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.