Friday, April 29, 2011

Field of Tenno Sho Spring 2011

The field of the 2011 Tenno Sho Spring has been drawn. A total of 18 horses have been entered for the traditional grade one race at Kyoto Race Course.

The 143rd Tenno Sho Spring, Grade One
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Kyoto Race-11
4yo+ 3,200-meter turf right-handed

1/Beat Black/4c/58/Yasunari Iwata
2/Hiruno d'Amour/4c/58/Shinji Fujita
3/Namura Crescent/6h/58/Ryuji Wada
4/Rose Kingdom/4c/58/Yutaka Take
5/Gentoo(FR)/7g/58/Dominique Boeuf
6/Pelusa/4c/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
7/Makani Bisty/4c/58/Futoshi Komaki
8/Meiner Kitz/8h/58/Masami Matsuoka
9/To the Glory/4c/58/Hirofumi Shii
10/Tosen Crown/7h/58/Teruo Eda
11/Gestalt/4c/58/Yusuke Fujioka
12/Cosmo Helenos/4c/58/Yuta Nakatani
13/Jamil/5h/58/Craig Williams
14/Tokai Trick/9h/58/Yuga Kawada
15/Eishin Flash/4c/58/Hiroyuki Uchida
16/Oken Bruce Lee/6h/58/Suguru Hamanaka
17/Forgettable/5h/58/Genki Maruyama
18/Cosmo Meadow(IRE)/4c/58/Yuji Tannai

Top Ratings
To the Glory, winner of the Nikkei Sho and the Kyoto Kinen this season, has been assigned the top weight at 120 pounds(long distance).

Rose Kingdom, the 2010 Japan Cup winner who got third in the Nikkei Sho, was assigned at 117(long distance).
Pelusa, coming off second in the Nikkei Sho, was assigned at 116(long distance). Eishin Flash, winner of the 2010 Japanese Derby, was also assigned at 116(intermediate distance).
Gentoo(FR), the only foreign entry who was shipped from France, was assigned at 116(extended distance).

Hiruno d'Amour(winner of the Sankei Osaka Hai) and Namura Crescent(winner of the Hanshin Daishoten) shared at 113.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Orfevre has an overwhelming victory in Satsuki

Orfevre had an overwhelming victory in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. He won it by a 3-length from favorite Sadamu Patek with Danon Ballade finishing another 1 1/4-length further back in third.

Under the hand of Kenichi Ikezoe, Orfevre broke away from the rest at around 200 meters from home on his way to completing the 2,000-meter classic race in 2 minutes .60 second.

Trained by Y. Ikee and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., Orfevre has now boosted his career earnings to 224+ million jp yen with record of 7-3-2-1. Shadai Corporation was the breeder of the chestnut colt.

Orfevre is a 3-year-old colt by Stay Gold out of the Mejiro McQueen mare Oriental Art.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Field of 2011 Satsuki Sho

The field of the 2010 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) has been drawn.

A total of 18 colts have been entered for the first jewel of the 3-year-old triple crown races.

The Yayoi Sho winner Sadamu Patek drew post 4. Nakayama Knight, winner of the Kyodo News Service Hai, drew post 5. Orfevre coming off victory in the Spring Stakes had post 12.

Because of abandonment of the Nakayama April meeting, Tokyo Racecourse hosts the Satsuki Sho for the first time in 23 years. The post time of the grade one 2,000-meter event will be at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2011.

The field of the 71st Satsuki Sho is as follows:

1/Stella Rossa(by Heart's Cry)/Yuga Kawada
2/Danon Ballade(by Deep Impact)/Yutaka Take
3/Northern River(by Agnes Tachyon)/Hirofumi Shii
4/Sadamu Patek(by Fuji Kiseki)/Yasunari Iwata
5/Nakayama Knight(by Stay Gold)/Yoshitomi Shibata
6/Danon Mill(by Jungle Pocket)/Hiroyuki Uchida
7/Roccaverano(by Manhattan Cafe)/Yutaka Yoshida
8/Big Romance(by Grass Wonder)/Hiroshi Kitamura
9/Kahuna(by King Kamehameha)/Genki Maruyama
10/Eishin Osman(by Rock of Gibraltar)/Hiroki Goto
11/Belshazzar(by King Kamehameha)/Katsumi Ando
12/Orfevre(by Stay Gold)/Kenichi Ikezoe
13/Libertas(by Deep Impact)/Norihiro Yokoyama
14/Fateful War(by Stay Gold)/Katsuharu Tanaka
15/Debonair(by Agnes Tachyon)/Tetsuzo Sato
16/Tosen Ra(by Deep Impact)/Masayoshi Ebina
17/Pray(by Rock of Gibraltar)/Masami Matsuoka
18/All as One(by Neo Universe)/Shinji Fujita


Victoire Pisa is out of the QE II Cup at Sha Tin. He will not run in the grade one Hong Kong race due to light lameness.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Whale Capture favorite for Oka Sho

As of Saturday, Whale Capture, winner of the grade three Queen Cup, has been installed as the 3.0 favorite for the wide-open Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday, April 10, 2011.
Having won the Elfin Stakes, Marcellina was the 3.7 second favorite. Dance Fantasia was the 5.6 third favorite with Trend Hunter 8.9.

The post time of the Oka Sho will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Field set for 2011 Oka Sho

A total of 18 fillies will go for the 2011 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) on Sunday, April 10 at Hanshin.

In the absence of Reve d'Essor who suffered leg injury, the grade one classic race for 3-year-old fillies is a wide-open contest.

The 71st Oka Sho, grade one
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Hanshin Race-11
3yo f 1,600-meter turf right-handed

1/Forever Mark(by Falbrav)/Yutaka Yoshida
2/Derma Durga(by Lincoln)/Hiroyuki Uchida
3/Cafe Himiko(USA)(by Bandini)/Yoshitomi Shibata
4/Dance Fantasia(by Falbrav)/Norihiro Yokoyama
5/Marumo Sarah(by Kurofune)/Ken Tanaka
6/Hubble Bubble(by Deep Impact)/Shinji Fujita
7/A Shin Harbor(USA)(by Cozzene)/Yutaka Take
8/Marcellina(by Deep Impact)/Katsumi Ando
9/Latte Art(by Sakura Bakushin O)/Masami Matsuoka
10/Speed Ripper(by Falbrav)/Masayoshi Ebina
11/Sakura Belle(by Sakura President)/Hayato Yoshida
12/Wood Ship(by Kurofune)/Yusuke Fujioka
13/Rice Terrace(by Song of Wind)/Hirofumi Shii
14/Medetashi(by Deep Impact)/Suguru Hamanaka
15/French Cactus(by Taiki Shuttle)/Hiroshi Kitamura
16/Whale Capture(by Kurofune)/Kenichi Ikezoe
17/Trend Hunter(by Manhattan Cafe)/Yasunari Iwata
18/Meine Schokolade(by Roses in May)/Ryuji Wada
All starters carry 55kgs.


Victoire Pisa arrived at Hong Kong on April 1. His next action will be the QE II Cup at Sha Tin on May 1.