Thursday, December 29, 2016

Apollo Kentucky wins Tokyo Daishoten


Fifth favorite Apollo Kentucky(USA) put up with a great performance to win the 62nd Tokyo Daishoten at Ohi on Thursday afternoon. Hiroyuki Uchida sent Aplllo Kentucky into a third spot behind Copano Rickey and Awardee(USA) before taking a command outside 200 meters from home in winning the 2,000-meter race in 2 minutes 5.80 seconds on dirt surface. A 1 1/2-length behind, Awardee finsihed second with Sound True, a neck behind, third.
Owned by Apollo Thoroughbred Club and bred by Doug Branham, Apollo Kentucky has now won eight of his 19 races.
Trained at JAR Ritto by K. Yamauchi, the USA-bred 4-year-old bay colt is by Longfuhr out of Dixiana Delight, by Gone West.

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 Tokyo Daishoten



A total of 14 horses assemble for the grade one Tokyo Daishoten, the NAR biggest season-ending race, held on Thursday, December 28 at Ohi track. Seven JRA entries are Copano Rickey, Mozu Raijin, Nonkono Yume, Awardee(USA), Kazenoko, Apollo Kentucky(USA) and Sound True.

The post position for the 2,000-meter race is:

1 Major Presence, 6g, Hirokazu Kato
2 Copano Rickey, 6h, Keita Tosaki
3 Spire, 7h, Fumio Matoba
4 Mozu Raijin, 4c, Hironobu Tanabe
5 Nonkono Yume, 4g, Christophe Lemaire
6 Happy Sprint, 5h, Hiroto Yoshihara
7 Sand Platina, 3c, Takayuki Yano
8 Awardee(USA), 6h, Yutaka Take
9 Kazenoko, 5h, Yuga Kawada
10 Wagenseil, 8g, Kosei Akimoto
11 Apollo Kentucky(USA), 4c, Hiroyuki Uchida
12 Cosmo Kaupili, 5h, Shuji Akaoka
13 Studium, 5h, Shun Ishizaki
14 Sound True, 6g, Takuya Ono

weight: 57 kgs for 4yo+, 3yo allowed 2 kgs.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Diamond shines again in Arima


Having won the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger) last month, Satono Diamond gained a thrilling victory in the Arima Kinen at Nakayama on Sunday.
Kitasan Black with Gold Actor running right behind him was heading for the finish line down the stretch, and Satono Diamond emerged on the far outside. The best running speed of the three in the closing stage was Satono Diamond, who rushed into the winning post ahead of the other two. Christophe Lemaire on Satono Diamond won it by a neck from Kitasan Black in 2 minutes 32.60 seconds for the 2,500-meter trip.  Gold Actor was, another 1/2-length away, third. 
Satono Diamond has raced under the color of H. Satomi and the saddle of Y.Ikee and now won six of his eight races with more than 674 million jpn yen.
Bred by Northern Racing, Satono Diamond is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Malpensa, by Orpen.

Favorite triumphs Hopeful S


Race favorite Rey de Oro quickened up into front in the deep stretch to win the Hopeful Stakes at Nakayama. A 1 1/4-length behind, Meiner Sphene came second with Globe Theatre third, another 1 1/4-length behind.
Christophe Lemaire rode the winner to cover the 2,000-meter distance in 2 minutes 1.30 seconds.
Rey de Oro, who has now recorded three wins as many starts, is a 2-year-old bay colt by King Kamehameha out of La Dorada, by Symboli Kris S.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Shuji just gets up in Hanshin Cup


Seventh favorite Shuji got up in the nick of time to win the grade two 1,400-meter Hanshin Cup at Hanshin Saturday.
Yuga Kawada forced Shuji ahead in the last stride, coming across the finish line in 1 minute 21.90 seconds on good ground. Isla Bonita pulled away from the rest in the stretch, but gave way to finish second, a head behind. Another neck back, Fiero got third.
Shuji is a 3-year-old bay colt by Kinshasa no Kiseki out of Kastria, by Kingmambo.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Stage set for 2016 Arima Kinen


A stage is set for the Arima Kinen, the biggest finale race of the season, to be run on Sunday at Nakayama.

Kitasan Black, strong front running horse, has greatly performed this season with a couple of g1 scores. His sensational victory in the Japan Cup four week ago is the latest effort. He drew post 1 and could get another big run this Sunday.
Satono Diamond, one of the best 3-year-old colts, who gained a great victory in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger) last outing, faces the older horses for the first time. It will be interesting how he runs against the top older company. He drew post 11.
Gold Actor, winner of this premier race last term, finished fourth in the Japan Cup. He breaks from post 2 to defend the title.
Sounds of Earth, second in the Japan Cup, who came close to win a grade one race in the three occasions. He drew post 6.
Cheval Grand, third in the Japan Cup, has run well at the highest level. He drew post 14.

The field of 16 horses for the 2,500-meter turf race is:


1 Kitasan Black, 4c, 57, Yutaka Take
2 Gold Actor, 5h, 57, Hayato Yoshida
3 Mousquetaire, 8h, 57, Yuta Nakatani
4 Yamakatsu Ace, 4c, 57, Kenichi Ikezoe
5 Samson's Pride, 6h, 57, Norihiro Yokoyama
6 Sounds of Earth, 5h, 57, Mirco Demuro
7 Maltese Apogee, 4c, 57, Tomoharu Bushizawa
8 Mikki Queen, 4f, 55, Suguru Hamanaka
9 Hit the Target, 8h, 57, Hironobu Maeda
10 Admire Deus, 5h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
11 Satono Diamond, 3c, 55, Christophe Lemaire
12 Satono Noblesse, 6h, 57, Vincent Cheminaud
13 Denim and Ruby, 6m, 55, Mickael Barzalona
14 Cheval Grand, 4c, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
15 Albert, 5h, 57, Keita Tosaki
16 Marialite, 5m, 55, Masayoshi Ebina

2016 Hopeful Stakes


The Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds wil be run right before the Arima Kinen at Nakayama on Sunday.

The two-time winner Rey de Oro, who comes into this event off the victory in the Habotan Sho early this month, drew post 2. Glove Theatre, impressive winner in his debut race last month, drew post 6. Sungrazer, third in the grade two Daily Hai Nisai Stakes, drew post 5. Cosmos, trained at NAR Kawasaki, who is undefeated in two starts at dirt surface, drew post 14.

The post position of 14 horses with riders for the 2,000-meter turf race is: 

1 Dear Shooter(Samurai Heart) c Takuya Ono
2 Rey de Oro(King Kamehameha) c Christophe Lemaire
3 Endgame(King's Best) c Keita Tosaki
4 Admire Winner(Workforce) c Mirco Demuro
5 Sungrazer(Deep Impact) c Yutaka Take
6 Globe Theatre(King Kamehameha) c Yuichi Fukunaga
7 Bill's Treasure(Danon Chantilly) f Katsuharu Tanaka
8 Nishino Apple Pie(Reach the Crown) c Hiroyuki Uchida
9 Choix Droit(Manhattan Cafe) c Mickael Barzalona
10 Misdirection(Miscast) c Suguru Hamanaka
11 Meiner Sphene(Stay Gold) c Vincent Cheminaud
12 Meliora(USA)(Giant's Causeway) c Masayoshi Ebina
13 Best Resort(Harbinger) c Hiroshi Kitamura
14 Cosmos(Furioso) c Daichi Shibata

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Satono Ares come-from-behind victory in Futurity S


Sixth favorite Satono Ares came from behind to win the grade one Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hanshin on Sunday. A 1/2-length behind, seventh favorite Monde Can Know took second with Bom Servico, another 2-length back, third. Race favorite Mi Suerte was fourth place in the field of 18. The final time for the 1,600-meter distance was 1 minute 35.40 seconds. The winning rider was Hirofumi Shii. Shii said, "He showed a strong finishing kick."

Satono Ares, trained by K.Fujisawa and owned by H.Satomi, has now improved his record to 5-3-2-0 with more than 91 million jpn yen in earnings. Shadai Farm was the breeder of the dark bay colt, by Deep Impact out of Satono Amazones, by Danehill.

Friday, December 16, 2016

2016 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes


A total of 18 juveniles have been entered for the grade one Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Hanshin on Sunday.

Mi Suerte, one of the two fillies in the field who showed a magnificent finishing kick in the Fantasy Stakes last outing, is the likely favorite. The Frankel filly drew post 13.
Other main contenders include Danburite, Monde Can Know, Clear the Track and Tagano Asura.

The post position order with riders for the 1,600-meter turf race is:

1 Levante Lion(USA)(Pioneerof the Nile) c Hiroyuki Uchida
2 Ashaka Lien(Summer Bird) c Yusaku Kokubun
3 Links Zero(Admire Max) c Andrasch Starke
4 Bom Servico(Daiwa Major) c Kohei Matsuyama
5 Tagano Asura(Manhattan Cafe) c Yutaka Take
6 Clear the Track(Deep Impact) c Mirco Demuro
7 Bee Kali(Admire Max) f Ryuji Wada
8 Danburite(Rulership) c Christophe Lemaire
9 Daiichi Terminal(Conduit) c Yuichi Kitamura
10 Monde Can Know(Kinshasa no Kiseki) c Mickael Barzalona
11 Trillionaire(GB)(Dubawi) c Daisaku Matsuda
12 Toho Domingo(Neo Universe) c Kenichi Ikezoe
13 Mi Suerte(Frankel) f Yuga Kawada
14 Bullbear Baboon(Precise End) c Hideaki Miyuki
15 Red en Ciel(Manhattan Cafe) c Vincent Cheminaud
16 America's Cup(Manhattan Cafe) c Fuma Matsuwaka
17 Satono Ares(Deep Impact) c Hirfumi Shii
18 Trust(Screen Hero) c Daichi Shibata

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Favorite wins Hanshin Juvenile Fillies


Race favorite Soul Stirring took a good position to win the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin on Sunday. Christophe Lemaire forced her to go into front on the inside with 200 meters to go, winning the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 32 seconds flat. Lys Gracieux came second, a 1 1/4-length behind. Another 1 3/4-length back, Reine Minoru was third.

Trained by K. Fujisawa and owned by Shadai Race Horse Co. Ltd., Soul Stirring remains undefeated in three starts with more than 89 million jpn yen in career earnings.

Soul Stirring is a 2-year-old brown filly by Frankel out of Stacelita, by Monsun.

Nobo Baccara coast-to-coast victory in Capella S


Nobo Baccara, ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida, led the field of 16 to win the grade three Capella Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday.
A 1 3/4-length behind, Nishiken Mononofu came second with Corin Berry third, another 1 1/4-length behind.
The final time for the 1,200-meter distance on dirt surface was 1 minute 10.20 seconds.
Nobo Baccara is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Admire Aura out of Nobo Kiss, by French Deputy.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Meiner Honey takes center stage in Challenge Cup


Daichi Shibata took Meiner Honey to a good position and the colt just rushed home for victory in the grade three Challenge Cup on Sunday afternoon. Before a neck victory, Meiner Honey denied challenges by Beruf and Katie Pride, who finished second and third respectively. In the 1,800-meter distance at Hanshin on firm ground, the final time was 1 minute 46.5 seconds.
Meiner Honey is a 3-year-old bay colt by Matsurida Gogh out of Brian Honey, by Narita Brian.

Friday, December 09, 2016

2016 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies


A total of 18 fillies have been entered for the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin on Sunday, December 11.

Soul Stirring, undefeated in two starts with victory in the Ivy Stakes last outing, drew post 2. Lys Gracieux, winner of the grade three Artemis Stakes, drew post 18. Three-time winner Jeune Ecole, coming with victory in the grade two Daily Hai Nisai Stakes, had post 11. Kokura Nisai Stakes winner Reine Minoru, runner-up in the grade two Keio Hai Nisai Stakes last outing, had post 4.

The post position with riders for the grade one 1,600-meter turf event is:

1 Dipavamsa(Deep Brillante), Andrasch Starke
2 Soul Stirring(Frankel), Christophe Lemaire
3 M O Venus(Grass Wonder), Hatsuya Kowata
4 Reine Minoru(Daiwa Major), Masayoshi Ebina
5 Pompon(Black Tide), Takayuki Kato
6 Show Way(Meisho Bowler), Fuma Matsuwaka
7 Black Onyx(Black Tide), Yoshimasa Kido
8 Satono Alicia(Harbinger), Kenichi Ikezoe
9 Just the Marine(Deep Brillante), Hirofumi Shii
10 Queen's Sarina(Danon Chantilly), Vincent Cheminaud
11 Jeune Ecole(Kurofune), Mickael Barzalona
12 Arinna(Matsurida Gogh), Hironobu Tanabe
13 Gold Cape(Workforce), GenkiMaruyama
14 Suzukaze(Deep Brillante), Daisaku Matsuda
15 Feldberg(Black Tide), Shinji Kawashima
16 Sigrun(I'll Have Another), Kota Fujioka
17 Vous Etes Jolie(Lohengrin), Ryuji Wada
18 Lys Gracieux(Heart's Cry), Keita Tosaki
All starters carry 54 kgs.

Nakayama main event: Capella Stakes


Sunday's main event at Nakayama will be the grade three Capella Stakes.
The main contenders could be: Corin Berry, Nobo Baccara, Nishiken Mononofu and Tahltan(USA).

The fied for the 1,200-meter dirt race is:

1 Nobo Baccara, 4c, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
2 Satono Tiger, 8h, 56, Daisuke Mashima
3 Looks That Kill(USA), 4c, 56, Koshun Hayato
4 Grape Brandy, 8h, 58, Yoshitomi Shibata
5 Sweep Away, 5h, 56, Yuichi Shibayama
6 Going Power, 7h, 56, Takuya Ono
7 Danon Good, 4c, 56, Kyosuke Maruta
8 Temujin, 7h, 56, Tsubasa Sasagawa
9 Tahltan(USA), 8h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
10 Macavity, 5h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
11 Nishiken Mononofu, 5h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
12 Kajiki, 7h, 56, Masami Matsuoka
13 Kitasan Mikazuki, 6h, 56, Tomoharu Bushizawa
14 Corin Berry, 5m, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
15 A Shin Bullseye(USA), 5h, 57, Syu Ishibashi
16 Flatliners, 4c, 56, Seiji Sakai

Saturday's main event at Hanshin


Hanshin Race Course hosts the grade three Challenge Cup on Saturday, December 10.
A total of 18 horses will contend in the 1,800-meter race on turf.

The possible leading entries are: Decipher, Fluky, Touching Speech, Black Spinel and Beruf.

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

1 Fluky, 6h, 57.5, Mirco Demero
2 Danon Major, 4c, 55, Futoshi Komaki
3 Extra End, 7h, 57, Mickael Barzalona
4 Beruf, 4c, 57, Vincent Cheminaud
5 Historical, 7h, 57, Fuma Matsuwaka
6 Deus Vult, 8g, 53, Kenichi Ikezoe
7 Quetzaltenango, 4c, 56, Andrasch Starke
8 Touching Speech, 4f, 55, Kohei Matsuyama
9 Katie Pride, 6h, 52, Katsuma Sameshima
10 Prince Pesca, 6h, 53, Ryo Takakura
11 Silk Dreamer, 7h, 53, Yasunari Iwata
12 Crans Montana, 7h, 56, Ryuji Wada
13 Meisho Naruto, 8g, 56, Daisaku Matsuda
14 Black Spinel, 3c, 55, Christophe Lemaire
15 Meiner Honey, 3c, 5, Daichi Shibata
16 Decipher, 7h, 58.5, Yutaka Take
17 Hiruno Matera, 5m, 54, Hirofumi Shii
18 Famous End, 5h, 54, Yuga Kawada

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Sound True storms home in Champions C


Sound True, trained by N.Takagi and owned by H.Yamada put up a sensational stretch run in winning the Champions Cup at Chukyo on Sunday.
Awardee(USA) got past Asukano Roman and looked like a sure winner in the deep stretch, but Takuya Ono forced Sound True ahead in the final effort to win by a neck from Awardee(USA) with Asukano Roman, another 1/2-length away, third.
As the field entered the stretch, Sound True was second to last. From there, he showed an outstanding turn of foot to make up a lot of grounds. The final time for the 1,800-meter trip was 1 minute 50.10 seconds on standard surface.
Sound True has now won nine in 38 career starts with more than 455 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Bred by Okada Studa, Sound True is a 6-year-old gelding by French Deputy out of Kyoei Truth, by Fuji Kiseki. 

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Yamakatsu Ace gets up in Kinko Sho


Yamakatsu Ace just got up in the nick of time to win the Kinko Sho at Chukyo on Saturday. A neck behind, Paddle Wheel was second with Sundarbans and Satono Noblesse sharing third, another 1 1/2-length away. Kenichi Ikezoe rode the winner to cover the 2,000-meter trip in 1 minute 59.70 seconds on firm ground.
Yamakatsu Ace is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by King Kamehameha out of Yamakatsu Marilyn, by Gress Wonder.

Albert repeats Stayers S victory


Albert won the Stayers Stakes for two consecutive years as Ryan Moore drove him to the winning post at Nakayama on Saturday. He won it by a neck from Fara Morgana, with Mon Intero, another 1 3/4-length back, third.
The final for the 3,600-meter turf trip was 3 minutes 47.40 seconds.
Albert is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Admire Don out of Folklore, by Dance in the Dark.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Chukyo hosts Champions Cup on Sunday


Chukyo Race Course hosts the Champions Cup for 3yo+ on Sunday, December 4.

Awardee(USA), coming into Sunday's dirt grade one race off six straight victories with the latest success of the Nov. 3 JBC Classic, drew post 2. Nonkono Yume, a strong stretch runner who finished second in this race last season, drew post 9. Gold Dream, one of the best 3-year-olds, drew post 12. Multiple grade one winner Copano Rickey drew post 11.

The field of 15 horses for the grade one 1,800-meter dirt event is:

1 Kafuji Take, 4c,Akihide Tsumura
2 Awardee(USA), 6h, Yutaka Take
3 Brightline, 7h, Hironobu Tanbe
4 Asukano Roman, 5h, Ryuji Wada
5 Roi Jardin, 5h, Norihiro Yokoyama
6 Monde Classe, 5h, Genki Maruyama
7 Lani(USA), 3c, Hiroyuki Uchida
8 Sound True, 6g, Takuya Ono
9 Nonkono Yume, 4g, Ryan Moore
10 Meisho Sumitomo, 5h, Yoshihiro Furukawa
11 Copano Rickey, 6h, Christophe Lemaire
12 Gold Dream, 3c, Mirco Demuro
13 Bright Idea, 6h, Hideaki Miyuki
14 Apollo Kentucky(USA), 4c, Fuma Matsuwaka
15 Moanin(USA), 4c, Keita Tosaki

Impost: 57kgs for 4yo+, 3yo for 56kgs

Kinko Sho runs at Chukyo on Saturday


The grade two Kinko Sho for 3yo+ will be run on Saturday, December 3 at Chukyo.

The leading contenders could be: Lia Fail, Satono Noblesse, Volsheb and Yamakatsu Ace.

The field of 13 runners for the 2,000-meter turf event is:


1 Mousquetaire, 8h, 56, Yuta Nakatani
2 Recondite, 6h, 56, Yutaka Take
3 Paddle Wheel, 5h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
4 Denim and Ruby, 6m, 54, Mickael Barzalona
5 Sundarbans, 5m, 54, Kyosuke Maruta
6 Lia Fail, 4c, 56, Andrasch Starke
7 Satono Noblesse, 6h, 56, Vincent Cheminaud
8 Volsheb, 5h, 56, Mirco Demuro
9 Toho Jackal, 5h, 57, Manabu Sakai
10 Toruk Makto, 6h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
11 Suzuka Devious, 5h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
12 Meiner Lacrima, 8h, 56, Yuji Tannai
13 Yamakatsu Ace, 4c, 56, Kenichi Ikezoe

Saturday sees Stayers Stakes


Saturday, December 3 sees the Sports Nippon Sho Stayers Stakes for 3yo+ at Nakayama. 
The main contenders are likely: Albert with Ryan Moore up, Mondo Intero and Comfy.

The 13-horse field for the grade two 3,600-meter race is:

1 Samson's Pride, 6h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
2 Win Inspire, 5h, 56, Masami Matsuoka
3 Albert, 5h, 57, Ryan Moore
4 Tamamo Best Play, 6h, 56, Akihide Tsumura
5 Prestwick, 5h, 56, Keita Tosaki
6 Jungle Cruise, 7g, 56, Hirofumi Shii
7 Fata Morgana, 8g, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
8 Mondo Intero, 4c, 56, Christophe Lemaire
9 Madrid Cafe, 5h, 56, Shinji Kawashima
10 Promontorio, 6g, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
11 Meiner Medalist, 8h, 56, Daichi Shibata
12 Saimon Tornare, 10h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
13 Comfy, 7h, 56, Hironobu Tanabe

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Race favorite leads all the way in 2016 Japan Cup


Race favorte Kitasan Black led all the way to win the Japan Cup at Tokyo Sunday afternoon. The 2016 edition of the most famous Japanese race needs no description as Kitasan Black led from start to finish. 
Yutaka Take-piloted Kitasa Black gained a 2 1/2-length victory from Sounds of Earth. Another neck behind, Cheval Grand was third with Gold Actor fourth and Real Steel fifth.

Owened by Ono Shoji and trained by H.Shimizu, Kitasan Black has now won eight of his 13 races with more than 946 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Yanagawa Farm was the breed of Kitasan Black, a 4-year-old bay colt by Black Tide out of Sugar Heart, by Sakura Bakushin O.

Nero romps Keihan Hai


Nero took a lead before the first turn to romp the grade three Keihan Hai at Kyoto Sunday. A 4-length behind, A Shin Spartan(USA) came second with dead-heat third, Fumino Moon and Earth Sonic.
Michael Barzalona rode the winner to cover the 1,200-meter trip in 1 minute 10.30 seconds.
Nero is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Johannesburg out of Nishino Takarazuka, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Cadenas coming-from-behind victory in Kyoto Nisai S


Third favorite Cadenas quickened up into front in the very late stage to win the Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Kyoto Saturday. A 1 1/4-length behind, favorite Vanaheim came second with sixth favorite Best Approach another 1 1/4-length back third. Yuichi Fukunaga was aboard the winner to cover the grade three 2,000-meter distance in 2 minutes 2.60 seconds.
Cadenas is a 2-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of French Riviera, by French Deputy.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Stage set for 2016 Japan Cup


A stage is set to run in the Japan Cup, scheduled for Sunday, November 27 at Tokyo.
A total of 17 horses including three foreign invaders have been entered for the most famous Japanese race in the world.

Kitasan Black, strong front-running indivisual who has not finished worse than third this season with Tenno Sho Spring victory. After skipping the Tenno Sho Aurumn, he is more than ready to run in this premier event. 
Real Steel, winner of the Dubai Turf earlier this season, finished a respectable second in the Tenno Sho Autumn last outing. The extended distance will be within his compass.
2015 Arima Kinen winner Gold Actor, having come off victory in the Sankei Sho All Comer, returns to Tokyo course where he has shown good performance.
Satuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) winner Dee Majesty, one of the best 3-year-old colts, faces the older top company for the first time. 
Having won the grade two Copa Republica Argentina three weeks ago, Cheval Grand attempts to reproduce a big run this Sunday.

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

1 Kitasan Black, 4c, 57, Yutaka Take
2 Biche, 3f, 53, Hideaki Miyuki
3 Gold Actor, 5h, 57, Hayato Yoshida
4 Rouge Buck, 4f, 55, Keita Tosaki
5 Iquitos(GER), 4c, 57, Ian Ferguson
6 Last Impact, 6h, 57, Yuga Kawada
7 One and Only, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
8 Erupt(IRE), 4c, 57, Pierre-Charles Boudot
9 Dee Majesty, 3c, 55, Masayoshi Ebina
10 Tosen Basil, 4c, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
11 Fame Game, 6g, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
12 Sounds of Earth, 5h, 57, Mirco Demuro
13 Hit the Target, 8h, 57, Futoshi Komaki
14 Rainbow Line, 3c, 55, Christophe Lemaire
15 Nightflower(IRE), 4f, 55, Andrasch Starke
16 Real Steel, 4c, 57, Ryan Moore
17 Cheval Grand, 4c, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga

Kyoto Hosts Keihan Hai Sunday


Kyoto Racecourse hosts the grade three Keihan Hai for 3-year-olds and up over 1,200 meters on Sunday.
The main contenders could be: Nero, Xmas and A Shin Spartan(USA).

The field is:

1 Fumino Moon, 4c, 56, Yusaku Kokubun
2 Nero, 5h, 57, Mickael Barzalona
3 Second Table, 4c, 56, Yuya Mizuguchi
4 Rinehart, 5m, 54, Daisaku Matsuda
5 Anna Mild, 5m, 54, Manabu Sakai
6 Ono Michi, 5h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
7 Earth Sonic, 7h, 56, Andrea Atzeni
8 Hokko Sara Star, 5m, 54, Kenichi Ikezoe
9 Xmas, 5m, 54, Masaki Katsuura
10 Peisha Felice, 5m, 54, Shinichiro Akiyama
11 Rhein Spirit, 5h, 56, Kazuma Mori
12 Teehaff, 6h, 56, Yukito Ishikawa
13 Yamaninpetitgateau, 7m, 54, Issei Murata
14 Bravissimo, 4c, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
15 Red Arion, 6h, 58, Ryuji Wada
16 Just Doing, 4c, 56, Shinji Kawashima
17 Melagrana(AUS), 4f, 54, Kohei Matsuyama
18 A Shin Spartan(USA), 5h, 56, Yasunari Iwata


Saturday's main event at Kyoto: Kyoto Nisai S


10 colts will compete in the Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Kyoto on Saturday, November 26.

The leading contenders could be: Platina Voice and Vanaheim, who finished first and second, respectively, in the Hagi Stkaes; Cadenas, second in the Hyakunichiso Tokubetsu and impressive debut winner Danon Distance.

The post position with riders for the grade three 2,000-meter race is:

1 A T Lassen(Summer Bird)  Hirofumi Shii
2 Danon Distance(Rulership) Christophe Lemaire
3 Cadenas(Deep Impact) Yuichi Fukunaga
4 So Glittering(Stay Gold) Mirco Demuro
5 Wonder Pucuk(Heart's Cry) Yutaka Take
6 Meiner Sauber(Screen Hero) Andrea Atzeni
7 Adam Barows(Heart'Cry) Kota Fujioka
8 Platina Voice(Empire Maker) Ryuji Wada
9 Vanaheim(King Kamehameha) Andrasch Starke
10 Best Approach(GB) Yuga Kawada

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Mikki Isle, survives inquiry, wins Mile Championship


Mikki Isle led the field of 18 from start to finish, winning the Mile Championship at Kyoto Sunday. A head behind, Isla Bonita was second with Neorealism third, Danon Shark fourth and Satono Aladdin fifth. Suguru Hamanaka rode the winner to complete the 1,600-meter trip in 1 minute 33.10 seconds.
Mikki Isle's first finish was followed by an inquiry of stewards on interference(Mikki Isle bearing-out) during the last 100 meters, but the result stood as it was.

Mikki Isle's career earnings now total over 529 million jpn yen with record of 19-8-4-1-6 under the color of M.Noda.
Trained by H.Otonashi and bred by Northern Racing, Mikki Isle is a 5-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of Star Isle, by Rock of Gibraltar.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Final stride gives Bless Journey victory in Tokyo Sports Hai


A final stride gave Bless Journey victory in the grade three Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes at Tokyo Saturday.
Having come far off the pace, Bless Journey, driven by veteran jockey Yoshitomi Shibata, just got past Suave Richard and Move the World near the line to win by a neck in 1 minute 48.30 seconds over 1,800 meters on good ground.
Suave Richard came second, a nose before Move the World.
Bless Journey, a 2-year-old bay colt by Battle Plan out of Elfin Park, by Tanino Gimlet, has now three of his four races.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Field of 2016 Mile Championship


A total of 18 horses have been entered for the grade on Mile Championship at Kyoto on Sunday, November 20.

Swan Stakes winner Satono Aladdin, having run well in the grade company to bid for his first grade one glory, drew post 2. Young Man Power, who has been a prosperous season with victories last three outings, drew post 5. Isla Bonita, who has not scored more than two years, had post 8. Mikki Isle, switching back to 1,600 meters, had post 16.

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

1 Decipher, 7h, Yutaka Take
2 Satono Aladdin, 5h, Yuga Kawada
3 Snow Dragon, 8h, Takuya Ono
4 Lord Quest, 3c, Kenichi Ikezoe
5 Young Man Power, 4c, Michael Barzalona
6 Danon Shark, 8h, Kohei Matsuyama
7 Fiero, 7h, Keita Tosaki
8 Isla Bonita, 5h, Christophe Lemaire
9 Satono Lupin, 5h, Mirco Demuro
10 Magic Time, 5m, Andrasch Starke
11 T M Taiho, 7h, Hideaki Miyuki
12 Win Primera, 6m, Andrea Atzeni
13 D'accord, 8h, Futoshi Komaki
14 Clarente, 7h, Yasunari Iwata
15 Neorealism, 5h, Ryan Moore
16 Mikki Isle, 5h, Suguru Hamanaka
17 Garibaldi, 5h, Yuichi Fukunaga
18 Sunrise Major, 7h, Hirofumi Shii
Weight: 
57kgs for 4yo+, 56kgs for 3yo
fillies and mares allowed 2kgs

Saturday sees Tokyo Sports Hai


Saturday, November 19 sees the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes at Tokyo. 10 juvenile colts will compete in the grade three race.
The main contenders could be: Move the World winning his debut race in good style; Sapporo Nisai S winner Trust, transferred from NAR, having shown good performances in three starts; Bless Journey, winner of two of his three races and King's Rush undefeated in two starts.

The post position with riders for the 1,800-meter turf event is:

1 Move the World(Deep Impact) Christophe Lemaire
2 Choix Droit(Manhattan Cafe) Michael Barzalona
3 King's Rush(Rulership) Hironobu Tanabe
4 Meiner Epatica(Conduit) Masami Matsuoka
5 Trust(Screen Hero) Daichi Shibata
6 Bless Journey(Battle Plan) Yoshitomi Shibata
7 Jun Various(Durandal) Hiroshi Kitamura
8 Ailes du Courage(Kurofune) Ryan Moore
9 Suave Richard(Heart's Cry) Hirofumi Shii
10 Over Spec(Precise End) Junji Iwabe
All starters carry 55 kgs.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nominations of 2016 Japan Cup


A total of 21 horses have been nominated for the 2016 Japan Cup, scheduled for November 27 at Tokyo Race Course.
The nominations include three foreign invitees - Erupt(IRE), Iquitos(GER) and Nightflower(IRE).


Local nominations:

Albert
Biche
Cheval Grand
Dee Majesty
Fame Game
Gold Actor
Hit the Target
Jungle Cruise
Kitasan Black
Last Impact
One and Only
Rainbow Line
Real Steel
Rouge Buck
Sounds of Earth
Toho Jackal
Tosen Basil
Toshin Monstera

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Queens Ring late surge in QE II Cup


On November 13 at Kyoto, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup saw the premier race for female runners when Queens Ring was victory in a storming style. 
200 meters to go, Sing with Joy drew away from her rivals, but Queens Ring crept inch by inch with a tremendous speed and she just got up in time to win the grade one 2,200-meter race under Mirco Demuro in 2 minutes 12.90 seconds. A neck behind, Sing with Joy was second with Mikki Queen, another 1 1/4-length away, third.
Trained by K.Yoshimura and owned by C.Yoshida, Queens Ring has now won six of her 13 races with more than 321 million jpn  yen in career earnings. Shadai Farm was the breeder of the 4-year-old dark bay filly, by Manhattan Cafe out of Aqua Ring, by Anabaa.

Maltese Apogee leads all the way in Fukushima


Maltese Apogee led from start to finish, winning the grade three Fukushima Kinen at Fukushima. The 4-year-old colt led by a 1 1/2-length at the finish from Seewind, with Daiwa Dresser, another 1 3/4-length away, third.
Tomoharu Bushizawa was aboard the winner to travel the 2,000-meter in 2 minutes 0.80 second on firm ground.
Maltese Apogee is a bay colt by Goshawk Ken out of Maltese Heat, by Old Trieste.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Jeune Ecole remains undefeated in Daily Hai Nisai


Jeune Ecole remained undeated in three starts as she won the grade two Daily Hai Nisai Stakes at Kyoto Saturday. 200 meters from the finish, Bom Servico had a sole lead, but Jeune Ecole had a late challenge that prevailed by a neck. 
Bom Servico was second, a 1/2-length ahead of Sungrazer. The final time for the 1,600-meter turf trip was 1 minute 34.60 seconds.
Jeune Ecole is a 2-year-old bay filly by Kurofune out of Luminous Point, by Agnes Tachyon.

Dark horse takes Musashino S in record time


Tagano Tonnerre, the eighth favorite of the 16-horse field, won the grade three Tokyo Chunichi Sports Hai Musashino Satkes under Hironobu Tanabe in the 1,600-meter dirt course record of 1 minute 33.0 seconds at Tokyo Racecourse.
After holding a second sport, Tagano Tonnerre was into front at the final turn and went on to win it by a 1 1/4-length from Gold Dream. Another 1 1/2-length behind, Kafuji Take was third.
Tagano Tonnerre is a 6-year-old bay gelding by Came Home out of Tagano Reventon, by King Kamehameha.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sunday, Nov.13 sees QE II Cup


Sunday, November 13 sees the grade one Queen Elizabeth II Cup for 3-year-old and upwards fillies and mares at Kyoto over 2,200 meters on turf.

Takarazuka kinen winner Marialite, who attempts to defend the QE II Cup title, drew post 2. Mikki Queen, who makes the first appearance on the course off runner-up in the June 15 Victoria Mile, drew post 1. Touching Speech with Ryan Moore up drew post 8. Hanshin Himba Stakes winner Queens Ring and Pearl Code, runner-up in the Shuka Sho, had post 3 and 15 respectively.

The field for the female premier race is: 

1 Mikki Queen, 4f, Suguru Hamanaka
2 Marialite, 5m, Masayoshi Ebina
3 Queens Ring, 4f, Mirco Demuro
4 Hiruno Matera, 5m, Hirofumi Shii
5 Meisho Mambo, 6m, Kenichi Ikezoe
6 Proletariat, 5m, 56, Makoto Suguhara
7 Maximum de Paris, 4f, Yutaka Take
8 Touching Speech, 4f, Ryan Moore
9 Sing with Joy, 4f, Christophe Lemaire
10 Sundarbans, 5m, Yutaka Yoshida
11 Denko Ange, 3f, Kohei Matsuyama
12 Asuka Biren, 4f, Daisaku Matsuda
13 Primera Azul, 4f, Hideaki Miyuki
14 Chaleur, 4f, Yuichi Fukunaga
15 Pearl Code, 3f, Yuga Kawada

Fukushima Kinen on Nov.13


The grade three Fukushima Kinen for 3-year-old and upwards will be run on November 13.

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

1 Daiwa Dresser, 3f, 52, Haruhiko Kawasu
2 Win Inspire, 5h, 53, Hiroto Mayuzumi
3 Maltese Apogee, 4c, 54, Tomoharu Bushizawa
4 Derby Fizz, 6h, 56, Katsuharu Tanaka
5 Meiner Lacrima, 8h, 57.5, Yuji Tannai
6 Martinborough, 7h, 57, Yuta Nakatani
7 Katie Pride, 6h, 52, Katsuma Sameshima
8 Shiny Prince, 6h, 56.5, Yuichi Kitamura
9 Phantom Light, 7h, 55, Genki Maruyama
10 Meiner Honey, 3c, 54, Daichi Shibata
11 Prophet, 3c, 54, Syu Ishibashi
12 Daiwa Liberal, 5h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
13 Seewind, 3c, 55, Andrasch Starke
14 Admire Flight, 7h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
15 Meine Greville, 5m, 52, Hatsuya Kowata
16 Crans Montana, 7h, 56, Ryuji Wada

Field of grade three Musashino Stakes


Saturday, November 12 sees the grade two Tokyo Chunichi Sports Hai Musashino Stakes, one of the major preps for the Champions Cup, at Tokyo.

The leading contenders could be: February Stakes winner Moanin(USA), Japan Dirt Derby winner Gold Dream, Proxyon Stakes winner Nobo Baccara and King's Guard, runner-up in the Green Channel Cup.

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

1 Wide Bach, 7h, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
2 London Town, 3c, 55, Masami Matsuoka
3 Kafuji Take, 4c, 56, Akihide Tsumura
4 Blason de Lis, 4c, 56, Yukito Ishikawa
5 Meisho Sumitomo, 5h, 56, Ryuji Wada
6 Brightline, 7h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
7 Nobo Baccara, 4c, 57, Ryan Moore
8 Gold Dream, 3c, 56, Mirco Demuro
9 Moanin(USA), 4c, 59, Keita Tosaki
10 Dream Kirari(USA), 4c, 56, Hiroto Mayuzumi
11 Tagano Tonnerre, 6g, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
12 Salty Comment(USA), 4c, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
13 King's Guard, 5h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
14 Suzuka Secre Turbo, 8h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
15 Jebel Musa, 6h, 56, Yuichi Shibayama
16 D's Planet, 3f, 53, Masaki Katsuura

Kyoto main event on Saturday, Nov.12


Saturday's Kyoto main event will be the grade two Daily Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds over 1,600 meters on turf.
The leading contenders are likely:
Two-timer winner Dipavamsa, whose latest effort was On Sep.28 in the Chukyo Nisai Stakes; impressive debut winners Taisei Starry and Linate; Sungrazer, maiden winner in great fashion and Jeune Eco, come-from-behind victory in two starts.

The post position of 10 juveniles is:

1 Taisei Starry(Manhattan Cafe) c Yuga Kawada
2 Linate(Stay Gold) f Suguru Hamanaka
3 Bom Servico(Daiwa Major) c Kohei Matsuyama
4 Hunaudieres(Harbinger) c Hirofumi Shii
5 Bee Kali(Admire Max) f Kyosuke Kokubun
6 Jeune Ecole(Korufune) f Yuichi Fukunaga
7 Dipavamsa(Deep Brillante) f Christophe Lemaire
8 Sungrazer(Deep Impact) c Yutaka Take
9 Belle Capri(Daiwa Major) f Kenichi Ikezoe
10 Sunrise Soar(Symboli Kris S) c Hideaki Miyuki

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Apollo Kentuckey(USA) comes back victory in Miyako S


Having well-beaten in the Brasil Cup last outing, Apollo Kentuckey(USA) bounced back with victory in the grade three Miyako Stakes at Kyoto. 
Before a neck victory, Apollo Kentuckey had to deny challenge by Glanzend. Third was, another 3/4-length back, Roi Jardin. Apollo Kentucky, a 4-year-old bay colt by Langfur out of the Gone West mare Dixiano Delight, completed the 1,800-meter dirt distance under Fuma Matsuwaka in 1 minute 50.10 seconds.

Cheval Grand impressive victory in Argentina


Cheval Grand drew away from the rest with 200 meters to go, winning the grade two Copa Republica Argentina at Tokyo. Albert was, a 1/2-length behind, second with another head back Volsheb third. Yuichi Fukunaga was aboard the winner. The final time for the 2,500-meter race was 2 minute 33.40 seconds.
Cheval Grand, a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Heart's Cry out of the Machiavellian mare Halwa Sweet, will be heading for the Japan Cup.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Mi Suerte late charge in Fantasy S


Race favorite Mi Suerte broke badly, but she came with a sensational kick in the stretch to win the grade three KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Kyoto on Saturday afternoon. Second was, a 1 1/4-length behind, Show Way. Another head behind, Deirdre was third. Mi Suerte with Yuga Kawada up covered the 1,400-meter distance in 1 minute 21.80 seconds on firm ground.
Mi Suerte is a 2-year-old bay filly by Frankel out of Mi Sueno, by Pulpit.

Monde Can Know takes Kesei Hai Nisai


Monde Can Know got past Reine Minoru near the line to win the grade two Keisei Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Tokyo on Saturday afternoon. A 1/2-length behind, Reine Minoru took second with another 3-length back Divine Code third. Christophe Lemaire was aboard the winning colt to complete the 1,400-meter distance in 1 minute 21.90 seconds on firm ground.
Monde Can Know is a 2-year-old bay colt by Kinshasa no Kisei out of Raise and Call, by Sakura Bakushin O.

Friday, November 04, 2016

2016 Miyako S at Kyoto on Sunday


A total of 16 horses have been entered for the grade three Miyako Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday, November 6. 
The main contenders could be: Asukano Roman, who scored a couple of grade victories this season; Lani(USA), a half brother of Awardee(USA) who finished third in the Brasil Cup last outing; grade three Leopard Stakes winner Glanzend and Roi Jardin, who won this event last season.

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

1 Lani(USA), 3c, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
2 Meisho Hikoboshi, 5h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
3 Monde Classe, 5h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
4 Kazenoko, 5h, 58, Yuichi Kitamura
5 Kyoei Gere, 3c, 57, Mickael Barzalona
6 Glanzend, 3c, 55, Yuga Kawada
7 Roi Jardin, 5h, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
8 Molto Bene, 4c, 56, Futoshi Komaki
9 Apollo Kentucky(USA), 4c, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
10 Incantation, 6h, 56, Kota Fujioka
11 Asukano Roman, 5h, 58, Ryuji Wada
12 Narita Super One, 7h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
13 Meisho Ichioshi, 5h, 56, Shinichiro Akiyama
14 Meiner Crop, 6h, 56, Yusaku Kokubun
15 Sakura Air, 5h, 56, Kenichi Ikezoe
16 Tamuro Miracle, 4c, 56, Hideaki Miyuki

2016 Copa Republica Argentina at Tokyo on Sunday


The grade two Copa Republica Argentina for 3-year-old and upwards will be run on Sunday, November 6 at Tokyo Racecourse.
The possible leading contenders among the 15 entrants are: Mondo Intero, Albert, Cheval Grand and Volsheb.

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

1 Mondo Intero, 4c, 56.5, Christophe Lemaire
2 Treasure Map, 5h, 51, Yutaka Yoshida
3 One and Only, 5h, 58, Yuichi Shibayama
4 Shonan Bach, 5h, 54, Masami Matsuoka
5 Albert, 5h, 57, Keita Tosaki
6 Courir Kaiser, 7h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
7 Cosmo Robin, 8h, 53, Takayuki Kato
8 Fame Game, 6g, 58, Hiroshi Kitamura
9 Meiner Medalist, 8h, 54, Daichi Shibata
10 Prestwick, 5h, 54, Yukito Ishikawa
11 Cheval Grand, 4c, 58, Yuichi Fukunaga
12 Recondite, 6h, 55, Masayoshi Ebina
13 Volsheb, 5h, 55, Mirco Demuro
14 Festive Yell, 5h, 54, Katsuharu Tanaka
15 Mousquetaire, 8h, 57, Andrasch Starke

2016 Fantasy S at Kyoto on Saturday, Nov.5


Kyoto Race Course hosts the grade three KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday, November 5.
The Frankel filly Mi Suerte, who gave bettors great impression when winning the debut race at Hanshin on Sep. 24, is likely to be the heavy favorite.
The main opponents to Mi Suerte are Black Onyx, Deirdre and Yamakatsu Grace.

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

1 Mi Suerte(Frankel) Yuga Kawada
2 Draw a Card(Daiwa Major) Yuichi Fukunaga
3 Aoarashi(Aldebaran) Daisaku Matsuda
4 Monroe(Kurofune) Shinichiro Akiyama
5 Cool Fantasy(Lord Ultima) Hirofumi Shii
6 Meisho Karin(Came Home) Yasunari Iwata
7 Show Way(Meisho Bowler) Fuma Matsuwaka
8 Black Onyx(Black Tide) Yoshimasa Kido
9 Gold Cape(Workforce) Mickael Barzalona
10 Deirdre(Harbinger) Mirco Demuro
11 Yamakatsu Grace(Harbinger) Kenichi Ikezoe
12 Queen's Sarina(Danon Chatilly) Andrasch Starke

2016 Keio Hai Nisai S at Tokyo on Saturday, Nov.5


13 horses will compete in the grade two Keio Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Tokyo on Saturday, November 5.
The leading contenders could be: Levante Lion(USA) and Monde Can Know, who finished first and second, respectively, in the grade three Hakodate Nisai Stakes; grade three Kokusai Nisai Stakes winner Reine Minoru, two-time winners Divine Code and Kosoku Straight.

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

pp HorseNambe(sire) sex rider
1 Taisei Break(Daiwa Major) c Yuichi Shibayama
2 Danon High Power(Danon Chantilly) c Norihiro Yokoyama
3 Jo Strictly(Jo Cappuccino) c Masami Matsuoka
4 Dudi(Conduit) c Masayoshi Ebina
5 Matera Sky(USA)(Speightown) c Toshiya Yamamoto
6 Daiichi Terminal(Conduit) c Takayuki Kato
7 Time Trip(Lord Ultima) c Hironobu Tanabe
8 Reine Minoru(Daiwa Major) f Suguru Hamanaka
9 Divine Code(Matsurida Gogh) c Yoshitomi Shibata
10 Suzukaze(Deep Brillante) f Takuya Ono
11 Kosoku Straight(Victoire Pisa) c Keita Tosaki
12 Levante Lion(USA)(Pioneerof the Nile) c Hiroyuki Uchida
13 Monde Can Know(Kinshasa no Kiseki) c Christophe Lemaire

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Awardee(USA) gaines JBC Classic victory


Awardee(USA) achieved the sixth straight victory as he won the NAR grade one JBC Classic at Kawasaki Thursday. Yutaka Take-steered Awardee came third wide on the final turn on his way to getting up to the winning post.  
Hokko Tarumae hung on tough on the rail to finish second, a 3/4-length behind. Sound True finished another length back in third. Fourth was Nonkono Yume followed by Copano Rickey.
The final time for the 2,100-meter dirt distance was 2 minutes 15.30 seconds.

Trained at JRA Ritto by M.Matsunaga and owned by K.Maeda, Awardee has now won 10 of his 32 races(six for six on dirt). North Hills Management was the breeder of Awardee, a 6-year-old bay horse by Jungle Pocket out of Heavenly Romance, by Sunday Silence.

Danon Legend(USA) leads all the way in JBC Sprint


Aggressively ridden by Mirco Demuro, third favorite Danon Legend(USA) dictated the pace and went all the way to win the NAR grade one JBC Sprint in 1 minute 27.20 seconds over 1,400 meter on the Kawasaki dirt track. A 3-length behind, favorite Best Warrior(USA) finished second  with another 5-length back Corin Berry third.
Trained at JRA Ritto by A.Murayama and owned by Danox Co.,Ltd, Danon Legend has now won 14 of his 30 races. Danon Legend, bred by Colts Neck Stables, LLC., is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by Macho Uno out of My Goodness, by Storm Cat.

White Fugue wins JBC Ladies' Classic for 2 consecutive years


Having run behind the leading pack early on, White Fugue took a lead entering the stretch to win the NAR grade one JBC Ladies' Classic at Kawasaki track on Thursday afternoon.
A 1 1/2-length behind, Let's Go Donki came second with Tosen C'est la Vie another 4-length back third. Masayoshi Ebina steered the winner to cover the 1,600-meter dirt trip in 1 minute 41.30 seconds.
Trained at JRA Miho by N.Takagi and owned by T.Nishimori, White Fugue has now won eight of her 16 races. Umeda Farm was the breeder of White Fugue, a 4-year-old grey filly by Kurofune out of Marine Winner, by Fuji Kiseki.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

2016 JBC Races


Kawasaki track hosts the 2016 JBC races, the NAR grade one premier races in the dirt circuit, scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd.

Post time 15:10
JBC Ladies Classic  Total prize: 69.7 million jpn yen First prize: 41 million jpn yen
Post time 15:55
JBC Sprint  Total prize: 102 million jpn yen First prize: 60 million jpn yen
Post time 16.40
JBC Classic  Total prize: 136 million jpn yen First prize: 80 million jpn yen

14 horses have been entered for the NAR grade one JBC Ladies' Classic for 3-year-old and upwards fillies and mares. JRA entries are White Fugue, Trois Bonheur, Amour Briller(USA), Tiny Dancer, Tamano Brunette and Let's Go Donki.

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

1 Tosen C'est la Vie, 5m, Taito Mori
2 White Fugue, 4f, Masayoshi Ebina
3 Ken Bridge Nice, 6m, Tsubasa Sasagawa
4 Ryuguno Tsukai, 5m, Fumio Matoba
5 Trois Bonheur, 6m, Keita Tosaki
6 Princess Value, 6m, Takayuki Yano
7 Lalabel, 4f, Daisuke Mashima
8 Amour Briller(USA), 5m, Suguru Hamanaka
9 Blue Chipper, 6m, Hiroto Yoshihara
10 Yukko, 4f, Ryho Takamatsu
11 Tiny Dancer, 3f, Christophe Lemaire
12 Tamano Brunette, 4f, Hironobu Tanabe
13 Sei Espana, 3f Minoru Miyagawa
14 Let's Go Donki, 4f, Yasunari Iwata
Weight: 55 kgs, 3-year-old allowed 1kg

The grade one JBC Sprint for 3-year-old and upwards has 12 entrants which include five JRA horses, namely, Danon Legend(USA), Best Warrior(USA), Laser Bullet, Dream Valentino and Corin Berry.
The post position for the 1,400-meter event is:

1 Danon Legend(USA), 6h, Mirco Demuro
2 Best Warrior(USA), 6h, Keita Tosaki
3 Platina Growth, 6g, Daisuke Mashima
4 Major Athlete, 7h Tetsuya Takahashi
5 Laser Bullet, 8h, Christophe Lemaire
6 Sorte, 6h, Hiroto Yoshihara
7 Satono Tiger, 8h Taito Mori
8 Sea Chrome, 4c, Shinobu Murakami
9 Burn the World, 5h, Tsubasa Sasagawa
10 Dream Valentino, 9h, Yasunari Iwata
11 Oguri Time, 6h, Hidemitsu Sakai
12 Corin Berry, 5m, Kohei Matsuyama
Weight: 57 kgs, Corin Berry allowed 2 kgs

A total of 14 horses have been entered for the grade one JBC Classic for 3-year-old and upwards. Six JRA entries are Sound True, Copano Rickey, Hokko Tarumae, Awardee(USA), Chrysolite and Nonkono Yume.
Sound True, who has run well at the highest level to finish on the board, drew post 6. Having come off three straight victories at the highest level, Copano Rickey drew post7. Multiple grade one winner Hokko Tarumae, who has won the Kawasaki Kinen at the same course and distance earlier this season, had post 8. Awardee(USA), in the midist of five straight victories, drew post 9. Chrysolite, winner of the Korean Cup last outing, had post 11. Nonkono Yume, explosive late runner, drew post 13.

The post position for the 2,100-meter race is:

1 Isshin Dotai, 7h, Daisuke Mashima
2 Informer, 5h, Akira Harita
3 Erobeat, 7g, Hiroto Yoshihara
4 Meisho Percy, 7h, Minoru Mayagawa
5 Summit Stone, 8h, Shun Ishizaki
6 Sound True, 6g, Takuya Ono
7 Copano Rickey, 6h, Hironobu Tanabe
8 Hokko Tarumae, 7h, Hideyuki Miyuki
9 Awardee(USA), 6h, Yutaka Take
10 Mikki Hennessy, 7h, Shinji Hatanaka
11 Chrysolite, 6h, Kanichiro Fujii
12 Blank Verse, 7h, Shoji Nishimori
13 Nonkono Yume, 4g, Christophe Lemaire
14 Touch Duel, 7m, Tomonori Sato
Weight: 57 kgs, Touch Duel allowed 2kgs 

Race favorite romps Hokkaido Nisai Yushun


Race favorite Epicharis set the pace to win the NAR grade three Hokkaido Nisai Yushun for 2-year-olds by a street on Tuesday night at Mombetsu track. Higashi Will Win came second, a 1 1/2-length in front of Swift Heart. Christophe Lemaire rode the winner to cover the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 54.60 seconds on dirt.
Trained at JRA Miho by K.Hagiwara, Epicharis is a 2-year-old dark bay colt by Gold Allure out of Stapes Mitsuko, by Carnegie.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Field of NAR G3 Hokkaido Nisai Yushun


14 juveniles have been entered for the NAR grade three Hokkaido Nisai Yushun to be run on Tuesday, November 1 at Mombetsu track.
JRA entries are Rara Vez Rana, Tomiken Karimu, B B Gaudi and Epicharis.

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

1 Rara Vez Rana, f, Kato
2 Esprit Zone, c, S.Hattori
3 Higashi Will Win, c, M.Miyazaki
4 Tomiken Karimu, c, T.Ono
5 Stone River, c, M.Inoue
6 Band on the Run, c, M.Kuwamura
7 Goriki, c, S.Matsui
8 Swift Heart, c, T.Inoue
9 Riko Sopwith, c, Y.Ishikawa
10 B B Gaudi, c, H.Uchida
11 Quintessence, c, F.Igarashi
12 Superstition, c, R.Abe
13 Epicharis, c, C.Lemaire
14 Sossusvlei, c, K.Sasaki

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Race favorite Maurice wins Tenno Sho Autumn


Maurice proved he can stay the trip of 2,000 meters as he won the grade one Tenno Sho Autumn  at Tokyo Sunday afternoon. In the hands of international jockey Ryan Moore, the 5-year-old horse got flied on the outside down the stretch to win the traditional race in 1 minute 59.30 seconds on firm ground. A 1 1/2-length behind, Real Steel was second with another 1 1/4-length back Staphanos third. A Shin Hikari was 12th finish of the 15 runners.

Trained by N.Hori and owned by K.Yoshida, Maurice has now won 10 of his 17 races with more than 862 million jpn yen in career earnings. Togawa Bokujo(Farm) was the breeder of Maurice, by Screen Hero out of Mejiro Frances, by Carnegie.

The Hong Kong Cup or Hong Kong Mile will be his farewell race.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Satono Aladdin finishes strongly in Swan S


Satono Aladdin had a strong finishing kick to win the grade two Swan Stakes at Kyoto Saturday afternoon. Satono Lupin came, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another nose back A Shin Spartan(USA) third. Yuga Kawada piloted the winner to cover the 1,400-meter distance in 1 minute 20.70 seconds on firm ground.
Satono Aladdin is a 5-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of Magic Storm, by Storm Cat.

Lys Gracieux impressive run in Artemis S


Lys Gracieux made up the ground gamely on the turn to win the grade three Artemis Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Tokyo Saturday afternoon. The Heart's Cry filly won the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 35.50 seconds under Yutaka Take. A 1/2-length behind, Flawless Magic was second followed by Sigrun third.
Lys Gracieux is a 2-year-old dark bay filly out of Liliside, by American Post.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Stage set for 2016 Tenno Sho Autumn


A total of 15 horses have been entered for the grade one Tenno Sho Autumn, scheduled to be run on October 30 at Tokyo Racecourse.

A Shin Hikari, strong front-running individual who became a world famous runner with gr.1 victories in France and Hong Kong, had a good draw of post 1. He runs well when fresh.
Mile champion horse Maurice will stretch out to 2,000 meters after he had a good performance at the same distance at Sapporo. He drew post 8.
Rouge Buck, coming into this classics off excellent performances in the male grade company last two outing, drew post 9.
Ambitious and Staphanos, who finished, respectively, second and fifth in the Mainichi Okan behind Rouge Buck, drew post 3 and 14 respectively.
Multiple grade one winner Lovely Day tries to come back on the winning trail. He drew post 15. 

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

1 A Shin Hikari, 5h, Yutaka Take
2 Clarente, 7h, Hiroyuki Uchida
3 Ambitious, 4c, Norihiro Yokoyama
4 Satono Crown, 4c, Yuichi Fukunaga
5 Logotype, 6h, Hironobu Tanabe
6 Admire Deus, 5h, Yasunari Iwata
7 Satono Noblesse, 6h, Andrasch Starke
8 Maurice, 5h, Ryan Moore
9 Rouge Buck, 4f, Keita Tosaki
10 Comfy, 7h, Masayoshi Ebina
11 Historical, 7h, Katsuharu Tanaka
12 Real Steel, 4c, Mirco Demuro
13 Yamakatsu Ace, 4c, Kenichi Ikezoe
14 Staphanos, 5h, Yuga Kawada
15 Lovely Day, 6h, Christophe Lemaire

Tokyo Saturday Main Event: Artemis Stakes


The grade three Artemis Stakes for 2-year-old fillies will be run on Saturday as the Tokyo main event.
The leading contenders could be: two-time winner Toho Aires; Sigrun, impressive debut winner; Flawless Magic, impressive maiden winner at Tokyo and 4-length maiden winner Lys Gracieux.

The post position of 18 horses with riders for the 1,600-meter turf race is:

1 Twilight Life, Hiroshi Kitamura
2 Toho Aires, Yoshitomi Shibata
3 Venus Flora, Norihiro Yokoyama
4 Perform, Daichi Shibata
5 Historia, Masayoshi Ebina
6 Sigrun, Mirco Demuro
7 Rising Reason, Kyosuke Maruta
8 Win Citrine, Masami Matsuoka
9 Tsuzuku, Teruo Eda
10 Appeal Bio, Hiroyuki Uchida
11 Coral Princess, Yuichi Shibayama
12 Flawless Magic, Christophe Lemaire
13 Mellow Breeze, Yoshihiro Furukawa
14 Marumo Reina, Ken Tanaka
15 Satono Alicia, Kenichi Ikezoe
16 Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
17 Heart of Swallow, Yutaka Yoshida
18 Quintuple, Akayuki Kato

Swan Stakes at Kyoto Saturday


The Kyoto main event on October 29 will be the grade two Swan Stakes for 3yo+ over 1,400 meters on turf.
The leading contenders could be: Fiero and Satono Aladdin, who finished third and fourth in the Yasuda Kinen earlier this season; Albiano(USA), third in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

The field of 18 horses is:

1 A Shin Bullseye(USA), 5h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
2 Satono Lupin, 5h, 56, Ryuji Wada
3 Mikki Love Song, 5h, 56, Futoshi Komaki
4 Meisho Naruto, 8g, 56, Koshiro Take
5 Land Queen, 6m, 54, Osamu Shimohara
6 Moon Crest, 4c, 56, Daisaku Matsuda
7 Bakushin Teio, 7h, 56, Ryan Moore
8 Fiero, 7h, 56, Keita Tosaki
9 Dance Director, 6h, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
10 Bravissimo, 4c, 56, Kota Fujioka
11 Satono Aladdin, 5h, 57, Yuga Kawada
12 Sunrise Major, 7h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
13 A Shin Spartan(USA), 5h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
14 Albiano(USA), 4f, 55, Andrasch Starke
15 Peisha Felice, 5m, 54, Shinichiro Akiyama
16 T M Taiho, 7h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
17 Rinehart, 5m, 54, Fuma Matsuwaka
18 Teehaff, 6h, 56, Yusaku Kokubun