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.

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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
country.

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

H#(pp)/HorseName/AgeSex/Weight(kgs)/Rider
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.