Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dream Journey triumphs Arima Kinen

Second favorite Dream Journey triumphed the Arima Kinen by a 1/2-length from favorite Buena Vista. Air Shady, another 4-length behind, finished third with Forgettable fourth and Meiner Kitz fifth. In the 2,500-meter trip on the Nakayama turf course, the winner got the line in 2 minutes 30.00 seconds. It was the emotional victory for Kenichi Ikezoe, who was crying on Dream Journey right after getting past the winning post.

As the field entered the stretch, Buena Vista was about to take the lead and subsequently broke away from the rest. Her lead was short-lived as Dream Journey flew on the outside. Buena Vista fought all the way down the line, but Dream Journey's final stride was much better at this time.

Three Rolls did't complete the race due to leg injury.

Trained at Ritto by Y. Ikee and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., Dream Journey has now won 9 of his 24 races. With the 183+ million jp yen first purse of the Arima Kinen, his career earnings brought to 769+ million jp yen. Shadai Corporation Shiraoi Farm was the breeder of Dream Journey, a 5-year-old bay horse by Stay Gold out of the Mejiro McQueen mare Oriental Art.

Friday, December 25, 2009

2009 Arima Kien preview

Dream Journey, who won the Takarazuka Kinen(g1) early this season, skipped the Japan Cup to concentrate on this prestegious event. His recent run was sixth in the Tenno Sho Autumn.

Matsurida Gogh, the Nakayama specialist who has won 8 in 12 starts at Nakayama, aims at the second Arima Kinen victory following his success in 2007. This race will be his farewell race.

Three Rolls comes into the Arima Kinen with plenty of time to prepare for this event by bypassing the Japan Cup after winning the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger). The 3-year-old colt looks to be ready to run on Sunday.

Dual filly classic winner Buena Vista has a chance to achieve the feat with victory. If she wins, she becomes the first 3-year-old filly Arima kinen winner in 49 years since Star Roch won it in 1960. She has a new partner Norihiro Yokoyama.

Forgettable, a well-bred 3-year-old colt, has good momentum with the Stayers Stakes(g3) victory three weeks ago. The runner-up in the Kikuka Sho likes to bring his stamina into play.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Field of 2009 Arima Kinen

The field of the 2009 Arima Kinen has been drawn. Despite the absence of the Japan Cup winner Vodka and the Tenno Sho Autumn winner Company, the strong field of 16 horses is set to run for the 2,500-meter grade one on the Nakayama main course. The post time will be at 3:25 p.m. JST on Sunday, December 27.

The Arima Kinen(known as the Grand Prix race) is the biggest season-ending race, held on the final meeting day in the JRA calendar.

The 54th running of the Arima Kinen, Grade One
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Nakayama Race-10
3yo+ international 2,500-meter turf right-handed

H#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Unrivaled/3c/55/Mirco Demuro
2/Buena Vista/3f/53/Norihiro Yokoyama
3/Miyabi Ranveli/6h/57/Hayato Yoshida
4/Meiner Kitz/6h/57/Kosei Miura
5/Cosmo Bulk/8h/57/Fuyuki Igarashi
6/Air Shady/8h/57/Hiroki Goto
7/Matsurida Gogh/6h/57/Masayoshi Ebina
8/Reach the Crown/3c/55/Yutaka Take
9/Dream Journey/5h/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
10/Three Rolls/3c/55/Suguru Hamanaka
11/I Ko Piko/3c/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
12/T M Precure/6m/55/Shigefumi Kumazawa
13/Shadow Gate/7h/57/Katsuharu Tanaka
14/Seiun Wonder/3c/55/Shini Fujita
15/Never Bouchon/6h/57/Hiroshi Kitamura
16/Forgettable/3c/55/Christophe Lemaire

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rose Kingdom triumphs Asahi Hai FS

Rose Kingdom locked up the JRA Best 2-year-old Colt Award when he triumphed the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday. A 1 1/4-length behind the winner, Eishin Apollon(USA) finished second with another 2-length back Daiwa Barbarian third.

Rose Kingdom completed the 1,600-meter distance under Futoshi Komaki in 1 minute 34.00 seconds on firm ground.

At around 200 meters from home, Eishin Apollon pulled away from the pack to take the lead, while Rose Kingdom trailed a few lengths behind. The better stride of the two was Rose Kingdom, who outran Eishin Apollon in the blink of an eye down the last 100 meters.

Rose Kingdom remains undefeated in three starts with more than 103 million jp yen in career
earnings. Bred by Northern Farm and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., the King Kamehameha colt out of the Sunday Silence mare Rosebud is trained in Ritto by K. Hashiguchi.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Rose Kingdom goes for third straight win in Futurity Stakes

Rose Kingdom goes for the third straight win when he lines up in the field of 16 colts for the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds at Nakayama on Sunday. The undefeated King Kamehameha colt in 2 starts coming off victory in the grade three Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes in mid-November will break from post 8 under Futoshi Komaki.

The main opponents to Rose Kingdom could be Eishin Appolon(USA) winning the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes(g2), Tosen Phantom who finished second in the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes behind Rose Kingdom and King Leopold, an impressive winner of the Begonia Sho on the Japan Cup day.

The 61st running of the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, Grade One
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Nakayama Race-11 15:25 p.m. JST
2yo 1,600-meter turf right-handed

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name(sire)/Rider
1/Battle Schliemann(by Fusaichi Concorde)/Tomoharu Bushizawa
2/Daiwa Barbarian(by Manhattan Cafe)/Masayoshi Ebina
3/Garbo(by Manhattan Cafe)/Hayato Yoshida
4/Hit Japotto(by Fuji Kiseki)/Yuichi Fukunaga
5/Dasher Go Go(by Sakura Bakushin O)/Tetsuzo Sato
6/King Leopold(by Fuji Kiseki)/Yoshitomi Shibata
7/Battle Red(by Boston Harbor)/Katsuharu Tanaka
8/Rose Kingdom(by King Kamehameha)/Futoshi Komaki
9/A Shin Whity(by Sakura Bakushin O)/Katsumi Ando
10/Tsurumaru Jupiter(by Manhattan Cafe)/Masaki Katsuura
11/Froh Reise(by New England)/Hiroki Goto
12/Eishin Apollon(USA)(by Giant's Causeway)/Kenichi Ikezoe
13/Escada(by Bago)/Anthony Crastus
14/Kyoei Asura(by Swept Overboard)/Kosei Miura
15/Tosen Phantom(by Neo Universe)/Hiroyuki Uchida
16/Nishino Meigetsu(by Durandal)/Hiroshi Kitamura
All starters carry 55 kgs.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Apapane wins Juvenile Fillies

Apapane won the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies by a 1/2-length from Animate Bio to have the JRA Best 2-year-old Filly award in her hand. Best Cruise, another 3/4-length behind, took third with Ranunculus fourth and Shimmei Fuji fifth.

Apapane, the 4.6 second favorite in the field of 18 fillies, drove swiftly between horses under the hands of Masayoshi Ebina, hitting into the front inside 200 meters from home and going on to winning the 1,600-meter grade one race in 1 minute 34.90 seconds.

Apapane is a 2-year-old bay filly by King Kamehameha out of the Salt Lake mare Salty Bid. Owned and bred by K. Makoto Holding Co., the filly has now earned 78.5+ million jp yen with a record of 4-3-0-1.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Shimmei Fuji favorite for Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

As of Saturday, Shimmei Fuji has been installed as the 4.3 early favorite for the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin on Sunday. She displayed a sensational late stride on her last outing to win the Niigata Nisai Stakes(g3) in early-September.
Apapane, winner of the Akamatsu Sho, was the 6.1 second favorite. The third favorite went to the Fantasy Stakes winner Tagano Elisabeth(7.1) followed by Ranunculus(7.2). Animate Bio, a runner-up in the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes was fifth favorite(9.2).

Friday, December 11, 2009

Field of 2009 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

Sunday sees the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies(g1) in which a total of 18 fillies will go to post at 3:40 p.m. at Hanshin Racecourse.

The 61st running of the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Grade One
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Hanshin Race-11 3:40 p.m. JST
2yo f 1,600-meter turf right-handed

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name(sire)/Rider
1/Meisho Dame(Manhattan Cafe)/Yuichi Fukunaga
2/Jewel of Nile(Durandal)/Kosei Miura
3/Motohime(Shonan Kampf)/Takuya Ono
4/Paris Doll(Silent Hunter)/Keisuke Dazai
5/Sariel(King Kamehameha)/Mamoru Ishibashi
6/Animate Bio(Zenno Rob Roy)/Hiroyuki Uchida
7/Ranunculus(Special Week)/Hirofumi Shii
8/Tagano Elisabeth(Special Week)/Yuga Kawada
9/Casque d'Or(Dance in the Dark)/Futoshi Komaki
10/Tagano Palme d'Or(Chief Bearhart)/Kota Fujioka
11/Stellar Lead(Special Week)/Mirco Demuro
12/Tagano Garuda(Neo Universe)/Suguru Hamanaka
13/Glory Step(Special Week)/Hayato Yoshida
14/Karenna Hohoemi(Taiki Shuttle)/Hiroyuki Uemura
15/Best Cruise(Kurofune)/Katsumi Ando
16/Shimmei Fuji(Fuji Kiseki)/Yasunari Iwata
17/Merveille d'Or(Fuji Kiseki)/Hideaki Miyuki
18/Apapane(King Kamehameha)/Masayoshi Ebina

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Vodka remains in training until March 2010

Vodka, recently winning the Japan Cup, remains in training until next March. The 2010 Dubai World Cup will be her prime target and farewell race.

In the meantime, Screen Hero has been retired from racing, his trainer Shikato revealed. The 5-year-old horse will stand at Lex Stud in Shinhidaka, Hokkaido.

Deep Sky stands at Darley Japan

Photo: Deep Sky
Photo Copyright(c)2009 Toward Horse. All Rights Reserved.

Deep Sky will stand at Darley Japan Stallion Complex for a fee of 3.5 million jp yen next breeding season. The 2008 Japanese Derby winner gave up his racing career due to tendon injury this Summer. He won 5 of his 17 races with 642+ million jp yen in career earnings. Deep Sky is a 4-year-old colt by Agnes Tachyon 5-out of the Chief's Crown mare Abi.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Espoir City romps Japan Cup Dirt 2009

Espoir City romped home for a 3 1/2-length victory in the Japan Cup Dirt on Sunday afternoon. Under regular rider Tetsuo Sato, the Gold Allure colt won the 1,800-meter grade one in 1 minute 49.90 seconds on Hanshin dirt track.
Silk Mobius and Golden Ticket, both whom came off the pace, finished second and third respectively. A 1 1/4-length separated the two.

Espoir City, the 3.1 favorite in the field of 16, took over the lead from Tizway(USA) on the first turn. From there, he was never behind and galloped all the way to the winning post.

Complete finishing order:
Espoir City, Silk Mobius, Golden Ticket, Success Brocken, Admire Subaru, Wonder Acute, Meisho Tokon, Vermilion, Makoto Sparviero, Daisho Jet, Tizway(USA), La Verita(USA), Suni(USA), Wonder Speed and Marubutsu Lead

Espoir City has now won the 3rd g1 victory following the Kashima Kinen(g1) at NRA Funabashi and the Nambu Hai(g1) at NRA Morioka. Before 2009 season, he was nowhere to be seen on the grade event, but he gained four grade victories this season.
With the 133+ million jp yen first prize of the JC Dirt, his career earnings brought to 390+ million jp yen with a record of 19-9-3-1.

Espoir City, trained by A. Adachi and owned by Yushun Horse, is a 4-year-old colt out of the Brian's Time mare Eminet City. Ikuchise Bokujo(means Farm in English) was the breeder of the chestnut colt.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Espoir City early favorite for Japan Cup Dirt 2009

Public bettors like Espoir City, who has been, as of Saturday, installed as the early favorite for the 2009 Japan Cup Dirt at odds of 3.3. Vermilion was the second favorite at 4.3. Wonder Acute was the third favorite at 7.9 followed by Success Brocken at 9.5. The US invader Tizway(USA) was the 10th favorite at 28.9.

Screen Hero injured

Screen Hero, winner of the 2008 Japan Cup winner, suffered bowed tendon on his left front. No determination has been made about his future, but the injury may end his racing career.

Photo: 2008 Japan Cup

Photo copyright(c) 2009
Toward Horse. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, December 04, 2009

16 horses to contend Japan Cup Dirt 2009

Sunday sees the 2009 Japan Cup Dirt in which the 16 horses have been entered.

Chief contenders:
Espoir City is a runner of front running style which gave him a couple of NRA g1 victories on last 2 outings. Recently, this colt has won the Nambu Hai at NRA Morioka in mid-October.
Vermilion comes here with victory in the JBC Classic(g1) at NRA Nagoya after winning the Teio Sho(g1) at NRA Ohi. The winner in this race two seasons ago aims at his 9th g1 win at JRA/NRA. This horse likes to go with the pace or stay behind the leading pack.
Wonder Aucute is the midst of three-straight winning streak; his latest winning performance was the Musashino Stakes at Tokyo in which he led the field and went all the way to the line.

Other horses to watch are February Stakes winner Success Brocken, JBC Sprint winner Suni(USA) and JBC Classic runner-up Makoto Sparviero.

Tizway(USA), the only foreign entry who likes to go into the front, has to handle the right-handed course and the slope at Hanshin.

The 10th running of the Japan Cup Dirt, Grade One
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Hanshin, Race-11, 3:40 p.m. JST
3yo+, internatinal, 1,800-meter, dirt, right-handed
weight: 57 kgs for 4yo+, 56 kgs for 3yo, filly and mare allowed 2 kgs

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Jockey
1/Espoir City/4c/Tetsuzo Sato
2/Success Brocken/4c/Hiroyuki Uchida
3/Admire Subaru/6h/Masaki Katsuura
4/Vermilion/7h/Yutaka Take
5/Makoto Sparviero/5h/Katsumi Ando
6/Meisho Tokon/7h/Shinji Fujita
7/Tizway(USA)/4c/Rajiv Maragh
8/Daisho Jet/6h/Yuichi Shibayama
9/Golden Ticket/3c/Christophe Lemaire
10/Bonneville Record/7h/Fumio Matoba
11/La Verita(USA)/3f/Yasunari Iwata
12/Silk Mobius/3c/Hiroyasu Tanaka
13/Suni(USA)/3c/Yuga Kawada
14/Wonder Speed/7h/Futoshi Komaki
15/Marubutsu Lead/6h/Suguru Hamanaka
16/Wonder Acute/3c/Ryuji Wada

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Japan sends 3 horses to HK International Races

Japan will send the following three horses to the 2009 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races held on December 13 at Sha Tin.

Queen Spumante for HK Cup
Laurel Guerreiro for HK Sprint
Jaguar Mail for HK Vase

Vodka's future not yet determined

It has not yet been determined whether or not Vodka remains in training next season. For sure, she will not run this season.
Note that she suffered bleeding from her nose after winning the Japan Cup. The bleeding was found out in the post-race examination.

Photo: Vodka in 2009 Japan Cup

Photo copyright(c) 2009 Toward Horse. All Rights Reserved.
Thanks to pirloyan at Toward Horse, providing the photo.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

2009 Japan Cup Dirt

A total of 32 horses including Tizway have been nominated for the Japan Cup Dirt to be run on Sunday, December 6 at Hanshin Racecourse.

Vodka thrilling Japan Cup victory

On the finale day at 2009 Tokyo meeting, Vodka held off Oken Bruce Lee by a nose to win the Japan Cup in photo finish on Sunday afternoon. A 1 1/2-length behind the runner-up, Red Desire was second with Conduit(IRE) finishing another 1 1/4-length back in fouth. Christophe Lemaire was the winning jockey to complete the 2,400-meter trip in 2 minutes 22.40 seconds on firm grass.

Having taken a good position at fourth place early on, Vodka pulled away from the pack outside 200 meters from home right after Lemaire gave her a go-sign. Oken Bruce Lee with Hiroyuki Uchida up came from the last to challenge and rapidly got up close in her at an evey step he made. The two went toe-to-toe with each other to the finish line.

Conduit, who got off a poor start, had a good finish, but never threatened the first two at the end.

Quotation from C. Lemaire:
I was not sure we got the winning post because Uchida's horse(Oken Bruce Lee) finished so fast at the line. She was calm and the pace was good enough for her. I kept her energy to save the last 200 meters. I was confident with her.

Complete finishing order: Vodka, Oken Bruce Lee, Red Desire, Conduit(IRE), Air Shady, Eishin Deputy, Just As Well(USA), Meiner Kitz, Reach the Crown, Never Bouchon, Scintillo(GB), Cosmo Bulk, Inti Raimi and Intepatation(USA)(dead heat), Asakusa Kings, March Side(USA) and Yamanin Kingly

Vodka has now gained seven grade one victories at JRA with 10 wins in 25 career starts. Her career earnings improved 1.3+ billion jp yen.

You can see the video(in Japanese) on YouTube at

Summer Bird out of Japan Cup Dirt

Summer Bird(USA) was out of the Japan Cup Dirt due to injury. The 3-year-old colt suffered injury on his right foreleg Sunday morning.

The details are on JRA English web site at

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Vodka favorite for Japan Cup 2009

After closing Saturday betting round, Vodka has been installed as the 3.8 favorite for the Japan Cup. This could be her last chance to get the JC title. She finished third and fourth in the last 2 JC runnings.

Conduit was the second favorite at odds of 5.0. The 4-year-old colt will go to stud next spring at Big Red Farm in Niikappu, Hokkaido, Japan.

Oken Bruce Lee was at 5.9 for third favorite with Screen Hero at 7.8 for fourth favorite. Reach the Crown was fifth favorite at 8.2 followed by Red Desire at 8.3. The rest of the field was 10.0 or higher.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Contenders of Japan Cup 2009

Asakusa Kings(White Muzzle - Croupier Star, by Sunday Silence)
Has plenty of stamina; his best form was when he won Kikuka Sho two seasons ago; picked up a couple of grade scores earlier this season; well-beaten in Tenno Sho Autumn on his latest running; this longer trip could produce a better result, but needs rapid improvement.

Never Bouchon(Marvelous Sunday - Pearl Necklace, by Mill Reef)
On and off performer on the grade level; beat Air Shady to win AJC Hai in late-January; this will be his first start since May 3 when he had a disappointing result in Tenno Sho Spring; obviously, a tough task on this highest-level competition.

Air Shady(Sunday Silence - Air Deja Vu, by Northern Dancer)
Aged horse who has yet to win this season, but put his name on the board for some earnings; did not come out right in Tenno Sho Autumn; one of the outsiders.

Eishin Deputy(French Deputy - Eishin McAllen, by Woodman)
Last year's Takarazuka Kinen(g1) winner; had no impact on Tenno Sho Autumn and All Comers in his last 2 starts having sidelined for more than a year; has yet to win beyond 2,200 meters, but his supporters expect him to produce a much better run this time.

Vodka(Tanino Gimlet - Tanino Sister, by Rousillon)
Most popular horse and great mare who has scored g1 every year since she debuted at age 2; won Japanese Derby(which is the same distance and course as Japan Cup) two seasons ago, but her recent runs indicated that she prefers a high-paced race such as a 1,600-meter trip; a key to success will be how she runs in early stage to save energy for the stretch; it will be interesting that Christophe Lemaire teams up with her for the first time; the French jockey has regulary ridden in Japan since 2002.

Red Desire(Manhattan Cafe - Great Sunrise, by Caerleon)
One of the best fillies in the 3-year-old division; finally gained g1 victory in Shuka Sho last outing after finishing second at a couple of filly classics earlier this season; untested against top older horses and how she runs this Sunday could be a tough assignment, but certainly she deserves to lineup in this strong field.

Just As Well(USA)(A.P. Indy - No Matter What, by Nereyev)
Has exclusively run at North America with a couple of grade victories this season; showed good gallops at Tokyo main course on 11/26; the long stretch of Tokyo course will suit him for a strong finish.

Meiner Kitz(Chief Bearhart - Takara Kanna, by Soccer Boy)
Showed good form earlier this season with surprising victory in Tenno Sho Spring; ran poorly in Kyoto Daishoten at his sole start in this Fall season; the JC distance may be a bit shorter than his best trip; do not underestimate him, but certainly one of the outsiders.

Reach the Crown(Special Week - Crownpiece, by Seattle Slew)
Has a strong front style which gave him a couple of classic runner-ups; recently delivered second inKikuka Sho last month; skipped Mile Championship to run this Sunday; definitely stay the JC distance and attempts to bring his stamina into this prestigious race.

Oken Bruce Lee(Jungle Pocket - Silver Joy, by Silver Deputy)
Winner of 2008 Kikuka Sho who finished fifth, not far behind Screen Hero, in last year's JC; got winning form in Kyoto Daishoten and followed up with fourth in Tenno Sho Autumn in his latest run; could produce a better result than last year with the best run of form.

Marsh Side(USA)(Gone West - Colonial Play, by Pleasant Colony)
Returns to Japan for revenging a defeat without run, scratch of 2008 JC due to fever; demoted to 4th from 1st in Northern Dancer Turf S on his 2 starts back; has not won since 2008 Canadian Inernational S.

Scintillo(GB)(Fantastic Light - Danseuse de Soir, by Thatching)
Decent stayer who has spent a busy season, registering 3 wins in 2009; the grass will be suitable, but he has to handle a faster pace; the soft ground would be appreciated.

Yamanin Kingly(Agnes Digital - Yamanin Arena, by Sunday Silence)
Had been good 2009 campaign with Sapporo Kinen victory until this colt was well-beaten in his last 2 starts; has yet to have a big impact on grade one event; an outsider

Inti Raimi(Special Week - Andes Lady, by Northern Taste)
Has not done anything in 4 starts this season; finished far behind in a lower class last outing; one of the longshot outsiders.

Interpatation(USA)(Longfuhr - Idealistic Cause, by Habitony)
Turf Classic Invitational S winner who has exclusively raced in US circuit; he is in shape according to connections; has to deal with firm gound at possibly fast-pace race.

Conduit(IRE)(Dalakhani - Well Head, by Sadler's Wells)
Multiple group/grade one winner in Europe and US; considered one of the best runners in Europe with a couple of g1 glory including King George VI this season; comes here off a back-to-back victory in BC Turf; runs well at this distance and could handle a fast-paced race on Japanese firm ground; production of his bullet finish is expected; could be one of the major contenders.

Cosmo Bulk(Zagreb - Iseno Tosho, by Tosho Boy)
Veteran NRA runner; this will be his 6th JC run; his best JC finish was second in 2004; his best performance was when winning Singapore International 3 years ago; a longshot outsider.

Screen Hero(Grass Wonder - Running Heroine, by Sunday Silence)
Defending champion who had not done well this season until he finished second behind Company in Tenno Sho Autumn; the extended distance at his favorite course would be welcomed; No surprise that he reproduces a big run like last year; Reunite with Italian rider Mirco Demuro would be helpful very much.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Field of 2009 Japan Cup draws

A field of the 2009 Japan Cup has been drawn on Thursday afternoon. A total of 18 horses will go for the world-famous race in Japan.

The 29th running of the Japan Cup, Grade One
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tokyo - 10th Race 3:20 p.m. JST
3-year-olds and upward international 2,400-meter turf left-handed
weight: 57 kgs for 4yo+, 55 kgs for 3yo, fillies and mares allowed 2 kgs
Added money(in million jp yen):
1st; 250, 2nd; 100, 3rd; 63, 4th; 38, 5th; 25

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Rider
1/Asakusa Kings/5h/Yasunari Iwata
2/Never Bouchon/6h/Hiroshi Kitamura
3/Air Shady/8h/Hiroki Goto
4/Eishin Deputy/7h/Keita Tosaki
5/Vodka/5m/Christophe Lemaire
6/Red Desire/3f/Hirofumi Shii
7/Just As Well(USA)/6h/Julian Leparoux
8/Meiner Kitz/6h/Masami Matsuoka
9/Reach the Crown/3c/Yutaka Take
10/Oken Bruce Lee/4h/Hiroyuki Uchida
11/Marsh Side(USA)/6h/Javier Castellano
12/Scintillo(GB)/4c/Gerald Mosse
13/Yamanin Kingly/4c/Yuichi Shibayama
14/Inti Raimi/7h/Christophe Soumillon
15/Interpatation(USA)/7g/David Cohen
16/Conduit(IRE)/4c/Ryan Moore
17/Cosmo Bulk/8h/Fuyuki Igarashi
18/Screen Hero/5h/Mirco Demuro

Note that the Japanese Derby winner Logi Universe was out of the Japan Cup due to suffering leg problem. The details of his injury has not been announced yet.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

2009 Japan Cup cast

The 2009 Japan Cup cast looks like this:

Local horses:
Air Shady, Asakusa Kings, Cosmo Bulk, Eishin Deputy, Logi Universe, Meiner Kitz, Never Bouchon, Oken Bruce Lee, Reach the Crown, Red Desire, Screen Hero, Vodka and Yamanin Kingly[in alphabetical order]

Foreign horses:
Conduit(IRE), Interpatation(USA), Just As Well(USA), Marsh Side(USA) and Scintillo(GB)[in alphabetical order]


Brief history
The Japan Cup was inaugurated in 1981 as the first international race in Japan. Since then, it has been successfully run and become a world-famous event. There are a number of premier runners from Europe, North America and other areas to have taken part in this race.


Past winners
2008 Screen Hero
2007 Admire Moon
2006 Deep Impact
2005 Alkaased
2004 Zenno Rob Roy
2003 Tap Dance City
2002* Falbrav
2001 Jungle Pocket
2000 T.M.Opera O
1999 Special Week
1998 El Condor Pasa
1997 Pilsudski
1996 Singspiel
1995 Lando
1994 Marvelous Crown
1993 Legacy World
1992 Tokai Teio
1991 Golden Pheasant
1990 Better Loosen Up
1989 Horlicks
1988 Pay the Butler
1987 Le Glorieux
1986 Jupiter Island
1985 Symboli Rudolf
1984 Katsuragi Ace
1983 Stanerra
1982 Half Iced
1981 Mairzy Doates
*- at Nakamaya


4-year-olds have a good record, registering 7 firsts in the last 10 years, while 7-year-olds or older have not won. Jungle Pocket in 2001 is the only 3-year-old winner in the last decade, but 3-year-olds have placed second 4 times during that period. The last winning female was Horlicks in 1989.

Big surprises are rare. In the last 10 runnings, favorites have placed 3 firsts, 2 seconds and 4 thirds. Last year's winner Screen Hero was the longest winner as 9th pick(paying 4,100 jp yen), followed by Falbrav as 9th pick(2,050 jp yen).

The biggest winning margin was 9 lengths recorded by Tap Dance City on Nov.30, 2003. The race record was 2 minutes 22.10 seconds set by Alkaased on Nov. 27, 2005.
Frankie Dettori is the most successful jockey, riding three JC winners(Alkaased, Falbrav and Singspiel). Michael Stoute is only the trainer to strike twice(Pilsudski and Singspiel).

Tizway arrives in Japan

On Monday, November 23, Tizway(USA) arrived in Japan from US to participate in the Japan Cup Dirt.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Compay wins Mile Championship in farewell race

Company wrapped up his glorious career with the Mile Championship victory on Sunday afternoon. He won the grade one 1,600-meter event by a 1 1/4-length from rank outsider Meiner Falke. Another neck further back Sahpresa(USA) ran third with Captain Thule finishing a nose behind in fourth.

Outside 100 meters to go, Meiner Falke hung on tough to remain the leading position, but Company drew near the leader. Company made a final effort, just like the Tenno Sho Autumn, as jockey Norihiro Yokoyama asked him to do so. In the blink of an eye, he just quickened up into the front. Sahpresa and Captain Thule showed a good stretch run on the outside, but neither of the two were able to catch Meiner Falke.

Yokoyama said, "He is an excellent racehorse. Without hesitation, I took him to run on the inside in the stretch. The leader was in front of us, but I was sure we got ahead of him."

Company, a 8-year-old son of Miracle Admire and the Northern Taste mare Brilliant Very, owned by H.Kondo and trained by H.Otonashi, had 35 career starts. 12 of them were the winning run. With the first prize of the Mile Championship, his career earnings brought to 939+ million jp yen. Northern Farm was the breeder of the bay horse. He will go to stud at Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Field of 2009 Mile Championship

Company, coming off the Tenno Sho Autumn victory in good style, is likely to be favorite for the Mile Championship for which 18 horses have been entered. It will be his farewell race.
Other horses to watch will be Fuji Stakes winner Absolute and Zarema, winner of the Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap.

The foreign entries are Eva's Request(IRE) and Sahpresa(USA). They can get into contention in the very final stage if they handle a speed race.

The 26th running of the Mile Championship, Grade One
Sunday, November 22, 2009
11th Race at Kyoto
3yo+ international 1,600-meter turf right-handed

H#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Eva's Request(IRE)/4f/55/Alan Munro
2/Toreno Jubilee/6h/57/Andreas Suborics
3/Maruka Shenck/6h/57/Yuichi Shibayama
4/Company/8h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
5/Smile Jack/4c/57/Kosei Miura
6/Fine Grain/6h/57/Hideaki Miyuki
7/Absolute/5h/57/Katsuharu Tanaka
8/Fifth Petal/3c/56/Christophe Lemaire
9/Captain Thule/4c/57/Yuga Kawada
10/Suzuka Causeway/5h/57/Hiroki Goto
11/Zarema/5m/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
12/Hikaru Ozora/5h/57/Christophe Soumillon
13/Meiner Falke/4c/57/Ryuji Wada
14/Strong Garuda/3c/56/Yuichi Fukunaga
15/Sahpresa(USA)/4f/55/Olivier Peslier
16/San Carlo/3c/56/Yutaka Yoshida
17/Live Concert(IRE)/5g/57/Yasunari Iwata
18/Sandalphon/6h/57/Hirofumi Shii


Two JC horses arrive in Japan

On November 19, Conduit(IRE) and Scintillo(GB) arrived in Japan to run in the 2009 Japan Cup.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Two US-trained horses arrive in Japan

Marsh Side(USA) and Summer Bird(USA) arrived in Japan from US today.

Marsh Side is scheduled to run in the Japan Cup at Tokyo on November 29, while Summer Bird will take on the Japan Cup Dirt, held at Hanshin on December 6.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Two JC horses arrive in Japan

On Monday, November 16, Interpatation(USA) and Just As Well(USA) to run in the 2009 Japan Cup arrived in Japan from US.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Outsiders finish first and second in QE II Cup

Having unplaced in the Kyoto Daishoten last time out, the 77.1 outsider Queen Spumante had a wire-to-wire victory in the 2,200-meter Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup this afternoon at Kyoto. She won it by a 1 1/2-length from another outsider T M Precure(91.6). It was one of the most surprising results in the history of JRA g1 races.

Third was, another neck behind, Buena Vista(1.6 favorite) with Shalanaya(IRE)(10.4 third favorite) fourth. Hiroyasu Tanaka rode the first g1 winner as he got into the winning post in 2 minutes 13.60 seconds on turf.

Queen Spumante with T M Precure right behind her led the field of 18 fillies and mares. Before the final turn, the two opened up a huge lead and reached the line in the same order.

Buena Vista performed the fastest finish with 32.90 seconds in the last 600 meters, but it was not enough to catch the first two.


Two foreign horses to run in next week Milechampionship

Eva's Request(IRE) and Sahpresa(USA) will run in Milechampionship(g1) to be held at Kyoto on November 22, 2009.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Buena Vista favored for QE II Cup

As of Saturday, November 14, Buena Vista has been installed as the 1.8 favorite for Sunday's Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto. Broad Street was the 7.9 second favorite followed by Shalanaya 10.1 third favorite.

The 18 fillies and mares will go to post at 3:40 p.m. JST.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Field of 2009 QE II Cup

Buena Vista attempts to redeem her reputation when she faces the 17 rivals in Sunday's Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto. The dual grade one winner was demoted to third from second for interference on her previous run.

Shalanaya, the only foreign entry, comes here off group one victory of Prix de l'Opera in her home course at Longchamp. No foreign horse has yet to win this race, but she could have a good chance to make history.

The 34th running of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, Grade One
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Kyoto Race-11 3:40 pm JST
3yo+ f&m international 2,200-meter turf right-handed

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider Name
1/Wedding Fujiko/5m/56/Takanori Kikuzawa
2/Meisho Beluga/4f/56/Kenichi Ikezoe
3/Celebrita/4f/56/Yasunari Iwata
4/Germinal/3f/54/Yuichi Fukunaga
5/Little Amapola/4f/56/Christophe Soumillon
6/Piena Venus/5m/56/Yoshihiro Furukawa
7/Queen Spumante/5m/56/Hiroyasu Tanaka
8/Kawakami Princess/6m/56/Norihiro Yokoyama
9/Bravo Daisy/4f/56/Kenichi Syono
10/Shalanaya(IRE)/3f/54/Christophe Lemaire
11/T M Precure/6m/56/Shigefumi Kumazawa
12/Broad Street/3f/54/Shinji Fujita
13/Sanrei Jasper/7m/56/Yoshiyasu Nanba
14/Nishino Blue Moon/5m/56/Hiroshi Kitamura
15/Mikrokosmos/3f/54/Yutaka Take
16/Buena Vista/3f/54/Katsumi Ando
17/Mood Indigo/4f/56/Katsuharu Tanaka
18/Rain Dance/5m/56/Kota Fujioka

Foreign invitees of 2009 Japan Cup

The following two European runners have been accepted to the Japan Cup invitation, JRA revealed on Nov.13th.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Foreign invitees of 2009 Japan Cup

The three horses who have been accepted as the foreign invitees of the 2009 Japan Cup are as follows:
Interpatation(USA), Just As Well(USA) and Marsh Side(USA)

As of Nov.10th, the Japan Cup Dirt has the two foreign invitees, Summer Bird(USA) and Tizway(USA).

Eva's Request(IRE) schduled to run in the Milechampionship arrived in Japan from England on Nov.10th.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Wonder Acute makes appeal in Musashino S

Wonder Acute made a big appeal to public bettors toward the Japan Cup Dirt as he won the 1,600-meter Musashino Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday afternoon.
Having grabbed the lead before the bend, Wonder Acute with Katsumi Ando up galloped the rest of the way for posting a 1 3/4-length victory in 1 minute 35.50 seconds on dirt surface.

Wonder Acute, a 3-year-old bay colt by Charismatic out of the Pleasant Tap mare Wonder Heritage, has won six in 11 career starts.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Shalanaya arrives in Japan

Shalanaya(IRE) arrived in Japan from France on Thursday, Nov. 5 to run in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, held at Kyoto on Sunday, Nov. 15th. The 3-year-old filly exercised at Miki Horse Land Park on Friday morning.


Tokyo Racecourse hosts the Musashino Stakes(g3), a major prep for the Japan Cup Dirt(g1), on Saturday, Nov. 7. The 16 horses will run over 1,600 meters on dirt.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Company achieves long-time ambition in Tenno Sho

Company achieved a long-time ambition when he won the Tenno Sho Autumn on Sunday afternoon. This was the first g1 victory in his 13th try and he became the oldest horse to win the flat grade one race in JRA racing history. Before him, no 8-year-horse or older has won any grade one flat race at JRA.

The Tenno Sho Autumn was led by Eishin Deputy and Captain Thule and Screen Hero followed, while Company with Norihiro Yokoyama up settled the middle of the 18-horse field.

Inside 200 meters to go, Company drew away from the rest. From there, Screen Hero and Vodka were the closest rivals to challenge, but neither of them were able to catch him. Company got the post in 1 minute 57.20 seconds. A 1 3/4-length behind, Screen Hero took second with another neck back Vodka third.

Company, a 8-year-old horse by Miracle Admire out of the Northern Taste mare Brillian Very, has now earned 835+ million jp yen with 11 wins in 34 career starts.

Friday, October 30, 2009

2009 Tenno Sho Autumn

Vodka gets another crack at the Tenno Sho Autumn when she runs in the 2,000-meter grade one race on Sunday. She won the race last year. Many bettors will give her a lot of support.
The main opposition to Vodka could be Shingen. The lightly-raced 6-year-old horse takes on the grade one company for the first time, but he has the ability to blow the field. He runs well at Tokyo course, 6 wins in 8 starts.
Dream Journey and Oken Bruce Lee are dangerous late runners.

The 140th running of the Tenno Sho Autumn, Grade One
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Tokyo Race-11 3:40pm JST
3yo+ international 2,000-meter turf left-handed
Added mondey(in million jp yen):
1st; 132, 2nd; 53, 3rd; 33, 4th; 20, 5th; 13.2

1/Cosmo Bulk/8h/58/Masami Matsuoka
2/Screen Hero/5h/58/Hiroshi Kitamura
3/Company/8h/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
4/Admire Fuji/7h/58/Christophe Soumillon
5/Yamanin Kingly/4c/58/Yuichi Shibayama
6/Asakusa Kings/5h/58/Hirofumi Shii
7/Vodka/5m/56/Yutaka Take
8/Captain Thule/4c/58/Yuga Kawada
9/Sakura Orion/7h/58/Shinichiro Akiyama
10/Shingen/6h/58/Shinji Fujita
11/Smile Jack/4c/58/Kosei Miura
12/Dream Journey/5h/58/Kenichi Ikezoe
13/Matsurida Gogh/6h/58/Masayoshi Ebina
14/Sakura Mega Wonder/6h/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
15/Oken Bruce Lee/4c/58/Hiroyuki Uchida
16/Hokko Pas de Chat/7h/58/Yasunari Iwata
17/Eishin Deputy/7h/58/Keita Tosaki
18/Air Shady/8h/58/Hiroki Goto

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Foregin Nomination

The following horses have been withdrawn from the foreign nomination list of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup.

Flying Cloud(IRE), Dynaforce(USA), Forever Together(USA) and Jolie's Shinju(JPN)

As the result, Shalanaya(IRE) is the only foreign horse to remain on the list.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Three Rolls wins Kikuka by a nose

Three Rolls at odds of 19.2 as the eighth favorite of the 18 field triumphed the 3,000-meter Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) at Kyoto on Sunday afternoon. He won it in 3 minutes 3.50 seconds by a nose from Forgettable, who finished a 1 1/4-length before third-placed Seiun Wonder in second.

Three Rolls under the hands of Suguru Hamanaka got into front inside 100 meters from home having got past Reach the Crown. As Three Rolls made a bearing-out move, Forgettable appeared on the inside and challenged. The two reached the line side by side.

Three Rolls, a 3-year-old bay colt by Dance in the Dark out of the Brian's Time mare Three Roman, had struggled on the lower level in this Spring campaign, but he just made it into the Kikuka Sho after winning the Nowake Tokubetsu in late-September.

The 1996 Kikuka Sho winner Dance in the Dark has now produced the third Kikuka Sho winner following That's the Plenty in 2003 and Delta Blues in 2004.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Reach the Crown early favorite for Kikuka Sho

As of Saturday, Reach the Crown has been installed as the early favorite for the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger). After closing Saturday betting round, he was at odds of 3.9. The second favorite was I Ko Piko at 5.1. Unrivaled was the third favorite at 5.7 followed by Nakayama Festa at 9.9.

Foreign Nominations

The five horses are named for the foreign nominations of the Nov. 15 QE II Commemorative Cup as follows:

Flying Cloud(IRE), Shalanaya(IRE), Dyna Force(USA), Forever Together(USA) and Jolie's Shinju(JPN)


As of Oct. 24, the Mile Championship, held at Kyoto on Nov. 22, has the following six foreign nominees.

Eva's Request(IRE), Alexandros(GB), Gladiatorus(USA), Sahpresa(USA), Global Hunter(ARG) and Mr. Sidney(USA)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Field of 18 set for Kikuka Sho

Despite absence of the Japanese Derby winner Logi Universe, the top 18 colts assemble for the 2009 Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) going over 3,000 meters on the Kyoto main course on Sunday.

The main contenders:
Unrivaled, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), aims at the second classic victory coming off fourth in the Kobe Shimbun Hai.
Reach the Crown, the Japanese Derby runner-up, who prepped the Kobe Shimbun Hai in which he finished a respectable second, could make a nose at the front side.
The Kobe Shimbun Hai winner I Ko Piko and the St. Lite Kinen winner Nakayama Festa could have a good chance here.

The 70th running of the Kikuka Sho, Grade One
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Kyoto Race-11 3:40 pm JST
3yo 3,000-meter turf right-handed
Added money(in thousand jp yen):
1st; 112, 2nd; 45, 3rd; 28, 4th; 17, 5th; 11.2

pp/Horse Name(Sire)/Rider
1/Three Rolls(Dance in the Dark)/Suguru Hamanaka
2/Schon Wald(Jungle Pocket)/Shinichiro Akiyama
3/Forgettable(Dance in the Dark)/Hayato Yoshida
4/Triumph March(Special Week)/Koshiro Take
5/Unrivaled(Neo Universe)/Yasunari Iwata
6/Executive(Chief Bearhart)/Shinji Kawashima
7/Yamanin Whisker(Manhattan Cafe)/Ryuji Wada
8/Antonio Barows(Manhattan Cafe)/Koichi Tsunoda
9/Reach the Crown(Special Week)/Yutaka Take
10/King Bamboo(King Halo)/Futoshi Komaki
11/Sacred Valley(Tanino Gimlet)/Masami Matsuoka
12/Seiun Wonder(Grass Wonder)/Yuichi Fukunaga
13/Kitasan Chief(Chief Bearhart)/Kota Fujioka
14/I Ko Piko(Manhattan Cafe)/Hirofumi Shii
15/Polka Mazurka(Timber Country)/Norihiro Yokoyama
16/Nakayama Festa(Stay Gold)/Masayoshi Ebina
17/Admire Major(Agnes Tachyon)/Yuga Kawada
18/Break Run Out(USA)(Smart Strike)/Shinji Fujita
All starters carry 57 kgs.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Red Desire finally gains g1 title in Shuka

Red Desire, having placed second in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) and the Japanese Oaks, finally gained the grade one title when she won the Shuka Sho(g1) for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday. Hirofumi Shii was the winning rider to complete the 2,000-meter trip in 1 minute 58.20 seconds.

The race seemed as if the Japanese Oaks was reproduced when Red Desire and Buena Vista got into the line side by side, but this time the two finished in a reverse order. The two were separated by the smallest official margin of a nose.

However, after a 20-minute inquiry or so, the stewards objected to second-placed Buena Vista for interference to Broad Street on the final turn and demoted her to third place. Broad Street, finishing a 1 1/4-length behind Buena Vista in third, promoted to second place.

Red Desire, a 3-year-old daughter of Manhattan Cafe and the Caerleon mare Great Sunrise, has raced for trainer M.Matsunaga and owner Tokyo Horse Racing Co. with a record of 6-3-3-0.

2009 Japan Cup information

A total of 39 foreign runners have been nominated for the 2009 Japan Cup. In the meantime, the 2009 Japan Cup Dirt has 35 foreigners in the first nomination stage.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Buena Vista bids for third filly classic

Buena Vista bids for the third filly class success of the year when she lines up in the Shuka Sho at Kyoto on Sunday. She has dominated the filly classic having won the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) and the Japanese Oaks. With regular rider Katsumi Ando up, Buena Vista will break from post 3.
The main opponents to Buena Vista are likely to be Broad Street and Red Desire, who finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the Rose Stakes(g2) one month ago.

The 14th running of the Shuka Sho, Grade 1
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Kyoto Race-11 3:40pm JST
3yo f international 2,000-meter turf right-handed
weight: 55 kgs
Added money(in thousand jp yen):
1st; 89, 2nd; 36, 3rd; 22, 4th; 13, 5th; 8.9

1/Hokuto Grain(by Agnes Digital)/Hiroyasu Tanaka
2/Pearl Shadow(by Kurofune)/Kosei Miura
3/Buena Vista(by Special Week)/Katsumi Ando
4/Mikrokosmos(by Neo Universe)/Yutaka Take
5/Red Desire(by Manhattan Cafe)/Hirofumi Shii
6/Viva Vodka(by Dance in the Dark)/Issei Murata
7/Diana Barows(by Symboli Kris S)/Koichi Tsunoda
8/Rhein Dream(by Special Week)/Hideaki Miyuki
9/Iide Ace(by Special Week)/Suguru Hamanaka
10/Coup de Grace(by White Muzzle)/Yuga Kawada
11/One Carat(by Falbrav)/Yusuke Fujioka
12/Broad Street(by Agnes Tachyon)/Shinji Fujita
13/I Am Kamino Mago(by Agnes Tachyon)/Futoshi Komaki
14/Germinal(by Agnes Tachyon)/Yuichi Fukunaga
15/Hashitte Hoshino(by Agnes Tachyon)/Masami Matsuoka
16/Morganite(by Agnes Digital)/Shinichiro Akiyama
17/Wide Sapphire(by Agnes Tachyon)/Yasunari Iwata
18/Delicate Piece(by White Muzzle)/Yoshitomi Shibata

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Veterans take the center stage in Mainichi

Veteran jockey Norihiro Yokoyama and aged-horse Company teamed up together to win the Mainichi Okan at Tokyo on Sunday afternoon. The heavy favorite Vokda, a length behind, finished second with Higher Game another 2-length further back third.

Vodka with Yutaka Take on her back, having set the pace from start, looked like a sure winner in the mid-stretrch until Yokoyama forced Company to catch the leader within 100 meters to go.
Company a 8-year-old horse by Miracle Admire out of the Northern Taste mare Brilliant Very.


Oken Bruce Lee bursting run in Kyoto Daishoten

Oken Bruce Lee showed a sensational bursting run over the Kyoto 2,400-meter main course on Sunday afternoon, winning the Kyoto Daishoten in 2 minutes 24.30 seconds on firm ground.It was the first success run for Oken Bruce Lee since he won the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) in October 2008.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Vodka resumes 2009 campaign in Mainichi Okan

Vodka resumes a 2009 campaign this Sunday when she faces the 10 male runners in the Mainichi Okan(g2) at Tokyo. She finished second in the race last year. Yutaka Take will ride her, breaking from post 6.

Vodka had been sent to Dubai to run there twice earlier this season before gaining a couple of Tokyo g1 victories. This daughter of Tanino Gimlet will be given the exact same campaign of last year, running in the Mainichi Okan followed by the Tenno Sho Autumn and the Japan Cup.

The 60th Mainichi Okan, grade two
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Tokyo Race-11 3:45pm JST
3yo+ international 1,800-meter turf left-handed

1/Mach Velocity/3c/55/Yoshitomi Shibata
2/Admire Fuji/7h/57/Yuga Kawada
3/Higher Game/8h/57/Hatsuhiro Kowata
4/Company/8h/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
5/Yamanin Kingly/4c/58/Yuichi Shibayama
6/Vodka/5m/56/Yutaka Take
7/Smile Jack/4c/57/Kosei Miura
8/Meteor Burst/8h/57/Hiroki Goto
9/Daishin Plan/4c/57Yusuke Fujioka
10/Sunrise Max/5h/57/Yasunari Iwata
11/Namura Crescent/4c/57/Futoshi Komaki


Kyoto features the Kyoto Daishoten on Sunday. The main contenders are: Oken Bruce Lee, winner of the 2008 Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger); Meiner Kitz winning the Tenno Sho Spring earlier this season; Jaguar Mail and Toho Alan, winner of the race in 2008.

The 44th Kyoto Daishoten, grade two
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Kyoto Race-11 3:35pm JST
3yo+ international 2,400-meter turf right-handed

1/Tosen Captain/5h/57/Hirofumi Shii
2/Oken Bruce Lee/4c/59/Hiroyuki Uchida
3/Smart Gear/4c/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
4/Cosmo Platina/6m/55/Ryuji Wada
5/Queen Spumante/5m/55/Hiroyasu Tanaka
6/King Top Gun/6h/57/Shinichiro Akiyama
7/Monte Kris S/4c/57/Katsumi Ando
8/Jaguar Mail/5h/57/Syu Ishibashi
9/Hagino Joyful/5g/57/Hideaki Miyuki
10/Meiner Kitz/6h/59/Masami Matsuoka
11/Meisho Qualia/4c/57/Koshiro Take
12/T M Precure/6m/56/Takuma Ogino
13/Arco Senora/5m/55/Shinji Fujita
14/Toho Alan/6h/58/Ryota Sameshima

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Laurel Guerreiro wins Sprinters S in closest battle

Laurel Guerreiro beat B B Guldan by the skin of his teeth to win the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday. Third was, a 1 1/4-length behind, Kanoya Zakura with I'll Love Again fourth and Ultima Thule fifth. Shinji Fujita on Laurel Guerreiro completed the 1,200-meter trip in 1 minute 7.50 seconds on firm ground.

The race was one of the most exciting and closest battle in Sprinters Stakes history. About 15-minute photo investigation was provided to determine the winner for the grade one sprint.

Inside 200 meters out, Laurel Guerreiro and B B Guldan broke away from the rest, and they performed a thrilling neck-to-neck battle to the line.

Having stumbled on the turn, Scenic Blast(AUS) was never into contention.

Laurel Guerreiro has now made a Sprinters Stakes - Takamatsunomiya Kinen double to confirm the best sprint horse in the country.

Laurel Guerreiro, a 5-year-old horse by King Halo out of the Tenby mare Big Tenby, has now won five in 26 starts with more than 482 million jp yen in career earnings.
Mitsugu Kon and Laurel Racing Co. Ltd. trains and owns him respectively. Murata Bokujo in Niikappu, Hokkaido was the breeder of the black bay horse.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Field of 2009 Sprinters Stakes

Scenic Blast(AUS), the only foreign entry in the field of 16 for the 2009 Sprinters Stakes, has a good chance to follow in the footsteps of Silent Witness and Takeover Target, who have made a visit to the winner's circle of the sprint event as a foreign runner in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Scenic Blast, winner of the three group one races this year, will gain a bonus prize of the Global Sprint Challenge if he wins this Sunday.
Among the local entrants, the Centaur Stakes winner Ultima Thule and B B Guldan, winner of the Keeneland Cup, are likely to be the main contenders.

The 43rd running of the Sprinters Stakes(g1)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Nakayama Race-11 3:45pm JST
3yo+ international 1,200-meter turf right-handed

Added money(in million jp yen):
1st; 95, 2nd; 38, 3rd; 24, 4th; 14, 5th; 9.5

1/Yamanin Emailler/6m/55/Katsuharu Tanaka
2/Ultima Thule/5m/55/Masami Matsuoka
3/Toreno Jubilee/6h/57/Yasunari Iwata
4/Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS)/6h/57/Kosei Miura
5/Maruka Phoenix/5h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
6/Grand Prix Angel/3f/53/Shigefumi Kumazawa
7/Scenic Blast(AUS)/5g/57/Mark Zahra
8/I'll Love Again/7h/57/Akihide Tsumura
9/B B Guldan/5h/57/Katsumi Ando
10/Soldier's Song/5h/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
11/Premium Box/6h/57/Ryota Sameshima
12/Kanoya Zakura/5m/55/Futoshi Komaki
13/Laurel Guerreiro/5h/57/Shinji Fujita
14/Sandalphon/6h/57/Hirofumi Shii
15/Urbanity/5h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
16/Apollo Dolce(USA)/4c/57/Masaki Katsuura

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2009 Sprinters Stakes nomination

A total of 42 horses including the only foreign entry, Scenic Blast(AUS), remain in the final nomination stage for the 2009 Sprinters Stakes to be run on October 4th at Nakayama.

Sleepless Night, who was considered as the major player in the grade one 1,200-meter race, has been retired due to tendon injury.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Matsurida Gogh wins All Comers in front-running fashion

Matsurida Gogh won the Sankei Sho All Comers in front-running fashion at Nakayama on Sunday. He won it by a decisive 2-length from favorite Dream Journey with another head behind Shingen third.
Veteran rider Norihiro Yokoyama send Matsurida Gogh into the front position from the start and they were never behind during the 2,200-meter turf trip. They stopped the clock at the line in 2 minutes 11.40 seconds.

I Ko Piko upsets Kobe Shimbun Hai in record time

I Ko Piko, the 24.0 7th favorite in the field of 14, had an upset victory in the Kobe Shimbun Hai by making a splendid rally in the home stretch.
A 2-length behind, Reach the Crown got second with Seiun Wonder finishing another 3/4-length back in third.
I Ko Piko, who faced the top-rated 3-year-old colts for the first time, showed a great finishing kick to get the line in 2 minutes 24.20 seconds, the new course record for the Hanshin 2,400-meter turf race.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Dream Jourey resumes 2009 campaign in All Comers

Dream Journey resumes his 2009 campaign when he faces the 14 rivals in the Sankei Sho All Comers on Sunday. He has shown a good run of form this season with the Takarazuka Kinen(g1) victory on his latest effort.
Shingen, who gained the grade wins in his last two starts, could be the one to keep an eye on in the race.
Eishin Deputy, winner of the 2008 Takarazuka Kinen, makes his 2009 debut after having been sidelined for more than one year. This horse had a sensational run last season. Matsurida Gogh runs well at his favorite course.

The 55th Sankei Sho All Comers, Grade 2
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Nakayama Race-11 3:45pm JST
3yo+ international 2,200-meter turf right-handed

H#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in Kgs)/Rider
1/Meiner Charles/4c/57/Masami Matsuoka
2/Shingen/6h/57/Shinji Fujita
3/Daiwa Wild Boar/4c/57/Hiroshi Kitamura
4/Higher Game/8h/57/Shigefumi Kumazawa
5/Snow Crusher/4c/57/Akihide Tsumura
6/Manhattan Sky/5h/57/Yoshitomi Shibata
7/Eishin Deputy/7h/58/Katsuharu Tanaka
8/Destramente/5h/57/Teruo Eda
9/Dream Journey/5h/59/Kenichi Ikezoe
10/Daishin Grow/5h/57/Hiroki Goto
11/Dance a Joy/8h/57/Masayoshi Ebina
12/Grass Bomber/9h/57/Masaki Katsuura
13/Tosho Scirocco/6h/57/Yutaka Yoshida
14/Tosen Captain/5h/57/Ryota Sameshima
15/Matsurida Gogh/6h/58/Norihiro Yokoyama


Unrivaled, an impressive winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) earlier this season, who got a miserable finish in the Japanese Derby, attempts to show a good run in the Kobe Shimbun Hai toward the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger).
Reach the Crown and Antonio Barows, who finished second and third in the Japanese Derby respectively, are likely to be the main opponents to Unrivaled.

The 57th Kobe Shimbun Hai, Grade 2
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Hanshin Race-10 3:35pm JST
3yo 2,400-meter turf right-handed

H#(pp)/Horse Name(sire)/Rider
1/Tomoro Pocket(Jungle Pocket)/Yuga Kawada
2/Apres un Reve(Symboli Kris S)/Hiroyuki Uchida
3/Top Coming(Gold Allure)/Hideaki Miyuki
4/I Ko Piko(Manhattan Cafe)/Hirofumi Shii
5/Unrivaled(Neo Universe)/Yasunari Iwata
6/Top Zone(Stay Gold)/Yusuke Fujioka
7/Triumph March(Special Week)/Koshiro Take
8/Antonio Barows(Manhattan Cafe)/Koichi Tsunoda
9/Washa Monotarin(Air Eminem)/Futoshi Komaki
10/Basel River(Fuji Kiseki)/Katsumi Ando
11/Seiun Wonder(Grass Wonder)/Yuichi Fukunaga
12/Red Sagara(Neo Universe)/Kota Fujioka
13/Reach the Crown(Special Week)/Yutaka Take
14/Schon Wald(Jungle Pocket)/Shinichiro Akiyama
All starters are colts and carry 56 kgs.


Scenic Blast(AUS) arrived in Japan on September 23 to run in the Sprinters Stakes, held at Nakayama on October 4th.

Stotsfold(GB) and Jukebox Jury(IRE) withdraw from the Tenno Sho Autumn nomination. Stimulation(IRE) is out of the Swan Stakes.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Broad Street wins Rose S in record time

Broad Street, ridden by Shinji Fujita, came with an splendid finishing kick on the middle to win the Rose Stakes(g2) on Sunday afternoon. The final time for the 1,800-meter distance was 1 minute 44.70 seconds on firm ground.
As expected, race favorite Red Desire displayed a great acceleration, but she finished a neck behind in second.

Broad Street is a 3-year-old bay filly by Agnes Tachyon out of the Cozzene mare Phila Street and has now won four in seven starts.


Nakayama Festa makes good start in St. Lite Kinen

Having placed fourth in the Japanese Derby on his last start, Nakayama Festa made a good start for his Fall campaign, winning the St. Lite Kinen(g2) at Nakayama. He won it by a 1/2-length from Sacred Valley. Race favorite Admire Major finished fourth in the 18-horse field of the St. Lite.

Nakayama Festa, a 3-year-old bay colt by Stay Gold out of the Tight Spot mare Dear Wink, has gained third victory of his six races.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Foreign nominations to JRA races

*The two English horses have been nominated for the 2009 Tenno Sho Autumn as follows:

Stotsfold(GB) and Jukebox Jury(IRE)

*Stimulation(IRE) has been nominated for the Swan Stakes.

*Masterofthehorse has been out of the Mainichi Okan and the Kyoto Daishoten.

*Sacred Kingdom(AUS) and Enthused(NZ) have not run in the Sprinters Stakes. As the result, Scenic Blast(AUS) is now the only foreign nomination for the grade one sprint race.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Admire Major likely major player in St. Lite

Admire Major could be likely the major player when he faces the 17 colts in the St. Lite Kinen, one of the major preps for the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger), at Nakayama on Sunday. The Agnes Tachyon colt was a maiden horse 4-month ago, but he comes into the St. Lite off a 3-winning streak.

The 63rd St. Lite Kinen, Grade 2
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Nakayama Race-11 3:45pm JST
3yo 2,200-meter turf right-handed

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name/Jockey
1/Masano Whiz Kid/Masaki Katsuura
2/Satono Express/Kenichi Ikezoe
3/Hikaru My Stage/Norihiro Yokoyama
4/Carcassonne/Issei Murata
5/Narita Crystal/Akihide Tsumura
6/Break Nine(JPN)/Eiji Nakadate
7/Paradiso/Syu Ishibashi
8/Amour Malheureux(USA)/Hiroshi Kitamura
9/Mikki Petra/Katsuharu Tanaka
10/Golden Ticket/Hiroyuki Uchida
11/Sacred Valley/Masami Matsuoka
12/Admire Major/Katsumi Ando
13/Executive/Yuichi Shibayama
14/Forgettable/Hayato Yoshida
15/Lord Panther/Hironobu Tanabe
16/Tosho Desert/Yutaka Yoshida
17/Nakayama Festa/Masayoshi Ebina
18/Mach Velocity/Yoshitomi Shibata

Hanshin features the Rose Stakes, one of the major preps for the grade one Shuka Sho, with a maximum field of 18 three-year-old fillies on Sunday.
Red Desire and Germinal, who finished second and third, respectively, in the Japanese Oaks on their previous starts, could be the main contenders.
The possible main opponent to them will be La Verita(USA), who is in the midst of 3 straight victories on dirt surface.

The 27th Rose Stakes, Grade 2
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Hanshin Race-10 3:35pm JST
3yo filly 1,800-meter turf right-handed

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name/Jockey
1/Hikaru Amaranthus/Kota Fujioka
2/Bridal Veil/Ryota Sameshima
3/Wide Sapphire/Yasunari Iwata
4/Broad Street/Shinji Fujita
5/Bombalurina/Tetsuzo Sato
6/Kurino Medalist/Shinji Kawashima
7/I Am Kamino Mago/Futoshi Komaki
8/Germinal/Yuichi Fukunaga
9/Mikrokosmos/Yutaka Take
10/Iide Ace/Shinichiro Akiyama
11/Red Desire/Hirofumi Shii
12/Dynamite Body/Manabu Kurachi
13/Coup de Grace/Yuga Kawada
14/One Carat/Yusuke Fujioka
15/Memory Pfaffia/Hideaki Miyuki
16/La Verita(USA)/Hiroki Goto
17/Charm Pot/Ryuji Wada
18/Italian Red/Suguru Hamanaka

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Captain Thule wins Asahi CC

Captain Thule, winner of the 2008 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), made up lost time to win the Asahi Challenge Cup(g3) at Hanshin on Saturday. Captain Thule and Break Run Out(USA) made an exciting duel throughout the stretch before Captain Thule put his neck in front at the line. Captain Thule is a 4-year-old colt by Agnes Tachyon out of the Tony Bin mare Air Thule.

Ultima Thule romps Centaur S
Ultima Thule, a half sister to Captain Thule, romped the Centaur Stakes, the main feature at the Hanshin Sunday meeting. Race favorite Sleepless Night, a 2 1/2-length behind the winner, finished second in the 1,200-meter race.
Ultima Thule is a 5-year-old mare by Fuji Kiseki.

Zarema takes Keisei Hai AH
The Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap was won at Nakayama on Sunday by Zarema, who beat Updraft by a 1 1/2-length. Zarema is a 5-year-old mare by Dance in the Dark out of the Zafonic mare Shenck.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Captain Thule could produce a good run in Asahi CC

Captain Thule looks to show his old good form in the Asahi Challenge Cup at Hanshin on Saturday. The 2008 Satsuki Sho winner, who finished a respectable fourth in his last outing of the Sekiya Kinen coming off more than one year layoff, could produce much better run this time.

Saturday, September 12, 2009
Hanshin Race-10 3:35pm
3-year-old & upwards, 2,000-meter, turf, right-handed

H#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Erimo Harrier/9g/58/Tetsuzo Sato
2/Monte Kris S/4c/56/Katsumi Ando
3/Arco Senora/5m/55/Hirofumi Shii
4/Maruka Shenck/6h/57/Yuichi Shibayama
5/Silver Blaze/5h/56/Futoshi Komaki
6/Captain Thule/4c/56/Yuga Kawada
7/A T Boss/5h/56/Hideaki Miyuki
8/Toho Alan/6h/57/Ryota Sameshima
9/Bella Rheia/5m/54/Yasunari Iwata
10/Crown Princess/5m/54/Keisuke Dazai
11/Break Run Out(USA)/3c/53/Shinji Fujita
12/Cosmo Platina/6m/54/Ryuji Wada
13/Destramente/5h/56/Suguru Hamanaka
14/Must Be True/6h/56/Yutaka Take
15/T M Encore/5h/56/Yuichi Fukunaga
16/Sunrise Vega/5h/56/Kenichi Ikezoe


Sleepless Night could be the one to keep an eye on in Sunday's Centaur Stakes. The last time we saw her on the course was earlier this season in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen where she finished a splendid second. Generally, the 5-year-old mare runs well when fresh.

Sunday, September 13, 2009
Hanshin Race-10 3:35pm
3-year-old & upwards, 1,200-meter, turf right-handed

H#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/I'll Love Again/7h/57/Akihide Tsumura
2/Kyowa Roaring/8h/57/Mamoru Ishibashi
3/Soldier's Song/7h/57/Katsumi Ando
4/Suzuka Causeway/5h/58/Hiroki Goto
5/Laurel Guerreiro/5h/59/Shinji Fujita
6/Kanoya Zakura/5m/56/Futoshi Komaki
7/Sandalphon/6h/57/Hirofumi Shii
8/Sleepless Night/5m/57/Hiroyuki Uemura
9/Apollo Dolce(USA)/4c/57/Masaki Katsuura
10/Halo Fuji/6m/55/Yuji Iida
11/Easter/6h/57/Hideaki Miyuki
12/Maruka Phoenix/5h/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
13/Headliner/5g/57/Yasunari Iwata
14/Melissa/5m/55/Koshiro Take
15/Cosmo Bell(USA)/5m/55/Tetsuzo Sato
16/Ultima Thule/5m/55/Masami Matsuoka


Sunday, September 13, 2009
Nakayama Race-11 3:45pm
3-year-old & upwards, 1,600-meter, turf, right-handed

H#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Keiai Raijin/3c/54/Yoshitomi Shibata
2/Katsuyo Twining/3f/50/Kyosuke Maruta
3/Zarema/5m/54/Hiroyuki Uchida
4/Showa Modern/5h/56/Issei Murata
5/F T Maia/4f/54/Masayoshi Ebina
6/Meisho Topper/6h/54/Yuichi Shibayama
7/Updraft/7g/53/Yutaka Yoshida
8/Tamamo Nice Play/4c/55/Shigefumi Kumazawa
9/Symboli West(USA)/9g/54/Hiroyasu Tanaka
10/Silent Pride/6h/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
11/Hikaru Ozora/5h/57/Yutaka Take
12/Yamanin Emailler/6m/53/Katsuharu Tanaka
13/Gale Sparky/5h/55/Hiroshi Kitamura
14/Meiner Scherzi/6h/56/Syu Ishibashi
15/Symboli Gran(IRE)/7h/55/Teruo Eda
16/Battle Banyan/5h/56/Kota Fujioka

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

JRA Fall Meeting Starts This Weekend

The Fall meeting at the JRA major tracks will start next weekend. To begin with, Hanshin Racecourse hosts the grade 3 Asahi Challenge Cup on Saturday, September 12th.
The top-rated horses, who took a rest at the farm or the stable, will return to the course this time of the year.

Horse to watch
Agnes Twinkle(USA) made a successful debut when he posted a 1 1/4-length victory in the 1,200-meter maiden race at Kokura on September 6th.
Agnes Twinkle, a 2-year-old colt by Giant's Causeway out of the Affirmed mare Morning Devotion, was sold at the September 2008 Keeneland Sale for 200 thousand US dollars.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Foreign nominations for JRA graded races

As of September 3rd, the three foreigners remain in the nomination list for the October 4th Sprinters Stakes(g1) as follows.

Enthused(NZ), Sacred Kingdom(AUS) and Scenic Blast(AUS)

The two English runners, Logic Way(USA) and Masterofthehorse(IRE), have been nominated for the Mainichi Okan and the Kyoto Daishoten.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

2009 IBIS Summer Dash

Kanoya Zakura gained her second IBIS Summer Dash(g3) victory in two consecutive years. Futoshi Komaki steered the winner to complete the 1,000-meter straight course in 56.20 seconds on yeilding.

The 9th IBIS Summer Dash, grade three
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Niigata Race-11 3:45pm 18-ran
3yo+ 1,000-meter turf yielding

17 Kanoya Zakura F.Komaki
18 Appolo Dolce(USA) M.Katsuura
12 Ultima Thule M.Matsuoka
16 Western Venus K.Tanaka
14 Eishin Tiger H.Uchida
margins: 1-1/2l, 1/2l, 3/4l, hd

Kanoya Zakura is a 5-year-old mare by Sakura Bakushin O out of the Woodman mare Woodmans Chic.

Friday, July 10, 2009

JRA Graded Races on July 12, 2009

Shadow Gate, who has not won since July 2007 when he gained the Singapore Airlines International Cup(g1) at Kranji Racecourse, has a good chance to break his losing streak coming off a respectable second in the Kinko Sho(g2).

The 45th Tanabata Sho, grade three
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Fukushima Racecourse, 3:45pm JST
3yo+, international, handicap, 2,000-meter, turf, right-handed

1/Mistral Cruise/6h/54/Yoshitomi Shibata
2/Tosho Scirocco/6h/56/Yutaka Yoshida
3/Dream Flight/5h/52/Yuichiro Nishida
4/Leo Meister/4c/54/Hiroshi Kitamura
5/Erimo Harrier/9g/57/Hatsuhiro Kowata
6/Camphor Best/10h/55/Teruo Eda
7/Ike Top Gun/5h/53/Takuya Ono
8/Arco Senora/5m/53/Tomoharu Bushizawa
9/Silver Blaze/5h/54/Hiroki Goto
10/Niagara/6h/54/Issei Murata
11/Destramente/5h/54/Masayoshi Ebina
12/Grass Bomber/9h/57/Masaki Katsuura
13/Hokko Pas de Chat/7h/56/Hiroyuki Uchida
14/Miyabi Ranveli/6h/57/Yuichi Kitamura
15/Shadow Gate/7h/57.5/Katsuharu Tanaka
16/One More Chatter/9h/53/Hayato Yoshida

The 14th Procyon Stakes, grade three
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Hanshin Racecourse, 3:35pm JST
3yo+, international, 1,400-meter, dirt, right-handed

1/Three Avenue/7h/56/Yuga Kawada
2/Carnavalito/6h/56/Hideaki Miyuki
3/Deep Summer/7h/56/Shotaro Kawashima
4/Saikyo World/7h/56/Suguru Hamanaka
5/Sunrise Bacchus/7h/58/Tetsuzo Sato
6/Falcataria/5h/56/Keisuke Dazai
7/Limitless Bid/10h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
8/Officer/7h/56/Futoshi Komaki
9/Logic/6h/58/Hiroyuki Uemura
10/Tamamo Hot Play/8h/57/Shigefumi Kumazawa
11/Dandyism/7h/56/Ryota Sameshima
12/Bamboo Ere/6h/59/Masami Matsuoka
13/Meisho Shaft/6h/56/Mamoru Ishibashi
14/Lanzarote/6h/56/Yutaka Take
15/Toho Dolce/4f/54/Ryuji Wada
16/Wakino Excel/7h/56/Kenichi Syono

Friday, July 03, 2009

This Week's JRA Graded Races

The Radio Nikkei Sho, grade 3
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Fukushima Racecourse, 3:45pm JST
3yo, Handicap, 1,800-meter, turf, right-handed
Added money(in million yen):
1st; 40, 2nd; 16, 3rd; 10, 4th; 6, 5th; 4

H#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Washa Monotarin/3c/52/Masayuki Nakamura
2/Keiai Dosojin/3c/53/Yutaka Yoshida
3/Strong Return/3c/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
4/Moere Expert/3c/55/Syu Ishibashi
5/Dream Hatch/3c/52/Yuji Tannai
6/Glory Lupinus/3f/51/Takuya Ono
7/Satono Romanee/3c/54/Masaki Katsuura
8/Meisho Kosei/3c/53/Issei Murata
9/Mikki Petra/3c/55/Hiroki Goto
10/I Ko Piko/3c/57/Katsuharu Tanaka
11/Meiner Elf/3c/56/Masami Matsuoka
12/Super Shizukun/3c/52/Hironobu Tanabe
13/Einai Oraio/3c/55/Hiroshi Kitamura
14/Shiny Desert/3c/52/Hayato Matoba
15/Sunny Sunday/3c/53/Hayato Yoshida
16/Strong Garuda/3c/56/Masayoshi Ebina

The Hakodate Sprint Stakes, grade 3
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Sapporo Racecourse, 3:25pm JST
3yo+, 1,200-meter, turf, right-handed
Added money(in million yen):
1st; 41, 2nd; 16, 3rd; 10, 4th; 6.2, 5th; 4.1

1/A Shin F Danz(USA)/5h/56/Yusuke Fujioka
2/M O Winner/8h/56/Koshiro Take
3/Mayano Tsurugi/5h/56/Shinji Fujita
4/Al Sirat(USA)/5h/56/Kenichi Ikezoe
5/Symboli West(USA)/9g/56/Hiroyasu Tanaka
6/Grand Prix Angel/3f/51/Shigefumi Kumazawa
7/Mejiro Schilling/6h/56/Daisaku Matsuda
8/Black Bar Spin(USA)/6h/56/Akihide Tsumura
9/Western Dancer/5m/54/Yuichi Kitamura
10/Urban Street/5h/56/Hirofumi Shii
11/Meisho Topper/6h/56/Kosei Miura
12/Incentive Guy/8h/56/Yasunari Iwata
13/Spinning Noir/8h/56/Eiji Nakadate
14/Tanino Martini/9h/57/Shinichiro Akiyama
15/Apollo Phoenix/4c/56/Yoshitomi Shibata
16/Molto Grande(USA)/5h/56/Norihiro Yokoyama

Sunday, June 28, 2009

2009 Takarazuka Kinen result

The career best performance gave Dream Journey the Takarazuka victory on Sunday. He just crushed the field by rallying in the stretch.

The 50th Takarazuka Kinen, grade one
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Hanshin Racecourse, Race-10, 3:40pm, 14-ran
3yo+ international 2,200-meter turf right-handed firm
final time: 2m 11.30s

9 Dream Journey K.Ikezoe
8 Sakura Mega Wonder Y.Fukunaga
11 Deep Sky H.Shii
14 Company Y.Iwata
10 Screen Hero N.Yokoyama
margins: 1-3/4l, nk, 1/2l, 1/2l
also ran: Al Nasrain, Meiner Kitz, Smart Gear, Monte Kris S, Admire Fuji, Erimo Expire, Inti Raimi,Cosmo Bulk and Hiraboku Royal

Dream Journey b 5 h
Stay Gold - Oriental Art by Mejiro McQueen
8 wins of 21 starts
career earnings: 559,759,000 jpy
trainer: Y.Ikee
Owner: Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
Breeder: Shadai Corporation Inc.

Friday, June 26, 2009

2009 Takarazuka Kinen Field

A field is set for the 2009 Takarazuka Kinen.

The main contenders are:
Deep Sky, 2008 dual grade one winner who had a good second in the Yasuda Kinen, Tenno Sho Spring winner Meiner Kitz, Kinko Sho winner Sakura Mega Wonder and Dream Journey winning the Sankei Osaka Hai in which he defeated Deep Sky.
The post time will be at 3:40 pm JST. on Sunday.

The 50th running of the Takarazuka Kinen, Grade one
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Hanshin Racecourse, Race-11, 3:40pm
3yo+ international 2,200-meter turf right-handed

H#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight/Rider
1/Meiner Kitz/6h/58/Masami Matsuoka
2/Inti Raimi/7h/58/Tetsuzo Sato
3/Smart Gear/4c/58/Yutaka Take
4/Admire Fuji/7h/58/Yuga Kawada
5/Hiraboku Royal/5h/58/Ryota Sameshima
6/Erimo Expire/6h/58/Futoshi Komaki
7/Al Nasrain/5h/58/Masayoshi Ebina
8/Sakura Mega Wonder/6h/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
9/Dream Journey/5h/58/Kenichi Ikezoe
10/Screen Hero/5h/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
11/Deep Sky/4c/58/Hirofumi Shii
12/Monte Kris S/4c/58/Katsumi Ando
13/Cosmo Bulk/8h/58/Akihide Tsumura
14/Company/8h/58/Yasunari Iwata

Sunday, June 14, 2009

2009 Epsom Cup Result

See the race video on YouTube at

The 26th Epsom Cup, grade three
Sunday, June 14, 2009Tokyo Race-11 3:45pm 18-ran
3yo+ 1,800-meter left-handed turf firm cloudy
final time: 1m 45.50s
8 Shingen 3.3 S.Fujita
12 Hikaru Ozora 2.0f Y.Take
11 Captain Vega 10.5 N.Yokoyama
13 Shonan la Novia 30.9 H.Goto
16 Tosho Wave 18.8 Y.Yoshida
margins: 1-1/4l, 2l, 1-1/2l, hd

Shingen db 6 h
White Muzzle - Nifty Heart, by Sunday Silence
Career recorde: 14-8-1-0
Career earnings(in yen): 169,841,000
Trainer: H.Toda
Breeder: Shadai Farm
Owner: T.Hanaki

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Buena Vista takes second classic in Japanese Oaks

Buena Vista, the 1.4 heavy favorite in a 17-filly field, nosed out Red Desire to win the 2009 Japanese Oaks(Yushun Himba) at Tokyo on Sunday. It was one of the most thrilling photo finishes in classic history. Third, a 3-length behind Red Desire, was Germinal with Broad Street fourth and Dear Geena fifth.

Following the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) success, Buena Vista gained her second filly classic and confirmed herself as the best 3-year-old filly in the country. The final time of the 2,400-meter Okas was 2 minutes 16.10 seconds on firm ground.

Veteran jockey Katsumi Ando saved Buena Vista for her late burst of finishing speed, laying a usual position, second from last, in the early stages of the race.

As the field came on to the stretch, Buena Vista was still far off the leader and Ando took her to go on the outside course to make a clear run. She had to make up a lot of ground.

Outside 200 meters to go, Red Desire broke away from the rest, while Buena Vista was still far behind. But the gap between the two was shortened as Buena Vista made a stride at every step. The two fillies rushed into the line for an exciting photo finish.

Buena Vista, a 3-year-old daughter of Special Week out of the Caerleon mare Biwa Heidi, has now won 5 of her 6 races for trainer H.Matsuda and owner Sunday Racing Co. The 126.904 million yen first purse of the Oaks brought Buena Vista's career earnings to 351.735 million yen. The Northern Farm was the breeder of the dark bay filly.

7 Buena Vista K.Ando
3 Red Desire H.Shii
14 Germinal Y.Fukunaga
13 Broad Street S.Fujita
8 Dear Geena H.Uchida
margins: ns, 3l, 1-3/4l, 1-1/2l

Friday, May 22, 2009

Buena Vista heads Japan Oaks field

Buena Vista heads the 18-filly field of the 2009 Japanese Oaks(Yushun Himba) at Tokyo on Sunday. She won the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) in early April and now seeks her 2nd filly classic glory. Many have strong impression of her late stride. She will get a lot of supporters and it is expected that she will be the heavy favorite.

pp/Horse Name/Rider
1/1/Mighty Slew/Jiro Ono
1/2/Pas de Bourree/Yuichiro Nishida
2/3/Red Desire/Hirofumi Shii
2/4/Viva Vodka/Issei Murata
3/5/Danon Berbere/Hiroki Goto
3/6/Fumino Imagine/Keisuke Dazai
4/7/Buena Vista/Katsumi Ando
4/8/Dear Geena/Hiroyuki Uchida
5/9/Rouge Bamboo/Katsuharu Tanaka
5/10/Two Days Notice/Yutaka Take
6/11/Inazuma Amaryllis/Koshiro Take
6/12/Diana Barows/Koichi Tsunoda
7/13/Broad Street/Shinji Fujita
7/14/Germinal/Yuichi Fukunaga
7/15/Hashitte Hoshino/Masami Matsuoka
8/16/Wide Sapphire/Yasunari Iwata
8/17/Delicate Piece/Yoshitomi Shibata
8/18/Sakura Rosemary/Kosei Miura
Weight: 55 kgs

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

2009 Japanese Oaks

A total of 23 fillies including Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) winner Buena Vista remain in the final nomination stage of the 2009 Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks) to be run at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday, May 24.

Brief history of Japanese Oaks
The first running of the Japanese Oaks(Yushun Himba), initially called the Hanshin Yushun Himba, took place at Hanshin in 1938. Tokyo Racecourse was first used as the home of Oaks in 1946 and at the same time the name was changed to Yushun Himba. It was for the first time in 1953 that the Oaks was to be run in Spring season. The high-valued and prominent Oaks is the second leg of the Triple Crown Series for 3-year-old fillies to be run between the Oka Sho and Shuka Sho.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Vodka romps home in Victoria

Vodka came home alone in the windy Tokyo course to win the Victoria Mile(g1) by a 7-length from Bravo Daisy, with Shonan la Novia a further one-length away third in the field of 18.

Just inside 400 meters out, Vodka went into front without Yutaka Take's hands barely moving on her neck, and the rest of the way to the finish line was her one-sided race. The final time for the 1,600-meter turf distance was in 1 minute 32.40 seconds.

The Victoria Mile was worth 93.822 million yen to the winner, and she has now earned 916.089 million yen that became the richest female horse ever trained in Japan.

Vodka, a 5-year-old daughter of Tanino Gimlet out of the Rousillon mare Tanino Sister, has now won 8 in 21 starts for trainer K.Sumii and owner Y.Tanimizu. Country Bokujo was the breeder of the bay mare.

The 4th running of the Victoria Mile, grade one
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Tokyo Race-11 3:40pm 18-ran
4yo+ fillies and mares 1,600-meter turf left-handed firm
final time: 1m 32.40s
6 Vodka Yutaka Take
2 Bravo Daisy Kenichi Syono
1 Shonan la Novia Yoshitomi Shibata
5 Zarema Katsumi Ando
12 Jolly Dance Hirofumi Shii
margins: 7l, 1l, ns, hd

Friday, May 15, 2009

Field of 2009 Victoria Mile

The Victoria Mile field has been drawn. A total of 18 fillies and mares will go to post for the grade one 1,600-meter turf at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, May 17, 2009.

The main contenders will be: multiple g1 winner Vodka, 2006 Japanese Oaka winner Kawakami Princess, 2008 QE II Cup winner Little Amapola and 2008 Oka Sho winner Reginetta.

pp/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Jockey
1/Shonan la Novia/6m/55/Yoshitomi Shibata
2/Bravo Daisy/4f/55/Kenichi Syono
3/Meine Ratsel/4f/55/Yuga Kawada
4/Bouquet Fragrance/4f/55/Kosei Miura
5/Zarema/5m/55/Katsumi Ando
6/Vodka/5m/55/Yutaka Take
7/Red Agate/4f/55/Masami Matsuoka
8/Celebrita/4f/55/Masayoshi Ebina
9/Seraphic Romp/5m/55/Hokuto Miyazaki
10/Mood Indigo/4f/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
11/Yamaninmerveilleux/7m/55/Yuichi Shibayama
12/Jolly Dance/8m/55/Hirofumi Shii
13/Little Amapola/4f/55/Yuichi Fukunaga
14/Kawakami Princess/6m/55/Norihiro Yokoyama
15/Sawayaka Rascal/4f/55/Suguru Hamanaka
16/Arco Senora/5m/55/Tomoharu Bushizawa
17/Reginetta/4f/55/Futoshi Komaki
18/Yamanin Emailler/6m/55/Katsuharu Tanaka

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Foregin nominations for 2009 Takarazuka

Four foreign runners have been nominated for the 2009 Takarazuka Kinen as follows:

Balius(IRE), Cima de Triomphe(IRE), Curtain Call(FR) and Deposer(IRE)

Kane Hekili suffered leg injury(fracture of 3rd phalanx) afer finishing second in the May 5 Kashima Kinen at NAR Kawasaki. This was his third big injury and he has to be sidelined for a year at minimum.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Outsider wins NHK Mile Cup

The 39.8 10th favorite Jo Cappuccino, ridden by Kota Fujioka, produced the career best run to win the NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo on Sunday. The Manhattan Cafe gray colt was a 2-length better than Red Spada when he got home in 1 minute 32.40 seconds after running over the 1,600-meter Tokyo main course.

Fujioka held Jo Cappuccino at the sole second position, running a several length behind the leader. Another several lengths back, the big pack of the runners followed.

Outside 200 meters from home, Jo Cappuccino advanced into the front. From the point, Fujioka's hands slightly moved on the colt's neck. Once the jockey pushed hard, Jo Cappuccino just broke away from the rest.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Beak Run Out heads NHK Mile Cup field

Break Run Out(USA) heads the field of 18 for Sunday's NHK Mile Cup(g1) at Tokyo Racecourse. After winning the Kyodo News Service Hai (g3) in early February, the US-bred colt skipped the preps to concentrate on this mile event.

The main oppositions to Break Run Out could be:
San Carlo, winner of the New Zealand Trophy(g2); Mainichi Hai(g3) winner Iron Look and Fifth Petal finishing 7th in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas).

PP(horse#)/Horse Name/Jockey
1/Get Full Marks/Katsuharu Tanaka
2/Mikki Pumpkin/Yasunari Iwata
3/Jo Cappuccino/Kota Fujioka
4/San Carlo/Yutaka Yoshida
5/Tsukuba Hokuto O/Hayato Yoshida
6/Iron Look/Futoshi Komaki
7/One Carat/Yusuke Fujioka
8/Sugano Medalist/Masaki Katsuura
9/Meiner Elf/Masami Matsuoka
10/Grand Prix Angel/Hiroyuki Uchida
11/Daiwa Prevail/Hiroki Goto
12/Rhein Blood/Yuichi Fukunaga
13/Red Spada/Norihiro Yokoyama
14/Tiger Stone/Masayoshi Ebina
15/T Up Gold/Kenichi Ikezoe
16/Break Run Out(USA)/Yutaka Take
17/Advance Halo/Yoshitomi Shibata
18/Fifth Petal/Katsumi Ando

Monday, May 04, 2009

2009 NHK Mile Cup

Sunday, May 10, 2009 sees the grade one NHK Mile Cup for 3-year-olds at Tokyo Racecourse. The nominations for the 1,600-meter turf race account up to 34 horses, including Kyodo News Service Hai(g3) winner Break Run Out(USA) and San Carlo, winner of the New Zealand Trophy(g2).

Casino Drive injury

Casino Drive suffered a serious bowed tendon, his trainer K. Fujisawa revealed on Sunday. A surgery is needed and he will be sidelined for quite a while.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Meiner Kitz upset Tenno Sho Spring

Meiner Kitz, the 12th favorite in the field of 18, beat Al Nasrain by a neck to land the wide-open Tenno Sho Spring on Sunday afternoon at Kyoto Racecourse. Dream Journey finished another 1 3/4-length back in third, followed by Sunrise Max fourth and Jaguar Mail fifth to complete the money earners.

Race favorite Asakusa Kings ran 9th, while second favorite Screen Hero finished 14th.

Immediately after Al Nasrain drew clear away at around 200 meters from home, Masami Matsuoka on Meiner Kitz sneaked inside to catch the leader. Al Nasrain fought back, but Meiner Kits was never behind.

The final time for the 3,200-meter turf distance was 3 minutes 14.40 seconds.

Before the Tenno Sho success, Meiner Kitz had never taken the center stage on any grade race. His winning record improved to sixth in 29 starts. The 135+ million first prize brought his career earnings to 327+ million yen. The 6-year-old horse by Chief Bearhart out of the Soccer Boy mare Takara Kanna is trained by S. Kunieda and owned by K.Thoroughbred Club Ruffian. Big Red Farm was the breeder of the chestnut horse.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Field set for Tenno Sho Spring

18 horses will go to post for the Tenno Sho Spring at Kyoto on Sunday afternoon.
Asakusa Kings who has done well this season with a couple of grade victories could be the one to follow in the Kyoto 3,200-meter marathon race. The main opponents to Asakusa Kings could be Al Nasrain, Screen Hero and Monte Kris S. The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday.

pp/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Sunrise Max/5h/58/Y.Fukunaga
2/Meiner Kitz/6h/58/M.Matsuoka
3/Jaguar Mail/5h/58/K.Ando
4/Al Nasrain/5h/M.Ebina
5/Silk Famous/10h/58/Y.Fujioka
6/T M Precure/6m/56/T.Ogino
7/Pop Rock/8h/58/Y.Kawada
8/Tokai Trick/5h/58/R.Wada
9/Hokuto Sultan/5h/58/F.Komaki
10/Zenno Goodwood/6h/58/K.Take
11/Never Bouchon/6h/58/H.Goto
12/Dream Journey/5h/58/K.Ikezoe
13/Delta Blues/8h/58/Y.Iwata
14/Cosmo Bulk/8h/58/H.Miyuki
15/Monte Kris S/4h/58/Y.Take
16/Screen Hero/5h/58/N.Yokoyama
17/Asakusa Kings/5h/58/H.Shii
18/Hikaru Kazabue/4h/58/S.Akiyama

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Brief history of Tenno Sho Spring

The Tenno Sho(Emperor’s Cup) is a biannual race, taking place in Spring at Kyoto and Autumn at Tokyo. The Tenno Sho Spring(so called in 1948 for the first time) was inaugurated in 1938 at Hanshin over 2,700 meters. In 1939, the race was run over 3,200 meters for the first time. War caused the race to be suspended in 1945 and 1946. The traditional Spring edition is the biggest and most important race for routers.

Monday, April 27, 2009

2009 Tenno Sho Spring Nominations

30 horses remain in the final nomination stage of the 2009 Tenno Sho Spring to be run at Kyoto on Sunday, May 3rd.
The nominations include Asakusa Kings, Al Nasrain, Dream Journey and Screen Hero.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Satsuki Sho Triumph for Unrivaled

A superb turn of foot earned Unrivaled the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) at Nakayama on Sunday afternoon. Yasunari Iwata, riding his first Satsuki-sho winner, handled Unrivaled perfectly and was on the outiside move before the final turn.

As the field turned into the stretch, Unrivaled was within the striking distance, just behind the leading pack on the outside. Lengthening his stride, Unrivaled quickened up into the front to break away from the pack at around 200 meters from home. From there, he just cantered the rest of the way.

The second was, a 1 1/2-length behind, Triumph March, who came off the dead last. Another half length back, Seiun Wonder, also coming far off the pace, finished third in the field of 18.
The final time of 1 minute 58.40 was 0.20 slower than the course record for the Nakayama 2,000-meter turf race.

Heavy favorite Logi Universe and Reach the Crown finished 14th and 13th respectively.

You can see the race video on JRA web site at

The 69th running of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), grade one
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Nakayama Race-11 3:40pm
3yo 2,000-meter right-handed turf firm
16 Unrivaled
4 Triumph March
15 Seiun Wonder
17 Schon Wald
6 Best Member
margins: 1-1/2l, 1/2l, 1-1/2l, 1-1/2l

Thursday, April 16, 2009

2009 Satsuki Sho Field

The Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) field is drawn.

Logi Universe will be installed as the favorite for the Satsuki at Nakayama on Sunday, April 19. The undefeated son of Neo Universe made it to 4 wins in a row with victory in the Yayoi Sho in early March. The main contenders to Logi Universe could be Unrivaled and Reach the Crown.
Unrivaled, who comes into the grade one race off a coming-from-behind victory in the Spring Stakes, attempts to reproduce that accelarating finish.
Reach the Crown, a strong front runner who gained an impressive victory in the Kisaragi Sho in February, could make a nose at the front end.

The field is as follows:

pp/Horse Name/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Logi Universe/57/N.Yokoyama
2/Request Song/57/H.Goto
3/Satono Romanee/57/H.Kitamura
4/Triumph March/57/K.Take
5/Mikki Petra/57/K.Tanaka
6/Best Member/57/H.Shii
7/Nakayama Festa/57/M.Ebina
8/Meisho Dontaku/57/S.Fujita
10/Golden Ticket/57/Y.Kawada
11/Early Robusto/57Y.Fukunaga
12/Fifth Petal/57/K.Ando
13/Moere Expert/57/K.Miura
14/Antonio Barows/57/K.Tsunoda
15/Seiun Wonder/57/H.Uchida
17/Schon Wald/57/Y.Kitamura
18/Reach the Crown/57/Y.Take

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

2009 Satsuki Sho Nominations

A total of 24 horses have been nominated for the 2009 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) at Nakayama on Sunday, April 19.
The nominations include Logi Universe, Reach the Crown and Unrivaled, who are considered as the big three for the first leg of the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-olds in a pre-race talk.

Brief history of Satsuki Sho
The first run took place in 1939 at Yokohama Racecourse over 1,850 meters. The stage was moved to Tokyo in 1943 before the race had to be suspended twice. In 1949, the Classic race was first called the Satsuki Sho and Nakayama initially hosted it. The race distance was lengthened to 2,000 meters in 1950. The Satsuki Sho equivalent to the English 2000 Guineas is the first leg of the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-olds. The Japanese Derby and Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) follow it to complete the Triple Crown series.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Late burst gives Buena Vista Oka Sho win

Buena Vista, the 1.2 heavy favorite in a 18-filly field, won the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) in rally fashion at Hanshin on Sunday, April 12.
As the field turned for home, Buena Vista lay 17th place. From there, she performed her familiar accelerating run. On her way to hitting the front, veteran jockey Katsumi Ando switched Buena Vista to the outside passage to give her a clear run. Nevertheless, she beat Red Desire by a 1/2-length with another 1 1/2-legnth back Germinal third.

Buena Vista has now recorded three wins in 4 starts for trainer H.Matsuda and owner Sunday Racing Co. With the first prize of the grade one victory, her career earnings brought to 224.831 million. The 3-year-old bay dark filly was bred in Hokkaido by Northern Racing.

2009 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), grade one
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Hanshin Race-10 3:40pm 18-ran
3yo filly 1,600-meter right-handed turf firm
Fractional[final] time: 12.40-23.20-34.90-46.90-59.10-1:10.80-1:22.40-[1m34.00s]
9 Buena Vista K.Ando 118,239,00 yen
18 Red Desire H.Shii 44,354,000
15 Germinal Y.Fukunaga 26,177,000
6 One Carat Y.Fujioka 13,000,000
14 Rouge Bamboo F.Komaki 8,900,000
margins: 1/2l, 1-1/2l, 3/4l, ns

also ran: I Am Kamino Mago, Lady Rouge, Danon Berbere, De Gratia, Sakura Mimosa, Impressionniste, Viva Vodka, Two Days Notice, Katsuyo Twining, Le Sucre, Inazuma Amaryllis, Koei Heart and Shonan Kassai

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Buena Vista tops field of Oka Sho

Buena Vista tops the 18-filly field of the 2009 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), run on Sunday at Hanshin main track. Buena Vista was defeated in her debut race last October, but since then she has won three in a row, including the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies. Many rate Buena Vista as the top choice because of the way she won the Tulip Sho in her 2009 debut.

The field is:
pp/Horse Name/Jockey
1/Danon Berbere/H.Goto
2/Two Days Notice/M.Matsuoka
3/Shonan Kassai/H.Miyuki
4/Viva Vodka/I.Murata
5/I Am Kamino Mago/YH.Take
6/One Carat/Y.Fujioka
7/Sakura Mimosa/H.Kitamura
8/De Gratia/S.Hamanaka
9/Buena Vista/K.Ando
10/Koei Heart/Y.Kawada
11/Lady Rouge/R.Sameshima
12/Inazuma Amaryllis/K.Ikezoe
13/Katsuyo Twining/K.Oba
14/Rouge Bamboo/F.Komaki
16/Le Sucre/T.Sato
18/Red Desire/H.Shii

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

2009 Oka Sho

The 2009 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) with 34 nominations will be held on Sunday, April 12 at Hanshin.

Brief history of Oka Sho
The first run was in 1939 at Nakayama over 1,800 meters. Following absences in 1945 and 1946 due to war, the race resumed in 1947, running over 1,600 meters at Kyoto for the first time. In the same year, the Oka Sho was first used as the race name. For the first time, Hanshin had the race in 1950. The Oka Sho, the first filly classic of the year, is equivalent to the English 1000 Guineas. Oka and Sho mean cherry blossom and prize in English respectively.

Last 10 Winners
2008 Reginetta
2007 Daiwa Scarlet
2006 Kiss to Heaven
2005 Rhein Kraft
2004 Dance in the Mood
2003 Still in Love
2002 Arrow Carry
2001 T M Ocean
2000 Cheers Grace
1999 Primo Ordine

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Dream Journey takes Osaka Hai

A spectacular burst of finishing speed gave third favorite Dream Journey the Sankei Osaka Hai victory. In the mid-stretch, favorite Dream Journey accelerated into the lead with Dream Journey chasing after him on the outside. From there, a thrilling close battle between the two began. The battle continued to the finish line as Dream Journey put his neck in front. Third, a 2-length behind Deep Sky, was Kawakami Princess.
You can see the video on YouTube at

Friday, April 03, 2009

Deep Sky makes 2009 debut in Osaka Hai

Dual G1 winner Deep Sky makes his 2009 debut when he faces the 11 rivals in the Sankei Osaka Hai (g2) at Hanshin this Sunday. The Agnes Tachyon colt won both the Japanese Derby and the NHK Mile Cup last season, and he finished second in the Japan Cup behind Screen Hero to wrap up his 3-year-old season last November.

Field of Sankei Osaka Hai
1 Matsurida Gogh/6h/58/Yutaka Take
2 Kawakami Princess/6m/55/Norihiro Yokoyama
3 Sunrise Max/5h/57/Yasunari Iwata
4 Admire Fuji/7h/57/Yuga Kawada
5 Victory/5h/58/Ryuji Wada
6 Agnes Treasure/7h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
7 Must Be True/6h/57/Suguru Hamanaka
8 Dream Journey/5h/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
9 Shadow Gate/7h/58/Katsuharu Tanaka
10 Daishin Grow/5h/57Yusuke Fujioka
11 Deep Sky/4c/59/Hirofumi Shii
12 Southern Twister/9h/57/Mitsuaki Ando

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Buena Vista likely favored for Oka Sho

Buena Vista is among the 34 nominations of the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) on Sunday, April 12, 2009. A lot of supports for her is expected.

This weekend's JRA graded races:
The Derby Lord Challenge Trophy(g3) will run at Nakayama on Sunday, April 5th. On the same day at Hanshin, the Sankei Osaka Hai(g2) will be held.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Laurel Guerreiro lands Takamatsunomiya

A strong front running gave Laurel Guerreiro the Takamatsunomiya Kinen victory. Shinji Fujita guided the winning horse to race the 1,200-meter g1 in 1 minute 8 seconds.

Laurel Guerreiro kept running well at the front end until favorite Sleepless Night slightly came on top at around 200 meters remaining. Laurel Guerreiro was a step behind, but he fought back to retake the lead.

Sleepless Night was unable to match the winner's finishing stride to finish a half-length behind in second. Third, another 1 1/4-length behind, was Soldier's Song with Tosho Courage fourth in the field of 18 runners.

39th Takamatsunomiya Kinen, grade one
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Chukyo Race-11 3:40pm 18-ran
Fractional[final] time: 11.90-22.20-33.10-44.60-56.00-[1:08.00]

13 Laurel Guerreiro S.Fujita
4 Sleepless Night H.Uemura
2 Soldier's Song Y.Kitamura
5 Tosho Courage H.Uchida
1 Cosmo Bell(USA) T.Sato
margins: 1/2l, 1-1/4l, ns, 1/2l

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Early favorite for 2009 Takamatsunomiya Kinen

As of Saturday, Sleepless Night has been installed as the 3.5 favorite for the Takamatsunomiya Kinen. The 5-year-old Kurofune mare, who is in the midst of 5 winning streak, has not raced since last October when she landed the grade one Sprinters Stakes. Faridat(USA) was the second favorite at 6.5. The third favorite went to the Hankyu Hai winner B B Guldan at 8.2 followed by Kinshasa no Kiseki 8.7.