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.