Sunday, May 29, 2011

Orfevre storms home in Derby

Orfevre stormed home on the muddy Tokyo course in the Tokyo Yushun(Japanese Derby) on Sunday to collect his second classic victory of the season. He won the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) last month.

Orfevre, ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe, quickened upon into the front at around 200 meters remaining on his way to winning the 2011 Derby in 2 minutes 30.50 seconds. Second was, a 1 3/4-length behind, Win Variation with Belshazzar finishing another 7 lengths away in third.

Owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. and trained by Y.Ikee, Orfevre has now won four in 8 starts. His career earnings boosted to 411+ million jp yen.

Shadai Corporation Inc. was the breeder of Orfevre, a 3-year-old bay colt by Stay Gold out of Oriental Art by Mejiro McQueen.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Stage Set For 2011 Japanese Derby

The stage is set for the Tokyo Yushun(known as the Japanese Derby) at Tokyo on Sunday. The 18 three-year-old colts will go for the most prominent race in the country.

Shocks are rare. Seven of the last 10 favorites have won. Second and third favorites have won each. The longest-priced winner in the last decade was Eishin Flash(7th favorite in 2010).

The Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) and the NHK Mile Cup provide a good guidance. In the last 10 years, runners of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) have won six times and placed second four times, while the NHK Mile Cup runners have recorded three firsts and a second.

Frankie Dettori, one of the most world-famous jockeys, will participate in the Japanese Derby for the first time, taking the mount on Debonair, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.

The 78th Japanese Derby, Grade One
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Tokyo Race-11
3yo 2,400-meter turf left-handed
Weight: 57kgs for colts; fillies allowed 2kgs
Post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

1/Win Variation(by Heart's Cry)/Katsumi Ando
2/Sadamu Patek(by Fuji Kiseki)/Yasunari Iwata
3/All as One(by Neo Universe)/Shinji Fujita
4/Libertas(by Deep Impact)/Hirofumi Shii
5/Orfevre(by Stay Gold)/Kenichi Ikezoe
6/Cresco Grand(by Tanino Gimlet)/Suguru Hamanaka
7/Belshazzar(by King Kamehameha)/Hiroki Goto
8/Fateful War(by Stay Gold)/Katsuharu Tanaka
9/Cotillion(by Deep Impact)/Futoshi Komaki
10/Nakayama Knight(by Stay Gold)/Yoshitomi Shibata
11/Debonair(by Agnes Tachyon)/Lanfranco Dettori
12/A Shin Jackal(by Fuji Kiseki)/Yuga Kawada
13/Roccaverano(by Manhattan Cafe)/Yutaka Take
14/Shonan Parfait(by Agnes Tachyon)/Kosei Miura
15/Tosen Ra(by Deep Impact)/Masayoshi Ebina
16/Tosen Reve(by Deep Impact)/Craig Williams
17/Universal Bank(by Neo Universe)/Yuichi Fukunaga
18/Northern River(by Agnes Tachyon)/Nicola Pinna

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Erin Court wins Japanese Oaks

Erin Court won the Yushun Himba(known as the Japanese Oaks) as seventh favorite this afternoon in the rainy Tokyo Racecourse.

The race ended in a thrilling three-way battle between Pure Brise, Erin Court and Whale Capture on the very final stage. Erin Court's stride was the best of the three. The final time of the 2,400-meter turf trip was 2 minutes 25.70 seconds.

The winning rider Hiroki Goto said after the race. "The win filled me with emotion. I was very busy with having my filly run straight."

Erin Court beat eighth favorite Pure Brise by a neck with second favorite Whale Capture finishing another nose away in third. Race favorite Marcellina finished another 2 1/2-length further back in fourth.

Under the saddle of K. Sasada and the own of T. Yoshida, Erin Court has now won four in 9 starts with more than 164 million jp yen in career earnings.

rin Court broke the maiden on her third start last September and followed up with three defeats. The darkbay filly came into the Oaks off two-straight victories.

Bred in Chitose, Hokkaido, Erin Court is a 3-year-old filly by Durandal out of the Bluebird mare Erin Bird.

Friday, May 20, 2011

2011 Japanese Oaks

A total of 18 three-year-old fillies will go for the 2011 Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks) on Sunday at Tokyo.

Marcellina and Whale Capture, who finished first and second in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) respectively, are likely to be the major players.

The 72nd Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks), Grade One
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Tokyo Race-11
3yo f 2,400-meter turf left-handed
weight: 55kgs
post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

1/Hubble Bubble(by Deep Impact)/Craig Williams
2/Medetashi(by Deep Impact)/Suguru Hamanaka
3/Bouncy Tune(by Stay Gold)/Kosei Miura
4/Erin Court(by Durandal)/Hiroki Goto
5/Calmato(by Symboli Kris S)/Yutaka Yoshida
6/Silent Sonic(by Deep Impact)/Katsuharu Tanaka
7/Rice Terrace(by Song of Wind)/Kyosuke Maruta
8/Meine Sorciere(by Roses in May)/Daichi Shibata
9/Marcellina(by Deep Impact)/Katsumi Ando
10/Derma Durga(by Lincoln)/Nicola Pinna
11/Acanthus(by Fuji Kiseki)/Hiroshi Kitamura
12/Whale Capture(by Kurofune)/Kenichi Ikezoe
13/Sicilian Breeze(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Yusuke Fujioka
14/Speed Ripper(by Falbrav)/Masayoshi Ebina
15/Happy Glass(by Deep Impact)/Daisaku Matsuda
16/Gullveig(by Deep Impact)/Hirofumi Shii
17/Meine Isabel(by Telegnosis)/Masami Matsuoka
18/Pure Brise(by Monsun)/Yoshitomi Shibata


Danon Chantilly has been retired from racing. The 2010 NHK Mile Cup winner suffered tendon injury after finishing fourth in the Sankei Osaka Hai on April 3rd. That second injury made him retire. The 4-year-old colt will stand at Shadai Stallion Station.

Grand Prix Boss, winner of the 2011 NHK Mile Cup, is scheduled to leave Japan for England on May 27 to run in the June 4 St. James Palace Stakes at Ascot.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Victoria Mile won by Apapane

The Victoria Mile was won this afternoon at Tokyo after an exciting finish by second favorite Apapane, who defeated favorite Buena Vista by a neck with Lady Alba Rosa another neck away third. Masayoshi Ebina was aboard the winner filly to complete the 1,600-meter turf distance in 1 minute 31.90 seconds on firm ground.

The race ended in a great finish between the first three. Lady Alba Rosa held a slight lead on the inside until Apapane got past her near the finishing line. Buena Vista came to challenge on the outside.

Apapane has now won seven in 12 starts with more than 526 million jp yen in career earnings. Bred by Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Apapane is a 4-year-old filly by King Kamehameha out of the Salt Lake mare Salty Bid.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Buena Vista Tops Field Of Victoria Mile

Buena Vista coming off a disappointing 8th in the Dubai World Cup last March tops the field of the 2011 Victoria Mile to be run on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. In this g1 mile event, the multiple g1 winner will make her 2011 debut on the home circuit.

The main opponents to Buena Vista are likely to be Apapane who dominated the 3yo filly classics last season and Lady Alba Rosa, winner of the grade three Nakayama Himba Stakes.

The 6th Victoria Mile, Grade One
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Tokyo Race-11
4yo+ f&m 1,600-meter turf left-handed
Post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

1/Wild Raspberry/4f/55/Kenichi Ikezoe
2/Animate Bio/4f/55/Hiroki Goto
3/Grand Prix Angel/5m/55/Craig Williams
4/Lady Alba Rosa/4f/55/Yuichi Fukunaga
5/En Ciel Bleu/4f/55/Katsuharu Tanaka
6/Oken Sakura/4f/55/Hiroshi Kitamura
7/Broad Street/5m/55/Shinji Fujita
8/Kauai Lane/5m/55/Norihiro Yokoyama
9/Shoryu Moon/4f/55/Suguru Hamanaka
10/Cosmo Nemo Shin/4f/55/Masami Matsuoka
11/A Shin Returns/4f/55/Kosei Miura
12/Spring Thunder/4f/55/Hirofumi Shii
13/Buena Vista/5m/55/Yasunari Iwata
14/Dear Arethusa/4f/55/Yutaka Yoshida
15/Apricot Fizz/4f/55/Yutaka Take
16/Apapane/4f/55/Masayoshi Ebina
17/Bravo Daisy/6m/55/Yuichi Kitamura

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Grand Prix Boss takes NHK Mile Cup

Race favorite Grand Prix Boss came home a winner of the 2011 NHK Mile Cup this afternoon at Tokyo. Given a perfect ride by Australian jockey Craig Williams, Grand Prix Boss won the grade one 1,600 meters in 1 minute 32.20 seconds by a 1 1/2-length from second favorite Cotillion. Third was, another 3/4-length behind, Real Impact with Eishin Osman fourth.

At around 200 meters from home, Grand Prix Boss just split horses on the middle, pulling away from the rest on his way to the winning post.

This was Grand Prix Boss' second g1 victory and his fourth win in 7 starts with 235+ million jp yen in career earnings. Bred by Northern Racing, Grand Prix Boss by Sakura Bakushin out of the Sunday Silence mare Rosy Mist races for trainer Y. Yahagi and owner Grand Prix Co. Ltd.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Field of 2011 NHK Mile Cup

A total of 18 horses have been entered for the 2011 NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo.

Grand Prix Boss, winner of the grade one Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes in 2010, drew post 13. Real Impact, second in the Asahi Hai FS, drew post 1. Henny Hound who gained victory in the grade three Falcon Stakes, drew post 9. Cotillion who finished second in the Mainichi Hai drew post 17.

The post time of the grade one 1,600-meter race will be at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2011.

1/Real Impact(by Deep Impact)/3c/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
2/Rikisan Max(by King Halo)/3c/57/Fumiaki Shibahara
3/Eishin Osman(by Rock of Gibraltar)/3c/57/Hiroki Goto
4/A Shin Jackal(by Fuji Kiseki)/3c/57/Yasunari Iwata
5/Meiner Lacrima(by Chief Bearhart)/3c/57/Masami Matsuoka
6/Dance Fantasia(by Falbrav)/3f/55/Hiroshi Kitamura
7/Clianthus(by Redoute's Choice)/3f/55/Yutaka Take
8/Pray(by Rock of Gibraltar)/3c/57/Daichi Shibata
9/Henny Hound(USA)(by Henny Hughes)/3c/57/Nicola Pinna
10/Forever Mark(by Falbrav)/3f/55/Yutaka Yoshida
11/T M Otaka(by White Muzzle)/3c/57/Kazuya Oba
12/Kyoei Basara(GB)(by Aussie Rules)/3c/57/Shinichiro Kobayashi
13/Grand Prix Boss(by Sakura Bakushin O)/3c/57/Craig Williams
14/Ivy League(by Lincoln)/3c/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
15/Robin Foot(by Zenno El Cid)/3c/57/Hayato Yoshida
16/Admire Sagace(by Fuji Kiseki)/3c/57/Yuga Kawada
17/Cotillion(by Deep Impact)/3c/57/Futoshi Komaki
18/Omega Brain(by King Kamehameha)/3c/57/Norihiro Yokoyama


7 horses including Victoire Pisa and Nakayama Festa have been nominated for the 2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Hiruno d'Amour triumphs Tenno Sho Spring

Hiruno d'Amour triumphed the Tenno Sho Spring at Kyoto on Sunday afternoon. Shinji Fujita guided the 4-year-old colt to the winning post in 3 minutes 20.60 seconds over 3,200-meters on good turf.

Before the 1/2-length victory, Hiruno d'Amour had to deny challenging Eishin Flash in the deep stretch.

Namura Crescent finished a 1 1/2-length behind Eishin Flash in third with another 1 1/4-length back Makani Bisty fourth.

Race favorite To the Glory finished a disappointing 13th.

By Manhattan Cafe out of the Lammtarra mare Share Elegance, Hiruno d'Amour has now won 4 in 14 starts with 355+ million jp yen in career earnings.
Bred by Hashimoto Bokujo in Hokkaido, Hiruno d'Amour races for owner M.Hirukawa and trainer M. Kon.