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.