Friday, June 20, 2014

2014 Hakodate Sprint Stakes preview

Straight Girl, whose first grade glory came at Silkroad Stakes four months ago, meets 13 opponents in the grade three Hakodate Sprint Stakes Sunday. Following a good campaign at Hakodate last season, the 5-year-old mare had been running well on the highest level with thirds in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen and Victoria Mile this season.

Forever Mark, winner of last year's grade three Keeneland Cup in which she beat Striaght Girl by a neck, drew post 6.

Xmas, who won the grade three Hakodate Nisai Stakes last year, could produce a better run at a shorter distance.

The Hakodate Sprint Stakes for 3-year-olds and up with a total purse of 72.73 million jp yen runs at Hakodate Racecourse over 1,200 meters on turf.

The field in draw position order with riders for the Hakodate Sprint Stakes is:

1 Hanohano, Manabu Sakai
2 Straight Girl, Yasunari Iwata
3 Garbo, Akihide Tsumura
4 Twinkle Star, Teruo Eda
5 Smart Orion, Yutaka Take
6 Forever Mark, Issei Murata
7 Memorial Year, Yoshihiro Furukawa
8 Earth Sonic, Hiroyasu Tanaka
9 Xmas, Kyosuke Maruta
10 Robe Tissage, Kosei Miura
11 Leon Bisty, Hayato Yoshida
12 Seiko Raiko, Yoshitomi Shibata
13 Yamaninpetitgateau, Shinji Fujita
14 Clean Ecology, Shinichiro Akiyama

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