Tuesday, August 05, 2014

JRA graded races on Aug 10

The Leopard Stakes for 3-year-olds is run on Sunday at Niigata Racecourse. A total of 22 horses remains on the final entry stage of the grade three 1,800-meter dirt race.

The first run was in 2009. In spite of the short racing history,, the Leopard Stakes has produced subsequent great runners such as Transcend and Hokko Tarumae. 
Transcend, who won it 2009, notched a two-straight-victory in the Japan Cup Dirt. Hokko Tarumae, winner of this contest in 2012, raced in both JRA and NAR circuits and prides himself on his success at grade one event in the five occasions.

A total of 17 horses have been nominated to the grade three Kokura Kinen, held on Sunday at Kokura Racecourse. The handicap race is for 3-year-olds and upward, running over 2,000 meters on turf.

The main Kokura course is a right-handed, turf, 1615.1 meters oval circuit with a couple of small hills, a 293-meter run-in and 30 meters in width. The dirt oval track of 1445.4 meters is inside the main turf course. 

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