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