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.