Thursday, February 25, 2010

Soumillon rides Buena Vista in Dubai


French jockey Christophe Soumillon will ride Buena Vista when she runs in the Dubai Sheema Classic. The 4-year-old filly is scheduled to leave Japan for Dubai on March 17.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Foreign nominations of Takamatsunomiya Kinen


The three Hong Kong-trained horses have been nominated for the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen as follows:

Green Birdie(NZ)
Sacred Kingdom(AUS)
Ultra Fantasy(AUS)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Espoir City romps home in February Stakes


Espoir City outran his 14 rivals in the February Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday afternoon to extend his winning streak at g1 event up to four. The 5-year-old chestnut horse has now won nine of his 11 dirt races(10 wins in 18 career starts). His career earnings brought up to 487+ million jp yen.

Laurel Guerreiro led as the reduced field of 15 turned for home. Having kept running in second place, Espoir City cruised up to Laurel Guerreiro, and he got past the leader without his jockey Tetsuzo Sato's hands barely moving on his neck, about 400 meters from home. From there, Espoir City quickly pulled away from the rest as Sato finally drew a whip.

Espoir City galloped to the line in 1 minute 34.90 seconds for the excellent winning time. Test Matta(USA) ran second, a 2 1/2-length back. Success Brocken was third place, another 3 1/2-length further back.

Espoir City, a son of Gold Allure out of the Brian's Time mare Eminent City, was bred by Ikuchise Bokujo(Bokujo means Farm in English). He may go for the Dubai World Cup.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

February Stakes early favorite


As of Saturday, Espoir City has been installed as the 1.7 favorite for the February Stakes. Success Brocken was the 5.9 second favorite. Reach the Crown was the 9.0 third favorite followed by Led Spada 9.9.

Buena Vista triumphs Kyoto Kinen


Buena Vista, the 1.5 favorite in the field of 13 runners, held off challenging Jaguar Mail to win the Kyoto Kinen(g2) on Saturday at Kyoto Racecourse. A 1/2-length separated the two. Third was, another 1 1/2-length behind, Dream Journey.

Buena Vista may run in the Dubai Sheema Classic for her next action.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Field of 2010 February Stakes


Espoir City makes his first start of the year when he runs in the Februrary Stakes(g1) on Sunday. The dirt champion had the sensational 2009 season, winning 4 in 6 starts with three g1 glories. Regular rider Tetsuzo Sato will take the mount.

Success Brocken has scored a couple of g1 victories last season including the 2009 Feburary Stakes. This horse comes here off a thrilling victory in the Tokyo Daishoten(g1) at NRA Ohi last December.

Laurel Guerreiro, Reach the Crown and Super Hornet have raced well at the highest level on turf. It will be interesting to see how they run on dirt surface.

Other horses to watch will be the Tokyo Shimbun Hai winner Red Spada, the 2009 Japan Dirt Derby winner Testa Matta(USA) and Glorious Noah, winner of the Negishi Stakes.

The 27th running of the February Stakes
Grade One
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Tokyo Race-11 3:40pm
4yo+ international 1,600-meter dirt left-handed

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Daisho Jet/7h/57/Yuichi Shibayama
2/Keiai Tenjin/4c/57/Hirofumi Shii
3/Testa Matta(USA)/4c/57/Yasunari Iwata
4/Espoir City/5h/57/Tetsuzo Sato
5/Super Hornet/7h/57/Yusuke Fujioka
6/Success Brocken/5h/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
7/Tosen Bright/9h/57/Hiroshi Kitamura
8/Red Spada/4c/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
9/Zarema/6m/55/Mirco Demuro
10/Oro Meister/5h/57/Yutaka Yoshida
11/Suni(USA)/4c/57/Yuga Kawada
12/Glorious Noah/4c/57/Shinichiro Kobayashi
13/Laurel Guerreiro/6h/57/Shinji Fujita
14/Reach the Crown/4c/57/Yutaka Take
15/Million Disk/6h/57/Christophe Lemaire
16/Wild Wonder/8h/57/Masayoshi Ebina

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On Saturday, February 20, Buena Vista and Dream Journey will meet again in the Kyoto Kinen(g2) at Kyoto Racecourse. The last time they met was the Arima Kinen where Dream Journey bested Buena Vista by a half length.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Vodka and Red Desire arrive in Dubai


On February 11, Vodka and Red Desire arrived in Dubai to race the 2010 Dubai World Cup races. Before the Cup races, the two are scheduled to run in the Maktoum Challenge Round III on March 4.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

2010 February Stakes


A total of 24 horses remain in the final nomination stage of the February Stakes, the first JRA grade one event of the year. The nominations include dirt champion Espoir City, last year's hero Success Brocken, Laurel Guerreiro and Reach the Crown. The February Stakes runs on February 21 at Tokyo over 1,600 meters on dirt surface.