Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Maurice heads Yasuda nominations

Maurice heads the 16 horses nominated for the Yasuda Kinen to be run on Sunday, June 5 at Tokyo Racecourse. Multiple g1 winner Maurice, who has won his last seven starts including four g1 victories, returns to Tokyo Racecourse where he won the Yasuda Kinen last season.
Other nominations include Dubai Turf winner Real Steel, Keio Hai Spring C winner Satono Aladdin and Hk-trained Contentment(AUS).

Yasuda Kinen

The Yasuda Kinen(initially called the Yasuda Sho) was named after Mr. Izaemon Yasuda, who rendered the distinguished services on racing industry in early days. 

Brief History
The first run was in 1951 under the name of Yasuda Sho. The race name was changed to the Yasuda Kinen in 1958.
In introduction of grading system in 1984, the race was graded to a g1 and the door was open to foreign-bred horses. The Yasuda Kinen gained an international status and the door was open to foreign horses in 1993.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Field of 2016 Sakitama Hai

Urawa Racetrack hosts the NAR grade two Sakitama Hai to be run on Wednesday, June 1.
12 horses have been entered for the 1,400-meter dirt event.
JRA entries are White Fugue, Best Warrior(USA), Dream Valentino and Corin Berry.

1 White Fugue, 4f, 56, T.Ono
2 Satono Tiger, 8h, 56, T.Sasagawa
3 Touch Duel, 7m, 54, S.Nakano
4 Sorte, 6h, 56, H.Yoshihara
5 Major Athlete, 7h, 56, T.Takahashi
6 Love Bullet, 5h, 56, T.Yamamoto
7 Best Warrior(USA), 6h, 58, K.Tosaki
8 Dream Valentino, 9h, 58, Y.Iwata
9 Party Maker, 4c, 56, S.Sakai
10 Curtis Barows, 6h, 56, T.Konno
11 Corin Berry, 5m, 56, K.Matsuyama
12 Gaudy, 8h, 56, R.Akamine

Urawa Racetrack

1-8-42 ohyaba Minami-ku Saitama-shi Saitama
A 15-minute walk from JR Minami Urawa Station
A 5-minute bus ride from JR Minami Urawa Station
Free car parking available
Track description:
A lef-handed, flat, dirt oval track of 1,200 meters with 16.5 to 21.5 meters in width and 220-meter run-in.
Maximum field: 12
Meetings: 26 days(2016 fisical year)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Makahiki wins Japan Derby in thrilling photo finish

Makahiki with Yuga Kawada up put up a great turn of foot in the stretch to win the Tokyo Yushun(Japanese Derby) in photo finish on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. He won it by a nose from Satono Diamond in 2 minutes 24 seconds flat over 2,400 meters on firm ground.
A 1/2-length behind the runner-up, Dee Majesty came third with Air Spinel fourth and Leontes fifth.
The first five of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) also occupied the first five of the Japanese Derby, but this time they were in a different finishing order.

After leaving the 200-meter pole, Makahiki and Satono Diamond drew away from the rest. From there, they emgered in a thrilling neck and neck battle to the finish line. On the far outside, Dee Majesty chased after them, but never stepped in the shadow of them.

Trained by Y. Tomomichi and owned Kaneko Makoto Holdings Ltd., Makahiki has now won four of his five races with more than 360 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Makahiki, a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of the French Deputy mare Wikiwki, was bred by Northern Farm.

Cryptogram triumphs Meguro Kinen

Cryptogram ran a great race under Yuichi Fukunage at his first grade appearance as he won the grade two Meguro Kinen in 2 minutes 30.60 seconds over 2,500 meters at Tokyo on firm ground.
A neck behind the winner, Marialite was second with another 3/4-length back Hit the Target third.
Cryptogram is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by King Kamehameha out of Cheers Message, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dee Majesty early favorite for 2016 Japanese Derby

After closing Saturday betting round, Satuki Sho winner Dee Majesty has been installed as the faovrite for the Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun) at odds of 3.0/2-1. Makahiki was the second favorite at 4.2/16-5. Satono Diamond was the third favorirte at 4.5/7-2 followed by Leontes at 6.2/26-5.
The post time for the 2016 Japanese Derby will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, May 29.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Field of 2016 Meguro Kinen

A total of 18 horses have been entered for the Meguro Kinen at Tokyo on Sunday, May 29.

The leading contenders are likely: Recondite, Mondo Intero, Marialite and Cryptogram.

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

1 Saimon Tornare, 10h, 48, Nanako Fujita
2 Lien de Famille, 6h, 54, Yuga Kawada
3 Recondite, 6h, 55, Yutaka Take
4 Neo Black Dia, 8h, 54, Norihiro Yokoyama
5 Mondo Intero, 4c, 56, Hugh Bowman
6 Marialite, 5m, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
7 Meiner Lacrima, 8h, 57.5, Daichi Shibata
8 Madrid Cafe, 5h, 54, Shinji Kawashima
9 Samson's Pride, 6h, 54, Keita Tosaki
10 Hit the Target, 8h, 58, Futoshi Komaki
11 Courir Kaiser, 7h, 57.5, Hironobu Tanabe
12 Shonan Bach, 5h, 55, Yasunari Iwata
13 Super Moon, 7h, 56, Mirco Demuro
14 Tamamo Best Play, 6h, 56, Akihide Tsumura
15 Cryptogram, 4c, 54, Yuichi Fukunaga
16 Touching Speech, 4f, 55, Christophe Lemaire
17 Deus Vult, 8g, 54, Syu Ishibashi
18 Jungle Cruise, 7g, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida

Japan Horseracing News on Friday, May 27 2016

Champion sire Deep Impact sends his six sons to the 2016 Japanese Derby as follows:

Dee Majesty
Mount Robson
Satono Diamond
Vanquish Run
Note: Deep Impact has produced the two Derby winners, Kizune in 2013 and Deep Brillante in 2012.

Veteran jockey Masayoshi Ebina seeks his first Derby victory on Dee Majesty in his 24th Derby ride. 

A Shin Hikari and A Shin Erwin, both whom had a great success in France, are heading to England  for Royal Ascot.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Stage set for 2016 Tokyo Yushun(Japanese Derby)

A field of 18 colts is set to run in the 2016 Tokyo Yushun(Japanese Derby) to be run on Sunday, May 29 at Tokyo Racecourse. The filed is quite some lineup and as strong as ever. A thrilling finish is expected.

The field in post position order with riders for the 2,400-meter race is:

1 Dee Majesty, Masayoshi Ebina
2 Meiner Honey, Daichi Shibata
3 Makahiki, Yuga Kawada
4 Rainbow Line, Yuichi Fukunaga
5 Air Spinel, Yutaka Take
6 Agnes Forte, Kohei Matsuyama
7 Lord Quest, Yasunari Iwata
8 Satono Diamond, Christophe Lemaire
9 Mount Robson, Tommy Berry
10 Smart Odin, Keita Tosaki
11 Azur Rose, Hugh Bowman
12 Leontes, Mirco Demuro
13 Red Eldest, Hirofumi Shii
14 Vanquish Run, Hiroyuki Uchida
15 Immortal, Yukito Ishikawa
16 Brave Smash, Norihiro Yokoyama
17 Prophet, Suguru Hamanaka
18 Prodigal Son, Hironobu Tanabe
All starters carry 57 kgs.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Flashback: 2000 Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun)

67th Japanese Derby: May 28, 2000

Agnes Flight captures the Derby by a photo finish 
Third pick Agnes Flight won the Japanese Derby at Tokyo Racecourse over favorite Air Shakur by less than three inches, to provide a veteran jockey Hiroshi Kawachi with the first Derby victory in 17th try. Trainer Hiroyuki Nagahama also grabbed his first Derby title.

The weather forecast for today proved wrong. It was a clear and nice day. Attendance of more than 160,000 witnessed a thrilling and exciting finish between Agnes Flight and Air Shakur. The two, both bred by Shadai Farm, are sons of Sunday Silence, who became the third straight Derby winning sire.

Hiroshi Kawachi settled his colt Agnes Flight in the last place, just like they raced the Kyoto Shimbun Hai last time out. While, Air Shakur, ridden by Yutaka Take, was the fourth place to the last. Air Shakur picked up ground at the far turn. Simultaneously, Agnes Flight started making a move to keep a pace up with Air Shakur. Air Shakur, with Agnes Flight tailing behind, positioned on the far outside when the field entered into the home stretch. At around 200-meter out after climbing up the hill, the winner looked in the possession of Air Shakur.
Agnes Flight, however, made an effort to approaching Air Shakur swiftly from the outside. The two drew away from the field for dueling to the finish line. The photo inspection was provided to make a decision for a winner. 

Agnes Flight covered a 2,400-meter trip in 2:26 1/5. A nose behind the winner, Air Shakur was second with Ataraxia another three and a half lengths back third, followed by Toho Shiden, Reward Faucon, Joten Brave, Carnegie Daian, Plant Taiyo O, Osumi Condor, G.T.Boss, Kurio King O, Daitaku Riva, Tanino Sol Cubano, Meiner Blau, Meiner Condor, Puple Ebisu, Maruka irror, Meiner Brian.

Agnes Flight, a son of Sunday Silence and Royal Ski mare Agnes Flora, has now won four races of five starts with a career earnings of more than 239 million yen. He comes from a classic winner family. His dam Agnes Flora is a 1990 Okasho winner. 
His second dam is Agnes Lady, winner of 1979 Japanese Oaks. Hiroshi Kawachi was also a regular rider for his mother Agnes Flora as well as his grandmother Agnes Lady. 
The 3-year-old colt, unraced at two, broke a maiden on February 6 in his debut before finishing 12th in the Wakaba Stakes. He won the Wakakusa Stakes and the Kyoto Shimbun Hai(g3) prior to the Derby.

Note: Some horse names may be incorrect.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Japanese Derby

Tokyo Yushun(known as the Japanese Derby)
The Japanese Derby, frequently called as the racing festival, has been the greatest of all races and established as the biggest race for 3-year-olds since the first run in 1932. It is the most glory and honor for any racing person to have a Derby winner. The Derby, the second leg of the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-olds, is combined with the Satsuki Sho and Kikuka Sho to complete the Triple Crown Races.

Major prep races: Satsuki Sho, Aoba Sho, Principal Stakes

Brief History
The Japanese Derby was first run as the Tokyo Yushun Daikyoso, going 2,400 meters in 1932 at Meguro Racecourse, where does no longer exist. For the first time in 1938, the race was called as the Tokyo Yushun Kyouso and continued that name until 1947. This classic race was abandoned due to war in 1945. The race resumed in 1947. It was carried out unde the name of the Yushun Kyoso in 1948 and 1949. The race name was changed again to the Tokyo Yushun Kyouso the following year.
In the 1950, the race was run under the name of the Tokyo Yushun.
As the grading system began in 1984, the Tokyo Yushun was graded as a grade one.
The door was open to NAR horses in 1995. The door was open to a limited number of foreign-bred horses. In 2010, the Japanese Derby gained an international status and foreign horses can run in this event. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nominations of 2016 Tokyo Yushun(Japanese Derby)

The cream of the crop of 23 three-year-olds remain on the final nomination list of the 2016 Tokyo Yushun(known as the Japanese Derby) to be run on Sunday, May 29 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Azur Rose
Meiner Rafflesia
Smart Odin
Agnes Forte 
Black Spinel
Vanquish Run
Red Eldest 
Prodigal Son
Meiner Honey
Dee Majesty 
Air Spinel
Mount Robson
George Cing
Lord Quest
Rainbow Line
Brave Smash
Shadow Approach
(in radom order)

Tokyo Racecourse
The 2,400-meter Japanese Derby starts at just off the middle of the homestretch and goes around the oval turf course of 2,083 meters more than once to the line. It is the tough trip to climb up the stretch hill to be required speed and stamina.

Data fact
Five of the last 10 favorites have visited the winner's circle. 2010 winner Eishin Flash(seventh pick at odds of 31.9(309-10) was the longest priced winner in the last decade.
Satsuki Sho runners have a good record, finishing seven firsts, five seconds and five thirds in the last 10 years. 
The horse who is able to produce a strong turn of foot in the final stretch could be the one to follow.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Favorite wins Japanese Oaks

Sinhalite revenged a narrow defeat in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) as she won the Japanese Oaks(Yushun Himba) as the 2.0 favorite on Sunday, May 21 at Tokyo Racecourse.
Kenichi Ikezoe forced Sinhalite to squeeze between horses on the middle in the late stage, winning the 2,400-meter filly classic in 2 minutes 25 seconds flat on firm ground.
Cecchino was second, a neck behind, with Biche another 1/2-length back third followed by Jealousy fourth and Peptide Supple fifth in the field of 18.

Trained at Ritto by S. Ishizaka and owned by Carrot Farm, Sinhalite has now recorded four wins of her five races with more than 233 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Sinhalite, a 3-year-old dark bay by Deep Impact out of Singhalese, by Singspiel.

Asukano Roman romps Heian Stakes

Asukano Roman led the field of 15 in the 1,900-meter dirt race to win the grade three Heian Stakes at Kyoto Racecourse on Saturday, May 21. A 5-length behind, Kurino Star O came second with another head back Chrysolite third. Keisuke Dazai was aboard the winning horse.
Asukano Roman is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Agnes Digital out of Asukano Himiko, by Tabasco Cat.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Field of 2016 Heian Stakes

15 horses will go for the grade three Heian Stakes to be run on Saturday, May 21 at Kyoto Racecourse.

The leading contenders are likely: Roi Jardin, Chrysolite, Amour Briller(USA) and Asukano Roman.

The field for the 1,900-meter dirt event is:

1 Majesty Hearts, 6h, 56, Kazuma Mori
2 Dokofukukaze, 6h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
3 Shonan Apollon, 6h, 57, Masami Matsuoka
4 Roi Jardin, 5h, 57, Mirco Demuro
5 Meiner Crop, 6h, 56, Ryuji Wada
6 Chrysolite, 6h, 58, Yuga Kawada
7 Bright Idea, 6h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
8 Torakichi Shacho, 5h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
9 Rhein Ruf, 4c, 56, Koshiro Take
10 Strong Souther, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
11 Kurino Star O, 6h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
12 Amour Briller(USA), 5m, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
13 Top Divo, 4c, 56, Hirofumi Shii
14 Asukano Roman, 5h, 58, Keisuke Dazai
15 Sammaru Duke, 7h, 56, Tomoharu Bushizawa

Flashback: 2000 Japanese Oaks

61st Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks) on May 21, 2000

Silk Prima Donna triumphs Oaks
Shinji Fujita-mounted Silk Prima Donna beat her stablemate Cheers Grace to win the Japanese Oaks/Yushun Himba this afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. Both are trained at Riito Training Center by Kenji Yamauchi.
Silk Prima Donna, the smallest filly in the field, took a clear lead by passing Lady Muse and Olive Crown at around 200-meter from home, while the biggest filly Cheers Grace challenged 
her from the outside. Deciding on the big title was left to the two stablemates. In the end, favorite Silk Prima Donna edged fifth pick Cheers Grace by a neck, completing a 2,400-meter 
trip in 2:30 1/5 on good to firm ground. 
Darkhorse Olive Crown, one and a half lengths behind Cheers Grace, was third with another half-length back Lady Muse fourth, followed by Grand Pas de Deux, Saiko Kirara, Sunny Side Up, Manic Sunday, Future Sunday, Sugino Formosa, Bailarina, Mayno Maybe, Charisma Sun Opera, Jo De Shiraoki, Fusaichi You Can, Glow Ribbon, Summer Babe and Living Daylights.

Silk Prima Donna, a daughter of Brian's Time, earned the 3YO filly classic title in fifth start and improved a career record to 5-3-1-1. Silk Prima Donna, unraced at two, won the first two starts before finishing second in the March 12th 3YO Himba Tokubetsu at Hanshin. Prior to the Oaks, she was third in the grade one Okasho on April 9th.

Note: Some names may be incorrect.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sinhalite tops field of 2016 Japanese Oaks

Sinhalite, a narrow second in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), tops a field of 18 entered for the Japanese Oaks(Yushun Himba) on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. She drew post three.

At the Seaside, a third in the Oka Sho, drew post four. Cecchino, an impressive winner of the Flora Stakes, drew post 13. Wasurenagusa Sho winner Rottenmeier drew post 17.

The field in post position order with riders for the grade one 2,400-meter race is:

1 From My Heart, Syu Ishibashi
2 Awake, Yutaka Yoshida
3 Sinhalite, Kenichi Ikezoe
4 At the Seaside, Yuichi Fukunaga
5 Peptide Supple, Hirofumi Shii
6 Admire Lead, Yasunari Iwata
7 Gekkako, Daichi Shibata
8 Denko Ange, Yuga Kawada
9 Win Fabulous, Masami Matsuoka
10 Dantsu Pendant, Yoshihiro Furukawa
11 Angel Face, Christophe Lemaire
12 Frontier Queen, Masayoshi Ebina
13 Cecchino, Keita Tosaki
14 Biche, Mirco Demuro
15 Red Avancer, Hironobu Tanabe
16 Jealousy, Norihiro Yokoyama
17 Rottenmeier, Tommy Berry
18 Daiwa Dresser, Kosei Miura
All starters carry 55 kgs.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2016 Japanese Oaks nominations

In the absence of Jeweler and Major Emblem, Sinhalite, who finished a narrow second in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) last outing, tops among the 24 nominations of the 2016 Japanese Oaks(Himba Yushun).
The Oaks will be run at Tokyo Racecourse over 2,400 meters on Sunday, May 22.

Data fact
Only two favorites in the last 10 Oaks runnings have visited to the winner's circle. The longest priced winner in the last decade was 2011 winner Erin Court, who paid 3,720 jpn yen for win as seventh favorite.
Oka Sho runners have a good record, recording seven firsts, six seconds and five thirds in the last 10 years. During the same period, last-time winners have a good record, finishing seven firsts, two seconds and two thirds.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


3-year-old fillies, 2,400-meter turf left-handed at Tokyo Racecourse

Brief history
The first running of the Japanese Oaks(Yushun Himba), initially called the Hanshin Yushun Himba, took place at Hanshin racecourse in 1938. The race was not run due to war in 1944.
Tokyo racecourse hosted the Oaks for the first time in 1946 and at the same time the race name was changed to the Yushun Himba.
As the grading system began in 1984, the Japanese Oaks was graded as a grade one. The door was open to NAR horses in 1995. The door was open to foreign horses in 2003.
The Yushun Himba gained an international grade one status.

The major preps for the Oaks are the Flora Stakes and Sweetpea Stakes.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Straight Girl gains second Victoria Mile win

Straight Girl with Keita Tosaki aboard won the Victoria Mile for two consecutive years at Tokyo on Sunday. She pulled away from the rest outside 200 meters from home to win the grade one 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 31.50 seconds on firm ground. 
A 2 1/2-length behind, Mikki Queen came second with Shonan Pandora another nose back third.
Trained by H. Fujiwara and owned by Hirosaki Toshihiro HD Co. Ltd., Straight Girl has now won 11 of her 31 races with more than 370 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Okamoto Farm was the breeder of Straight Girl, a 7-year-old bay mare by Fuji Kiseki out of Never Period, by Taiki Shuttle.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Satono Aladdin strong late run in Keio Hai Spring C

Third favorite Satono Aladdin produced a strong closing kick to win the grade two Keio Hai Spring Cup at Tokyo on Saturday. He won it by a 1 1/2-length from Sunrise Major, who finished a neck before Rosa Gigantea in second. Yuga Kawada was aboard Satono Aladdin to cover the 1,400-meter turf trip in 1 minute 19.60 seconds.
Satono Aladdin, who has now gained his first grade victory, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of Magic Storm, by Storm Cat.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Field of 2016 Victoria Mile

A maximum field of 18 horses has been drawn for the Victoria Mile at Tokyo Racecourse on May 15, 2016.

Dual grade one winner Mikki Queen drew post 10. 2015 Japan Cup winner Shonan Pandora drew post 15. Smart Layer and Rouge Buck break from post 2 and 7 respectively.

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

1 Win Primera, 6m, Yuga Kawada
2 Smart Layer, 6m, Yutaka Take
3 Chaleur, 4f, Norihiro Yokoyama
4 Uliuli, 6m, Kosei Miura
5 Red Reveur, 5m, Yukito Ishikawa
6 Magic Time, 5m, Hugh Bowman
7 Rouge Buck, 4f, Christophe Lemaire
8 Meisho Mambo, 6m, Koshiro Take
9 Cafe Brilliant, 6m, Yuichi Fukunaga
10 Mikki Queen, 4f, Suguru Hamanaka
11 Let's Go Donki, 4f, Yasunari Iwata
12 Queens Ring, 4f, Mirco Demuro
13 Straight Girl, 7m, Keita Tosaki
14 Ukiyono Kaze, 6m, Hirofumi Shii
15 Shonan Pandora, 5m, Kenichi Ikezoe
16 Sundarbans, 5m, Yutaka Yoshida
17 Tosen Victory, 4f, Hiroyuki Uchida
18 Shonan Adela, 4f, Masayoshi Ebina
All starters carry 55kgs.

Field of 2016 Keio Hai Spring Cup

Saturday, May 14 sees the Keio Hai Spring Cup at Tokyo over 1,400 meters on turf. A total of 16 horses have been entered for the grade two event.

The field is :

1 Rosa Gigantea, 5h, 57, Mirco Demuro
2 Versterking, 4c, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
3 Hiruno Devaro, 5h, 56, Keisuke Dazai
4 Sazanami, 4f, 54, Tommy Berry
5 Dance Amiga, 5m, 54, Christophe Lemaire
6 Omega Vendetta, 5g, 56, Yutaka Take
7 Sakura Gospel, 8h, 57, Hugh Bowman
8 Clarity Sky, 4c, 57, Kosei Miura
9 A Shin Spartan(USA), 5h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
10 Satono Aladdin, 5h, 56, Yuga Kawada
11 Bravissimo, 4c, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
12 Epoisses, 8g, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
13 Sunrise Major, 7h, 56, Keita Tosaki
14 Eye Line, 4f, 54, Yutaka Yoshida
15 Daiwa Liberal, 5h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
16 Dashing Blaze(USA), 4c, 56, Suguru Hamanaka

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This Sunday sees 2016 Victoria Mile

This Sunday sees the Victoria Mile for 4-year-olds and upwards fillies and mares at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday, May 15. A total of 23 horses have been nominated for the grade one 1,600-meter race. The moninations include Mikki Queen, Rouge Buck, Shonan Pandora and Smart Layer.

A total of 18 horses have been nominated for the Keio Hai Spring Cup, an important prep race for the Yasuda Kinen, at Tokyo Racecourse on Saturday, May 14. The nominations for the grade two 1,400-meter race include Satono Aladdin, Rosa Gigantea, Dashing Blaze(USA) and Omega Vendetta.

Victoria Mile

4-year-olds and upwards fillies and mares
Weight: 55 kgs
1,600 meters, right-handed turf, Tokyo Racecourse

The Victoria Mile was introduced in 2006 as a grade one race for 4-year-olds and upward fillies and mares. The mile race gained an international grade one status in 2009.

The major prep races for the Victoria Mile are the Hanshin Himba Stakes and the Fukushima Himba Stakes. 

Past winners
2015 Straight Girl
2014 Verxina
2013 Verxina
2012 Whale Capture
2011 Apapane
2010 Buena Vista
2009 Vodka
2008 Asian Winds
2007 Koiuta
2006 Dance in the Mood

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Major Emblem wire-to-wire victory in NHK Mile Cup

Having placed a disappointing fourth in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) as heavy favorite, Major Emblem  came right back on the winning trail as she won the NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday afternoon. 
Race favorite Major Emblem led the field of 18 and went all the way to cross the finish line in 1 minute 32.80 seconds on firm ground. 
Winning rider Christophe Lemaire said, "She broke well to run her pace. She relaxed and had a perfect race."
A 3/4-length behind, Lord Quest came second in a fastest finish with another neck back Rainbow Line third.

Trained at Miho by Y. Tamura and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., Major Emblem has now won five of her seven races with more than 243 million jpn yen in career earnings. 
Northern Farm was the breeder of Major Emblem, a 3-year-old chestnut filly by Daiwa Major out of Catchy Title, by Opera House.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Smart Odin rallies in Kyoto Shimbun Hai

Race favorite Smart Odin came from far behind to win the grade two Kyoto Shimbun Hai at Kyoto on Saturday. Agnes Forte finished second, a 3/4-length behind, with another 1 1/2-length back Leukerbad third. Keita Tosaki was aboard the winner to run in the 2,200-meter in 2 minutes 12.60 seconds on firm ground.
Smart Odin, a 3-year-old dark bay colt by Danon Chantilly out of Lady Upstage, by Alzao, could be one of the leading contenders for the upcoming Japanese Derby.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Field set for 2016 NHK Mile Cup

A total of 18 horses have been entered for the grade one NHK Mile Cup to be run on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse.

Major Emblem returns to her favorite course to bounce back from a disappointment in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas). With regular rider Christophe Lemaire aboard, she will break from post 4.
The main opponents to Major Emblem could be: Lord Quest, Tosho Drafter, Immortal and Dantsu Prius.

The post time for the Mile Cup will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, May 8.

The field in post position order with riders is:

1 Shuji, c, Yasunari Iwata
2 Eclat Millenaire, f, Takuya Ono
3 Urban Kid, c, Hugh Bowman
4 Major Emblem, f, Christophe Lemaire
5 Lord Quest, c, Kenichi Ikezoe
6 Tizona, c, Mirco Demuro
7 Tosho Drafter, c, Hironobu Tanabe
8 Immortal, c, Keita Tosaki
9 Shadow Approach, c, Tommy Berry
10 Dantsu Prius, c, Genki Maruyama
11 Personnalite, f, Daichi Shibata
12 Hakusan Rudolf, c, Hiroyuki Uchida
13 Sigerunokogirizame, c, Masami Matsuoka
14 Brave Smash, c, Norihiro Yokoyama
15 Stormy Sea, c, Teruo Eda
16 Kaneno Iro, c, Masayoshi Ebina
17 Blanc Bonheur, f, Kosei Miura
18 Rainbow Line, c, Yuichi Fukunaga
Weight: 57kgs, fillies allowed 2 kgs.

2016 Niigata Daishoten

Niigata Racecourse features the Niigata Daishoten on Sunday, May 8. A total of 16 horses have been entered for the 2,000-meter handicap race.
The leading contenders could be: Historical, Fluky, Satono Rasen, Shonan Bach and D'accord.

The field is:

1 Satono Gallant, 7h, 56, Mark Du Plessis
2 Historical, 7h, 57, Katsuharu Tanaka
3 Fluky, 6h, 57.5, Yusuke Fujioka
4 Angreifen, 4c, 55, Yuichi Kitamura
5 Satono Rasen, 4c, 57, Yukito Ishikawa
6 Meiner Milano, 6h, 56, Yuji Tannai
7 Meisho Naruto, 8g, 56, Masaki Katsuura
8 Barone Douphol, 6h, 53, Takuma Ito
9 Passion Dance, 8h, 57, Akihide Tsumura
10 Longing Dancer, 7h, 53, Kazuo Yokoyama
11 Shonan Bach, 5h, 55, Yoshitomi Shibata
12 Shiny Prince, 6h, 56.5, Hideaki Miyuki
13 Meisho Kampaku, 9h, 52, Hayato Yoshida
14 D'accord, 8h, 58, Futoshi Komaki
15 Beruf, 4c, 56, Daisaku Matsuda
16 Derby Fizz, 6h, 57, Syu Ishibashi

2016 Kyoto Shimbun Hai

The Kyoto Shimbun Hai, a final stepping stone for the Japanese Derby, will be run on Saturday at Kyoto Racecourse.

Among the 14 three-year-old colts for the grade two Kyoto Shimbun Hai, the leading contenders could be: Smart Odin, Erbschaft, Leukerbad and Black Spinel.

The field in post position order with jockey for the 2,200-meter race is:

1 Dantsu Eiko, Tomonori Sato
2 Smart Odin, Keita Tosaki
3 El Liston, Yuichi Fukunaga
4 Suave Arthur, Hirofumi Shii
5 Yu Change, Fuma Matsuwaka
6 Calme Passion, Hideaki Miyuki
7 Erbschaft, Norihiro Yokoyama
8 Admire Vista, Yasunari Iwata
9 Leukerbad, Kenichi Ikezoe
10 Zenno Tajikarao, Yuga Kawada
11 Agnes Forte, Kohei Matsuyama
12 Forte Minoru, Ryuji Wada
13 Black Spinel, Christophe Lemaire
14 Suzuka Birdie, Keisuke Dazai
Alll starters caryy 56 kgs.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Oka Sho Winner injured

Jeweler, winner of the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), will miss the May 22 Japanese Oaks due to chip fracture on her left large pastern. She will be sidelined for at least three months.

Copano Rickey wins NAR grade one race

Copano Rickey with Yutaka Take up stalked the pace to win the NAR grade one Kashiwa Kinen in 1 minute 39.20 seconds at Funabashi Racetrack over 1,600 meters. A 3-length behind, Sorte came second with another 1 1/2-length back Best Warrior(USA) third.
Copano Rickey, trained at JRA Ritto by A. Murayama, is a 6-year-old chestnut horse by Gold Allure out of Copano Nikita, by Timber Country.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

K T Brave romps NAR Hyogo Championship

Second favorite K T Brave set the pace and went all the way to win the NAR grade two Hyogo Championship at Sonoda Racecourse on Wednesday afternoon. NAR rider Shoichi Kawahara guided K T Brace to compete the 1,870-meter trip in 2 minutes 0.20 second. A 7-length behind, Gold Dream came second with another 3 1/2-length back Grand Severus third in the field of 12.
Trained at JRA Ritto by T. Meno, K T Brave is a 3-year-old chestnut colt by Admire Max out of K T Laurel, by Sakura Laurel.

Flashback: 2000 NHK Mile Cup

The 5th NHK Mile Cup: May 7, 2000

Eagle Cafe wins Mile Cup in photo finish
The NHK Mile Cup was won a final stride by second pick Eagle Cafe(USA), who beat fifth pick Toyo Dehere(USA) by a nose, with Machikane Hokushin(USA) another one and a three-quarter lengths away third. Sixth pick Mr.Southpaw was fourth with third pick Sweet Orchid fifth in the field of 18 3-year-olds.

It was such a thrilling and close finish of the first two that their finishing of orders were not determined until a photo comfirmation. The winner completed a 1,600-meter turf in 1:33.5 on firm grass. It was the first grade one victory to trainer Futoshi Kojima. 

The field, led by Yuma, Maltese Superb(USA) and Neo Polis, entered into the 500-meter stretch. Eagle Cafe and Toyo Dehere raced side by side in the middle of the big pack until each took its own route to the finish line before going up the hill. Jockey Hiroki Goto took Toyo Dehere to the middle running through the crowd. While, a veteran jockey Yukio Okabe sent Eagle Cafe into the outside. Toyo Dehere, running second off the rail, went into a lead at around 200-meter to go after climbing up the hill. Eagle Cafe challenged Toyo Dehere on the far outside. The two, lining up separately at quite a large interval, fought it out for the rest of the way. Machikane Hokushin, ridden by Yutaka Take, made a good effort to come from well behind, but was not able to catch the first two.

Bred by E.J.Hudson, Jr. Irrevocable Trust & W.S.Kilroy in USA, Eage Cafe(by Gulch, out of Net Dancer, by Nureyev) is owned by Kiyoshi Nishikawa and has now won three races of seven starts with a career earnings of more than 163 million yen.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Favorite wins NAR Kakitsubata Kinen

Race favorite Nobo Baccara, held at the mid-field by Mirco Demuro, rallied on the outside in the stretch to win the NAR grade three Kakitsubata Kinen in 1 minute 27 seconds flat at Nagoya track over 1,400 meters on dirt. A 2-length behind, Bulldog Boss came second with another 1 1/2-length back Laser Bullet third.
Nobo Baccara is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Admire Aura out of Nobo Kiss, by French Deputy.

Field of 2016 NAR g1 Kashiwa Kinen

12 horses will go for the NAR grade one Kashiwa Kinen to be run on May 5 at Funabashi Racecourse.
Strong JRA entries are Copano Rickey, Sound True, Best Warrior(USA), Nonkono Yume and Moanin(USA).

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

1 Copano Rickey 6h 57 Y.Take
2 Happy Sprint 5h 57 M.Miyazaki
3 Sound True 6g 57 T.Ono
4 Best Warrior(USA) 6h 57 K.Tosaki
5 Blank Verse 7h 57 S.Nishimori
6 Sorte 6h 57 H.Yoshihara
7 Clever Sunday 9h 57 J.Takigawa
8 Touch Duel 7m 55 R.Yokogawa
9 Nonkono Yume 4c 57 C.Lemaire
10 Time's Arrow 8h 57 E.Nishimura
11 Moanin(USA) 4c 57 M.Demuro
12 Major Athlete 7h 57 J.Wada

Nominations of 2016 NHK Mile Cup

A total of 24 horses have been nominated for the grade one NHK Mile Cup for 3-year-olds to be run on Sunday, May 8 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Nominations for NHK Mile Cup
Urban Kid
Eclat Millenaire
Kaneno Iro
Shadow Approach
Shonan Anthem
Shonan Rise
Stormy Sea
Dantsu Prius
Two M Legend
Tosho Drafter
Hakusan Rudolf
Blanc Bonheur
Brave Smash
Mieno Dreamer
Major Emblem
Rainbow Line
Lord Quest
(in random order)

Five favorites have won in the last 10 years. Surprises are often. 2013 winner Meiner Ho O was the 34.3 10th favorite. 2009 winner Jo Cappuccino was the 10th favorite to pay 3,980 jpn yen for win. The longest priced winner in the last 10 years was 2007 winner Pink Cameo, the 17th favorite at odds of 76.0. 

NHK Mile Cup

3-year-olds 1,600-meter turf
Tokyo Racecourse

The NHK Mile Cup was introduced in 1996 as a g1 race and has since then come at the top of mile events for 3-year-olds. The race gained an international status and the door was open to foreign runners in 2009.
Success in this event has been the first step to a successful international race for the prominent runners such as Seeking the Pearl, El Condor Pasa and Kurofune.

Tokyo Racecourse

Course address: 
1-1 Hiyoshi-cho Fuchu-city Tokyo
A 2-minute walk from Keio Line Fuchu Keiba Seimonmae Station. A 5-minute walk from JR Fuchu Honmachi Station. A 10-minute walk from either Keio Line Fuchu Station or Higashi Fuchu Station.
Course description: 
The main circuit of Tokyo Racecourse(to be known as the Fuchu Racecourse) is run left-handed, oval of 2,083.1 meters with the width range from 31 meters to 41 meters. The course drops steadily at the first turn to the middle of the backstretch, then rises from there to the third turn. The 525.9 meters run-in has a uphill about the last 500 meters to about 300 meters from home. The oval dirt track of 1,899 meters with 501.6-meter homestretch is run on inside of the main circuit. There is a upslope on the homestretch.
Tokyo Racecourse, founded in 1933, located at north-west of Tokyo metropolitan area, is the home of the big races such as the Japan Cup, Japanese Derby and Oaks.

2016 meetings: 36 days

Monday, May 02, 2016

Field of NAR Hyogo Championship

12 horses have been entered for the NAR grade two Hyogo Championship for 3-year-olds to be run on May 4 at Sonoda track over 1,870 meters on dirt.
JRA entries are Regalo, Grand Severus, East of the Sun, Gold Dream and K T Brave.

The field is:

1 Regalo, c, M. Demuro
2 Takemaru Victory, c, M. Tanaka
3 Mozu Bemblebee, g, T. Sasada
4 Grand Severus, c, F. Matsuwaka
5 East of the Sun, c, Y. Iwata
6 Gold Dream, c, Y. Kawada
7 Asakusa Sera, c, T. Kimura
8 K T Brave, c, S. Kawahara
9 Sapeur Congo, c, S. Shimohara
10 A Shin Nispa, c, T. Yoshimura
11 Itsumo Shiawase, c, S. Hatanaka
12 Ric Kagura, c, T. Yoshii
Weight: 56 kgs, filly allowed 2 kgs.

Sonoda Race Track

Address: 2-1-1 Tano Amazakaki-shi Hyogo
A 20-minute walk from Hankyo Dentestu Kobe Line Sonoda Station
A 7-minute bus ride from Hankyo Dentestu Kobe Line Sonoda Station
A right-handed dirt oval tarck of 1,051 meters with 20 to 24 meters in width and 213 meters in the homestretch. A small hill from the deep backstretch to the third corner.
Maximum field: 12

Meetings: 29 days(2014)

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Kitasan Black leads all the way in Tenno Sho Spring

Kitasan Black led the all the way to win the Tenno Sho Spring in thrilling photo finish this afternoon at Kyoto Racecourse. Before a nose victory, he had to deny challenge by Curren Mirotic, who finished a 1 1/4-length in front of Cheval Grand in second. Race favorite Gold Actor finished a disappointing 12th. The final time for the 3,200-meter distance was 3 minutes 15.30 seconds on firm ground.
Winning rider Yutaka Take, who has now ridden the seventh Tenno Sho Spring winner, said, "the pace went as I planned. He fought back at the end." 
Trained by H. Shimizu and owned by Ono Shoji, Kitasan Black has now recorded six wins of his 10 races with more than 536 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Yanagawa Bokujo was the breeder of Kitasan Black, a 4-year-old bay colt by Black Tide out of Sugar Heart, by Sakura Bakushin O.