Friday, February 27, 2009

Third horse to Dubai

Bamboo Ere follows Casino Drive and Vodka to take a trip to Dubai. His entry is the Dubai Golden Shaheen. His rider will be Yutaka Take.
Meanwhile, Kent Desormeaux will take the mount on Casino Drive in the Dubai World Cup.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Two horses to Dubai races

At this point, two JRA horses will participate in the Dubai World Cup race. Vodka to take on the Dubai Duty Free left Japan for Dubai on February 18th. Casino Drive runs in the Dubai World Cup. His travel schedule has not been finalized yet.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Success Brocken puts his neck in front to win February S

Success Brocken put his neck in front at the line to win the February Stakes(g1) Sunday afternoon at Tokyo. A head in front of favorite Kane Hekili, Casino Drive(USA) finished second in the field of 16.

Espoir City(USA) made the running, clocking the first 1000-meter in 58.80 seconds. Casino Drive was right on the heels of the leader. Success Brocken trailed a step behind. Kane Hekili followed in fouth spot.

Espoir City was opening up when entering the stretch, but he didn't have a plenty of reserve to get there. Within 200 meters remaining, Casino Drive took over. On the outside, Success Brocken strode strongly to challenge. Kane Hekili powered his way to the inside. From there, an exciting finish began as the three were headed toward the line. A thrilling battle of the three was wrapped by Success Brocken, who put his neck in front to get up the line. The final time of the 1,600-meter dirt race was the new track record of 1 minute 34.60 seconds.

Success Brocken, by Symboli Kris S out of the Sunday Silence mare Success Beauty, is trained by H.Fujiwara and owend by T.Takashima, who also bred the colt.
It was the sixth victory in 11 starts for the 4-year-old colt, whose career earnings brought up to more than 266 million yen.

The 26th running of the February Stakes, grade one
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Tokyo Race-11 3:40pm 16-ran
4yo+ 1,600-meter dirt fine
Fractional[final]time: 12.70-23.20-35.10-47.00-58.80-1:10.10-1:22.20-[1:34.60]

15 Success Brocken H.Uchida
14 Casino Drive K.Ando
2 Kane Hekili C.Lemaire
12 Espoir City(USA) T.Sato
16 Ferrari Pisa(USA) Y.Iwata
margins: nk, hd, 1-1/4l, 1-1/2l
also ran: Vermilion, Admire Subaru, Bamboo Ere, Tosen Bright, Hishikatsu Leader, Cafe Olympus (USA), Victory Tetsu(USA), Nanyo Hilltop, Kikuno Salire, Sunrise Bucchus and Officer

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Kane Hekili favored for February S

As of Saturday, Kane Hekili has been installed as the early favorite for the February Stakes at odds of 3.1. Coming off three straight g1 victories, Kane Hekili is looking for another g1 glory. The 4.5 second favorite went to Casino Drive(USA). The third favorite was Vermilion at 5.0, followed by Ferrari Pisa(USA) 8.3 and Espoir City 9.0.

Friday, February 20, 2009

2009 February Stakes Field

16 horses have been entered for this Sunday's February Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse.
The main contenders are:
Dirt champion Kane Hekili, winner of the g1 events last 3 outings, seeks his 8th g1 glory. Any horse has yet to reach that number of g1 victory.
Vermilion, who finished behind Kane Hekili last two runs, attempts to finish the reversal order.
Casino Drive could show a good prep run before taking on the Dubai World Cup race.
Ferrari Pisa coming off a couple of grade victories could reproduce another good run in the top company.

PP/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Jockey Name
1/Cafe Olympus(USA)/8h/57/Masaki Katsuura
2/Kane Hekili/7h/57/Christophe Lemaire
3/Sunrise Bacchus/7h/57/Kosei Miura
4/Tosen Bright/8h/57/Katsuharu Tanaka
5/Bamboo Ere/6h/57/Masami Matsuoka
6/Nanyo Hilltop/4c/57/Yoshitomi Shibata
7/Hishikatsu Leader/5h/57/Hatsuhiro Kowata
8/Kikuno Salire/4c/57/Hiroki Goto
9/Vermilion/7h/57/Yutaka Take
10/Victory Tetsuni(USA)/5h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
11/Admire Subaru/6h/57/Yuga Kawada
12/Espoir City/4c/57/Tetsuzo Sato
13/Officer/7h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
14/Casino Drive(USA)/4c/57/Katsumi Ando
15/Success Brocken/4c/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
16/Ferrari Pisa(USA)/5h/57/Yasunari Iwata

Brief history
The first February Stakes was run in 1981 and upgraded to g2 in 1994. The race gained a g1 status in 1997 and was open to eligible NAR horses in the same year. There are only two dirt events in JRA program to hold a g1 status. The February Stakes is one of them and the other is the Japan Cup Dirt.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Daiwa Scarlet retires from racing

Daiwa Scarlet, definitely one of the best female runners in our era, has been retired from racing due to tendon injury. She suferred bowed tendon on her left front to end her glorious career with a record of 12-8-4-0 and more than 786 million yen in earnings. Daiwa Scarlet, a 5-year-old mare by Agnes Tachyon out of the Northern Taste mare Scarlet Bouquet, will enter to Shadai Farm and be bred to Chichicastenango this breeding season.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Nominations of 2009 February Stakes

A total of 30 horses have been nominated for the February Stakes, the JRA first grade one race of the season, in the first nomination stage.

The nominees include Daiwa Scarlet, Kane Hekili, Vermilion and Casino Drive.
The February Stakes runs at the Tokyo dirt track on Sunday, February 22, 2009.