Sunday, December 25, 2011

Orfevre confirms best horse

Orfevre confirmed himself as the best horse in the country when he won the Arima Kinen at Nakayama on Sunday. The Stay Gold colt won the grade one 2,500-meter race in 2 minutes 36.00 seconds on firm ground.
Eishin Flash, a 3/4-length behind the winner, finished second with To the Glory finishing another neck back in third.

The reduced field of 13 horses went to post at 3:25 p.m. JST as scheduled.

Kenichi Ikezoe held Orfevre far off the pace early on, while Earnestly made all the running.

Orfevre made a move before the entering the final bend and followed up with a devastating acceleration. He just took the race up in the final 200 meters for the winning post.

Out of the Mejiro McQueen mare Oriental Art, Orfevre has raced under the color of Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. and the train of Y. Ikee with a record of 11-7-2-1. His career earnings boosted to 818+ million jp yen. Shadai Corporation Inc. was the breeder of the 3-year-old chestnut colt.

Friday, December 23, 2011

2011 Arima Kinen

Sunday, December 25, 2011 sees the Arima Kinen(known as the Grand Prix race) with a strong field of 14 horses at Nakayama Racecourse. The Arima is the biggest finale race of the season.

Buena Vista, the most popular horse, will make a final run in the Arima Kinen where she finished second in the last two years. The Japan Cup heroine will break from post 1.

Victoire Pisa finished a disappointing 13th in the Japan Cup. The Dubai World Cup winner attempts to bounce back from the undesired result.

Orfevre dominated the 3yo classic races and became the 7th Triple Crown winner in JRA history. He faces the older grade one company for the first time.

Tosen Jordan, winner of the Tenno Sho Autumn who finished second in the Japan Cup behind Beuna Vista, could make a big run.

The 56th Arima Kinen, Grade One
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Nakayama Race-11
3yo+ 2,500-meter turf right-handed
Post time: 3:25 p.m. JST

1/Buena Vista/5m/55/Yasunari Iwata
2/Victoire Pisa/4c/57/Mirco Demuro
3/Hiruno d'Amour/4c/57/Shinji Fujita
4/Pelusa/4c/57/Katsumi Ando
5/Eishin Flash/4c/57/Christophe Lemaire
6/King Top Gun/8h/57/Yoshitomi Shibata
7/To the Glory/4c/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
8/Rose Kingdom/4c/57/Hiroki Goto
9/Orfevre/3c/55/Kenichi Ikezoe
10/Tosen Jordan/5h/57/Craig Williams
11/Jaguar Mail/7h/57/Hirofumi Shii
12/Earnestly/6h/57/Tetsuzo Sato
13/Red Davis/3g/55/Yutaka Take
14/Rulership/4c/57/Ioritz Mendizabal

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Alfredo remains undefeated

Alfredo remained undefeated when he landed the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday. He won the grade one 1,600-meter event in 1 minute 33.40 seconds on firm ground.

A 2-length behind the winner, Meiner Robusto took second with Leo Active finishing another 1 1/2-length back in third. Takei Halo finished another neck further back in fourth.

Alfredo, ridden by Craig Williams, chased the pace along the rail before taking command in the last 200 meters.

Alfredo gained a 1/2-length victory in his debut race at Nakayama in late-September and followed up with victory in the non-graded Kinmokusei Tokubetsu at Niigata in late-October. The T. Tezuka-trained bay colt has now won 3 in as many starts under the color of Carrot Farm. His career earnings boosted to more than 88 million jp yen.

Alfredo, bred by Northern Farm, is a 2-year-old colt by Symboli Kris S out of the Sunday Silence mare Princess Camellia.

Friday, December 16, 2011

2011 Asahi Hai Futurity S

A total of 16 colts will contest the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, the JRA biggest race for 2-year-olds, at Nakayama on Sunday.

Clarente and Dahlonega, who finished first and second, respectively, in the grade two Daily Hai Nisai Stakes at Kyoto in mid-October, could be the major players. Other strong contenders includes Leo Active, winner of the grade two Keio Hai Nisai Stakes, and Alfredo, an undefeated colt in two starts who faces the grade company for the first time.

The post time of the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes will be at 3:25 p.m. JST on Sunday.

The 63rd Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, Grade One
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Nakayama Race-11
2yo 1,600-meter turf right-handed
weight: 55kgs for colts; fillies allowed 2 kgs

1/Sudden Storm(by Storming Home)/Masaki Katsuura
2/Laurel Bullet(by Samurai Heart)/Kenichi Ikezoe
3/Alfredo(by Symboli Kris S)/Craig Williams
4/Meiner Robusto(by Zenno El Cid)/Masayoshi Ebina
5/Neo Vainqueur(by French Deputy)/Suguru Hamanaka
6/Snowdon(by Admire Moon)/Yuichi Kitamura
7/Clarente(by Dance in the Dark)/Futoshi Komaki
8/Shonan Lambsey(by Dance in the Dark)/Yasunari Iwata
9/Ninja(by Grass Wonder)/Yusuke Fujioka
10/Jono Bacchus(by Agnes Tachyon)/Keita Tosaki
11/Makoto Reversal(by Tayasu Tsuyoshi)/Ioritz Mendizabal
12/Tokei Halo(by Gold Halo)/Hiroki Goto
13/Hakusan Moon(by Admire Moon)/Katsuharu Tanaka
14/Hishi Wild(by Gold Allure)/Christophe Lemaire
15/Leo Active(by Admire Moon)/Norihiro Yokoyama
16/Dahlonega(by Daiwa Major)/Tetsuzo Sato

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Joie de Vivre sensational late run in Hanshin Juvenile F

Joie de Vivre made superb headway in the last 200 meters to win the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday at Hanshin Racecourse. Yuichi Fukunage steered the winner and completed the 1,600-meter trip in 1 minute 34.90 seconds on firm ground.

I'm Yours, a 2 1/2-length behind the winner, got second with Sound of Heart finishing another nose away in third.

With 200 meters to go, Joie de Vivre displayed sensational acceleration on only her second start.

Joie de Vivre, a half sister of Buena Vista, is a 2-year-old filly of Deep Impact and the Caerleon mare Biwa Heidi.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Field of 2011 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

A total of 18 fillies are entered for the 2011 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies(g1) on Sunday at Hanshin Racecourse. It looks like a wide-open contest.

The 63rd Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Grade One
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Hanshin Race-11
2yo f 1,600-meter turf right-handed
Weight: 54 kgs

1/Anchuras(by Deep Impact)/Yuga Kawada
2/Eishin Kincsem(by Fuji Kiseki)/Ryuji Wada
3/Arafune(by Kurofune)/Hayato Yoshida
4/Meine Bonheur(by Roses in May)/Manabu Sakai
5/Fine Choice(by Admire Moon)/Yasunari Iwata
6/Sweet Suzuran(by Symboli Kris S)/Shinji Kawashima
7/Lady Magnate(by Fasliyev)/Yuji Iida
8/Ichiokuno Hoshi(by Zenno Rob Roy)/Mirco Demuro
9/Naomino Yume(by Jungle Pocket)/Yuichi Kitamura
10/Anastasia Blue(by Falbrav)/Kota Fujioka
11/I'm Yours(by Falbrav)/Ioritz Mendizabal
12/La Scintillante(by Agnes Tachyon)/Yusuke Fujioka
13/Joie de Vivre(by Deep Impact)/Yuichi Fukunaga
14/Prenotato(by Jungle Pocket)/Tetsuzo Sato
15/Tosen Benizakura(by Daiwa Major)/Shinji Fujita
16/Epice Arome(by Daiwa Major)/Suguru Hamanaka
17/Garnet Charm(by Falbrav)/Hiroshi Kitamura
18/Sound of Heart(by Agnes Tachyon)/Yutaka Take

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Transcend back-to-back victory in JC Dirt

Transcend gained a back-to-back victory in the Japan Cup Dirt when he won the grade one 1,800-meter in 1 minute 50.60 seconds on fast Hanshin track. A 2-length behind he winner, Wonder Acute finished second with Espoir City finishing another nose back in third.

Race favorite Transcend was aggressively ridden by Shinji Fujita, who took him into a front position before the first corner. From there, they never got behind.
Espoir City ran right behind Transcend and was deprived of second by Wonder Acute at the line.

It was the 4th grade one victory for Transcend, whose career earnings boosted to 780+million jp yen with a career record of 19-10-5-0. T. Yasuda and K. Maeda trains and owns him respectively. North Hills Management was the breeder of Transcend, a 5-year-old bay horse by Wild Rush out of the Tony Bin mare Cinema Scope.

Friday, December 02, 2011

2011 Japan Cup Dirt

Transcend, winner of the Japan Cup Dirt last year, got second in the Dubai World Cup earlier this season and followed up with victory in the NRA Nanbu Hai. His latest run was the JBC Classic in which he finished second behind Smart Falcon in early November. Transcend with his regular rider Shinji Fujita up will break from post 16.

Espoir City, winner of the Japan Cup Dirt two seasons ago, gained an outstanding victory in the grade three Miyako Stakes last month before finishing fourth behind Transcend in the Nanbu Hai. Regular rider Tetsuzo Sato will pilot him.

Transcend and Espoir City have the same type of running style and they like to go into front.

The 12th Japan Cup Dirt, Grade One
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Hanshin Race-11
3yo+ 1,800-meter dirt right-handed

1/Makani Bisty/4c/57/Yusuke Fujioka
2/Solitary King/4c/57/Ioritz Mendizabal
3/Eishin Dash/5h/57/Futoshi Komaki
4/La Verita(USA)/5m/55/Yutaka Take
5/Testa Matta(USA)/5h/57/Hirofumi Shii
6/Espoir City/6h/57/Tetsuzo Sato
7/Daisho Jet/8h/57/Yuichi Shibayama
8/Birdie Birdie/4c/57/Brett Prebble
9/Wonder Acute/5h/57/Ryuji Wada
10/Chryso/5h/57/Christophe Lemaire
11/Miracle Legend/4f/55/Yasunari Iwata
12/Nihonpiro Ours/4c/57/Manabu Sakai
13/Danon Come On/5h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
14/Yamanin Kingly/6h/57/Mirco Demuro
15/Tosho Freak/4c/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
16/Transcend/5h/57/Shinji Fujita