Friday, October 31, 2014

Field of 2014 Tenno Sho Autumn draws


A field of the Tenno Sho Autumn has been drawn.
The maximum field of 18 horses have been entered to the grade one traditional race.

Gentildonna, who finished second last year's Tenno Sho Autumn, returns to her favorite course. To be ridden by Keita Tosaki for the first time, she drew post 1.
Fenomeno, having not raced since winning the Tenno Sho Spring, drew post 9.
Isala Bonita, who partners with Christophe Lemaire, drew post 15.

The Tenno Sho Autumn for 3-year-olds and up runs on Sunday at Tokyo over 2,000 meters on turf.

The field is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(kgs) Rider
1 Gentildonna, 5m, 56, Keita Tosaki
2 Hit the Target, 6h, 58, Yutaka Take
3 Denim and Ruby, 4f, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
4 Spielberg, 5h, 58, Hiroshi Kitamura
5 Epiphaneia, 4c, 58, Yuichi Fukunaga
6 Dark Shadow, 7h, 58, Francis Berry
7 Satono Noblesse, 4c, 58, Yasunari Iwata
8 Decipher, 5h, 58, Hirofumi Shii
9 Fenomeno, 5h, 58, Masayoshi Ebina
10 Pelusa, 7h, 58, Yoshitomi Shibata
11 Love Is Boo Shet, 5h, 58, Yoshihiro Furukawa
12 Fragarach, 7h, 58, Ryo Takakura(JPN)
13 Curren Black Hill, 5h, 58, Shinichiro Akiyama
14 Martinborough, 5h, 58, Yuga Kawada
15 Isla Bonita, 3c, 56, Christophe Lemaire
16 Tosen Jordan, 8h, 58, Pierre-Charles Boudot
17 Asuka Kurichan, 7h, 58, Kosei Miura
18 Meiner Lacrima, 6h, 58, Daichi Shibata



Saturday's JRA graded races

Kyoto's main event on Saturday is the grade two Swan Stakes. A 13-horse field for the 1,400-meter turf race is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(kgs) Rider
1 Wing the Moon, 5m, 54, Shinichiro Akiyama
2 Olivine, 5h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
3 Sudden Storm, 5h, 56, Yusaku Kokubun
4 Tagano Burg, 3c, 55, Yuga Kawada
5 Fiero, 5h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
6 Bel Canto, 3f, 53, Yutaka Take
7 Sadamu Patek, 6h, 57, Katsuharu Tanaka
8 Silk Fortune, 8h, 56, Haruhiko Kawasu
9 Afford, 6h, 56, Kota Fujioka
10 Ninja, 5h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
11 Mikki Isle, 3c, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
12 Sunrise Major, 5h, 56, Kenichi Ikezoe
13 Sakura Adonis, 6h, 56, Ryuji Wada

The grade three Artemis Stakes is held at Tokyo Race Course on Saturday.
The field of 18 two-year-old fillies for the 1,600-meter turf race is as follows:

pp HorseName(sire) Rider
1 Flawless Dancer(Harbinger) Christophe Lemaire
2 Sing with Joy(Manhattan Cafe) Futoshi Komaki
3 Let's Go Donki(King Kamahameha) Yasunari Iwata
4 Niagara Monroe(Admire Moon) Yoshitomi Shibata
5 Chaleur(Zenno Rob Roy) Hirofumi Shii
6 Art Brut(Makfi) Kosei Miura
7 Tamamo Lumiere(Heart's Cry) Yutaka Yoshida
8 Primera Azul(Special Week) Hideaki Miyuki
9 Tosen Lark(Aldebaran) Hayato Yoshida
10 Rozova Dolina(Snitzel) Syun Ishizaki
11 Kokorono Mamani(Meisho Bowler) Tomoharu Bushizawa
12 River Cruise(Maruka Shenck) Takuya Ono
13 Stella Starlight(Deep Impact) Keita Tosaki
14 Meisho Meigetsu(Deep Impact) Masayoshi Ebina
15 Hanamomo(White Muzzle) Daichi Shibata
16 Kokorono Ai(Stay Gold) Norihiro Yokoyama
17 Smart Planet(Falbrav) Hironobu Tanabe
18 Tenderly Voice(Deep Impact) Hiroshi Kitamura

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gentildonna returns to action


Gentildonna returns to action in Sunday's Tenno Sho Autumn. It will be exactly the same schedule as she had last season. Her last start was the Takarazuka Kinen where she had a poor performance. She will bid for her third consecutive victory in the Japan Cup after the Tenno Sho.

Other possible prominent starters in the Tenno Sho Autumn
Fenomeno makes his first start since winning the Tenno Sho Spring last May. Isla Bonita, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) who skipped the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger), will face the top older company for the first time.

Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 Tenno Sho Autumn nominations


A total of 20 horses remain on the final nomination stage of the Tenno Sho Autumn, held on Sunday, Nov. 2 at Tokyo as follows:

Asuka Kurichan
Isla Bonita
Epiphaneia
Curren Black Hill
Satono Noblesse
Gentildonna
Spielberg
Dark Shadow
Decipher
Denim and Ruby
Tosen Jordan
Hit the Target
Fenomeno
Fragarach
Pelusa
Martinborough
Meiner Lacrima
Max Dream
Love is Boo Shet
Rosa Gigantea
(in random order)


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Toho Jackal wins Kikuka Sho in record time


Toho Jackal, the latest debut horse of the 18 entrants, won the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) at Kyoto on Sunday in the course record time of 3 minutes 1.00 second. He won the 3,000-meter event by a 1/2-length from Sounds of Earth, with Gold Actor, a 3 1/2-length further behind third.

Race favorite One and Only was never into contention to finish a disappointing ninth.

Manabu Sakai's steered Toho Jackal took a good position until he went into the front entering the final stretch. In the last 200 meters, Sounds of Earth challenged, but he never gave way.

Toho Jackal, trained by Kiyoshi Tani, was well beaten at his debut race at Kyoto in a late-May before winning a couple of races in Summer. His career earnings increased to more than 175 million jpn yen with a record of 7-3-1-1. Bred and owned by Toho Bussan Co. Ltd, the 3-year-old chestnut colt was produced by Special Week out of the Unbridled's Song mare Toho Gaia.



Saturday, October 25, 2014

One and Only favorite for Kikuka Sho


As of Saturday, One and Only has been installed as the 2.9(19-10) favorite for the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger). Toho Jackal was the 6.2(26-5) second favorite followed by To the World 6.4(27-5).


Hana's Goal will be heading for Hong Kong's Jockey Club Mile to be run on November 23.

Staphanos neck victory in Fuji Stakes


Staphanos posted a neck victory in the grade three Fuji Stakes at Tokyo by producing a strong finishing kick. Keita Tosaki was aboard the winner with the final time of 1 minute 33.20 seconds for the 1,600-meter distance on firm.
Shiny Prince finished a 3/4-length better than Red Arion to take second in the field of 16.
Staphanos is a 3-year-old colt by Deep Impact out of the Kurofune mare Kokoshnik.

Friday, October 24, 2014

One and Only draws post 15 in Kikuka Sho


One and Only tops among 18 entrants in the 2014 Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger). He seeks his second classic glory of the year following a thrilling victory in the Japanese Derby.

To the World, who showed a good run in the classics earlier this season, drew post 14. Gold Actor, having made a successful summer campaign with a couple of victories, confronts the top runners for the first time. He drew post 10.
Pierre-Charles Boudot, a young French rider who has recently gained his short-term JRA license, partners with World Impact, who has yet to make a big impact at the high level. The colt drew post 8.

The Kikuka Sho runs on Sunday at Kyoto Race Course over 3,000 meters on turf.

The field in draw position with riders is:

1 Meiner Frost, Daichi Shibata
2 Toho Jackal, Manabu Sakai
3 Sun Grass, Yoshihiro Furukawa
4 Sounds of Earth, Masayoshi Ebina
5 Champagne, Kohei Matsuyama
6 Shonan Lagoon, Yutaka Yoshida
7 Tosen Stardom, Yutaka Take
8 World Impact, Pierre-Charles Boudot
9 Hagino Hybrid, Yuichi Fukunaga
10 Gold Actor, Hayato Yoshida
11 Admire Randy, Kota Fujioka
12 Tagano Grandpa, Yuji Hishida
13 Miyabi Jasper, Kenichi Ikezoe
14 To the World, Yuga Kawada
15 One and Only, Norihiro Yokoyama
16 Satono Aladdin, Suguru Hamanaka
17 Volsheb, Yasunari Iwata
18 Meisho Sumitomo, Koshiro Take


Saturday's main race at Tokyo will be the grade three Saudi Arabia Royal Cup Fuji Stakes running over 1,600 meters on turf.

The field of 16 horses is as follows:

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(Kgs), Rider
1 Tosen Reve, 6h, 56, Pierre-Charles Boudot
2 Kings of the Sun, 3c, 54, Masayoshi Ebina
3 Impulse Hero, 4c, 56, Katsuharu Tanaka
4 Rosa Gigantea, 3c, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
5 Clarity City, 3c, 54, Hiroshi Kitamura
6 Cosmo Thorn Park, 6h, 56, Masami Matsuoka
7 Shiny Prince, 4c, 56, Daichi Shibata
8 Danon Yoyo, 8h, 56, Teruo Eda
9 Extra End, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
10 Meisho Yataro, 6h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
11 Red Arion, 4c, 56, Futoshi Komaki
12 Mitra, 6g, 56, Francis Berry
13 Blaze a Trail, 5h, 56, Kota Fujioka
14 Danon Shark, 6h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
15 Shelby, 5h, 56, Yutaka Take
16 Staphanos, 3c, 54, Keita Tosaki

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This week's JRA graded races


A total of 23 horses remains on the final nomination stage of the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St Leger), held on October 26 at Kyoto Race Course. The nominations include Japanese Derby hero One and Only, To the World, Toho Jackal and Gold Actor.

Saturday's main event at Tokyo will be the grade three Fuji Stakes for 3-year-olds and up. A total of 18 horses have been nominated to the 1,600-meter turf race.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shonan Pandora strong finish in Shuka Sho


Shonan Pandora rallied on the inside to win the Shuka Sho in 1 minute 57 seconds at Kyoto.

As the field entered the final stretch, a group of horses were in front of Shonan Pandora. Suguru Hamanaka, finding a clear hole, forced her to take an inside path. 200 meters from home, Shonan Pandora went right away from the rest with an eye-catching burst of finishing speed. On the outside, Nuovo Record with Tagano Etoile on her inside was drawing up to challenge, but failed to catch Shonan Pandora in the shadow of the post. A neck separated the two. Tagano Etoile was third, a 1 1/4-length behind the runner-up.

Shonan Pandora, trained by Tomokazu Takano and owned by T. Kunimoto, has now won three in 9 career starts with 135+ million jpn yen in career earnings. Bred by Shadai Corporation, the  3-year-old bay filly is by Deep Impact out of the French Deputy mare Cutie Gold.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nuovo Record early favorite for Shuka Sho


After closing Saturday betting round, Japanese Oaks winner Nuovo Record has been installed as the 1.5(1-2) favorite for the grade one Shuka Sho on Sunday. Red Reveur was the 7.5(13-2) second favorite.

Dia de la Madre takes Fuchu Himba Stakes


Dia de la Madre came from far behind to win the grade two 1,800-meter Fuchu Himba Stakes in 1 minute 45.70 seconds under Kota Fujioka at Tokyo on Saturday afternoon. The 4-year-old bay filly demonstrated a strong finishing kick, beating Smart Layer by a 1/2-length with another 3/4-length away Whale Capture third.

Dia de la Madre is a daughter of King Kamahameha and the Sunday Silence mare Dia de la Novia.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Selected US horses to Champions Cup


7 US-trained horses have been selected to the Japan Autumn International Champions Cup(formerly Japan Cup Dirt), held on December 7 at Kyoto as follows:

Bayern(USA)
California Chrome(USA)
Cigar Street(USA)
Imperative(USA)
Majestic Harbor(USA)
Lea(USA)
Zivo(USA)


A total of 9 US horses including the selected runners in the Champions Cup have been nominated to the NAR grade one Tokyo Daishoten on December 29 at Ohi Race Course.

Field of 2014 Shuka Sho


A total of 18 fillies have been entered to the grade one Shuka Sho at Kyoto.

Japanese Oaks heroine Nuovo Record is likely to be the favorite for the 2,000-meter event. The Heart's Cry filly had a successful prep with victory in the Rose Stakes last month. She drew post 4.
Juvenile filly champ Red Reveur attempts to bounce back after performing a poor run in the Rose Stakes and drew post 8.
Shion Stakes winner Reve d'Etoies, first string of the 4 entrants trained by Hiroyoshi Matsuda, drew post 2.

The post time for the Shuka Sho will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 19.

The field is:

1 Blanc Neige, Shinichiro Akiyama
2 Reve d'Etoiles, Yuga Kawada
3 Bounce Shasse, Hiroshi Kitamura
4 Nuovo Record, Yasunari Iwata
5 Marble Cathedral, Hironobu Tanabe
6 Shonan Pandora, Suguru Hamanaka
7 Dilga(USA), Yutaka Take
8 Red Reveur, Yuichi Fukunaga
9 Admire Bijin, Hirofumi Shii
10 Meine Greville, Daichi Shibata
11 Peisha Felice, Shinji Kawashima
12 Tagano Etoile, Futoshi Komaki
13 Pacific Gal, Masaki Katsuura
14 Sang Real, Keita Tosaki
15 Happiness Dancer, Kota Fujioka
16 Omega Heart Rock, Francis Berry
17 Lilavati, Kohei Matsuyama
18 Ceu Azul, Yuichi Kitamura


Tokyo Race Course features the Fuchu Himba Stakes on Saturday. 13 fillies and mares will contest the grade two 1,800-meter race.

The field is:

1 Amicable Number, Takuya Ono
2 Quatre Feuilles, Yuichi Fukunaga
3 Smart Layer, Norihiro Yokoyama
4 Uliuli, Suguru Hamanaka
5 Dia de la Madre, Kota Fujioka
6 Ice Follies, Kosei Miura
7 Makoto Brillar, Shinichiro Akiyama
8 Winged Wheel, Takuma Ito
9 Sweet Salsa, Katsuharu Tanaka
10 Lei Carla, Keita Tosaki
11 Cuccagna, Hiroshi Kitamura
12 Whale Capture, Masayoshi Ebina
13 Otsu, Yoshitomi Shibata

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Foreign nominations for 2014 Japan Cup


A total of 23 foreign horses have been nominated to the first entry stage of the 2014 Japan Cup to be run on Nov. 30 at Tokyo as follows:


Ambivalent (IRE)
Brown Panther(GB)
Dandino(GB)
Pethers's Moon (IRE)
Red Cadeaux(GB)
Seismos(IRE) 
Side Glance(GB)
Chicquita(IRE)
Kingsbarns(IRE)
Magician(IRE)
Ruler Of The World(IRE)
Trading Leather(IRE)
Flintshire(GB)
Smoking Sun(USA)
Feuerblitz(GER)
Ivanhowe(GER)
Wild Chief(GER)
Dylan Mouth(IRE)
Main Sequence(USA)
Quick Casablanca(CHI)
The Pizza Man(USA)
Up With The Birds(CAN)
Trust In A Gust(AUS)
[in random order]



NAR grade three Edelweiss Sho
JRA trained Wish Happiness had an easy victory in the Edelweiss Sho for 2-year-old fillies on Thursday night at Mombetsu track. She won it by a 3-length in 1 minute 12.90 seconds. Jewel Queen finished a head before Negative in third. The winning rider was Keita Tosaki.

Wish Happiness is a filly by Gold Allure out of the Grand Slam mare From Scratch.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This week graded races in Japan


A total of 21 three-year-old fillies have been nominated to the grade one Shuka Sho. The nominations include Nuovo Record and Red Reveur. The Shuka Sho runs on Sunday, October 19 at Kyoto Racecourse over 2,000 meters on turf.


Saturday's main event at Tokyo will be the Fuchu Himba Stakes to which 14 fillies and mares have been nominated.


16 fillies will go for the NAR grade three Edelweiss Sho for 2-year-olds to be run on Thursday at Mombetsu track. The entrants for the 1,200-meter dirt race include 4 JRA horses.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Last Impact claims Kyoto Daishoten victory


Last Impact claimed victory in the grade two Kyoto Daishoten at Kyoto Tuesday afternoon. The 4-year-old colt beat Tamamo Best Play by a neck, running the 2,400-meter distance in 2 minutes 24.20 seconds. The winning rider was Yuga Kawada. A 1 3/4-length behind the runner-up, favorite Tosen Ra was third.

Last Impact is a black colt by Deep Impact out of the Timber Country mare Superior Pearl.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Best Warrior romps Nambu Hai


Heavy favorite Best Warrior(USA) romped the Mile Championship Nambu Hai Monday afternoon. The 4-year-old Majestic Warrior colt stalked the pace before quickening up into the front in the last 200 meters. Keita Tosaki was aboard the winner to cover the 1,600-meter distance in 1 minute 35.90 on fast track.
A 4-length behind the winner, Poison Black ran for second with another 1 1/2-length further back Admire Royal third.

Trained at JRA Ritto by S. Ishizaka, Best Warrior out of the Mr. Greeley mare Flirtatious Miss was bred in US by Buck Pond Farm.


Kyoto meeting calls off
Kyoto Monday meeting was postponed to Tuesday due to a big typhoon.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Final stride gives Air Saumur Mainichi victory


A final stride gave Air Saumur victory of the Mainichi Okan. Under the hands of Yutaka Take, Air Saumur squeezed on the middle and got past Sanrei Laser in the nick of time to win the 1,800-meter turf race in 1 minute 45.20 seconds on firm.
Sanrei Laser, who led the field of 15, was second, a neck behind the winner. Spielberg was third, another neck further back. 

Air Saumur has now picked up his second grade victory. T. Yoshihara was the breeder of the 5-year-old dark bay horse, by Jungle Pocket out of the Sunday Silence mare Air Lagoon.


Monday's JRA graded race
The grade two Kyoto Daishoten will be run on Monday. 12 horses have been entered to the 2,400-meter turf event.

The field is:

pp HorseName, Rider
1 Victory Star, Kenichi Ikezoe
2 Tosen Ra, Yutaka Take
3 Hula Bride, Manabu Sakai
4 Pretiolas, Yoshihiro Furukawa
5 Koei Otome, Yuichi Kitamura
6 Spirytus, Hideaki Miyuki
7 Last Impact, Yuga Kawada
8 Desperado, Norihiro Yokoyama
9 Meisho Mambo, Koshiro Take
10 Tamamo Best Play, Akihide Tsumura
11 To the Glory, Yuichi Fukunaga
12 Hit the Target, Yasunari Iwata

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NAR grade one Nambu Hai


Best Warrior(USA) tops among 15 entrants in the NAR grade one Milechampionship Nambu Hai. He had a good 2014 season, winning three of five starts including the rocyon Stakes victory. The 1,600-meter dirt event wil be run on Monday, October 13 at Morioka Racetrack.

pp HorseName, Rider
1 Land Oji, S. Murakami
2 Meiner Barbizon, Y. Saito
3 Touch Duel, Y. Sato
4 Kyoei Asura, H. Yoshida
5 Admire Royal, H. Shii
6 Tohoku Bijin, Y. Tsutsui
7 Nagara Orion, Y. Kokubun
8 Community, M. Yamamoto
9 Poison Black, K. Dazai
10 Best Warrior(USA), K. Tosaki
11 Eishin Nanatsuboshi, T. Ojima
12 Virtual Track, S. Yamamoto
13 Great Charles, D. Matsuda
14 Namura Titan, Y. Sakaguchi
15 Quick Leave, K. Nango

Friday, October 10, 2014

Field of Mainichi Hai


15 horses have been entered to the grade two Mainichi Hai to be run on Sunday.

World Ace, a multiple grade winner who gained the Milers Cup on his latest effort, drew post 15. Decipher, coming here with a head victory in the Epsom Cup, drew post 1. Spielberg, one of the three entries from Kazuo Fujisawa stable, won his last three starts and drew post 8.

The field for the 1,800-meter turf race at Tokyo Racecourse is:

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Rider
1 Decipher, 5h, Hirofumi thii
2 Air Saumur, 5h, Yutaka Take
3 Win Malerei, 3c, Masami Matsuoka
4 Daiwa Maggiore, 5h, Masayoshi Ebina
5 Danon Yoyo, 8h, Daichi Shibata
6 Sanrei Laser, 5h, Hironobu Tanabe
7 Pelusa, 7h, Keita Tosaki
8 Spielberg, 5h, Hiroshi Kitamura
9 Grandezza, 5h, Shinichiro Akiyama
10 Daiwa Falcon, 7h, Kyosuke Maruta
11 Rosa Gigantea, 3c, Yoshitomi Shibata
12 Dark Shadow, 7h, Francis Berry
13 Mikki Dream, 7h, Genki Maruyama
14 Logotype, 4c, Kosei Miura
15 World Ace, 5h, Futoshi Komaki

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A Shin Moreover leads all the way in Hakusan Daishoten


A Shin Moreover, trained at JRA, led all the way to win the NAR grade three Hakusan Daishoten at Kanazawa in two consecutive years. Yasunari Iwata was aboard the winner to cover the 2,100-meter distance in 2 minutes 12.50 seconds on fast track.
A 3/4-length behind came Summit Stone, a NAR Funabashi trained-horse. JRA-trained Grazia was third, another 3 lengths further back.

A Shin Moreover is a 8-year-old horse by Manhattan Cafe out of the Rubiano mare Oregon Girl.

Monday, October 06, 2014

This Sunday's main event at Tokyo


The grade two Mainichi Okan is run on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. A total of 20 horses have been nominated to the 1,800-meter turf race. The Mainichi Okan for 3-year-olds and up is one of the preps for the Tenno Sho Autumn.


Kyoto Racecourse features the 49th Kyoto Daishoten for 3-year-olds and up on Monday, October 13. 13 horses remain on the final nomination stage of the grade two 2,400-meter race.


A field is set for the NAR grade three Hakusan Daishoten for 3-year-olds and up at Kanazawa Racecourse on Tuesday, October 7. 10 horses including 4 JRA-trained runner will contest the 2,100-meter dirt event.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

S Dragon gains first g1 win


13th pick Snow Dragon became the top horse in the sprint division when he won the grade one Sprinters Stakes under Takuya Ono in 1 minute 8.80 seconds.
Snow Dragon, outpaced early on in the field of 18, displayed an excellent turn of foot on the Niigata muddy turf to take the 1,200-meter race near the line. He won by a 1/2-length from Straight Girl. Red Oval was third, another head back.

Owned by M. Okada and trained by Noboru Takagi, Snow Dragon has now recorded his first grade victory and 8 wins in 35 career starts. His career earnings boosted to more than 300 million jpn yen. Meiwa Iwami Farm was the breeder of the 6-year-old gray horse, by Admire Cozzene out of Meine Caprice, by Tayasu Tsuyoshi.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Kurino Star O strong finish in Sirius Stakes


Race favorite Kurino Star O stalked the pace and produced a strong finish, winning the Sirius Stakes on Saturday. Hideaki Miyuki was aboard the winner to stop the clock in 2 minutes 3.80 seconds for the winning time over 2,000 meters on Hanshin dirt course.
A 4/3-length behind Namura Victory was second with Toshin Eagle another 1 1/2-length away third.

Kurino Star O is a 4-year-old colt by Admire Boss out of Mayano Starlight, by Jade Robbery.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Field of 2014 Sprinters Stakes


A maximum field of 18 horses is set to run for the grade one Sprinters Stakes.

Copano Richard, winner of the g1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, drew post 6.
Grand Prix Boss, a nose second to Just a Way in the Yasuda Kinen, drew post 14.
Hana's Goal to be ridden by Djordje Perovic for the first time drew post 11.
Hakusan Moon, a close second in the Centaur Stakes, and Keeneland Cup winner Robe Tissage drew post 15 and 2 respectively.

The Sprinters Stakes for 3-year-olds and up runs at Niigata Racecourse over 1,200 meters on turf. The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, October 5th.

The field is:

pp HorseName, Rider
1 Earth Sonic, Syu Ishibashi
2 Robe Tissage, Shinichiro Akiyama
3 Toho Amapola, Hideaki Miyuki
4 Garbo, Akihide Tsumura
5 Majin Prosper, Futoshi Komaki
6 Copano Richard, Suguru Hamanaka
7 Dasher Go Go, Hiroshi Kitamura
8 Afford, Masayoshi Ebina
9 Straight Girl, Yasunari Iwata
10 Mayano Ryujin, Kenichi Kezoe
11 Hana's Goal, Djordje Perovic
12 Bel Canto, Yutaka Take
13 Red Oval, Hironobu Tanabe
14 Grand Prix Boss, Kosei Miura
15 Hakusan Moon, Keita Tosaki
16 Seiko Raiko, Yoshitomi Shibata
17 San Carlo, Yutaka Yoshida
18 Snow Dragon, Takuya Ono



14 runners will go for the grade three Sirius Stakes at Hanshin on Saturday.

The post time for the 2,000-meter dirt will be at  3:35 p.m. JST.

The field is:

pp HorseName, Rider
1 Grand City, Akihide Tsumura
2 Vent Nouveau, Kenichi Ikezoe
3 Isshin Dotai, Yasunari Iwata
4 Kurino Star O, Hideaki Miyuki
5 Keiai Leone, Suguru Hamanaka
6 Fire, Daisaku Matsuda
7 Toshin Eagle, Ryuji Wada
8 Rugger Tomohiro, Shinji Fujita
9 Jebel Musa, Hironobu Tanabe
10 Namura Victor, Futoshi Komaki
11 Meiner Baika, Haruhiko Kawasu
12 Janna, Kota Fujioka
13 Solor, Masayoshi Ebina
14 Satono Principal(USA), Yutaka Take

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Ebina wins at NAR two nights in a row


Veteran jockey Masayoshi Ebina won a NAR grade race two nights in a row when he guided Wild Flapper to a 1 3/4-length victory in the grade two Ladies' Prelude at Ohi on Thursday night. Second was Sambista, who finished a neck before Katyusha. The final time for the 1,800-meter dirt race was 1 minute 51.50 seconds.

Wild Flapper, trained at JRA by K. Matsuda, is a 5-year-old dark bay mare by Ghostzapper out of the Smoke Glacken mare Smok'n Frolic.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Northern River rallies in Tokyo Hai


JRA horse Northern River came from behind to win the 1,200-meter Tokyo Hai under Masayoshi Ebina in 1 minute 10.20 seconds at Ohi muddy track on Wednesday night.
A 1/2-length second was Dream Valentino with Sei Crimson finishing another 2-length back in third.
Northern Rive is a 6-year-old horse by Agnes Tachyon out of the Machiavellian mare Soninke.