Sunday, April 20, 2014

Isla Bonita wins Satsuki in spectacular style

Isla Bonita performed a spectacular finish in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) Sunday afernoon, winning it by a 1 1/4-length over the 2,000-meter Nakayama turf in 1 minute 59.60 seconds. This gave veteran jockey Masayoshi Ebina his first Satsuki victory.  Second went to To the Victory followed by Win Full Bloom another 1/2-length back in third.

Isla Bonita was held up at the middle of the 18-horse field. "He settled very well early on, so I decided to  make an early move.", Ebina said. Isla Bonita was in a good position after turning into the stretch before producing a devastating acceleration in the final stage. To the Victory provided the slight threat to Isla Bonita, but was not able to keep up with him inside the 200 meters.

Isla Bonita, a 3-year-old colt by Fuji Kiseki out of the Cozzene mare Isla Cozzene, has now won five in six starts with more than 232 million jp yen in career earnings. Bred by Shiraoi Farm, the dark bay colt is trained at Miho by H. Kurita. His owner is Shadai Race Horse Co.

Friday, April 18, 2014

18 three-year-olds assemble for Satsuki Sho

A total of 18 three-year-olds have assembled for the 2014 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas). It looks like a wide-
open race.

The main contenders include: Radio Nikkei Sho winner One and Only; multiple graded race winner Isla Bonita; Kisaragi Sho winner Tosen Stardom; Rosa Gigantea, winner of the Spring Stakes; Asia Express(USA), winner of the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes and Yayoi Sho winner To the World.

The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Nakayama Racecourse. The field in post position order with riders for the 2,000-meter turf race are:

1 One and Only, N. Yokoyama
2 Isla Bonita, M. Ebina
3 Chlarity City, H. Uchida
4 Kurino Company, T. Eda
5 A Day in the Life, H. Tanabe
6 Admire Deus, Y. Iwata
7 Tosen Stardom, Y. Take
8 Staphanos, H. Goto
9 Suzuka Devious, A Starke
10 Bell Canyon, Y. Fukunaga
11 Rosa Gigantea, Y. Shibata
12 Tagano Grandpa, S. Ishibashi
13 Kings of the Sun, S. Hamanaka
14 Bounce Shasse, H. Kitamura
15 Koei One Man, M. Matsuda
16 Asia Express(USA), K. Tosaki
17 To the World, Y. Kawada
18 Win Full Bloom, D. Shibata

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Harp Star wins Oka Sho by come-from-behind style

Yuga Kawada-ridden Harp Star came from far behind as she pulled away to win the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) by a neck on Sunday at Hanshin. Red Reveur finished second with Nuovo Record another 3/4-length back in third.

Harp Star was dead last as the field came into the stretch. "We took the last position as usual and I tried to have her run rhythmically.", Kawada said. With production of the fastest finish, Harp Star made up grounds as she ran on the far outside in the last 400 meters.

Trained by H. Matsuda and owned by Carrot Farm, Harp Star has now won 4 of her races. The Oka Sho 117+ million jp yen first prize brought her career earnings to 216+ million jp yen. The Deep Impact filly out of the Falbrav mare Historic Star was bred by Northern Farm.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Harp Star tops Oka Sho field

Harp Star, the likely favorite, tops the 2014 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) field where a total of 18 fillies were entered in the filly classic at Hanshin. The Deep Impact filly comes into the classic off an impressive victory in the Tulip Sho. She drew post 18 for the 1,600-meter contest at post position draw on Thursday.

Others entered to the classic race include Queen Cup(g3) winner Forevermore, Hanshin Juvenile Filly(g1) winner Red Reveur and Bel Canto, winner of the Fillies Revue(g2).

The post position for the Oka Sho on Sunday, April 13, with riders, are:

1. Kaunis Kukka, D. Matsuda
2. Nishino Mitisirube, A. Starke
3. Corin Berry, S. Fujita
4. Peisha Felice, S. Kawashima
5. Mozu Hatsukoi, S. Hamanaka
6. Reve d'Etoiles, Y. Fukunaga
7. Nishonpiro Amber, S. Akiyama
8. Shiny Girl, H. Miyuki
9. Forevermore, M. Ebina
10. Nuovo Record, Y. Iwata
11. Fukuno Dream, K. Yokoyama
12. Red Reveur, K. Tosaki
13. Admire Bijin, H. Shii
14. Marble Cathedral, H. Tanabe
15. Harai Akiko, R. Wada
16. Lilavati, K. Matsuyama
17. Bel Canto, Y. Take
18. Harp Star, Y. Kawada

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Kizuna storms home in Sankei Osaka

Kizuna stormed home at Hanshin on Sunday to win the grade two Sankei Osaka Hai. The 4-year-old Deep Impact colt completed the 2,000-meter trip in 2 minutes 0.30 seconds under Yutaka Take. Tokai Paradise finished a 1 1/2-length back in second followed by race favorite Epiphaneia another neck back third.

Kizuna race the last as the field of 8 runners turned on the final bend, but he showed a sensational run through the finish line. Take said, "The colt showed  an excellent stretch run as usual. He got off a good start of the season."

The Tenno Sho Spring will be the next action for Kizuna, while Epiphaneia will go for the QE II Cup in Hong Kong.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

2014 Sankei Osaka Hai

This is the first posting after a long silence.

What a gorgeous member for the Sankei Osaka Hai at Hanshin. The grade two 2,000-meter contest will post at 3:35 pm JST on April 6, 2014.