.70-1:52.20-2:05.50-2:18.40-2:30.40-2:41.90-2:54.00-3:05.70

14 Oken Bruce Lee 3.7f Hiroyuki Uchida
1 Flotation 37.7 Yusuke Fujioka
5 Namura Crescent 23.4 Ryuji Wada
8 Smart Gear 10.3 Yutaka Take
9 Meiner Charles 6.6 Masami Matsuoka
margins: 1-1/4l, 1-1/2l,3/4l, 2l

also ran: Venture Nine, White Pilgrim, Daiwa Wild Boar, Yamanin Kingly, Dot Com, Lord Aries, Meisho Qualia, Daishin Plan, Shigeru Fuseruto, Mikki Cheerful, Smile Jack, Agnes Starch and Not Alone

Friday, October 24, 2008

2008 Kikuka Sho

Sunday, October 26 sees the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger) at Kyoto Racecourse. A total of eighteen 3-year-old colts will compete the final classic.
In the absence of the Japanese Derby and Satsuki Sho winners, the race looks like a wide-open contest. The horses who showed a good run of form in the Kobe Shimbun Hai such as Oken Bruce Lee and Venture Nine could a serious contenders. However, the recent winners on the lower level such as Daishin Plan, Shigeru Fuseruto and Smart Gear may have a good chance.

The field, in post positions, with riders, for the 3,000-meter turf is as follows:

1/Flotation/Yusuke Fujioka
2/Not Alone/Norihiro Yokoyama
3/Agnes Starch/Kotaro Akagi
4/Meisho Qualia/Koichi Tsunoda
5/Namura Crescent/Ryuji Wada
6/Lord Aries/Ryota Samejima
7/Dot Com/Yasunari Iwata
8/Smart Gear/Yutaka Take
9/Meiner Charles/Masami Matsuoka
10/Smile Jack/Futoshi Komaki
11/Mikki Cheerful/Hideaki Miyuki
12/Yamanin Kingly/Yuichi Shibayama
13/Shigeru Fuseruto/Shinji Kawashima
14/Oken Bruce Lee/Hiroyuki Uchida
15/Venture Nine/Tomoharu Bushizawa
16/White Pilgrim/Yuga Kawada
17/Daishin Plan/Katsumi Ando
18/Daiwa Wild Boar/Hiroshi Kitamura
Weight: 57 kgs

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Exciting and unexpected finish in Shuka Sho

One of the most exciting and unexpected finishes in JRA recent grade one racing history has been seen Sunday afternoon at Kyoto when 29.9 outsider Black Emblem took the Shuka Sho(g1) for 3-year-old fillies. A half-length behind, eighth favorite Mood Indigo came in second with long-shot Provinage finishing another nose back in third.

Yasunari Iwata rode the winning filly to complete the 2,000-meter tirp in 1 minute 58.40 seconds.

Iwata took Black Emblem into the inside lane down the stretch and forced her to go into front for the winning run. Mood Indigo showed a good turn of foot to challenge, but was not good enough to catch the winner. Having led at the backstretch, Provinage hung on to get her career best run.

By War Emblem out of the Hector Protector mare Vin de Noir, Black Emblem has now won four in 9 starts for trainer S.Kojima and owner K.Tahara. Northern Racing in Hokkaido was the breeder of the black bay filly.

Friday, October 17, 2008

2008 Shuka Sho

Sunday sees the Shuka Sho, considered as the final leg of the triple crown races for 3-year-old fillies, at Kyoto over 2,000 meters on turf.

Reginetta and Tall Poppy could be the major players among the 18 entries. Reginetta, winner of the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), comes here off third place in the Rose Stakes, while Japanese Oaks winner Tall Poppy finished sixth in the Rose. The post time for the

Shuka Sho will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 2008.

H#(pp)/Horse Name/Rider Name
1/Mood Indigo/Yuichi Fukunaga
2/Pisa no Juban/Suguru Hamanaka
3/So Magic/Hiroki Goto
4/Black Emblem/Yasunari Iwata
5/F T Maia/Hayato Yoshida
6/Red Agate/Hiroyuki Uchida
7/Little Amapola/Koshiro Take
8/Yukichan/Yutaka Take
9/Meine Ratsel/Yuga Kawada
10/Brightia Pulse/Kota Fujioka
11/Tall Poppy/Kenichi Ikezoe
12 Karei Jasmine/Hiroshi Kitamura
13/Aroma Candle/Kosei Miura
14/Air Pascale/Yusuke Fujioka
15/Provinage/Tetsuzo Sato
16/Meisho Beluga/Hideaki Miyuki
17/Reginetta/Futoshi Komaki
18/Odile/Katsumi Ando
All entrants carry 55 kgs.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Jockey achieves long-time ambition in Sprinters S

Jockey Hiroyuki Uemura finally achieved his long-time ambition of the g1 victory when he won the Sprinters Stakes on Sleepless Night at Nakayama Sunday afternoon. The Sprinters was Uemura's 40th ride in g1 race.

The veteran jockey Uemura held Sleepless Night behind the leading pack before blowing a exposive run in the stretch. Sleepless Night, a 4-year-old filly of Kurohune out of the Nureyev mare What Katy Did, beat Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS) by a 1 1/4-length with B B Guldan finishing another neck behind in third. In the 1,200-meter distance on firm ground, the final time was 1 minute 8 seconds.

Sleepless Night remained undefeated in last five starts and has now won nine in 16 career starts with 309+ million yen in career earnings. Trained by Kojiro Hashiguchi and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., she was bred in Hokkaido by Northern Farm.

The 42nd running of the Sprinters Stakes, grade 1
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Nakayama Race-11 3:40pm 16-ran
3yo+ international 1,200-meter turf right-handed firm cloudy
final time: 1m 8.00s
frantional time: 11.90-22.30-33.60-45.00-56.50-68.00

14 Sleepless Night 2.4f H.Uemura
15 Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS) 5.9 Y.Iwata
13 B B Guldan 11.1 K.Ando
11 Suzuka Phoenix 8.5 N.Yokoyama
1 Apollo Dolce(USA) 59.1 M.Katsuura
margins: 1-1/4l, nk, 1/2l, hd

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Sleepless Night early favorite for Sprinters S

As of Saturday, Sleepless Night has been installed as the 2.2 faovirte for the Sprinters Stakes. The 4-year-old filly comes into the g1 event off fourt straight victories. Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS), winner of the Hakodata Sprint Stakes(g3), was the 6.9 second favorite. Kanoya Zakura, coming off two grade stakes victories, was the 8.4 third favorite. Fine Grain and Suzuka Phoenix shared the fourth favorite at odds of 9.1.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Field set for 2008 Sprinters Stakes

A stage is set for the Sprinters Stakes with total purse of 185.42 million yen. The post time for the g1 sprint event will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 5.

The field is as follows:

PP/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in Kgs)/Rider Name
1/Apollo Dolce(USA)/3c/55/Masaki Katsuura
2/Fine Grain/5h/57/Hideaki Miyuki
3/Jolly Dance/7m/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
4/Premium Box/5h/57/Kosei Miura
5/Symboli Gran(IRE)/6h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
6/Spinning Noir/7h/57/Masayoshi Ebina
7/Kanoya Zakura/4f/55/Futoshi Komaki
8/Western Venus/5m/55/Hiroshi Gohara
9/Tosho Courage/6h/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
10/M O Winner/7h/57/Yoshitomi Shibata
11/Suzuka Phoenix/6h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
12/Tanino Martini/8h/57/Hayato Yoshida
13/B B Guldan/4c/57/Katsumi Ando
14/Sleepless Night/4f/55/Hiroyuki Uemura
15/Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS)/5h/57/Yasunari Iwata
16/Tamamo Hot Play/7h/57/Syu Ishibashi


US champion horse Curlin(USA) has been preliminarily nominated for the Nov.8 Musashino Stakes at Tokyo, JRA announced.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

2008 Sprinters Stakes

A total of 30 horses remains in the final stage of the 2008 Sprinters Stakes, held at Nakayama on Sunday, Octotor 5th, 2008.

The nominations include: Kanoya Zakura, winner of the Centaur Stakes and the IBIS Summer Dash; Kitakyushu Kinen winner Sleepless Night; Keeneland Cup winner Tanino Martini; g1 winner Suzuka Phoenix and Fine Grain winning the Takamatsunomiya Kinen early this season.

Brief history
The Sprinters Stakes was founded in 1967 as the most important event for sprinters. In introducing grading system in 1984, the Sprinters gained a g3 status and was upgraded to g2 in 1987. A g1 status was given in 1990. As the JRA program was modified in 2000, the event was held in early October for the first time. It has been running as an international race since 1994 and has built up its greatness as a sprint championship.

Kentucky Derby winning jockey Victor Espinoza will ride Casino Drive in the BC Classic. The 3-year-old colt may run a race before the Classic.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Casino Drive's US travel schedule

Casino Drive's schedule for traveling through the US has been officially revealed. The 3-year-old colt is scheduled to leave Japan for US on October1. He will travel with stablemate Champagne Squall.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Casino Drive returns to US

Casino Drive will return to US circuit next month. His prime target is the BC Classic, but he may run in the Goodwood Stakes before the big race. The Peter Pan Stakes winner will plan to leave Japan for Hollywood Park on September 16.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Meisho Samson takes on Arc de Triomphe

Multiple g1 winner Meisho Samson will head for France to take on the 2008 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe to be run at Longchamp on October 5. Before the world famous event, he may prep in the Prix de Foy. The 5-year-old horse is scheduled to leave Japan for France August 20.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Eishin Deputy leads all the way in Takarazuka

Eishin Deputy clinched the first g1 title when he won the Takarazuka Kinen on Sunday afternoon at Hanshin Racecourse. Hiroyuki Uchida was aboard the winner, covering the 2,200-meter trip in 2 minutes 15.30 seconds on yielding ground.

Eishin Deputy grabbed the lead from the start and was never behind to win the 2,200-meter g1 event. Meisho Samson and Inti Raimi challenged Eishin Deputy in the very final stage, but he hung on tough, beating Meisho Samson by a neck with Inti Raimi finishing another neck back in third.

Trained by T.Nomoto and owned by T.Hirai, Eishin Deputy has now won 10 in 27 starts The 135+ million yen first prize of the Takarazuka brought his career earnings to 441+ million yen.

Eishin Bokuyo in Urakawa, Hokkaido was the breeder of the 6-year-old chestnut horse, by French Deputy out of the Woodman mare Eishin McAllen.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Meisho Samson early favorite for Takarazuka

As of Saturday, Meisho Samson has been installed as the 2.1 favorite for the Takarazuka Kinen. The 5-year-old horse, coming off a respectable second in the Tenno Sho Spring, seeks his fifth g1 title. Al Nasrain, who performed well on the grade class in recent starts, was the 7.4 second favorite followed by Roc de Cambes 7.9 and Asakusa King 8.7.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

2008 Takarazuka Kinen Field

A field is set for the 2008 Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin Racecourse. 14 horses will compete the 2,200-meter g1 event at the Hanshin main track. The post time will be at 3:45 p.m. JST on Sunday, June 29. The field is as follows:

PP/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Jockey Name
1/Inti Raimi/6h/58/T.Sato
2/Meisho Samson/5h/58/Y.Take
3/Forte Bellini/6h/58/R.Sameshima
4/Al Nasrain/4c/58/R.Wada
5/Sakura Mega Wonder/5h/58/Y.Fukunaga
6/Admire Aura/4c/58/K.Ando
7/Admire Fuji/6h/58/Y.Kawada
8/Roc de Cambes(NZ)/4c/57/Y.Iwata
9/Eishin Deputy/6h/58/H.Uchida
10/Dream Passport/6h/58/M.Ebina
11/Asakusa Kings/4c/58/H.Shii
13/Asaka Defeat/10g/58/F.Komaki
14/Air Shady/7h/58/H.Goto

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Vodka romps home in Yasuda

Vodka, ridden by Yasunari Iwata, came from a good position to win the 2008 Yasuda Kinen by a 3 1/2-length margin in 1 minute 32.70 seconds Sunday afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. It was Vodka's first victory since winning the Japanese Derby last year. Armada(NZ), one of the three HK hopes, finished a 3/4-length before Eishin Dover(USA) in third place.

Vodka, the second favorite in the strong 18-horse field, split between Armada and Kongo Rikishio with less than 400 meters remaining and took up the running. The rest looked like they were standing still as she quickened up into front.

Vodka, a 4-year-old daughter of Tanino Gimlet out of the Rousillon mare Tanino Sister, has now won 6 in 15 starts for trainer K.Sumii and owner T.Tanimizu. With the 103+ million yen first prize of the Yasuda Kinen, her career earnings boosted to moren than 596 million yen. Country Bokujo was the breeder of the 4-year-old bay filly.

Friday, June 06, 2008

2008 Yasuda Kinen Field

A field of 18 horses is set to run for the 2008 Yasuda Kinen, one of the international JRA grade one events, held at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday, June 8, 2008.
The main contenders could be Super Hornet, Suzuka Phoenix, Vodka and Good Ba Ba.
The post time for the 1,600-meter turf will be at 3:40 p.m. JST.

Hn(PP)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(kgs)/Jockey Name
1/Higher Game/7h/58/Hiroyuki Uchida
2/Kiss to Heaven/5m/56/Masaki Katsuura
3/Eishin Dover(USA)/6h/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
4/Nishino Manamusume/4f/56/Hayato Yoshida
5/Vodka/4f/56/Yasunari Iwata
6/Ocean Apes/4c/58/Yutaka Yoshida
7/Good Ba Ba(USA)/6g/58/Olivier Doleuze
8/Jolly Dance/7m/56/Katsumi Ando
9/I'll Love Again/6h/58/Masami Matsuoka
10/Kongo Rikishio(IRE)/6h/58/Shinji Fujita
11/Super Hornet/5h/58/Yusuke Fujioka
12/Dragon Welds(USA)/5h/58/Ryota Sameshima
13/Pink Cameo/4f/56/Masayoshi Ebina
14/Air Shady/7h/58/Hiroki Goto
15/Bullish Luck(USA)/9g/58/Brett Prebble
16/Armada(NZ)/7g/58/Douglas Whyte
17/Suzuka Phoenix/6h/58/Yutaka Take
18/Dream Journey/4c/58/Kenichi Ikezoe

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Asian Winds to run CashCall Mile

Asian Winds, winner of the Victoria Mile(g1), will be heading for US to take on the 2008 CashCall Mile(g1) at Hollywood Park. She is scheduled to leave Japan for US on June 20.
The Japanese Oaks winner Tall Poppy may run in the 2008 American Oaks. If she runs there, she travels with Asian Winds.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Deep Sky makes NHK Mile Cup-Derby double

The 75th Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun)
Sunday, June 1, 2008

Deep Sky became the second horse in JRA history to win both the Japanese Derby and the NHK Mile Cup since King Kamehameha has achieved the double in 2004 when he landed the Derby this afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse.

Jockey Hirofumi Shii rode a waiting race and Deep Sky, the 3.6 favorite in the 18-horse Derby field, came from behind to beat Smile Jack by a 1 1/2-length. Another 3/4-length back, Black Shell took third with Meiner Charles fourth and Rainbow Pegasus fifth. The winning time for the 2,400-meter turf trip was 2 minutes 26.70 seconds.

Hirofumi Shii rode the Derby winner for the second time following the last year's winning filly Vodka.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Field set for 2008 Japanese Derby

The 2008 Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun) field has drawn. 18 three-year-old colts will go for the prestigious race. It looks like a wide-open contest.

The 75th running of the Tokyo Yushun(Japanese Derby)
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Tokyo Race-10
2,400-meter turf left-handed
Weight: 57 kgs for colts; fillies allowed 2 kgs
Total value: 342,950,000 yen
Post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

The postposition order with riders for the 18-horse field is as follows:

1/Deep Sky(by Agnes Tachyon)/Hirofumi Shii
2/Success Brocken/(by Symboli Kris S)/Norihiro Yokoyama
3/Black Shell(by Kurofune)/Yutaka Take
4/Take Mikazuchi(by Gold Allure)/Yoshitomi Shibata
5/Agnes Starch(by Bubble Gum Fellow)/Kotaro Akagi
6/Monte Kris S(by Symboli Kris S)/Yuichi Fukunaga
7/Smile Jack(by Tanino Gimlet)/Futoshi Komaki
8/Admire Commando(by Agnes Tachyon)/Yuga Kawada
9/Meiner Charles(by Brian's Time)/Masami Matsuoka
10/Rainbow Pegasus(by Agnes Tachyon)/Katsumi Ando
11/Let's Go Kirishima(by Mejiro Ryan)/Hideaki Miyuki
12/Subject(by Fuji Kiseki)/Yutaka Yoshida
13/Venture Nine(by Eishin Sandy)/Tomoharu Bushizawa
14/A Shin Forward(USA)(by Forest Wildcat)/Ryuji Wada
15/Flotation(by Special Week)/Yusuke Fujioka
16/Meisho Qualia(by Manghattan Cafe)/Yasunari Iwata
17/Shonan Alba(by War Emblem)/Masayoshi Ebina
18/Crystal Wing(by Admire Vega)/Hiroyuki Uchida

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tall Poppy survives inquiry and takes Oaks

Tall Poppy, ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe, won the Japanese Oaks this afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. The Jungle Pocket filly beat F T Maia by a head, storming home in 2 minutes 28.80 seconds. Another 1 1/2-length back, Reginetta took third with Black Emblem fourth in the field of 18 3-year-old fillies.

Right after the race finished, the inquiry lamp on the board was on, but the inquiry for Tall Poppy's interference in the stretch was overruled by the stewards.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Stage set for 2008 Japanese Oaks

A stage is set for the Japanese Oaks(Yushun Himba) to be run at Tokyo on Sunday. Eighteen 3-year-old fillies will compete the grade one 2,400-meter event on the Tokyo main course.
Red Agate, winner of the Flora Stakes one month ago, looks to be the major player here. Tall Poppy and Little Amapola could be the main oppositions to her. The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. JST.

1/Challenge/Norihiro Yokoyama
2/Heart of Queen/Hideaki Miyuki
3/Aroma Candle/Katsuharu Tanaka
4/Red Agate/Hiroyuki Uchida
5/Mood Indigo/Yuichi Fukunaga
6/F T Maia/Masayoshi Ebina
7/Black Emblem/Masami Matsuoka
8/Meine Ratsel/Yutaka Take
9/Lime Candy/Hirofumi Shii
10/Reginetta/Futoshi Komaki
11/Joyful Smile/Yutaka Yoshida
12/So Magic/Hiroki Goto
13/Spellbind/Masaki Katsuura
14/Karei Jasmine/Yoshitomi Shibata
15/Tall Poppy/Kenichi Ikezoe
16/Air Pascale/Yusuke Fujioka
17/Odile/Katsumi Ando
18/Little Amapola/Koshiro Take
All starters carry 55kgs.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Asian Winds wins Victoria Mile

Asian Winds held off charging Vodka to win the Victoria Mile on Sunday afternoon at Tokyo. Shinji Fujita rode the winner to cover the 1,600-meter distance in 1 minute 33.70 seconds on firm ground. A 3/4-length behind Asian Winds, Vodka ran for second with Blumenblatt third in the field of 18 fillies and mares. At around 200 meters to go, Asian Winds broke the pack after squeenzing between horses on the middle. On the outside of her, Vodka came with a strong late stride, but it was too late to catch her.

Asian Winds, a 4-year-old filly by Fuji Kiseki out of the Danehill mare Sakurasaku, has now recorded the sixth win in 11 starts for trainer H. Fujiwara and owner Y. Ota. Shadai Farm in Chitose, Hokkaido was the breeder of the bay filly.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Field of Victoria Mile

18 top-ranked fillies and mares will go for the Victoria Mile(g1) to be run on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. The main contender is Vodka, the 2007 Japanese Derby heroine who could produce a good run of form at her favorite course. The field for the 1,600-meter turf event is:

1 Tenimuho/m6/55/Masatoshi Tsukazaki
2 Blumenblatt/m5/55/Hiroki Goto
3 Robe Decollete(USA)/f4/55/Yuichi Fukunaga
4 Jolly Dance/m7/55/Katsumi Ando
5 Pink Cameo/f4/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
6 Asian Winds/f4/55/Shinji Fujita
7 Tanino Highclere/f4/55/Hayato Matoba
8 Perfect Joy/m5/55/Kenichi Ikezoe
9 Vodka/f4/55/Yutaka Take
10 Arco Senora/f4/55/Katsuharu Tanaka
11 Tokai Oscar/f4/55/Norihiro Yokoyama
12 Yamaninmerveilleux/m6/55/Yuichi Shibayama
13 Nishino Manamusume/f4/55/Hayato Yoshida
14 Taiki Madeleine/m5/55/Yuichi Kitamura
15 Belmont Protea/f4/55/Jiro Ono
16 Meine Canna/f4/55/Yasunari Iwata
17 Bella Rheia/f4/55/Shinichiro Akiyama
18 Rain Dance/f4/55/Koshiro Take

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Deep Sky takes NHK Mile C

Deep Sky won the NHK Mile Cup for 3-year-olds in come-from-behind fashion as favorite at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday afternoon. Hirofumi Shii steered the winning colt to cover the 1,600-meter distance in 1 minute 34.20 seconds on good grass. The second, a 1 3/4-length behind, was Black Shell with Danno Go Go(USA) finishing another 1 3/4-length further behind in third.

As the field turned for home, Deep Sky made up a lot of grounds. Shii took the colt to the inside lane before squeezing between horses. In the mid stretch, Black Shell was the close company, but Deep Sky just powered his way to the front.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Deep Sky tops field of 2008 NHK Mile Cup

Deep Sky tops the field of 18 for the NHK Mile Cup for 3-year-olds at Tokyo over 1,600 meters. The Agnes Tachyon colt won the Mainichi Hai(g3) on his latest effort and beat subsequent Aoba Sho winner Admire Commando by a 2 1/2-length there. The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday. The field for the g1 turf race is as follows:

1 Satono Progress/c/Norihiro Yokoyama
2 Under Counter(USA)/c/Junichi Kobayashi
3 Spring Song/c/Kenichi Ikezoe
4 Let's Go Kirishima/c/Hideaki Miyuki
5 Black Shell/c/Hiroki Goto
6 Aim at Vip/f/Masami Matsuoka
7 Dream Signal/c/Hayato Yoshida
8 Sadamu Idaten/c/Yasunari Iwata
9 Deep Sky/c/Hirofumi Shii
10 Apollo Phoenix/c/Yoshitomi Shibata
11 Goshawk Ken(USA)/c/Hiroyuki Uchida
12 Regal Scheme/c/Katsumi Ando
13 Sekkachi Sage/c/Katsuharu Tanaka
14 Danon Go Go(USA)/c/Yusuke Fujioka
15 Faridat(USA)/c/Yutaka Take
16 A Shin Forward(USA)/c/Yuichi Fukunaga
17 Apollo Dolce(USA)/c/Masaki Katsuura
18 Dantsu Kissui/c/Shinji Fujita
colts for 57kgs; 2 kgs allowed 2 kgs

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Admire Jupiter takes Tenno Sho Spring

Admire Jupiter denied Meisho Samson's challenge to win the 137th Tenno Sho Spring Sunday afternoon at Kyoto. A head separated the two. Third, another 2 1/2-length behind, was favorite Asakusa Kings with Hokuto Sultan fourth and Admire Fuji fifth in the field of 14 runners.

Yasunari Iwata was aboard the winner to cover the 3,200-meter distance in 3 minutes 15.10 seconds on the Kyoto main turf course.

This was the first grade one success and the seventh win in 13 starts for Admire Jupiter, who boosted his career earnings to 326 million yen for trainer Y. Tomomichi and owner R. Kondo. Admire Jupiter, a 5-year-old son of French Deputy and the Real Shadai mare J's Jewelry, was bred in Hokkaido by Northern Racing. The chestnut horse was sold at the 2003 Select Sale for 41 million yen.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Field set for 2008 Tenno Sho Spring

A total of 14 horses have been entered for the 2008 Tenno Sho Spring to be run at Kyoto on Sunday, May 4 2008. The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. The field with in postposition order for the 3,200-meter traditional grade one is as follows:

1 San Valentine h7 T.Sato
2 Admire Fuji h6 Y.Kawada
3 Admire Monarch h7 K.Ando
4 Hokuto Sultan 4c N.Yokoyama
5 Tokai Elite 8h H.Uemua
6 Admire Main 5h Y.Fukunaga
7 Dream Passport 5h M.Matsuoka
8 Meisho Samson 5h Y.Take
9 Dream Partner 8g R.Wada
10 Pop Rock 7h H.Uchida
11 Tokai Trick 6h H.Miyuki
12 Eye Popper 8h S.Fujita
13 Asakusa Kings 4c H.Shii
14 Admire Jupiter 5h Y.Iwata
All starters carry 58 kgs.

Three horses in US

Three JRA horses have made a trip to US as follows:

Casino Drive(USA) 3yo c(Mineshaft - Better Than Honour, by Deputy Minister)
Champagne Squall(IRE) 3yo c(Daylami - Alluring Park, by Green Desert)
Spark Candle(USA) 3yo c(A.P. Indy - Serena's Song, by Rahy)

Casino Drive may run in the Peter Pan Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. The races for the remaining two are unrevealed.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Wire-to-wire victory for Captain Thule in Satsuki

Seventh favorite Captain Thule went a wire-to-wire on the Nakayama 2,000-meter main course, winning the Satsuki Sho by a 2 1/2-length from Ake Mikazuchi with another nose back favorite Meiner Charles third in the field of 18 colts.
Yuga Kawada pushed Captain Thule just off the gate and took a sole leading position before the first turn. The colt dominated the pace throughout the race to get home in 2 minute 1.70 seconds for the winning time.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Field set for 20008 Satsuki Sho

A field of 18 three-year-old colts is set to run for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) to be run at Nakayama on Sunday, April 20, 2008. It looks like a wide-open contest. The field for the 2,000-meter grade one is as follows:

1/Take Mikazuchi/Yoshitomi Shibata
2/Smile Jack/Futoshi Komaki
3/Fusaichi Assort/Norihiro Yokoyama
4/Suzu Jupiter/Hiroki Goto
5/Rainbow Pegasus/Katsumi Ando
6/Captain Thule/Yuga Kawada
7/Oriental Rock/Koshiro Take
8/Dantsu Winning/Kenichi Ikezoe
9/Meiner Charles/Masami Matsuoka
10/Black Shell/Yutaka Take
11/Smart Falcon/Yuichi Fukunaga
12/Venture Nine/Tomoharu Bushizawa
13/Dream Signal/Hayato Yoshida
14/Not Alone/Yusuke Fujioka
15/Subject/Yasunari Iwata
16/Let's Go Kirishima/Hideaki Miyuki
17/Flotation/Hiroyuki Uchida
18/Shonan Alba/Masayoshi Ebina
All starters carry 57 kgs.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Fine Grain takes Takamatsunomiya

Fine Grain got past Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS) in the nick of time to win the Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday. A neck separated the two. The third, another 1 1/4-legth behind, was race favorite Suzuka Phoenix with Laurel Guerreiro fourth in the field of 18 horses. Hideaki Miyuki steered the winner to race the 1,200-meter distance in 1 minute 7.10 seconds on grass.

After switching to spring events going into this season, Fine Grain was undefeated in 3 starts. The 5-year-old Fuji Kiseki horse won the Yodo Tankyori Stakes in January and the Silk Road Stakes(g3) last month before gaining the Takamatsunomiya Kinen victory.

Fine Grain, out of the Polish Precedent mare Mill Grain, has now recorded the 5th win in 15 career starts for trainer H. Nagahama and owner Shadai Race Horse. His career earning boosted to 254+ million yen. Shadai Farm is the breeder of the dark bay horse.

Friday, March 28, 2008

2008 Takamatsunomiya Kinen field

A field is set for the sprint grade one event, the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, at Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday.
Among the 18 entries, Suzuka Phoenix makes an attempt to defend his title. In the absence of regular rider Yutaka Take, Yuichi Fukunaga takes the amount on the 6-year-old. The main opponent to Suzuka Phoenix could be Laurel Guerreiro, who comes into the grade one event off two straight grade victories.

The field with post position order for the 1,200-meter g1 is as follows:

1/Suzuka Phoenix/6h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
2/Premium Box/h5/57/Hayato Yoshida
3/Black Bar Spin(USA)/h5/57/Eiji Nakadate
4/Fine Grain/h5/57/Hideaki Miyuki
5/Maruka Phoenix/c4/57/Koshiro Take
6/Kyowa Roaring/h7/57/Yuji Iida
7/Super Hornet/h5/57/Yusuke Fujioka
8/Limitless Bid/h9/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
9/Fusaichi Richard/h5/57/Yuga Kawada
10/Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS)/h5/57/Yasunari Iwata
11/Peer Gynt/h6/57/Hiroyuki Uemura
12/Precise Machine/h9/57/Masami Matsuoka
13/Meiner Segal/c4/57/Yuichi Shibayama
14/Nakayama Paradise/h5/57/Hatsuhiro Kowata
15 Tosen the O/h8/57/Kotaro Akagi
16/Laurel Guerreiro/c4/57/Hirofumi Shii
17/M O Winner/h7/57/Shigefumi Kumazawa
18/Tamamo Hot Play/h7/57/Kunihiko Watanabe

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

2008 Takamatsunomiya Kinen

A total of 37 horses have been listed on the final nomination stage of the Takamatsunomiya Kinen which is to be run on Sunday at Chukyo Racecourse. The only JRA grade one race held by Chukyo goes over 1,200 meters on turf.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Japan Sends Four to Dubai

Japan will send four horses to the 2008 Dubai World Cup races. Multiple g1 winner Vermilion returns to Dubai for running in the Dubai World Cup where he finished fourth last year. Kyoto Kinen winner Admire Aura and 2007 Japan Derby heroine Vodka are scheduled to run in the Dubai Duty Free. Iide Kenshin, winner of the Zen Nippon Nisai Yushun, takes on the UAE Derby. They will leave Japan for Dubai on March 15.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Vermilion takes February Stakes

The 2.4 favorite Vermilion drew away from the pack to win the February Stakes this afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. The second, a 1 3/4-length behind, was Blue Concorde with Wild Wonder finishing another 2-length back in third. Yutaka Take took the mount on the winner to get home in 1 minute 35.30 seconds.

Yutaka Take sent Vermilion into a sixth position, while Victory got into the lead, setting the opening 1,000-meter in 59.10 seconds.Vermilion took a four wide on the final turn. On outside, Wild Wonder chased him, while Blue Concorde was in the middle of the crowd. Vermilion got a quick turn of foot. Blue Concorde and Wide Wonder looked like serious challengers, but neither of them did not match the pace when Vermilion drew away from them and the rest at around 300 meters to go, just galloping home for his fifth g1 winning run.

Quate from winning jockey Take:The horse had a perfect race. He ran smoothly behind the leading pack, and I just sat on him not to disturb his feeling. I'm looking forward to riding him in the Dubai World Cup.

Vermilion will return to Dubai for the Dubai World Cup on his next action.

Vermilion, trained by Sei Ishizaka and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., has now won 11 of his 22 starts with 749+ million yen in career earnings. The 6-year-old dark bay horse by El Condor Pasa out of the Sunday Silence mare Scarlet Lady was bred by Northern Farm.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Vermilion early favorite for February Stakes

Vermilion, multiple g1 winner who seeks another sucess on the highest level, has been installed as the 2.2 early favorite for the February Stakes. As of Saturday, Wild Wonder, winner of the Negishi Stakes, was the second favorite at odds of 5.3. Field Rouge, coming into the race off his first g1 glory in the Kawasaki Kinen, was the third favorite at 6.2. The fourth favorite was Long Pride at 9.2. The rest of the field was 10.0 or higher. The post time for the 1,600-meter g1 dirt will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, February 24.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Field of 2008 February Stakes

Vermilion makes his 2008 debut when he faces 15 rivals in Sunday's February Stakes. The 6-year-old horse comes into the race off three straight g1 victories. The Tokyo Daishoten at Ohi last December was his latest effort. With his regular rider Yutaka Take on his back, he drew post 15. The main oppositions to Vermilion could be Negishi Stakes winner Wild Wonder, Heian Stakes runner-up Meisho Tokon and Kawasaki Kinen hero Filed Rouge. The post time for the 1,600-meter dirt event at Tokyo Racecourse will be at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, Feburary 24.

pp/Horse(sire)/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Jockey
1/Fujino Wave(by Black Tie Affair)/6h/57/Norifumi Mikamoto
2/Nobo True(USA)(by Broad Brush)/12h/57/Katsuharu Tanaka
3/Ampersand(by Figaro)/4c/57/Keita Tosaki
4/Field Rouge(by Croco Rouge)/6h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
5/Quiet Day(by Sunday Silence)/8h/57/Koichi Tsunoda
6/Meisho Battler(by Meisho Homura)/8m/55/Yuichi Fukunaga
7/Dragon Fire(by Brian's Time)/4c/57/Katsumi Ando
8/Long Pride(by Sakura Laurel)/4c/57/Olivier Peslier
9/Meisho Tokon(by Mayano Top Gun)/6h/57/Koshiro Take
10/Blue Concorde(by Fusaichi Concorde)/8h/57/Hideaki Miyuki
11/Victory(by Brian's Time)/4c/57/Hiroki Goto
12/Limitless Bid(by Sunday Silence)/9h/57/Masayoshi Ebina
13/Big Grass(by El Condor Pasa)/7h/57/Tadanari Konno
14/Daring Heart(by Sunday Silence)/6m/55/Shinji Fujita
15/Vermilion(by El Condor Pasa)/6h/57/Yutaka Take
16/Wild Wonder(by Brian's Time)/6h/57/Yasunari Iwata

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

2008 February Stakes nominations

A total of 44 horses remain in the final nomination stage for the February Stakes, the first JRA grade one race of the season, held on Sunday at Tokyo over 1,600 meters on dirt. The nominations include dirt champion Vermilion and last year's 3-year-old filly champion Daiwa Scarlet.