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!