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The following horses have been withdrawn from the foreign nomination list of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup.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