Sunday, October 22, 2017

Kiseki raliies in Kikuka


Kiseki rallied on the outside in the Kyoto muddy course to win the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger) on Sunday afternoon.
The race was run at a slow pace, while Mirco Demuro held Kiseki off the pace. In the stretch, Kiseki flashed past a bunch of rivals, coming home a clear winner of the 3,000-meter race in 3 minutes 18.90 seconds for the final time.
A 2-length behind, Clincher finished second with another nose back Popocatepetl third. Meiner Wunsch was, another 1 1/2-length further back, fourth with Danburite fifth.
Kiseki has raced under the train of K.Sumii and the color of T.Ishikawa and his career record has improved to 8-4-1-2 with more than 213 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Shimokobe Farm was the breeder of Kiseki, a 3-year-old dark bay by Rulership out of Blitz Finale, by Deep Impact.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Air Spinel wins easily Fuji Stakes


Air Spinel won the Fuji Stakes in an easy style on Saturday afternoon.
After holding a good position, he took an outside path under Yutaka Take when turning for home and went on to winning the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 34.80 seconds on soft ground. A 2-length behind, Isla Bonita was second with Kluger finishing another 1/2-length back in third.
Air Spinel is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by King Kamehameha out of Air Messiah, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Field of 2017 Kikuka Sho


In the absence of Rey de Oro, a field of 18 colts is set to run in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger) at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday, October 22.
Al Ain, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), drew post 16. Mikki Swallow, who beat Al Ain in the St.Lite Kinen, drew post 12.
Kiseki, finishing second in the Kobe Shimbun Hai behind Rey de Oro, drew post 13.
Satono Arthur, third in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 8. Danburite, fourth in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 15.

The post position with riders for the 3,000-meter event is:

1-Bless Journey, Yoshitomi Shibata
2-Win Ganador, Akihide Tsumura
3-Stiffelio, Fuma Matsuwaka
4-Clincher, Yusuke Fujioka
5-Tricolore Bleu, Keita Tosaki
6-Meiner Wunsch, Daichi Shibata
7-Adam Barows, Kenichi Ikezoe
8-Satono Arthur, Yuga Kawada
9-Kurino Yamatono O, Hideaki Miyuki
10-Best Approach(GB), Yasunari Iwata
11-Satono Chronicle, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Mikki Swallow, Norihiro Yokoyama
13-Kiseki, Mirco Demuro
14-Popocatepetl, Ryuji Wada
15-Danburite, Yutaka Take
16-Al Ain, Christophe Lemaire
17-Platina Voice, Hironobu Tanabe
18-My Style, Hirofumi Shii
Weight: 57 kgs.

2017 Fuji Stakes


A total of 15 horses have been entered to the grade three Fuji Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday, October 21.
The possible leading contenders are Persian Knight, Air Spinel, Grand Silk and Isla Bonita.
The field for the 1,600-meter race is:

1-Satono Ares, 3c, 54, Takuya Ono
2-Red en Ciel, 3c, 54, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Black Moon, 5h, 56, Keita Tosaki
4-Garibaldi, 6h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
5-Persian Knight, 3c, 55, Mirco Demuro
6-Air Spinel, 4c, 57, Yutaka Take
7-Meiner Aurato, 6h, 56, Daichi Shibata
8-Lord Quest, 4c, 56, Kenichi Ikezoe
9-Jo Strictly, 3c, 56, Kiwamu Ogino
10-Clarity City, 6h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
11-Grand Silk, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Musee Alien, 5g, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
13-Kluger, 5h, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
14-Daiwa Liberal, 6h, 56, Katsuharu Tanaka
15-Isla Bonita, 6h, 58, Christophe Lemaire

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017 Kikuka Sho Nominations


24 horses have been nominated to the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger). The nominations include Al Ain, Danburite, Kiseki, Mikki Swallow and Satono Arthur.

The Kikuka Sho will be run on Sunday, October 22 at Kyoto Racecourse.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Deirdre finishes strongly in Shuka


The Shuka Sho was won this afternoon at Kyoto Racecourse by Deirdre, who finished very fast to flash past Mozu Katchan and Lys Gracieux in the deep stretch.
Lys Gracieux finished, a 1 1/4-length behind the winner, in second with another nose back Mozu Katchan third. Rabbit Run(USA) was fourth followed by Kawakita Enka fourth.
Christophe Lemaire guided Deirdre to get up at the line in 2 minutes 0.02 second over 2,000 meters on heavy ground.
Trained by M. Hashida and owned by T.Morita, Deirdre has now won five in 14 career starts with 203 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Farm was the breeder of Deirdre, a 3-year-old bay filly by Harbinger out of Reizend, by Special Week.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Crocosmia coast-to-coast victory in Fuchu Himba


Crocosmia set the pace to win the Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse on Saturday. A neck behind, Vivlos finished second with Admire Lead finishing another 1 1/4-length away in third.
Yasunari Iwata was aboard the winner in coming cross the winning post in 1 minute 48.10 seconds over 1,800 meters on good ground.
Crocosmia, who has now won five of her 19 races, is a 4-year-old dark bay filly by Stay Gold out of Developpe, by Boston Harbor.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Field set for 2017 Shuka Sho


A field of 18 three-year-old fillies have been drawn for the grade one Shuka Sho at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday, October 15.

Aerolithe, winner of the NHK Mile Cup, drew post 1. Rose Stakes winner Rabbit Run(USA) drew post 2. Shion Stakes winner Deirdre drew post 16. Lys Gracieux and Fan Dii Na drew post 7 and 16 respectively.

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

1-Aerolithe, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-Rabbit Run(USA), Ryuji Wada
3-Black Onyx, Takuya Ono
4-Mozu Katchan, Mirco Demuro
5-Black's Beach, Yuga Kawada
6-Meisho Owara, Fuma Matsuwaka
7-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
8-Kawakita Enka, Yuichi Kitamura
9-Hello Unicorn, Hironobu Tanabe
10-Tagano Verona, Hideaki Miyuki
11-Mirissa, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Reine Minoru, Kenichi Ikezoe
13-Lycabettos, Suguru Hamanaka
14-Deirdre, Christophe Lemaire
15-Vous Etes Jolie, Yuji Hishida
16-Fan Dii Na, Yasunari Iwata
17-Port Vendres, Kosei Miura
18-Caribbean Gold, Katsuharu Tanaka
Weight: 55 kgs

2017 Fuchu Himba Stakes


Vivlos makes her first start since winning the Dubai Turf last February as she faces the 13 rivals in the Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse on Monday, October 14. With Christophe Lemaire up, she breaks from post 1.
The main oppositons to Vivlos could be: Queens Ring, Admire Lead and Queen's Milagro.

The post position with riders for the grade two 1,800-meter race for fillies and mares is:

1-Vivlos, Christophe Lemaire
2-Happy Yunibansu, Akihide Tsumura
3-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Queens Ring, Mirco Demuro
5-Tosen Victory, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Gekkako, Daichi Shibata
7-Admire Lead, Keita Tosaki
8-Rock a Hula Baby, Kosei Miura
9-Kinsho Yukihime, Hiroyuki Uchida
10-Queen's Milagro, Yutaka Take
11-Crocosmia, Yasunari Iwata
12-One Breath Away, Hironobu Tanabe
13-Asuka Biren, Daisaku Matsuda
14-Bangor, Yuichi Shibayama

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017 Shuka Sho Nominations


A total of 25 three-year-old fillies have been nominated to the grade one Shuka Sho.
The nominations include NHK Mile Cup winner Aerolithe, Shion Stakes winner Deirdre, Rose Stakes winner Rabbit Run(USA), Lys Gracieux and Fan Dii Na.
The Shuka Sho will be run on Sunday, October 15 at Kyoto Racecourse.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Copano Rickey wins Nanbu Hai for two consecutive years


Copano Rickey was held by Hironobu Tanabe at third or fourth position, and then Tanabe forced his horse to go into front inside 200 meters from home on their way to winning the Nanbu Hai at Morioka track on Monday.
A 4-length behind, Nobo Baccara was second with another neck back King's Guard. Another length further behind, Kafuji Take fourth followed by Gold Dream fifth.
The 1,600-meter grade one race was run in 1 minute 34.90 seconds on fast track.
Copano Rickey, who has now won his 10th dirt grade one race, is a 7-year-old chestnut horse by Gold Allure out of Copano Nikita, by Timber Country.

Smart Layer brilliant finishing speed in Kyoto


After running on the rails, Smart Layer squeezed between horses to win the grade two Kyoto Daishoten at Kyoto Racecourse on Monday.
Tosen Basil was, a 1/2-length behind, second with another neck away Cheval Grand third. Yutaka Take was aboard the winner to cover the 2,400-meter trip in 2 minutes 23 seconds flat on firm ground.
Smart Layer, who has now won nine of her 27 races, is a 7-year-old grey mare by Deep Impact out of Show Style, by White Muzzle.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Real Steel finishes strongly in Mainichi Okan


Real Steel produced a superb burst of finishing kick to win the 1.800-meter Mainichi Okan at Tokyo on Sunday. He denied challenge by Satono Aladdin, coming cross the wire in 1 minute 45.60 seconds for the winning time. A neck behind, Satono Aladdin finished second with Greater London third, another 1 1/2-length back. The winning rider was Mirco Demuro.
Race favorite Soul Stirring set the pace, but she finished eighth.

Real Steel, who has now four of his 14 races, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of Loves Only Me, by Storm Cat.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

2017 Nanbu Hai


A total of 16 horses have been entered for the Mile Championship Nanbu Hai, one of the NAR grade one races, at Morioka track on Monday, October 9.
The JRA entries are Best Warrior(USA), Nobo Baccara, Win Full Bloom, King's Guard, Copano Rickey, Gold Dream and Kafuji Take.

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

1-Yukko, 5m, Ryo Takamatsu
2-Best Warrior(USA), 7h, Keita Tosaki
3-Nobo Baccara, 5h, Hiroto Yoshihara
4-Admire Ibama, 7h, Yuichi Saito
5-Salvador Hakui, 7h, Masamori Higashikawa
6-Meisho Ocean, 6h, Yuichi Sakaguchi
7-Win Full Bloom, 6h, Shinobu Murakami
8-Cherry Picker, 4c, Toshiya Yamamoto
9-King's Guard, 6h, Shogo Nakano
10-Keirin Boss, 6h, Naoki Kimura
11-Copano Rickey, 7h, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Eagle Kazan, 9h, Makoto Otsubo
13-Gold Dream, 4c, Yuga Kawada
14-Kafuji Take, 5h, Yuichi Fukunaga
15-Tokino Bellatrix, 5m, Takayuki Morishima
16-Cosmo Joy Joy, 5h, Shunri Sugawara
Weight: 57 kgs, fillies and mares allowed 2 kgs.

2017 Kyoto Daishoten


The grade two Kyoto Daishoten will be run on Monday, October 9 at Kyoto Racecourse.
A total of 15 horses contests in the 2,400-meter event.
The leading contenders could be: Sounds of Earth, Cheval Grand, Smart Layer and Mikki Rocket.

The field is:

1-Proletariat, 6m, 54, Makoto Sugihara
2-Sounds of Earth, 6h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Cheval Grand, 5h, 57, Mirco Demuro
4-Smart Layer, 7m, 54, Yutaka Take
5-Mikki Rocket, 4c, 57, Ryuji Wada
6-Hit the Target, 9h, 56, Futoshi Komaki
7-Fame Game, 7g, 57, Christophe Lemaire
8-Tosen Basil, 5h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
9-Action Star, 7h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
10-Last Impact, 7h, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
11-Barone Douphol, 7g, 56, Yoshihiro Furukawa
12-Curren Mirotic, 9g, 56, Kenichi Ikezoe
13-Happy Moment, 7h, 56, Kota Fujioka
14-Recondite, 7h, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
15-Maximum de Paris, 5m, 54, Yusuke Fujioka

Danon Premium remains undefeated with Saudi Arabia RC victory


Danon Premium chased the pace at second position to win the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup at Tokyo on Saturday. Stelvio, who came from far behind to finish second, a 1 3/4-length behind. Another 1 1/4-length away, Carbonado was third.
Yuga Kawada was aboard the winner to complete the 1,600-meter race in the 2-year-old record time of 1 minute 33 seconds flat.
Danon Premium, who has now won two as many starts, is a 2-year-old brown colt by Deep Impact out of Indiana Gal, by Intikhab.


Friday, October 06, 2017

2017 Mainichi Okan


Soul Stirring, winner of the Japanese Oaks, takes on the top company for the first time when she lines up in the grade two Mainichi Okan at Tokyo on Sunday, October 8. She breaks from post 1.
Other competitive entries among the 12 horses are likely to be: Makahiki, Greater London, Real Steel and Satono Aladdin.

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

1-Soul Stirring, 3f, 53, Christophe Lemaire
2-Makahiki, 4c, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
3-Daiwa Cagney, 3c, 54, Hiroshi Kitamura
4-Astra Emblem, 4c, 56, Keita Tosaki
5-Historical, 8h, 56, Katsuharu Tanaka
6-Matchless Hero, 6h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
7-Greater London, 5h, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
8-Real Steel, 5h, 57, Mirco Demuro
9-Young Man Power, 5h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
10-One and Only, 6h, 57, Norihiro Yokoyama
11-Win Bright, 3c, 55, Masami Matsuoka
12-Satono Aladdin, 6h, 58, Yuga Kawada

2017 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup


Saturday, October 7 sees the grade three Saudi Arabia Royal Cup for 2-year-olds at Tokyo Racecourse.
Danon Premium, who romped his debut race at Tokyo last June, drew post 2.
Double Sharp, NAR-trained horse who has run well in the JRA campaign, drew post 6.
Stelvio, undefeated in two starts, drew post 16.
Suave Edward, impressive debut winner at Tokyo, drew post 17.

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

1-Engrosser(by Transcend), c, Kosei Miura
2-Danon Premium(by Deep Impact), c, Yuga Kawada
3-Schwarz Bomber(by Deep Brillante), c, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Bowls(by Eishin Flash), f, Futoshi Komaki
5-Hakusan Fuero(by Silport), c, Syu Ishibashi
6-Double Sharp(by Behkabad), c, Yamato Ishikawa
7-Star River(by Screen Hero), f, Takuya Ono
8-Merum Sal(by Johannesburg), c, Teruo Eda
9-Cosmo in the Heart(by Heart's Cry), c, Daichi Shibata
10-Violent Blow(by Bago), c, Hiroyuki Uchida
11-Meiner Saai Roang(by Captain Thule), c, Akihide Tsumura
12-Meisho Dodo(by Victoire Pisa), c, Hayato Yoshida
13-Carbonado(by Deep Impact), c, Yasunari Iwata
14-Tenku(by Johannesburg), c, Hironobu Tanabe
15-Soil to the Soul(by Laurel Guerreiro), c, Katsuharu Tanaka
16-Stelvio(by Lord Kanaloa), c, Christophe Lemaire
17-Suave Edward(by Eishin Flash), c, Hirofumi Shii
18-Ruggero(by Kinshasa no Kiseki), c, Keita Tosaki

Weight: 55kgs for colts, 54 kgs.for fillies

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Red Falx repeats Sprinters S win


Red Falx, ridden by Mirco Demuro, gained the Sprinters Stakes victory for two consecutive years when he won the grade one 1,200-meter race at Nakayama today. He got up in the nick of time, coming cross the winning post in 1 minute 7.60 seconds on firm ground.
A neck behind, Let's Go Donki was second with Once in a Moon, another 1/2-length back, third. Snow Dragon was fourth followed by Blizzard(AUS) fifth in the field of 18.
Red Falx, trained by T.Ozeki and owned by TokyoHorseRacing Co.Ltd., has now won 10 of his 23 races with more than 459 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Shadai Farm was the breeder of Red Falx, a 6-year-old grey horse by Swept Overboard out of Vermouth, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Outsider rallies in Sirius Stakes


Meisho Sumitomo, the 11th favorite at odds of 74.5(366-5), got up just in time to win the Sirius Stakes at Hanshin on Saturday. Dragon Barows finished a neck behind the winner in second. Another 3/4-length back, Pionero was third.
Yoshihiro Furukawa rode Meisho Sumitomo in the grade three 2,000-meter race to travel the distance in 2 minutes 3.90 seconds on fast track.
Meisho Sumitomo is a 6-year-old bay horse by Gold Allure out of Mugen, by Adjudicating.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Field of 2017 Sprinters Stakes


A field of 16 horses has been drawn for the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse on Sunday, October 1.
Red Falx, winner of this race last year, drew post 8. The grade three Kitakyushu Kinen winner Diana Halo drew post 7. Seiun Kosei, who won the Takamatsunomiya Kinen earlier this season, drew post 3. Grade one winner Big Arthur, who makes his first appearance on the course this season, drew post 10. Melagrana(AUS) and Dance Director drew post 9 and 16 respectively.

The field for the grade one 1,200-meter race is:

1-Snow Dragon, 9h, 57, Takuya Ono
2-Let's Go Donki, 5m, 55, Yasunari Iwata
3-Seiun Kosei, 4c, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Fiducia(USA), 5m, 55, Kosei Miura
5-Rhein Meteor, 7h, 57, Yuichiro Nishida
6-Once in a Moon, 4f, 55, Syu Ishibashi
7-Diana Halo, 4f, 55, Yutaka Take
8-Red Falx, 6h, 57, Mirco Demuro
9-Melagrana(AUS), 5m, 55, Keita Tosaki
10-Big Arthur, 6h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Monde Can Know, 3c, 55, Kenichi Ikezoe
12-Blizzard(AUS), 6g, 57, Gerald Mosse
13-Fine Needle, 4c, 57, Hiroyuki Uchida
14-Nero, 6h, 57, Masaki Katsuura
15-Shuji, 4c,57, Norihiro Yokoyama
16-Dance Director, 7h, 57, Suguru Hamanaka

2017 Sirius Stakes


The Sirius Stakes will be run on Saturday, September 30 at Hanshin Racecourse.
The competitive horses among the 16 entries are likely to be: Molto Bene, Dragon Barows, Mask Zorro(USA), Mitsuba and Pionero.

The field for the grade three 2,000-meter dirt event is:

1-Bright Idea, 7h, 54, Ryota Sameshima
2-Meisho Ichioshi, 6h, 53, Shinichiro Akiyama
3-Molto Bene, 5h, 57.5, Mirco Demuro
4-Meisho Sumitomo, 6h, 55, Yoshihiro Furukawa
5-Dragon Barows, 5h, 54, Ryuji Wada
6-Mask Zorro(USA), 6h, 57.5, Manabu Sakai
7-Tamuro Miracle, 5h, 56, Kota Fujioka
8-Kikuno Sol, 7h, 54, Futoshi Komaki
9-Torakichi Shacho, 6h, 55, Kenichi Ikezoe
10-Three Titan, 8g, 54, Yasunari Iwata
11-Mein Schatz, 4c, 55, Yutaka Take
12-Mitsuba, 5h, 57.5, Kohei Matsuyama
13-Pionero, 6h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Tagano Gold, 6h, 54, Fuma Matsuwaka
15-Top Divo, 5h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
16-Tiny Dancer, 4f, 53, Suguru Hamanaka

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Rouge Buck strong finish in All Comers


Rouge Buck, ridden by Hiroshi Kitamura, came out with a strong stride on the rail to win the Sankei Sho All Comers at Nakayama Racecourse on Sunday.
Staphanos was, a 1/2-length behind, second with Tanta Alegria third, another neck back. The final time of the 2,200-meter race was 2 minutes 13.80 seconds.
Rouge Buck, who has now six of her 16 races, is a 5-year-old bay mare by Manhattan Cafe out of Ginger Punch, by Awesome Again.

Rey de Oro wins easily Kobe Shimbun Hai


Rey de Oro, having run at fourth spot, drew away from the rest at about 100 meters out to win the Kobe Shimbun Hai at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday. A 2-length behind, Kiseki was second with another 3/4-length away Satono Arthur third. Christophe Lemaire guided the winner to complete the 2,400-meter distance in 2 minutes 24.60 seconds on firm ground.
Rey De Oro,who has now won five of his six races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by King Kamehameha out of La Dorada, by Symboli Kris S. He will be heading for the Japan Cup.

Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Kobe Shimbun Hai


14 three-year-old colts have been entered for the Kobe Shimbun Hai, one of the major preps for the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger), at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday, September 24.

Rey de Oro, who gained a great victory in the Japanese Derby last outing, drew post 8.
Kiseki, coming into this race off two straight wins in a row, drew post 5.
Satono Arthur and Danburite drew post 2 and 3 respectively.

The post position with riders for the grade two 2,400-meter event is:

1-Meisho Tensha, Yusuke Fujioka
2-Satono Arthur, Yuga Kawada
3-Danburite, Yutaka Take
4-Best Approach(GB), Yasunari Iwata
5-Kiseki, Mirco Demuro
6-Adam Barows, Kenichi Ikezoe
7-Tagano Chardonnay, Ryuji Wada
8-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
9-My Style, Norihiro Yokoyama
10-Ho O Dream, Kota Fujioka
11-Cadenas, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Ethelein Minoru, Yuichi Kitamura
13-Tagano Yagura, Takashi Fujikake
14-Admire Winner, Shinichiro Akiyama

All starters carry 56 kgs.

2017 All Comers


Nakayama Racecourse hosts the Sankei Sho All Comers on Sunday, September 24.
A total of 17 horses have been entered for the grade two 2,200-meter race.

Albert, a router who won the Diamond Stakes earlier this season, drew post 2.
Rouge Buck, who has struggled a bit in the grade company against boys, drew post 6.
Steaphanos, having run well at the highest level, drew post 8.
Tanta Alegria, who had great performance when winning the American Jockey Club Cup last January, drew post 9.
Mondo Intero, coming off victory in the Sapporo Nikkei Sho, drew post 14.

The field is:

1-Paris Karanotegami, 6h, 56, Katsuharu Tanaka
2-Albert, 6h, 57, Syu Ishibashi
3-Shonan Bach, 6h, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
4-Black Bago, 5h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
5-Gran Armada, 5h, 56, Akihide Tsumura
6-Rouge Buck, 5m, 55, Hiroshi Kitamura
7-Decipher, 8h, 56, Yuichi Shibayama
8-Staphanos, 6h, 56, Keita Tosaki
9-Tanta Alegria, 5h, 57, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Meiner Milano, 7h, 56, Daichi Shibata
11-Meiner Sage, 5h, 56, Masami Matsuoka
12-Denim and Ruby, 7m, 54, Hayato Yoshida
13-Meiner Dean, 8h, 56, Kosei Miura
14-Mondo Intero, 5h, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
15-Kafuji Prince, 4c, 56, Kyosuke Maruta
16-Tsukuba Azuma O, 6h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
17-Toruk Makto, 7h, 56, Takuya Ono

2017 Sprinters Stakes Nominations


A total fo 23 horses have been nominated for the grade one Sprinters Stakes.
The nominations include Red Falx, Diana Halo, Big Arthur, Seiun Kosei and Hong Kong-trained Blizzard(AUS).
The Sprinters Stakes will be run on Sunday, October 1 at Nakayama Racecourse.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mikki Swallow romps St.Lite Kinen


Mikki Swallow, ridden by Norihiro Yokoyama, got past Al Ain in the deep stretch to win the St.Lite Kinen at Nakayama Racecourse on Monday.
A 1 3/4-length behind, Al Ain finished second with another 1 1/4-length away Satono Chronicle third.
The 2,200-meter grade two race was run in 2 minutes 12.70 seconds on firm ground.
Mikki Swallow, who has now won three of his six races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Tosen Homareboshi out of Madre Bonita, by Jungle Pocket.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rabbit Run(USA) comes from behind in Rose S


Rabbit Run(USA), having run far off the pace early on, rallied in the stretch to win the grade two Rose Stakes at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday.
Kawakita Enka led the field of 18 to finished second, a 1 1/4-length behind. Third was, another 3/4-length away, Lys Grtacieux.
Ryuji Wada rode the winner to cover the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 45.5 seconds on good ground.
Rabbit Run(USA), bred by Alexander Groves Matz LLC in USA, is a 3-year-old chestnut filly by Tapit out of Amelia, by Dixieland Band. She has now won three of her 5 races.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

2017 St.Lite Kinen


The Asahi Hai St. Lite Kinen, one of the major preps for the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger), will be run on Monday, September 18 at Nakayama Racecourse.
15 three-year-old colts have been entered for the grade two 2,200-meter turf event.
Al Ain, winner of the Satsuki Sho(japanese 2000 Guineas) who finished fifth in the Japanese Derby last outing, kicks off his Autumn campaign in this event. The main opponents to Al Ain are likely to be Satono Chronicle and Clincher.

The post position with riders for the grade two St.Lite Kinen is:

1-Sanshiro, Yoshitomi Shibata
2-Satono Chronicle, Mirco Demuro
3-Black Road, Norifumi Mikamoto
4-Clincher, Yusuke Fujioka
5-Mikki Swallow, Norihiro Yokoyama
6-Sir Rembrandt, Yasunari Iwata
7-Al Ain, Christophe Lemaire
8-Black Gimlet, Takuya Ono
9-Platina Voice, Hiroyuki Uchida
10-Sunday Moutiers, Yutaka Yoshida
11-Imperial Fizz, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Rolling Tower, Kosei Miura
13-Strong Refil, Syu Ishibashi
14-Crescendo Love, Keita Tosaki
15-Stiffelio, Yuichi Kitamura

Weight: 56 kgs.

Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 Rose Stakes


A total of 18 three-year-old fillies assemble for the grade two Kansai Telecasting Corp. Sho Rose Stakes, one of the major preps for the grade one Shuka Sho,  at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday, September 17.

MozuKatchan, having placed a good second in the Japanese Oaks after winning straight wins, drew post 6.
Mirissa, coming into this race off two wins in a row, drew post 5.
Lys Gracieux, having shown good performance in the filly classics in Spring season, drew post 6.
Fan Dii Na, who won three wins in a row before finishing seventh against boys in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), drew post 17.  

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

1-Queen Mambo, Christophe Lemaire
2-Mozu Katchan, Mirco Demuro
3-Satono Alicia, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Miss Panthere, Hirofumi Shii
5-Mirissa, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
7-Maids of Honour, Hayato Yoshida
8-Black's Beach, Suguru Hamanaka
9-Alonza Mona, Hideaki Miyuki
10-Reine Minoru, Kenichi Ikezoe
11-Meisho Owara, Futoshi Komaki
12-Bright Moon, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Hello Unicorn, Hironobu Tanabe
14-Rabbit Run(USA), Ryuji Wada
15-Karakurenai, Yuga Kawada
16-Kawakita Enka, Norihiro Yokoyama
17-Fan Dii Na, Yasunari Iwata
18-Yamakatsu Grace, Kohei Matsuyama

All starters carry 54 kgs.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Grand Silk storms home in Keisei Hai AH


Grand Silk stormed home to win the Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap at Nakayama Racecourse on Sunday. Hironobu Tanabe on Grand Silk pulled away from the rest at around 200 meters from home, getting the post in 1 minute 31.60 seconds over 1,600 meters on firm ground.
Garibaldi finished, a 1 3/4-length behind, second with Danon Liberty third, another neck away.
The field was reduced to 15 because of Danon Platina's scratch.

Grand Silk is a 5-year-old bay horse by Stay Gold out of Le Cirque, by Dynaformer.

Fine Needle superb run in Centaur Stakes


Mirco Demuro's piloted Fine Needle chased the pace at third spot to win the Centaur Stakes in 1 minute 7.50 seconds over 1,200 meters at Hanshin turf course on Sunday.
A 1 1/4-length behind, Rhein Meteor came second with another neck away Dance Director third.
Fine Needle is a 4-year-old bay colt by Admire Moon out of Needlecraft, by Mark of Esteem.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Exciting finish in Shion Stakes


The Shion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies was an exciting finish when Deirdre, Caribbean Gold and Port Vendres reached the post at the same level. The winner went to Deirdre, who beat Caribbean Gold by a nose in photo finish. Another nose away, Port Vendres was third. The winning rider was Yasunari Iwata. The 2,000-meter race was run in 1 minute 59.80 seconds at Nakayama Racecourse on firm ground.
Deirdre is a 3-year-old bay filly by Harbinger out of Reizend, by Special Week.

Friday, September 08, 2017

2017 Keisei Hai Autumn H


Sunday, September 10 sees the grade three Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap for 3-year-olds and upwards at Nakayama Racecourse. 16 horses have been entered for the 1,600-meter turf race.
Bom Servico, third in the g1 NHK Mile Cup, drew post 2.
Maltese Apogee, a strong front runner who gained victory in the g3 Sekiya Kinen, drew post 5.
Grand Silk, who has run well in the grade company with second in the Chukyo Kinen last outing, drew post 6.
Black Spinel and Danon Platina drew post 8 and 10 respectively.

The field is:

1-Daiwa Liberal, 6h, 56, Akihide Tsumura
2-Bom Servico, 3c, 54, Kohei Matsuyama
3-Garibaldi, 6h, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
4-All the Go, 3c, 53, Ryusei Sakai
5-Maltese Apogee, 5h, 58, Tomoharu Bushizawa
6-Grand Silk, 5h, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
7-Win Full Bloom, 6h, 57, Masami Matsuoka
8-Black Spinel, 4c, 57, Hayato Yoshida
9-Ukiyono Kaze, 7m, 55, Norihiro Yokoyama
10-Danon Platina, 5h, 58, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Asuka Biren, 5m, 54, Daisaku Matsuda
12-Tosen Duke, 6h, 55, Kosei Miura
13-Danon Liberty, 5h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
14-Mikki Joy, 5h, 55, Hiroyuki Uchida
15-Rosa Gigantea, 6h, 57, Makoto Sugihara
16-Meiner Aurato, 6h, 57, Daichi Shibata

2017 Centaur Stakes


The Sankei Sho Centaur Stakes, one of the major preps for the Sprinters Stakes, will be run on Sunday, September 10 at Hanshin Racecourse.

Melagrana(AUS), who won the g3 Ocean Stakes early this season, drew post 2.
Fine Needle, fifth in the g3 Kitakyushu Kinen, drew post 7.
Dance Director, who has not run since winning the Jan.29 Silk Road Stakes, drew post 13.
Fiducia(USA), who has shown good performance on the grade level, drew post 14.

The field for the 1,200-meter turf event is: 

1-Admire God, 5h, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
2-Melagrana(AUS), 5m, 54, Keita Tosaki
3-Ultima Blood, 5m, 54, Kota Fujioka
4-Twinkle Sword, 6h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
5-Praise Eternal, 7h, 56, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Rhein Meteor, 7h, 56, Yuichiro Nishida
7-Fine Needle, 4c, 56, Mirco Demuro
8-Wakino Brave, 7h, 56, Futoshi Komaki
9-Mikki Love Song, 6h, 56, Ryuji Wada
10-Wakino Hibiki, 5h, 56, Kiwamu Ogino
11-Snow Dragon, 9h, 57, Takuya Ono
12-Lovers Point, 7m, 54, Haruhiko Kawasu
13-Dance Director, 7h, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
14-Fiducia(USA), 5m, 54, Syu Ishibashi

2017 Shion Stakes


A total of 18 three-year-old fillies have been entered for the grade three Shion Stakes, one of the major preps for the grade one Shuka Sho, at Nakayama Racecourse on Saturday, September 9.

Rising Reason, having won the g3 Fairy Stakes early this season, drew post 3.
Ho O Perfume, well-beaten in the Japanese Oaks last outing, drew post 8. 
Revoir, undefeated in two starts, drew post 15.
Deirdre, who finished fourth in the Japanese Oaks before winning the Aug.13 HTB Sho at Sapporo, drew post 16.

The post position with riders for the 2,000-meter Shion Stakes is:

1-Fresco Pasto, Miyabi Muto
2-Black Onyx, Takuya Ono
3-Rising Reason, Kyosuke Maruta
4-Gajumaru, Hiroshi Kitamura
5-Waratchauyone, Masaki Katsuura
6-Zipper Lane, Yutaka Yoshida
7-Port Vendres, Kosei Miura
8-Ho O Perfume, Hironobu Tanabe
9-Princess Ruler, Genki Maruyama
10-Symboli Jeunesse, Takuya Kowata
11-Caribbean Gold, Katsuharu Tanaka
12-Manarola, Masayoshi Ebina
13-Missing Link, Syu Ishibashi
14-Namura Murasaki, Akihide Tsumura
15-Revoir, Keita Tosaki
16-Deirdre, Yasunari Iwata
17-Sea's Lullaby, Yoshitomi Shibata
18-Salonika, Hayato Yoshida
weight: 54 kgs


Sunday, September 03, 2017

Tatsu Gogeki continues to perform well with Niigata victory


Tatsu Gogeki gained his second grade victory in a row as he won the Niigata Kinen at Niigata Racecouse on Sunday. Shinichiro Akiyama guided Tatsu Gogeki to chase the pace on their way to winning the grade three 2,000-meter race in 1 minute 57.90 seconds on firm ground. A neck behind, Asatra Emblem finished second with Kafuji Prince third, another nose away.
Tatsu Gogeki is a 5-year-old bay horse by Marvelous Sunday out of Nishino Plumeria, by Singspiel.

Asakusa Genki wins Kokura Nisai


Asakusa Genki(USA) got into front at around 200 meters out to win the Kokura Nisai Stakes under Yutaka Take at Kokura Racecourse on Sunday.
Second was, a 1 1/4-length behind, Iron Claw with another neck away Burning Pesca third. The grade three 1,200-meter race was run in 1 minute 9.10 seconds on firm ground.
The USA-bred Asakusa Genki is a 2-year-old bay colt by Stormy Atlantic out of Amelia, by Dixieland Band.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Rock This Town takes Sapporo Nisai


Rock This Town, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, ran behind the leading group to win the Sapporo Nisai Stakes at Sapporo Racecourse on Saturday afternoon.
Before a neck victory, she had to deny challenge by Fast Approach and Double Sharp, who finished second and third respectively.
The race was run in 1 minute 51.40 seconds over 1,800 meters on firm ground.
Rock This Town is a 2-year-old chestnut filly by Orfevre out of Stray Cat, by Storm Cat.

Friday, September 01, 2017

2017 Niigata Kinen


The Niigata Kinen will be run as a main event of the final summer Niigata meeting on Sunday, September 3.
The possible leadings horses are Luminous Warrior, Leukerbad, Astra Emblem, Meiner Frost and Tosen Basil.

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

1-Tatsu Gogeki, 5h, 55, Shinichiro Akiyama
2-Luminous Warrior, 6h, 57, Syu Ishibashi
3-Shadow Wizard, 7g, 51, Takuya Kowata
4-Rock a Hula Baby, 5m, 52, Hiroyuki Uchida
5-Leukerbad, 4c, 55, Norihiro Yokoyama
6-Happy Moment, 7h, 54, Keita Tosaki
7-Kafuji Prince, 4c, 55, Yuta Nakatani
8-Fluky, 7h, 57, Hiroshi Kitamura
9-Spirits Minoru, 5h, 55, Kosei Miura
10-Sole Impact, 5h, 53, Takuya Ono
11-Astra Emblem, 4c, 56.5, Mirco Demuro
12-Meiner Frost, 6h, 57, Daichi Shibata
13-Tosen Basil, 5h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
14-Last Impact, 7h, 57.5, Hironobu Tanabe
15-Meiner Sphene, 3c, 52, Kyosuke Maruta
16-Toruk Makto, 7h, 53, Teruo Eda
17-Win Ganador, 3c, 52, Akihide Tsumura

2017 Kokura Nisai Stakes


The main event of Sunday's Kokura meeting will be the grade three Kokura Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds. 
The possible leading contenders are Weiser, Mozu Superflare(USA), Iron Claw and Asakusa Genki(USA).

The post position with riders for the 1,200-meter turf race is:

1-Citrica, f, Futoshi Komaki
2-Iikoto Zukushi, c, Kiwamu Ogino
3-T M Suguremon, c, Kohei Matsuyama
4-Floral Citrus, f, Nanako Fujita
5-Orostachys, f, Shinji Kawashima
6-Nishino Dante, c, Hayato Mitsuya
7-Peisha Luas, f, Yuga Kawada
8-Taisei Sonic, c, Katsuma Sameshima
9-Weiser, c, Yuichi Kitamura
10-Burning Pesca, c, Haruhiko Kawasu
11-Mozu Superflare(USA), f, Fuma Matsuwaka
12-Namura Appare, c, Keisuke Dazai
13-Ruri Hari, f, Takayuki Kato
14-Iron Claw, c, Suguru Hamanaka
15-Namura Banzai, c, Ken Tanaka
16-Susan Don, c, Ryuji Wada
17-Asakusa Genki(USA), c, Yuaka Take
18-Jun Dream, f, Hideaki Miyuki

2017 Sapporo Nisai Stakes


Sapporo Racecourse hosts the Sapporo Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds on Saturday, September 2.
Curren Cioliegio, Kurino Kooning and Rock This Town could be given a lot of support by public bettors. 
The post position with riders for the 1,800-meter turf race is:

1-Sister Flag, f, Yasunari Iwata
2-Biotopos, f, Masami Matsuoka
3-Miss Mamma Mia*, f, Mitsuyuki Miyazaki
4-Curren Ciliegio, f, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Roger Genius, c, Hayato Yoshida
6-Cosmo in the Heart, c, Daichi Shibata
7-Double Sharp*, c, Yamato Ishikawa
8-Divine Breeze, c, Kota Fujioka
9-Lord Treasure, c, Kosei Miura
10-Kurino Kooning, c, Yuichi Kitamura
11-Rock This Town, f, Chiristophe Lemaire
12-Sage Minoru, c, Ryusei Sakai
13-Matsukaze(USA), c, Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Fast Approach, c, Masayoshi Ebina
*NAR-trained horses

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Frontier takes good position to win Niigata Nisai S


Frontier denied challenge from Cordierite and Tenku in winning the grade three Niigata Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Niigata on Sunday.
Cordierite finished a 3/4-length behind the winner in second. Another head away, Tenku finished third. The winning rider was Yasunari Iwata. The 1,600-meter race was run in 1 minute 34.60 seconds on firm ground.
Frontier is a 2-year-old chestnut colt by Daiwa Major out of Grace Land, by Tony Bin.


Epoisss upsets Keeneland Cup victory


Epoisses produced a strong finishing kick to win the Keeneland Cup at Sapporo on Sunday. A neck behind, Solveig came second with Nac Venus, a 1/2-length behind, third.
Christophe Lemaire manipulated the winner to run in the grade three 1,200-meter race in 1 minute 9 seconds flat.
Epoisses is a 9-year-old bay gelding by Falbrav out of Manic Sunday, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, August 25, 2017

2017 Niigata Nisai Stakes


Niigata Racecourse hosts the Niigata Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds on Sunday, August 27.
The impressive debut winners are Muscoloso, Tenku, Audit Ale, Pretoria and Frontier.

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

1-Muscoloso, c, Takuya Ono
2-Toccata, c, Kyosuke Maruta
3-Tenku, c, Hiroshi Kitamura
4-Grande Week, c, Yuichi Shibayama
5-Audit Ale, c, Yoshitomi Shibata
6-Pretoria, c, 54, Hayato Yoshida
7-Meiner Saai Roang, c, Syu Ishibashi
8-Frontier, c, Yasunari Iwata
9-Philharmonie, f, Daichi Shibata
10-Engrosser,c, Takuya Kowata
11-Rhein Gallant, f, Yutaka Yoshida
12-Kibono Daichi, c, Ryo Takakura
13-Cinderella Make, f, Yuta Nakatani
14-Dantsu Seikei, c, Katsuharu Tanaka
15-Cordierite, f, Akihide Tsumura
Weight: 54 kgs

2017 Keeneland Cup


The Keeneland Cup will be run on Sunday, August 27 at Sapporo Racecourse.
A total of 13 horses have been entered for the grade three 1,200-meter race.
The possible leading horses are Blanc Bonheur, Monde Can Know, Shuji and Solveig.

The field is:

1-Blanc Bonheur, 4f, 55, Kosei Miura
2-Ittetsu(IRE), 5h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
3-Nero, 6h, 57, Shogo Nakano
4-Hiruno Devaro, 6h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
5-Nobo Baccara, 5h, 57, Hironobu Tanabe
6-Nac Venus, 4f, 54, Norihiro Yokoyama
7-Fumino Moon, 5h, 56, Masaki Katsuura
8-Epoisses, 9g, 56, Christophe Lemaire
9-Monde Can Know, 3c, 53, Keita Tosaki
10-Shuji, 4c, 58, Joao Moreira
11-Solveig, 4f, 54, Yuga Kawada
12-Light Fairy, 5m, 54, Hiroyuki Uchida
13-Mayson Junior, 3c, 53, Mirco Demuro

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sakura Empereur takes Sapporo Kinen


Sakura Empereur pulled away from the rest with about 100 meters from home to win the Sapporo Kinen at Sapporo Racecourse on Sunday. He won it by a neck from Narita Hurricane with another 1 1/2-length away Yamakatsu Ace third. 
Masayoshi Ebina guided the winner to cover the 2,000-meter race in 2 minutes 0.40 second.
Sakura Empereur is a 6-year-old chestnut horse King Kamehameha out of Sakura Mega, by Sunday Silence.

Diana Halo wins Kitakyushu Kinen


Diana Halo, ridden by Yutaka Take, stalked the pace to win the Kitakyushu Kinen at Kokura Racecourse on Sunday. A 3/4-length behind, Narita Star One finished second with Rhein Spirit third, a 1/2-length behind. The race was run in 1 minute 7.50 seconds over 1,200 meters on turf.
It was the fourth straight win in a row for Diano Halo, a 4-year-old dark bay filly by King Halo out of Yamakatsu Seiren, by Grass Wonder.

Friday, August 18, 2017

2017 Sapporo Kinen


13 horses will go for the grade two Sapporo Kinen for 3-year-olds and upwards at Sapporo Racecoure on Sunday, August 20.
Yamakatsu Ace, who has been running well at the highest level with third in the Osaka Hai for his latest effort, drew post 3.
Air Spinel with a new partner Christophe Lemaire up, fifth in the Yasuda Kinen, drew post 13.
Sounds of Earth, sixth in the Dubai Sheema Classic last outing, drew post 7.
Mount Robson with Joao Moreira up, coming off victory in the Fukushima TV Hai, drew post 5.

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

1-Sakura Empereur, 6h, Masayoshi Ebina
2-Narita Hurricane, 8h, Kota Fujioka
3-Yamakatsu Ace, 5h, Kenichi Ikezoe
4-Lord Vent d'Or, 4c, Keisuke Dazai
5-Mount Robson, 4c, Joao Moreira
6-Tamamo Best Play, 7h, Hayato Yoshida
7-Sounds of Earth, 6h, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Tsukuba Azuma O, 6h, Masaki Katsuura
9-Decipher, 8h, Hirofumi Shii
10-Sun Grass, 6h, Yusuke Fujioka
11-Angreifen, 5h, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Meiner Milano, 7h, Yuji Tannai
13-Air Spinel, 4c, Christophe Lemaire
All starters carry 57 kgs.

2017 Kitakyushu Kinen


Kokura Racecourse features the grade three TV Nishinippon Corp.Sho Kitakyushu Kinen on Sunday, August 20.
The possible leading contenders are Active Minoru, Fine Needle, Diana Halo and King Heart.

The field for the 1,200-meter handicap race is:

1-Lovers Point, 7m, 52, Haruhiko Kawasu
2-Active Minoru, 5h, 56, Manabu Sakai
3-Tokai Sense, 6m, 52, Kiwamu Ogino
4-Ono Michi, 6h, 54, Kohei Matsuyama
5-A Shin Bullseye(USA), 6h, 56, Katsuma Sameshima
6-Nagara Orion, 8h, 56, Ryo Takakura
7-Ultima Blood, 5m, 53, Fuma Matsuwaka
8-Fine Needle, 4c, 55, Mirco Demuro
9-Diana Halo, 4f, 53, Yutaka Take
10-Daishin Thunder, 6h, 55, Shota Kato
11-Pomegranate, 6h, 53, Tsubasa Iwasaki
12-Narita Star One, 5h, 55, Hideaki Miyuki
13-King Heart, 4c, 56, Yuta Nakatani
14-Twinkle Sword, 6h, 54, Futoshi Komaki
15-Mikki Love Song, 6h, 56, Ryuji Wada
16-Bakushin Teio, 8h, 56, Douglas Whyte
17-Praise Eternal, 7h, 55, Yuichi Kitamura
18-Rhein Spirit, 6h, 56, Kazuma Mori



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Maltese Apogee coast-to-coast victory in Sekiya


Maltese Apogee set the pace under Tomoharu Bushizawa to win the grade three Sekiya Kinen at Niigata Racecourse on Sunday. Win Gagnant finished a 1 1/4-length behind the winner in second. Another neck away, Danon Liberty finished third.
The race was run in 1 minute 32.20 seconds over 1,600 meters on turf.
Maltese Apogee is a 5-year-old bay horse by Goshawk Ken out of Maltese Heat, by Old Trieste.

London Town wins Elm Stakes in record time


London Town, ridden by Yasunari Iwata, got past T M Jinsoku and Dream Kirari(USA)in winning the Elm Stakes in the record time of 1 minute 40.90 seconds at Sapporo Racecourse over 1,700 meters on dirt on Sunday.
A 1/2-length behind, T M Jinsoku came second with Dream Kirari(USA) third, a nose behind.
London Town is a 4-year-old bay colt by Kane Hekili out of Fairy Banyan, by Honour and Glory.

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 Elm Stakes


14 horses will run in the Elm Stakes on Sunday, August 13 at Sapporo Racecourse.
T M Jinsoku, who has won last three outings with victory in the July 9th Marine Stakes for his latest effort, bids for his first grade success.
The main oppositions to T M Jinsoku could be London Town, Pionero and Kurio Star O.

The field for the grade three 1,700-meter dirt event is: 

1-Cosmo Canadian, 4c, 56, Yuji Tannai
2-London Town, 4c, 57, Yasunari Iwata
3-Dream Kirari(USA), 5h, 56, Kosei Miura
4-T M Jinsoku, 5h, 56, Yoshihiro Furukawa
5-Oyakodaka, 5h, 56, Yamato Ishikawa
6-Riccardo, 6g, 57, Hiroto Mayuzumi
7-Tamamo Horn, 6h, 56, Seiji Sakai
8-Rinehart, 6m, 54, Genki Maruyama
9-Pionero, 6h, 56, Christophe Lemaire
10-Monde Classe, 6h, 56, Masaki Katsuura
11-Kurino Star O, 7h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
12-Regent Rock, 6h, 56, Ryusei Sakai
13-Meisho Sumitomo, 6h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
14-Shonan Apollon, 7h, 56, Kazuo Yokoyama

2017 Sekiya Kinen


Sunday, August 13 sees the Sekiya Kinen for 3-year-olds and upwards at Niigata Racecourse. A total of 16 horses have been entered for the grade three 1,600-meter event.
The possible leading players are Maitres d'Art, Young Man Power, Black Moon, Lord Quest and Win Gagnant.

The field for the Sekiya Kinen is:

1-Danon Platina, 5h, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
2-Red Raven(USA), 7h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
3-Maltese Apogee, 5h, 57, Tomoharu Bushizawa
4-Tosen Duke, 6h, 56, Ryoya Kozaki
5-Rosa Gigantea, 6h, 57, Takuya Ono
6-Maitres d'Art, 4c, 56, Mirco Demuro
7-Shonan Bach, 6h, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
8-All the Go, 3c, 53, Hiroyuki Uchida
9-Clarity Sky, 5h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
10-Danon Liberty, 5h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
11-Young Man Power, 5h, 57, Syu Ishibashi
12-Black Moon, 5h, 56, Yuga Kawada
13-Meiner Honey, 4c, 56, Daichi Shibata
14-Lord Quest, 4c, 56, Kenichi Ikezoe
15-Win Gagnant, 5h, 57, Akihide Tsumura
16-Ukiyono Kaze, 7m, 55, Hayato Yoshida

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Rose Princedom upsets Leopard S


Rose Princedom, the 11th favorite at odds of 66.3(653-10), ran behind the leading pack to win the grade three Leopard Stakes at Niigata Racecourse on Sunday. A 1 1/4-length behind, Salsa Dione was second with Epicharis third, a 3/4-length behind.
Takuya Kowata rode the winner to cover the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 52.90 seconds on dirt track.
Rose Princedom is a 3-year-old brown colt by Roses in May out of Christian Pearl, by Symboli Kris S.

Exciting finish in Kokura Kinen


It was an exciting finish in the Kokura Kinen at Kokura Racecourse on Sunday when Tatsu Gogeki and San Martin came cross the line at the same level. The winner went to Tatsu Gogeki, who beat San Marting by a nose in photo finish. Third was, a 3-length behind, Fermezza. The winning jockey was Mirco Demuro. The grade three 2,000-meter race was run in 1 minute 57.60 seconds on firm ground.
Tatsu Gogeki is a 5-year-old bay horse by Marvelous Sunday out of Nishino Plemeria, by Singspiel.

Friday, August 04, 2017

2017 Leopard Stakes


Niigata Racecourse hosts the Leopard Stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday, August 6.

Epicharis, who was scratched from the Belmont Stakes, will make his first start since finishing second in the UAE Derby. He drew post 5.
Tagano Grenat, who gained a wire-to-wire victory at the lower class, drew post 1. Harukuno Tesoro, second in the g3 Unicorn Stakes, drew post 12. Ten the World, coming off two wins in a row, drew post 14.

The post position for the grade three 1,800-meter dirt event is:

1-Tagano Grenat, c, Teruo Eda
2-Rose Princedom, c, Takuya Kowata
3-Ibuki, c, Hiroshi Kitamura
4-Tagano Cattleya, f, Yuji Hishida
5-Epicharis, c, Christophe Lemaire
6-Starstruck, c, Akihide Tsumura
7-Tora Neko, c, Yutaka Take
8-Shigeru Kong, c, Daichi Shibata
9-Salsa Dione, f, Yutaka Yoshida
10-T M Anmut, f, Yoshitomi Shibata
11-Brighton Rock, c, Katsuharu Tanaka
12-Harukunno Tesoro, c, Takuya Ono
13-Noble Saturn, c, Ryota Sameshima
14-Ten the World, c, Yasunari Iwata
15-Tagano Diguo, c, Shinji Kawashima

2017 Kokura Kinen


The Kokura Kinen for 3-year-olds and upwards will be run on Sunday, August 6 at Kokura Racecourse.
The possible leading contenders are Strong Titan(USA), Bandwagon, San Martin and Tatsu Gogeki.

The field for the grade three 2,000-meter turf race is:

1-Spirits Minoru, 5h, 55, Hideaki Miyuki
2-Tatsu Gogeki, 5h, 52, Mirco Demuro
3-Vosges, 4c, 55, Fuma Matsuwaka
4-Kafuji Prince, 4c, 55, Yuta Nakatani
5-Fermezza, 6h, 55, Yuichi Kitamura
6-Beruf, 5h, 57, Douglas Whyte
7-Famous End, 6h, 54, Kohei Matsuyama
8-San Martin, 5g, 54, Keita Tosaki
9-Shadow Party(IRE), 8g, 54, Suguru Hamanaka
10-Strong Titan(USA), 4c, 55, Yuga Kawada
11-Katie Pride, 7h, 52, Katsuma Sameshima
12-Crans Montana, 8h, 56, Shigefumi Kumazawa
13-Bandwagon, 6h, 54, Ryuji Wada

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Aerolithe coast-to-coast victory in Queen S


Aerolithe, ridden by Norihiro Yokoyama, set the pace to win the Hokkaido Shimbun Hai Queen Stakes on Sunday, July 20 at Sapporo Racecourse. She won the grade three 1,800-meter race by a 2 1/2-length in 1 minute 45.70 seconds. Tosen Victory finished a 1 1/4-length before Queen's Milagro in second.
Aerolithe is a 3-year-old grey filly by Kurofune out of Asterix, by Neo Universe.

Rhein Meteor mid-upsets in IBIS Summer Dash


Rhein Meteor got up in the nick of time to win the IBIS Summer Dash at Niigata Racecourse on Sunday. A neck behind, Fiducia(USA) came second with Regina Forte third, another 1 1/2-length behind.
Yuichiro Nishida guided the winner, covering the 1,000-meter distance in 54.20 seconds on firm ground.
Rhein Meteor is a 7-year-old bay horse by Meisho Bowler out of Aramasa Fairy, by Oath.

Friday, July 28, 2017

2017 grade three Queen Stakes


The Hokkaido Shimbun Hai Queen Stakes will be run on Sunday, July 30 at Sapporo Racecourse.
Admire Lead, having won the grade one Victoria Mile on her last outing, drew post 12. Aerolithe, winner of the grade one NHK Mile Cup, drew post 2. Mermaid Stakes winner Maximum de Paris drew post 6. Queen's Milagro, second in the Mermaid Stakes, drew post 4.

The post position of 13 fillies and mares for the 1,800-meter turf race is:

1-Tosen Victory, 5m, Yuichi Fukunaga
2-Aerolithe, 3f, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Chaleur, 5m, Hirofumi Shii
4-Queen's Milagro, 5m, Kot Fujioka
5-Hatsugatsuo, 6m, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Maximum de Paris, 5m, Yusuke Fujioka
7-Yamakatsu Grace, 3f, Kenichi Ikezoe
8-Crocosmia, 4f, Masaki Katsuura
9-Rinehart, 6m, Genki Maruyama
10-Pearl Code, 4f, Yuga Kawada
11-Not Formal, 5m, Teruo Eda
12-Admire Lead, 4f, Christophe Lemaire
13-Eterna Minoru, 4f, Masayoshi Ebina

2017 grade three IBIS Summer Dash


A total of 16 horses have been entered for the IBIS Summer Dash at Niigata 1,000-meter stretch course on Sunday, July 30.
Fiducia(USA), Nero and Active Minoru could be the leading contenders.

1-Narita Star One, 5h, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
2-Bright Cherry, 7m, 54, Daichi Shibata
3-Praise Eternal, 7h, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Rhein Spirit, 6h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
5-Earth Angel, 5m, 54, Hayato Yoshida
6-Iolani, 6g, 56, Takuya Kowata
7-Symboli Disco, 7h, 56, Keita Ban
8-Dancing Wonder, 5m, 54, Hiroshi Kitamura
9-Nero, 6h, 58, Keita Tosaki
10-Fiducia(USA), 5m, Syu Ishibashi
11-Levante Lion(USA), 3c, Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Red Lauda, 4c, 56, Takuya Ono
13-Key Player, 6m, 54, Hiroshi Shimokobe
14-Regina Forte, 3f, 51, Makoto Sugihara
15-Rhein Meteor, 7h, 56, Yuichiro Nishida
16-Active Minoru, 5h, 56, Manabu Sakai

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cassius wins Hakodate Nisai S in close finish


Cassius got up just in time to win the grade three Hakodate Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hakodate Racecourse on Sunday. A head behind, Win Gerbera finished second with Aria third, another 3/4-length behind.
Suguru Hamanaka rode the winner to cover the 1,200-meter race in 1 minute 10 seconds flat.
Cassius is a 2-year-old bay colt by Kinshasa no Kiseki out of Love Dylan, by Dylan Thomas.

Win Gagnant gains Chukyo Kinen victory


Win Gagnant, ridden by Akihide Tsumura, took a lead turning for home to win the grade three Chukyo Kinen in 1 minute 33.20 seconds at Chukyo Racecourse over 1,600 meters on good ground.
Grand Silk finished a 2 1/2-length behind the winner in second. Another head away, Black Moon came third.
Win Gagnant is a 5-year-old dark bay horse by Stay Gold out of Channel One, by Polish Navy.

Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 Hakodate Nisai S


The Hakodate Nisai Stakes, the first graded race for 2-year-olds of the season, will be held at Hakodate Racecourse on Sunday, July 23.
The leading horses could be Nanyo Printemps, Aria, Cassius and Molto Allegro(USA).
NAR entry is Yamano Fight.

The field for the grade three 1,200-meter turf event is:

pp,HorseName(sire), sex, rider
1-Sun Davenport(Strong Return),f, Yuji Nakai
2-Nanyo Printemps(Rulership), c, Yasunari Iwata
3-Derma Kiseki(USA)(Scat Daddy), f, Kota Fujioka
4-Passe(Pyro), f, Junji Iwabe
5-Baby Catz(Aldebaran), c, Christophe Lemaire
6-Gaura Medi(Furioso), f, Yoshimasa Kido
7-Aria(Daiwa Major), f, Genki Maruyama
8-Win Gerbera(I'll Have Another), f, Masami Matsuoka
9-Yamano Fight(Espoir City), c, Ryu Abe
10-Dantsu Kleio(Workforce), f, Kenichi Ikezoe
11-Cassius(Kinshasa no Kiseki), c, Suguru Hamanaka
12-Lingala Pops(Kinshasa no Kiseki), c, Yuichi Kitamura
13-Suzuka Mansaku(Lord Kanaloa), f, Karis Teetan
14-Molto Allegro(USA)(Speightstown), f, Hayato Yoshida
15-Kitano Yuki(Hard Spun), c, Yuichi Shibayama
16-Jesshii Jenny(Strong Return), f, Yuji Hishida

2017 Chukyo Kinen


The Toyota Sho Chukyo Kinen will be run on Sunday, July 23 at Chukyo Racecourse. A total of 16 horses have been entered for the grade three Handicap race.
The possible leading contenders are Black Moon, Grand Silk, Win Gagnant, Guanciale and Danon Liberty.

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

1-Red Raven(USA), 7h, 57, Douglas Whyte
2-Kento O, 5h, 56, Keisuke Dazai
3-Win Gagnant, 5h, 57, Akihide Tsumura
4-Ping Pong, 7h, 53, Kiwamu Ogino
5-Peak Tram, 6h, 56, Yutaka Take
6-Grand Silk, 5h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-One and Only, 6h, 58, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Asuka Biren, 5m, 54, Kohei Matsuyama
9-Susan Joy, 5h, 57, Ryuji Wada
10-Danon Liberty, 5h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
11-Meiner Aurato, 6h, 57, Yuga Kawada
12-Tosho Piste, 5h, 54, Hideaki Miyuki
13-Moon Crest, 5h, 55, Yuta Nakatani
14-Guanciale, 5h, 55, Yoshihiro Furukawa
15-Black Moon, 5h, 57, Mirco Demuro
16-Sunrise Major, 8h, 57, Shinichiro Akiyama