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