Sunday, November 30, 2014

Epiphaneia romps home in Japan Cup

Epiphaneia, riddey by Christophe Soumillon, defeated the strongest field for years to win the Japan Cup this afternoon at Tokyo Race Course.

Epiphaneia turned for home in third place, and then Soumillon sent Epiphaneia past Uncoiled and Tamamo Best Play to lead, about 400 meters from home. From there, the colt cruised up to the line without any challenge to stop the clock in 2 minutes 23.10 for the winning time. "He is the best horse I've ever ridden in Japan.", Soumillon said.

Just a Way came in second, a 4-length behind. Another 1/2-length back, Spielberg finished third. Gentildonna was another 3/4-length away fourth with Harp Star a neck behind in fifth.

Trained at JRA Ritto by Katsuhiko Sumii and owned by Carrot Farm, Epiphaneia has now registered sixth win in 12 career starts with more than 678 million jpn yen. Northern Farm was the breeder of the 4-year-old colt, by Symboli Kris S out of the Special Week mare Cesario.

Complete finishing order:
Just a Way
Harp Star
One and Only
Isla Bonita
Tamamo Best Play
Denim and Ruby
Hit the Target
Tosen Jordan
Up With the Birds(CAN)
Satono Shuren

Did not finish - Trading Leather(IRE)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gentildonna slightly favorite for Japan Cup

As of Saturday, Gentildonna has been installed as the slightly favorite for the 2014 Japan Cup.

Win betting(as of Saturday)

Gentildonna 4.3(33-10)
Harp Star 4.4(17-5)
Just a Way 7.0(6-1)
Epiphaneia 9.0(8-1)
Spielberg 9.0(8-1)

Bell Lap wins Kyoto Nisai Stakes
Bell Lap chased the pace to win the grade three Kyoto Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Kyoto Race Course on Saturday. William Buick guided the winner to complete the 2,000-meter race in 2 minutes 4.80 seconds on good ground.
Second came Danon Major, a neck behind, with another neck back Cheval Grand third.
Race favorite Ti Na Nog finished a disappointing seventh in the field of 8.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Gentildonna early favorite for Japan Cup

After closing Friday bettin round, Gentildonna had the 3.4(12-5) favorite for the 2014 Japan Cup. She seeks her third Japan Cup title. Just a Way was the 5.0(4-1) second favorite followed by Epiphaneia 5.3(43-10) and Harp Star 5.7(47-10).   

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Stage set for 2014 Japan Cup

A strong field of 18 horses is set to run in the 34th Japan Cup to be run on Sunday at Tokyo Race Course.

Gentildonna, winner of Japan Cup last two years, who had a good warming-up with second in the Tenno Sho Autumn. She has a good chance to gain another JC glory in her final campaign. Ryan Moore will reunite with her. She prefers firm ground on her favorite course.
Harp Star, one of the best 3-year-old fillies in the country, finished a good sixth in the Arc de Triomphe on last outing. She could get up into the line if she explodes with her late charge.
Just a Way failed to show his true run in the Arc de Triomphe on his latest run. His late surge may be the best of the field. The firm ground would be welcomed.
Isla Bonita, one of the best 3-year-old colts, having finished an excellent third in the Tenno Sho Autumn in the older company, could hang on at the front end in the late stage.
Spielberg, a late developer who gained an impressive victory in the Tenno Sho Autumn, could reproduce another big run.
Epiphaneia and Fenomeno, both whom had a disappointing finish in the Tenno Sho Autumn, could show a much better run on the extended distance.
One and Only, well-beaten in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) as favorite, needs an extra effort to bounce back in the world famous Japanese race.

The post time will be at 3:55 p.m. JST on Sunday, November 30.

The field for the 2,400-meter premier race is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(in kgs) Rider
1 Just a Way 5h 57 Yuichi Fukunaga
2 Ivanhowe(GER) 4c 57 Fillip Minarik
3 Gentildonna 5m 55 Ryan Moore
4 Epiphaneia 4c 57 Christophe Soumillon
5 Hit the Target 6h 57 Yutaka Take
6 Harp Star 3c 53 Yuga Kawada
7 Up with the Birds(CAN) 4c 57 Eurico Da Silva
8 Denim and Ruby 4f 55 Suguru Hamanaka
9 Isla Bonita 3c 55 Masayoshi Ebina
10 One and Only 3c 55 Norihiro Yokoyama
11 Tosen Jordan 8h 57 Pierre-Charles Boudot
12 Tamamo Best Play 4c 57 Akihida Tsumura
13 Decipher 5h 57 Gregory Benoist
14 Satono Shuren 6h 57 Shinji Kawashima
15 Speilberg 5h 57 Hiroshi Kitamura
16 Fenomeno 5h 57 Yasunari Iwata
17 Uncoiled(FR) 5h 57 Keita Tosaki
18 Trading Leather(IRE) 4c 57 Kevin Manning

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thrilling photo finish in Mile Championship

The grade one Mile Championship was won in a thrilling photo finish by Danon Shark. 
Running along with the rail under veteran jockey Yasunari Iwata, Danon Shark dueled with Fiero for the lead in the last 100 meters, and then won by an inch.
Fiero came second with the smallest official margin of a nose. Grandezza was third, another 1 1/2-length back, with Tosen Ra fourth.
The final time for the 1,600-meter distance was 1 minute 31.50 seconds.

Trained by R. Okubo and owned by Danox Co. Ltd., Danon Shart has now registered seven wins in 29 career starts with more than 433 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Shimokobe Farm was the breeder of the 6-year-old horse by Deep Impact out of the Caerleon mare Carla Power.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Field of 2014 Mile Championship

A total of 17 horses have been entered to the grade one Mile Championship at Kyoto Race Course on Sunday. 
Tosen Ra, winner of this race last season, who finished a respectable third in the Kyoto Daishoten last outing, drew post 13.
Grade one NHK Mile Cup winner Mikki Isle, who had a great prep with the Swan Stakes victory, drew post 15.  
Fiero, third in the Swan Stakes and Clarente, coming off a couple of grade victories, drew post 8 and 11 respectively.

The field for the 1,600-meter turf race is:

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(in kgs) Rider
1 Horai Akiko, 3f, 54, Ryuji Wada
2 Excellente Cave, 5m, 55, Ryan Moore
3 Grandezza, 5h, 57, Shinichiro Akiyama
4 Sadamu Patek, 6h, 57, Katsuharu Tanaka
5 Red Arion, 4c, 57, Futoshi Komaki
6 Daiwa Maggiore, 5h, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
7 Extra End, 5h, 57, William Buick
8 Fiero, 5h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
9 World Ace, 5h, 57, Pierre-Charles Boudot
10 Logotype, 4c, 57, Christophe Lemaire
11 Clarente, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
12 Danon Shark, 6h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
13 Tosen Ra, 6h, 57, Yutaka Take
14 Grand Prix Boss, 6h, 57, Kosei Miura
15 Mikki Isle, 3c, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
16 Tagano Grandpa, 3c, 56, Yuji Hishida
17 Sanrei Laser, 5h, 57, Yuga Kawada

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Mile Championship

A total of 20 horses have been nominated for the grade one Mile Championship to be run on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Kyoto Race Course.
The nominations include Tosen Ra, Mikki Isle, Fiero and World Ace.

The Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes is run on Monday, Nov. 24 at Tokyo Racecourse. 15 2-year-olds have been nominated to the grade three 1,800-meter turf race.
The nominations include Avenir Marcher, Courage City and Gruyeres.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014 Japan Cup nominations

A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the 2014 Japan Cup.

Isla Bonita
Satono Shuren
Just a Way
Tamamo Best Play
Denim and Ruby
Tosen Jordan
Harp Star
Hit the Target
One and Only
(in random order)

Foreign nominations:
Trading Leather(IRE)
Up with the Birds(CAN)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thrilling finish in QE II Cup

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup was won in a thrilling finish by Yuga Kawada-ridden Lachesis, who avenged last year's defeat by Meisho Mambo in this race. 
With more than 200 meters to go, Nuovo Record pulled away from the rest, but Lachesis drew on her at every step and just got up in the nick of time for the winning post. A neck separated  the two. Third came  another 1 1/4-length further back Dia de la Madre.

Trained by K. Sumii and owned by M. Oshima, Lachesis has now won four in 11 career starts with more than 213 million jpn yen in career earnings. Northern Farm in Hokkaido was the breeder of Lachesis, a 4-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of the Storm Cat mare Magic Storm.

Barzalona wins Fukushima Kinen on Mitra
Mickael Barzalona rode Mitra to win the grade three Fukushima Kinen at Fukushima. It gave the French jockey his second JRA grade race victory. The winning time of the 2,000-meter turf event was 1 minute 58.10 seconds.

Mitra is a 6-year-old gelding by Symboli Kris S out of the Sunday Silence mare Aigrette.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tagano Espresso takes Daily Hai Nisai Stakes

Tagano Espresso took the lead in the early stretch to win the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes this afternoon at Kyoto. Ash Gold was second, a 1/2-length behind, with another 1 1/2-length further back Navion third.
Yasunari Iwata was aboard the winner to cover the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 35.10 seconds on firm ground.
Tagano Espresso is a 2-year-old colt by Black Tide out of the King Kamehameha mare Tagano Reventon.

Wide Bach show strong finishing kick in Musashino
Wide Bach won the 1,600-meter Musashino Stakes under Yutaka Take this afternoon at Tokyo. Take held Wide Bach well off the pace, and then rallied from last in the stretch for the 1/2-length victory in 1 minute 35.20 seconds on fast track. Air Khalifa(USA) finished a 3-length before Grape Brandy in third.

Wide Bach is a 5-year-old horse by Adjudication out of the Scan mare Green Hill Red.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Field set for QE II Cup

A total of 18 fillies and mares have been entered to the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Sunday.

Nuovo Record, winner of the Japanese Oaks who finished second in the Shuka Sho on last outing, drew post 5.
Meisho Mambo, reigning champion who has struggled in the male company, drew post 6.
Shuka Sho winner Shonan Pandora and Lachesis, second in the All Comers, drew post  12 and 1 respectively.

The field for the 2,200-meter event at Kyoto is:

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(kgs), Rider
1 Lachesis, 4f, 56, Yuga Kawada
2 Hula Bride, 5m, 56, Manabu Sakai
3 Quatre Feuilles, 5m, 56, Christophe Lemaire
4 Omega Heart Rock, 3f, 54, Futoshi Komaki
5 Nuovo Record, 3c, 54, Yasunari Iwata
6 Meisho Mambo, 4f, 56, Koshiro Take
7 Sunshine, 5m, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
8 Grace Flower, 5m, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
9 Whale Capture, 6m, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
10 Verxina, 5m, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
11 Red Reveur, 3f, 54, Yuichi Fukunaga
12 Shonan Pandora, 3f, 54, Suguru Hamanaka
13 Koei Otome, 6m, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
14 Sang Real, 3f, 54, Keita Tosaki
15 Dia de la Madre, 4f, 56, Kota Fujioka
16 Smart Layer, 4f, 56, Yutaka Take
17 Blanc Neige, 3f, 54, Shinichiro Akiyama
18 Aromatico, 5m, 56, Kosei Miura

The Fukushima Kinen is run as a main event at Fukushima Sunday meeting.

The field of 16 horses for the 2,000-meter raace is:

1 Mitra, 6g, 56, Mickael Barzalona
2 Cosmo Barbara, 5m, 50, Hiroto Mayuzumi
3 Daiwa Falcon, 7h, 58, Haruhiko Kawasu
4 Meisho Naruto, 6g, 57.5, Hironobu Tanabe
5 Philopator, 5m, 52, Akihide Tsumura
6 Moonlit Lake, 6h, 56, Genki Maruyama
7 Mikino Banjo, 7h, 54, Keisuke Dazai
8 Nakayama Knight, 6h, 57, Katsuharu Tanaka
9 Fra Angelico, 6h, 54, Yuichi Shibayama
10 Majesty Hearts, 4c, 56, Kazuma Mori
11 Aroma Cafe, 7h, 55, Ryuji Wada
12 Tosen Jaguar, 6h, 54, Tomoharu Bushizawa
13 Uncoiled(FR), 5h, 56, Daisaku Matsuda
14 L'Ile d'Aval, 7h, 56, Issei Murata
15 Win Malerei, 3c, 54, Masami Matsuoka
16 Sakura Ardito, 6h, 56, Yuji Hishida


Saturday's graded races

Kyoto features the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds.
Ash Gold, who broke a maiden at Kyoto in a come-from-behind fashion on last outing, drew post 9.
The field of 9 for the 1,600-meter turf event is: 

pp HorseName(sire), Sex, Rider
1 Quetzaltenango(Chichicastenango), c, Suguru Hamanaka
2 Navion(Heart's Cry), c, Yuichi Fukunaga
3 Arma Waioli(Matsurida Gogh), c, Masaki Katsuura
4 Graceful Word(Heat's Cry), f, Mickael Barzalona
5 Raisin d'Or(Came Home), c, Christophe Lemaire
6 Primera Azul(Special Week), f, Hideaki Miyuki
7 T M Dancing(Dance in the Dark), c, Ryuji Wada
8 Tagano Espresso(Black Tide), c, Yasunari Iwata
9 Ash Gold(Stay Gold), c, Kenichi Ikezoe

Musashino Stakes, one of the major preps for the Champions Cup, is run at Tokyo.
The field of 16 for the 1,600-meter dirt race is:

1 Air Khalifa(USA), 5h, 56, Kosei Miura
2 Katyusha, 5m, 54, Hironobu Tanabe
3 Grape Brandy, 6h, 58, Hiroshi Kitamura
4 Red Alvis, 3c, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
5 Kyowa Duffy, 6h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
6 Rainbow Pegasus, 9h, 56, Masami Matsuoka
7 Grand Prix Blood, 5h, 56, Daisaku Matsuda
8 Tosho Freak, 7h, 56, Daichi Shibata
9 Meisho Kampaku, 7h, 57, Takuya Ono
10 Gorski, 7h, 57, Ryan Moore
11 Wide Bach, 5h, 56, Yutaka Take
12 Feel the Smart, 3c, 55, Katsuharu Tanaka
13 Danon Come On, 8h, 57, Pierre-Charles Boudot
14 Tahltan(USA), 6h, 56, Keita Tosaki
15 Admire Royal, 7h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
16 Royal Crest, 6h, 56, Yoshihiro Furukawa

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lineup for this week's JRA graded races

Nov. 15 at Tokyo
Musashino Stakes, grade three
3yo+, 1,600 meters, dirt, left-handed
41 nominations

Nov. 15 at Kyoto Race Course
Daily Hai Nisai Stakes, grade two
2yo, 1,600 meters, turf, right-handed
17 nominations

Nov. 16 at Kyoto Race Course
Queen Elizabeth II Cup, grade one
3yo+ fillies and mares, 2,200 meters, turf, right-handed
24 nominations

Nov. 16 at Fukushima Race Course
Fukushima Kinen, grade three
3yo+, 2,000 meters, turf, right-handed
27 nominations

Monday, November 10, 2014

Foreign runners in 2014 Japan Cup

As of today, three foreigners have accepted the invitation of the Japan Cup.

Ivanhowe(GER)...scheduled to arrive in Japan on Nov.20
Trading Leather(IRE)...scheduled to arrive in Japan Nov.17
Up with the Birds(CAN)...sheduled to arrive in Japan Nov.16

Imperative(USA) runs in the Champions Cup. The 4-year-old gelding is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Nov.25.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Outside wins Fantasy Stakes

Cool Hotarubi took a good position and pulled away from the rest at around 200 meters from to win the Fantasy Stakes for 2-year-old fillies this afternoon at Kyoto. Futoshi Komaki rode the winner to cover the 1,400-meter distance in 1 minute 21.70 seconds on firm ground.
Danon Gracias was second, a 1/2-length behind, with Win Soiree another neck away third in the field of 14.
Cool Hotarubi paid 9,230 jpn yen for win as 14th favorite.

Cool Hotarubi is a daughter of Matsurida Gogh and the Hector Protector mare Placer.

Second Table takes Keisei Hai Nisai Stakes
Second Table, 11th favorite at 34.4(167-5), led the field of 12 to win the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes at Tokyo. Ridden by Keita Tosaki, the colt completed the 1,400-meter trip in 1 minute 21.50 seconds on firm.
Second was, a 1 1/2-length behind, Sappheiros with another 1/2-length back Nishino Rush third.

Second Table is a 2-year-old colt by Twining out of the Sunday Silence mare Moka Sunday.

Fame Game romps home in Copa Republica Argentina

Fame Game, ridden by Hiroshi Kitamura, put up an outstanding performance to win the grade two Copa Republica Argentina at Tokyo on Sunday.
Before reaching the 200-meter pole, Kitamura switched Fame Game to the outside, and then quickened up into front by getting past Courir kaiser.
Courir Kaiser finished a 2 1/2-length behind the winner in second with Super Moon another 3/4-length further back third in the field of 18.
The winning time was 2 minutes 30.50 seconds for the 2,500-meter distance on firm ground.
Fame Game is a 4-year-old colt by Heart's Cry out of the Allez Milord mare Hall of Fame.

Incantation wins Miyako Stakes
The grade three Miyako Stakes was won at Kyoto on Sunday by Incantation, who beast Runasway Waltz by a 1/2-length. Third was, another head away, Namura Victory in the field of 16.
Takuya Ono guided the winner, running the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 50.20 seconds on fast track.
Incantation is a 4-year-old colt by Sinister Minister out of the Machiavellion mare Original Spin.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Sunday's JRA graded races

A total of 18 horses have entered for Sunday's Copa Republica Argentina at Tokyo. The majoy players are likely to be: Hokko Brave, Fame Game and Lovely Day.

The field for the grade two 2,500-meter handicap is:

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(in kgs), Rider
1 Silent Melody, 7h, 55, Katsuharu Tanka
2 Mobile, 6h, 51, Takayuki Kato
3 Fame Game, 4c, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
4 Desperado, 6h, 58, Norihiro Yokoyama
5 Neo Black Dia, 6h, 54, Keita Tosaki
6 Cosmo Robin, 6h, 55, Daichi Shibata
7 Saimon Tornare, 8h, 51, Tomoharu Bushizawa
8 Sacred Valley, 8h, 56, Kosei Miura
9 Courir Kaiser, 5h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
10 Pretiolas, 5h, 52, Kazuo Yokoyama
11 Super Moon, 5h, 55, Hiroyuki Uchida
12 Rikisan Stealth, 4c, 54, Seiji Sakai
13 Meiner Medalist, 6h, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
14 Admire Kelso, 6h, 52, Yoshitomi Shibata
15 Hokko Brave, 6h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
16 Smart Gear, 9h, 54, Syu Ishibashi
17 Lovely Day, 4c, 57, Ryan Moore
18 Meiner Jade, 4c, 54, Masami Matsuoka

Kurino Star O tops among the 16 entrants in the grade three Miyako Stakes at Kyoto on Sunday. He comes into the 1,800-meter race off superb preformances with two victorirs and a second at grade events.

The field for the grade three Miyako Stakes is:

1 Brightline, 5h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
2 Solor, 4c, 57, Yasunari Iwata
3 Meiner Baika, 5h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
4 Runway Waltz, 3c, 54, Suguru Hamanaka
5 Kurino Star O, 4c, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
6 Isshin Dotai, 5h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
7 Nihonpiro Ours, 7h, 58, Manabu Sakai
8 Cache Cache, 5m, 54, Takashi Fujikake
9 Rugger Tomohiro, 5h, 56, Shinji Fujita
10 Namura Victor, 5h, 57, Futoshi Komaki
11 Satono Principal(USA), 4c, 56, Yutaka Take
12 Vogue Tornado, 5h, 56, Haruhiko Kawasu
13 Grazia, 6h, 56, Christophe Lemaire
14 Incantation, 4c, 56, Takuya Ono
15 Tagano Zingaro, 7h, 57, Takeshi Kimura
16 Asukano Roman, 3c, 54, Keisuke Dazai

2014 Keio Hai Nisai Stakesand Fantasy Stakes

Satuday, November 8 sees a couple of graded races for 2-year-olds.

Tokyo hosts the 1,400-meter Keio Hai Nisai Stakes to which 12 juvenile colts have been entered. Among the entrants, the possible major contenders are Sappheiros, Wakino Hibiki and Nishino Rush.

The field for the grade two Keio Hai Nisai Stakes is:

1 Sappheiros(Kinshasa no Kiseki) Kosei Miura
2 Active Minoru(Statue of Liberty) Daisaku Matsuda
3 Second Table(Twining) Keita Tosaki
4 Wakino Hibiki(On Fire) Hiroshi Kitamura
5 Kosoku Corner(Sakura Bakushin O) Hiroyuki Uchida
6 Open the Way(Johannesburg) Msaki Katsuura
7 Meiner Gourmand(Snitzel) Agnes Tachyon
8 Warrior's Soul(USA)(Worrior's Reward) Ryan Moore
9 Nishino Rush(Sakura Bakushin O) Hironobu Tanabe
10 Gold Pegasus(Admire Aura) Masayoshi Ebina
11 Lombardia(Manhattan Cafe) Katsuharu Tanaka
12 Apollo no Shinzan(Sakura Bakushin O) Yoshitomi Shibata

The grade three Fantasy Stakes for juvenile fillies is run at Kyoto. A total of 14 horses will contest the 1,400 meters race on turf. Danon Gracias and Leopardina look to be strong contenders.

The field for the Fantasy Stakes is:

1 Danon Gracias(Manhattan Cafe) Yasunari Iwata
2 Daiwa Proper(Daiwa Major) Suguru Hamanaka
3 Perfica(Zenno Rob Roy) Shinichiro Akiyama
4 Effect(Squirtle Squirt) Yusaku Kokubun
5 Moon Express(Admire Moon) Kohei Matsuyama
6 Cool Hotarubi(Matsurida Gogh) Futoshi Komaki
7 Le Ange(Manhattan Cafe) Haruhiko Kawasu
8 Sinfonia(Sakura Bakushin O) Hirofumi Shii
9 Win Soiree(Roses in May) Christophe Lemaire
10 Tagano Verrerie(White Muzzle) Koshiro Take
11 All of You(Daiwa Major) Yusuke Fujioka
12 Shigeru Chaguchagu(Samurai Heart) Keisuke Dazai
13 Leopardina(Snitzel) Yutaka Take
14 New Edition(Admire Moon) Yuichi Fukunaga

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Dear Domus easy winner of Hokkaido Nisai Yushun

The NAR grade three Hokkaido Nisai Yushun for 2-year-olds was won on Thursday night at Mombetsu by JRA-trained Dear Domus, who beat Kalapana Beach by a 4-length. Third was, another 2 1/2-length back, Kura Bazooka in the field of 12.
Kosei Miura rode the winner to complete the 1,800-meter trip in 1 minute 54.90 seconds on dirt.
Dear Domus(Jungle Pocket - Rendezvous, by Agnes Digital) was bred by Big Red Farm.

2014 Japan Cup information

As of today, two foreign horses have accepted the invitation to the 2014 Japan Cup.

The invitees are:
Trading Leather(IRE)
Up with the Birds(CAN)

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Lineup of this week's JRA graded races

Nov. 8 at Tokyo
Keio Hai Nisai Stakes, grade two
2-year-olds, 1,400 meters, turf, left-handed
14 nominations

Nov.8 at Kyoto
grade three
Fantasy Stakes, grade three
2-year-old fillies, 1,400 meters, turf, right-handed
15 nominations

Nov. 9 at Tokyo
Grade two
Copa Argetina Cup, grade two
3-year-olds and up, 2,500 meters, turf, left-handed
22 nominations

Nov. 9 at Kyoto
Grade three
Miyako Stakes, grade three
3-year-olds and up, 1,800 meters, dirt, right-handed
25 nominations

Monday, November 03, 2014

Rickey leads all the way in JBC Classic

Under the hands of Hironobu Tanabe, Copano Rickey led all the way to win the JBC Classic in the course record time of 2 minutes 0.80 second at Morioka. He won it by a decisive 3-length from Chrysolite. Wonder Acute was third, a 1/2-length behind the runner-up. Hokko Tarumae was fourth, another 1 1/2-length further back, with Best Warrior(USA) finishing another 2-length back in fifth.

It was the third garde one victory of the season for Copano Rickey, who has now won seven in 12 career starts. Traine by at JRA Ritto by Akira Murayama, the 4-year-old colt is by Gold Allure out of the Timber Country mare Copano Nikita. 

Dream Valentino wins JBC Sprint

JRA horse Dream Valentino beat Satono Tiger and Taisei Legend in the very final stage to win the 1,200-meter JBC Sprint in 1 minute 9 seconds. A neck came NAR Urawa-trained Satono Tiger second with Taisei Legend another 1/2-length back third.
The winning rider was Yasunari Iwata, who gained his second grade one victory of the day following the JBC Ladies' Classic on Sambista.
Dream Valentino is a 7-year-old horse by Roses in May out of the Meiner Love mare Cosmo Valenti.

Sambista wins JBC Ladies' Classic in record time

Sambista raced behind the leading pack, then showed an excellent finishing kick to win the NAR grade one JBC Ladies' Classic at Morioka in the course record time of 1 minute 49.30 seconds on dirt. Yasunari Iwata was the winning rider.
Trois Bonheur was second, a 1 1/4-length behind, with race favorite Wild Flapper another 1/2-length further away third.

Trained at JRA Ritto by Katsuhiko Sumii, Sambista is a 5-year-old mare by Suzuka Mambo out of the Misil mare White Carnival.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Spielberg rallies in Tenno Sho Autumn

Spielberg produced a sensational finishing kick to win the Tenno Sho Autumn this afternoon at Tokyo. It was the biggest win and best performance for the 5-year-old horse in his 13th start. Hiroshi Kitamura rode the winner to cover the 2,000-meter race in 1 minute 59.70 seconds on firm ground.

In the final stage, Isla Bonita and Gentildonna fought it out at the front end. Either of them looked like a sure winner, but, out of the blue, Spielberg flied on the outside and got past them in a blink of eyes for the winning post. Gentildonna was second, a 3/4-length behind, with another ead further back Isla Bonita third.

Trained by Kazuo Fujisawa and owned by H. Yomamoto, Spielberg has now gained his sixth victory with more than 255 million jpn yen in career earnings. Bred by Shadai Farm, he is a son of Deep Impact and Princess Olivia, by Lycius.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Isla Bonita favorite for Tenno Sho Autumn

As of Saturday, Isla Bonita has been installed as the favorite for the Tenno Sho Autumn at odds of 3.2(11-5). Fenomeno was the second favorite at 4.7(37-10). Gentildonna was the third favorite at 5.7(47-10) followed by Epiphaneia 9.1(81-10) and Spielberg9.2(41-5).

Mikki Isle takes Swan Stakes

Mikki Isle advanced swiftly on the final turn and then went into front on his way to winning the grade two Swan Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday. Sunrise Major was second, a 1/2-length behind with another nose further back Fiero third.
Suguru Hamanaka rode the winner to cover the 1,400-meter trip in 1 minute 20.30 seconds.
Mikki Isle is a 3-year-old colt by Deep Impact out of the Rock of Gibraltar mare Star Isle.

Kokorono Ai wins Artemis Stakes
Kokorono Ai took the lead near the finish line and held off challenge by Let's Go Donki to win the grade three Artemis Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by a nose at Tokyo. Tosen Lark was third, another 1 1/4-length back. Norihiro Yokoyama was aboard the winner with the final time of 1 minute 34.40 seconds for the 1,600-meter distance.
Kokorono Ai is a 2-year-old filly by Stay Gold out of the Danehill mare Beauty Song.

JBC races at NAR Morioka

NAR Morioka Racecourse hosts three grade one dirt races, namely, the JBC Classic, the JBC Ladies' Classic and the JBC Sprint, on Monday, Nov. 3rd.

A total of 16 horses have been entered to the grade one JBC Classic, a 2,000-meter dirt race.
The strong JRA entries are Kazenoko, Wonder Acute, Chrysolite, Hokko Tarumae, Best Warrior(USA) and Copano Rikey.

The post time will be at 3:40 p.m. JST.

The field is:

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(kgs), Rider
1 Soubresaut, g7, 57, R. Takamatsu
2 Eishin Nanatsubosi, 7h, 57, S. Murakami
3 Kazenoko 3c, 55, S. Akiyama
4 Wonder Acute, 8h, 57, Y. Take
5 Reward Leblon, 6h, 57, N. Mikamoto
6 Chrysolite, 4c, 57, C. Lemaire
7 Hokko Tarumae, 5h, 57, H. Miyuki
8 Namura Titan, 8h, 57, Y. Sakaguchi
9 Best Warrior(USA), 4c, 57, K. Tosaki
10 Dream Basket, 7h, 57, T. Ojima
11 Tohoku Bijin, 8m, 55, Y. Sato
12 Harimano Wataridori, 8h, 57, T. Yamamoto
13 Fire Float, 8h, 57, H. Yoshihara
14 Community, 4c, 57, S. Yamamoto
15 Copano Rickey, 4c, 57, H. Tanabe
16 All Round, 3c, 55, Y. Saito

A field of 16 fillies and mares for the 1,800-meter JBC Ladies' Classic is:

1 Corin Berry, 3f, 53, H. Matsuyama
2 Eishin Lundii, 4f, 55, T. Ojima
3 Pitch Star, 4f, 55, M. Ohata
4 Wild Flapper, 5m, 55, M. Ebina
5 Meine Elena, 6m, 55, N. Mikamoto
6 Trois Bonheur, 4f, 55, K. Tanaka
7 Kamino March, 7m, 55, S. Murakami
8 Flash Mob, 3f, 53, S. Yamamoto
9 Acti Beauty, 7m, 55, H. Yoshida
10 Sambista, 5m, 55, Y. Iwata
11 Mumty, 4f, 55, R. Takamatsu
12 Breveski, 6m, 55, A. Kinomae
13 Kojyo Digital, 4f, 55, T. Yamamoto
14 Kaikayoso, 4f, 55, T. Imano
15 Blue Chipper, 4f, 55, H. Miyuki
16 Bora Tosho, 4f, 55, K. Nango

The JBC Sprint has also 16 entrants going over 1,200 meters.
The field is:

1 Northern River, 6h, 57, M. Ebina
2 Copano Richard, 4c, 57, Y. Take
3 Satono Tiger, 6h, 57, H. Yoshihara
4 Smile Visit, 5m, 55, y. Tano
5 Land Oji, 8h, 57, S. Murakami
6 Taisei Legend, 7h, 57, Y. Fukunaga
7 Satono Romane, 8g, 57, N. Mikamoto
8 Eishin Hadaru, 7h, 57, T. Ojima
9 Dream Craft, 8h, 57, B. Toh
10 Hard Days Night, 4f, 55, M Ohata
11 Yasaka Fine, 8h, 57, Y. Saito
12 Dream Valentino, 7h, 57, Y. Iwata
13 Kimon Red, 6m, 55, Y. Tanabe
14 T Up Wild, 8h, 57, Y. Kokubun
15 Sei Crimson, 8h, 57, K. Tosaki
16 S One Prince, 5h, 57, K. Sameshima