Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gold Ship rallies from last to win Arima Kinen

Gold Ship came far off the pace to win the Arima Kinen this afternoon at Nakayama.

It was the third grade one triumph for the 3-year-old gray colt, trained by N. Sugai, who has now won 7 of his 10 career starts. With 203+ million jpn yen first prize of the victory, his career earnings brought to 639+ million jpn yen.

Gold Ship, a son of Stay Gold and the Mejiro McQueen mare Point Flag, was bred by E. Kobayashi, who also owned the colt.

Gold Ship was given a confident ride by Hiroyuki Uchida, who held off the colt at dead last in the earl stage, and then the jockey gave the colt a go-sign before the third turn.

An excitement began as Eishin Flash sneaked into the front along with the rail within 200 meters from home. Ocean Blue was just behind on the middle. Gold Ship came with a strong late stride on the outside. After a short thrilling battle of the three, Gold Ship drew away to win by a 1 1/2-length in a time of 2 minutes 31.90 seconds for the 2,500-meter distance on firm ground.

Ocean Blue got to the line a neck in front of a poor starting Rulership. Fourth place was, another 1 1/2-length behind, Eishin Flash.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Gold Ship favorite for Arima Kinen

As of Saturday, Gold Ship has been installed as the 3.0 favorite for the 2012 Arima Kinen at Nakayama. The 3-year-old gray colt has won 4 of 5 starts this season including a couple of grade one classic victories. The Arima Kinen will be his first appearance against the older company.

Rulership, winner of the group one QE II Cup at Sha Tin, was the 4.1 second favorite. Tenno Sho Autumn winner Eishin Flash was the 7.4 third favorite.

The 16 horses will go to post at 3:25 p.m. JST on Sunday.

Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 Grade One Arima Kinen

In the absence of Gentildonna and Orfevre, the Arima Kinen looks like a wide-open contest.

The Arima Kinen(also known as the Grand Prix) is the last grade one race of the season in the JRA calendar.

Gold Ship, dual classic winner, produced a superb performance in winning the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) last outing at Kyoto.
Sky Dignity finished second in the Kikuka Sho and in the St. Lite Kinen.
Rulership finished third in the Tenno Sho Autumn and followed up with third in the Japan Cup.

The 57th Arima Kinen, Grade One
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Nakayama Racecouse Race-10 3:25 p.m. JST
3yo+ 2,500-meter turf right-handed

The field for the 2012 Arima Kinen in post-position order is as follows:
1/Rose Kingdom/5h/57/Yasunari Iwata
2/Eishin Flash/5h/57/Mirco Demuro
3/Sky Dignity/3c/55/Christophe Soumillon
4/Earnestly/7h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
5/Never Bouchon/9h/57/Katsuharu Tanaka
6/Ocean Blue/4c/57/Christophe Lemaire
7/Daiwa Falcon/5h/57/Hiroshi Kitamura
8/Trailblazer/5h/57/Yutaka Take
9/Rulership/5h/57/Craig Williams
10/Dark Shadow/5h/57/Ryan Moore
11/To the Glory/5h/57/Masayoshi Ebina
12/Oken Bruce Lee/7h/57/Hironobu Tanabe
13/Gold Ship/3c/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
14/Beat Black/5h/57/Syu Ishibashi
15/Nakayama Knight/4c/57/Yoshitomi Shibata
16/Lelouch/4c/57/Norihiro Yokoyama

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Logotype wins Asashi Hai in close finish

The Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds was won at Nakayama this afternoon by Logotype, trained by T. Tanaka and owned by T. Yoshida.

The Lohengrin colt took the lead turning for home and fended off a stretch challenge from race favorite Codino to win the grade one 1,600-meter turf race in 1 minute 33.40 seconds under Mirco Demuro.

Second was Codino, beaten by a neck. Another 2 1/2-length away, third was Gottfried with another 3/4-length further away Flamme de Gloire fourth.

Logotype out of the Sunday Silence mare Stereotype has now won three of his six races with 100+ million jpn yen. Shadai Farm was the breeder of the black bay colt.

Friday, December 14, 2012

2012 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes

A total of 16 two-year-old colts have been entered for the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, which is the premier race for 2-year-olds. 

The main contenders include: Codino, who remains undefeated in three starts with a couple of g3 victories; A Shin Top(USA), who also remains undefeated in three starts with victory in the g2 Keio Hai Nisai Stakes; Lovely Day, runner-up in the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes and the non-graded Icho Stake winner Flamme de Gloire.

The 64th Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, Grade One
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Nakayama Racecourse Race-11
2yo 1,600-meter turf right-handed

1/Sarastro(by White Muzzle)/Masami Matsuoka
2/Neo Wisdom(by Neo Universe)/Yoshitomi Shibata
3/Gottfried(by Lohengrin)/Christophe Soumillon
4/T M Inazuma(by Black Tide)/Kenichi Ikezoe
5/Codino(by King Kamehameha)/Norihiro Yokoyama
6/Lovely Day(by King Kamehameha)/Christophe Lemaire
7/Teehaff(by Storming Home)/Yutaka Take
8/Crown Regalo(by Grass Wonder)/Hideaki Miyuki
9/A Shin Top(USA)(by Tale of the Cat)/Suguru Hamanaka
10/Wakino Brave(by Meiner Love)/Yuichi Fukunaga
11/At Will(by Admire Moon)/Yasunari Iwata
12/Flamme de Gloire(by Daiwa Major)/Craig Williams
13/Dear Service(by Admire Japan)/Masaki Katsuura
14/Logotype(by Lohengrin)/Mirco Demuro
15/Meiner Eternel(IRE)(by Tamayuz)/Daichi Shibata
16/Knowledge(by Street Sense)/Masayoshi Ebina

All starters carry 55 kgs.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Robe Tissage wins Hanshin Juvenile F

Robe Tissage wrapped up the best juvenile filly title when she won the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies this afternoon at Hanshin.

The War Emblem filly got past Kurofune Surprise in the very final stage to win the grade one 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 34.20 seconds. Shinichiro Akiyama was aboard the winner.

Kurufune Surprise finished a neck behind the winner to get second. Another neck away Red Cecillia finished third with race favorite Collector Item finishing another 3/4-length away fourth.

Robe Tissage out of the Singspiel mare Petit Noire has now two wins of his three starts with 84+ million jpn yen in earnings. She won at Hakodate in a mid-July as her debut race and followed up with second in the Nov. 10 grade three Fantasy Stakes before the Juvenile Fillies.

Trained by N. Sugai and owned by Silk Co. Ltd., Robe Tissage was bred by Northern Racing.

Friday, December 07, 2012

2012 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

The maximum field of the 2012 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies has been drawn.

A total of 18 fillies have been entered for the 1,600-meter grade one event.

The possible main contenders include:
Collector Item and Ayusan, who finished first and second in the Artemis Stakes respectively; Sound Rihanna, winner of the grade three Fantasy Stakes and the non-graded Fuyo Stakes winner Sambre et Meuse.

The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies is the top race for 2-year-old fillies in the calendar. The past winners such as Vodka, Buena Vista and Apapane hit the heights as 3-year-olds.

The 64th Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Grade One
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Hanshin Racecourse Race-11 3:40 p.m. JST
2yo f 1,600-meter turf right-handed
Weight: 54 kgs

1/Robe Tissage(War Emblem)/Shinichiro Akiyama
2/Tagano Mu Chan(Heart's Cry)/Yusuke Fujioka
3/Sound Rihanna(Came Home)/Mirco Demuro
4/Meisho Mambo(Suzuka Mambo)/Yuji Iida
5/Princess Jack(Daiwa Major)/Yuichi Fukunaga
6/Collector Item(Heart's Cry)/Suguru Hamanaka
7/Kurofune Surprise(Kurofune)/Yuichi Shibayama
8/Sambre et Meuse(Daiwa Major)/Akihide Tsumura
9/Red Mannish(Symboli Kris S)/Hiroshi Kitamura
10/Red Cecilia(Heart's Cry)/Kosei Miura
11/Koei Peace(Manhattan Cafe)/Kohei Matsuyama
12/Eishin Ratna(USA)(Exchange Rate)/Hideaki Miyuki
13/Stalk and Ray(Kurofune)/Shinji Kawashima
14/Colorful Blossom(Heart's Cry)/Ryuji Wada
15/Dear My Baby(Deep Impact)/Yuga Kawada
16/Field Major(Daiwa Major)/Yusaku Kokubun
17/Tosen Lady(Daiwa Major)/Shinji Fujita
18/Ayusan(Deep Impact)/Genki Maruyama

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Nihonpiro Ours romps in Japan Cup Dirt

Nihonpiro Ours took a good position under the hands of Manabu Sakai and pulled away from the rest in the last 200 meters to win the Japan Cup Dirt this afternoon at Hanshin.

Sakai had Nihonpiro Ours run fourth place and moved up to the leading pack, coming a third wide on the final turn. As Sakai pressed him at around 200 meters to go, he quckened up into the front and drew off to a decisive 3 1/2-length victory in 1 minute 48.80 seconds over 1,800 meters on dirt.

Wonder Acute finished second, a 1/2-length before Hokko Tarumae. Fourth was, another 2 lengths further behind, race favorite Roman Legend with Grape Brandy another 1/2-length further away fifth.

The victory was the 10th in 22 starts for Nihonpiro Ours, whose career earnings boosted to 379+ million jpn yen. Nihonpiro Ours, trained by Y. Ohashi, is a 5-year-old horse by White Muzzle out of the Admire Vega mare Nihonpillow Lupinus. His breeder was H. Kobayashi, who also owns him.

Friday, November 30, 2012

2012 Japan Cup Dirt

Roman Legend, coming off six wins in a row, seeks his first grade one stakes victory on Sunday at Hanshin in the Japan Cup Dirt. The 4-year-old Special Week colt has never finished behind in 5 starts, including victories in the g3 Elm Stakes and the g3 Miyako Stakes last two outings. He has won 8 of 9 dirt races. The Japan Cup Dirt distance is at his best, winning 7 in 8 starts over 1,800 meters on dirt.

Other horses to consider include multiple grade one winner Espoir City; Wonder Acute, winner of the JBC Classic; the g3 Musashino Stakes winner Ijigen; and Transcend, winner of this event in the last two runnings.

The 13th Japan Cup Dirt, Grade One
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Hanshin Race-11 3:40 p.m. JST
3yo+ 1,800-meter dirt right-handed

1/Hatano Vainqueur/3c/56/Hirofumi Shii
2/Civil War/7h/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
3/Miracle Legend/5m/55/Yuga Kawada
4/Espoir City/7h/57/Yutaka Take
5/To the Glory/5h/57/Craig Williams
6/Namura Titan/6yh/57/Shigefumi Kumazawa
7/Transcend/6h/57/Shinji Fujita
8/Ijigen(USA)/3c/56/Ryan Moore
9/Hokko Tarumae/3c/56/Hideaki Miyuki
10/Roman Legend/4c/57/Mirco Demuro
11/Danon Come On/6h/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
12/Wonder Acute/6h/57/Ryuji Wada
13/Grape Brandy/4c/57Christophe Lemaire
14/Nihonpiro Ours/5h/57/Manabu Sakai
15/Solitary King/5h/57/Suguru Hamanaka
16/Nice Meet You/5h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Super Filly wins Japan Cup

Gentildonna gained the fourth g1 glory of the year when she won the Japan Cup this afternoon. She won the 3-year-old filly classics, namely, the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), the Japanese Oaks and the Shuka Sho, earlier this season.

It was her first start against older horses, but she came out on top in the world-famous Japanese race by outdueling race favorite Orfevre.

Orfevre was about to get past the weakening Beat Black at around 200 meters from home, and at the moment later, Gentildonna squeezed between them. From there, Gentildonna and Orfevre began to emerge a thrilling head-to-head battle to the line.

Gentildonna finished a nose in front of Orfevre under Yasunari Iwata, running the 2,400-meter turf trip in 2 minutes 23.10 seconds. Another a 2 1/2-length behind, Rulership finished third with Dark Shadow another head further away fourth.

Gentildonna gave Orfevre a slight bump as she went for the gap between Orfevre and Beat Black. The steward investigated that incident, but the finishing order stood officially.

Owned by Sunday Racing Co. and trained by S. Ishizaka, Gentidonna has now won seven of her 9 starts with 689+ million jpn yen in career earnings. The 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of the Bertolioni mare Donna Blini was bred by Northern Racing.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Japan will send five to HK International Races

The 2012 Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin will be participated by the following Japanese horses.

The HK Mile: Grand Prix Boss, Sadamu Patek
The HK Vase: Jaguar Mail
The HK Sprint: Curren Chan, Lord Kanaloa

Orfevre early favorite for Japan Cup

As of Saturday, Orfevre has been installed as the 2.1 favorite for the 2012 Japan Cup. The 4-year-old colt would like to prove that he is the best horse in the country tomorrow. Gentildonnda was the 6.1 second favorite followed by Rulership 6.2 and Fenomeno 8.6. The rest of the field was 10.0 or higher.

Friday, November 23, 2012

2012 Japan Cup

The 2012 Japan Cup drew a total of 17 horses. 5 of them are foreign entries.

Orfevre and Solemia(IRE) meet again when they line up in the Japanese premier race. The last time they met in the Arc de Triomphe in an early-October, Solemia got past Orfevre near the line, winning by a neck.

This time, the home advantage goes to Orfevre, who has won two in three starts at Tokyo. Reunited with K. Ikezoe, this colt would have a good chance.

Other fancied horses include Gentildonna, who has dominated the 3-year-old filly classics this season; Rulership, winner of the HK QE Cup who has consistently run on the high level; Eishin Flash and Fenomeno, who finished first and second in the Tenno Sho Autumn respectively.

The 32nd Japan Cup, Grade One
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tokyo Race-11

1/Beat Black/5h/57/Syu Ishibashi
2/Sri Putra(GB)/6h/57/Neil Callan
3/Jaguar Mail/8h/57/William Buick
4/Fenomeno/3c/55/Masayoshi Ebina
5/Mount Athos(IRE)/5g/57/Ryan Moore
6/Red Cadeaux(GB)/6g/57/Gerald Mosse
7/Meisho Kampaku/5h/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
8/Eishin Flash/5h/57/Christophe Lemaire
9/Oken Bruce Lee/7h/57/Suguru Hamanaka
10/Dark Shadow/5h/57/Mirco Demuro
11/Jakkalberry(IRE)/6h/57/Colm O'Donoghue
12/Rose Kingdom/5h/57/Yutaka Take
13/Rulership/5h/57/Craig Williams
14/Solemia(IRE)/4f/55/Olivier Peslier
15/Gentildonna/3f/53/Yasunari Iwata
16/Tosen Jordan/6h/57/Christophe Soumillon
17/Orfevre/4c/57/Kenichi Ikezoe

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sadamu Patek takes Mile Champ

It was a sensational victory for Sadamu Patek in the Mile Championship this afternoon at the good Kyoto racecourse.

Yutaka Take took Sadamu Patek into the lead in the mid-stretch. "I aimed at the inside as I planned.", Take said. He just rushed home for a neck victory.

In the late stage, Grand Prix Boss and Donau Blue moved up on the outside for a serious fight, but it was too late to catch the winner. Grand Prix Boss came second with Donau Blue finishing a 1/2-length behind of him in third. Silport, who led the field of 18 from the start, hung on tough to get fourth place.

Sadamu Patek, trained by M.Nishizono at Ritto and owned by S. Onishi, has now won 5 of his 16 races. His career earnings brought to 353+ million jpn yen.
Shadai Corporation was the breeder of Sadamu Patek, a 4-year-old bay colt by Fuji Kiseki out of the Helissio mare Summer Night City.

Friday, November 16, 2012

2012 Grade One Mile Championship

The Mile Championship, Grade One
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Kyoto Race-11
3yo+ 1,600-meter turf right-handed

1/Sadamu Patek/4c/57/Yutaka Take
2/San Carlo/6h/57/Yutaka Yoshida
3/T M Encore/8h/57Shigefumi Kumazawa
4/Danon Shark/4c/57/Suguru Hamanaka
5/Cosmo Sensor/5h/57/Ryuji Wada
6/Leo Active/3c/56/Norihiro Yokoyama
7/Grand Prix Boss/4c/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
8/Eishin Apollon(USA)/5h/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
9/Garbo/5h/57/Syu Ishibashi
10/Real Impact/4c/57/Ryan Moore
11/Final Form/3c/56/Christophe Lemaire
12/Silport/7h/57Yuga Kawada
13/Strong Return/6h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
14/Fifth Petal/6h/57/Yasunari Iwata
15/I'm Yours/3f/54/Hirofumi Shii
16/Marcellina/4f/55/Mirco Demuro
17/Donau Blue/4f/55/Christophe Soumillon
18/Fragarach/5h/57/Ryo Takakura

Consistent performer on the grade level. Comes into this race off a 4th in the grade two Swan Stakes. Has yet to win a grade race but don't underestimate.

Dual grade one winner who finally ended his losing streak when winning the g2 Swan Stakes last month. Would have a chance if he reproduces the best run.

Cosistent runner who has never finished worse than 3rd in 6 starts. Put up a good performance in the older grade company last time out when finishing a respectable second in the g3 Fuji Stakes. Could be open to improvement.

Won the grade one Yasuda Kinen earlier this season. Finished 7th in the grade two Mainichi Okan coming off a 4-month layoff. Would have a chance if he recovers his best form.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

2012 Japan Cup Nominations

A total of 17 horses remain on the final nomination stage of the 2012 Japan Cup at Tokyo on November 25.

The nominees(in random order) is as follows:

Eishin Flash
Oken Bruce Lee
Jaguar Mail
Dark Shadow
Tosen Jordan
Beat Black
Meisho Kampaku
Rose Kingdom
Mount Athos(IRE)
Red Cadeaux(GB)
Sri Putra(GB)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rainbow Dahlia triumphs in QE II Cup

Rainbow Dahlia triumphed in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup on the muddy Kyoto racecourse. Veteran jockey Yoshitomi Shibata steered the winning horses to complete the 2,200-meter in 2 minutes 16.30 seconds.

Before the neck victory, Rainbow Dahlia had a hard-fought batttle with Verxia down the stretch. Pixie Princess has the fastest finish to get third place.

Rainbow Dahlia, a 5-year-old chestmut mare by Brian's Time out of the Northern Taste mare Arome, has now won six in 28 starts with 232+ million jpn yen in career earnings.

Friday, November 09, 2012

2012 QE II Cup at Kyoto

In the absence of Gentildonna, Verxina has a good chance to pick up the first grade one victory when she runs in the 16-field of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup - Diamond Jubilee at Kyoto on Sunday. The Deep Impact 3-year-old filly finished seconds in the filly classics behind Gentildonna this season. She drew post 12. Hiroyuki Uchida takes the mount.

Note that Verxina's archrival Gentildonna skips this race and will run in the Japan Cup two weeks later.

The 37th Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup - Diamond Jubilee, Grade One
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Kyoto Race-11
3yo+ f&m 2,200-meter turf right-handed

1/Meine Isabel/4f/56/Masami Matsuoka
2/Acanthus/4f/56/Kosei Miura
3/Smart Silhouette/5m/56/Yasunari Iwata
4/Merveille d'Or/5m/56/Manabu Sakai
5/Meine Jeanne/4f/56/Hideaki Miyuki
6/Pixie Princess/4f/56/Mirco Demuro
7/Fumino Imagine/6m/56/Keisuke Dazai
8/Legend Blue/6m/56/Yusuke Fujioka
9/Christmas Carol/5m/56/Shinichiro Akiyama
10/All That Jazz/4f/56/Yuga Kawada
11/Whale Capture/4f/56/Norihiro Yokoyama
12/Verxina/3f/54/Hiroyuki Uchida
13/Erin Court/4f/56/Kenichi Ikezoe
14/Meine Orchard/4f/56/Daichi Shibata
15/Rainbow Dahlia/5m/56/Yoshitomi Shibata
16/La Scintillante/3f/54/Christophe Lemaire

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Eishin Flash wins Tenno Sho Autumn

Eishin Flash finally ended his losing streak when he won the Tenno Sho Autumn under Mirco Demuro this afternoon at Tokyo. It was the first victory for Eishin Flash since May 30, 2010 when he won the Japanese Derby.

As expected, Silport set the pace and got a huge lead before the first bend. Curren Black Hill ran at the head of a big pack of runners.

As Silport weakened at the mid-stretch, Eishin Flash along with the rail was sneaking into the top. Fenomeno and Rulership on the outside got into contention. 

The best stride of them all was Eishin Flash, who crossed the line in 1 minute 57.30 seconds for the winning time over 2,000 meters on grass.

Second was, a 1/2-length behind, Fenomeno with Rulership another 1 1/4-length away third. Fourth was, another 3/4-length behind, Dark Shadow who finished a head
in front of fifth-placed Curren Black Hill.

Eishin Flash, trained by H. Fujiwara and owned by T. Hirai, has now won 5 of his 20 races with more than 632 million jpn yen in career earnings. Shadai Farm was the breeder of Eishin Flash, a 5-year-olf dark bay horse by King's Best out of the Platini mare Moonlady.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Curren Black Hill early favorite for Tenno Sho Autumn

As of Saturday, Curren Black Hill has been installed as the 4.6 favorite for the Tenno Sho Autumn at Kyoto. The Daiwa Major colt has a flawless record in 5 starts. Rulership was the 4.2 second favorite followed by Fenomeno 4.6 and Dark Shadow 6.2.

The post time of the grade one 2,000-meter race will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

Friday, October 26, 2012

2012 Tenno Sho Autumn

A total of 18 horses have been entered for the grade one traditional race.

The main contenders:
Curren Black Hill - Undefeated 3-year-old colt in 5 starts; beat the older runners in the Mainichi Okan last outing; open to more improvement
Rulership - winner of the group one Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin; could have a big run at his favorite distance of 2,000-meter
Fenomeno - A narrow second in the Japanese Derby; faces the older runners for the first time but don't underestimate him
Tosen Jordan - Reigning Champion; has consistently run at the highest level; could reproduce the last year's run
Dark Shadow - Won the Sapporo Kinen last outing; has a chance to get his first grade one glory

The 146th Tenno Sho Autumn, Grade One
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Tokyo Racecourse, Race-11
3yo+ 2,000-meter turf left-handed

1/Nakayama Knight/4c/58/Yoshitomi Shibata
2/Silport/7h/58/Futoshi Komaki
3/Never Bouchon/9h/58/Kosei Miura
4/Fenomeno/3c/56/Masayoshi Ebina
5/Sadamu Patek/4c/58/Yutaka Take
6/Rulership/5h/58/Ioritz Mendizabal
7/Earnestly/7h/58/Tetsuzo Sato
8/Jaguar Mail/8h/58/Syu Ishibashi
9/Daiwa Falcon/5h/58/Hiroshi Kitamura
10/Federalist/5h/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
11/Just a Way/3c/56/Hiroyuki Uchida
12/Eishin Flash/5h/58/Mirco Demuro
13/Dark Shadow/5h/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
14/Transwarp/7g/58/Takuya Ono
15/Tosen Jordan/6h/58/Christophe Soumillon
16/Curren Black Hill/3c/56/Shinichiro Akiyama
17/Meiner Starry/7h/58/Masami Matsuoka
18/To the Glory/5h/58/Yasunari Iwata

Deep Brillante retired
Deep Brillante, winner of the 2012 Japanese Derby, has been retired from racing due to tendon injury on right leg.
He won three in seven starts with 292+ million jp yen in career earnings.  His final race was the King George at Ascot where he finished 8th.
He will stud at Shadai Stallion Station.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gold Ship gains second classic victory

Gold Ship gained the second classic victory of the year when he won the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger), the last leg of the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-olds. He beat Sky Dignity by a 1 3/4-length with Yuki Soldier another 2-length away third.

A glorious day at Kyoto, the 18 colts went to post on time. Gold Ship broke well but was dead last in the early race. Gold Ship, the red-hot favorite, was on the early and great move before the third corner for the second time. By the time the field turned for home, the gray colt was in
front. From there, he was never behind en route to winning the 3,000-meter classic in 3 minutes 2.90 seconds.

Trained by N. Sugai, Gold Ship has now won six of his nine races. His career earnings brought to 436+ million jp yen.

Gold Ship, owned and bred by E. Kobayashi, is a 3-year-old colt by Stay Gold out of the Mejiro McQueen mare Point Flag.

Friday, October 19, 2012

2012 Kikuka Sho Field

The field of the 2012 Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) has been drawn.

In the absence of Japanese Derby winner Deep Brillante, Gold Ship, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) tops the field of 18 colts for the grade one 3,000-meter race at Kyoto. He has a good momentum off an impressive victory in the Kobe Shimbun Hai on September 23.

The main oppositions to Gold Ship are likely to be Mount Shasta and Sky Dignity.

The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 21, 2012.

1/Gold Ship/Hiroyuki Uchida
2/Federal Hall/Hayato Yoshida
3/Veiled Impact/Hirofumi Shii
4/Lanikai Tsuyoshi/Tetsuzo Sato
5/Ardent/Mirco Demuro
6/Lord Acclaim/Yuichi Fukunaga
7/Etendard/Masami Matsuoka
8/New Dynasty/Suguru Hamanaka
9/Fujimasa Emperor/Kenichi Ikezoe
10/Mount Shasta/Yuga Kawada
11/B B Japan/Koshiro Take
12/Cosmo Ozora/Daichi Shibata
13/Danon Gelato/Kosei Miura
14/Mill Dream/Teruo Eda
15/Yuki Soldier/Shinichiro Akiyama
16/Sky Dignity/Ioritz Mendizabal
17/Tagano Big Bang/Keisuke Dazai
18/Trip/Futoshi Komaki
All starters carry 57 kgs.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gentildonna wins Shuka Sho in thrilling photo finish

The 2012 Shuka Sho was won at Kyoto in thrilling photo finish by favorite Gentildonna, who became the fourth filly to win the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-old fillies.

After one of the most thrilling finishes in JRA graded races, Gentildonna, ridden by Yasunari Iwata, beat Verxina by a nose with Aromatico another 1 1/2-length away third. Bridge Climb finished another 1/2-length back in fourth with Cherry Medusa fifth in the field of 18.

The final time was 2 minutes .40 second over 2,000 meters on firm ground.

Friday, October 12, 2012

2012 Shuka Sho Field

A total of 18 three-year-old fillies will go for the grade one Shuka Sho at Kyoto.

Gentildonna, winner of the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) and the Japanese Oaks, drew post 14. Verxina, who finished seconds in the Oka Sho and the Japanese Oaks, drew post 1. I'm Yours, who beat the older female runners to win the Queen Stakes, drew post 17.

The post time of the 2,000-meter turf event will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 14.

The field in post position with riders is as follows:

1/Verxina/Hiroyuki Uchida
2/Aromatico/Tetsuzo Sato
3/Bridge Climb/Takuya Ono
4/Hawaiian Wind/Nicola Pinna
5/Las Venturas/Yuga Kawada
6/Cherry Medusa/Futoshi Komaki
7/Tosen Benizakura/Yutaka Take
8/Quatre Feuilles/Hirofumi Shii
9/Daiwa Zoom/Norihiro Yokoyama
10/Hana's Goal/Hironobu Tanabe
11/Sunshine/Suguru Hamanaka
12/Ice Follies/Masami Matsuoka
13/Meisho Suzanna/Yuichi Fukunaga
14/Gentildonna/Yasunari Iwata
15/Midsummer Fair/Masayoshi Ebina
16/Satono Jolly/Shinichiro Akiyama
17/I'm Yours/Kenichi Ikezoe
18/Omega Heartland/Syu Ishibashi
All the starters carry 55 kgs.

Monday, October 08, 2012

2012 Shuka Sho Nominations

A total of 21 fillies remain on the nomination list of the 2012 Shuka Sho, considered as the final leg of the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-old fillies, at Kyoto on October 14. The nominations include Gentildonna, who won the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) and the Japanese Oaks.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Past performance of Japanese horses in Arc de Triomphe

Past performance of Japanese horses in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is as follows:

1969/Speed Symboli/10th
1972/Mejiro Musashi/18th
1986/Sirius Symboli/14th
1999/El Condor Pasa/2nd
2002/Manhattan Cafe/13th
2006/Deep Impact/finished 3rd but disqualified
2008/Meisho Samson/10th
2010/Nakayama Festa/2nd
2010/Victoire Pisa/7th
2011/Hiruno d'Amour/10th
2011/Nakayama Festa/11th

Orfevre has a good chance to win the premier race next Sunday.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lord Kanaloa wins Sprinters in record time

The Sprinters Stakes was won this afternoon at Nakayama by Lord Kanaloa, who beat favorite Curren Chan by a 3/4-length with Dream Valentino another neck away third. Epice Arome finished another 3/4-length back in fourth with Lucky Nine(IRE) another nose further away fifth.

The grade one 1,200-meter race was run in the record time of 1 minute 6.70 seconds. The winning rider was Yasunari Iwata.

Curren Chan with Lord Kanaloa right outside on her took over the lead. They were level at around 200 meters from home. Shorly after an exciting battle of the two, Lord Kanaloa got up into the front.

A total of 16 horses went to post. Majin Prosper set the high pace with the first 600 meters in 32.70 seconds.

Note: The September 30 Hanshin meeting was canceled due to the big typhoon No. 17 and postponed to Monday, October 1.

Friday, September 28, 2012

2012 Sprinters Stakes

A total of 16 horses have been entered for the 2012 Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama.
Curren Chan, the defending champion who won the g1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen earlier this season, drew post 14.
Epice Arome and Lord Kanaloa, who finished before Curren Chan in the Centaur Stakes, drew post 15 and 16 respectively.
Lucky Nine, who beat Curren Chan in the HK Sprint last season, got post 5. Little Bridge, winner of the King's Stand Stakes, will break from post 7.

The field is as follows:

1 Majin Prosper/5h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
2 Fifth Petal/6h/57/Masayoshi Ebina
3 Dream Valentino/5h/57/Kohei Matsuyama
4 San Carlo/6h/57/Yutaka Yoshida
5 Lucky Nine(IRE)/5g/57/Brett Prebble
6 A Shin Virgo/5m/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
7 Little Bridge(NZ)/6g/57/Zachary Purton
8 Spring Thunder/5m/55/Hirofumi Shii
9 Sandalphon/9h/57/Manabu Sakai
10 Bloomin' Bar/7m/55/Masami Matsuoka
11 Pas de Trois/5h/57/Katsumi Ando
12 Captain Obvious(AUS)/7g/57/Oscar Chavez
13 Dasher Go Go/5h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
14 Curren Chan/5m/55/Kenichi Ikezoe
15 Epice Arome/3f/53/Yutaka Take
16 Lord Kanaloa/4c/57/Yasunari Iwata

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2012 Sprinters Stakes Nominations

This Sunday sees the 46th Sprinters Stakes. A total of 23 horses remain in the final nomination stage of the grade one sprint event. The nominations include three foreign invaders, Captain Obvious, Little Bridge and Luck Nine.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Trailblazer leaves Japan for USA

Trailblazer left Japan for USA on September 14. His prime target will be the Breeders' Cup Turf on November 3. Before the BC Turf, he may run in the Arroyo Seco Mile at Santa Anita Park on October 6.   

Orfevre wins Prix Foy

Orfevre won the Prix Foy under the hands of Christophe Soumillon at Longchamp on September 16.

Keep up the good work to achieve the great feat!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Orfevre to run in Arc de Triomphe

Orfevre will run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 7, 2012. The 4-year-old colt is scheduled to leave Japan for France on August 25. Before the most famous race in France, he may prep in the Prix Foy on September 16. Christophe Soumillon will take the mount on both races.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Orfevre takes Takarazuka

Orfevre posted a comeback victory in the Takarazuka Kinen on Sunday at Hashin. Prior to the Takarazuka, he finished far behind, a disappointing 11th-place in the Tenno Sho Spring.

Orfevre, the 3.2(11-5) favorite, ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe, rallied on the inside turning into the stretch, and then pulled away to win the 2,200-meter grade one race by 2 lengths in 2 minutes 10.90 seconds.

Rulership came wide into the stretch to finish well for second, a 1 1/4-length before third-placed Shonan Mighty. Another 2 lengths back, Win Variation finished fourth with Mount Shasta fifth in the field of 16.

The 135+ million jp yen first prize improved Orfevre's career earnings to 978+ million jp yen. He has now won 8 of his 14 races for trainer Y. Ikee and owner Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. Shadai Corporation was the breeder of Orfevre, a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Stay Gold out of the Mejiro McQueen mare Oriental Art.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Takarazuka Kinen 2012

Orfevre, winner of the Triple Crown last year, seeks his first 2012 victory when he faces the 15 competitors in the grade one Takarazuka Kinen. The 4-year-old colt is coming off a disappointing 11th-pace finish in the Tenno Sho Spring. He will be ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe and break from post 11.

Rulership is a well-bred horse who has been running well in 2012 campaign. In his last start, he finally seized the first major victory when he won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Hong Kong. Craig Williams will take the mount on him for the first time and break from post 7.

To the Glory and Shonan Mighty, who finished first and second in the Naruo Kinen respectively, could make a big run.

The 53rd Takarazuka Kinen, Grade One
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Hanshin Race-11
3yo+ 2,200-meter turf right-handed

The field looks like this:
1/Win Variation/4c/58/Yasunari Iwata
2/Shonan Mighty/4c/58/Suguru Hamanaka
3/Hit the Target/4c/58/Yoshihiro Furukawa
4/Mount Shasta/3c/53/Yuga Kawada
5/Smile Jack/7h/58/Hironobu Tanabe
6/Eishin Flash/5h/58/Hiroyuki Uchida
7/Rulership/5h/58/Craig Williams
8/Earnestly/7h/58/Tetsuzo Sato
9/Beat Black/5h/58/Syu Ishibashi
10/Nakayama Knight/4c/58/Yoshitomi Shibata
11/Orfevre/4c/58/Kenichi Ikezoe
12/Federalist/5h/58/Masayoshi Ebina
13/Monte Kris S/7h/58/Hideaki Miyuki
14/Whale Capture/4f/56/Norihiro Yokoyama
15/To the Glory/5h/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
16/Neko Punch/6h/58/Teruo Eda

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Strong Return wins Yasuda in record time

The grade one Yasuda Kinen was won this afternoon at Tokyo by Yuichi Fukunaga-steered Strong Return, who beat Grand Prix Boss by a neck. Another 2-length behind, Cosmo Sensor was third with another 1/2-length away Danon Yoyo fourth.

The firm going and high pace were in favor of Strong Return, who covered the 1,600-meter distance in the record time of 1 minute 31.30 seconds, 0.10 second faster than the previous record set by Danon Chantilly in the NHK Mile Cup on May 9, 2010.

Strong Return has now won 7 of his 19 races for trainer N. Hori and owner T. Yoshida. His career earnings boosted to 310+ million jp yen.

Shadai Farm in Chitose, Hokkaido was the breeder of Strong Return, a 6-year-old bay horse by Symboli Kris S out of the Smart Strike mare Caught Out.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Sadamu Patek Early Favorite For Yasuda Kinen

As of Saturday, Sadamu Patek, winner of the Keio Hai Spring Cup, has been installed as the favorite for the 2012 Yasuda Kinen at odds of 7.1(61-10). Apapane was the second favorite at 8.3(93-10). Strong Return was the fourth favorite at 8.5(15-2) followed by Silport at 9.3(83-10).
The wide-open Yasuda Kinen is expected to produce a thrilling finish.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Field Of 2012 Yasuda Kinen

A field of 18 horses is set to start in the 2012 Yasuda Kinen.

The field includes two HK-trained horses, Lucky Nine and Glorious Days.

The grade one event looks like a wide-open contest.

The 62nd Yasuda Kinen, Grade I
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Tokyo Race-11
3yo+ 1,600-meter turf left-handed

1/Danon Yoyo/6h/58/Yuichi Kitamura
2/Garbo/5h/58/Syu Ishibashi
3/Grand Prix Boss/4c/58/Hiroyuki Uchida
4/Strong Return/6h/58/Yuichi Fukunaga
5/Lucky Nine(IRE)/5g/58/Brett Prebble
6/Smile Jack/7h/58/Genki Maruyama
7/Sadamu Patek/4c/58/Craig Williams
8/Cosmo Sensor/5h/58/Masami Matsuoka
9/Fifth Petal/6h/58/Norihiro Yokoyama
10/Apapane/5m/56/Masayoshi Ebina
11/Eishin Apollon(USA)/5h/58/Kenichi Ikezoe
12/Donau Blue/4f/56/Yuga Kawada
13/Silport/7h/58/Futoshi Komaki
14/Glorious Days(AUS)/5g/58/Douglas Whyte
15/Real Impact/4c/58/Yasunari Iwata
16/Rose Kingdom/5h/58/Yutaka Take
17/Marcellina/4f/56/Hironobu Tanabe
18/Pelusa/5h/58/Katsumi Ando

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Deep Brillante wins Derby by a nose

One of the most thrilling finishes in the Japanese Derby history was produced this afternoon at Tokyo when Deep Brillante and Fenomeno got to the finishing line at the same level. As a result of the photo inspection, Deep Brillante beat Fenomeno by a nose. A 3/4-length behind, Tosen Homareboshi was third with favorite World Ace finishing another neck away in fourth. Another neck further back, Gold Ship ran fifth in the field of 18.

Yasunari Iwata drove home Deep Brillante in 2 minutes 23.80 seconds on firm ground.

Within 200 meters from the finish, Deep Brillante got past Tosen Homareboshi to take a lead. Fenomeno swiftyly drew close on the outside, but his challenge did not prevail.

Deep Brillante has now recorded three wins, two seconds and a third in six starts in the color of Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. and the saddle of Y. Yahagi. With the 187+ million jp yen first prize of the Derby, his career earnings brought to 292+ million jp yen.

Bred in Niikappu, Hokkaido by Love and Bubbles Partnership, Deep Brillante is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of the Loup Sauvage mare Love and Bubbles.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

World Ace Early Favorite For Derby

After closing Saturday betting round, World Ace has been installed as the favorite for the 2012 Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun) at odds of 2.9(19/10). Gold Ship was the second favorite at 3.1(21/10) followed by Deep Brillante at 8.9(79/10).

Friday, May 25, 2012

2012 Japanese Derby

A total of 18 colts will go for the Tokyo Yushun(known as the Japanese Derby).

Gold Ship comes straight from an outstanding victory in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) and is looking for the second classic glory. He has raced at Tokyo earlier this season when he won the Kyodo News Service Hai.

World Ace, who finished a 2 1/2-length second in the Satsuki Sho, has classic material with his explosive late surge which could prevail at the long Tokyo stretch.

Deep Brillante, third in the Satsuki Sho and Fenomeno, winner of the Aoba Sho, are in the hunt of an upset run.

The 79th Tokyo Yushun(Japanese Derby), Grade One
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Tokyo Race-11
3yo c&f 2,400-meter turf left-handed
weight: 57 kgs for colt, filly allowed 2 kgs
post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

1/Spielberg(Deep Impact)/Norihiro Yokoyama
2/Historical(Deep Impact)/Katsumi Ando
3/Zelos(King Kamehameha)/Yuga Kawada
4/Just a Way(Heart's Cry)/Shinichiro Akiyama
5/Veiled Impact(Deep Impact)/Yusuke Fujioka
6/Gold Ship(Stay Gold)/Hiroyuki Uchida
7/Cosmo Ozora(Roses in May)/Daichi Shibata
8/World Ace(Deep Impact)/Yuichi Fukunaga
9/Etendard(Deep Impact)/Masami Matsuoka
10/Deep Brillante(Deep Impact)/Yasunari Iwata
11/Fenomeno(Stay Gold)/Masayoshi Ebina
12/Trip(Kurofune)/Hironobu Tanabe
13/Clarente(Dance in the Dark)/Futoshi Komaki
14/Tosen Homareboshi(Deep Impact)/Craig Williams
15/Brightline(Fuji Kiseki)/Tetsuzo Sato
16/Monstre(Admire Max)/Yoshitomi Shibata
17/Grandezza(Agnes Tachyon)/Kenichi Ikezoe
18/Alfredo(Symboli Kris S)/Yutaka Take

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gentildonna romps Japanese Oaks

Gentildonna won the Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks) today at Tokyo to make a Oka Sho - Oaks double. The final time was the new Oaks record of 2 minutes 23.60 seconds The winning rider was Yuga Kawada, who was aboard on her for the first time in the absence of Yasunari Iwata.

Gentildonna was held far off the pace early on. As the field entered into the stretch, Kawada took her to the outside and made up lots of ground. Gentildonna put her neck into front at around 200 meters from home, and yet she won the classic race by 5 lengths.

Verxina finished a 3/4-length in front of third-placed Ice Folies to get second. I'm Yours was, another nose behind, fourth place in the field of 18.

Trained by S. Ishizaka and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., Gentildonna has now won 4 of her six races with 292+ million j yen in career earnings. Northern Racing was the breeder of Gentildonna, a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of the Bertolini mare Donna Blini.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Stage Set For Japanese Oaks

The stage is set for the Yushun Himba(known as the Japanese Oaks).

The key prep is the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas). The last two Oaks winners were not run in the Oka Sho, but seven of the last 10 winners came from the first filly classic.

Gentildonna beat Verxina by a 1/2-length in a thrilling finish of the Oka Sho in an early April. The two will have no trouble staying a 2,400-meter Oaks distance and are likely the main contenders. I'm Yours, who ran third, a 1/2-length behind Verxina, in the Oka Sho, could finish in a reverse order.

The 73rd Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks), Grade One
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Tokyo 11th Race 3:40 p.m. JST
3yo f 2,400-meter turf left-handed
weight: 55kgs
Value of race: 225,520,000 J yen

1/I'm Yours(Falbrav)/Craig Williams
2/Meine Epona(King Kamehameha)/Hayato Yoshida
3/Ice Follies(Stay Gold)/Masami Matsuoka
4/Omega Heartland(Agnes Tachyon)/Syu Ishibashi
5/Meisho Suzanna(Agnes Digital)/Yutaka Take
6/Daiwa Desse(Special Week)/Tomoharu Bushizawa
7/Daiwa Zoom(Heart's Cry)/Kosei Miura
8/Midsummer Fair(Tanino Gimlet)/Masayoshi Ebina
9/Verxina(Deep Impact)/Hiroyuki Uchida
10/Hana's Goal(Orewa Matteruze)/Hironobu Tanabe
11/Cherry Medusa(Six Sense)/Taito Mori
12/Epice Arome(Daiwa Major)/Suguru Hamanaka
13/Sunshine(Heart's Cry)/Yoshitomi Shibata
14/Gentildonna(Deep Impact)/Yuga Kawada
15/Thank You Ask(Symboli Kris S)/Hiroshi Kitamura
16/Quatre Feuilles(Deep Impact)/Yuichi Fukunaga
17/Tosen Benizakura(Daiwa Major)/Akihide Tsumura
18/Kokoro Chirari(Air Jihad)/Norihiro Yokoyama

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Whale Captures Victoria Mile

Whale Capture finally captured the first grade one race when she won the grade one Victoria Mile this afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. She had narrow defeats at the grade events in six occasions.
The Kurofuna winning filly covered the 1,600-meter turf race in 1 minute 32.40 seconds on firm ground. Donau Blue, a 1/2-length behind, finished second and Marcellina, another nose back, got third. Kyowa Jeanne was, another 3/4-length back, fourth with Apapane finishing another neck further back in fifth.

200 meters to go, Queen's Barn, Whale Capture and Donau Blue(from the rail) traveled at the same level. Right behind, Apapane, Marcellina and Kyowa Jeanne were in a hurry. But Whale Capture quickly got up to the front when veteran jockey Norihiro Yokoyama asked her to do so.

Whale Capture raced 13 times and won five of them for trainer K. Tanaka and owner M. Shimada. Her career earnings boosted to 354+ million j yen. Bred by Chiyoda Farm Shizunai, Whale Capture is a 4-year-old grey filly out of the Sunday Silence mare Global Peace.

Friday, May 11, 2012

2012 Victoria Mile

Apapane, who recently finished seventh to Queen's Barn in the grade two Hanshin Himba Stakes at Hanshin on April, returns to the Victoria Mile which she won last year. She breaks from post 7. Masayoshi Ebina takes a mount on her.

Three-time grade stakes winner Fumino Imagine breaks from post 10. All That Jazz, winner of the grade three Fukushima Himba Stakes, breaks from post 14.

The 7th Victoria Mile, Grade One
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Tokyo Race-11 3:40 p.m. JST
4yo+ f&m 1,600-meter turf left-handed
Value of race: 177,460,000 J yen

The field for the Victoria Mile in postposition order is as follows:

1/Marcellina/4f/55/Hironobu Tanabe
2/Lady Alba Rosa/5m/55/Yuichi Fukunaga
3/Kyowa Jeanne/4f/55/Yoshitomi Shibata
4/Meine Isabel/4f/55/Masami Matsuoka
5/Animate Bio/5m/55/Hiroshi Kitamura
6/Spring Thunder/5m/55/Hirofumi Shii
7/Apapane/5m/55/Masayoshi Ebina
8/Queen's Barn/4f/55/Hiroyuki Uchida
9/Grand Prix Angel/6m/55/Kosei Miura
10/Fumino Imagine/6m/55/Kenichi Ikezoe
11/Apricot Fizz/5m/55/Katsuharu Tanaka
12/Whale Capture/4f/55/Norihiro Yokoyama
13/Charm Pot/6m/55/Yuichi Shibayama
14/All That Jazz/4f/55/Yusuke Fujioka
15/A Shin Harbor(USA)/4f/55/Yutaka Take
16/Donau Blue/4f/55/Craig Williams
17/Rainbow Dahlia/5m/55/Syu Ishibashi
18/Asuka Top Lady/5m/55/Haruhiko Kawasu

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Rulership's Next Start

Rulership wll make his next start in the grade one Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin on June 24. Rulership's most recent and biggest victory came at April 29 in the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin.

Curren Black Hill's next target will be either the Japanese Derby or the Yasuda Kinen. He won the NHK Mile Cup in great fashion on May 6.
[ May 10 - According to the sports news paper, he summers at the farm and is not running till fall. ]

The June 24 grade one Takarazuka Kinen will be the next race for Orfevre, who was well beaten in the Tenno Sho Spring as heavy favorite last outing.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Curren Black Hill gains wire-to-wire victory in NHK Mile

Curren Black Hill led the field of 18 from start to finish to win the 2012 NHK Mile Cup this afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. Shinichiro Akiyama steered the winner to cover the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 34.50 seconds on firm ground. Second was, a 3 1/2-length behind, Alfredo with another neck back Clarente third.

Mount Shasta was disqualified for interfering with Shigeru Sudachi, whose rider H. Goto fell down on the ground in the middle homestretch.

Curren Black Hill remains undefeated in 4 starts for trainer O. Hirai and owner T. Suzuki. His career earnings brought to 164+ million jp yen. The black bay colt won the Kyoto shimba(maiden) race on Jan. 21 and followed up with the Kobushi Sho victory at Kyoto on Feb. 18. Before the NHK Mile Cup, he gained a victory of the grade two New Zealand at Nakayama on Apr. 7.

Curren Black Hill, bred by Northern Racing, is a 3-year-old colt by Daiwa Major out of Charleston Harbor by Grindstone.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Field Of 2012 NHK Mile Cup

Curren Black Hill has a good chance to get the first grade one title when he faces the 17 rivals in the NHK Mile Cup. Curren Black Hill, one of the three Daiwa Major colts in the field, has never finished behind in three starts. His latest victory was the grade two New Zealand Trophy in which he took a good position before pulling away from the rest in the stretch.

The main opponents to Curren Black Hill are likely to be:
Mount Shasta, second in the grade three Mainichi Hai; Just a Way, winner of the grade three Arlington Cup and Alfredo, winner of the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes.

The 17th NHK Mile Cup, Grade One
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Tokyo, 11th Race, 3:40 p.m. JST
3yo 1,600-meter turf left-handed

1/Major Athlete(Daiwa Major)/3c/57/Kenichi Ikezoe
2/Neo Vainqueur(French Deputy)/3c/57/Yuichi Kitamura
3/Leo Active(Admire Moon)/3c/57/Masayoshi Ebina
4/Monstre(Admire Max)/3c/57/Yoshitomi Shibata
5/Curren Black Hill(Daiwa Major)/3c/57/Shinichiro Akiyama
6/Shigeru Sudachi(Kurofune)/3c/57/Hiroki Goto
7/Hana's Goal(Orewa Matteruze)/3f/55/Hironobu Tanabe
8/Mount Shasta(Deep Impact)/3c/57/Yasunari Iwata
9/Sacred Reve(Admire Moon)/3c/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
10/Brightline(Fuji Kiseki)/3c/57/Katsumi Ando
11/Meiner Robusto(Zenno El Cid)/3c/57/Masami Matsuoka
12/Clarente(Dance in the Dark)/3c/57/Futoshi Komaki
13/Olivine(Daiwa Major)/3c/57/Yuga Kawada
14/Just a Way(Heart's Cry)/3c/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
15/Sudden Storm(Storming Home)/3c/57/Masaki Katsuura
16/Ganges(Neo Universe)/3c/57/Yusuke Fujioka
17/Alfredo(Symboli Kris S)/3c/57/Craig Williams
18/Leon Bisty(Sakura Bakushin O)/3c/57/Hiroyuki Uchida

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Shock Winner Of Tenno Sho Spring

Beat Black, the outsider of 18 horses, won the Tenno Sho Spring this afternoon by 4 lengths from Tosen Jordan. Third was, another 2 lengths behind, Win Variation with another neck away Jaguar Mail fourth.

Orfevre, the 1.3 favorite, finished a disappointing 11th place. He was a dead-heat with Hiruno d'Amour.

Syu Ishibashi steered Beat Black to complete the 3,200-meter in 3 minutes 13.80 seconds on firm ground.

The race was run at a good pace as Golden Hind made the running followed by Beat Black. The two opened up a huge lead on the backstretch for the second time. Beat Black took a lead from Golden Hind on the final turn. From there, he galloped all the way to the line.

Beat Black became the longest-priced winner in the history of the Tenno Sho Spring. He returned 15,960 jp yen for win as 14th favorite.

H. Nakamura and K. Maeda trains and owns, respectively, Beat Black, who has now won six in 28 career starts with 302 jp yen in career earnings.

Bred by North Hills Management, Beat Black is a 5-year-old black horse by Miscast out of the Brian's Time mare Alarm Call.

Friday, April 27, 2012

2012 Tenno Sho Spring Field

Orfevre, regarded as the best horse in the country, is likely to be the favorite for the 2012 Tenno Sho Spring. Last time out, he lost lots of grounds by swerving to the outside when turning round the third corner, but he made a big comeback into contention to finish second in the grade two Hanshin Daishoten. This colt has the ability to crush the field if he runs smoothly.

The 145th Tenno Sho Spring, Grade One
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Kyoto Race-11
4yo+ 3,200-meter turf right-handed
post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

1/Beat Black/5h/58/Syu Ishibashi
2/Tokai Trick/10h/58/Hideaki Miyuki
3/Namura Crescent/7h/58/Ryuji Wada
4/Monte Kris S/7h/58/Masami Matsuoka
5/Jaguar Mail/8h/58/Hirofumi Shii
6/Golden Hind/6h/58/Takuma Ogino
7/Universal Bank/4c/58/Hironobu Tanabe
8/Gustave Cry/4c/58/Masayoshi Ebina
9/Cosmo Robin/4c/58/Daichi Shibata
10/Keiai Dosojin/6h/58/Yuga Kawada
11/Win Variation/4c/58/Yutaka Take
12/Cresco Grand/4c/58/Suguru Hamanaka
13/Fateful War/4c/58/Yoshitomi Shibata
14/Rose Kingdom/5h/58/Hiroki Goto
15/Hiruno d'Amour/5h/58/Shinji Fujita
16/Tosen Jordan/6h/58/Yasunari Iwata
17/Tokai Paradise/5h/58/Yuichi Shibayama
18/Orfevre/4c/58/Kenichi Ikezoe

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Nominations of 2012 Tenno Sho Spring

A total of 21 horses remains in the final nomination stage of the grade one Tenno Sho Spring. The nominations include Hiruno d'Amour, Orfevre and Tosen Jordan. The traditional marathon race will be held on April 29, 2012 at Kyoto Racecourse.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gold Ship winner of Satsuki Sho

Gold Ship came home a winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) this afternoon at the relatively muddy Nakayama ground. Perfectly ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida, Gold Ship won the 2,000-meter classic race in 2 minutes 1.30 seconds.

World Ace was, a 2 1/2-length behind, second with another 3/4-length back Deep Brillante third. Another nose further away, Cosmo Ozora finished fourth followed by Grandezza fifth in the field of 18 colts.

Gold Ship was last of all in the early stage. Uchida took him to the inside coming round the final bend, while his rivals came wide. When Gold Ship did so, he made up a lot of ground.

By the time the field reached the top stretch, Gold Ship took the lead on his way to getting up to the winning post.

World Ace, coming from far behind in the stretch, got past almost all of his opponents, but was not able to catch the only winner to finish second.

Bred and owned by E. Kobayashi, Gold Ship has now recorded fourth win of his six races. With the 130+ million jp yen first prize of the Satsuki Sho, his earnings brought to 217+ million jp yen. Gold Ship is a 3-year-old gray colt by Stay Gold out of the Mejiro McQueen mare Point Flag.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Grandezza Favorite For Satsuki Sho

As of Saturday, Grandezza has been installed as the 3.9 favorite for the 2012 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) on Sunday. Last time out, Grandezza made seasonal debut with great performance four weeks ago when winning the Spring Stakes, one of the key preps for the Satsuki Sho.

The 4.0 second favorite went to World Ace, who comes into the race off victories in the Wakaba Stakes and the grade three Kisaragi Sho. Deep Brillante, who finished second behind Grandezza in the Spring Stakes, was the 6.0 third favorite followed by Gold Ship, the 6.9 fourth favorite, who beat Deep by a 1 3/4-length when winning the grade three Kyodo News Service Hai at Tokyo on February 12.

Friday, April 13, 2012

2012 Satsuki Sho

This Sunday sees the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) for which the 18 colts have been entered.

Possible main contenders are:
Deep Brillante(4-2-2-0) second in the g2 Spring Stakes
World Ace(4-3-1-0) winner of the g3 Kisaragi Sho
Gold Ship(5-3-2-0) winner of the g3 Kyodo News Service Hai
Grandezza(5-3-1-1) winner of the g2 Spring Stakes

The 72nd Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), Grade One
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Nakayama Race-11
3yo 2,000-meter turf right-handed
weight: colts for 57 kgs, fillies allowed 2 kgs
post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

1/Monstre(Admire Max)/Yoshitomi Shibata
2/Adam's Peak(Deep Impact)/Nicola Pinna
3/Trip(Kurofune)/Hironobu Tanabe
4/Meisho Kadomatsu(Daiwa Major)/Kota Fujioka
5/Ardent(Deep Impact)/Shinji Fujita
6/Deep Brillante(Deep Impact)/Yasunari Iwata
7/Veiled Impact(Deep Impact)/Yusuke Fujioka
8/Satono Gallant(Symboli Kris S)/Norihiro Yokoyama
9/World Ace(Deep Impact)/Yuichi Fukunaga
10/Snowdon(Admire Moon)/Yuichi Kitamura
11/Meiner Robusto(Zenno El Cid)/Yutaka Take
12/Fujimasa Emperor(Symboli Kris S)/Katsuharu Tanaka
13/Silver Wave(Jungle Pocket)/Hiroshi Kitamura
14/Gold Ship(Stay Gold)/Hiroyuki Uchida
15/Cosmo Ozora(Roses in May)/Daichi Shibata
16/Zelos(King Kamehameha)/Yuga Kawada
17/Logi Major(Daiwa Major)/Katsumi Ando
18/Grandezza(Agnes Tachyon)/Mirco Demuro

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Gentildonna storms home in Oka Sho

Gentildonna stormed home to win the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) this afternoon at Hanshin Racecourse. She beat Verxina by a 1/2-length in an exciting finish with another 1/2-length back I'm Yours third. Race favorite Joie de Vivre finished a disappointing sixth place. Yasunari Iwata guided the winner to cover the 1,600-meter distance in 1 minute 34.60 on firm ground.

Within the 200 meters to go, Verxina and I'm Yours pulled away from the rest. It looked like a two-way battle, but Gentildonna drew up to them on the outside. The three locked together in a moment before Gentildonna got past the two rivals.

Gentildonna, trained by S. Ishizaka and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., has now won three in five starts with 166+ million jp yen in career earnings. Northern Racing was the breeder of the bay filly.
Gentildonna is a 3-year-old filly by Deep Impact out of the Bertolini mare Donna Blini.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Joie de Vivre favorite for Oka Sho

As of Saturday, the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) favorite went to Joie de Vivre, who was installed at odds of 2.7. With a storming finish, she is capable of getting up to the winning post.
Gentildonna, winner of the grade three Shinzan Kinen, was second favorite at 5.7. Sound of Heart, an impressive winner of the non-graded Kobai Stakes, was the 8.9 third favorite followed by the grade two Fillies Revue winner I'm Yours 9.8.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Field Set For 2012 Oka Sho

A field is set for the 2012 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday.

Joie de Vivre, coming off third place in the March 3 Tulip Sho, could top the field of 18 fillies in the first filly classic. She gave us a great impression when winning the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at her only second start last December. The main oppositions to Joie de Vivre could be Gentildonna, I'm Yours and Verxina.

The 72nd Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), Grade One
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Hanshin Race-11
3f 1,600-meter turf right-handed
weight: 55 kgs
post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

1/Dame du Lac(Symboli Kris S)/Futoshi Komaki
2/Epice Arome(Daiwa Major)/Suguru Hamanaka
3/Omega Heartland(Agnes Tachyon)/Syu Ishibashi
4/Sunshine(Heart's Cry)/Mirco Demuro
5/Para la Salud(Deep Impact)/Hiroshi Kitamura
6/Eishin Kincsem(Fuji Kiseki)/Yuga Kawada
7/Meisho Suzanna(Agnes Digital)/Yutaka Take
8/Meine Epona(King Kamehameha)/Hayato Yoshida
9/Ichiokuno Hoshi(Zenno Rob Roy)/Hironobu Tanabe
10/Gentildonna(Deep Impact)/Yasunari Iwata
11/I'm Yours(Falbrav)/Nicola Pinna
12/Prenotato(Jungle Pocket)/Katsumi Ando
13/Sound of Heart(Agnes Tachyon)/Masami Matsuoka
14/Tosen Benizakura(Daiwa Major)/Akihide Tsumura
15/Verxina(Deep Impact)/Hiroyuki Uchida
16/Fine Choice(Admire Moon)/Kenichi Ikezoe
17/Joie de Vivre(Deep Impact)/Yuichi Fukunaga
18/Arafune(Kurofune)/Genki Maruyama

Sunday, April 01, 2012

2012 Oka Sho Nominations

A total of 29 fillies remain on the final nomination stage of the 2012 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas). The nominations include Joie de Vivre, I'm Yours and Hana's Goal. The Oka Sho, the first classic for 3-year-old fillies, runs on April 8 at Hanshin Racecourse.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Curren Chan wins Takamatsunomiya

The Takamatsunomiya Kinen was won at Chukyo Racecourse by Curren Chan, who finished a neck before San Carlo with another half-length back Lord Kanaloa third. Under the hands of Kenichi Ikezoe, Curren Chan covered the 1,200-meter distance in 1 minute 10.30 seconds.

Curren Chan was into the front right after the field turned into the stretch and went on to getting up to the winning post. San Carlo made a good progress on the outside while Lord Kanaloa squeezed through inside, but their efforts were just too late.

Curren Chan, trained by T. Yasuda, has now won nine in 15 starts under the color of T. Suzuki. Her career earnings boosted to 406+ million jp yen. Shadai Farm was the breeder of Curren Chan, a 5-year-old mare by Kurofune out of the Tony Bin mare Spring Ticket.

Friday, March 23, 2012

2012 Grade One Takamatsunomiya Kinen

Renovated Chukyo Racecourse hosts the 2012 Takamatsunomiya Kinen for which a total of 18 horses have been entered.

Lord Kanaloa, the winner of the Silk Road Stakes who has never finished behind at 1,200-meter race, has a good chance to pick up the biggest win in his third year campaign. The 4-year-old colt will break from post 1.

The 42nd Takamatsunomiya Kinen, Grade One
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Chukyo Race-11
4yo+ 1,200-meter turf left-handed
Post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

1/Lord Kanaloa/4c/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
2/Sandalphon/9h/57/Yoshihiro Furukawa
3/Agnes Wish/4c/57/Yutaka Take
4/Leger Tosho/6m/55/Kohei Matsuyama
5/A Shin Rigil/5m/55/Ryuji Wada
6/Bering Boy/8h/57/Masaki Katsuura
7/Apollo Phoenix/7h/57/Hayato Yoshida
8/Tsurumaru Leon/4c/57/Futoshi Komaki
9/A Shin Duck Man/5h/57/Yuga Kawada
10/Curren Chan/5m/55/Kenichi Ikezoe
11/Sakura Gospel/4c/57/Nicola Pinna
12/Majin Prosper/5h/57/Suguru Hamanaka
13/Tamamo Nice Play/7h/57/Kunihiko Watanabe
14/Grand Prix Angel/6m/55/Yusuke Fujioka
15/Dasher Go Go/5h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
16/Jo Cappuccino/6h/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
17/San Carlo/6h/57/Yutaka Yoshida
18/Tokai Mystery/6m/55/Hirofumi Shii

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Orfevre makes his 2012 debut

Triple Crown winner Orfevre makes his 2012 season debut when he faces the 11 rivals in the grade two Hanshin Daishoten at Hanshin on March 18. This will be Orfevre's first start since December 25, 2011 when he won the grade one Arima Kinen. The 4-year-old Stay Gold colt was named as the 2011 Horse of the Year in an early January.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Japan Sends Seven Horses to 2012 Dubai(revised on March 15)

A total of 7 horses will go to Dubai for the 2012 edition of the Dubai World Cup races.

Horse Name/Race Name
Transcend/Dubai World Cup
Smart Falcon/Dubai World Cup
Eishin Flash/Dubai World Cup
Dark Shadow/Dubai Duty Free
Genten(USA)/UAE Derby
A Shin Virgo/Al Quoz Sprint
Makani Bisty/Dubai Gold Cup

Note: Eishin Apollon(USA) and To the Glory withdrew from the Dubai Duty Free and the Dubai Sheema Classic respectively. Trailblazer was out of the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Outsider wins February Stakes

Testa Matta(USA), ridden by Yasunari Iwata, gained a splendid victory this afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. The 24.3 outsider won by 2 lengths from Silk Fortune, who deprived Wonder Acute of second place by a 3/4-length. Another nose back, Danon Come On was fourth with Espoir City fifth. Heavy favorite Transcend finished a disappointing seventh.

Yasunari Iwata kept Testa Matta far off the pace early on, but they pulled their way to the front after the turn into the long home stretch. At around 200 meters from home, Test Matta and Iwata drew away from the rest before getting to the winning post of 1 minute 35.40 seconds.

Testa Matta has now won six of his 24 races under the color of K. Yoshida and the train of A. Murayama. His career earnings brought to 324+ million jp yen.
Bred in USA by Waterford Farm, Test Matta is a 6-year-old bay horse by Tapit out of the Concern mare Difficult.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Transcend early favorite for February S

As of Saturday, Transcend has been installed as the early favorite for the 2012 February Stakes at odds of 1.6. Wonder Acute was the 6.6 second favorite followed by Espoir City 7.9.


In addition to Transcend and Eishin Apollon(USA), the two more horses are scheduled to go to Dubai as follows:

Smart Falcon(the Dubai World Cup) and To the Glory(the Dubai Sheema Classic)

Smart Falcon, a 7-year-old horse who recorded nine victories in a row when winning the NAR g1 Kawasaki Kinen last month, is regarded as the best dirt horse in the

Friday, February 17, 2012

Field Set For 2012 February Stakes

A total of 16 horses line up in the dirt grade one February Stakes.

Transcend, who finished never worse than second in the last 9 starts, runs here as a warm-up race before returning to the Dubai World Cup.
Mutiple g1 winner Espoir City will be ridden by Yutaka Take in the absence of Sato Tetsuzo.
Silk Fortune, winner of the Negishi Stakes last month, attempts to get the first grade one title.
Wonder Acute could have a big run having finished a narrow second behind Smart Falcon in the Tokyo Daishoten on his lastest run.

The 29th February Stakes, Grade One
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Tokyo Race-11
4yo+ 1,600-meter dirt
Post time: 3:40 p.m. JST

1/Nike Madrid/6h/57/Keita Tosaki
2/Tagano Lock On/4c/57/Hironobu Tanabe
3/Silk Fortune/6h/57/Kota Fujioka
4/Smile Jack/7h/57/Genki Maruyama
5/Hiraboku Wild/6h/57/Hideaki Miyuki
6/Keiai Tenjin/6h/57/Hiroki Goto
7/Yamanin Kingly/7h/57/Cristian Demuro
8/Sei Crimson/6h/57/Hayato Yoshida
9/Espoir City/7h/57/Yutaka Take
10/Wonder Acute/6h/57/Ryuji Wada
11/Danon Come On/6h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
12/Live Concert(IRE)/8g/57/Masayoshi Ebina
13/Grand Prix Boss/4c/57/Hiroyuki Uchida
14/Tosho Cousin/5h/57/Yuga Kawada
15/Transcend/6h/57/Shinji Fujita
16/Testa Matta(USA)/6h/57/Yasunari Iwata

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

2012 Grade One February Stakes

A total of 22 horses remain in the final nomination stage of the 2012 February Stakes held on February 19.
The nomination includes Espoir City and Transcend. The Feburay Stakes, a first JRA grade one race of the season, runs at Tokyo Racecourse over 1,600 meters on dirt.

Transcend will return to the Dubai World Cup to be run on March 31, 2012 at Meydan Racecourse. The multiple grade one winner finished a narrow second in the world famous race last year.
Eishin Apollon(USA), winner of the 2011 Milechampionship(g1), will run in the 2012 Dubai Duty Free.