Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hana's Goal may run in Hong Kong later this season

Hana's Goal resumes her overseas campaign later this season.
If all goes well, she may run in the Jockey Club Mile and Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin. Before making a trip to Hong Kong, the 5-year-old mare is likely to run in the Oct. 5 Sprinters Stakes. She has not raced since winning the group one All Aged Stakes at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Australia on April 26. 

Tosen Victory, a full sister of grade winners To the World and To the Glory, makes a debut at Sapporo this weekend. Tosen Victory, sold for 105,000,000 jp yen(approx. 1,050,000 US dollars) at 2013 Select Sale, is a 2-year-old filly by King Kamehameha out of the Sunday Silence mare To the Victory.

NAR Ohi will send three Ohi-trained horses to the Asia Challenge Cup 2014, held on August 31 at Seoul Racecourse in South Korea. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

JRA Leading Sires(thru 07/27)

2014 JRA Leading Sires by winners(thru July 27)

Stallion(coat, foaled, sire)/Winners
Deep Impact(b, 2002- , Sunday Silence)/124
Kingkamehameha(b, 2001- , Kingmambo)/118
Heart's Cry(b, 2001- , Sunday Silence)/69
Kurofune(USA)(gr, 1998- , French Deputy)/68
Daiwa Major(ch, 2001- , Sunday Silence)/63
Manhattan Cafe(bk, 1998- , Sunday Silence)/63
Gold Allure(ch, 1999- , Sunday Silence)/62
Neo Universe(b, 2000- , Sunday Silence)/61
Symboli Kris S(USA)(db, 1999- , Kris S.)/58
Zenno Rob Roy(db, 2000- , Sunday Silence)/57

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunday's JRA graded races

Grade three IBIS Summer Dash at Niigata
A total of 17 horses remain on the final entry stage of the 14th IBIS Summer Dash for 3-year-olds and upward to be run on Sunday at Niigata over 1,000 meters on turf.

Niigata Racecourse
The main course is a left-handed, oval turf course, 2,223 meters in length with a 658.7 meters run-in and 25 meters in width. The course rises to the first 1,000 meters or so and then drops steadily to 300 meters from home. It also has an undulating 1,000-meter straight course.
The inner turf course is an oval of 1,623 meters. The dirt oval track of 1,472.5 meters is inside the inner turf course.  
2014 meeting: 20 days (10-day for Aug. 8-day for Sep. 2-day for Oct.)

Grade three Queen Stakes at Sapporo
A total of 16 horses have been nominated to the 62nd Queen Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward fillies and mares on Sunday. The grade three race runs at Sapporo Racecourse over 1,800 meters on turf ground.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sadamu Patek notches Chukyo Kinen victory

Sadamu Patek broke his losing streak to notch the Chukyo Kinen victory at Chukyo Racecourse. It was his first triumph since Nov. 2012 when he took the grade one Mile Championship.

In a three-way battle, Katsuharu Tanaka-steered Sadamu Patek just got past Mikki Dream and Majesty Hearts in the nick of time for the winning post with a final time of 1 munite 37.10 seconds for the 1,600-meter trip on relatively soft ground. Mikki Dream finished a nose behind to take second with another neck further back Majesty Hearts third.

Sadamu Patek has now won six in 25 career starts for trainer M. Nishizono and owner Sadamu Onishi. The 6-year-old horse was produced from Fuji Kiseki and the Helissio mare Summer Night City.

Roman Legend takes Elm Stakes in final stride

Roman Legend was ahead of Kurino Star O in the final stride to win the Elm Stakes at Sapporo.The two confronted in a exciting ding-dong battle throughout the stretch. A neck separated the two. Incantation was a 5-length behind Kurino Star O to finish third in the field of 13. Yasunari Iwata was aboard the winner, covering the 1,700-meter distance in 1 minute 41.90 seconds on good surface.

Roman Legend, who had been off the course for more than six months due to leg injury, scored his first victory since winning the NAR grade one Tokyo Daishoten Dec. 2012.

Trained by H. Fujiwara and owned by Y. Ota, Roman Legend is a 6-year-old horse by Special Week and Personal Legend, by Awesome Again.

King Kamehameha produces 1000th winner

King Kamehameha produced the 1000th winner at JRA when A Shin Notice won the 6th Race at Sapporo on July 26. Japan's leading sire in 2010 and 2011, King Kamehameha(by Kingmambo) is represented by Apapane, Rulership and Lord Kanaloa. He stands at Shadai Stallion Station.

Ash Gold, a full brother of Orfevre who finished sixth to Hiruno Mullet in his debut race, could return to action this autumn after a short rest.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ash Gold sixth in debut race

Ash Gold, a full brother of Orfevre, finished sixth to Hiruno Mullet at Chukyo this afternoon.

Hiruno Mullet is a 2-year-old son of King Kamehameha and Namura Kuniime, by King Glorious.

JRA 2-year-old debut winners on July 26

Hiruno Mellet described as above.
Candy House(filly, Zenno Rob Roy - Aranthera, by Dixieland Band) at Sapporo
Hanamomo(filly, White Muzzle - Sunday Story, by Sunday Silence) at Fukushima

Harp Star to run Sapporo Kinen

Harp Star, winner of the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), will run in the Aug. 24 Sapporo Kinen as a steppingstone for the Arc de Triomphe. She is now at Northern Farm and will move to Sapporo next weekend.

Tomoyuki Umeda, trainer of Admire Rakti, plans to send him to the Melbourne Cup Nov.4 at Flemington. "We are preparing to run him in the Cup.", Umeda said. The Oct.18 Caulfield Cup will be a prep race for him.

Yutaka Take suffered injury(minor fracture on right thumb) after a fall from Tosen Duke, who stumbled at the start in the Chukyo 5th Race on July 20. The most famous jockey in the country could return to action at the end of August.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Chukyo Kinen preview

A total of 16 horses will contest the grade three Chukyo Kinen on Sunday.

Fragarach bids for three consecutive victories in the Chukyo Kinen. His latest triumph was last year's Chukyo Kinen. The Chukyo specialist galloped a  800-meter in 53.80 seconds at Ritto Training Center on hill track.

Clarente attempts to amend the miserable result of the grade one Yasuda Kinen in which he finished a disappointing 10th. The multiple grade winner breezed a 800-meter in 51.70 seconds at Ritto on hill tack.

The Chykyo Kinen is for 3-year-olds and upward at Chukyo Racecourse running over 1,600 meters on turf. 
The post time will be at 3:35 p.m. JST on Sunday.

The field is as follows:

pp HorseName, Rider
1 Clarente, Futoshi Komaki
2 Gestalt, Kyosuke Kokubun
3 T Up Gold, Yusaku Kokubun
4 Cuccagna, Hiroyasu Tanaka
5 Fragarach, Ryo Takakura
6 T M Otaka, Takayuki Kato
7 Blaze a Trail, Kota Fujioka
8 Majesty Hearts, Kazuma Mori
9 Kurofune Surprise, Yuichi Shibayama
10 Daiwa Maggiore, Masayoshi Ebina
11 Meiner Diavel, Ryuji Wada
12 Olivine, Koshiro Take
13 Satono Gallant, Hiroshi Kitamura
14 Mikki Dream, Keisuke Dazai
15 Sadamu Patek, Katsuharu Tanaka
16 Danon Yoyo, Suguru Hamanaka

Elm Stakes preview

13 horses line up for the grade three Elm Stakes, a feature race on the Sapporo Sunday meeting.

Jebel Musa is looking for his first grade glory after finding a few horses ahead of him on his recent starts. He worked  a 1,200-meter in 83.10 seconds at Hakodate on dirt track Wednesday morning.

Brightline has plenty of time to prepare for this race after finishing fifth in the Godolphin Mile. He had a final workout at Hakodate Wednesday, galloping a 1,000-meter in 67.80 seconds.

Having suffered a leg injury to make him sidelined for more than 6 months, Roman Legend is making his first start of the season. The multiple grade winner had a workout at Hakodate Wednesday, running a 1,000-meter in 66.50 seconds on dirt surface. 

Solor has recently shown good form in the dirt division. He won the grade three March Stakes and followed up with second in the grade three Heian Stakes.

The starters will go to post at 3:25 p.m. JST on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

The field for the 1,700-meter dirt race is as follows:

pp HorseName, Jockey
1 Fleet Street, Hayato Yoshida
2 Brightline, Yuichi Fukunaga
3 Solor, Kohei Matsuyama
4 Uncoiled(FR), Yuji Hishida
5 Grape Brandy, Yuichi Kitamura
6 Grand Prix Blood, Kosei Miura
7 A Shin Moreover, Shinji Fujita
8 Roman Legend, Yasunari Iwata
9 Asuka Kurichan, Nash Rawiller
10 Kurino Star O, Hideaki Miyuki
11 Courir Passion, Akihide Tsumura
12 Incantation, Takuya Ono
13 Jebel Musa, Hironobu Tanabe

Thursday, July 24, 2014

JRA Leading Sires(thru 07/20)

2014 JRA Leading Sires by winners(thru July 20)

Stallion(coat, foaled, sire)/Winners
Deep Impact(b, 2002- , Sunday Silence)/119
Kingkamehameha(b, 2001- , Kingmambo)/114
Heart's Cry(b, 2001- , Sunday Silence)/68
Kurofune(USA)(gr, 1998- , French Deputy)/67
Daiwa Major(ch, 2001- , Sunday Silence)/62
Gold Alure(ch, 1999- , Sunday Silence)/60
Neo Universe(b, 2000- , Sunday Silence)/59
Manhattan Cafe(bk, 1998- , Sunday Silence)/59
Symboli Kris S(USA)(db, 1999- , Kris S.)/57
Zenno Rob Roy(db, 2000- , Sunday Silence)/55

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Two JRA horses to run in Arc de Triomphe

Just a Way and Gold Ship will take on the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Naosuke Sugai, trainer of the two, announced to the press Wednesday morning.

Sugai said, "On the understanding of their owners, I decided to send them to France. The two  get along well and they are going to be good travel companions to each other. I am very honored to have them run in the Arc. A lot of racing fans expect them to run well there."

In the Arc, Yuichi Fukunage will be aboard Just a Way, while Norihiro Yokoyama will take the mount on Gold Ship.

Just a Way will go straight to the Arc without a prep. Gold Ship will run in the Aug. 24 Sapporo Kinen(g2) before making a trip to France. 

The 2014 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runs on October 5 at Longchamp.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This Sunday's Graded Races

Sapporo Race Course hosts the Elm Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward, a feature of the second day of the meeting.
A total of 21 horses have been nominated to the grade three 1,700-meter dirt race.

Sunday sees the Chukyo Kinen to which a total of 24 horses have been nominated. The grade three handicap race runs at Chukyo Race Course over 1,600 meters on turf.

Sapporo Race Course
The main course is a right-handed, turf, flat, oval track of 1,640.0 meters with 266.1 meters in home stretch and 25 to 27 meters in width. The inside oval is a 1,487-meter dirt track with a 264.3-meter run-in and a 20-meter width.

2014 Meeting: 14 days(2-day for Jul., 10-day for Aug., 2-day for Sep.)

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Nice Meet You takes Mercury Cup in record time

Nice Meet You got past Chrysolite near the finish line to win the NAR grade three Mercury Cup in record time this afternoon at Morioka. A 1/2-length separated by the two. Civil War finished a 2 1/2-length behind Chrysolite in third. Summit Stone was fourth with race favorite Solitary King fifth.

Futoshi Komaki was aboard the winner with the final time of 2 minutes 1.90 seconds for the 2,000-meter distance on fast surface. This was Nice Meet You's first triumph since March 3, 2013 when he scored the Ninagawa Stakes victory at Hanshin.

Trained at JRA Ritto by Kojiro Hashiguchi, Nice Meet You is a 6-year-old bay horse by Kingkamehameha and the Fire Maker mare Roza Robata(USA).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Love Is Boo Shet strides home in Hakodate Kinen

Having made an early move, Love Is Boo Shet strode home under an excellent ride of Yoshihiro Furukawa to win the 2,000-meter Hakodate Kinen this afternoon. He won it in 2 minutes 1.10 seconds by a 3/4-length from Dark Shadow. Stellar Wind finished another 1 1/2-length back in third.

Love Is Boo Shet, trained by A. Murayama, is a 5-year-old dark bay horse by Manhattan Cafe out of Laurier, by Mejiro McQueen.

Frankel filly at Select Sale 2014

A filly by Frankel(GB) ouf of the Foxhound(USA) mare Goodwood March(GB) was one of the 475 horses sold at Select Sale 2014. The filly was purchased for 96,000,000 jp yen(approx. 960,000 US dollars) by Toshio Terada on the weanling session.

Italian jockey first victory

Italian rider Mario Esposito scored his first victory, aboard Aviator in the fifth race at Fukushima on July 19. It was his 14th mount in Japan.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Active Minoru Hakodate Nisai victory

Active Minoru posted a length victory in the Hakodate Nisai Stakes by leading the field of 16 juveniles from start to finish. Kota Fujioka was aboard the winner to cover the 1,200-meter distance in 1 minute 10.20 seconds on firm. Takeden Tiger finished a 3/4-length in front of Tosho Piste in third.

Active Minoru, trained by Y. Kitade and owned by Minoru Yoshida, has now recorded his second victory following last weekend's score. Fujiwara Farm was the breeder of the 2-year-old colt by Statue of Liberty out of Piena Amazon, by Agnes Tachyon.

Field of NAR Mercury Cup

13 horses have been entered to the Mercury Cup at NAR Morioka.

Ex-JRA horse Summit Stone, who was 9 for 14 at the NAR circuit, comes here off a two-straight victory at Ohi. He breaks from post 7.

Solitary King, one of the five JRA entries, was victorious in last year's Mercury Cup, but he has since then missed the winner's circle. Fifth in the NAR grade one Teio Sho was his latest effort. He drew post 3.

The Mercury Cup for 3-year-olds and upward is one of the NAR grade three race which are open to JRA horses, running over 2,000 meters on dirt. The first prize is 23 milion jp yen(approx. 230,000 US dollars). The post time will be at 4:30 p.m. JST on Monday, July 21.

The field is:

pp HorseName, Rider
1 Community, M. Yamamoto
2 Renforcer, K. Tosaki
3 Solitary King, Y. Fukunaga
4 Cosmo Ifrit, T. Sugawara
5 Civil War, Y. Iwata
6 Danon Volcano, Y. Saito
7 Summit Stone, S. Ishizaki
8 Out General, H. Yoshihara
9 Nice Meet You, F. Komaki
10 Inside Park, S. Sakai
11 Chrysolite, H. Uchida
12 Cross Over, S. Hatanaka
13 Tohoku Arrow, T. Yamamoto

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hakodate Kinen field

A total of 16 horses have been entered to the grade three Hakodate Kinen on Sunday.

The Hakodate Kinen, a grade three 2,000-meter turf race for 3-year-olds and upward
Total purse: 76.81 million jp yen(approx. 768,100 US dollars)
Post time: 3:25 p.m. JST Sunday, July 20

Grandezza, Uncoiled(FR), Admire Taishi and Love is Boo Shet are likely to be the major contenders.

The field with draw position with rider is as follows:

1 Admire Flight, Kota Fujioka
2 Stellar Wind, Kosei Miura
3 Love Is Boo Shet, Yoshihiro Furukawa
4 Nakayama Knight, Yoshitomi Shibata
5 Saimon Tornare, Hayato Yoshida
6 Zelos, Genki Maruyama
7 Uncoiled(FR), Masaki Katsuura
8 Shigeru Sasaguri, Hirofumi Shii
9 Dark Shadow, Nash Rawiller
10 L'Ile d'Aval, Kenichi Ikezoe
11 Asuka Kurichan, Masami Matsuoka
12 Tokai Paradise, Yuichi Shibayama
13 Grandezza, Shinichiro Akiyama
14 Bounce Shasse, Hiroshi Kitamura
15 Sakura Ardito, Yuji Hashida
16 Admire Taishi, Yasunari Iwata

Field set for Hakodate Nisai S

A field is set for the grade three Hakodate Nisai Stakes at Hakodate. A total of 16 juveniles will contest the 1,200-meter race on turf.

Tosho Piste, an impressive victor in his debut race, worked for the race on Wednesday morning, running over 1,000 meters in 67.90 seconds on Hakodate Race track. His dam is She's Tosho, who were a prime sprinter with multiple grade victories at Hakodate. The colt drew outside post 16.

Sultana, an easy winner at her debut, had a good piece of workout, clocking 65.70 seconds for 1,000 meters with the last 200 meters of 12.80 seconds Wednesday. She drew post 3.

Umbilical, who has  plenty of speed, breezed 1,000 meters in 67.30 at W course. She drew post 13.

The 46th Hakodate Nisai Stakes, a grade three 1,200-meter turf race for 2-year-olds
post time: 3:25 p.m. JST, Saturday, July 19
Total purse: 57.82 million jp yen(approx. 578,200 US dollars)

pp HorseName(Sire) Sex Rider
1 Enter the Sphere(Vermilion) c,Yasunari Iwata
2 Grand Poppy(Daiwa Major) f, Hiroyasu Tanaka
3 Sultana(King Halo) f, Hirofumi Shii
4 Tosen Lark(Aldebaran) f, Hayato Yoshida
5 Kids Light On(Anitzel) c, Yuji Hishida
6 Takeden Tiger(French Deputy) c, Akihide Tsumura
7 Makoto d'Assault(Daiwa Major) c, Masaki Katsuura
8 Meiner Espace(Meiner Love) c, Masami Matsuoka
9 Cool Hotarubi(Matsurida Gogh) f, Futoshi Komaki
10 Takeru Oji(Swept Overboard) c, Toshihiko Unoue
11 Dear Taiga(Samurai Heart) c, Yuichi Shibayama
12 Active Minoru(Statue of Liberty) c, Kota Fujioka
13 Umbilical(Manhattan Cafe) f, Kosei Miura
14 T's a Rise(Wild Rush) f, Shinya Matsui
15 Kazeno Tobira(Song of Wind) f, Genki Maruyama
16 Tosho Piste(Johannesburg) c, Kenichi Ikezoe

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Japan Horse Racing News

Full brother of Orfevre to debut next week
Ash Gold, a full brother to Orfevre, worked for his dubut race at JRA Ritto, clocking 51.90 seconds over 800 meters. He is scheduled to make a debut at Chukyo on Saturday, July 26. Ash Gold is a 2-year-old son of Stay Gold and the Mejiro McQueen mare Oriental Art. 

Denim and Ruby not to run in Arc
Denim and Ruby is ruled out of the Arc de Triomph this fall. She had suffered a stomach ulcer at Northern Farm Tenei in Fukushima where she summered.  Her trainer Sumii said, "We decided not to send her to France because of her condition." Her fall schedule is now back to the drawing board.

Clarente to make a trip with One and Only
If One and Only runs in the King George VI next year, Clarente makes a trip with him as a travel companion, trainer Hashiguchi mentioned on the press. Multiple grade winner Clarente may run in next week's Chukyo Kinen.

Ex-JRA horse France debut
Lilienthal(IRE), who used to train at JRA by K. Fujisawa, made a French debut on July15, finishing sixth under Yusuke Fujioka in the 6th race at Compiegne. The 7-year-old horse by Montjeu out of the Monsun mare Anna Monda is now trained by T. Kobayashi.

Grade three Mercury Cup nominations

The Mercury Cup, one of the NAR grade races which are open to JRA-trained horses, runs on Monday, July 21 at NAR Morioka. A total of 21 horses including JRA horses have been nominated to the 2,000-meter dirt event. 

NAR Morioka Racecourse
The main dirt course is a left-handed, undulating oval of 1,600 meters with a 400-meter home stretch and 25 meters in width. The course rises for the first approx. 900 meters, goes down for the next about 400 metes, then rises again over about 200 meters.
There is a 1,400-meter turf course inside the main circuit.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

JRA Leading Sires(thru 07/13)

2014 JRA Leading Sires by winners
(thru July 13)

Stallion(coat, foaled, sire)/Winners
Deep Impact(b, 2002- , Sunday Silence)/116
Kingkamehameha(b, 2001- , Kingmambo)/111
Heart's Cry(b, 2001- , Sunday Silence)/67
Kurofune(USA)(gr, 1998- , French Deputy)/65
Daiwa Major(ch, 2001- , Sunday Silence)/62
Gold Alure(ch, 1999- , Sunday Silence)/57
Symboli Kris S(USA)(db, 1999- , Kris S.)/57
Neo Universe(b, 2000- , Sunday Silence)/56
Manhattan Cafe(bk, 1998- , Sunday Silence)/55
Zenno Rob Roy(db, 2000- , Sunday Silence)/54
Sakura Bakushin O(b, 1989(deceased in 2011), Northern Taste)/47

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hakodate features JRA grade races this weekend

Hakodate Racecourse features a couple of grade three races this weekend.

The Hakodate Nisai Stakes, the first grade race for 2-year-olds of the year, runs on Saturday. A total of 20 juveniles including three NAR horses have been nominated to the 1,200-meter turf race.

On the next day, the Hakodate Kinen for 3-year-olds and upwards runs over 2,000 meters on turf. A total of 23 horses remain on the final entry stage.

Hakodate Racecourse
The main course is a right-handed, turf, undulating oval track of 1,626.6 meters with a 262.1-meter home stretch and 29 meters in width. The course rises for the first approx. 500 meters, goes down for the next  about 800 meters, and then is uphill to just before the finish.
The inside oval is a 1,475.8-meter dirt tack with a 260.3-meter run-in and 20 meters in width.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Kinuza returns to action next season

Kizuna will return to action next season, his owner S. Maeda revealed on Sunday.
According to the owner's itinerary, he resumes his action in the Kyoto Kinen next February and follow up running in the Tenno Sho Spring and Takarazuka Kinen. His prime target of the year will be the Arc de Triomph in France.

Kizuna, who suffered a bone chip on his left front knee found after the Tenno Sho Spring last May, has already had walking exercises at Ohyama Hills.

One and Only, winner of this year's Japanese Derby, will run in the Kobe Shimbun Hai before the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) in fall campaign as scheduled. Depending on the performace of those races, he may go for the Dubai Sheema Classic and King George VI Stakes at Ascot next season.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Meisho Naruto goes all the way in Tanabata

Well-beaten in the last four starts, Meisho Naruto with Hironobu Tanabe up bounced back this afternoon at Fukushima when he won the Tanabata Sho. The Heart's Cry gelding led the field and went all the way to gain the grade three victory in 1 minute 58.70 seconds on firm for the 2,000-meter distance.

New Dynasty sneaked on the inside to finish a 1 3/4-length second. Race favorite Meiner Lacrima got up for third place in the 16-run race.

Trained by Hiroshi Takeda and owned by Y. Mtsumoto, Meisho Naruto has now registered sixth win in 24 starts. The 6-year-old gelding was bred by M. Kamada.

Best Warrior(USA) rallies in Procyon

Best Warrior(USA), the 1.9(9-10) favorite, rallied on the outside down the stretch and was ahead in the last stride to win the grade three Procyon Stakes at Chukyo. Kyowa Duffy drew away from the rest in the final stage, but he fell a neck short of the winner to finish second. Ganges was third in the field of 16.
In the hands of Keita Tosaki, Best Warrior was timed in 1 minute 22.60 seconds on good track for the 1,400-meter trip.
Best Warrior, by Majestic Warrior out of the Mr. Greenly mare Flirtatious Miss, has now won six of his 13 races for trainer Sei Ishizaka and owner Y. Baba. Buck Pon Farm Inc. was the 4-year-old colt's breeder.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Course description: Chukyo

Chukyo Racecourse

The turf circuit is a left-handed, oval of 1,705.9 meters with the home stretch of 412.5 meters and 28 to 30 meters in width. The course has some undulations and a sharp rise on the home stretch over about 100 meters. The dirt course is an inner oval of the turf circuit, 1,510 meters in length.

Meeting in 2014 season: 24 days(4-day for Jan, 6-day for Mar, 8-day for Jul and 8-day for Dec)

Course description: Fukushima

Fukushima Racecourse

The main circuit is a right-handed, turf, oval of 1,600 meters with tight turns and 25 to 27 meters in width. There are some undulations and the home stretch is only 292 meters but is uphill to the finish over the last approx. 200 meters. The dirt tack, an oval of 1,444.6 meters, is inside of the turf circuit.

Meeting in 2014 season: 18 days(8-day for Jul, 4-day for Oct and 6-day for Nov)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Field of Tanabata Sho

A total of 16 horses have been entered to the Tanabata Sho, a main event at Sunday's Fukushima meeting. It looks like a wide-open race. The grade three handicap has a total purse of 76.81 million jp  yen(approx. 768,100 US dollars).

The field for the 2,000-meter turf is as follows:

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(in kgs), Rider
1 Mikino Banjo, 7h, 55, Katsunaru Tanaka
2 Meisho Naruto, 6g, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
3 Daiwa Falcon, 7h, 58, Hiroshi Kitamura
4 New Dynasty,5h, 55, Yutaka Yoshida
5 Cosmo Barbara, 5m, 50, Tomoharu Bushizawa
6 Ike Dragon, 9h, 48, Shinichi Ishigami
7 Meiner Lacrima, 6h, 58, Daichi Shibata
8 D'accord, 6h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
9 Oto Dragon, 10h, 51, Shogo Hatabata
10 Madeira, 5h, 54, Takuya Ono
11 Seika Presto, 8h, 53, Mario Esposito
12 Grande Subaru, 6h, 54, Makoto Sugihara
13 Victory Star, 6h, 53, Yoshitomi Shibata
14 Lord of the Ring, 7h, 53, Syu Ishibashi
15 Lovely Day, 4c, 57, Yuga Kawada
16 Admire Blue, 5h, 54, Norihiro Yokoyama

On the same day, Chukyo Racecourse features the 67.44 million jp yen(approx. 674,400 US dollars) total purse Procyon Stakes for 4-year-olds and upward. 

The field for the grade three 1,400-meter dirt race is: 

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(in kgs), Rider
1 Ganges, 5h, 56, Yusaku Kokubun
2 Corin Berry, 3f, 51, Kohei Matsuyama
3 Kyowa Duffy, 6h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
4 Three Boston, 7h, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
5 Kyoei Asura, 7h, 56, Haruhiko Kawasu
6 Best Warrior(USA), 4c, 56, Keita Tosaki
7 Silk Fortune, 8h, 56, Kota Fujioka
8 Sakura Regnum, 5h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
9 Danon Come On, 8h, 57, Zachary Purton
10 Machan Tamer, 5m, 54, Ryo Takakura
11 Admire Royal, 7h, 57, Futoshi Komaki
12 Someries, 4f, 54, Manabu Sakai
13 Northern River, 6h, 58, Masayoshi Ebina
14 Gorski, 7h, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
15 Wide Bach, 5h, 56, Yutaka Take
16 Pas de Trois, 7h, 56, Ryuji Wada

Foreigners to ride in JRA

Mario Esposito and Zachary Purton have been granted a short-term license to ride at JRA.

Italian jockey Esposito has obtained the license for the first time. His license is effective from July 12 to September 28.

Purton, an Australian jockey based at Hong Kong, will ride under the license, effective from July 12 to August 17. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Japan Dirt Derby: Kazenoko wins in photo finish

On the rainy Wednesday night, Kazenoko got up in the nick of time to win the 13-run Japan Dirt Derby in a phot finish at Ohi. Heavy favorite Happy Sprint lost to the winner by a hair.

Within 100 meters from home, Happy Sprint fought North Shore Beach off to take up the running. On the outside, Feel the Smart and Kazenoko were drawing up. The most exciting moment of the 2,000-meter race began when Kazenoko was approaching Happy Sprint stride by stride. They rushed to the line at the same level. A nose separated the two. 
Feel the Smart, a 1/2-length behind the runner-up, got up for third with North Shore Beach another neck back fourth.

Shinichiro Akiyama rode Kazenoko to stop the clock in 2 minutes 3.90 seconds on the sloppy track. Akiyama said, "I got a positive response out of him as I forced him to make a move before the final turn. He was going well throughout the stretch. It was a very close finish. I am happy with this win."

Kazenoko, a 3-year-old bay colt by Agnes Digital out of the Rugby Ball mare Toughness Star, is trained at JRA Ritto by K. Nonaka.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

This Sunday's JRA Graded Races

The 50th Tanabata Sho
Fukushima hosts the Tanabata Sho for 3-year-olds and upward. 18 horses have been nominated to the grade three handicap. 

Surprises are occasional in the past Tanabata Sho. 
Asuka Kurichan won it as 14th favorite at 54.4(267-5) in 2012.
Domonarazu, the 19.8(94-5) 11th favorite, became a Tanabata hero in 2010.

The 19th Procyon Stakes
A total of 40 horses remains on the final nomination entry of the 19th Procyon Stakes at Chukyo Racecourse. The grade three race is for 3-year-olds and upward, going to 1,400 meters on dirt.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

NAR horse makes 400th career start

NAR Kochi-trained Senor Best made his 400th start when he finished sixth at Kochi last Sunday. No other thoroughbred has ever achieved this milestone in Japanese racing history.
The 15-year-old horse debuted at NAR Urawa in 2001 and then he was transffered to NAR Funabashi, NAR Nagoya and NAR Kochi, at where he has trained since 2003. His career record is now 32 wins, 35 seconds and 31 thirds in 400 career starts. Senor Best is a son of Rodrigo de Triano and  the Try My Best mare Mugen Power. 

Monday, July 07, 2014

Happy Sprint meets again JRA horses in Japan Dirt Derby

Happy Sprint, regarded as the best 3-year-old colt at NAR, meets again JRA horses in Wednesday's Japan Dirt Derby at Ohi. The last time he met JRA opponents he came out with an undesired finish, but he has since then been running well with six wins in a row. 
Happy Sprint has a good chance to achieve a great feat of collecting the NAR Southern Kanto Triple Crown. The home track advantage could give him a big help. The tough oppenents to Happy Sprint could be JRA entries.

NAR Southern Kanto Triple Crown Races: the Haneda Hai, Tokyo Derby and Japan Dirt Derby

2014 Japan Dirt Derby field

A field is set for the 16th running of the Japan Dirt Derby at Ohi. A total of 13 horses including six JRA-trained horses have been entered for the NAR grade one event. They will go to post for the Japan Dirt Derby for 3-year-olds at 8:10 p.m. JST on Wednesday, July 9th. 

The field for the 2,000-meter dirt race is as follow:

pp  horse name, rider
1 K G Kinkame, Masayoshi Aoyagi
2 Dubai Express, Norifumi Mikamoto
3 Watari King O, Fumio Matoba
4 Runway Waltz, Keita Tosaki
5 Miesho Powers, Yutaka Take
6 North Shore Beach, Issei Murata
7 S T Dura, Naoya Hashimoto
8 Feel the Smart, Katsuharu Tanaka
9 Happy Sprint, Hiroto Yoshihara
10 Kazenoko, Shinichiro Akiyama
11 Macavity, Hiroshi Kitamura
12 All Round, Kouta Hashimoto
13 Toko Gaia, Takeshi Kimura

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Radio Nikkei Sho won by Win Malerei

The Radio Nikkei Sho was won Sunday afternoon at Fukushima by Win Malerei, who took a good position along the rails and squeezed between the rails and a horse before making headway in the stretch. Race favorite Clarity City came with a fast finish to get second with Win Phoenix another head back third. Masami Matsuoka rode the winner with the final time of 1 minute 45.90 secons on firm ground at Fukushima.

Win Malerei by Matsurida Gogh out of Cosmo Cielo, by Fusaichi Pegasus, was bred by Big Red Farm. 
N. Takagi and Win Co. Ltd. trains and owns the colt respectively.

Toho Amapola takes CBC Sho

Toho Amapola stalked the leading pack and outran Epice Arome in the late stage to win the CBC Sho Sunday afternoon. Yuichi Fukunaga was aboard the winner to complete the 1,200-meter trip in 1 minute 8.60 seconds on Chukyo firm ground. Epice Arome finished second, a 1 1/4-length before Ninja, who ran third.
Race favorite Bel Canto led the field until the 200-meter pole, but she was not able to find any extra speed to finish fifth.

Trained by R. Takahashi, Toho Amapola has now won six in her 18 starts. A 5-year-old daughter of Fuji Kiseki out of the Unbridled's Song mare Toho Gaia, Toho Amapola was bred by Toho Bussan Co. Ltd., which also owns her.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

2014 Japan Dirt Derby nominations

A total of 15 horses have been nominated to the Japan Dirt Derby for 3-year-olds. The nominations include six JRA horses.

The Japan Dirt Derby, one of the NAR grade one races which are open to JRA horses, will be held on Wednesday, Junly 9 at Ohi track over 2,000 meters on dirt. The winner will receive a first prize of 45 million jp yen(approx. 450,000 US dollars).

Friday, July 04, 2014

2014 Grade Three CBC Sho

Multiple grade winner Bel Canto will turn back to a sprint distance and face older company in Sunday's CBC Sho after she was well-beaten in  a grade one filly classic, the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), last time out. She drew post 7. Having won last three starts, Luna Fontana drew post 3.

16 horses will go to post for the grade three CBC Sho at 3:35 p.m. JST, Sunday, July 6. The total purse is 72.85 million jp yen(approx. 728,500 US dollars).

The field in post position with weights(in kgs) and riders for the 1,200-meter Chukyo race is as follow:

1 Real Venus, 55, Kota Fujioka
2 Wakino Brave, 54, Hideaki Miyuki
3 Luna Fontana, 55, Yasunari Iwata
4 Leon Bisty, 54, Haruhiko Kawasu
5 Kaishu Columbo, 54, Keisuke Dazai
6 Sakura Adonis, 54, Kyosuke Kokubun
7 Bel Canto, 52, Yutaka Take
8 Epice Arome, 55, Suguru Hamanaka
9 Sugino Endeavour, 57, Ryuji Wada
10 Blue Deja Vu, 54, Yusaku Kokubun
11 Toho Amapola, 53, Yuichi Fukunaga
12 Mayano Ryujin, 56, Futoshi Komaki
13 T Up Gold, 53, Yuichi Kitamura
14 Makoto Nawaratana, 53, Yuga Kawada
15 Sweet Jewelry, 53, Kohei Matsuyama
16 Ninja, 54, Manabu Sakai

2014 Grade Three Radio Nikkei Sho

Shonan Wadachi faces weaker opponents when he contests the grade three Radio Nikkei Sho at Fukushima Sunday afternoon. On his last time out, the Shonan Kampf colt got a poor performance at a grade one Mile Cup test in which he failed to rally. He drew post 7. Hudson Yard and Rallying Cry, who are stepping up into the grade class after scoring two straight wins, drew post 10 and 11 respectively. 

The Radio Nikkei Sho with a total purse of 71.41 million jp yen(approx. 714,100 US dollars) is for 3-year-olds, running over 1,800 meters on turf. The post time will ge at 3:45 p.m. JST, Sunday, July 6.

The field of 16 in draw position order with weights(in kgs) and riders for the grade three handicap is:

1 Kaunis Kukka, 51, Takuma Ito
2 Oken Black, 52, Katsuharu Tanaka
3 Win Phoenix, 54, Syu Ishibashi
4 Clarity City, 55, Hiroyuki Uchida
5 Best Dream, 53, Yuichiro Nishida
6 Toshi the Kimi, 51, Yoshitomi Shibata
7 Shonan Wadachi, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
8 Bravely, 53, Yoshihiro Furukawa
9 Win Malerei, 54, Masami Matsuoka
10 Hudson Yard, 53, Fuma Matsuwaka
11 Rallying Cry, 54, Keita Tosaki
12 Miyabi Jasper, 55, Kenichi Ikezoe
13 Pionero, 55, Masayoshi Ebina
14 Idas, 53, Shinji Kawashima
15 Radius, 52, Daichi Shibata
16 Meadow Hills, 54, Yutaka Yoshida

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Sound Gaga leads all the way in Sparking LC

Third favorite Sound Gaga(USA) led all the way to win the NAR g3 Sparking Lady Cup at Kawasaki Wednesday night. Before the first grade victory, she had to deny challenge by Katyusha, who was never out of second during the race. A neck separated the two. Meine Elena finished another 7-length back in third. Yutaka Take rode the winner to cover the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 39.40 seconds on fast track.

Sound Gaga, trained at JRA by M. Sato and owned by Y. Masuda, has now registered 7 wins of her 19 races. Bred in US by Peggy S. Dellheim, Norman Dellheim and the Roman Ruler Syndicate, Sound Gaga is a 5-year-old mare by Roman Ruler out of the Phone Trick mare Whistle Call.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

JRA Leading Sires(thru 06/29)

2014 JRA Leading Sires by winners
(thru June 29)

Stallion(coat, foaled, sire)/Winners
Deep Impact(b, 2002, Sunday Silence)/112
Kingkamehameha(b, 2001, Kingmambo)/100
Kurofune(USA)(gr, 1998, French Deputy)/61
Heart's Cry(b, 2001, Sunday Silence)/59
Daiwa Major(ch, 2001, Sunday Silence)/58
Symboli Kris S(USA)(db, 1999, Kris S.)/57
Gold Alure(ch, 1999, Sunday Silence)/55
Neo Universe(b, 2000, Sunday Silence)/54
Zenno Rob Roy(db, 2000, Sunday Silence)/52
Manhattan Cafe(bk, 1998, Sunday Silence)/50

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

This Sunday sees a couple of JRA graded races

Fukushima Racecouse features the 63rd Radio Nikkei Sho, a grade three turf race for 3-year-olds on Sunday, July 6th. A total of 21 horses have been nominated to the 1,800-meter handicap. 

Sunday, July 6th sees the 50th grade three CBC Sho at Chukyo Racecourse over 1,200 meters on turf. The sprint handicap race has 21 nominations.