Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sound True rallies in Tokyo Daishoten

Sound True came from behind to win the 61st Tokyo Daishoten under Takuya Ono this afternoon  at Ohi Track. Sound True, trained at JRA Miho by N. Takagi, flew past Hokko Tarumae in the blink of an eye to reach the winning post in 2 minutes 3.00 seconds over the 2,000-meter Ohi dirt track. A 1 3/4-length behind, Hokko Tarumae finished second with another 6-length back Wonder Acute third.
Sound True is a 5-year-old chestnut gelding by French Deputy out of the Fuji Kiseki mare Kyoei Truth.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Gold Actor takes Arima Kinen

Gold Actor showed a great performance this afternoon when he won the Arima Kinen under Hayato Yoshida at Nakayama Racecourse. 
Gold Actor raced behind the leading pack and draw out at the very final stage. Before a neck victory in the final time of 2 minutes 33 seconds, he had to deny challenge by Sounds of Earth. Another head back, third place was Kitasan Black, who led the field of 16 from start. Race favorite Gold Ship finished 8th.

Trainer T. Nakagawa's decision not to run Gold Actor in the Japan Cup was justified with this victory.

Owned by K. Ishiro and bred by Hokusho Farm, Gold Actor, a 4-year-old brown colt by Screen Hero out of the Kyowa Alysheba mare Heilong Xing, has now won seven of his 13 races with almost 420 million jpn yen in career earnings.

Hartley wins Hopeful S
Hartley produced an excellent rally to win the grade two Hopeful Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday. Masayoshi Ebina rode the winner, completing the 2,000-meter trip in 2 minutes 1.80 seconds. A 1 1/4-length behind, Lord Quest came second with another 1 3/4-length away Battistini third.
Hartley is a 2-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Wickedly Perfect, by Congrats.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Gold Ship early favorite for Arima Kinen

As of Saturday, Gold ship has been installed as the 4.1(31/10) favorite for the Arima Kinen. Lovely Day was the 4.4(17/5) second favorite followed by Kitasan Black 6.8(29/5) and Lia Fail 7.4(32-5).
The post time for the Arima Kinen will be at 3:25 p.m. JST on Sunday, December 27, 2015.

Thrilling finish in Hanshin Cup

Rosa Gigantea, ridden by Mirco Demuro, won the grade two Hanshin Cup after a thrilling neck-and-neck battle with Dance Director, who came second, a nose behind. Another 1 1/2-length behind, Big Arthur was thir place.
The final time for the 1,400-meter distance on Hanshin turf was 1 minute 21.40 seconds.
Rosa Gigantea is a 4-year-old black colt by Fuji Kiseki out of Turfrose, by Big Shuffle.

Field of 2015 Tokyo Daishoten

A total of 14 including six JRA horses have been entered to the NAR grade one Tokyo Daishoten to be run on December, 29 at Ohi track.

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

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(in kgs), Rider
1 Namura Victor, 6h, 57 S. Akiyama
2 Pretiolas, 6h, 57, K. Motohashi
3 Yusei Queen Sa, 5m, 55, Ro. Yokokawa
4 Wonder Acute, 9h, 57, R. Wada
5 Sound True, 5g, 57, T. Ono
6 Happy Sprint, 4c, 57, M. Miyazaki
7 Summit Stone, 7h, 57, S. Ishizaki
8 Keiai Leone, 5h, 57, D. Mashima
9 Falcon Claw, 6h, 57, R. Tatsushiro
10 Grand City, 8h, 57, Y. Iwata
11 Copano Rickey, 5h, 57, Y. Take
12 Eurobeat, 6g, 57, H. Yoshihara
13 Hokko Tarumae, 6h, 57, H. Miyuki
14 Touch Duel, 6m, 55, T. Uchida

Friday, December 25, 2015

Field drawn for 2015 Arima Kinen

16 horses assemble for the Arima Kinen(Grand Prix), the biggest season-ending race, at Nakayama Racecourse on Sunday. It looks like a wide-open contest.

Last Impact, second in the Japan Cup, drew post 3. 
Tenno Sho Autumn winner Lovely Day, who finished third in the Japan Cup, drew post 4. 
Albert(post 6) and Gold Actor(post 7), both whom are stepping up to the highest level, meet the top company for the first time.
Kitasan Black, winner of the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger), drew post 11 to face the top older horses.
Lia Fail, a narrow third in the Kikuka Sho, drew post 12.
Rouge Buck, one of the top 3-year-old fillies, has post 13.
Gold Ship, well-beaten in the Japan Cup, will appear on the course as his farewell race. He drew post 15.
Marialite, winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, has post 16.

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

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(in kgs), Rider
1 Ocean Blue, 7h, 57, Yukito Ishikawa
2 Hit the Target, 7h, 57, Futoshi Komaki
3 Last Impact, 5h, 57, Yuji Hishida
4 Lovely Day, 5h, 57, Yuga Kawada
5 Admire Deus, 4c, 57, Yasunari Iwata
6 Albert, 4c, 57, Andrea Atzeni
7 Gold Actor, 4c, 57, Hayato Yoshida
8 One and Only, 4c, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
9 Sounds of Earth, 4c, 57, Mirco Demuro
10 Tosen Reve, 7h, 57, Hugh Bowman
11 Kitasan Black, 3c, 55, Norihiro Yokoyama
12 Lia Fail, 3c, 55, Christophe Lemaire
13 Rouge Buck, 3f, 53, Keita Tosaki
14 Derby Fizz, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
15 Gold Ship, 6h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
16 Marialite, 4f, 55, Masayoshi Ebina


Right before the Arima Kinen on the Sunday program at Nakayama, the grade two Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds will be run. 13 colts will contest the 2,000-meter race.

pp HorseName(sire) Rider
1 Admire Eikan(Heart's Cry) Yasunari Iwata
2 Prince Charmant(Jungle Pocket) Keita Tosaki
3 Neko Dancer(Black Tide) Syu Ishibashi
4 On the Rocks(Samurai Heart) Yuga Kawada
5 Love Leo(Symboli Kris S) Kosei Miura
6 Hartley(Deep Impact) Hugh Bowman
7 Dee Majesty(Deep Impact) Masayoshi Ebina
8 Battistini(King Kamehameha) Christophe Lemaire
9 Lord Quest(Matsurida Gogh) Mirco Demuro
10 Prayer Samson(Meisho Samson) Andrea Atzeni
11 Brave Smash(Tosen Phantom) Norihiro Yokoyama
12 Crown Sky(Meisho Bowler) Hayato Yoshida
13 Black Spinel(Tanino Gimlet) Fuma Matsuwaka


Saturday's main event at Hanshin Racecourse will be the grade two Hanhin Cup for 3-year-olds and up. A total of 17runners have been entered to the 1,400-meter turf race.

pp HorseName, AgeSex, Weight(in kgs), Rider
1 Big Arthur, 4c, 57, Kota Fujioka
2 Daiwa Maggiore, 6h, 57, Andrea Atzeni
3 Afford, 7h, 57, Ryuji Wada
4 T M Taiho, 6h, 57, Daisaku Matsuda
5 Uliuli, 5m, 55, Yasunari Iwata
6 Sunrise Major, 6h, 57, Kenichi Ikezoe
7 Active Minoru, 3c, 56, Yutaka Take
8 Danon Shark, 7h, 57, Christophe Lemaire
9 Meisho Liner, 5h, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
10 Meisho Tsugaru, 7h, 57, Yoshihiro Furukawa
11 Tagano Burg, 4c, 57, Yuga Kawada
12 Arma Waioli, 3c, 56, Masaki Katsuura
13 Rosa Gigantea, 4c, 57, Mirco Demuro
14 Clarente, 6h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
15 Dance Director, 5h, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
16 Meiner Aurato, 4c, 57, Hugh Bowman
17 Smart Orion, 5h, 57, Koshiro Take

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Final week of the season - JRA graded races

On Sunday, December 27,  the Arima Kinen(Grand Prix) for 3yo+ over 2,500 meters on turf will be run at Nakayama Racecourse. A total of 20 horses remain on the final nomination stage of the biggest season-ending race. On the same day, Nakayama Racecourse features the 2,000-meter Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds, to which 16 horses have been nominated.

On Saturday, December 26, Hanshin Racecourse hosts the grade two Hanshin Cup for 3yo+. A total of 20 horses have been nominated to the 1,400-meter turf race.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Leontes rallies in Futurity Stakes

Leontes, at his only second start, rallied in the stretch to win the grade one Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday. Mirco Demuro rode the winner, completing the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 34.40 seconds.
Leontes, a half brother to 2014 Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia, raced at the dead last in the early stage, but he displayed an outstanding stretch run to get past favorite Air Spinel for a 3/4-length victory.
A 4-length behind Air Spinel, Shadow Approach was third place.
Trained by K. Sumii and owned by Carrot Farm, Leontes has now won two as many starts with more than 78 million jpn yen. Northern Farm was bred the 2-year-old dark bay colt, by King Kamehameha out of Cesario, by Special Week.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Air Spinel early favorite for Futurity S

As of Saturday, Air Spinel has been installed as the 1.7(7-10) favorite for the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hanshin on Sunday. Leontes was the 6.0(5-1) second favorite followed by Shuji 8.9(79-10).

Sambista retired
Sambista, recent winner of the Champions Cup, has been retired from racing. She will be bred at Grand Stud.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Field drawn for Futurity Stakes

A field of 16 has drawn for the grade one Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds on Sunday at Nakayama Hanshin Racecourse.

Air Spinel, the possible favorite who romped the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes last outing, drew post 11.
Shuji, second in the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes behind Air Spinel, drew post 12.
Bold Lightning, winner of the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes, has post 9.
Impressive maiden winner Leontes, whose dam is Cesario, has post 15.

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

pp HorseName(sire) sex rider
1 Saimon Seele(Kinshasa no Kiseki) c Hideaki Miyuki
2 Shonan Rise(Daiwa Major) c Kenichi Ikezoe
3 Admire Morale(Kinshasa no Kiseki) c Hironobu Tanabe
4 Copano Deal(Empire Maker) f Hirofumi Shii
5 Win Oscar(Screen Hero) c Kohei Matsuyama
6 Yu Change(Swift Current) c Yuga Kawada
7 Immortal(Manhattan Cafe) c Koshiro Take
8 Two M Legend(French Deputy) c Keisuke Dazai
9 Ball Lightning(Daiwa Major) c Masayoshi Ebina
10 Taisei Summit(Daiwa Major) c Andrea Atzeni
11 Air Spinel(King Kamehameha) c Yutaka Take
12 Shuji(Kinshasa no Kiseki) c Yasunari Iwata
13 Shadow Approach(Jungle Pocket) c Yuta Nakatani
14 Hallelujah Boy(Tsen Phantom) c Suguru Hamanaka
15 Leontes(King Kamehameha) c Mirco Demuro
16 Thrilla in Manila(Kinshasa no Kiseki) c Ryuji Wada

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Major Emblem romps Hanshin Juvenile F

Race favorite Major Emblem, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, took a sole lead entering the final stretch, and then went on to win the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday. She won the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 34.50 seconds by a 2-length from Win Fabulous, who finished a 1 1/4-length before Blanc Bonheur in second place.
Major Emblem, trained by Y. Tamura and owned by Sunday Racing Co., has now won three of her four races with more than 94 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Farm was bred the 2-year-old chestnut filly, by Daiwa Major out of Catchy Title, by Opera House.

Kikuno Storm takes Capella Stakes
Kikuno Storm rallied on the outside to pick up the Capella Stakes victory at Nakayama on Sunday. Hiroyuki Uchida was aboard the winner, traveling the 1,200-meter distance in 1 minute 9.70 seconds for the final time.
Kajiki finished, a neck behind, second place with Maruka Fleet another 1/2-length away third.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Fluky rallies in Challenge Cup

Fluky rallied on the inside down the final stretch to win the grade three Challenge Cup in 1 minute 46.10 seconds over 1,800 meters on the Hanshin turf course. The winning rider was Micro Demuro. A 1 1/2-length behind the winner, Historical finished second with another 1/2-length away Siberian Superb third.
Fluky is a 5-year-old black horse by Redoute's Choice out of Sunday Smile, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Field of Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

A maximum field of 18 fillies is set for the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Sunday at Hanshin Racecourse.

The major players could be: Denko Ange and Major Emblem, who finished first and second, respectively, in the grade three Artemis Stakes on Oct. 31; Candy Barow and Blanc Bonheur, first and third in the grade three Fantasy Stakes respectively.

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

1 Admire Lead(Stay Gold) Yuji Hishida
2 Major Emblem(Daiwa Major) Christophe Lemaire
3 Ma Cherie Girl(Tosen Phantom) Norihiro Yokoyama
4 Queue du Lapin(Daiwa Major) Hironobu Tanabe
5 Personnalite(Stay Gold) Daichi Shibata
6 Meisho Suizuki(Pyro) Kenichi Ikezoe
7 Crocosmia(Stay Gold) Masaki Katsuura
8 Major Typhoon(Daiwa Major) Shinji Kawashima
9 At the Seaside(King Kamehameha) Kosei Miura
10 Peptide Supple(Manhattan Cafe) Yoshihiro Furukawa
11 Blanc Bonheur(Deep Impact) Yasunari Iwata
12 Win Mireille(Stay Gold) Kohie Matsuyama
13 Win Fabulous(Stay Gold) Masami Matsuoka
14 Gentle Heart(Daiwa Major) Kota Fujioka
15 Candy Barows(Deep Impact) Andrea Atzeni
16 Kirishima Ojo(Squirtle Squirt) Futoshi Komaki
17 Denko Ange(Meisho Samson) Yuga Kawada
18 Medjerda(Deep Impact) Hirofumi Shii


16 horses will run in the grade three Capella Stakes for 3yo+ at Nakayama on Sunday. 
The field for the 1,200-meter dirt race is:

1 Tokino Genji, 7h, 56, ASkihide Tsumura
2 Kyoei Asura, 8h, 56, Yuji Tannai
3 Derma Nurarihyon, 5h, 56, Hatsuhiro Kowata
4 A Shin Valor, 4c, 56, Yukito Ishikawa
5 Sakura Adonis, 7h, 56, Yoshitsugu Okada
6 Curtis Barows, 5h, 56, Teruo Eda
7 Sound Gaga(USA), 6m, 54, Yuichi Shibsayama
8 Taisei Phantom, 7h, 56, Takuya Ono
9 Admire Sagace, 7h, 56, Kyosuke Kokubun
10 A Shin Top(USA), 5h, 57, Koshiro Take
11 Shigeru Kaga, 4c, 57, Yutaka Yoshida
12 Maruka Fleet, 9h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
13 Kajiki, 6h, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
14 Kikuno Storm, 6h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
15 Million Volts(USA), 6h, 56, Toshiki Inoue
16 Satono Tiger, 7h, 56, Seiji Sakai


A total of 18 have been entered to the grade three Challenge Cup on Saturday at Hanshin Racecourse.

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

1 Katie Pride, 5h, 53, Suguru Hamanaka
2 Tagano Etoile, 4f, 53, Yuga Kawada
3 Meiner Milano, 5h, 56, Daichi Shibata
4 Spirits Minoru, 3c, 53, Manabu Sakai
5 Action Star, 5h, 53, Kenichi Ikezoe
6 Dantsu Cancer, 4f, 51, Takuma Ogino
7 Siberian Superb, 6h, 54, Kohei Matsuyama
8 Bad Boy, 5h, 53, Ryuji Wada
9 Chateau Blanche, 5m, 54, Kota Fujioka
10 Historical, 6h, 57, Christophe Lemaire
11 Fluky, 5h, 57, Mirco Demuro
12 Meisho Uzushio, 8h, 52, Shinichiro Akiyama
13 Red Arion, 5h, 58, Yasunari Iwata
14 World Ace, 6h, 57.5, Hugh Bowman
15 Zelos, 6h, 54, Ryo Takakura
16 Makoto Brillar, 5m, 52, Hirofumi Shii
17 Deus Vult, 7g, 55, Yutaka Take
18 Meisho Naruto, 7g, 57, Hideaki Miyuki

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

This week's JRA graded races

67th Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, grade one
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Hanshin Racecourse
2yo fillies 1,600-meter turf right-handed
27 nominations

Capella Stakes, grade three
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Nakayama Racecourse
3yo+ 1,200-meter dirt right-handed
43 nominations

Challenge Cup, grade three
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Hanshin Racecourse
3yo+ handicap 1,800-meter turf right-handed
19 nominations


A total of 10 Japanese horses will run in the Hong Kong International Races this Sunday.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Sambista upset victory in Champions C

Sambista became the first female horse to win the Champions Cup at Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday. 12th favorite Sambista took a good position, behind the leading group, before pulling away from the rest at the deep stretch. Mirco Demuro rode her in covering the 1,800-meter trip in 1 minute 50.40 seconds on fast track.
Nonkono Yume rallied on the rail to finish second place, a 1 1/2-length behind the winner. Another neck behind, Sound True was third with Roi Jardin fouth and Hokko Tarumae fifth.
In the color of K. Hishida Breeders Union and the saddle of trainer K. Sumii, Sambista has now won 11 of her 28 

races with more than 376 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Grand Stud was bred Sambista, a 6-year-old dark bay mare by Suzuka Mambo out of White Carnival, by Misil.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Nonkono Yume early favorite for Champions Cup

After closing Saturday betting round, the favorite for the Champions Cup went to Nonkono Yume at odd of 3.4(12/5). The second favorite was Copano Rickey at 3.7(27/10) followed by Hokko Tarumae 4.3(33/10), Sound True 10.0(9/1) and Gun Pit(AUS) 12.7(117/10).

Albert romps Stayers S

Race favorite Albert, ridden by Ryan Moore, went into the front at the mide-stretch, and yet he won the Stayers Stakes by a decisive 5-length from Comfy with another neck back Twinkle third. The final time for the 3,600-meter race was 3 minutes 45.90 seconds.
Albert is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Admire Don out of Folklore, by Dance in the Dark.

Mitra victorious in Kinko Sho
Mitora raced behind the leading pack under Yuichi Shibayama to win the grade two Kinko Sho in 1 minute 58.80 seconds over the Chukyo 2,000-meter turf course. A 1 1/4-length behind, Decipher came second with Satono Noblesse finishing another head away in third.
Mitra is a 7-year-old dark bay gelding by Symboli Kris S out of Aigrette, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Field set for Champions Cup

16 horses will go for the dirt grade one Champions Cup at Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday.

Hokko Tarumae, multiple grade one winner who finished third in the JBC Classic last outing, drew post 13.
Having won the JBC Classic, front-running Copano Rickey drew post 7.
Nonkono Yume, stretch runner who has won last four starts, drew post 1.
Sound True, runner-up in the JBC Classic, drew post 2.
Gun Pit(AUS) of Hong Kong, coming off three straight victories, drew post 14.

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

pp HorseName AgeSex Weight(in kgs) rider
1 Nonkono Yume, 3c, 56, Christophe Lemaire
2 Sound True, 5g, 57, Takuya Ono
3 Wonder Acute, 9h, 57, Ryuji Wada
4 Sambista, 6m, 55, Mirco Demuro
5 Nihonpiro Ours, 8h, 57, Manabu Sakai
6 Namura Victor, 6h, 57, Shinichiro Akiyama
7 Copano Rickey, 5h, 57, Yutaka Take
8 Danon Liberty, 3c, 56, Andrea Atzeni
9 Roman Legend, 7h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
10 Grape Brandy, 7h, 57, Ryan Moore
11 Corin Berry, 4f, 55, Kohei Matsuyama
12 Kurino Star O, 5h, 57, Hugh Bowman
13 Hokko Tarumae, 6h, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
14 Gun Pit(AUS), 5g, 57, Zachary Purton
15 Grand City, 8h, 57, Akihide Tsumura
16 Roi Jardin, 4c, 57, Suguru Hamanaka


Nakayama Racecoure hosts the grade two Sports Nippon Sho Stayers Stakes for 3yo+ at Saturday.
The field for the 3,600-meter marathon race is:

1 Twinkle, 4c, 56, Kosei Miura
2 Albert, 4c, 56, Ryan Moore
3 Meiner Medalist, 7h, 56, Daichi Shibata
4 Godfroy, 5m, 54, Takuya Ono
5 Neo Black Dia, 7h, 56, Shinichiro Akiyama
6 Yukino Samurai, 6h, 56, Kyosuke Kokubun
7 Comfy, 6h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
8 Meisho Kadomatsu, 6h, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
9 K I Chosan, 5h, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
10 Saimon Tornare, 9h, 56, Kyosuke Maruta
11 Fata Morgana, 7g, 56, Keita Tosaki
12 Toruk Makto, 5h, 56, Tommy Berry
13 Wagenseil, 7g, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
14 Suzuka Devious, 4c, 56, Andrea Atzeni
15 Kanon, 5m, 54, Hiroyuki Uchida
16 Prince Pesca, 5h, 56, Shigefumi Kumazawa


The grade two Kinko Sho will be run as the main event at the Chukyo Saturday meeting.
The field for the 2,000-meter turf event is:

1 Decipher, 6h, 57, Hirofumi Shii
2 Satono Noblesse, 5h, 56, Ryuji Wada
3 Meisho Mambo, 5m, 54, Koshiro Take
4 Aroma Cafe, 8h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
5 Reve Mistral, 3c, 56, Yuga Kawada
6 Majesty Hearts, 5h, 56, Kazuma Mori
7 Ocean Blue, 7h, 56, Hugh Bowman
8 Beruf, 3c, 55, Yasunari Iwata
9 Passion Dance, 7h, 56, Mirco Demuro
10 Mitra, 7g, 56, Yuichi Shibayama
11 Meiner Frost, 4c, 56, Masami Matsuoka
12 Clarente, 6h, 56, Hironobu Tanabe

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

2015 Champions Cup

A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the Champions Cup, the grade one 1,800-meter dirt race, for 3-year-olds and upward at Chukyo Racecourse this Sunday.
The nominations include Hokko Tarumae, Copano Rickey, Nonkono Yume and Hong Kong-trained Gun Pit(AUS).