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.