Sunday, November 29, 2015

Shonan Pandora wins Japan Cup in thrilling finish

Fourth favorite Shonan Pandora just got up the post in time to win the 35th Japan Cup under Kenichi Ikezoe in 2 minutes 24.70 seconds on the Tokyo 2,400-meter turf course on Sunday. She passed the line a neck in front of seventh favorite Last Impact with race favorite Lovely Day finishing another neck away in third place.
Another 1 1/4-length back, Jungle Cruise finished fourth place followed by Sounds of Earth and Erupt.
The most excitement began as Lovely Day went into the front at around 200-meter out with Last Impact chasing after him on the inside and Shonan Pandora making up the ground on the outside. The three fought it out to the post. In the end, Shonan Pandora's storming challenge prevailed.
Trained by T. Takano and owned by T. Kunimoto, Shonan Pandora has now won five of her 16 races and improved her career earnings to more than 567 million jpn yen. Shonan Pandora, a 4-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Cutie Gold, by French Deputy, was bred by Shadai Corporation.

Satono Lupin wins Keihan Hai
Satono Lupin held on challenge by Big Arthur to win the Keihan Hai at Kyoto on Sunday. Ryuji Wada was the winning rider to complete the 1,200-meter turf race in 1 minute 7.40 seconds. Big Arthur came second, a head  behind, with another 3 1/2-length back Earth Sonic third.
Satono Lupin is a 4-year-old dark bay colt by Deep Impact out of the Dancing Brace mare Erimo Pixy.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Dreadnoughtus wins Kyoto Nisai S

Dreadnoughtus ran with the pace to win the Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds under Yutaka Take in 2 minutes 1.30 seconds at Kyoto on Saturday. 
Respect Earth, who led the field of 12 from the start, came second, a head behind, with another 1 1/4-length back Admire Eikan third.
Dreadnoughtus is a 2-year-old chestnut colt by Harbinger out of Dia de la Novia, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Stage set for 2015 Japan Cup

A maximum field of 18 has been drawn for the 2015 Japan Cup to be run on Sunday, November 29 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Lovely Day has been a great 2015 season with six wins in eight starts including a couple of grade one scores. 
Mikki Queen, one of the prominent 3-year-old fillies, having gained a couple of filly classics, will meet the older top company after bypassing the QE II Cup.
Multiple grade one winner Gold Ship, well-beaten in the Takarazuka Kinen last time out, needs a good start off the gate.
A foreign-trained horse has not won since 2005 when Alkaased(USA) became the Japan Cup hero in record time. 
Erupt(IRE), one of the four foreign entries, has a good chance if he handles the firm ground. 
Ito(GER) may make a good run of form at the front.

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

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(in kgs) rider
1 Lovely Day, 5h, 57, Yuga Kawada
2 Trip To Paris(IRE), 4g, 57, Tommy Berry
3 One and Only, 4c, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
4 Jungle Cruise, 6g, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
5 Pelusa, 8h, 57, Christophe Lemaire
6 Last Impact, 5h, 57, Ryan Moore
7 Shonan Bach, 4c, 57, Keita Tosaki
8 Erupt(IRE), 3c, 55, Stephane Pasquier
9 Derby Fizz, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
10 Sounds of Earth, 4c, 57, Mirco Demuro
11 Mikki Queen, 3f, 53, Suguru Hamanaka
12 Gold Ship, 6h, 57, Norihiro Yokoyama
13 Hit the Target, 7h, 57, Futoshi Komaki
14 Ito(GER), 4c, 57, Filip Minarik
15 Shonan Pandora, 4f, 55, Kenichi Ikezoe
16 Curren Mirotic, 7g, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
17 Admire Deus, 4c, 57, Yasunari Iwata
18 Nightflower(IRE), 3f, 53, Andrasch Starke


Big Arthur with career record of 7-6-1-0 tops a field of 15 in the grade three Keihan Hai for 3-year-olds and up.
The 1,200-meter Keihan Hai will run as a main event on the Kyoto Sunday meeting.

1 Bel Canto, 4f, 55, Yutaka Take
2 Satono Lupin, 4c, 56, Ryuji Wada
3 Wakino Brave, 5h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
4 Big Arthur, 4c, 56, Kota Fujioka
5 Ren England, 3c, 55, Yuji Hishida
6 A Shin Bullseye(USA), 4c, 56, Hugh Bowman
7 Amicable Number, 6m, 54, Masaki Katsuura
8 Smart Gear, 10h, 57, Keisuke Dazai
9 Earth Sonic, 6h, 56, Andrea Atzeni
10 Wing the Moon, 6m, 54, Shinichiro Akiyama
11 Meisho Tsugaru, 7h, 56, Manabu Sakai
12 Copano Richard, 5h, 58, Yoshihiro Furukawa
13 Belle Lumiere, 4f, 54, Shinji Kawashima
14 Sudden Storm, 6h, 56, Yusaku Kokubun
15 Fumino Moon, 3c, 55, Hideaki Miyuki


Kyoto's main event on Saturday will be the grade three Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds.
12 runners will run in the 2,000-meter race on turf.

1 Respect Earth(Manhattan Cafe), c, Keita Tosaki
2 Quelle Freude(King Kamehameha), c, Mirco Demuro
3 Admire Eikan(Heart's Cry), c, Yasunari Iwata
4 Dreadnoughtus(Harbinger), c, Yutaka Take
5 Winkle Salute(Harbinger), f, Shinichiro Akiyama
6 Cannon Storm(Workforce), c, Yuga Kawada
7 Dantsu Prius(Brian's Time), c, Ryuji Wada
8 Win Tenderness(Company), c, Shota Kato
9 On the Rocks(Samurai Heart), c, Andrea Atzeni
10 George Cinq(Vicoire Pisa), c, Hideaki Miyuki
11 Roraima(King Kamehameha), c, Christophe Lemaire
12 Copano Mirai(Company), f, Yuichi Kitamura

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Japan sends ten horses to HK International

A total of 10 Japanese horses have conformed as runners in the Longines Hong Kong International Races to be run on December 13 at Sha Tin Racecourse.

Hong Kong Cup:
A Shin Hikari
Satono Aladdin
Nuovo Record

Hong Kong Mile:
Danon Platina

Hong Kong Sprint:
Sakura Gospel
Straight Girl
Mikki Isle

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Japan Cup Trend

The last 10 favorites have registered, three firsts, three seconds and two thirds.
The longest priced winner in the last 10 years was Screen Hero, who paid 4,100 jpn yen for win as ninth favorites.
Tenno Sho Autumn runners have a good record - Six of the last 10 winners have previously raced there.
Four fillies or mares have won in the last decade.
In the last 10 years, 4-year-olds have won five times, 3-year-olds twice and 5-year-olds three times. 6-year-olds or older have not won in the same period.
Alkaased(USA) was only the foreign-trained winner in the last 10.
Recent good form of run must.

Last 10 Japan Cup Winners
2014 Epiphaneia(JPN)
2013 Gentildonna(JPN)
2012 Gentildonna(JPN)
2011 Buena Vista(JPN)
2010 Rose Kingdom(JPN)
2009 Vodka(JPN)
2008 Screen Hero(JPN)
2007 Admire Moon(JPN)
2006 Deep Impact(JPN)
2005 Alkaased(USA)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Smart Odin late charge in Tokyo Sports Hai

Smart Odin came from far behind, winning the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds on Monday at Tokyo Race Course. Yutaka Take was aboard the winner to cover the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 49.50 seconds on firm ground. A length behind, Prodigal Son was second with another neck further back Meiner Raflesia third.
Smart Odin is a 2-year-old dark bay colt by Danon Chantilly out of Lady Upstage, by Alzao.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Maurice confirms best miler in Mile Championship

Maurice proved himself the best miler in the country when he won the Mile Championship on Sunday at Kyoto Race Course. In the hands of Ryan Moore, Maurice rallied on the stretch to win the grade one 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 32.80 seconds on firm ground. A 1 1/4-length behind, Fiero finished second with another neck back Isla Bonita third. Satono Aladdin finished, another nose back, fourth.

Maurice won the Yasuda Kinen last June to dominate the grade one mile division this season. Trained by N. Hori and owned by K. Yoshida, he has now registered seventh victory of his 12 races with more than 313 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Maurice, a 4-year-old bay colt by Screen Hero out of the Carnegie mare Mejiro Frances, was bred by Togawa Farm.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes

11 juveniles have been entered to Monday's Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes at Tokyo.

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

pp HorseName(sire) sex rider
1 Meiner Rafflesia(Jungle Pocket) c  Daichi Shibata
2 Agreable(Manhattan Cafe) f Yasunari Iwata
3 Hallelujah Boy(Tosen Phantom) c Norihiro Yokoyama
4 Los Cabos(King Kamahameha) c Mirco Demuro
5 Daiwa Reaction(Symboli Kris S) c Hiroshi Kitamura
6 Killer Joe(Heart's Cry) c Kota Fujioka
7 Kamino Raiden(New England) c Yuichi Shibayama
8 Rainbow Line(Stay Gold) c Masayoshi Ebina
9 Prodigal Son(Deep Impact) c Keita Tosaki
10 Smart Odin(Danon Chantilly) c Yutaka Take
11 Taisei Summit(Daiwa Major) c Ryan Moore

Friday, November 20, 2015

Field set for 2015 Mile Champ

A maximum field of 18 horses assembles for the Mile Championship for 3-year-olds and upward on the Kyoto 1,600-meter turf course on Sunday.

Isla Bonita, winner of the 2014 Satsuki Sho, swiches to the mile event after finishing third in the Tenno Sho Autumn. This colt aims at the first victory since last year in the St. Lite Kinen.
Satono Aladdin, second in the Oct. 24 Fuji Stakes last outing, has shown good form of run at the grade level.
Fiero, runner-up in this race last year, seeks the first grade victory off second in the Oct. 31 Swan Stakes.
Maurice has won last four outings including the Yasuda Kinen last time out and will return to the course off 

more than five-month layoff.

The field for the grade one event is:

1 Vincennes, 6h, 57, Yuga Kawada
2 Keiai Elegant, 6m, 55, Yutaka Yoshida
3 Let's Go Donki, 3f, 54, Keita Tosaki
4 Daiwa Maggiore, 6h, 57, Yutaka Take
5 Isla Bonita, 4c, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
6 Arma Waioli, 3c, 56, Masaki Katsuura
7 Albiano(USA), 3f, 54, Yuichi Shibayama
8 Satono Aladdin, 4c, 57, Christophe Lemaire
9 Red Arion, 5h, 57, Haruhiko Kawasu
10 Fiero, 6h, 57, Mirco Demuro
11 Curren Black Hill, 6h, 57, Shinichiro Akiyama
12 Red Reveur, 4f, 55, Andrea Atzeni
13 Real Impact, 7h, 57, Hugh Bowman
14 Tosen Stardom, 4c, 57, Koshiro Take
15 Danon Shark, 7h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
16 Maurice, 4c, 57, Ryan Moore
17 Logotype, 5h, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
18 Clarity Sky, 3c, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

2015 Japan Cup nominations

A total of 19 horses have been  nominated to the 35th Japan Cup to be run on November 29 at Tokyo Race Course.

Japan nominations:
Admire Deus, Curren Mirotic, Gold Ship, Sounds of Earth, Jungle Cruise, Shonan Bach, Shonan Pandora, Super Moon, Derby Fizz, Hit the Target, Pelusa, Mikki Queen, Last Impact, Lovely Day, One and Only
(in random order)

Foregin nominations:
Erupt(IRE), Ito(GER), Nightflower(IRE), Trip to Paris(IRE
(in random order)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mile Championship nominations

A total of 23 horses have been nominated to Sunday's Mile Championship at Kyoto Race Course. The nominations include Isla Bonita, Maurice and Fiero.

Monday, November 23 sees the grade three Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Tokyo Race Course. A total of 11 horses have been nominated to the 1,800-meter turf race.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Marialite triumphs QE II Cup

In the hands of Masayoshi Ebina, Mrialite pulled away from the rest at around 200 meters from home and denied challenge by Nuovo Record and Touching Speech to win the grade one 2,200-meter Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Kyoto Race Course on Sunday. The 4-year-old dark bay filly won it by a neck from Nuovo Record in 2 minutes 14.90 on relatively soft ground. Another nose back, Touching Speech got third with another 1/2-length further back Rouge Buck fourth.
Bred by Northern Farm, Marialite has now won five of her 13 races for trainer T. Kubota and owner Carrot Farm. Her career earnings improved more than 175 million jp yen.
Marialite is a daughter of Deep Impact and Chrysoprase, by El Condor Pasa.

Yamakatsu Ace takes Fukushima
Yamakatsu Ace dueled with Mitra before winning the grade three Fukushima Kinen at Fukushima Race Course on Sunday. Akihide Tsumura rode the winner, covering the 2,000-meter trip in 2 minutes 2.50 seconds. A length behind, Mitra finished second with another 2-length back Phantom Light third.
Yamakatsu Ace is a 3-year-old chestnut colt by King Kamehameha out of Yamakatsu Marilyn, by Grass Wonder.

Four foreigners confirms in 2015 Japan Cup

The four foreign runners have been confirmed as runners in the 2015 Japan Cup as follows:

Trip to Paris(IRE)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nonkono Yume wins Musashino S in photo finish

Nonkono Yume just got up into the line in time to win the Musashino Stakes in a photo finish at Tokyo on Saturday. Christophe Lemaire guided the winner to complete the 1,600-meter dirt trip in 1 minute 34.70 seconds. A nose behind, Tagano Tonnerre came second with another 2-length back Moanin(USA) third.
Nonkono Yume is a 3-year-old colt by Twining out of Nonko, by Agnes Tachyon.

Air Spinel romps Daily Hai Nisai S
Air Spinel, ridden by Yutaka Take, produced a late charge to win the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes in 1 minute 35.90 seconds on soft ground at Kyoto on Saturday. Shuji came second, a 3 1/2-length behind, with Noble Mars antoher 1/2-length away third.
Air Spinel is a 2-year-old chestnut colt by King Kamehameha out of Air Messiah, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Field set for QE 2 Cup

A total of 18 fillies and mares have been entered to the grade one Queen Elizabeth 2 Cup on Sunday at Kyoto Race Course.

Lachesis, to be ridden by Ryan Moore, winner of this race last season, who made good efforts against male runners on recent runs, will break from post 10.
Nuovo Record, winner of the 2014 Japanese Oaks, who finished second in the All Comers last outing, has run well in the male grade company. She has the outside post 18.
Rouge Buck, one of the talented 3-year-old fillies, returns to the course since finishing second in the Japanese Oaks behind Mikki Queen. The long setback could be a negative material. She will break from post 15. 
Touching Speech, winner of the Rose Stakes, will break from post 8 to bounce back from sixth in the g1 Shuka Sho.

The field for the 2,200-meter race on turf is:

1 Power Spot, 7m, Hirofumi Shii
2 Queens Ring, 3f, Andrasch Starke
3 Hula Bride, 6m, Manabu Sakai
4 Lilavati, 4f, Shinichiro Akiyama
5 Tagano Etoile, 4f, Yuga Kawada
6 Remain Silent, 5m, Futoshi Komaki
7 Chateau Blanche, 5m, Kota Fujioka
8 Touching Speech, 3f, Christophe Lemaire
9 Felice Regalo, 5m, Ryuji Wada
10 Lachesis, 5m, Ryan Moore
11 Win Liberty, 4f, Kohei Matsuyama
12 Marialite, 4f, Masayoshi Ebina
13 Meisho Mambo, 5m, Koshiro Take
14 Nobori Diana, 5m, Yutaka Take
15 Rouge Buck, 3f, Keita Tosaki
16 Smart Layer, 5m, Suguru Hamanaka
17 Sundarbans, 4f, Andrea Atzeni
18 Nuovo Record, 4f, Yasunari Iwata


Fukushima's Sunday main event will be the grade three Fukushima Kinen for 3-year-olds and up. 16 horses have been entered to the 2,000-meter handicap race.

1 Yamakatsu Ace, 3c, 54, Akihide Tsumura
2 Meiner Milano, 5h, 56, Daichi Shibata
3 Shiny Prince, 5h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
4 Uncoiled(FR), 6h, 55, Yuta Nakatani
5 Meisho Suzanna, 6m, 54, Katsuma Sameshima
6 Flame Code, 6m, 52, Yuji Hishida
7 Stellar Wind, 6h, Yuichi Kitamura
8 Mitra, 7g, 57.5, Yuichi Shibayama
9 Not Formal, 3f, 51, Hiroto Mayuzumi
10 Meisho Naruto, 7g, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
11 Sekisho, 5m, 51, Masaki Katsuura
12 Fra Angelico, 7h, 55, Genki Maruyama
13 Phantom Light, 6h, 55, Hayato Yoshida
14 Barone Douphol, 5h, 54, Syu Ishibashi
15 Philopator, 6m, 51, Takashi Fujikake
16 Meisho Kampaku, 8h, 53, Yoshihiro Furukawa


The grade three Musashino Stakes for 3yo+ will be run on Saturday at Tokyo. 

Nonkono Yume, coming here with winning streak of three including the Japan Dirt Derby victory, will break from post 10.
Moanin(USA), undefeated 3-year-old colt in four starts, meets the grade company for the first time. He will break from post 5.
Goldfen Barows(USA) has shown good run in the dirt grade circuit and will break from post 11 to aim at the first grade success. 

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

1 Tsukuba Kogane O, 7g, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
2 Nishiken Mononofu, 4c, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
3 Admire Royal, 8h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
4 Feel the Smart, 4c, 56, Katsuharu Tanaka
5 Moanin(USA), 3c, 55, Yuga Kawada
6 Obruchev(USA), 6h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
7 Grape Brandy, 7h, 58, Tommy Berry
8 Bergen Cry, 5h, 56, Kosei Miura
9 Nagara Orion, 6h, 56, Yuichi Shibayama
10 Nonkono Yume, 3c, 58, Christophe Lemair
11 Golden Barows(USA), 3c, 55, Ryan Moore
12 Charlie Brave(USA), 5g, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
13 Tagano Tonnerre, 5g, 57, Keita Tosaki
14 Second Table, 3c, 55, Eishin Yoshi


On Satuday, Kyoto hosts the grade two Daily Hai Nisai Stakes for 2yo, to which 14 horses have been entered.

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

1 Win Mut, c, Andrea Atzeni
2 Deputy Sky, c, Yuichi Kitamura
3 Richie Richie(IRE), c, Andrasch Starke
4 Water Million, c, Koshiro Take
5 T M Hayabusa, c, Kyosuke Kokubun
6 Maple King, c, Yoshihito Nagaoka
7 Night of Knights, c, Kohei Matsuyama
8 King Lion(USA), c, Kenichi Ikezoe
9 A Shin Gigant, c, Hideaki Miyuki
10 Noble Mars, c, Ryo Takakura(JPN)
11 Lahat Chereb, c, Suguru Hamanaka
12 Crowned Jack, f, Ryuji Wada
13 Air Spinel, c, Yutaka Take
14 Shuji, c, Yasunari Iwata

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This Week JRA Graded Races

Here is the lineup of this week's JRA graded races

Queen Elizabeth II Cup, grade one
Sunday, Nov. 15 at Kyoto Race Course
3yo+ fillies and mares 2,200-meter turf right-handed

Fukushima Kinen, grade three
Sunday, Nov. 15 at Fukushima Race Course
3yo+ 2,000-meter turf right-handed

Tokyo Chunichi Sports Hai Musashino Stakes, grade three
Saturday, Nov. 14 at Tokyo Race Course
3yo+ 1,600-meter dirt left-handed

Daily Hai Nisai Stakes, grade two
Saturday, Nov. 14 at Kyoto Race Course
2yo 1,600-meter turf right-handed

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Favorite wins Copa Republica Argentina

Hayato Yoshida on race favorite Gold Actor drew upon to Meisho Kadomatsu by every stride and just got up in the nick of time, winning the grade two Copa Republica Argentina in 2 minutes 34.00 seconds on the Tokyo 2,500-meter course on soft ground. A head behind, Meisho Kadomatsu came second with another 2 1/2-length away Reve Mistral third.
Gold Actor is a 4year-old seal brown colt by Screen Hero out of Heilong Xing, by Kyowa Alysheba.

Roi Jardin upsets Miyako S
7th favorite Roi Jardin took the inside path in the final stage to win the grade three 1,800-meter Miyako Stakes under Suguru Hamanaka in 1 minute 47.80 seconds on sloppy surface at Kyoto on Sunday. Before a head victory, he had to deny challenge by Kazenoko. A head separated the two. Another neck behind, Roman Legend finished third.
Roi Jardin is a 4-year-old bay colt by King Kamehameha out of the Sunday Silence mare Agnes Chocolat.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Ball Lightning wins Keio Hai Nisai S

Ball Lightning with Masayoshi Ebina up took a good position to win the grade two Keio Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Tokyo on Saturday. The Daiwa Major colt won it by a 1 1/4-length from Admire Morale in 1 minute 22.60 seconds on firm ground. Third was, another nose behind, Shadow Approroach.
Ball Lightning is a 2-year-old chestnut colt out of Definite, by Dehere.

Candy Barows takes Fantasy S
Christophe Lemaire forced Candy Barows into contention in the very final stage and just got up in the nick of time to win the grade three KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Kyoto on Saturday. The final time for the 1,400-meter turf race was 1 minute 21.0 seconds. A head behind, Medjerda finished second with another neck back Blanc Bonheur third.
Candy Barows is a 2-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Affrettata, by Taiki Shuttle.

Friday, November 06, 2015

JRA Graded Races This Week(Nov.7 and 8 2015)

A maximum field of 18 has been entered to Sunday's Copa Republica Argentina at Tokyo Race Course.

Gold Actor could be the one to watch. The 4-year- old colt, who gained two victories as many starts this season, attempts to follow in the footsteps of his sire Screen Hero, who won this race and subsequently became the Japan Cup hero in 2008.

The field for the 2,500-meter turf race:

1 Super Moon, 6h, 55, Hiroyuki Uchida
2 Prince Pesca, 5h, 53, Shigefumi Kumazawa
3 Meiner Frost, 4c, 57, Masami Matsuoka
4 Wagenseil, 7g, 54, Hironobu Tanabe
5 Suzuka Devious, 4c, 56, Kota Fujioka
6 Recondite, 5h, 55, Yoshitomi Shibata
7 Fragarach, 8h, 57, Ryo Takakura
8 Promontorio, 5h, 55, Cristian Demuro
9 Satono Noblesse, 5h, 58, Ryuji Wada
10 Hiraboku Deep, 5h, 57, Kenichi Ikezoe
11 Saimon Tornare, 9h, 49, Shinichi Ishigami
12 Love Is Boo Shet, 6h, 57, Yoshihiro Furukawa
13 Longing Dancer, 6h, 53, Yutaka Yoshida
14 Meisho Kadomatsu, 6h, 55, Masayoshi Ebina
15 Gold Actor, 4c, 56, Hayato Yoshida
16 Meiner Medalist, 7h, 56, Daichi Shibata
17 New Dynasty, 6h, 55, Yukito Ishikawa
18 Reve Mistral, 3c, 55, Yuga Kawada


Kyoto's Sunday main event will be the grade three Miyako Stakes for 3yo+.

The field for the 1,800-meter dirt event is:

1 Roman Legend, 7h, 58, Yasunari Iwata
2 Roi Jardin, 4c, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
3 Monde Classe, 4c, 56, Kosei Miura
4 Kazenoko, 4c, 58, Shinichiro Akiyama
5 A Shin Moreover, 9h, 58, Futoshi Komaki
6 Meiner Crop, 5h, 57, Andrea Atzeni
7 Asukano Roman, 4c, 56, Keisuke Dazai
8 Three Titan, 6g, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
9 Kurino Star O, 5h, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
10 Solor, 5h, 56, Christophe Lemaire
11 Danon Liberty, 3c, 54, Keita Tosaki


18 two-year-olds have been entered to the grade two Keio Hai Nisai Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday.

The field for the 1,400-meter turf race is:

1 Red Carpet, c, Andrea Atzeni
2 Borderless, f, Norihiro Yokoyama
3 Odysseus, c, Kosei Miura
4 Shadow Approach, c, Cristian Demuro
5 Komano Dream, f, Teruo Eda
6 Hilda, f, Yuichi Shibayama
7 King Lion(USA), c, Andrasch Starke
8 Red Lauda, c, Fuma Matsuwaka
9 Free Movement, c, Kyosuke Maruta
10 Mazakku Yasu, f, Masami Matsuoka
11 Fujimasa Actress, f, Katsuharu Tanaka
12 Moses, c, Yoshitomi Shibata
13 Tosho Drafter, c, Yutaka Yoshida
14 Top License, f, Keita Tosaki
15 Admire Morale, c, Hironobu Tanabe
16 Saimon Seele, c, Hideaki Miyuki
17 Annatorte, f, Hiroshi Kitamura
18 Ball Lightning, c, Masayoshi Ebina


The Fantasy Stakes for 2yo fillies will be run on Saturday at Kyoto. 12 fillies will contend in the 1,400-meter race on turf.

1 Kirishima Ojo, Yuichi Kitamura
2 Pure Concert, Futoshi Komaki
3 Medjerda, Hirofumi Shii
4 Admire Lead, Yuga Kawada
5 Taisei Malaika, Kota Fujioka
6 Blanc Bonheur, Yasunari Iwata
7 One to One, Kenichi Ikezoe
8 Cerezo Primavera, Ryuji Wada
9 Meisho Suizuki, Yutaka Take
10 Tagano Viale, Suguru Hamanaka
11 Candy Barows, Christophe Lemaire
12 Copano Deal, Ryo Takakura

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Copano Rickey wins JBC Classic two consecutive years

Yutaka Take' steered Copano Rickey led the field of 16 from the start and went all the way, winning the JBC Classic in two consecutive years on Tuesday. The final time was 2 minutes 4.40 seconds on the Ohi 2,000-meter dirt track.
Sound True came second, a 2 1/2-length behind, with race favorite Hokko Tarumae finishing another 1/2-length back in third. Fourth was Chrysolite followed by Happy Sprint.
Copano Rickey, trained at JRA Ritto by A. Murayama, is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Gold Allure out of Copano Nikita, by Timber Country.

Corin Berry wire-to-wire victory in JBC Sprint
Corin Berry led all the way to win the JBC Sprint under Kohei Matsuyama in 1 minute 10.90 seconds. Race favorite Danon Legend(USA) finished second, a 3/4-length behind, with Best Warrior(USA) third and Laser Bullet fourth.
Corin Berry, trained at JRA Miho by J. Ono, is a 4-year-old chestnut filly by South Vigorous out of Korin la Vie En, by Mythic Tribe.

White Fugue romps JBC Ladies' Classic
White Fugue, ridden by Takuya Ono, put her neck into the front at around 200 meters from home, and yet she won the JBC Ladies' Classic by a decisive 5-length from Sambista in 1 minute 51.50 seconds. Third was, another 2 1/2-length behind, Trois Bonheur with Amour Briller(USA) another 1/2-length away fourth.
White Fugue, trained at JRA Miho by N. Takagi, is a 3-year-old grey filly by Kurofune out of Marine Winner, by Fuji Kiseki.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

2105 NAR JBC Classic, Sprint & Ladies Classic

Ohi Race Track hosts the NAR three g1 JBC races, namely, the JBC Classic, the JBC Sprint and the JBC Ladies' Classic, to be run on Tuesday, November 3.

JBC Classic
3yo+ 2,000-meter dirt right-handed

1 Chrysolite, 5h, 57, Y. Kawada
2 Oguri Time, 5h, 57, Y. Ishikawa
3 Taisei Roman, 6h, 57, S. Harita
4 Eurobeat, 6g, 57, K. Tosaki
5 Sound True, 5g, 57, T. Ono
6 Classical Nova, 7h, 57, Y. Iwata
7 Reward Leblon, 7h, 57, H. Yoshihara
8 Nihonpiro Ours, 8h, 57, M. Sakai
9 Mayano Credo, 7h, 57, T. Imai
10 Hokko Tarumae, 6h, 57, H. Miyuki
11 Meisho Percy, 6h, 57, M. Miyagawa
12 Grand City, 8h, 57, A. Tsumura
13 Happy Sprint, 4c, 57, M. Demuro
14 Summit Stone, 7h, 57, S. Ishizaki
15 Copano Rickey, 5h, 57, Y. Take
16 Outgeneral, 5h, 57, T. Yano

JBC Sprint
3yo+ 1,200-meter dirt right-handed

1 Tagano Zingaro, 8h, 57, K. Kimura
2 Corin Berry, 4f, 57, K. Matsuyama
3 Laser Bullet, 7h, 57, K. Tasaki
4 Cosmo Financier, 6h, 57, T. Sato
5 Jo Meteor, 9h, 57, H. Sakai
6 Danon Legend(USA), 5h, 57, M. Demuro
7 Northern River, 7h, 57, M. Ebina
8 Satono Tiger, 7h, 57, S. Sakai
9 Virtual Truck, 7h, 57, T. Nagamori
10 Best Warrior(USA), 5h, 57, Y. Kawada
11 Saint Memory, 8h, 57, K. Motohashi
12 Algorithm, 7h, 57, T. Mori
13 Gaudy, 7h, 57, R. Akamine
14 Dream Valentino, 8h, 57, Y. Iwata
15 Poison Black, 6h, 57, S. Hamanaka
16 Maruka Bakken, 8h, 57, T. Imano

JBC Ladies' Classic
3yo+ f&m, 1,800-meter, dirt, right-handed

1 Yusei Queen Sa, 5m, 55, H. Chida
2 Katyusha, 6m, 55, Y. Kawada
3 White Fugue, 3f, 53, T. Ono
4 Not Authority, 4f, 55, S. Akaoka
5 Ryugu no Tsukai, 4f, 55, S. Yamazaki
6 Sambista, 6m, 55, Y. Iwata
7 Amour Briller(USA), 4f, 55, S. Hamanaka
8 Actif, 3f, 53, R. Akamine
9 Touch Duel, 6m, 55, T. Sato
10 Blue Chipper, 5m, 55, H. Miyuki
11 Asuka Libre, 6m, 55, M. Honda
12 Bora Tosho, 5m, 55, T. Takano
13 Canyon Valley, 5m, 55, Y. Take
14 Saimon Garland,  6m, 55, T. Yano
15 Black  Baccarat, 4f, 55, T. Nagamori
16 Trois Bonheur, 5m, 55, K. Tosaki

What a Lovely Day in Tenno Sho Autumn

What a lovely season he has! His name is Lovely Day, who just gained the sixth grade victory of the season as he won the Tenno Sho Autumn at Tokyo Race Course this afternoon.
Jockey Suguru Hamanaka reunited him to travel the 2,000-meter distance in 1 minute 58.40 seconds for  the final time of the Tenno Sho.
Lovely Day strode clear when leaving the 200-meter maker. Staphanos, Isla Bonita and Shonan Pandora chased after him, but neither of them could catch him.
Staphanos came second, a 1/2-length behind the winner. Another 3/4 length back, Isla Bonita came third with Shonan Pandora fourth and Ambitious fifth.

Lovely Day has raced in the color of K. Makoto Holding Co. and the saddle of tainer Y. Ikee with nine wins in 25 career starts. His career earnings improved to more than 647 million jp yen.
Bred by Northern Farm, Lovely Day is a 5-year-old dark bay horse by King Kamehameha out of Popcorn Jazz, by Dance in the Dark.