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.