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.