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)