Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tosen Jordan wins Tenno Sho Autumn in record time

Tosen Jordan went to an outstanding victory in the Tenno Sho Autumn under the hands of Italian jockey Nicola Pinna this afternoon at Tokyo and in the amazing time of 1 minute 56.10 seconds, 1.10 seconds faster than the Tokyo 2,000-meter turf course record set by Vodka in November 2, 2008.

Second was, a 1/2-length behind, Dark Shadow with another 1/2-length away Pelusa third. Race favorite Buena Vista finished another 3/4-length further behind in fourth.

As expected, Silport made the running, setting the opening 1,000-meter in 56.50 seconds. He opened up a huge lead before reaching the final bend.

Eishin Flash took the lead outside 200-meter from home, but that lead was short-lived. On the outside, To the Glory, Dark Shadow and Tosen Jordan had a reserved strong kick and they fought for the lead. On the further outside, Pelusa was in a hurry to challenge. Buena Vista made a good effort on the inside.
The great excitement developed when they rushed toward the line. At the end, Tosen Jordan had the strongest finishing kick, just quicking up into the front.

Tosen Jordan, by Jungle Pocket out of the Northern Taste mare Every Whisper, has now won nine in 16 career starts with 451+ million jp yen in career earnings. Northern Farm was the breeder of the 5-year-old bay horse.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Field of 2011 Tenno Sho Autumn

A total of 18 horses will go to post for the 2011 Tenno Sho Autumn at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 30 at Tokyo Racecourse.

The main contenders are likely to be:

Buena Vista, multiple g1 winner who had a couple of g1 second finishes earlier this season, aims at her second Tenno Sho Autumn title in two consecutive years;
Eishin Flash has not won since last year's Japanese Derby, but has consistently run this season on the highest level;
Rose Kigdom, a multiple g1 winner, comes into this classic g1 event off impressive victory in the Kyoto Daishoten;
Earnestly has enjoyed a fantastic 2011 campaign with the Takarazuka Kinen victory and won the All Comers on his latest running.

The 144th Tenno Sho Autumn, Grade One
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Tokyo Race-11
3yo+ 2,000-meter turf left-handed

1/Silport/6h/58/Masayoshi Ebina
2/Danon Yoyo/5h/58/Hiroki Goto
3/Axion/8h/58/Yoshitomi Shibata
4/Eishin Flash/4c/58/Christophe Lemaire
5/Buena Vista/5m/56/Yasunari Iwata
6/Big Week/4c/58/Yuga Kawada
7/Dark Shadow/4c/58/Francis Berry
8/Pelusa/4c/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
9/Jaguar Mail/7h/58/Hirofumi Shii
10/Meisho Beluga/6m/56/Kenichi Ikezoe
11/Rose Kingdom/4c/58/Ioritz Mendizabal
12/Tosen Jordan/5h/58/Nicola Pinna
13/Mikki Dream/4c/58/Ryuji Wada
14/Shadow Gate/9h/58/Katsuharu Tanaka
15/Shingen/8h/58/Hironobu Tanabe
16/Narita Crystal/5h/58/Yutaka Take
17/To the Glory/4c/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
18/Earnestly/6h/58/Tetsuzo Sato

Thursday, October 27, 2011

2011 Japan Cup Information

As of Thursday, October 27, the following four foreign horses have been accepted for invitation of the 2011 Japan Cup held on November 27 at Tokyo.

Sarah Lynx(IRE)
Mission Approved(USA)
[in random order]

Dancing Rain(IRE) and Snow Fairy(IRE) may run in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup at Kyoto on November 13. The two fillies remain in the final nomination stage of that grade one race.

A total of 18 horses have been entered for the grade one Tenno Sho Autumn to be run on Sunday, October 30 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Orfevre makes history

Orfevre became the seventh Triple Crown winner on Sunday afternoon as he won the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) in great fashion at Kyoto Racecourse. Ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe, the 1.4 favorite took the lead in the early stretch, and then he eased up by a 2 1/2-length from Win Variation for the historical victory. Tosen Ra was, another 1 3/4-length behind, third in the field of 18. The final time was 3 minutes 2.80 seconds for the 3,000-meter trip on firm ground.

It was a great and popular triumph for Orfevre, who was confirmed the best 3-year-old horse in the country. He raced in the color of Sunday Racing Co. and the saddle of Y.Ikee, 10 times, 6 of them which were the winning runs. His career earnings brought up to 615+ million jp million jp yen.

Shadai Corporation was the breeder of Orfevre, by Stay Gold out of Oriental Art, by Mejiro McQueen.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Orfevre tops field in Kikuka Sho

Orfevre tops the field of 18 colts in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger). The Stay Gold colt dominated the classic races in spring campaign, winning the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) and the Japanese Derby. On his recent run in the Kobe Shimbun Hai last month, he came with a 2 1/2-length victory. If he wins the grade one 3,000-meter race, he becomes the seventh colt to win the Triple Crown Races in JRA history.

The 72nd Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger), Grade One
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Kyoto Race-11
3yo 3,000-meter turf right-handed
57kgs for colts, fillies allowed 2kgs
post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

1/Tosen Ra(by Deep Impact/Masayoshi Ebina
2/Luisa Theatre(by Heart's Cry)/Makoto Okabe
3/Susan Great(by King Kamehameha)/Ryuji Wada
4/Universal Bank(by Neo Universe)/Hironobu Tanabe
5/Fateful War(by Stay Gold)/Yoshitomi Shibata
6/Shigeru Rijicho(by Grass Wonder)/Shinji Fujita
7/Gotto Mustang(by Fuji Kiseki)/Kyosuke Kokubun
8/Belshazzar(by King Kamehameha)/Hiroki Goto
9/Danon Mill(by Jungle Pocket)/Suguru Hamanaka
10/Roccaverano(by Manhattan Cafe)/Yuga Kawada
11/Sadamu Patek(by Fuji Kiseki)/Yasunari Iwata
12/Harbor Commando(by Manhattan Cafe)/Takeshi Kimura
13/Win Variation(by Heart's Cry)/Katsumi Ando
14/Orfevre(by Stay Gold)/Kenichi Ikezoe
15/Sun Beam(by Neo Universe)/Shinichiro Akiyama
16/Danon McQueen(by Heart's Cry)/Futoshi Komaki
17/Frere Jacques(by Deep Impact)/Yuichi Fukunaga
18/Shonan Mighty(by Manhattan Cafe)/Yutaka Take

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Aventura wins Shuka Sho

The Shuka Sho was won this afternoon at Kyoto Racecourse by second favorite Aventura, who completed the 2,000-meter distance in 1 minute 58.20 seconds under the hands of Yasunari Iwata. Second was, a 1 1/4-length behind the winner, Kyowa Jeanne who was a 1 1/4-length better than race favorite Whale Capture.

It was a great performance by Aventura that has now won four in six starts(winning her last three) with more than 179 million jp yen in career earnings.

Coming on to the backstretch, Memorial Year had a clear lead. Far behind the leader, Aventura sailed a sole second, a head of the big pack of horses.

Right after turning into the homestretch, Aventura took the lead. Kyowa Jeanne and Whale Capture moved up into challenge, but their efforts were not good enough. Aventura ran on better than anyone.

Aventura is a 3-year-old filly by Jungle Pocket out of the Sunday Silence mare Admire Sunday. Owned by Carrot Farm and trained by K.Sumii, the bay filly was bred in Hokkaido by Northern Farm.

Friday, October 14, 2011

2011 Shuka Sho

A total of 18 fillies will go to post for the grade one Shuka Sho, considered the last leg of the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-old fillies.

Having been sidelined more than 7 months due to leg injury, Aventura had a splendid campaign this summer with a couple of victories including the grade three Queen Stakes at Sapporo to make up for lost time. She drew post 4 in the grade one Shuka Sho.

Whale Capture, an impressive winner of the Rose Stakes, drew post 12. Erin Court, winner of the Japanese Oaks, will break from post 9. The Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) winner Marcellina has post 18.

The post time of the 2000-meter Shuka Sho at Kyoto Racecourse will be at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2011.

The 16th Shuka Sho, Grade One

All starters carry 55 kgs.

pp/Horse Name(Sire)/Rider
1/Kyowa Jeanne(by Heart's Cry)/Yuji Iida
2/Rivale(by King Halo)/Teruo Eda
3/Little Darling(by Deep Impact)/Shinichiro Akiyama
4/Aventura(by Jungle Pocket)/Yasunari Iwata
5/French Bow(by White Muzzle)/Ryuji Wada
6/Pure Brise(by Monsun)/Yoshitomi Shibata
7/Meine Sorciere(by Roses in May)/Daichi Shibata
8/Derma Durga(by Lincoln)/Yutaka Take
9/Erin Court(by Durandal)/Hiroki Goto
10/Speed Ripper(by Falbrav)/Hiroshi Kitamura
11/Zephyranthes(by King Halo)/Fumiaki Shibahara
12/Whale Capture(by Kurofune)/Kenichi Ikezoe
13/Acanthus(by Fuji Kiseki)/Norihiro Yokoyama
14/Memorial Year(by Gold Allure)/Suguru Hamanaka
15/Meine Isabel(by Telegnosis)/Masami Matsuoka
16/Calmato(by Symboli Kris S)/Katsumi Ando
17/Red Herencia(by Jungle Pocket)/Katsuharu Tanaka
18/Marcellina(by Deep Impact)/Yuichi Fukunaga

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Curren Chan Wins Sprinters Stakes

Curren Chan, ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe, won the Sprinters Stakes on Sunday afternoon by making a quick turn of foot down the Nakayama stretch. The 4-year-old filly won the grade one 1,200-meter in 1 minute 7.40 seconds on firm ground.

Second was, a 1 3/4-length behind the winner, Pas de Trois with another nose back A Shin Virgo third. Race favorite Rocket Man(AUS), another 1/2-length further away, finished fourth followed by Lucky Nine(IRE) fifth.

The field was reduced to 15 because of Be Be Guldan's scratch.

Curren Chan has enjoyed 2011 season with 5 victories in 6 starts. Coming into the Sprinters Stakes, she had the three grade stakes victories.

The Kurofune gray filly out of the Tony Bin mare Spring Ticket has now won 8 in 12 career starts with 297 million jp yen in career earnings.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Rocket Man Favorite For Sprinters S

As of Saturday, Rocket Man(AUS) has been installed as the early favorite for the 2011 Sprinters Stakes at odds of 1.6.
Dasher Go Go was the second favorite at 5.3 followed by Curren Chan at 11.0.

The post time of the grade one Sprinters Stakes will be at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday.