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.