Sunday, December 26, 2010

Victoire Pisa wins Arima in photo finish


Victoire Pisa won the 2010 Arima Kinen in exciting photo finish on Sunday. The Neo Universe colt won it by a nose from favorite Buena Vista. To the Glory finished another neck back in third with Pelusa another 3/4-length further away fourth.

Going into the final 200 meters, Victoire Pisa with Mirco Demura up took the lead with To the Victory right on his tail. Pelusa followed in third. In a moment later, on the far outside, Buena Vista with quick feet made up ground quickly to challenge.

Victoire Pisa and Buena Vista looked like they got into the line at the same level.

The winner went to Victoire Pisa by providing the photo inspection. In the 2,500-meter race on firm ground, the final time was 2 minutes 32.60 seconds.

Victoire Pisa, a 3-year-old colt out of the Machiavellian mare Whitewater Affair, trained by K.Sumii and owned by Y.Ichikawa, has now won six in 11 career starts with 532+ million jp yen in career earnings. Shadai Farm was the breeder of the dark bay colt.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Field of 2010 Arima Kinen


A strong field of 15 horses is set for the 2010 Arima Kinen.

4-year-olds have won seven times in the last 10 Arima Kinen. Two 3-year-olds have won during the same period.

Occasional surprise. Five of the last 10 favorites have won and two second favorites have made it to the winner's circle in the last 10 years.

Rose Kingdom, the recent Japan Cup winner, was scratched due to colic.

The Arima Kinen(also known as the Grand Prix) is the biggest season-ending race.

The 55th running of the Arima Kinen, grade one
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Nakayama Race-10
3yo+ international 2,500-meter turf right-handed

Horse#(pp)/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Victoire Pisa/3c/55/Mirco Demuro
2/Never Bouchon/7h/57/Hiroki Goto
3/Forgettable/4c/57/Yasunari Iwata
4/Tosen Jordan/4c/57/Kosei Miura
5/Rulership/3c/55/Christophe Lemaire
6/Rose Kingdom(scratch)
7/Buena Vista/4f/55/Christophe Soumillon
8/Meisho Beluga/5m/55/Masayoshi Ebina
9/Danon Chantilly/3c/55/Francis Berry
10/Eishin Flash/3c/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
11/To the Glory/3c/55/Craig Williams
12/Dream Journey/6h/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
13/Oken Bruce Lee/5h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
14/Pelusa/3c/55/Katsumi Ando
15/Red Desire/4f/55/Hirofumi Shii
16/Jamil/4c/57/Yuichi Fukunaga

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Grand Prix Boss Wins Asahi Hai


Grand Prix Boss won the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes to lock up the JRA Best 2-year-old Colt award.

Under the hands of Mirco Demuro, Grand Prix Boss completed the grade one 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 33.90 seconds. Second was, a 3/4-length behind, Real Impact with Livertas another head back third. Race favorite Sadamu Patek finished another neck further back in fourth.

Grand Prix Boss, a 2-year-old son of Sakura Bakshin O and the Sunday Silence mare Rosy Mist, boosted his career earnings to 116+ million jp yen with the record of 4-3-0-0.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Field of Asahi Hai Futurity S


The field of the 2010 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes has been drawn. The 16 two-year-old colts will go for the grade one 1,600-meter event.
The main contenders could be Sadamu Patek, Admire Sagace, Libertas and Grand Prix Boss.

The 62nd running of the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, grade one
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Nakayama Race-11
2yo 1,600-meter turf right-handed
Weight: 55 kgs
Post time: 3:25pm JST

1/Osumi Easy(by Heart's Cry)/Kunihiko Watanabe
2/Libertas(by Deep Impact)/Yuichi Fukunaga
3/Meiner Lacrima(by Chief Bearhart)/Masami Matsuoka
4/Brown Wild(by Wild Rush)/Suguru Hamanaka
5/Real Impact(by Deep Impact)/Francis Berry
6/Tagano Lock On(by Rock of Gibraltar)/Hironobu Tanabe
7/Tokino Genji(by Precise End)/Mitsuaki Ando
8/Lift the Wings(by Heart's Cry)/Christophe Lemaire
9/Robin Foot(by Zenno El Cid)/Hiroki Goto
10/Sadamu Patek(by Fuji Kiseki)/Christophe Soumillon
11/Grand Prix Boss(by Sakura Bakushin O)/Mirco Demuro
12/Shigeru Sosai(USA)(by Tale of the Cat)/Hideaki Miyuki
13/A Shin Blanc(by Swept Overboard)/Masayoshi Ebina
14/Magical Pocket(by Jungle Pocket)/Katsumi Ando
15/Admire Sagace(by Fuji Kiseki)/Futoshi Komaki
16/Tatsu Mi Ryu(by Chief Bearhart)/Teruo Eda

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Reve d'Essor confirms best filly in Juvenile Fillies


Reve d'Essor confirmed herself as the best juvenile filly in the country when she gained a half length victory in the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday at Hanshin Race Course. Whale Capture was second with Rice Terrace third.

Reve d'Essor, the heavy favorite in the field of 18 fillies, produced a superb turn of foot in the stretch before reaching the line in 1 minute 35.70 seconds. Her winning streak extended to three without loss.

Reve d'Essor, a gray filly by Agnes Tachyon out of the Highest Honor mare Reve d'Oscar, has raced under the saddle of trainer H.Matsuda and the color of Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. With the 66+ million jp yen first prize of the Juvenile Fillies, her career earnings brought to 111+ million jp yen.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Reve d'Essor tops field of Hanshin Juvenile Fillies


Reve d'Essor tops the field of 18 two-year-old fillies for the 2010 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday at Hanshin Race Course. The Agnes Tachyon filly won the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes(g2) in coming-from-behind fashion on her last outing.

The main oppositions to Reve d'Essor could be: Aventura(a full sister of Toll Poppy), runner-up in the Sapporo Nisai Stakes; Marumo Sarah, winner of the Fantasy Stakes and two-time winner Dance Fantasia out of grade one winner Dance in the Mood.

The last 4 winners of this race have won the 3-yeaar-old classic race in the following year.

The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Grade One
Hanshin Race-11
December 12, 2010
2-year-old fillies, 1,600-meter turf right-handed
Weight: 54 kgs
Post time: 3:40pm JST

1/Aventura(by Jungle Pocket)/Ryuji Wada
2/Hapy Shin(by Rule of Law)/Manabu Sakai
3/Totuzennohappiness(by Neo Universe)/Tetsuzo Sato
4/Whale Capture(by Kurofune)/Kenichi Ikezoe
5/Forever Mark(by Falbrav)/Yutaka Yoshida
6/Meine Isabel(by Telegnosis)/Masami Matsuoka
7/Little Darling(by Deep Impact)/Hiroki Goto
8/Pure Opal(by Rock of Gibraltar)/Hiroyuki Uchida
9/Marumo Sarah(by Kurofune)/Ken Tanaka
10/Tagano Love Kiseki(by Fuji Kiseki)/Makoto Okabe
11/Reve d'Essor(by Agnes Tachyon)/Yuichi Fukunaga
12/Tsurumaru Onepiece(by King Kamehameha)/Katsumi Ando
13/Osumi Mica(by Deep Impact)/Fumiaki Shibahara
14/Dance Fantasia(by Falbrav)/Yutaka Take
15/Clianthus(by Redoute's Choice)/Kunihiko Watanabe
16/Groovy Queen(by King Kamehameha)/Yusuke Fujioka
17/Maria Bisty(by Heart's Cry)/Shinichiro Kobayashi
18/Rice Terrace(by Song of Wind)/Mirco Demuro

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Wire-to-wire victory for Transcend in Japan Cup Dirt


Transcend seized the lead from the start and went all the way to the finish in winning the 2010 Japan Cup Dirt at Hanshin Race Course on Sunday. Before the neck victory, Shinji Fujita-ridden Transcend had to deny challenge of Glorious Noah, who showed a strong late charge. A 1 1/4-length behind Glorious Noah, Admire Subaru was third with Birdie Birdie another nose back fourth. Over the 1,800-meter distance on dirt surface, the winner clocked in 1 minute 48.90 seconds.

Transcend, a 4-year-old son of Wild Rush and the Tony Bin mare Cinema Scope, has now won seven of his 14 races with more than 310 million jp yen in career earnings. North Hills Management was the breeder of the bay colt.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Field Of 2010 Japan Cup Dirt


The field of the 2010 Japan Cup Dirt, one of the two JRA dirt grade one events, has been drawn. The 16 horses will go for the grade one 1800-meter event.

Transcend, winner of the grade three Miyako Stakes, drew post 3. Vermilion, the mutiple grade winner who has won the Kawasaki Kinen at NAR Kawasaki track earlier this season, drew post 10. Glorious Noah, winner of the Musashino Stakes, will break from post 14. The Nanbu Hai winner Oro Meister will break from post 16.

The 11th running of the Japan Cup Dirt, grade one
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Hanshin Race-11 3:40pm JST
3yo+ international 1,800-meter dirt right-handed

1/Silk Mobius/4c/57/Hiroyasu Tanaka
2/King's Emblem/5h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
3/Transcend/4c/57/Shinji Fujita
4/Maruka Shenck/7h/57/Hayato Yoshida
5/La Verita(USA)/4f/55/Yasunari Iwata
6/Daisho Jet/7h/57/Yuichi Shibayama
7/Aliseo/3c//56/Christophe Lemaire
8/Birdie Birdie/3c/56/Kenichi Ikezoe
9/Tosen Bright/9h/57/Masaki Katsuura
10/Vermilion/8h/57/Yutaka Take
11/Courir Passion/5h/57/Akihide Tsumura
12/Admire Subaru/7h/57/Futoshi Komaki
13/Daishin Orange/5h/57/Yuga Kawada
14/Glorious Noah/4c/57/Shinichiro Kobayashi
15/Makani Bisty/3c/56/Mirco Demuro
16/Oro Meister/5h/57/Yutaka Yoshida