Sunday, December 26, 2010

Victoire Pisa wins Arima in photo finish

Victoire Pisa won the 2010 Arima Kinen in exciting photo finish on Sunday. The Neo Universe colt won it by a nose from favorite Buena Vista. To the Glory finished another neck back in third with Pelusa another 3/4-length further away fourth.

Going into the final 200 meters, Victoire Pisa with Mirco Demura up took the lead with To the Victory right on his tail. Pelusa followed in third. In a moment later, on the far outside, Buena Vista with quick feet made up ground quickly to challenge.

Victoire Pisa and Buena Vista looked like they got into the line at the same level.

The winner went to Victoire Pisa by providing the photo inspection. In the 2,500-meter race on firm ground, the final time was 2 minutes 32.60 seconds.

Victoire Pisa, a 3-year-old colt out of the Machiavellian mare Whitewater Affair, trained by K.Sumii and owned by Y.Ichikawa, has now won six in 11 career starts with 532+ million jp yen in career earnings. Shadai Farm was the breeder of the dark bay colt.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Field of 2010 Arima Kinen

A strong field of 15 horses is set for the 2010 Arima Kinen.

4-year-olds have won seven times in the last 10 Arima Kinen. Two 3-year-olds have won during the same period.

Occasional surprise. Five of the last 10 favorites have won and two second favorites have made it to the winner's circle in the last 10 years.

Rose Kingdom, the recent Japan Cup winner, was scratched due to colic.

The Arima Kinen(also known as the Grand Prix) is the biggest season-ending race.

The 55th running of the Arima Kinen, grade one
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Nakayama Race-10
3yo+ international 2,500-meter turf right-handed

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Victoire Pisa/3c/55/Mirco Demuro
2/Never Bouchon/7h/57/Hiroki Goto
3/Forgettable/4c/57/Yasunari Iwata
4/Tosen Jordan/4c/57/Kosei Miura
5/Rulership/3c/55/Christophe Lemaire
6/Rose Kingdom(scratch)
7/Buena Vista/4f/55/Christophe Soumillon
8/Meisho Beluga/5m/55/Masayoshi Ebina
9/Danon Chantilly/3c/55/Francis Berry
10/Eishin Flash/3c/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
11/To the Glory/3c/55/Craig Williams
12/Dream Journey/6h/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
13/Oken Bruce Lee/5h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
14/Pelusa/3c/55/Katsumi Ando
15/Red Desire/4f/55/Hirofumi Shii
16/Jamil/4c/57/Yuichi Fukunaga

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Grand Prix Boss Wins Asahi Hai

Grand Prix Boss won the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes to lock up the JRA Best 2-year-old Colt award.

Under the hands of Mirco Demuro, Grand Prix Boss completed the grade one 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 33.90 seconds. Second was, a 3/4-length behind, Real Impact with Livertas another head back third. Race favorite Sadamu Patek finished another neck further back in fourth.

Grand Prix Boss, a 2-year-old son of Sakura Bakshin O and the Sunday Silence mare Rosy Mist, boosted his career earnings to 116+ million jp yen with the record of 4-3-0-0.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Field of Asahi Hai Futurity S

The field of the 2010 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes has been drawn. The 16 two-year-old colts will go for the grade one 1,600-meter event.
The main contenders could be Sadamu Patek, Admire Sagace, Libertas and Grand Prix Boss.

The 62nd running of the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, grade one
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Nakayama Race-11
2yo 1,600-meter turf right-handed
Weight: 55 kgs
Post time: 3:25pm JST

1/Osumi Easy(by Heart's Cry)/Kunihiko Watanabe
2/Libertas(by Deep Impact)/Yuichi Fukunaga
3/Meiner Lacrima(by Chief Bearhart)/Masami Matsuoka
4/Brown Wild(by Wild Rush)/Suguru Hamanaka
5/Real Impact(by Deep Impact)/Francis Berry
6/Tagano Lock On(by Rock of Gibraltar)/Hironobu Tanabe
7/Tokino Genji(by Precise End)/Mitsuaki Ando
8/Lift the Wings(by Heart's Cry)/Christophe Lemaire
9/Robin Foot(by Zenno El Cid)/Hiroki Goto
10/Sadamu Patek(by Fuji Kiseki)/Christophe Soumillon
11/Grand Prix Boss(by Sakura Bakushin O)/Mirco Demuro
12/Shigeru Sosai(USA)(by Tale of the Cat)/Hideaki Miyuki
13/A Shin Blanc(by Swept Overboard)/Masayoshi Ebina
14/Magical Pocket(by Jungle Pocket)/Katsumi Ando
15/Admire Sagace(by Fuji Kiseki)/Futoshi Komaki
16/Tatsu Mi Ryu(by Chief Bearhart)/Teruo Eda

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Reve d'Essor confirms best filly in Juvenile Fillies

Reve d'Essor confirmed herself as the best juvenile filly in the country when she gained a half length victory in the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday at Hanshin Race Course. Whale Capture was second with Rice Terrace third.

Reve d'Essor, the heavy favorite in the field of 18 fillies, produced a superb turn of foot in the stretch before reaching the line in 1 minute 35.70 seconds. Her winning streak extended to three without loss.

Reve d'Essor, a gray filly by Agnes Tachyon out of the Highest Honor mare Reve d'Oscar, has raced under the saddle of trainer H.Matsuda and the color of Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. With the 66+ million jp yen first prize of the Juvenile Fillies, her career earnings brought to 111+ million jp yen.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Reve d'Essor tops field of Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

Reve d'Essor tops the field of 18 two-year-old fillies for the 2010 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday at Hanshin Race Course. The Agnes Tachyon filly won the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes(g2) in coming-from-behind fashion on her last outing.

The main oppositions to Reve d'Essor could be: Aventura(a full sister of Toll Poppy), runner-up in the Sapporo Nisai Stakes; Marumo Sarah, winner of the Fantasy Stakes and two-time winner Dance Fantasia out of grade one winner Dance in the Mood.

The last 4 winners of this race have won the 3-yeaar-old classic race in the following year.

The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Grade One
Hanshin Race-11
December 12, 2010
2-year-old fillies, 1,600-meter turf right-handed
Weight: 54 kgs
Post time: 3:40pm JST

1/Aventura(by Jungle Pocket)/Ryuji Wada
2/Hapy Shin(by Rule of Law)/Manabu Sakai
3/Totuzennohappiness(by Neo Universe)/Tetsuzo Sato
4/Whale Capture(by Kurofune)/Kenichi Ikezoe
5/Forever Mark(by Falbrav)/Yutaka Yoshida
6/Meine Isabel(by Telegnosis)/Masami Matsuoka
7/Little Darling(by Deep Impact)/Hiroki Goto
8/Pure Opal(by Rock of Gibraltar)/Hiroyuki Uchida
9/Marumo Sarah(by Kurofune)/Ken Tanaka
10/Tagano Love Kiseki(by Fuji Kiseki)/Makoto Okabe
11/Reve d'Essor(by Agnes Tachyon)/Yuichi Fukunaga
12/Tsurumaru Onepiece(by King Kamehameha)/Katsumi Ando
13/Osumi Mica(by Deep Impact)/Fumiaki Shibahara
14/Dance Fantasia(by Falbrav)/Yutaka Take
15/Clianthus(by Redoute's Choice)/Kunihiko Watanabe
16/Groovy Queen(by King Kamehameha)/Yusuke Fujioka
17/Maria Bisty(by Heart's Cry)/Shinichiro Kobayashi
18/Rice Terrace(by Song of Wind)/Mirco Demuro

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Wire-to-wire victory for Transcend in Japan Cup Dirt

Transcend seized the lead from the start and went all the way to the finish in winning the 2010 Japan Cup Dirt at Hanshin Race Course on Sunday. Before the neck victory, Shinji Fujita-ridden Transcend had to deny challenge of Glorious Noah, who showed a strong late charge. A 1 1/4-length behind Glorious Noah, Admire Subaru was third with Birdie Birdie another nose back fourth. Over the 1,800-meter distance on dirt surface, the winner clocked in 1 minute 48.90 seconds.

Transcend, a 4-year-old son of Wild Rush and the Tony Bin mare Cinema Scope, has now won seven of his 14 races with more than 310 million jp yen in career earnings. North Hills Management was the breeder of the bay colt.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Field Of 2010 Japan Cup Dirt

The field of the 2010 Japan Cup Dirt, one of the two JRA dirt grade one events, has been drawn. The 16 horses will go for the grade one 1800-meter event.

Transcend, winner of the grade three Miyako Stakes, drew post 3. Vermilion, the mutiple grade winner who has won the Kawasaki Kinen at NAR Kawasaki track earlier this season, drew post 10. Glorious Noah, winner of the Musashino Stakes, will break from post 14. The Nanbu Hai winner Oro Meister will break from post 16.

The 11th running of the Japan Cup Dirt, grade one
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Hanshin Race-11 3:40pm JST
3yo+ international 1,800-meter dirt right-handed

1/Silk Mobius/4c/57/Hiroyasu Tanaka
2/King's Emblem/5h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
3/Transcend/4c/57/Shinji Fujita
4/Maruka Shenck/7h/57/Hayato Yoshida
5/La Verita(USA)/4f/55/Yasunari Iwata
6/Daisho Jet/7h/57/Yuichi Shibayama
7/Aliseo/3c//56/Christophe Lemaire
8/Birdie Birdie/3c/56/Kenichi Ikezoe
9/Tosen Bright/9h/57/Masaki Katsuura
10/Vermilion/8h/57/Yutaka Take
11/Courir Passion/5h/57/Akihide Tsumura
12/Admire Subaru/7h/57/Futoshi Komaki
13/Daishin Orange/5h/57/Yuga Kawada
14/Glorious Noah/4c/57/Shinichiro Kobayashi
15/Makani Bisty/3c/56/Mirco Demuro
16/Oro Meister/5h/57/Yutaka Yoshida

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rose Kingdom wins Japan Cup as Buena Vista is demoted

Rose Kingdom, beaten a few length by Buena Vista, finished, a nose before Victoire Pisa, second in the 2010 Japan Cup, but was awarded the JC victory after decision of the stewards' inquiry, which claimed that Buena Vista had interfered with Rose Kingdom in the deep stetch. That inquiry lasted more than 30 minutes.

Complete finsihing order:
Rose Kingdom
Buena Vista
Victoire Pisa
Jaguar Mail
Meisho Beluga
Oken Bruce Lee
Eishin Flash
Cirrus des Aigles(FR)
Joshua Tree(IRE)
Mores Wells(GB)
Nakayama Festa
Voila Ici(IRE)
Fifty Proof(CAN)

With the Japan Cup victory, Rose Kingdom picked up his 5th win in 9 starts under Yutaka Take and his career earnings brought to 568+ million jp yen. The 3-year-old dark bay colt is a son of King Kamahameha and the Sunday Silence mare Rosebud.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Two Horses for HK International Races

Japan will send two horses to the Cathay Pacific International Races.

A Shin Forward(USA) will take on the HK Mile, while Jaguar Mail may run in the HK Vase.

A Shin Forward is schduled to leave Japan for Hong Kong on December 1st.

Buena Vista favorite for Japan Cup 2010

After closing Saturday betting round, Buena Vista has been installed as the favorite for the 2010 Japan Cup at odds of 2.3. The 4-year-old filly aims at her sixth grade one victory after winning the Tenno Sho Autumn last month.
Nakayama Festa, runner-up in the Arc de Triomphe, was the second favorite at 7.4. Pelusa, who finished second in the Tenno Sho Autumn behind Buena Vista, was the 8.2 third favorite followed by the Japanese Derby runner-up Rose Kingdom 8.9.

The 18 horses will go to post for the Japan Cup at 3:20 p.m. JST on Sunday, November 28, 2010.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Stage Set For 2010 Japan Cup

The stage is set for the 2010 Japan Cup, run on Sunday, November 28 at Tokyo Race Course.
It is quite some lineup and may be as strong as ever in the local entries, which include Buena Vista, Nakayama Festa, Eishin Flash and Jaguar Mail.

The post time for the most world-famous Japanese race will be at 3:20pm JST on Sunday.

The 30th running of the Japan Cup, grade one
Sunday, November 28, 2010
3yo+ international 2,400-meter turf left-handed
Total purse: 481.4 million jp yen
First prize: 253.78 million jp yen

1/Voila Ici(IRE)/5h/57/Mirco Demuro
2/Victoire Pisa/3c/55/Maxime Guyon
3/Dandino(GB)/3c/55/Paul Mulrennan
4/Shingen/7h/57/Shinji Fujita
5/Mores Wells(GB)/6h/57/Sebastien Maillot
6/Rose Kingdom/3c/55/Yutaka Take
7/Pelusa/3c/55/Katsumi Ando
8/Jaguar Mail/6h/57/Ryan Moore
9/Timos(GER)/5h/57/Olivier Peslier
10/Eishin Flash/3c/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
11/Nakayama Festa/4c/57/Masayoshi Ebina
12/Joshua Tree(IRE)/3c/55/Colm O'Donoghue
13/Meisho Beluga/5m/55/Kenichi Ikezoe
14/Oken Bruce Lee/5h/57/Christophe Lemaire
15/Fifty Proof(CAN)/4g/57/Justin Stein
16/Buena Vista/4f/55/Christophe Soumillon
17/Marinous(FR)/4c/57/Davy Bonilla
18/Cirrus des Aigles(FR)/4g/57/Franck Blondel

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Outsider wins Milechampionship in record time

The 52.4 outsider A Shin Forward(USA) won the 2010 Milechampionship in the course record time of 1 minute 31.80 seconds.
A Shin Forward won by a neck from favorite Danon Yoyo with Gorski, a nose further behind, third. Another nose behind, Sahpresa(USA) was fourth in the field of 18 runners.

The race ended up with a thrilling finish of the first four. A Shin Forward held off challenges of the other three after grabbing the lead in the early stretch.

Bred in USA by Edition Farm, A Shin Forward is a 5-year-old horse by Forest Wildcat out of Wake Up Kiss, by Cure the Blues.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Field set for 2010 Milechampionship

18 horses will go for the grade one Milechampionship at Kyoto on Sunday.

Sahpresa(USA), the sole foreign entry who finished second in this event last year, has won on his last two starts. Christophe Lemaire takes the mount to break from post 16.
Danon Yoyo comes into this grade one race off four straight victories at 1,600-meter races. The 4-year-old colt faces the grade one company for the first time and gives it a shot.
Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS), having won the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen earlier this season, teams up with Ryan Moore to bid for the mile premier race.

The 27th running of the Milechampionship, grade one
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Kyoto Race-11
post time: 3:40pm JST
3yo+ international 1,600-meter turf right-handed

1/Fine Grain/7h/57/Suguru Hamanaka
2/Smile Jack/5h/57/Kosei Miura
3/Live Concert(IRE)/6g/57/Ryuji Wada
4/Oken Sakura/3f/54/Yutaka Take
5/T M Aurora/4f/55/Kyosuke Kokubun
6/Jo Cappuccino/4c/57/Kota Fujioka
7/Showa Modern/6h/57/Hiroki Goto
8/Danon Yoyo/4c/57/Christophe Soumillon
9/To the Glory/3c/56/Mirco Demuro
10/Meiner Falke/5h/57/Masami Matsuoka
11/Wild Raspberry/3f/54/Kenichi Ikezoe
12/Absolute/6h/57/Katsuharu Tanaka
13/A Shin Forward(USA)/5h/57/Yasunari Iwata
14/Garbo/3c/56/Akihide Tsumura
15/Gorski/3c/56/Yuichi Fukunaga
16/Sahpresa(USA)/5m/55/Christophe Lemaire
17/Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS)/7h/57/Ryan Moore
18/Kyoei Storm/5h/57/Masayoshi Ebina

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nominations of 2010 Japan Cup

The 20 horses remain on the final nomination stage of the 2010 Japan Cup, held on Sunday, November 28 at Tokyo Race Course.

The local nominations(11):
Victoire Pisa
Eishin Flash
Oken Bruce Lee
Jaguar Mail
Nakayama Festa
Never Bouchon
Buena Vista
Meisho Beluga
Rose Kingdom
[in random order]

The foreign invitees(9):
Dandino(GB) [arrived in Japan on November 17]
Snow Fairy(IRE) [has been in Japan since last month]
Joshua Tree(IRE) [arrived in Japan on November 17]
Cirrus des Aigles(FR) [arrived in Japan on November 17]
Marinous(FR) [arrived in Japan on November 17]
Mores Wells(GB) [arrived in Japan on November 17]
Fifty Proof(CAN)
[in random order]

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Snow Fairy(IRE) romps QE II Cup

Snow Fairy romped the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto Race Course on Sunday. She won it by a decisive 4-length from Meisho Beluga. Third was, another 1 3/4-length behind, favorite Apapane with Little Amapola fourth.

Snow Fairy with Ryan Moore up quickened up into the front down the stretch after taking a good position for the 2,200-meter race at the Kyoto main course. Her quick feet were sensational and the rest stood up. The final time was 2 minutes 12.50 seconds. "She's done very easily. She had the best performance.", Moore said on the TV interview.

Snow Fairy returned 850 jp yen for win as fourth favorite.

Snow Fairy became the first QE II Cup winner as a foreign horse in JRA history. The Intikhab filly out of Woodland Dream, by Charnwood Forest, is one of the foreign invitees for the 2010 Japan Cup and may run in the Japanese world-famous race two weeks later.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Apapane early favorite for QE II Cup

As of Saturday, Apapane has been installed as the 2.2 favorite for the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup. Meisho Beluga was the 3.8 second favorite followed by Animate Bio 8.9 and Snow Fairy 9.5.

The field of the 2010 QE II Cup was reduced to 17 due to Provinage's scratch.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Field Of 2010 QE II Cup

Apapane, who gained three g1 victories this season, faces the older female runners for the first time when she runs in Sunday's Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto Race Course. The multiple g1 winner will break from post 5.

Meisho Beluga, coming off an impressive victory in the Kyoto Daishoten where she beat the decent male runners, will break from post 9.

The foreign entries are Snow Fairy(IRE) and Ave(GB). Snow Fairy, winner of the Epsom Oaks and the Irish Oaks, drew post 6. Ave, winner of the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes, drew post 16. The two have a good chance to win the QE II Cup.

The 35th running of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, grade one
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Kyoto Race Course, 11th Race
3yo+ f&m international 2,200-meter turf right-handed
post time: 3:40pm JST

1/Columbus Circle/4f/56/Yutaka Take
2/Seraphic Romp/6m/56/Hokuto Miyazaki
3/Reginetta/5m/56/Hideaki Miyuki
4/T M Precure/7m/56/Kyosuke Kokubun
5/Apapane/3f/54/Masayoshi Ebina
6/Snow Fairy(IRE)/3f/54/Ryan Moore
7/Saint Emilion/3f/54/Mirco Demuro
8/Brightia Pulse/5m/56/Kota Fujioka
9/Meisho Beluga/5m/56/Kenichi Ikezoe
10/Hikaru Amaranthus/4f/56/Christophe Lemaire
11/Provinage/5m/56/Tetsuzo Sato
12/Animate Bio/3f/54/Hiroki Goto
13/Sanrei Jasper/8m/56/Yoshiyasu Nanba
14/Earth Symbol/5m/56/Katsuharu Tanaka
15/Mood Indigo/5m/56/Yuga Kawada
16/Ave(GB)/4f/56/Javier Castellano
17/Little Amapola/5m/56/Yuichi Fukunaga
18/Sing Like Bird/5m/56/Ryota Sameshima

Friday, November 05, 2010

Two Invaders For QE II Cup

The two invaders, Snow Fairy(IRE) from England and Ave(GB) from Canada, arrived in Japan to race the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, run at Kyoto Race Course on November 14. Both fillies are now at the JRA facility in Chiba for quarantine purpose.

Snow Fairy won the English Oaks at Epsom and the Irish Oaks at Curragh. Ave won the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park on her previous start last month.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Buena Vista romps Tenno Sho Autumn

Christophe Soumillon had a perfect ride on Buena Vista to guide her to a decisive 2-length victory in the grade one Tenno Sho Autumn on Sunday. Pelusa took second with Earnestly finishing another 1 1/2-length back in third. Never Bouchon and Shingen finished fourth and fifth respectively. The final time for the 2,000-meter trip was 1 minute 58.20 seconds on good ground.

Buena Vista and her partner Soumillon broked the pack outside 200 meters from home. When they did so, nobody was able to match the pace. Pelusa, who broke badly at start again, came from far behind to get second place.

Buena Vista, a 4-year-old Special Week filly out of the Caerleon mare Biwa Heidi, has now won 8 of her 15 races. The first prize 135+ million jp yen of the Tenno Sho Autumn brought her career earnings to 940+ million jp yen.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Field of 2010 Tenno Sho Autumn

The field of the Tenno Sho Autumn has been drawn.

Buena Vista, one of the top-rated fillies who aims her fifth g1 title, drew post 2. French jockey Christophe Soumillon will take the mount for the first time. She will be likely to be the heavy favorite for the traditional grade one event.

Jaguar Mail, winner of the Tenno Sho Spring, drew post 3. The Sapporo Kinen winner Earestly and the Mainichi Okan winner Aliseo will break from post 12 and 18 respectively.

The 142nd running of the Tenno Sho Autumn, grade one
October 31, 2010
Tokyo 11th Race 3:40pm
3yo+ international 2,000-meter turf left-handed

1/Showa Modern/6h/58/Yoshitomi Shibata
2/Buena Vista/4f/56/Christophe Soumillon
3/Jaguar Mail/6h/58/Douglas Whyte
4/Eishin Apollon(USA)/3c/56/Masayoshi Ebina
5/Oken Sakura/3f/54/Hiroshi Kitamura
6/Smile Jack/5h/58/Kosei Miura
7/Pelusa/3c/56/Katsumi Ando
8/Silport/5h/58/Manabu Sakai
9/Tosho Scirocco/7h/58/Yutaka Yoshida
10/Shingen/7h/58/Shinji Fujita
11/Axion/7h/58/Yutaka Take
12/Earnestly/5h/58/Tetsuzo Sato
13/Yamanin Kingly/5h/58/Hayato Yoshida
14/Never Bouchon/7h/58/Hiroki Goto
15/Super Hornet/7h/58/Yusuke Fujioka
16/Captain Thule/5h/58/Futoshi Komaki
17/Cosmo Phantom(USA)/3c/56/Masami Matsuoka
18/Aliseo/3c/56/Yuichi Fukunaga

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Outsider wins 2010 Kikuka Sho

The 23.20 outsider Big Week won the 3,000-meter Kikuka Sho on Sunday at Kyoto Race Course. He won it in 3 minutes 6.10 seconds by a 1 1/4-length from favorite Rose Kingdom. Third was, another neck behind, Beat Black in the field of 18 three-year-old colts.

Big Week, ridden by Yuga Kawada, had a good position throughout the marathon race before taking command down the final stretch. Rose Kingdom came with a strong late run to get the runner-up.

Big Week, trained at Ritto by H. Nagahama, broke a maiden last July and made a big leap in the next three months to get the grade one title.

Owned and bred by Y. Tanimizu, Big Week is a 3-year-old colt by Bago out of the Sunday Silence mare J'adore.

Espoir City to run BC Classic

Espoir City arrived at Churchill Downs on October 19. He is scheduled to run in the Breeders Cup Classic.
The multiple g1 winner Espoir City snapped his sixth straight win on his lastest run when he finisheds second in the Manbu Hai on October 11.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Rose Kingdom tops field of 2010 Kikuka Sho

Rose Kingdom tops the field of 18 three-year-old colts for the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St Leger), run on Sunday, October 24 at Kyoto Race Course. He comes into this race off an impressive victory in the Kobe Shimbun Hai. Yutaka Take will ride him, breaking from post 10.

The St. Lite Kinen winner Quark Star and Tokai Melody who is in the midst of three straight wins will break from post 3 and 15 respectively.

Eishin Flash, winner of the Japanese Derby, does not run this race because of leg problem.

The post time of the grade one marathon event will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday.

The 71st running of the Kikuka Sho, grade one
3,000-meter Kyoto turf right-handed course
weight: 57kgs

1/Hiruno d'Amour(by Manhattan Cafe)/Shinji Fujita
2/Reve d'Orient(by Special Week)/Yuichi Fukunaga
3/Quark Star(by Agnes Tachyon)/Yusuke Fujioka
4/Neo Vendome(by Neo Universe)/Koshiro Take
5/Silk Earnest(by Grass Wonder)/Kohei Matsuyama
6/Big Week(by Bago)/Yuga Kawada
7/Mikino Banjo(by Grass Wonder)/Keisuke Dazai
8/Trailblazer(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Ryuji Wada
9/Silk Olde(by Manhattan Cafe)/Hirofumi Shii
10/Rose Kingdom(by King Kamehameha)/Yutaka Take
11/Lilienthal(IRE)(by Montjeu)/Katsumi Ando
12/Beat Black(by Miscast)/Hideaki Miyuki
13/Gestalt(by Manhattan Cafe)/Kenichi Ikezoe
14/Cosmo Laputa(by Roses in May)/Akihide Tsumura
15/Tokai Melody(by Chief Bearhart)/Hayato Yoshida
16/Kamidanomi(by Falbrav)/Futoshi Komaki
17/Aroma Cafe(by Manhattan Cafe)/Yoshitomi Shibata
18/San Diego City(by Manhattan Cafe)/Suguru Hamanaka

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Filly Triple Crown Winner For Apapane

Apapane became the Triple Crown winner for 3-year-old fillies when she won the Shuka Sho at Kyoto on Sunday. It was the third filly Triple Crown following .

The 18 three-year-old fillies went to post for the 2,000-meter Shuka Sho. Apapane made a great start but settled down in the middle of the field. She was running smoothly and jockey Masayoshi Ebina gave her a go-sign on the final bend. Apapane's great stride took her into the front down the stretch.

At the line, Apapane was a 3/4-length better than second-placed Animate Bio, who finished fast to beat Apricot Fizz by a 1/2-length. The final time was 1 minute 58.40 seconds on firm ground.

This was Apapane's sixth victory in nine starts and the first prize of 92+ million jp yen brought her career earnings to 400+ million jp yen.

Apapane is a bay filly by King Kamahameha out of the Salt Lake mare Salty Bid.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Field Of 2010 Shuka Sho

Dual grade one winner Apapane seeks the third grade one victory of the season when she faces the 17 rivals in the Shuka Sho at Kyoto Race Course. If she wins Sunday, she becomes the third filly to win the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-old fillies.

Note that in combination with the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) and the Japanese Oaks, the Shuka Sho is the final leg of the Triple Cown Races for 3-year-old fillies.

The main contenders to Apapane could be: Saint Emillion, who shared the dead-heat first place with Apapane in the Japanese Oaks; Animate Bio, winner of the Rose Stakes; Apricot Fizz, winner of the Queen Stakes.

The 15th running of the Shuka Sho(grade one)
3-year-old fillies
2,000-meter at right-handed Kyoto turf course
Weight: 55 kgs.
Post time: 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 17, 2010

Horse No(pp)/Horse Name(sire)/Rider
1 Lady Alba Rosa(by King Kamehameha)/Hideaki Miyuki
2 Best Cruise(by Kurofune)/Kosei Miura
3 Shoryu Moon(by King Kamehameha)/Hirofumi Shii
4 Apricot Fizz(by Jungle Pocket)/Yutaka Take
5 Saint Emilion(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Yusuke Fujioka
6 Cosmo Nemo Shin(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Ryuji Wada
7 Rainbow Dahlia(by Brian's Time)/Shinichiro Akiyama
8 Oken Sakura(by Bago)/Hiroyuki Uchida
9 Agnes Waltz(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Yoshitomi Shibata
10 Animate Bio(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Hiroki Goto
11 A Shin Returns(by King Kamehameha)/Yuichi Fukunaga
12 Antifris(by Tap Dance City)/Masami Matsuoka
13 Dear Arethusa(by Tosen Dance)/Katsumi Ando
14 Tagano Elisabeth(by Special Week)/Futoshi Komaki
15 Apapane(by King Kamehameha)/Masayoshi Ebina
16 Crack Seed(by King Kamehameha)/Yutaka Yoshida
17 Wild Raspberry(by Falbrav)/Kenichi Ikezoe
18 Princess Memory(by Swept Overboard)/Suguru Hamanaka

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Ultra Fantasy wins Sprinters S for Hong Kong

Ultra Fantasy(AUS) became the second Sprinters Stakes winner as a Hong Kong-trained horse when he won the grade one 1,200-meter event on Sunday at Nakayama Race Course.

Ultra Fantasy(AUS) had a bullet start and was never behind to get the winning post in 1 minute 7.40 seconds. Hoi Wing Lai was aboard the winning horse.

A nose behind, Dasher Go Go finished second, but he was disqualified for interference with San Carlo in the stretch and was demoted to fourth place.

Kinshasa no Kiseki and San Carlo were promoted to second and third respectively.

Race favorite Green Birdie(NZ) was seventh place in the field of 16 runners.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Field of Sprinters Stakes 2010

One Carat goes after her first career g1 victory in Sunday's Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama Race Course.
A Falbrav filly out of the Pistolet Bleu mare Baldwina, One Carat had her fabulous 2010 summer campaign with a couple of g3 victories. Yusuke Fujioka will ride the 4-year-old filly.

The field of the grade one Sprinters Stakes include:
Green Birdie(NZ), winner of the KrisFlyer International Sprint in Singapore and runner-up in the Centaur Stakes(g3) on September 12; Kinshasa no Kiseki, winner of the 2010 Takamatsunomiya Kinen; Dasher Go Go, coming off victory in the Centaur Stakes.

H(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Sandalphon/7h/57/Manabu Sakai
2/Dasher Go Go/3c/55/Yuga Kawada
3/San Carlo/4c/57/Yutaka Yoshida
4/I'll Love Again/8h/57/Akihide Tsumura
5/B B Guldan/6h/57/Katsumi Ando
6/Green Birdie(NZ)/7g/57/Mark Du Plessis
7/Ultra Fantasy(AUS)/8g/57/Hoi Wing Lai
8/One Carat/4f/55/Yusuke Fujioka
9/Laurel Guerreiro/6h/57/Shinji Fujita
10/Fine Grain/7h/57/Masaki Katsuura
11/Premium Box/7h/57/Hideaki Miyuki
12/Headliner/6g/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
13/Maruka Phoenix/6h/57/Masami Matsuoka
14/Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS)/7h/57/Hirofumi Shii
15/J K C'est la Vie/6g/57/Teruo Eda
16/Western Venus/7m/55/Yoshitomi Shibata

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

2010 Sprinters Stakes Nominations

A total of 25 horses remain on the final nomination stage of the 2010 Sprinters Stakes. The nominations include the two Hong Kong-based horses, Green Birdie(NZ) and Ultra Fantasy(AUS). The grade one 1,200-meter race is to be run on October 3 at Nakayama Race Course.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tokai Trick to run in Melbourn C

Tokai Trick will run in the 2010 Melbourn Cup for Japan. The 8-year-old horse arrived at Werribee, Australia on September 20. The October 17 Caufield Cup will be his prep race.


Red Desire, who arrived at Aqueduct on September 16, is scheduled to run in the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes at Belmont for her next action. Kent Desormeaux will ride her in the race.

Friday, September 10, 2010

JRA Fall Season Kicks Off

2010 JRA Fall season will kick off at Hanshin and Nakayama Racecourses on Saturday, September 11th.

The main event at Hanshin will be the grade three Asahi Challenge Cup. Nakayama features the non-graded Shion Stakes, one of the preps for the grade one Shuka Sho, for 3-year-old fillies.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Red Desire to run BC Filly and Mare Turf

Red Desire, one of the top fillies in the country, will go for the BC Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs on November 5th. Her prep race will be the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes at Belmont on October 2nd.

Victoire Pisa to race Arc de Triomphe

Victoire Pisa, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), will make a trip to France on August 18 to take on the Arc de Triomphe. The colt is scheduled to run in the September12 Prix Niel before the world famous race.

In the meanwhile, Nakayama Festa left Japan for France to run in the French races. Masayoshi Ebina will ride him in the October 3 Arc de Triomphe.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Nakayama Festa to run in Arc de Triomphe

Nakayama Festa, winner of the Takarazuka Kinen, may run in the Arc de Triomphe, held on October 3 at Longchamp. With the travel companion of Nakayama Swept, Nakayama Festa will leave Japan for France early next month, his trainer Ninomiya revealed. Before the world famous race, he is scheduled to run in the Prix Foy on September 12.

Ninomiya saddled El Condor Pasa who gained a couple of French group victories and finished second in the Arc de Triomphe in 1999.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Nakayama Festa powers home in Takarazuka

Nakayama Festa powered home to win the Takarazuka Kinen on Sunday. The 4-year-old colt won the grade one event by a half length from favorite Buena Vista. Third was, another half length behind, Earnestly with Dream Journey fourth and Never Bouchon fifth in the reduced filed of 17.

In the last 100 meters from home, Nakayama Festa overtook Buena Vista and Earnestly on his way to the winning post. Yoshitomi Shibata was aboard the winner, clocking 2 minutes 13 seconds for the 2,200-meter distance on Hanshin Racecourse.

Nakayama Festa, a son of Stay Gold and the Tight Spot mare Dear Wink, has now won 5 of his 10 races for owner S.Izumi and trainer Y.Ninomiya. A 135+ million jp yen of the Takarazuka first prize brought his career earnings to 293+ million jp yen. Arai Bokujo was the breeder of the bay colt.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

2010 grade one Takarazuka Kinen

June 27, 2010 sees the grade one Takarazuka Kinen for which a maximum field of 18 horses have been entered.

Multiple g1 winner Buena Vista is likely to be the favorite and will break from post 8. The 2009 Japanese Derby winner Logi Universe and the Tenno Sho Spring winner Jaguar Mail drew post 9 and 10 respectively. Last year's hero Dream Journey will break from post 18.

The 51st running of the Takarazuka Kinen, grade one
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Hanshin Race-10 3:40pm JST
3yo+ 2,200-meter turf right-handed

1/I Ko Piko/4c/58/Yasunari Iwata
2/Earnestly/5h/58/Tetsuzo Sato
3/Never Bouchon/7h/58/Hiroki Goto
4/Smart Gear/5h/58/Ryuji Wada
5/Namura Crescent/5h/58/Futoshi Komaki
6/Seiun Wonder/4c/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
7/Meiner Answer/6h/58/Yuga Kawada
8/Buena Vista/4f/56/Norihiro Yokoyama
9/Logi Universe/4c/58/Katsumi Ando
10/Jaguar Mail/5h/58/Craig Williams
11/Top Coming/4c/58/Suguru Hamanaka
12/Meisho Beluga/5m/56/Hideyuki Miyuki
13/Forgettable/4c/58/Masayoshi Ebina
14/Makihata Cyborg/8g/58/Keisuke Dazai
15/Copano Jingu/5h/58/Yusuke Fujioka
16/Axion/7h/58/Shinji Fujita
17/Nakayama Festa/4c/58/Yoshitomi Shibata
18/Dream Journey/6h/58/Kenichi Ikee

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Showa Modern takes Yasuda Kinen

Showa Modern extended his winning streak to three when he took the grade one Yasuda Kinen on Sunday. The 6-year-old horse won it under the hands of Hiroki Goto in 1 minute 31.70 seconds by a 1/2-length from Super Hornet. Another head behind, Smile Jack was third with Triumph March fourth and Sight Winner(NZ) fifth.

Showa Modern had struggled a bit on the grade level, but he turned over a new leaf this season with victory in the grade three Lord Derby Trophy in early April and victory in the grade one Yasuda Kinen. What a great success in a short period!

Showa Modern, by the 1999 Yasuda Kinen winner Air Jihad out of Yume Shibai, by Toni Bin, has now won nine of his 39 races with more than 348 milion jp yen in career earnings.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Field of 2010 Yasuda Kinen

Reach the Crown, runner-up in the 2009 Japanese Derby, looks like a very good miler after switching to mile campaign this season. He proved that on his last outing in the Milers Cup and could have a good chance to win his first grade one race.

The main opponent to Reach the Crown could be Triumph March, who finished a neck behind Reach the Crown in the Milers Cup. The three Hong Kong entries may be dangerous.

The post time for the 2010 Yasuda Kinen will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, June 6.

1/Reach the Crown/4c/58/Katsumi Ando
2/Smile Jack/5h/58/Kosei Miura
3/Absolute/6h/58/Katsuharu Tanaka
4/Fellowship(NZ)/8g/58/Zachary Purton
5/Sight Winner(NZ)/7g/58/Craig Williams
6/Faridat(USA)/5h/58/Masayoshi Ebina
7/Glorious Noah/4c/58/Shinichiro Kobayashi
8/Captain Thule/5h/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
9/Super Hornet/7h/58/Yusuke Fujioka
10/Beauty Flash(NZ)/5g/58/Felix Coetzee
11/Maruka Shenck/7h/58/Yuichi Shibayama
12/Live Concert(IRE)/6g/58/Ryuji Wada
13/Meiner Falke/5h/58/Masami Matsuoka
14/Maruka Phoenix/6h/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
15/Triumph March/4c/58/Hiroyuki Uchida
16/San Carlo/4c/58/Yutaka Yoshida
17/Showa Modern/6h/58/Hiroki Goto
18/A Shin Forward(USA)/5h/58/Yasunari Iwata

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

2010 Yasuda Kinen Nominations

A total of 25 horses remain in the final nomination stage of the 2010 Yasuda Kinen which is to be run on Sunday, June 6 at Tokyo Racecourse over 1,600 meters on grass.
The nominations include three Hong Kong-trained horses, Beauty Flash(NZ), Fellowship(NZ) and Sight Winner(NZ).
The Hong Kong horses, Fairy King Prawn and Bulish Luck, have won the race since the door was opened to foreigners in 1993.
The three invaders have ranked higher than the local nominations in the recent rating.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Eishin Flash mild upset victory in Japanese Derby

Eishin Flash, the 31.9 seventh favorite, had a mild upset victory in the 2010 Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun) on Sunday. Hiroyuki Uchida was aboard the winner, completing the 2400-meter trip in 2 minutes 26.90 seconds on firm ground.

The horses were bunched up when entering the stretch. The pace which Aliseo made was relatively slow, clocking 61.60 seconds for the opening 1000 meters.

At around 200 meters from home, Eishin Flash broke away from the big pack by squeezing between horses on the middle of the course, and he rushed into the line for the Derby winning post.

Before the neck victory, Eishin Flash had to deny Rose Kingdom's challenge. Another 1 3/4-length behind, Victoire Pisa(2.1 favorite) was third with Gestalt fourth and Rulership fifth. Pelusa(2.6 second favorite), who broke in the air at the start, finished sixth.

Eishin Flash, a son of King's Best out of Moonlady, by Platini, has raced for owner T.Hirai and trainer H.Fujiwara. The Derby victory was his fourth win in seven starts with 273+ million jp yen in career earnings. Shadai Farm was the breeder of the darkbay colt.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pelusa favorite for Japanese Derby

After closing Saturday betting round, Pelusa has been installed as the 2.4 favorite for the Japanese Derby. The undefeated Zenno Rob Roy colt had an impressive victory in the Aoba Sho in early May.
Victoire Pisa, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), was the 2.6 second favorite. Hiruno d'AAmour was the 8.7 third favorite. The rest of the field was at odds of 10.0 or over.

The 17 three-year-old colts will go to post at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, 2010.

Danon Chantilly scratch from Derby

Danon Chantilly scratched from the Japanese Derby field due to injury. Details about the injury have not been revealed. He came into the Japanese Derby off a sensational victory in the NHK Mile Cup.

Before Danon Chantilly's injury, Sunrise Prince and A Shin Whity, who finished fourth and sixth in the Mile Cup, were sidelined due to leg injury. We realize how tough the Mile Cup was.

Friday, May 28, 2010

2010 Japanese Derby Preview

Victoire Pisa defeated at his debut race last October, but since then he accomplished a 5-straight victory when coming into the Derby. Many have great impression on his gutsy run of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) in which he came out from the crowd for a 1 1/2-length victory.
In the absence of Yutaka Take, Yasunari Iwata takes the mount on him again.

Danon Chantilly, winner of the NHK Mile Cup, attempts to follow in the footsteps of King Kamehameha and Deep Sky, who have made a NHK Mile Cup - Derby double. He could produce an explosive late run if he runs smoothly early on.

Pelusa returns to the Tokyo main course. The great style in which he achieved the 4-length Aoba Sho victory makes him one of the serious Derby contenders.
Norihiro Yokoyama may be the hottest jockey with a couple of g1 victories last two weeks.

Other horses to keep an eye on will be the Principal Stakes winner Rulership and the Satsuki Sho runner-up Hiruno d'Amour.

It is no big surprises in the recent Derbys. Seven of the last 10 Derby favorites have won. Second and third favorites have won once and twice in the last 10 Derbys.

Prep races
The Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) is the best prep race with five winners in the last decade.
Three of the last 10 Derby winners came from the NHK Mile Cup.
In the last 10 runnings, no winner came from the Aoba Sho, but three horses have placed second in that period.

Among current jockeys, Yutaka Take is the best strike-rate jockey with four wins from 21 rides. He will miss the classic this season due to injury. Hirofumi Shii rode the two Derby winners in the last three years.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stage set for 2010 Japanese Derby

The stage is set for the Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun) for which the 18 colts have been entered.

The 77th running of the Tokyo Yushun(Japanese Derby), grade one
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Tokyo Racecourse Race-10 3:40pm JST
3yo 2,400-meter turf left-handed
Weight: 57kgs

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name/Rider
1/Eishin Flash/Hiroyuki Uchida
2/Reve d'Orient/Yusuke Fujioka
3/Rulership/Hirofumi Shii
4/San Diego City/Suguru Hamanaka
5/Cosmo Phantom(USA)/Masami Matsuoka
6/Aliseo/Craig Williams
7/Victoire Pisa/Yasunari Iwata
8/Rose Kingdom/Hiroki Goto
9/Pelusa/Norihiro Yokoyama
10/Tosen Ares/Teruo Eda
11/Hansode Bando/Masayoshi Ebina
12/Hiruno d'Amour/Shinji Fujita
13/Gestalt/Kenichi Ikezoe
14/L'Ile d'Aval/Yuichi Fukunaga
15/Meisho Uzushio/Yuji Iida
16/Shine/Ryuji Wada
17/To the Glory/Keita Tosaki
18/Danon Chantilly/Katsumi Ando

Three HK horses for Yasuda Kinen

Beauty Flash(NZ), Fellowship(NZ) and Sight Winner(NZ) arrived on May 25 in Japan to race the Yasuda Kinen.

The Usual Q.T.(USA) and Cat Junior(USA) withdrew from the Yasuda nomination earlier this month.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Thrilling dead-heat in Japanese Oaks

The thrilling race of the 2010 Japanese Oaks will be remembered. It was a more exciting race than any classic race and produced the first dead-heat at grade one race in JRA racing history.

Apapane(3.8 favorite) and Saint Emilion(5th favorite) dead-heated for first place on the rainy Tokyo Racecourse. The verdict was decided by a more than 15-minute photo inspection. The two fillies finished a 2-length in front of Agnes Waltz with another 1 1/4-length further back Animate Bio fourth. The final time was 2 minutes 29.90 seconds on good ground.

In the last 200 meters, Masayoshi Ebina on Apapane and Norihiro Yokoyama on Saint Emilion produced a thrilling duel. The both battled it out to the end. They clearly finished at the same level on the screen.

APAPANE b 3f 7-5-1-1
King Kamehameha - Salty Bid. by Salt Lake
299,458,000 jp yen
Breeder: Northern Farm
Owner: Kaneko Makoto Holding Co. Ltd.
Trainer: S. Kunieda

SAINT EMILION dk 3f 5-4-0-1
Zenno Rob Roy - Moteck, by Last Tycoon
167,741,000 jp yen
Breeder: Shadai Farm
Owner: T. Yoshida
Trainer: M. Koga

Saturday, May 22, 2010

2010 Oaks Favorite Goes to Shoryu Moon

As of Saturday, Shoryu Moon has been installed as the 3.4 favorite for the 2010 Japanese Oaks. The extended Oaks distance is likely to suit her and she may make a better run on Tokyo Racecourse.
The 4.5 second favorite went to Apapane, who aims at the second filly classic glory of the season.
The 6.6 third favorite was Apricot Fizz, who returns to the Tokyo main course where she won the Queen Cup last February. Oken Sakura was the 8.4 fourth favorite.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Field of 18 for Japanese Oaks 2010

A total of 18 fillies line up in the Yushun Himba(known as Japanese Oaks) on Sunday.

Apapane, winner of the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), bids for the second filly classic glory of the year. She has yet to run beyond the 1,600-meter distance, and it will be interesting to see how she runs over the Oaks distance.

Shoryu Moon attempts to bounce back from finishing fourth in the Oka Sho. Her pedigree indicates that she could stay on the Oaks distance.

Other horses to watch will be:
Oken Sakura(2nd in Oka Sho), Apricot Fizz(5th in Oka Sho), Saint Emilion(winner of Flora Stakes) and Agnes Waltz(2nd in Flora Stakes).

The 71st running of the Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks), grade one
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Tokyo Race-11 3:40pm JST
3yo f 2,400-meter turf left-handed
weight: 55kgs

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name(sire)/Rider
1/Cosmo Nemo Shin(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Syu Ishibashi
2/Agnes Waltz(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Yoshitomi Shibata
3/Apricot Fizz(by Jungle Pocket)/Hirofumi Shii
4/Shoryu Moon(by King Kamehameha)/Hiroyuki Uchida
5/Ginza Bonanza(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Kenichi Ikezoe
6/Oken Sakura(by Bago)/Katsumi Ando
7/Nimaru Otome(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Hiroshi Kitamura
8/Princess Memory(by Swept Overboard)/Masaki Katsuura
9/Morning Face(by Special Week)/Yusuke Fujioka
10/Tagano Elisabeth(by Special Week)/Yuga Kawada
11/Blooming Alley(by Symboli Kris S)/Masami Matsuoka
12/Toreno Angel(by Taiki Shuttle)/Keita Tosaki
13/Animate Bio(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Hiroki Goto
14/Shimmei Fuji(by Fuji Kiseki)/Yasunari Iwata
15/A Shin Returns(by King Kamehameha)/Yuichi Fukunaga
16/Stellar Lead(by Special Week)/Kosei Miura
17/Apapane(by King Kamehameha)/Masayoshi Ebina
18/Saint Emilion(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Norihiro Yokoyama

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

2010 Japanese Oaks nominations

A total of 24 fillies remain on the final nomination list of the 2010 Japanese Oaks. The nominations include the Oka Sho(Japanease 1000 Guineas) winner Apapane, the Flora Stakes winner Saint Emillion, the Sweetpea Stakes winner Toreno Angel and Morning Face, winner of the Wasurenagusa Sho.

Eight of the last 10 Oaks winners have raced the Oka Sho prior to the Oaks. Apapane is certainly the one to keep an eye on.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Buena Vista wins, Red Desire fourth in Victoria Mile

Buena Vista(1.5 favorite) won the Victoria Mile under Norihiro Yokoyama to complete the 1,600-meter trip on firm ground in 1 minute 32.40 seconds, while Red Desire(5.7 2nd favorite) finished less than a length behind in fourth. Between the two, Hikaru Amaranthus and Nishino Blue Moon finished second and thrid respectively.

Buena Vista ranged up alongside Red Desire on the outside lane down the stretch as a bunch of the rivals hooked up on the inside. Hikaru Amaranthus got into the front on the middle in the very last stage, but Buena Vista's final stride just prevailed by a neck. Red Desire failed to keep up with the winner's pace.

11 Buena Vista
2 Hikaru Amaranthus
10 Nishino Blue Moon
17 Red Desire
9 Broad Street
Margins: nk, 1/3l, ns, hd

Buena Vista, a 4-year-old darkbay filly by Special Week out of Biwa Heidi, by Caerleon, has now won the fourth grade one victory, overall seven wins in 13 career starts. Her career earnings boosted up to 750+ million jp yen.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Buena Vista, who races under the color of Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. and under the saddle of H. Matsuda.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Field of 18 set for Victoria Mile

The highlight of this Sunday's grade one Victoria Mile will be the showdown between Buena Vista and Red Desire, who met three times last season. The last time they met was in the Shuka Sho last October. Red Desire won it, and Buena Vista finished second, but she was demoted to third for interference.

Possible upsetters in the 1,600-meter grade one race could be Broad Street and Mikrokosmos, but if Buena Vista and Red Desire run their races, the Mile could come down to a thrilling finish of the two big fillies.

Buena Vista to be ridden by Norihiro Yokoyama drew post 11, while Red Desire with Hirofumi Shii up had post 17.

The starters carry 55kgs. The Victoria Mile will go to post at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, May 16.

The field in post position order with riders is as follows:

1/Best Location/5m/Hatsuhiro Kowata
2/Hikaru Amaranthus/4f/Hiroyuki Uchida
3/La Dorada/4f/Katsumi Ando
4/Wedding Fujiko/6m/Hayato Yoshida
5/Arco Senora/6m/Tomoharu Bushizawa
6/Shisei Kaguya/4f/Kyosuke Maruta
7/Mikrokosmos/4f/Yuichi Fukunaga
8/Yamanin Emailler/7m/Yutaka Yoshida
9/Broad Street/4f/Shinji Fujita
10/Nishino Blue Moon/6m/Hiroshi Kitamura
11/Buena Vista/4f/Norihiro Yokoyama
12/Bravo Daisy/5m/Yuichi Kitamura
13/One Carat/4f/Yusuke Fujioka
14/Columbus Circle/4f/Masayoshi Ebina
15/I Am Kamino Mago/4f/Shinichiro Akiyama
16/Mood Indigo/5m/Hiroyuki Uemura
17/Red Desire/4f/Hirofumi Shii
18/Provinage/5m/Tetsuzo Sato

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Two top fillies meet again in Victoria Mile

Buena Vista and Red Desire will meet again in the grade one Victoria Mile on Sunday. The two met three times in the filly classics last season. Buena Vista finished ahead of Red Desire twice, winning the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) and the Japanese Oaks. Red Desire finished a close second in those classics, but she came back to win the Shuka Sho in which Buena Vista finished third.

Buena Vista made her two starts this season so far, winning the Kyoto Kinen and finishing an encouraging second in the Dubai Sheema Classic, while Red Deisre gained victory in the UAE Al Maktoum Challenge R3 before failing to fire in the Dubai World Cup.

Photo: Thrilling battle of Buena Vista(left) and Red Desire(right) in 2009 Japanese Oaks
Photo Copyright(c)2010
Toward Horse. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Danon Chantilly wins NHK Mile Cup in record time

Danon Chantilly gained a sensational victory of the NHK Mile Cup this afternoon in the astonishing time of 1 minute 31.40 seconds, which broke the Japan record for the 1,600-meter turf distance by 0.10 second. Veteran jockey Katsumi Ando rode the winner.

A 1 1/2-length behind, second was Daiwa Barbarian, and a length further away, third was L'lle d'Aval. Another 1/2-length further back, Sunrise Prince was fourth with Kyoei Asura fifth.

Ando kept Danon Chantilly well in the rear, third to last, while A Shin Duck Man made the running, setting the opening 1,000-meter in 56.30 seconds, which was the fastest pace ever recorded in the Tokyo 1,600-meter race. Sunrise Prince stayed third position with Daiwa Barbarian and L'lle d'Aval running at the mid-pack.

By the time the field turned the final bend for home, Danon Chantilly was still in the rear. In the top-stretch, Sunrise Prince held the lead. Daiwa Barbarinan and L'lle d'Aval made their challenges. They battled for the lead, but Danon Chantilly flew on the outside and he struck into the front within 100 meters from home.

Danon Chantilly, in the color of Danox Co. Ltd. and the condition of K. Matsuda, has now won three of his 5 races with 166+ million jp yen in career earnings. The darkbay 3-year-old colt, by Fuji Kiseki out of the Mark of Esteem mare Chansonnette, was bred in Hidaka, Hokkaido by Darly Japan Farm, who has now produced the first grade one winner in JRA racing.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Sunrise Prince early favorite for NHK Mile Cup

After closing Saturday betting round, Sunrise Prince has been installed as the 2.4 favorite for the grade one NHK Mile Cup. Danon Chantilly was the 2.7 second favorite followed by L'Ile d'Aval 6.9.

Friday, May 07, 2010

2010 NHK Mile Cup

Sunrise Prince, an impressive winner of the grade two New Zealand Trophy at Nakayama on April 10, could reproduce a big run in the grade one company. The main opponent to Sunrise Prince will be Danon Chantilly, who comes off victory in the grade three Mainichi Hai.

photo: Sunrise Prince in New Zealand Trophy
photo copyright(c)2010 Toward Horse. All Rights Reserved.

A total of 18 three-year-olds will go to post at 3:40 p.m. JST in the grade one NHK Mile Cup on Sunday.

1/Daiwa Barbarian(by Manhattan Cafe)/3c/57/Masayoshi Ebina
2/Cosmo Sensor(by King Kamehamaha)/3c/57/Syu Ishibashi
3/L'Ile d'Aval(by Agnes Tachyon)/3c/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
4/Sunrise Prince(by Agnes Tachyon)/3c/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
5/Sound Barrier(by Agnes Digital)/3f/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
6/Nishino Meigetsu(by Durandal)/3c/57/Hiroshi Kitamura
7/Toshi Gang Star(by Kurofune)/3c/57/Suguru Hamanaka
8/Pas de Trois(by Swept Overboard)/3c/57/Yoshitomi Shibata
9/Monte Fujisan(by Grass Wonder)/3c/57/Tomoharu Bushizawa
10/Kyoei Asura(by Swept Overboard)/3c/57/Yutaka Yoshida
11/Eishin Apollon(USA)(by Giant's Causeway)/3c/57/Yasunari Iwata
12/King Leopold(by Fuji Kiseki)/3c/57/Takuma Ito
13/Danon Chantilly(by Fuji Kiseki)/3c/57/Katsumi Ando
14/Shigeru Motonari(by Marvelous Sunday)/3c/57/Masami Matsuoka
15/Garbo(by Manhattan Cafe)/3c/57/Hiroki Goto
16/Reto(by Zachariah)/3c/57/Hideaki Miyuki
17/A Shin Duck Man(by Sakura Bakushin O)/3c/57/Hirofumi Shii
18/A Shin Whity(by Sakura Bakushin O)/3c//57/Yuichi Kitamura

Local nominations of Arc de Triomphe

The following seven Japanese horses have been nominated for the 2010 Arc de Triomphe, held at Longchamp on October 3.

Axion, Eishin Flash, Forgettable, Nakayama Festa, Pelusa, Red Desire and Victoire Pisa(in alphabetic order)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

2010 Yasuda Kinen: Foregin Nominations

Foreign nominations of the grade one Yasuda Kinen are as follows:

Horse Name/Status
Able One(NZ)/withdrew
Beauty Flash(NZ)/unknown
Cat Junior(USA)/unknown
Sight Winner(NZ)/unknown
The Usual Q.T./unknown

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Jaguar Mail's last surge in Tenno Sho Spring

Jaguar Mail finally broke his losing streak and achieved his biggest career victory, winning the Tenno Sho Spring under the hands of Australian jockey Craig Williams on Sunday at Kyoto Racecourse. This was Jaguar Mail's first victory since October 2008 when he won the October Stakes. Williams had a great race. He became the first foreign rider to win the Tenno Sho Spring in JRA history.

Second favorite Jaguar Mail won the 3,200-meter marathon race in 3 minutes 15.70 seconds. Second was, a 3/4-length behind, fourth favorite Meiner Kitz with another 5-length outsider Meisho Dontaku third. Race favorite Forgettable finished sixth in the maximum field of 18 horses.

Meiner Kitz pulled away from the rest at the top of the stretch and looked like a sure winner. But Jaguar Mail was in hot pursuit of Meiner Kitz. The gap between the two shrank instantly as Jaguar Mail strode. Jaguar Mail's last surge prevailed.

Jaguar Mail, trained at Miho by N.Hori and owned by K.Yoshida, has now won six in 17 career starts. His career earnings brought to 336+ million jp yen. The 7-year-old bay horse by Jungle Pocket out of the Sunday Silence mare Haya Beni Komachi was bred by Aioi Farm.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Forgettable early favorite for 2010 Tenno Sho Spring

As of Saturday, Forgettable has been installed as the 2.5 favorite for the 2010 Tenno Sho Spring. The Dance in the Dark colt has a lot of stamina and likes to bring his ability into the 3,200-meter distance.
Jaguar Mail, runner-up in the Kyoto Kinen, was the 6.3 second favorite. Last year's hero Meiner Kitz was the 7.3 third favorite followed by Jamil 9.4.

Pelusa romps Aoba Sho

Pelusa, trained by K. Fujisawa and owned by H.Yamamoto, romped the grade two TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho, one of the preps for the Japanese Derby, at Tokyo on Saturday. Norihiro Yokoyama took the mount on the winner to complete the 2,400-meter turf trip in 2 minutes 24.30 seconds. A 4-length behind, To the Glory finished second with Heart Beat Song finishing another half-length back in third.

Pelusa remains undefeated in 4 starts and could be one of the serious contenders for the upcoming Japanese Derby. The Zenno Rob Roy chestnut colt out of the Candy Stripes mare Argentine Star was bred by Shadai Farm.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Field of Tenno Sho Spring 2010

The 2010 Tenno Sho Spring for which the 18 horses have been entered looks like anyone's race.

4-year-olds have a good record, finishing 6 firsts, 4 seconds and 2 thirds in the last decade. During that period, 7-year-olds or older have not won.
Six of the last 10 winners have previously raced either the Hanshin Daishonten or the Sankei Osaka Hai. Three favorites have won in the last 10 years. Surprises are occasional. 12th pick Meiner Kizt and 13th pick Suzuka Mambo won in 2010 and 2005 respectively.

The 141st running of the Tenno Sho Spring, grade one
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Kyoto Race-10 3:40pm JST
4yo+ international 3,200-meter turf right-handed

1/Kanetoshi Soleil(AUS)/6h/58/Hideaki Miyuki
2/Air Zipangu/7g/58/Yasunari Iwata
3/Forgettable/4c/58/Hiroyuki Uchida
4/Meisho Dontaku/4c/58/Koshiro Take
5/Field Bear/7h/58/Shinichiro Akiyama
6/Tokai Trick/8h/58/Shinji Fujita
7/Namura Crescent/5h/58/Futoshi Komaki
8/Tosen Crown/6h/58/Teruo Eda
9/Main Stream/5h/58/Yuga Kawada
10/T M Encore/6h/58/Suguru Hamanaka
11/Mikki Petra/4c/58/Kenichi Ikezoe
12/Jaguar Mail/6h/58/Craig Williams
13/Jamil/4c/58/Katsumi Ando
14/Meisho Beluga/5m/56/Yuichi Fukunaga
15/Air Shady/9h/58/Keita Tosaki
16/Meiner Kitz/7h/58/Masami Matsuoka
17/Golden Mane/g10/58/Keisuke Dazai
18/Bell Wood Lhotse/4c/58/Hayato Matoba

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2010 Tenno Sho Spring

A total of 25 horses remain on the final nomination list of the 2010 Tenno Sho Spring which is to be run on May 2 at Kyoto Racecourse.

The nominations include Diamond Stakes winner Forgettable, last year's hero Miner Kitz, Hanshin Daishoten winner Tokai Trick and T M Encore, winner of the Sankei Osaka Hai.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Never Bouchon runs in QE II Cup

On Apirl 17, Never Bouchon left Japan for Hong Kong to race the Audemars Piquet QE II Cup at Sha Tin on April 25. The 7-year-old horse won the America Jockey Club Cup three months ago. He has yet to have a big impact on the grade one race. This will be his first race outside Japan.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Victoire Pisa takes Satsuki Sho

Yasunari Iwata, replaced by injured Yutaka Take, drove Victoire Pisa into front down the deep stretch, winning the 2010 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) at Nakayama on Sunday. The 2.3 favorite got home a 1 1/2-length ahead of second place Hiruno d'Amour in 2 minutes 0.80 second.
Another nose back, Eishin Flash finished third with Rose Kingdom fourth and Aliseo fifth.

After the field turned for home, Victoire Pisa was in the middle of heavy traffic jam, but Iwata decided to angle out inside and thrust into the crowd. The colt replied well when the jockey asked him to do so. In the last 100 meters, Victoire Pisa crept up alongside of the rail before quickly going into front.
His finishing kick was awesome. He left the rest behind as he drew away from the pack.

Victoire Pisa has now won five in 6 starts with 240+ million jp yen in career earnings for trainer K. Sumii and owner Y. Ichikawa. Shadai Farm in Chitose, Hokkaido was the breeder of the dark bay Neo Universe colt out of the Machiavellian mare Whitewater Affair.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Victoire Pisa favorite for Satsuki Sho

As of Saturday, Victoire Pisa has been installed as the favorite for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) at odds of 4.0. Rose Kingdom was the second favorite at 4.5. L'Ile d'Aval was at 7.4 for the third favorite followed by Aliseo 7.4, Hiruno d'Amour 9.6 and Eishin Apollon(USA) 9.9.

[Brief news]
Mastery(GB) withdrew from the Tenno Sho Spring.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Victoire Pisa tops field of Satsuki Sho

Victoire Pisa tops the field of 18 colts for the 2010 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) at Nakayama. He comes into the first colt classic off four straight victories, including a couple of grade successes. In the absence of injured Yutaka Take, Yasunari Iwata takes the mount on the colt.

Rose Kingdom, who has tasted his first defeat in the Spring Stakes last outing, attempts to come back on the winning trail under the hands of regular rider Futoki Komaki.

Eishin Apollon(USA), who finished second in the Yayoi Sho behind Victoire Pisa, has the ability to finish a reversal order.

Other horses to watch: Aliseo, winner of the Spring Stakes and Wakagoma Stakes winner Hiruno d'Amour.

The 70th running of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), grade one
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Nakayama Race-11 3:40pm JST
3yo 2,000-meter turf right-handed
weight: 57kgs

1 L'Ile d'Aval(by Agnes Tachyon)Yuichi Fukunaga
2 Hansode Bando(by Manhattan Cafe)Masayoshi Ebina
3 Tosen Ares(by Admire Don)Katsuharu Tanaka
4 Neo Vendome(by Neo Universe)Katsumi Ando
5 Rose Kingdom(by King Kamehameha)Futoshi Komaki
6 Gestalt(by Manhattan Cafe)Masaki Katsuura
7 Red Sparkle(by New England)Shinichiro Akiyama
8 Birdie Birdie(by Brian's Time)Masami Matsuoka
9 San Diego City(by Manhattan Cafe)Suguru Hamanaka
10 Shine(by Meisho Doto)Ryuji Wada
11 Eishin Flash(by King's Best)Hiroyuki Uchida
12 Eishin Apollon(USA)(by Giant's Causeway)Kenichi Ikezoe
13 Victoire Pisa(by Neo Universe)Yasunari Iwata
14 Reve d'Orient(by Special Week)Yusuke Fujioka
15 Daiwa Falcon(by Jungle Pocket)Hiroshi Kitamura
16 Hiruno d'Amour(by Manhattan Cafe)Shinji Fujita
17 Garbo(by Manhattan Cafe)Hiroki Goto
18 Aliseo(by Symboli Kris S)Norihiro Yokoyama

Thursday, April 15, 2010

2010 Satsuki Sho draws

The maximum field of 18 colts has been drawn for the 2010 Satsuki Sho(Japanese St Leger) at Nakayama on Sunday, April 18.

Victoire Pisa breaks from post 13, while Rose Kingdom draws post 5.

The Satsuki Sho, the first leg of the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-olds, will go to post at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, April 18.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Recent top ratings of Satsuki Sho nominations

Yayoi Sho winner Victoire Pisa has assigned the top weight of 112 pounds(intermidiate distance). Eishin Apollon(USA), runner-up in the Yayoi Sho, followed at 111. Spring Stakes winner Aliseo was at 109 followed by Daiwa Falcon and Hansode Band sharing at 108.

Last 10 Satsuki Sho winners
2009 Unrivaled
2008 Captain Thule
2007 Victory
2006 Meisho Samson
2005 Deep Impact
2004 Daiwa Major
2003 Neo Universe
2002 No Reason
2001 Agnes Tachyon
2000 Air Shakur

Eight of the last 10 winners have previously prepped either the Yayoi Sho or the Spring Stakes.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Favorite wins Oka Sho

Apapane, the 2.8 favorite in the field of 18 fillies, won the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday. Masayoshi Ebina rode the winner to complete the 1,600-meter turf course in 1 minute 33.30 seconds on firm ground.

Oken Sakura was in the lead as the field entered the final stretch. Ebina and Apapane were, behind the leading pack, in the crowd. In the mid-stretch, Ebina brought his filly to the outside. The filly crept up on Oken Sakura inch by inch right after getting a clear passage. From there, Apapane gained ground at every stride, and forged ahead near the line.

Oken Sakura, setting the pace from start, finished a half-length behind for second place. Third was, another neck behind, A Shin Returns with Shoryu Moon fourth and Apricot Fizz fifth.

Apapane, a 3-year-old filly by King Kamehameha out of the Salt Lake mare Salty Bid, races for owner Kaneko Makoto Holding Co. and trainer S. Kunieda. Her career record improved 6-4-1-1 with 211+ million jp yen in career earnings. Northern Farm was the breeder of the bay filly.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Field set for Oka Sho

The field is set for the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday. The 18 contestants lineup in the first leg of the filly classic for 3-year-old fillies.

Juvenile filly champ Apapane, who finished a respectable second in the Tulip Sho as her good warm-up run, breaks from post 9. Queen Cup winner Apricot Fizz faces the top company for the first time and draws post 3.

Other horses to keep an eye on will be: Tulip Sho winner Shoryu Moon; A Shin Returns, third in the Tulip Sho and Niigata Nisai Stakes winner Shimmei Fuji.

The 70th running of the Oka Sho, grade one
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Hanshin Race-10
3yo f 1,600-meter turf right-handed
weight: 55 kgs
post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

1/Shoryu Moon(by King Kamehameha)/Tetsuzo Sato
2/Ginza Bonanza(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Hiroshi Kitamura
3/Apricot Fizz(by Jungle Pocket)/Norihiro Yokoyama
4/Cosmo Nemo Shin(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Syu Ishibashi
5/Motohime(by Shonan Kampf)/Takuya Ono
6/Wild Raspberry(by Falbrav)/Suguru Hamanaka
7/Tagano Elisabeth(by Special Week)/Yuga Kawada
8/Oken Sakura(by Bago)/Katsumi Ando
9/Apapane(by King Kamehameha)/Masayoshi Ebina
10/Lady Alba Rosa(by King Kamehameha)/Ryuji Wada
11/A Shin Returns(by King Kamehameha)/Yuichi Fukunaga
12/Stellar Lead(by Special Week)/Shinji Fujita
13/Animate Bio(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Hiroyuki Uchida
14/Jewel of Nile(by Durandal)/Hideaki Miyuki
15/Sound Barrier(by Agnes Digital)/Kunihiko Watanabe
16/Ranunculus(by Special Week)/Hirofumi Shii
17/Shimmei Fuji(by Fuji Kiseki)/Yasunari Iwata
18/Princess Memory(by Swept Overboard)/Masaki Katsuura

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Trend of Oka Sho

The preps provide a good guidance. Nine of the last 10 Oka Sho winners have previously raced either the Tulip Sho, the Fillies' Revue or the Anemone Stakes. Five of them prepped the Tulip Sho prior to the Oka Sho.
Three favorites have won in the last decade, but we saw occasional big surprises. Recent good form of run is a must.

Last 10 winners
2009 Buena Vista
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

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

2010 Satsuki Sho nominations

A total of 23 colts remains in the final nomination stage of the 2010 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) to be run on Sunday, April 18 at Nakayama.

The nominations include Juveniel colt champion Rose Kingdom and Yayoi Sho winner Victoire Pisa.

Friday, April 02, 2010

St Leger winner may run Tenno Sho Spring

Mastery(GB), winner of the 2009 St Leger Stakes, was selected as a runner of the Tenno Sho Spring to be run at Kyoto on May 2. Whether he runs in the grade one traditional race will be decided by his connections.

In the meantime, the three foreign horses have been nominated for the May 16 Victoria Mile(g1) at Tokyo as follows:

Minor Vamp(IRE), Sahpresal(USA) and Shamwari Lodge(IRE)

Monday, March 29, 2010

2010 Oka Sho

A total of 28 fillies remain on the nomination list of the 2010 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), held at Hanshin Racecourse on April 11. The nominations include Apapane and Apricot Fizz.

Yutaka Take gets injured

Yutaka Take will miss Spring campaign due to injury. Take, the most famous jockey in the country, got injured after being thrown from his seat last Saturday. He suffered a fractured left collarbone and sidebone.

The accident happened when he rode The Taiki, who fell down on the ground in the stretch of the grade three Mainichi Hai at Hanshin. The colt broke a leg and had to be euthanized.

How long he will be absent from the race is uncertain, but he misses the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) and the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) for sure.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Kinshasa wins Takamatsunomiya in photo finish

Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS) finally gained his first grade one glory in 7th try when he won the Takamatsunomiya Kinen in photo finish at Chukyo on Sunday.

The Hirofumi Shii-piloted 7-year-old horse got home a nose before B B Guldan in 1 minute 8.60 seconds. Another neck behind, A Shin Forward(USA) finished third with another neck further behind San Carlo fourth.

The finish might have been the most thrilling as ever in Takamatsunomiya history. The first five separated within less than a length.

Kinshasa no Kiseki, a son of Fuji Kiseki and the Pleasant Colony mare Keltshaan, bred by Arrowleave Joint Venture, has now recored 10th win in 26 career starts with 560+ million yen in career earnings.

The 40th Takamatsunomiya Kinen, grade one
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Chukyo 3:40pm JST
4yo+ international 1,200-meter turf left-handed

6 Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS) 3.7f H.Shii
17 B B Guldan 11.9 K.Ando
16 A Shin Forward(USA) 4.9 Y.Iwata
13 San Carlo 9.3 Y.Yoshida
3 Ultima Thule 4.3 N.Yokoyama
margins: ns, nk, nk, ns

Friday, March 26, 2010

Field of 2010 Takamatsunomiya Kinen

The field of the 2010 Takamatsunomiya Kinen has been drawn. A total of 18 horses will compete in the 1,200-meter turf event at Chukyo on Sunday.

Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS), who has been close to winning the grade one sprint event on a couple of occasions before, has a good chance to get his first g1 glory this Sunday. The 7-year-old Australian-bred horse looks to maintain the good form having come off three grade victories.
The main opponents to Kinshasa no Kiseki could be Ultima Thule, winner of the Silk Road Stakes, and A Shin Forward(USA), winner of the Hankyu Hai.

The 40th Takamatsunomiya Kinen, grade one
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Chukyo 3:40pm JST
4yo+ international 1,200-meter turf left-handed

pp/horse name/agesex/weight(kgs)/rider
1/Seven Sea Queen/4f/55/Yuichi Kitamura
2/I'll Love Again/8h/57/Shinichiro Akiyama
3/Ultima Thule/6m/55/Norihiro Yokoyama
4/Shonan Kazan/5h/57/Yoshitomi Shibata
5/Tosho Courage/8h/57/Yuga Kawada
6/Kinshasa no Kiseki(AUS)/7h/57/Hirofumi Shii
7/Kanoya Zakura/6m/55/Futoshi Komaki
8/A Shin F Danz(USA)/6h/57/Tetsuzo Sato
9/Fine Grain/7h/57/Masaki Katsuura
10/Headliner/6g/57/Manabu Sakai
11/Eishin Tiger/4c/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
12/Grand Prix Angel/4f/55/Shigefumi Kumazawa
13/San Carlo/4c/57/Yutaka Yoshida
14/Suzuka Causeway/6h/57/Yutaka Take
15/Premium Box/7h/57/Hideaki Miyuki
16/A Shin Forward(USA)/5h/57/Yasunari Iwata
17/B B Guldan/6h/57/Katsumi Ando
18/Pisa no Patek/8h/57/Katsuharu Tanaka

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Red Desire post 3 in Dubai

In the 2010 Dubai World Cup at Maydan on all-weather track, Red Desire with C. Soumillon up will break from post 3, while O. Peslier rides Buena Vista in the Dubai Sheema Classic on turf, breaking from post 10.

Monday, March 22, 2010

2010 Takamatsunomiya Kinen

A total of 24 horses remain in the final nomination stage of the Sprinters Stakes, held at Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday, March 28.

Note that the two Hong Kong-trained horses, Sacred Kingdom(AUS) and Ultra Fantasy(AUS), were withdrawn from the nomination list of the grade one sprint event.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Aliseo takes Spring Stakes

Aliseo led the field of 15 colts and went on to win the Spring Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday. A length behind, outsider Gestalt finished second. Heavy favorite Rose Kingdom, showing a good late surge, finished third, a head behind Gestalt.

Aliseo, a dark bay colt by Symboli Kris S out of the Fuji Kiseki mare Square Away, has now won 3 of his 4 races.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rose Kingdom makes 2010 debut in Spring S

Rose Kingdom makes his 2010 debut in the grade two Spring Stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday. Last December, he wrapped up his juvenile season with an impressive victory in the grade one Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes. The juvenile colt champion has yet to lose in 3 starts and attempts to show a good run of form in the 1,800-meter Spring Stakes toward the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas).

As of Saturday, Rose Kingdom has been installed as the heavy favorite for the Spring Stakes at odds of 1.3. Aliseo was the second favorite at 7.1 with Sunrise Prince at 7.8.

The Spring Stakes, one of the major preps for the Satsuki Sho, with the starters of 15 colts runs at Nakayama main course over 1,800-meters on Sunday, March 21.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Foreign nominations for grade one races

As of today, the two Hong Kong-trained horses remain on the nomination list of the Takamatsunomiya Kinen as follows:

Sacred King dom(AUS)
Ultra Fantasy(AUS)

The Takamatsunomiya Kinen, the grade one sprint event, runs on March 28 at Chukyo Racecourse.

Two foreigners in Grand Jump

Kalahari King(FR) of England and Pentiffic(NZ) of Australia have been nominated for the Nakayama Grand Jump at Nakayama on April 17, 2010.

The two foreign horses may participate in the most-famous jump in Japan.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Glorious Noah leaves for Dubai

With company of Buena Vista and Laurel Geurreiro, Glorious Noah will leave Japan for Dubai on March 13 to run in the Godolphin Mile. He had a final gallop at home on March 11.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Buena and Laurel final workout at home

Buena Vista and Laurel Geurreiro had a final workout at home on March 10 before making a trip to Dubai. The two horses are scheduled to leave Japan for Dubai on March 13.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Daiwa Scarlet first foal

Daiwa Scarlet produced her first foal, a filly by Chichicastenango, on March 6 at Shadai Farm in Chitose Hokkaido. Daiwa Scarlet, multiple grade one winner who was considered an archrival of recent retired Vodka, had a splendid racing career with a record of 12-8-4-0.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Red Desire goes for DWC

Red Desire, who triumphed the UAE Al Maktoum Challenge R3 in great style, will go for the Dubai World Cup, her owner, Tokyo Horse Racing revealed on March 7. Christophe Soumillon rides her in the world famous race.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Victoire Pisa takes Yayoi Sho

Victoire Pisa made a big step toward the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) when he gained a 1/2-length victory in the grade two Yayoi Sho on Sunday.

Yutaka Take rode his seventh Yayoi Sho winner with the final time of 2 minutes 6.10 seconds on Nakayama yielding ground.

Second was Eishin Apollon(USA) followed by Daiwa Falcon third place.

Vodka retires from racing

Vodka is not going to run in the Dubai World Cup. Instead, she will be retired from racing.

Her sudden retirement was due to recurrent bleeding from her nose right after finishing eighth in the UAE Al Maktoum Challenge R3.

She will be moved directly to Ireland from Dubai for breeding purposes.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Shoryu Moon upsets Tulip Sho

Shoryu Moon, the 9th favorite of the 16 three-year-old fillies, had an upset victory in the grade three Tulip Sho by getting past Apapane near the line. Takeshi Kimura was aboard the winner to complete the 1,600-meter trip in 1 minute 36.10 seconds on Hashin soft ground. Race favorite(2.2) Apapane finished second, a 3.4-length behind the winner.

Victoire Pisa favorite for Yayoi Sho

As of Saturday, Victoire Pisa, winner of the Radio Nikkei Hai Nisai Stakes, has been installed as the 1.9 favorite for Sunday's Yayoi Sho(g2) at Nakayama.
Eishin Appollon(USA) was the 5.4 second favorite followed by Admire Tenku 5.7 and Mission Mode 8.8.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Apapane returns to Hanshin in Tulip Sho

Juvenile filly champ Apapane returns to Hanshin Racecourse when she confronts 15 rivals in the Tulip Sho on Saturday. The last time she appeared on Hanshin was her sensational victory in the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies last December. Masayoshi Ebina will ride her, breaking from post 16.

Red Desire may run in Dubai World Cup

What a great run Red Desire displayed in Dubai!
Having won the UAE Al Maktoum Challenge R3, Red Desire may switch to the World Cup.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Five Japanese horses on 2010 Dubai World Cup Day

Espoir City and Success Brocken are not going to Dubai. In the meantime, Glorious Noah and Laurel Guerreiro will make a trip to Dubai.

As of Thursday, March 4, Japan has five JRA entrants on the 2010 Dubai World Cup Day at Maydan Racecourse as follows:

Vodka for Dubai World Cup
Red Desire for Dubai Sheema Classic
Buena Vista for Dubai Sheema Classic
Glorious Noah for Godolphin Mile
Laurel Guerreiro for Dubai Golden Shaheen

Major preps for 3-year-old classics

This weekend sees the major preps for the 3-year-old classic races.

On Saturday, Hashin Racecourse hosts the grade three Tulip Sho, one of the preps for the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas). In the last 10 years, five Oka Sho winners have preped in the Tulip.

The grade two Yayoi Sho, one of the preps for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) will be held at Nakayama Racecourse on Sunday. Four of the last 10 Satsuki Sho winners have previously raced the Yayoi.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Soumillon rides Buena Vista in Dubai

French jockey Christophe Soumillon will ride Buena Vista when she runs in the Dubai Sheema Classic. The 4-year-old filly is scheduled to leave Japan for Dubai on March 17.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Foreign nominations of Takamatsunomiya Kinen

The three Hong Kong-trained horses have been nominated for the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen as follows:

Green Birdie(NZ)
Sacred Kingdom(AUS)
Ultra Fantasy(AUS)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Espoir City romps home in February Stakes

Espoir City outran his 14 rivals in the February Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday afternoon to extend his winning streak at g1 event up to four. The 5-year-old chestnut horse has now won nine of his 11 dirt races(10 wins in 18 career starts). His career earnings brought up to 487+ million jp yen.

Laurel Guerreiro led as the reduced field of 15 turned for home. Having kept running in second place, Espoir City cruised up to Laurel Guerreiro, and he got past the leader without his jockey Tetsuzo Sato's hands barely moving on his neck, about 400 meters from home. From there, Espoir City quickly pulled away from the rest as Sato finally drew a whip.

Espoir City galloped to the line in 1 minute 34.90 seconds for the excellent winning time. Test Matta(USA) ran second, a 2 1/2-length back. Success Brocken was third place, another 3 1/2-length further back.

Espoir City, a son of Gold Allure out of the Brian's Time mare Eminent City, was bred by Ikuchise Bokujo(Bokujo means Farm in English). He may go for the Dubai World Cup.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

February Stakes early favorite

As of Saturday, Espoir City has been installed as the 1.7 favorite for the February Stakes. Success Brocken was the 5.9 second favorite. Reach the Crown was the 9.0 third favorite followed by Led Spada 9.9.

Buena Vista triumphs Kyoto Kinen

Buena Vista, the 1.5 favorite in the field of 13 runners, held off challenging Jaguar Mail to win the Kyoto Kinen(g2) on Saturday at Kyoto Racecourse. A 1/2-length separated the two. Third was, another 1 1/2-length behind, Dream Journey.

Buena Vista may run in the Dubai Sheema Classic for her next action.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Field of 2010 February Stakes

Espoir City makes his first start of the year when he runs in the Februrary Stakes(g1) on Sunday. The dirt champion had the sensational 2009 season, winning 4 in 6 starts with three g1 glories. Regular rider Tetsuzo Sato will take the mount.

Success Brocken has scored a couple of g1 victories last season including the 2009 Feburary Stakes. This horse comes here off a thrilling victory in the Tokyo Daishoten(g1) at NRA Ohi last December.

Laurel Guerreiro, Reach the Crown and Super Hornet have raced well at the highest level on turf. It will be interesting to see how they run on dirt surface.

Other horses to watch will be the Tokyo Shimbun Hai winner Red Spada, the 2009 Japan Dirt Derby winner Testa Matta(USA) and Glorious Noah, winner of the Negishi Stakes.

The 27th running of the February Stakes
Grade One
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Tokyo Race-11 3:40pm
4yo+ international 1,600-meter dirt left-handed

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Daisho Jet/7h/57/Yuichi Shibayama
2/Keiai Tenjin/4c/57/Hirofumi Shii
3/Testa Matta(USA)/4c/57/Yasunari Iwata
4/Espoir City/5h/57/Tetsuzo Sato
5/Super Hornet/7h/57/Yusuke Fujioka
6/Success Brocken/5h/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
7/Tosen Bright/9h/57/Hiroshi Kitamura
8/Red Spada/4c/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
9/Zarema/6m/55/Mirco Demuro
10/Oro Meister/5h/57/Yutaka Yoshida
11/Suni(USA)/4c/57/Yuga Kawada
12/Glorious Noah/4c/57/Shinichiro Kobayashi
13/Laurel Guerreiro/6h/57/Shinji Fujita
14/Reach the Crown/4c/57/Yutaka Take
15/Million Disk/6h/57/Christophe Lemaire
16/Wild Wonder/8h/57/Masayoshi Ebina


On Saturday, February 20, Buena Vista and Dream Journey will meet again in the Kyoto Kinen(g2) at Kyoto Racecourse. The last time they met was the Arima Kinen where Dream Journey bested Buena Vista by a half length.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Vodka and Red Desire arrive in Dubai

On February 11, Vodka and Red Desire arrived in Dubai to race the 2010 Dubai World Cup races. Before the Cup races, the two are scheduled to run in the Maktoum Challenge Round III on March 4.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

2010 February Stakes

A total of 24 horses remain in the final nomination stage of the February Stakes, the first JRA grade one event of the year. The nominations include dirt champion Espoir City, last year's hero Success Brocken, Laurel Guerreiro and Reach the Crown. The February Stakes runs on February 21 at Tokyo over 1,600 meters on dirt surface.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Nominations of JRA horses for 2010 Dubai

A total of 55 JRA horses have been preliminarily nominated for the 2010 Dubai World Cup races. The nominations include Buena Vista, Espoir City and Vodka.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cosmo Nemo Shin wins Fairy Stakes

Cosmo Nemo Shin won the grade 3 Fairy Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Nakayama today to provide jockey Syu Ishibashi with the first grade victory. A neck behind the winner, Apricot Fizz took second with Taylor Burton another 1 1/4-length back third in the field of 16 horses.
Cosmo Nemo Shin is a daughter of Zenno Rob Roy out of the Singspiel mare Du Pre.

Nine horses fall at Nakayama

Nine out of the 16 horses fell down on the ground in the make debut race for 3-year-old maidens on dirt surface at Nakayama today.
The big incident took place at the final corner as the leader Nobo Project hung out and gave Formen a bad bump, knocking him down on the ground and causing the eight horses behind him to fall down on the ground one after another.
Nobo Project passed the post first, but was disqualified for badly intefering with Formen.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Garbo easy winner of g3 Shinzan Kinen

Garbo was an easy winner of the grade 3 Shinzan Kinen for 3-year-olds, held at Kyoto on Sunday. The Manhattan colt made devastating acceleration inside the 200-meter out and went on to win the 1,600-meter turf in 1 minute 34.30 seconds. Shine, a 3-length behind the winner, finished second having led the field of 16 colts.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

JRA 2009 Horse of the Year Award goes to Vodka

Vodka was named for the Horse of the Year in two consecutive years on Wednesday, January 6. The Tanino Gimlet mare won three g1 races, including a sensational victory in the Japan Cup, in seven starts last season. She also received the 2009 Best Older Female Award.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Kikuka Sho winner retires

Three Rolls, winner of the 2009 Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger) has been retired from racing and will go to stud. He suffered injury on his left front leg during the 2009 Arima Kinen. No determination has been made where he stands.

2010 Nakayama Kimpai

A thrilling finish has been produced in the Nakayama Kimpai on Tuesday. The small margins separated the first five finishers. The winner of the grade three handicap race went to Axion, who finished a neck before Tosho Scirocco in 2 minutes .80 seconds for the winning post. Tosho Wave, a nose behind, was third with Delphoi another nose away in fourth. Schon Wald finished another nose further back in fifth.

Axion, a 7-year-old bay horse by Sunday Silence out of the Dixieland Band mare Greatest Hits, has now gained three-straight victory.

The grade three Kyoto Kimpai was at Kyoto won by Live Concert(IRE), who beat Smart Gear by a 1/2-length. The final time was 1 minute 34.10 seconds for the 1,600-meter turf race.
Live Concert is a 6-year-old gelding by Singspiel out of the Kingmambo mare Dance Lively.

Monday, January 04, 2010

JRA 2010 Season Kicks Off

JRA 2010 season will kick off on January 5 at Kyoto and Nakayama.

Kyoto hosts the g3 Kyoto Kimpai for 4yo+ as the main event on the first meeting day of the season, while Nakayama hosts the g3 Nakayama Kimpai for 4yo+.

Note that Kimpai means Gold Cup in English.