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.