Monday, December 29, 2014

Hokko Tarumae easy win Tokyo Daishoten


Hokko Tarumae, the 1.7(7-10) favorite in a 16-horse field, won the Tokyo Daishoten, NAR's biggest race, for two years in a row. Hideaki Miyuki rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter distance in 2 minutes 3.00 seconds on Ohi dirt track. 
Hokko Tarumae stalked the pace by Copano Rickey, and then he cantered away from the rest with 200 meters to go before getting up into the winning post, a 4-length ahead of Copano Rickey. Summit Stone finished third, another 1 1/2-length away with Happy Sprint fourth and Roman Legend fifth.

Trained at JRA by K. Nishiura and owned by M. Yabe, Hokko Tarumae has race 28 times and registered 14 wins of them. Ichikawa Farm was the breeder of the 5-year-old horse by King Kamehameha out of the Cherokee Run mare Madam Cherokee.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gentildonna wins Arima in farewell


Gentildonna won the Arima Kinen this afternoon at Nakayama Race Course to round off her glorious racing career. 
Outside 100 meters to go, JRA leading jockey Keita Tosaki forced Gentildonna to go in front by getting past Epiphaneia. To the World, Gold Ship and Just a Way were seen in the very final stage, but they never threated Gentildonna.
Gentildonna won by a 3/4-length from To the World with Gold Ship, another nose away third. Another neck away Just a Way got fourth followed by Epiphaneia another nose further back fifth. The final time was 2 minutes 35.30 seconds for the 2,500-meter distance.

More than 110,000 people turned up at Nakayama on the Arima Kinen day.

In her four active seasons, Gentildonna has raced 19 times under the saddle of Sei Ishizaka and the color of Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. She won 10 of them including seven grade/group races with more than 1.7 billion jpn yen in career earnings. Northern Racing was the breeder of Gentildonna, a 5-year-old bay mare by Deep Impact out of the Bertolini mare Donna Blini. 


Shinning Lei takes Hopeful Stakes
Before the Arima Kinen, the grade two Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds was run over 2,000 meters at Nakayama. Shinning Lei won it under Yuga Kawada by a 1 1/4-length from Komet with Black Bago another nose away third. The final time was 2 minutes 1.90 seconds.
Shining Lei is a 2-year-old colt by Deep Impact out of the Kurofune mare Shells Lei.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Gold Ship favorite for Arima Kinen


As of Saturday, Gold Ship has been installed as the 4.0(3-1) favorite for the Arima Kinen. Just a Way was the 4.7(37-10) second favorite. Epiphaneia was the 5.1(41-10) third favorite with Gentildonna 7.9(69-10) fourth favorite.

The post time for the Arima Kinen(known as the Grind Prix) will be at 3:25 p.m. JST on Sunday, December 28, 2014.

Real Impact second victory of Hanshin Cup


Real Impact won the grade two Handhin Cup for two consecutive years this afternoon at Hanshin Race Course. Real Impact beat Copano Richard by a nose in a head-to-head battle. Daiwa Maggiore finished anothe neck away in third. William Buick rode the winner to travel the 1,400-meter distance in 1 minute 20.70 seconds.
Real Impact is a 6-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of Tokio Reality, by Meadowlake.

Field of 2014 Tokyo Daishoten


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the NAR grade one Tokyo Daishoten to be run on Monday, December 29 at Ohi Race Track over 2,000 meters on dirt.
Hokko Tarumae, winner of the Champions Cup, breaks from post 6. Copano Rickey, who scored three grade one victories this season, has post 7. Teio Sho winner Wonder Acute has post 14. US-trained Soi Phet has post 10.

The field for the Tokyo Daishoten for 3-year-old and up is: 

1 Kitano Ittosei 4c 57 T. Matsumoto
2 Chrisolite 4c 57 K. Tosaki
3 Tohoku Bejin 8m 5 R. Yokokawa
4 Have a Stroll 4c 57 S. Sakai
5 Royal Crest 6h 7 Y. Furukawa
6 Hokko Tarumae h 57 H. Miyuki
7 Copano Rickey 4c 7 Y. Tanabe
8 Fortified 9h 57 K. Yano
9 Tosen Ares 7h 57 T. Harita
10 Soi Phet 6g 57 K. Desormeaux
11 Silk Mobius 8h 7 S. Kuwamura
12 Happy Sprint 3c 5 H. Yoshihara
13 Summit Stone 6h 57 S. Ishizaki
14 Wonder Acute 8h 57 Y. Take
15 Pretiolas 5h 57 K. Motohashi
16 Roman Legend 6h 57 Y. Iwata

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Stage set for 2014 Arima Kinen


A strong field for the Arima Kinen has been drawn. A total of 16 horses have been entered to the season-ending big race at Nakayama.

Gold Ship, who skipped the Japan Cup after the Arc de Triomphe, had a good peice of workout on Wednesday, running a 800-meter in 52.10 seconds on hill course at Ritto. He drew post 14.
Gentildonna, multiple grade one winner who will make a first run at Nakayama, worked a 800-meter in 54.50 seconds at Ritto hill course on Wednesday. This Sunday will be her final appearance on the course before retirement. She drew post 4.  
Japan Cup hero Epiphaneia galloped a 1,200-meter in 81.10 second at Ritto CW course on Wednesday. He drew post 13.
Just a Way had a final workout for the Arima on Wednesday, covering a 800-meter in 54.90 seconds at Ritto hill course. The Arima will be his farewell race to end his glorious career. He drew post 15.

The field for the 2,500-meter Arima Kinen is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(in kgs) Rider
1 Tosen Ra 6h 57 Yutaka Take
2 Verxina 5m 5 Hiroyuki Uchida
3 One and Only 3c 55 Norihiro Yokoyama
4 Gentildonna 5m 5 Keita Tosaki
5 Lachesis 4f 55 Cristian Demuro
6 To the World 3c 55 William Buick
7 Last Impact 4c 57 Yuji Hishida
8 Meisho Mambo 4f 55 Koshiro Take
9 Win Variation 6h 57 Kota Fujioka
10 Fenomeno 4c 57 Hironobu Tanabe
11 Satono Noblesse 4c 57 Kenichi Ikezoe
12 Denim and Ruby 4f 55 Suguru Hamanaka
13 Epiphaneia 4c 57 Yuga Kawada
14 Gold Ship 5h 57 Yasunari Iwata
15 Just a Way 5h 57 Yuichi Fukunaga
16 Ocean Blue 6h 57 Masayoshi Ebina

Monday, December 22, 2014

2014 Arima Kinen nominations


A total of 21 horses have been nominated to the Arima Kinen to be run on December 28 at Nakayama Race Course. The nominations include Gentildonna and Just a Way, both whom will run in the Arima as a farewell race.

On the next day of the Arima Kinen, Ohi Race Track hosts the NAR grade one Tokyo Daishoten to which a total of 16 horses have been nominated. The nomination includes US-trained Soi Phet.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Danon Platina wins Futurity Stakes as favorite


Danon Platina came from far behind to win the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes as favorite under Masayoshi Ebina at Hanshin on Sunday. The Deep Impact colt covered the 1,600-meter trip in 1 minute 35.90 seconds on good ground.
Arma Waioli, a 3/4-length behind, took second with anothe 3/4-length further back Clarity Sky third in the field of 18 2-year-old colts.

Trained by S. Kunieda and owned by Danox Co. Ltd., Danon Platina has now won three in four starts with more than 89 million jpn yen. Chiyoda Farm was the breeder of Danon Platina out of Badeelah by Unbridled's Song.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dia de la Madre takes Aichi Hai


Dia de la Madre squeezed between horses on the middle in the very final stage to win  Saturday's Aichi Hai at Chukyo. Kota Fujioka rode the winner to cover the 2,000-meter distance in 2 minutes 4.40 seconds.
A length behind, Quartre Feuilles came second with another 1/2-length back Sweet Salsa third.
Dia de la Madre is a 4-year-old filly by King Kamehameha out of the Sunday Silence mare Dia de la Novia.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Field of 2014 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes


A total of 18 two-year-old colts assemble for the grade one Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, which looks like a wide-open contest.
Danon Platina, coming off two straight victories, breaks from post 2. Ash Gold, second in the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes, has post 9.  Bright Emblem, winner of the grade three Sapporo Nisai Stakes, breaks from post 16. Clarity Sky, winner of the Icho Stakes, has post 14.

The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, December 21.

The field for the 1,600-meter turf race at Hanshin is:

1 Neo Lumiere(Neo universe) Yuichi Shibayama
2 Danon Platina(Deep Impact) Masayoshi Ebina
3 Cosmo Nine Ball(Higher Game) Daichi Shibata
4 Quetzaltenango(Chichicastenango) Suguru Hamanaka
5 Tagano Azaghal(Bago) Hirofumi Shii
6 Arma Waioli(Matsurida Gogh) Masaki Katsuura
7 Second Table(Twining) Keita Tosaki
8 Navion(Heart's Cry) Yuichi Fukunaga
9 Ash Gold(Stay Gold) Kenichi Ikezoe
10 Just Doing(Zenno Rob Roy) Yuga Kawada
11 Wakino Hibiki(On Fire) Hiroshi Kitamura
12 Active Minoru(Statue of Liberty) Yutaka Take
13 Peptide Warhead(King Kamehameha) Ryan Moore
14 Clarity Sky(Kurofune) Yasunari Iwata
15 Tagano Espresso(Black Tide) Yuji Hishida
16 Bright Emblem(Neo Universe) Hironobu Tanabe
17 Peisha of Law(Rule of Law) Ryuji Wada
18 Meisho Masakaze(Came Home) Keisuke Dazai


Chukyo's main event on Saturday will be the grade three Aichi Hai to which a total of 18 fillies and mares have been entered.

The field for the 2,000-meter handicap race is:

1 Power Spot, 5, 53, Takuya Ono
2 Quatre Feuilles, 5, 56, Ryan Moore
3 Reve d'Etoiles, 3, 54, Yuga Kawada
4 Satono Jupiter, 5, 54, Hayato Yoshida
5 Cordelia, 5, 51, Yukito Ishikawa
6 Cosmo Barbara, 5, 51, Hiroto Mayuzumi
7 Remain Silent, 4, 1, Makoto Okabe
8 Meine Auram, 3, 50, Yuta Nakatani
9 Bounce Shasse, 3, 54, Hiroshi Kitamura
10 Chateau Blanche, 4, 53, Kohei Matsuyama
11 Sunshine, 5, 53, Yuji Hishida
12 Hula Bride, 5, 56, Manabu Sakai
13 Dia de la Madre, 4, 56, Koto Fujioka
14 Illuminance, 4, 52, Ryo Takakura
15 Katie Barows, 4, 51, Masaki Katsuura
16 Ice Follies, 5, 54, Kosei Miura
17 Sweet Salsa, 4, 54, Katsuharu Tanaka
18 Flame Code, 5, 50, Ryoya Kozaki

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Shonan Adela sensational late surge in Hanshin JF


Shonan Adela produced a sensational late stride to win the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Sunday afternoon at Hanshin Race Course. 
Let's Go Donki and Kokorono Ai fought out for the lead, but Shonan Adela got past them near the line in the blink of an eye .
Masayoshi Ebina was aboard the winner to cover the 1,600-meter distance in 1 minute 34.40 seconds on firm ground.
Let's Go Donki, a 1/2-length behind, took second with another 1/2-length further back 
Kokorono Ai third in the field of 18.

Trained by Y. Ninomiya and owned by T.Kunimoto, Shonan Adela has now won 3 in 4 career starts with more than 84 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Shimokobe Farm was the breeder of Shonan Adela, a 2-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of the Elusive Quality mare Always Willing.


Danon Legend(USA) romps Capella S
Danon Legend(USA) led the field and was never behind in a 1,200-meter dirt trip to win the grade three Capella Stakes Sunday afternoon at Nakayama. Kyosuke Maruta rode the winner with the final time of 1 minute 9.50 seconds. 
A 5-length behind, Satono Tiger got second with another head away Meisho Nobel third.
Danon Legend(USA) is a 4-year-old colt by Macho Uno out of the Storm Cat mare My 
Goodness.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tosen Stardom wins Challenge Cup


Tosen Stardom won the grade three Challenge Cup at Hanshin on Saturday afternoon. Yutaka Take rode the winner to complete the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 45.90 seconds on firm ground.
A neck behind, second was shared for a dead-heat betwee Deus Vult and Fluky.
A Shin Hikara slowed down in the final stage to finish a disappointing ninth.

Tosen Stardom is a 3-year-old colt by Deep Impact out of the End Sweep mare Admire Kirameki.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Shin Hikari takes on grade company


A Shin Hikari, a strong front runner who has never finished behind in five starts, takes on the grade company for the first time when he faces 11 rivals in the grade three Challenge Cup on Saturday at Hanshin. He drew post 4.

December 13, 2014
Challenge Cup, grade three, at Hanshin Race Course
3yo+, handicap, 1,800-meter, turf, right-handed

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(in kgs), Rider
1 Admire Taishi, 7h, 56, Futoshi Komaki
2 Shigeru Sasaguri, 5h, 54, Yuji Hishida
3 Smart Layer, 4f, 55, Kenichi Ikezoe
4 A Shin Hikari, 3c, 56, Yasunari Iwata
5 Deus Vult, 6g, 54, Yuga Kawada
6 Tosen Stardom, 3c, 55, Yutaka Take
7 Daiwa Maggiore, 5h, 57.5, William Buick
8 Azuma Shuttle, 3c, 54, Ryuji Wada
9 Makoto Brillar, 4f, 52, Shinichiro Akiyama
10 Win Full Bloom, 3c, 55, Kyosuke Kokubun
11 Fluky, 4c, 55, Suguru Hamanaka
12 Bad Boy, 4c, 54, Hideaki Miyuki




Hanshin Race Course hosts the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday.
A total of 18 two-year-old fillies will compete the 1,600-meter race. 

December 14, 2014
Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, grade one, at Hanshin Race Course
2yo fillies, 1,600-meter, turf, right-handed

pp HorseName(sire) Rider
1 Roca(Harbinger) Ryuji Wada
2 Effect(Squirtle Squirt) Yusuke Fujioka
3 Alma Ondina(Kinshasa no Kiseki) Hideaki Miyuki
4 Kokorono Ai(Stay Gold) Norihiro Yokoyama
5 Smart Planet(Falbrav) Hironobu Tanabe
6 Tosen Lark(Aldebaran) Hirofumi Shii
7 Akari Idol(Sakura Bakushin O) Kyosuke Kokubun
8 Omi Alice(White Muzzle) Yusaku Kokubun
9 Arrow Silver(Special Week) Shinji Fujita
10 Cool Hotarubi(Matsurida Gogh) Futoshi Komaki
11 Let's Go Donki(King Kamehameha) Suguru Hamanaka
12 Kabosuchan(Tanino Gimlet) Takayuki Kato
13 Caught Charmant(Heart's Cry) Yuga Kawada
14 Daiwa Proper(Daiwa Major) Ryo Takakura
15 Leopardina(Snitzel) Yutaka Take
16 Shonan Adela(Deep Impact) Masayoshi Ebina
17 Danon Gracias(Manhattan Cafe) William Buick
18 Moon Express(Admire Moon) Kohei Matsuyama



December 14, 2014
Capella Stakes, grade three, at Nakayama Race Course
3yo+, 1,200-meter, dirt, right-handed

1 Danon Legend(USA), 4c, 56, Kyosuke Maruta
2 Tahltan(USA), 6h, 56, Hiroki Goto
3 Northern River, 6h, 58, Kosei Miura
4 A Shin Gorgeous(USA), 3f, 53, Yutaka Yoshida
5 Silk Fortune, 8h, 56, Keita Tosaki
6 Maruka Bakken, 7h, 56, katsuharu Tanaka
7 Dasher One, 6h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
8 Admire Sagace, 6h, 57, Genki Maruyama
9 Satono Principal(USA), 4c, 56, Haruhiko Kawasu
10 Taisei Phantom, 6h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
11 Imperial March, 7h, 56, Taito Mori
12 Satono Tiger, 6h, 56, Norifumi Kikamoto
13 Three Boston, 7h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
14 Nanchinnon(USA), 3c, 55, Shinji Kawashima
15 Sound Gaga(USA), 5m, 54, Yuichi Shibayama
16 Meisho Nobel, 5h, 56, Akihide Tsumura


Sunday, December 07, 2014

Hokko Tarumae takes Champions Cup


Hokko Tarumae stalked the pace to win the Champions Cup this afternoon at Chukyo Race Course. Hideaki Miyuki guided the winner to cover the 1,800-meter trip in 1 minute 51 seconds on fast.
With 400 meters to go, Hokko Tarumae took the lead and held off challenges by Namura Victor and Roman Legend.
A 1/2-length behind, Namura Victor finished second with another 3/4-length away Roman Legend third.

Trained at Ritto by K. Nishiura and owned by M. Yabe, Hokko Tarumae has now registered 13 wins in 27 career starts with more than 735 million jpn yen.

Ichikawa Farm was the breeder of Hokko Tarumae, a 5-year-old bay horse by King Kamehameha out of the Cherokee Run mare Madam Cherokee.


 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Desperado wins Stayers S two consecutive years


Desperado won the grade two 3,600-meter Stayers Stakes for two consecutive seasons this afternoon.
In the hands of Norihiro Yokoyama, the 6-year-old horse got past Fata Morgana near the line to get into the winning post in 3 minutes 47.80 seconds.
Fata Morgana came second, a 1/2-length behind, with Courir Kaiser another 1 3/4-length back third.
Desperado is a son of Neo Universe and Meine Noel, by Tony Bin.

Last Impact takes Kinko Sho in record time
Last Impact continued to show good form when he won the Kinko Sho in the course record of 1 minute 58.80 seconds at Chukyo Race Course. Yuga Kawada guided the winner.
Second was, a 1/2-length behind, Satono Noblesse with Air Saumur another 1/2-length away third.
Last Impact is a 4-year-old colt by Deep Impact out of the Timber Country mare Superior Pearl.
  

Friday, December 05, 2014

Field set for Champions Cup


A field is set to run in the Champions Cup on Sunday at Chukyo Race Course.

Copano Rickey, who has scored three grade one victories 2014 season including an impressive wire-to-wire victory in the JBC Classic on last outing, drew post 14.
Incantation, coming off three straight victories, drew post 15.
Roman Legend, winner of the Elm Stakes, drew post 12.
Chrysolite(second in JBC Classic) and Wonder Acute(third in JBC Classic) drew post 3 and 11 respectively.
Imperative(USA) to be ridden by Kent Desormeauz drew post 1.

The post time for the grade one 1,800-meter dirt race will be at 3:30 p.m. JST on Sunday, December 7, 2014.

The field is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(in kgs) Rider
1 Imperative(USA), 4g, 57, Kent Desormeaux
2 Best Warrior(USA), 4c, 57, Keita Tosaki
3 Chrysolite, 4c, 57, William Buick
4 Namura Victor, 5h, 57, Futoshi Komaki
5 Wide Bach, 5h, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
6 Grape Brandy, 6h, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
7 Sambista, 5m, 55, Daisaku Matsuda
8 Hokko Tarumae, 5h, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
9 Kurino Star O, 4c, 57, Ryan Moore
10 Nihonpiro Ours, 7h, 57, Nanabu Sakai
11 Wonder Acute, 8h, 57, Yutaka Take
12 Roman Legend, 6h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
13 Kazenoko, 3c, 56, Shinichiro Akiyama
14 Copano Rickey, 4c, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
15 Incantation, 4c, 57, Takuya Ono
16 Danon Come On, 8h, 57, Kohei Matsuyama



Stayers Stakes, grade two
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Nakayama Race Course
3yo+, 3,600-meter, turf

The major contenders are likely to be: Desperado, Hokko Brave and Courir Kaiser.

pp HorseName, Rider
1 Meisho Tamakaze, Takuya Ono
2 Courir Kaiser, Yutaka Yoshida
3 Saimon Tornare, Kyosuke Maruta
4 K I Chosan, Katsuharu Tanaka
5 Suzuka Devious, Yusuke Fujioka
6 Snowdon, Akihide Tsumura
7 Sacred Valley, Kosei Miura
8 Desperado, Norihiro Yokoyama
9 Meiner Medalist, Daichi Shibata
10 Mobile, Hiroki Goto
11 Neo Black Dia, Yoshitomi Shibata
12 Fata Morgana, Keita Tosaki
13 Hokko Brave, Hironobu Tanabe
14 Applejack, Teruo Eda
15 Sky Dignity, Hiroshi Kitamura


Kinko Sho, grade two
Staurday, December 6, 2014 at Chukyo Race Course
3yo+, 2,000-meter, turf

Win Variation, Air Saumur and Last Impact could be the main players.

pp HorseName, Rider
1 Yule Singing, Genki Maruyama
2 Sakura Ardito, Yuji Hishida
3 To the Glory, William Buick
4 Last Impact, Yuga Kawada
5 Air Saumur, Yutaka Take
6 Red Davis, Fuma Matsuwaka
7 Ocean Blue, Kohei Matsuyama
8 Tokai Paradise, Yuichi Shibayama
9 New Dynasty, Manabu Sakai
10 Curren Black Hill, Shinichiro Akiyama
11 Crans Montana, Masayoshi Ebina
12 Satono Noblesse, Kenichi Ikezoe
13 Win Variation, Kota Fujioka
14 Pelusa, Kent Desormeaux
15 Passion Dance, Hiroyuki Uchida
16 Lovely Day, Hideaki Miyuki
17 Dark Shadow, Ryan Moore

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Epiphaneia romps home in Japan Cup


Epiphaneia, riddey by Christophe Soumillon, defeated the strongest field for years to win the Japan Cup this afternoon at Tokyo Race Course.

Epiphaneia turned for home in third place, and then Soumillon sent Epiphaneia past Uncoiled and Tamamo Best Play to lead, about 400 meters from home. From there, the colt cruised up to the line without any challenge to stop the clock in 2 minutes 23.10 for the winning time. "He is the best horse I've ever ridden in Japan.", Soumillon said.

Just a Way came in second, a 4-length behind. Another 1/2-length back, Spielberg finished third. Gentildonna was another 3/4-length away fourth with Harp Star a neck behind in fifth.

Trained at JRA Ritto by Katsuhiko Sumii and owned by Carrot Farm, Epiphaneia has now registered sixth win in 12 career starts with more than 678 million jpn yen. Northern Farm was the breeder of the 4-year-old colt, by Symboli Kris S out of the Special Week mare Cesario.


Complete finishing order:
Epiphaneia
Just a Way
Spielberg
Gentildonna
Harp Star
Ivanhowe(GER)
One and Only
Fenomeno
Isla Bonita
Tamamo Best Play
Denim and Ruby
Hit the Target
Uncoiled(FR)
Tosen Jordan
Decipher
Up With the Birds(CAN)
Satono Shuren

Did not finish - Trading Leather(IRE)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gentildonna slightly favorite for Japan Cup


As of Saturday, Gentildonna has been installed as the slightly favorite for the 2014 Japan Cup.

Win betting(as of Saturday)

Gentildonna 4.3(33-10)
Harp Star 4.4(17-5)
Just a Way 7.0(6-1)
Epiphaneia 9.0(8-1)
Spielberg 9.0(8-1)


Bell Lap wins Kyoto Nisai Stakes
Bell Lap chased the pace to win the grade three Kyoto Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Kyoto Race Course on Saturday. William Buick guided the winner to complete the 2,000-meter race in 2 minutes 4.80 seconds on good ground.
Second came Danon Major, a neck behind, with another neck back Cheval Grand third.
Race favorite Ti Na Nog finished a disappointing seventh in the field of 8.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Gentildonna early favorite for Japan Cup


After closing Friday bettin round, Gentildonna had the 3.4(12-5) favorite for the 2014 Japan Cup. She seeks her third Japan Cup title. Just a Way was the 5.0(4-1) second favorite followed by Epiphaneia 5.3(43-10) and Harp Star 5.7(47-10).   

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Stage set for 2014 Japan Cup


A strong field of 18 horses is set to run in the 34th Japan Cup to be run on Sunday at Tokyo Race Course.

Gentildonna, winner of Japan Cup last two years, who had a good warming-up with second in the Tenno Sho Autumn. She has a good chance to gain another JC glory in her final campaign. Ryan Moore will reunite with her. She prefers firm ground on her favorite course.
Harp Star, one of the best 3-year-old fillies in the country, finished a good sixth in the Arc de Triomphe on last outing. She could get up into the line if she explodes with her late charge.
Just a Way failed to show his true run in the Arc de Triomphe on his latest run. His late surge may be the best of the field. The firm ground would be welcomed.
Isla Bonita, one of the best 3-year-old colts, having finished an excellent third in the Tenno Sho Autumn in the older company, could hang on at the front end in the late stage.
Spielberg, a late developer who gained an impressive victory in the Tenno Sho Autumn, could reproduce another big run.
Epiphaneia and Fenomeno, both whom had a disappointing finish in the Tenno Sho Autumn, could show a much better run on the extended distance.
One and Only, well-beaten in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) as favorite, needs an extra effort to bounce back in the world famous Japanese race.

The post time will be at 3:55 p.m. JST on Sunday, November 30.

The field for the 2,400-meter premier race is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(in kgs) Rider
1 Just a Way 5h 57 Yuichi Fukunaga
2 Ivanhowe(GER) 4c 57 Fillip Minarik
3 Gentildonna 5m 55 Ryan Moore
4 Epiphaneia 4c 57 Christophe Soumillon
5 Hit the Target 6h 57 Yutaka Take
6 Harp Star 3c 53 Yuga Kawada
7 Up with the Birds(CAN) 4c 57 Eurico Da Silva
8 Denim and Ruby 4f 55 Suguru Hamanaka
9 Isla Bonita 3c 55 Masayoshi Ebina
10 One and Only 3c 55 Norihiro Yokoyama
11 Tosen Jordan 8h 57 Pierre-Charles Boudot
12 Tamamo Best Play 4c 57 Akihida Tsumura
13 Decipher 5h 57 Gregory Benoist
14 Satono Shuren 6h 57 Shinji Kawashima
15 Speilberg 5h 57 Hiroshi Kitamura
16 Fenomeno 5h 57 Yasunari Iwata
17 Uncoiled(FR) 5h 57 Keita Tosaki
18 Trading Leather(IRE) 4c 57 Kevin Manning

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thrilling photo finish in Mile Championship


The grade one Mile Championship was won in a thrilling photo finish by Danon Shark. 
Running along with the rail under veteran jockey Yasunari Iwata, Danon Shark dueled with Fiero for the lead in the last 100 meters, and then won by an inch.
Fiero came second with the smallest official margin of a nose. Grandezza was third, another 1 1/2-length back, with Tosen Ra fourth.
The final time for the 1,600-meter distance was 1 minute 31.50 seconds.

Trained by R. Okubo and owned by Danox Co. Ltd., Danon Shart has now registered seven wins in 29 career starts with more than 433 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Shimokobe Farm was the breeder of the 6-year-old horse by Deep Impact out of the Caerleon mare Carla Power.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Field of 2014 Mile Championship


A total of 17 horses have been entered to the grade one Mile Championship at Kyoto Race Course on Sunday. 
Tosen Ra, winner of this race last season, who finished a respectable third in the Kyoto Daishoten last outing, drew post 13.
Grade one NHK Mile Cup winner Mikki Isle, who had a great prep with the Swan Stakes victory, drew post 15.  
Fiero, third in the Swan Stakes and Clarente, coming off a couple of grade victories, drew post 8 and 11 respectively.

The field for the 1,600-meter turf race is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(in kgs) Rider
1 Horai Akiko, 3f, 54, Ryuji Wada
2 Excellente Cave, 5m, 55, Ryan Moore
3 Grandezza, 5h, 57, Shinichiro Akiyama
4 Sadamu Patek, 6h, 57, Katsuharu Tanaka
5 Red Arion, 4c, 57, Futoshi Komaki
6 Daiwa Maggiore, 5h, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
7 Extra End, 5h, 57, William Buick
8 Fiero, 5h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
9 World Ace, 5h, 57, Pierre-Charles Boudot
10 Logotype, 4c, 57, Christophe Lemaire
11 Clarente, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
12 Danon Shark, 6h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
13 Tosen Ra, 6h, 57, Yutaka Take
14 Grand Prix Boss, 6h, 57, Kosei Miura
15 Mikki Isle, 3c, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
16 Tagano Grandpa, 3c, 56, Yuji Hishida
17 Sanrei Laser, 5h, 57, Yuga Kawada

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Mile Championship


A total of 20 horses have been nominated for the grade one Mile Championship to be run on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Kyoto Race Course.
The nominations include Tosen Ra, Mikki Isle, Fiero and World Ace.

The Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes is run on Monday, Nov. 24 at Tokyo Racecourse. 15 2-year-olds have been nominated to the grade three 1,800-meter turf race.
The nominations include Avenir Marcher, Courage City and Gruyeres.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014 Japan Cup nominations


A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the 2014 Japan Cup.

Uncoliled
Isla Bonita
Epiphaneia
Satono Shuren
Gentildonna
Just a Way
Spielberg
Tamamo Best Play
Decipher
Denim and Ruby
Tosen Jordan
Harp Star
Hit the Target
Fenomeno
Lachesis
One and Only
(in random order)

Foreign nominations:
Ivanhowe(GER)
Trading Leather(IRE)
Up with the Birds(CAN)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thrilling finish in QE II Cup


The Queen Elizabeth II Cup was won in a thrilling finish by Yuga Kawada-ridden Lachesis, who avenged last year's defeat by Meisho Mambo in this race. 
With more than 200 meters to go, Nuovo Record pulled away from the rest, but Lachesis drew on her at every step and just got up in the nick of time for the winning post. A neck separated  the two. Third came  another 1 1/4-length further back Dia de la Madre.

Trained by K. Sumii and owned by M. Oshima, Lachesis has now won four in 11 career starts with more than 213 million jpn yen in career earnings. Northern Farm in Hokkaido was the breeder of Lachesis, a 4-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of the Storm Cat mare Magic Storm.


Barzalona wins Fukushima Kinen on Mitra
Mickael Barzalona rode Mitra to win the grade three Fukushima Kinen at Fukushima. It gave the French jockey his second JRA grade race victory. The winning time of the 2,000-meter turf event was 1 minute 58.10 seconds.

Mitra is a 6-year-old gelding by Symboli Kris S out of the Sunday Silence mare Aigrette.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tagano Espresso takes Daily Hai Nisai Stakes


Tagano Espresso took the lead in the early stretch to win the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes this afternoon at Kyoto. Ash Gold was second, a 1/2-length behind, with another 1 1/2-length further back Navion third.
Yasunari Iwata was aboard the winner to cover the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 35.10 seconds on firm ground.
Tagano Espresso is a 2-year-old colt by Black Tide out of the King Kamehameha mare Tagano Reventon.


Wide Bach show strong finishing kick in Musashino
Wide Bach won the 1,600-meter Musashino Stakes under Yutaka Take this afternoon at Tokyo. Take held Wide Bach well off the pace, and then rallied from last in the stretch for the 1/2-length victory in 1 minute 35.20 seconds on fast track. Air Khalifa(USA) finished a 3-length before Grape Brandy in third.

Wide Bach is a 5-year-old horse by Adjudication out of the Scan mare Green Hill Red.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Field set for QE II Cup


A total of 18 fillies and mares have been entered to the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Sunday.

Nuovo Record, winner of the Japanese Oaks who finished second in the Shuka Sho on last outing, drew post 5.
Meisho Mambo, reigning champion who has struggled in the male company, drew post 6.
Shuka Sho winner Shonan Pandora and Lachesis, second in the All Comers, drew post  12 and 1 respectively.

The field for the 2,200-meter event at Kyoto is:

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(kgs), Rider
1 Lachesis, 4f, 56, Yuga Kawada
2 Hula Bride, 5m, 56, Manabu Sakai
3 Quatre Feuilles, 5m, 56, Christophe Lemaire
4 Omega Heart Rock, 3f, 54, Futoshi Komaki
5 Nuovo Record, 3c, 54, Yasunari Iwata
6 Meisho Mambo, 4f, 56, Koshiro Take
7 Sunshine, 5m, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
8 Grace Flower, 5m, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
9 Whale Capture, 6m, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
10 Verxina, 5m, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
11 Red Reveur, 3f, 54, Yuichi Fukunaga
12 Shonan Pandora, 3f, 54, Suguru Hamanaka
13 Koei Otome, 6m, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
14 Sang Real, 3f, 54, Keita Tosaki
15 Dia de la Madre, 4f, 56, Kota Fujioka
16 Smart Layer, 4f, 56, Yutaka Take
17 Blanc Neige, 3f, 54, Shinichiro Akiyama
18 Aromatico, 5m, 56, Kosei Miura


The Fukushima Kinen is run as a main event at Fukushima Sunday meeting.

The field of 16 horses for the 2,000-meter raace is:

1 Mitra, 6g, 56, Mickael Barzalona
2 Cosmo Barbara, 5m, 50, Hiroto Mayuzumi
3 Daiwa Falcon, 7h, 58, Haruhiko Kawasu
4 Meisho Naruto, 6g, 57.5, Hironobu Tanabe
5 Philopator, 5m, 52, Akihide Tsumura
6 Moonlit Lake, 6h, 56, Genki Maruyama
7 Mikino Banjo, 7h, 54, Keisuke Dazai
8 Nakayama Knight, 6h, 57, Katsuharu Tanaka
9 Fra Angelico, 6h, 54, Yuichi Shibayama
10 Majesty Hearts, 4c, 56, Kazuma Mori
11 Aroma Cafe, 7h, 55, Ryuji Wada
12 Tosen Jaguar, 6h, 54, Tomoharu Bushizawa
13 Uncoiled(FR), 5h, 56, Daisaku Matsuda
14 L'Ile d'Aval, 7h, 56, Issei Murata
15 Win Malerei, 3c, 54, Masami Matsuoka
16 Sakura Ardito, 6h, 56, Yuji Hishida

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Saturday's graded races

Kyoto features the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds.
Ash Gold, who broke a maiden at Kyoto in a come-from-behind fashion on last outing, drew post 9.
The field of 9 for the 1,600-meter turf event is: 

pp HorseName(sire), Sex, Rider
1 Quetzaltenango(Chichicastenango), c, Suguru Hamanaka
2 Navion(Heart's Cry), c, Yuichi Fukunaga
3 Arma Waioli(Matsurida Gogh), c, Masaki Katsuura
4 Graceful Word(Heat's Cry), f, Mickael Barzalona
5 Raisin d'Or(Came Home), c, Christophe Lemaire
6 Primera Azul(Special Week), f, Hideaki Miyuki
7 T M Dancing(Dance in the Dark), c, Ryuji Wada
8 Tagano Espresso(Black Tide), c, Yasunari Iwata
9 Ash Gold(Stay Gold), c, Kenichi Ikezoe

Musashino Stakes, one of the major preps for the Champions Cup, is run at Tokyo.
The field of 16 for the 1,600-meter dirt race is:

1 Air Khalifa(USA), 5h, 56, Kosei Miura
2 Katyusha, 5m, 54, Hironobu Tanabe
3 Grape Brandy, 6h, 58, Hiroshi Kitamura
4 Red Alvis, 3c, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
5 Kyowa Duffy, 6h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
6 Rainbow Pegasus, 9h, 56, Masami Matsuoka
7 Grand Prix Blood, 5h, 56, Daisaku Matsuda
8 Tosho Freak, 7h, 56, Daichi Shibata
9 Meisho Kampaku, 7h, 57, Takuya Ono
10 Gorski, 7h, 57, Ryan Moore
11 Wide Bach, 5h, 56, Yutaka Take
12 Feel the Smart, 3c, 55, Katsuharu Tanaka
13 Danon Come On, 8h, 57, Pierre-Charles Boudot
14 Tahltan(USA), 6h, 56, Keita Tosaki
15 Admire Royal, 7h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
16 Royal Crest, 6h, 56, Yoshihiro Furukawa

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lineup for this week's JRA graded races


Nov. 15 at Tokyo
Musashino Stakes, grade three
3yo+, 1,600 meters, dirt, left-handed
41 nominations

Nov. 15 at Kyoto Race Course
Daily Hai Nisai Stakes, grade two
2yo, 1,600 meters, turf, right-handed
17 nominations

Nov. 16 at Kyoto Race Course
Queen Elizabeth II Cup, grade one
3yo+ fillies and mares, 2,200 meters, turf, right-handed
24 nominations

Nov. 16 at Fukushima Race Course
Fukushima Kinen, grade three
3yo+, 2,000 meters, turf, right-handed
27 nominations

Monday, November 10, 2014

Foreign runners in 2014 Japan Cup


As of today, three foreigners have accepted the invitation of the Japan Cup.

Ivanhowe(GER)...scheduled to arrive in Japan on Nov.20
Trading Leather(IRE)...scheduled to arrive in Japan Nov.17
Up with the Birds(CAN)...sheduled to arrive in Japan Nov.16


Imperative(USA) runs in the Champions Cup. The 4-year-old gelding is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Nov.25.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Outside wins Fantasy Stakes


Cool Hotarubi took a good position and pulled away from the rest at around 200 meters from to win the Fantasy Stakes for 2-year-old fillies this afternoon at Kyoto. Futoshi Komaki rode the winner to cover the 1,400-meter distance in 1 minute 21.70 seconds on firm ground.
Danon Gracias was second, a 1/2-length behind, with Win Soiree another neck away third in the field of 14.
Cool Hotarubi paid 9,230 jpn yen for win as 14th favorite.

Cool Hotarubi is a daughter of Matsurida Gogh and the Hector Protector mare Placer.


Second Table takes Keisei Hai Nisai Stakes
Second Table, 11th favorite at 34.4(167-5), led the field of 12 to win the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes at Tokyo. Ridden by Keita Tosaki, the colt completed the 1,400-meter trip in 1 minute 21.50 seconds on firm.
Second was, a 1 1/2-length behind, Sappheiros with another 1/2-length back Nishino Rush third.

Second Table is a 2-year-old colt by Twining out of the Sunday Silence mare Moka Sunday.

Fame Game romps home in Copa Republica Argentina


Fame Game, ridden by Hiroshi Kitamura, put up an outstanding performance to win the grade two Copa Republica Argentina at Tokyo on Sunday.
Before reaching the 200-meter pole, Kitamura switched Fame Game to the outside, and then quickened up into front by getting past Courir kaiser.
Courir Kaiser finished a 2 1/2-length behind the winner in second with Super Moon another 3/4-length further back third in the field of 18.
The winning time was 2 minutes 30.50 seconds for the 2,500-meter distance on firm ground.
Fame Game is a 4-year-old colt by Heart's Cry out of the Allez Milord mare Hall of Fame.

Incantation wins Miyako Stakes
The grade three Miyako Stakes was won at Kyoto on Sunday by Incantation, who beast Runasway Waltz by a 1/2-length. Third was, another head away, Namura Victory in the field of 16.
Takuya Ono guided the winner, running the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 50.20 seconds on fast track.
Incantation is a 4-year-old colt by Sinister Minister out of the Machiavellion mare Original Spin.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Sunday's JRA graded races


A total of 18 horses have entered for Sunday's Copa Republica Argentina at Tokyo. The majoy players are likely to be: Hokko Brave, Fame Game and Lovely Day.

The field for the grade two 2,500-meter handicap is:

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(in kgs), Rider
1 Silent Melody, 7h, 55, Katsuharu Tanka
2 Mobile, 6h, 51, Takayuki Kato
3 Fame Game, 4c, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
4 Desperado, 6h, 58, Norihiro Yokoyama
5 Neo Black Dia, 6h, 54, Keita Tosaki
6 Cosmo Robin, 6h, 55, Daichi Shibata
7 Saimon Tornare, 8h, 51, Tomoharu Bushizawa
8 Sacred Valley, 8h, 56, Kosei Miura
9 Courir Kaiser, 5h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
10 Pretiolas, 5h, 52, Kazuo Yokoyama
11 Super Moon, 5h, 55, Hiroyuki Uchida
12 Rikisan Stealth, 4c, 54, Seiji Sakai
13 Meiner Medalist, 6h, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
14 Admire Kelso, 6h, 52, Yoshitomi Shibata
15 Hokko Brave, 6h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
16 Smart Gear, 9h, 54, Syu Ishibashi
17 Lovely Day, 4c, 57, Ryan Moore
18 Meiner Jade, 4c, 54, Masami Matsuoka


Kurino Star O tops among the 16 entrants in the grade three Miyako Stakes at Kyoto on Sunday. He comes into the 1,800-meter race off superb preformances with two victorirs and a second at grade events.

The field for the grade three Miyako Stakes is:

1 Brightline, 5h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
2 Solor, 4c, 57, Yasunari Iwata
3 Meiner Baika, 5h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
4 Runway Waltz, 3c, 54, Suguru Hamanaka
5 Kurino Star O, 4c, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
6 Isshin Dotai, 5h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
7 Nihonpiro Ours, 7h, 58, Manabu Sakai
8 Cache Cache, 5m, 54, Takashi Fujikake
9 Rugger Tomohiro, 5h, 56, Shinji Fujita
10 Namura Victor, 5h, 57, Futoshi Komaki
11 Satono Principal(USA), 4c, 56, Yutaka Take
12 Vogue Tornado, 5h, 56, Haruhiko Kawasu
13 Grazia, 6h, 56, Christophe Lemaire
14 Incantation, 4c, 56, Takuya Ono
15 Tagano Zingaro, 7h, 57, Takeshi Kimura
16 Asukano Roman, 3c, 54, Keisuke Dazai

2014 Keio Hai Nisai Stakesand Fantasy Stakes


Satuday, November 8 sees a couple of graded races for 2-year-olds.

Tokyo hosts the 1,400-meter Keio Hai Nisai Stakes to which 12 juvenile colts have been entered. Among the entrants, the possible major contenders are Sappheiros, Wakino Hibiki and Nishino Rush.

The field for the grade two Keio Hai Nisai Stakes is:

1 Sappheiros(Kinshasa no Kiseki) Kosei Miura
2 Active Minoru(Statue of Liberty) Daisaku Matsuda
3 Second Table(Twining) Keita Tosaki
4 Wakino Hibiki(On Fire) Hiroshi Kitamura
5 Kosoku Corner(Sakura Bakushin O) Hiroyuki Uchida
6 Open the Way(Johannesburg) Msaki Katsuura
7 Meiner Gourmand(Snitzel) Agnes Tachyon
8 Warrior's Soul(USA)(Worrior's Reward) Ryan Moore
9 Nishino Rush(Sakura Bakushin O) Hironobu Tanabe
10 Gold Pegasus(Admire Aura) Masayoshi Ebina
11 Lombardia(Manhattan Cafe) Katsuharu Tanaka
12 Apollo no Shinzan(Sakura Bakushin O) Yoshitomi Shibata


The grade three Fantasy Stakes for juvenile fillies is run at Kyoto. A total of 14 horses will contest the 1,400 meters race on turf. Danon Gracias and Leopardina look to be strong contenders.

The field for the Fantasy Stakes is:

1 Danon Gracias(Manhattan Cafe) Yasunari Iwata
2 Daiwa Proper(Daiwa Major) Suguru Hamanaka
3 Perfica(Zenno Rob Roy) Shinichiro Akiyama
4 Effect(Squirtle Squirt) Yusaku Kokubun
5 Moon Express(Admire Moon) Kohei Matsuyama
6 Cool Hotarubi(Matsurida Gogh) Futoshi Komaki
7 Le Ange(Manhattan Cafe) Haruhiko Kawasu
8 Sinfonia(Sakura Bakushin O) Hirofumi Shii
9 Win Soiree(Roses in May) Christophe Lemaire
10 Tagano Verrerie(White Muzzle) Koshiro Take
11 All of You(Daiwa Major) Yusuke Fujioka
12 Shigeru Chaguchagu(Samurai Heart) Keisuke Dazai
13 Leopardina(Snitzel) Yutaka Take
14 New Edition(Admire Moon) Yuichi Fukunaga

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Dear Domus easy winner of Hokkaido Nisai Yushun


The NAR grade three Hokkaido Nisai Yushun for 2-year-olds was won on Thursday night at Mombetsu by JRA-trained Dear Domus, who beat Kalapana Beach by a 4-length. Third was, another 2 1/2-length back, Kura Bazooka in the field of 12.
Kosei Miura rode the winner to complete the 1,800-meter trip in 1 minute 54.90 seconds on dirt.
Dear Domus(Jungle Pocket - Rendezvous, by Agnes Digital) was bred by Big Red Farm.
  

2014 Japan Cup information


As of today, two foreign horses have accepted the invitation to the 2014 Japan Cup.

The invitees are:
Trading Leather(IRE)
Up with the Birds(CAN)

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Lineup of this week's JRA graded races


Nov. 8 at Tokyo
Keio Hai Nisai Stakes, grade two
2-year-olds, 1,400 meters, turf, left-handed
14 nominations

Nov.8 at Kyoto
grade three
Fantasy Stakes, grade three
2-year-old fillies, 1,400 meters, turf, right-handed
15 nominations

Nov. 9 at Tokyo
Grade two
Copa Argetina Cup, grade two
3-year-olds and up, 2,500 meters, turf, left-handed
22 nominations

Nov. 9 at Kyoto
Grade three
Miyako Stakes, grade three
3-year-olds and up, 1,800 meters, dirt, right-handed
25 nominations

Monday, November 03, 2014

Rickey leads all the way in JBC Classic


Under the hands of Hironobu Tanabe, Copano Rickey led all the way to win the JBC Classic in the course record time of 2 minutes 0.80 second at Morioka. He won it by a decisive 3-length from Chrysolite. Wonder Acute was third, a 1/2-length behind the runner-up. Hokko Tarumae was fourth, another 1 1/2-length further back, with Best Warrior(USA) finishing another 2-length back in fifth.

It was the third garde one victory of the season for Copano Rickey, who has now won seven in 12 career starts. Traine by at JRA Ritto by Akira Murayama, the 4-year-old colt is by Gold Allure out of the Timber Country mare Copano Nikita. 

Dream Valentino wins JBC Sprint


JRA horse Dream Valentino beat Satono Tiger and Taisei Legend in the very final stage to win the 1,200-meter JBC Sprint in 1 minute 9 seconds. A neck came NAR Urawa-trained Satono Tiger second with Taisei Legend another 1/2-length back third.
The winning rider was Yasunari Iwata, who gained his second grade one victory of the day following the JBC Ladies' Classic on Sambista.
Dream Valentino is a 7-year-old horse by Roses in May out of the Meiner Love mare Cosmo Valenti.

Sambista wins JBC Ladies' Classic in record time


Sambista raced behind the leading pack, then showed an excellent finishing kick to win the NAR grade one JBC Ladies' Classic at Morioka in the course record time of 1 minute 49.30 seconds on dirt. Yasunari Iwata was the winning rider.
Trois Bonheur was second, a 1 1/4-length behind, with race favorite Wild Flapper another 1/2-length further away third.

Trained at JRA Ritto by Katsuhiko Sumii, Sambista is a 5-year-old mare by Suzuka Mambo out of the Misil mare White Carnival.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Spielberg rallies in Tenno Sho Autumn


Spielberg produced a sensational finishing kick to win the Tenno Sho Autumn this afternoon at Tokyo. It was the biggest win and best performance for the 5-year-old horse in his 13th start. Hiroshi Kitamura rode the winner to cover the 2,000-meter race in 1 minute 59.70 seconds on firm ground.

In the final stage, Isla Bonita and Gentildonna fought it out at the front end. Either of them looked like a sure winner, but, out of the blue, Spielberg flied on the outside and got past them in a blink of eyes for the winning post. Gentildonna was second, a 3/4-length behind, with another ead further back Isla Bonita third.

Trained by Kazuo Fujisawa and owned by H. Yomamoto, Spielberg has now gained his sixth victory with more than 255 million jpn yen in career earnings. Bred by Shadai Farm, he is a son of Deep Impact and Princess Olivia, by Lycius.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Isla Bonita favorite for Tenno Sho Autumn


As of Saturday, Isla Bonita has been installed as the favorite for the Tenno Sho Autumn at odds of 3.2(11-5). Fenomeno was the second favorite at 4.7(37-10). Gentildonna was the third favorite at 5.7(47-10) followed by Epiphaneia 9.1(81-10) and Spielberg9.2(41-5).

Mikki Isle takes Swan Stakes


Mikki Isle advanced swiftly on the final turn and then went into front on his way to winning the grade two Swan Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday. Sunrise Major was second, a 1/2-length behind with another nose further back Fiero third.
Suguru Hamanaka rode the winner to cover the 1,400-meter trip in 1 minute 20.30 seconds.
Mikki Isle is a 3-year-old colt by Deep Impact out of the Rock of Gibraltar mare Star Isle.

Kokorono Ai wins Artemis Stakes
Kokorono Ai took the lead near the finish line and held off challenge by Let's Go Donki to win the grade three Artemis Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by a nose at Tokyo. Tosen Lark was third, another 1 1/4-length back. Norihiro Yokoyama was aboard the winner with the final time of 1 minute 34.40 seconds for the 1,600-meter distance.
Kokorono Ai is a 2-year-old filly by Stay Gold out of the Danehill mare Beauty Song.


JBC races at NAR Morioka


NAR Morioka Racecourse hosts three grade one dirt races, namely, the JBC Classic, the JBC Ladies' Classic and the JBC Sprint, on Monday, Nov. 3rd.

A total of 16 horses have been entered to the grade one JBC Classic, a 2,000-meter dirt race.
The strong JRA entries are Kazenoko, Wonder Acute, Chrysolite, Hokko Tarumae, Best Warrior(USA) and Copano Rikey.

The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. JST.

The field is:

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(kgs), Rider
1 Soubresaut, g7, 57, R. Takamatsu
2 Eishin Nanatsubosi, 7h, 57, S. Murakami
3 Kazenoko 3c, 55, S. Akiyama
4 Wonder Acute, 8h, 57, Y. Take
5 Reward Leblon, 6h, 57, N. Mikamoto
6 Chrysolite, 4c, 57, C. Lemaire
7 Hokko Tarumae, 5h, 57, H. Miyuki
8 Namura Titan, 8h, 57, Y. Sakaguchi
9 Best Warrior(USA), 4c, 57, K. Tosaki
10 Dream Basket, 7h, 57, T. Ojima
11 Tohoku Bijin, 8m, 55, Y. Sato
12 Harimano Wataridori, 8h, 57, T. Yamamoto
13 Fire Float, 8h, 57, H. Yoshihara
14 Community, 4c, 57, S. Yamamoto
15 Copano Rickey, 4c, 57, H. Tanabe
16 All Round, 3c, 55, Y. Saito


A field of 16 fillies and mares for the 1,800-meter JBC Ladies' Classic is:

1 Corin Berry, 3f, 53, H. Matsuyama
2 Eishin Lundii, 4f, 55, T. Ojima
3 Pitch Star, 4f, 55, M. Ohata
4 Wild Flapper, 5m, 55, M. Ebina
5 Meine Elena, 6m, 55, N. Mikamoto
6 Trois Bonheur, 4f, 55, K. Tanaka
7 Kamino March, 7m, 55, S. Murakami
8 Flash Mob, 3f, 53, S. Yamamoto
9 Acti Beauty, 7m, 55, H. Yoshida
10 Sambista, 5m, 55, Y. Iwata
11 Mumty, 4f, 55, R. Takamatsu
12 Breveski, 6m, 55, A. Kinomae
13 Kojyo Digital, 4f, 55, T. Yamamoto
14 Kaikayoso, 4f, 55, T. Imano
15 Blue Chipper, 4f, 55, H. Miyuki
16 Bora Tosho, 4f, 55, K. Nango

The JBC Sprint has also 16 entrants going over 1,200 meters.
The field is:

1 Northern River, 6h, 57, M. Ebina
2 Copano Richard, 4c, 57, Y. Take
3 Satono Tiger, 6h, 57, H. Yoshihara
4 Smile Visit, 5m, 55, y. Tano
5 Land Oji, 8h, 57, S. Murakami
6 Taisei Legend, 7h, 57, Y. Fukunaga
7 Satono Romane, 8g, 57, N. Mikamoto
8 Eishin Hadaru, 7h, 57, T. Ojima
9 Dream Craft, 8h, 57, B. Toh
10 Hard Days Night, 4f, 55, M Ohata
11 Yasaka Fine, 8h, 57, Y. Saito
12 Dream Valentino, 7h, 57, Y. Iwata
13 Kimon Red, 6m, 55, Y. Tanabe
14 T Up Wild, 8h, 57, Y. Kokubun
15 Sei Crimson, 8h, 57, K. Tosaki
16 S One Prince, 5h, 57, K. Sameshima