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.