Wednesday, May 08, 2013


No posting will not been made on this blog due to personal problem for the time being.

Thank you.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Logotype wins Satsuki Sho in record time

Logotype won the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) under Mirco Demuro this afternoon at Nakayama. The Italian jockey rode the third Satsuki Sho winner to cover the 2,000-meter distance of the course record in 1 minute 58 seconds.

On the final bend, Logotype made up grounds on the outside, and he collared Epiphaneia at around 200 meters out. From there, Logotype took a good command in the last 200 meters before passing the winning post. Epiphaneia failed to keep up with him. Half a length separated the two. Third was, another 1 1/4-length behind, Codino with Camino Tassajara another 1 1/4-length back fourth.

The winning jockey Demuro comment:
I am very happy. He is a fantastic horse. He was under control during the race. The problem was the space on the final bend, but the space was opened up for us.

Trained by T. Tanaka and owned by T. Yoshida, Logotype has now won five in 8 starts with more than 279 million jpn yen in earnings. The Lohengrin colt out of the Sunday Silence mare Stereotype was bred by Shadai Farm.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Epiphaneia favorite for 2013 Satsuki Sho

As of Saturday, Epiphaneia, winner of the g3 Radio Nikkei Hai Nisai Stakes, has been installed as the 3.9 favorite for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) on Sunday at Nakayama. On his latest run in the g2 Yayoi Sho, he had a disappointing 4th, but supporters expect him to come back on winning trail. Regular rider Yuichi Fukunaga takes the mount.

Dual grade winner Codino was the 4.0 second favorite. Logotype, winner of the Spring Stakes, was the 4.4 third favorite with Yayoi Sho winner Camino Tassajara 7.6 fourth favorite.

The field of the 2013 Satsuki Sho is as follows:

1/Meikei Pega Star/Yusuke Fujioka
2/Imparator/Cristian Demuro
3/Red Ruler/Yuga Kawada
4/Narita Pirates/Futoshi Komaki
5/Tamamo Best Play/Ryuji Wada
6/Miyaji Taiga/Yoshitomi Shibata
7/Logotype/Mirco Demuro
8/Copano Richard/Hiroyuki Uchida
9/Satono Neptune/Keita Tosaki
10/Muzzle Fire/Andrasch Starke
11/Kurino Himalaya O/Issei Murata
12/Codino/Norihiro Yokoyama
13/Lovely Day/Suguru Hamanaka
14/Epiphaneia/Yuichi Fukunaga
15/Camino Tassajara/Masayoshi Ebina
16/Fame Game/Hiroshi Kitamura
17/Crown Regalo/Kosei Miura
18/T M Inazuma/Yutaka Take

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Demuro brothers one-two Oka Sho finish

Demuro brothers had a one-two finish in the Oka Sho as Cristian Demuro on Ayusan beat Micro Demuro on Red Oval this afternoon at Hansin Racecourse. Cristian finished a neck in front of older brother Micro to complete the 1,600-meter distance in 1 minute 35.00 seconds.

Ayusan and Red Oval emerged a head-to-head battle after they grabbed the lead from Kurofune Surprise. The best running of the two was Auyusan. Third was, a 2 1/2-length away from Red Oval, Princess Jack with another neck behind Kurofune Surprise fourth.

Ayusan, a 3-year-old daughter of Deep Impact and Buy the Cat by Storm Cat, has now won two in 5 starts for trainer T. Tezuka and owner J. Hoshino. Her career earnings brouight up to 143+ million jpn yen. Shimokobe Farm was the breeder of the bay filly.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Field set for Oka Sho

A field is set for the 2013 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday. It looks like a wide-open contest.

Kurofune Surprise comes into the grade one event off victory in the grade three Tulip Sho, one of the major preps, on March 2. Her front running style might work.
Meisho Mambo, having won the last two outings, including the grade two Fillies' Revue last time out, may come from behind  even in the big field.

The post time for the grade one 1,600-meter event will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, April 7th.

The field, in the post position order, with riders for the 73rd Oka Sho for 3-year-old fillies is:

1/Stalk and Ray/Shinji Fujita
2/Someries/Yusuke Fujioka
3/Crown Rose/Kosei Miura
4/Sambre et Meuse/Yasunari Iwata
5/Win Primera/Ryuji Wada
6/Robe Tissage/Shinichiro Akiyama
7/Ayusan/Genki Maruyama
8/Tiz Tremendous(USA)/Haruhiko Kawasu
9/Princess Jack/Yuichi Fukunaga
10/Sea Breeze Life/Katsuharu Tanaka
11/Sound Rihanna/Keita Tosaki
12/Tosen Soleil/Andrasch Starke
13/Kurofune Surprise/Yutaka Take
14/Red Oval/Mirco Demuro
15/Nancy Shine/Takuya Ono
16/Genie Magic/Yuga Kawada
17/Collector Item/Suguru Hamanaka
18/Meisho Mambo/Koshiro Take

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lord Kanaloa gains third g1 sprint

Lord Kanaloa gained his third grade one sprint in the last six months when he won the Takamatsunomiya Kinen this afternoon in record time. Yasunari Iwata was aboard on the winner to complete the 1,200-meter turf distance in 1 minute 8.10 seconds.

Having taken up the running from the start, Hakusan Moon hung on tough with 200 meters to go, but Lord Kanaloa came with a strong stride on the middle, and he got into the winning post, a 1 1/4-length ahead of Dream Valentino with another nose back Hakusan Moon third place.

Lord Kanaloa, by King Kamehameha out of the Storm Cat mare Lady Blossom, has now won 10 in 15 career starts with 530+ million jpn yen in career earnings. Trained by T. Yasuda and owned by Lord Horse Club, he was bred by K.I.Farm.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lord Kanaloa likely favorite for Takamatsunomiya

The likely favorite for the 2013 Takamatsunomiya Kinen will be Lord Kanaloa, an impressive victor in a pair of grade one events(the Sprinters Stakes and the Hong Kong Sprint) last season. He got off to a good start in 2013 season when he won the Hankyu Hai on February 24. He will break from post 11.

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Chukyo Race-11
4yo+ 1200-meter turf left-handed

1/Admire Sceptre/5m/55/Kenichi Ikezoe
2/Mikino Banjo/6h/57/Keisuke Dazai
3/Epice Arome/4f/55/Yutaka Take
4/Sugino Endeavour/5h/57/Yuichi Kitamura
5/Silk Fortune/7h/57/Cristian Demuro
6/Monstre/4c/57/Kyosuke Maruta
7/Tsurumaru Leon/5h/57/Dario Vargiu
8/Majin Prosper/6h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
9/San Carlo/7h/57/Yutaka Yoshida
10/Fifth Petal/7h/57/Keita Tosaki
11/Lord Kanaloa/5h/57/Yasunari Iwata
12/Dream Valentino/6h/57/Kohei Matsuyama
13/Hakusan Moon/4c/57/Manabu Sakai
14/Memorial Year/5m/55/Hayato Yoshida
15/Sakura Gospel/5h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama
16/I Love Riri/4f/55/Hideaki Miyuki
17/Dasher Go Go/6h/57/Yuga Kawada

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Gentildonna final workout before leaving Japan

Right before travelling to Dubai, Gentildonna had a final workout at Ritto Training Center on March 20. She is scheduled to leave Japan for Dubai on March 22 to run in the March 30 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Grape Brandy's biggest victory in February Stakes

Grape Brandy's biggest victory came this afternoon at the 2013 February Stakes in his 16 starts where he beat the 15 rivals for his seventh win. Suguru Hamanaka piloted the winner in 1 minute 35.10 seconds over 1,600 meters at the Tokyo dirt track.

Outside 200 meters from home, Espoir City looked like winning as he was going ahead, but Grape Brandy was a hot chaser, creeping up at every stride, and then he got past Espoir City near the line. Espoir City lost first place by a 3/4-length and finished second, a neck in front of Wonder Acute, who finished a 3/4-length before Sei Crimson in third place.

Grape Brandy, a 5-year-old horse by Manhattan Cafe out of the Judge Angelucci mare Wine and Rose, trains at Ritto by T. Yasuda and races in the color of Shadai Race Horse. His career earnings broght to 296+ million jpn yen. Shadai Farm was the breeder of the black bay horse.

Friday, February 15, 2013

2013 February Stakes

A total of 16 horses have been entered for the February Stakes, the first grade one event of the year in JRA calendar.

The main contenders could be:
Ijigen(USA) has consistently run on dirt until he was well-beaten in the grade one Japan Cup Dirt last time outing. He attempts again to show his best performance on the highest level.
Wonder Acute has finished on the board on his last 4 starts. He had second place in the Kawasaki Kinen last time outing. His best race came at victory in the NAR
grade one JBC Classic on last November.
Curren Black Hill, winner of the grade one NHK Mile Cup, will race on dirt for the first time. He remained undefeated before finishing fifth in the Tenno Sho Autumn on
his last outing. It is very interesting how he runs on dirt surace.

The 30th FEBRUARY STAKES, Grade One
Sunday, February 17, 2013
4yo+ 1600m left-handed dirt

1/Maruka Fleet/7h/57/Yuichi Fukunaga
2/Grape Brandy/5h/57/Suguru Hamanaka
3/Sei Crimson/7h/57/Yusuke Fujioka
4/Namura Titan/7h/57/Keisuke Dazai
5/Taisei Legend/6h/57/Hironobu Tanabe
6/Espoir City/8h/57/Masami Matsuoka
7/Ganges/4c/57Hiroyuki Uchida
8/Ijigen(USA)/4c/57/Francis Berry
9/Yamanin Kingly/8h/57/Yutaka Take
10/Wonder Acute/7h/57/Ryuji Wada
11/Curren Black Hill/4c/57/Shinichiro Akiyama
12/Danon Come On/7h/57/William Buick
13/A Shin Wezen(USA)/6h/57/Masayoshi Ebina
14/Testa Matta(USA)/7h/57/Yasunari Iwata
15/Garbo/6h/57/Syu Ishibashi
16/Silk Fortune/7h/57/Norihiro Yokoyama

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Gentildonna is named for Horse of Year

Gentildonna was named for the 2012 Horse of the Year, JRA announced on Tuesday, January 8. The newly turned 4-year-old filly won six of her seven races with  earnings of 681+ million jpn yen in 2012 season. The victories that she gained included four grade one races, namely, the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), the Japanese Oaks, the Shuka Sho and the Japan Cup. Gentildonna, a daughter of Deep Impact and the Bertolini mare Donna Blini, is trained at Ritto by S. Ishizaka and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.

Transcend and Rulership retired

Dirt champion Transcend and international g1 winner Rulership have been retired from racing.

Transcend was awarded as the best dirt horse in 2011. He won the February Stakes and the Japan Cup Dirt in that season. His last appearance on the course was the Tokyo Daishoten last December in which he finished seventh. The 2011 Dubai World Cup in which he finished a narrow second behind Victoire Pisa will be remembered. Transcend, a son of Wild Rush out of the Tony Bin mare Cinema Scope, won 10 in his 24 career starts with 796+ million jpn yen in career earnings. He will go to stud at Arro Stud in Hokkaido.

Rulership, by King Kamehameha out of the Tony Bin mare Air Groove,  enjoyed at his best season in 2012, winning the grade two American jockey Club Cup at Nakayama and the group one Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin. His final appearance on the course was the Dec. 23 Arima Kinen in which he finished third. He was retired with 8 wins of his 20 races and earnings of 637+ million jpn yen. He will go to stud at Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido.