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