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.