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.