Sunday, June 26, 2011

Earnestly wins Takarazuka in record time

Earnestly, under the hands of Tetsuzo Sato, went to a sensational victory this afternoon in the Takarazuka Kinen by a 1 1/2-length at Hanshin Race Course. He ran the Hanshin 2,200-meter turf course in a wonderful time of 2 minutes 10.10 seconds, which breaks the course record by 0.80 second.

Second was race favorite Buena Vista, and a nose further back, third was Eishin Flash. Fourth was, another half-length further behind, Rose Kingdom with Rulership fifth.

Earnestly chased after the leader Namura Crescent in second position and went into the front by getting past him on the final bend. From there, his strong stride was seen to the line. Buena Vista, Eishin Flash and Rose Kingdom were in a hurry to threaten Earnestly, but neither of them were in the shadow of him.

In the color of K.Maeda and the saddle of Sho Sasaki, Earnestly has recorded the first grade one glory and now won nine in 20 career starts with 514+ million jp yen in career earnings. North Hills Management in Hokkaido, Japan was the breeder of Earnestly, a 6-year-old bay horse by Grass Wonder out of the Tony Bin mare Lettre d'Amour.

Friday, June 24, 2011

2011 Takarazuka Kinen

A total of 16 horses assemble for the 2011 Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin on Sunday, June 26.

Buena Vista, coming off a narrow second in the Yasuda Kinen, will get a lot of support for favorite. The extended distance would be welcomed.

The main oppositions to Buena Vista are likely to be Rulership, winner of the May 28 grade two Kinko Sho and Eishin Flash, a runner-up in the grade one Tenno Sho Spring on May 1.

The 52nd Takarazuka Kinen, Grade One
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Hanshin Race Course, Race-11
3yo+ 2,200-meter turf right-handed
Post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

pp/Horse Name/AgeSex/Weight/Rider
1/Namura Crescent/6h/58/Ryuji Wada
2/Earnestly/6h/58/Tetsuzo Sato
3/Rulership/4c/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
4/Eishin Flash/4c/58/Katsumi Ando
5/Forgettable/5h/58/Yuga Kawada
6/Asakusa Kings/7h/58/Suguru Hamanaka
7/Heart Beat Song/4c/58/Shinichiro Akiyama
8/Buena Vista/5m/56/Yasunari Iwata
9/Rose Kingdom/4c/58/Craig Williams
10/Dream Journey/7h/58/Kenichi Ikezoe
11/Danon Yoyo/5h/58/Yuichi Kitamura
12/Shingen/8h/58/Shinji Fujita
13/Tosen Jordan/5h/58/Nicola Pinna
14/To the Glory/4c/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
15/Trailblazer/4c/58/Futoshi Komaki
16/Beat Black/4c/58/Yutaka Take

Friday, June 03, 2011

Field of 18 for 2011 Yasuda Kinen

A field of 18 horses is set for the 2011 Yasuda Kinen at Tokyo on Sunday.

Apapane, winner of the grade one Victoria Mile, could be the one to keep an eye on. It is interesting to see how she runs in the male grade one company.

Hong Kong entries are Thumbs Up(NZ) and Beauty Flash(NZ).

Strong Return and Silport, who finished first and second respectively in the grade two Keio Hai Spring Cup, are likely to make the big time.

The 61st Yasuda Kinen, Grade One
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Tokyo Race-11
International 1600-meter turf left-handed
Post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

pp/HorseName/AgeSex/Weight(in kgs)/Rider
1/Strong Return/5h/58/Syu Ishibashi
2/Silport/6h/58/Futoshi Komaki
3/Smile Jack/6h/58/Kosei Miura
4/Clever Tosho/5h/58/Yutaka Take
5/San Carlo/5h/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
6/Thumbs Up(NZ)/7g/58/Brett Prebble
7/Silk Earnest/4c/58/Kenichi Ikezoe
8/Apapane/4f/56/Masayoshi Ebina
9/Beauty Flash(NZ)/6g/58/Weichong Marwing
10/Ridill/4c/58/Eiji Nakadate
11/Cosmo Sensor/4c/58/Masami Matsuoka
12/Live Concert(IRE)/7g/58/Shinji Fujita
13/Danon Yoyo/5h/58/Craig Williams
14/Real Impact/3c/54/Keita Tosaki
15/B B Guldan/7h/58/Tetsuzo Sato
16/Jo Cappuccino/5h/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
17/A Shin Forward(USA)/6h/58/Yasunari Iwata
18/Reach the Crown/5h/58/Hiroshi Kitamura