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

H#(pp)/HorseName(Sire)/Rider
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

H#(pp)/HorseName(Sire)/Jockey
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