Friday, June 23, 2017

Kitasan Black heads in 2017 Takarazuka Kinen


Multiple g1 winner Kitasan Black, who scored a couple of g1 victories with Tenno Sho Spring for his latest effort this season, heads a field of 11 horses in the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin Racecourse. Public bettors are likely to give him a lot of supports. 
The possible upsetters are: Cheval Grand, Sciacchetra and Satono Crown.
The Takarazuka Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 25.
The field for the grade one 2,200-meter race is: 

1-Mikki Rocket, 4c, Ryuji Wada
2-Gold Actor, 6h, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Spirits Minoru, 5h, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Clarity City, 6h, Kohei Matsuyama
5-Cheval Grand, 5h, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Sciacchetra, 4c, Christophe Lemaire
7-Rainbow Line, 4c, Yasunari Iwata
8-Mikki Queen, 5m, Suguru Hamanaka
9-Hit the Target, 9h, Yuga Kawada
10-Kitasan Black, 5h, Yutaka Take
11-Satono Crown, 5h, Mirco Demuro

Other than Mikki Queen(56 kgs), all starters carry 58 kgs.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 Takarazuka Kinen nominations


11 horses have been nominated to the grade one Takarazuka Kinen for 3-year-olds and upwards.
The nominations include Kitasan Black, Sciacchetra, Cheval Grand, Satono Crown and Mikki Queen.
The Takarazuka Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 25 at Hanshin Racecourse over 2,200 meters on turf.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunrise Nova romps Unicorn Stakes


Having run off the pace early on, Sunrise Nova produced an explosive stretch run on the outside to win the Unicorn Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday.
He won it by a decisive 4-length from Harukunno Tesoro with another 2-length back Sunrise Soar third. The final time was 1 minute 35.90 seconds over 1,600 meters on dirt. The winning rider was Keita Tosaki, who had five winners on the day.
Sunrise Nova is a 3-year-old chestnut colt by Gold Allure out of Bright Sapphire, by Thunder Gulch.

Jeune Ecole wins Hakodate Sprint in record time


Jeune Ecole, ridden by Yuichi Kitamura, strode strongly in front with about 100 meters to go in winning the grade three Hakodate Sprint Stakes at Hakodate Racecourse on Sunday. A 2 1/2-length behind, King Heart came second with another neck back Epoisses third. The winner's time was 1 minute 6.80 seconds, a record for the 1,200-meter turf course.
Jeune Ecole is a 3-year-old bay filly by Kurofune out of Luminus Point, by Agnes Tachyon.

Friday, June 16, 2017

2017 Hakodate Sprint


Hakodate Racecourse hosts the grade three Hakodate Sprint Stakes for 3yo+ on Sunday, June 18.

Seiun Kosei, who won the g1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen earlier this season, makes his first appearance on the Hakodate course. He drew post 12.
Possible other main contenders are Xmas, Jeune Ecole, Shuji and Blanc Bonheur.

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

1-Rinehart, 6m, 54, Genki Maruyama
2-Nobo Baccara, 5h, 57, Suguru Hamanaka
3-King Heart, 4c, 56, Yuta Nakatani
4-Epoisses, 9g, 56, Yuichi Shibayama
5-Ittetsu(IRE), 5h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
6-Xmas, 6m, 54, Masami Matsuoka
7-A Shin Bullseye(USA), 6h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
8-Jeune Ecole, 3f, 50, Yuichi Kitamura
9-Levante Lion(USA), 3c, 52, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Shuji, 4c, 56, Yutaka Take
11-Hokko Sara Star, 6m, 54, Kenichi Ikezoe
12-Seiun Kosei, 4c, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
13-Blanc Bonheur, 4f, 54, Yasunari Iwata

2017 Unicorn Stakes


Rieno Tesoro(USA), runner-up in the g1 NHK Mile Cup last outing, switches back to dirt surface when she lineups in the grade three Unicorn Stakes for 3yo at Tokyo Racecourse.
The main opponents to Rieno Tesoro could be: Sunrise Nova, Shigeru Bengaltora and Sunrise Soar.
The Unicorn Stakes will be run on Sunday, June 18.

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

1-Shigeru Kong, c, Takuya Kowata
2-Harukunno Tesoro, c, Hironobu Tanabe
3-Bullbear Baboon, c, Manabu Sakai
4-Rieno Tesoro(USA), f, Takuya Ono
5-Savvy, c, Yusuke Fujioka
6-La Hulotte, f, Makoto Sugihara
7-Antinous, c, Christophe Lemaire
8-Sunrise Nova, c, Keita Tosaki
9-Shigeru Bengaltora, c, Norihiro Yokoyama
10-Sun Oakland, c, Hiroshi Kitamura
11-Tagano Cattleya, f, Yuji Hishida
12-T M Hittamage, c, Ken Tanaka
13-Water Mars, c, Ryo Takakura
14-Tropical Spurt, f, Kyosuke Maruta
15-Sunrise Soar, c, Tsubasa Iwasaki
16-Tora Neko, c, Yutaka Yoshida
Weight: 56 kgs, filly allowed 2 kgs.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Dashing Blaze(USA) gains Epsom C victory


Dashing Blaze(USA) held a good position to take the Epsom Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday. Suguru Hamanaka forced Dashing Blaze to take an inside pathway in the stretch before getting up to the winning post. A 1/2-length behind, race favorite Astra Emblem was second with another nose back Meiner Honey third. The winner completed the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 45.90 seconds on firm ground.
Dashing Blaze is an American-bred 5-year-old chestnut horse by Kitten's Joy out of Blazing Bliss, by Honour and Glory.

Maximum de Paris takes Mermaid S


Maximum de Paris, ridden by Yusuke Fujioka, hit a lead at the stretch entrance and held on to win the Mermaid Stakes at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday. The strong late running Queen's Milagro came just too late to finish second, a 3/4-length behind. Another nose back Earthrise was third. The race was in 1 minute 59.50 seconds over 2,000 meters on firm ground.
Maximum de Paris is a 5-year-old grey mare by King Kamehameha out of Mlle de Paris, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Sunday's Epsom Cup at Tokyo


A total of 18 horses have been entered for the grade three Epsom Cup on Sunday, June 11 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Taisei Summit, winner of the May Stakes, drew post 14. Astra Emblem, runner-up in the May Stakes, drew post 10. Clarity Sky, winner of the 2015 NHK Mile Cup, drew post 13. Denko Ange, runner-up in the Victoria Mile, drew post 6.

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

1-Meiner Milano, 7h, 58, Yuji Tannai
2-Fluky, 7h, 58, Hiroshi Kitamura
3-Birdie Eagle, 7h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
4-Historical, 8h, 57, Norihiro Yokoyama
5-Comfy, 8h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
6-Denko Ange, 4f, 54, Masayoshi Ebina
7-Meiner Honey, 4c, 56, Daichi Shibata
8-Tosen Reve, 9h, 57, Yukito Ishikawa
9-Clarity Sky, 5h, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
10-Astra Emblem, 4c, 56, Mirco Demuro
11-Beruf, 5h, 56, Takuya Ono
12-Dashing Blaze(USA), 5h, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
13-Clarity City, 6h, 56, Yuga Kawada
14-Taisei Summit, 4c, 56, Keita Tosaki
15-Paddle Wheel, 6h, 56, Keinchi Ikezoe
16-Meadowlark, 6h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
17-Red Raven(USA), 7h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
18-Nasuno Seikan, 5h, 56, Genki Maruyama

Hanshin's Sunday main event: Memaid Stakes


Hashin Racecourse hosts the grade three Mermaid Stakes for fillies and mares.
The possible leading contenders are Tosen Victory, Queen's Milagro, Maximum de Paris, Biche and Earthrise.

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

1 Earthrise, 5m, 54, Yuta Nakatani
2-Bangor, 5m, 51, Kiwamu Ogino
3-Primera Azul, 5m, 51, Manabu Sakai
4-Queen's Milagro, 5m, 54, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Tosen Victory, 5m, 56, Yutaka Take
6-Kinsho Yukihime, 4f, 51, Shinichiro Akiyama
7-Lethal Weapon, 6m, 49, Ryo Takakura
8-Rose Whisper, 4f, 51, Yuichi Kitamura
9-Hatsugatsuo, 6m, 49, Ken Tanaka
10-Maximum de Paris, 5m, 55, Yusuke Fujioka
11-Biche, 4f, 55, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Shonan Birkin, 7m, 50, Fuma Matsuwaka

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Satono Aladdin storms home thrilling Yasuda Kinen


Satono Aladdin, riddeby by Yuga Kawada, won the Yasuda Kinen in coming-from-behind fashion at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday.
Soon after turning for home, Kawada brought Satono Aladdin out to make a clear run on the outside. He was going strong to just get up in the nick of time. 
Logotype led the field of 18 to finish second, a neck behind. Another neck behind, Red Falx was third with Greater London fourth and Air Spinel fifth. The race was run in 1 minute 31.50 seconds over 1,600 meters on firm ground.
Satono Aladdin, trained by Y. Ikee and owned by H. Satomi, has now won eight of his 25 races with more than 423 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Farm was the breeder of Satono Aladdin, a 6-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of Magic Storm, by Storm Cat.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Stay in Seattle leads all the way in Naruo


Stay in Seattle led the field of 10 and went all the way to win the grade three Naruo Kinen on Saturday at Hanshin Racecourse.
A neck behind, Smart Layer was second with another 1 3/4-length back Meiner Frost third. Yutaka Take guided the winner to complete the 2,000-meter trip in 1 minute 59.40 seconds on firm ground.
Stay in Seattle, who has now won five of his 10 races, is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by Stay Gold out of Seattle Sunset, by Belong to Me.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Field of 2017 Naruo Kinen


Saturday, June 3 sees the Naruo Kinen for 4-year-olds and upwards at Hanshin Racecourse.
The possible leading horses are Smart Layer, Bandwagon, Suzuka Devious and Stay in Seattle.
The field for the grade three 2,000-meter race is:

1-Last Impact, 7h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
2-Spirits Minoru, 5h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
3-Meiner Frost, 6h, 56, Yuji Tannai
4-Suzuka Devious, 6h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
5-Bandwagon, 6h, 56, Christophe Lemaire
6-Denim and Ruby, 7m, 54, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Red Solomon, 5h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
8-Smart Layer, 7m, 54, Mirco Demuro
9-Stay in Seattle, 6h, 56, Yutaka Take
10-Musee Alien, 5g, 56, Kohei Matsuyama

Field set for 2017 Yasuda Kinen


A total of 18 horses have been entered for the Yasuda Kinen to be run on Sunday, June 4 at Tokyo Racecourse.
Isla Bonita, who has been running well at the grade level with Milers Cup victory in his latest effort, drew post 15.
Air Spinel, having shown good performances at 1,600 meters this season, drew post 8.
Greater London, coming here with five wins in a row, faces the grade company for the first time and breaks from post 7.
Staphanos, second in the g1 Osaka Hai, drew post 18. Ambitious, fifth in the Osaka Hai, drew post 4. 

Hong Kong entries are Contentment(AUS) and Beauty Only(IRE), who drew post 5 and 12 respectively.

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

1-Talking Drum, 7h, Syu Ishibashi
2-Decipher, 8h, Hirofumi Shii
3-Sunrise Majorm, 8h, Kenichi Ikezoe
4-Ambitious, 5h, Norihiro Yokoyama
5-Contentment(AUS), 7g, Joao Moreira
6-Red Falx, 6h, Mirco Demuro
7-Greater London, 5h, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Air Spinel, 4c, Yutaka Take
9-Longing Dancer, 8h, Kazuo Yokoyama
10-Clarente, 8h, Yasunari Iwata
11-Black Spinel, 4c, Kohei Matsuyama
12-Beauty Only(IRE), 6g, Zachary Purton
13-Logi Chalice, 5h, Hiroyuki Uchida
14-Satono Aladdin, 6h, Yuga Kawada
15-Isla Bonita, 6h, Christophe Lemaire
16-Logotype, 7h, Hironobu Tanabe
17-Young Man Power, 5h, Masami Matsuoka
18-Staphanos, 6h, Keita Tosaki
All starters carry 58 kgs.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Yasuda Kinen Nominations


20 horses have been nominated to the grade one Yasuda Kinen.
The nominations include Air Spinel, Ambitious, Greater London, Isla Bonita, Red Falx, Staphanos, and two Hong Kong-trained horses, Beauty Only(IRE) and Contentment(AUS).
The Yasuda Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 4 at Tokyo Racecourse over 1,600 meters.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Fame Game storms home in Meguro Kinen


More than one hour after the Derby win, Christophe Lemaire rode another magnificent race to win the grade two Meguro Kinen on Fame Game at Tokyo Racecourse.
Lemaire brought his horse to get past Volsheb near the line, winning the 2.500-meter race in 2 minutes 30.90 seconds. 
A 1/2-length behind, Volsheb was second with Happy Moment another 2-length back third.
Fame Game is a 7-year-old brown gelding by Heart's Cry out of Hall of Fame, by Allez Milord.

Rey de Oro wins Derby: Lemaire rides perfectly


Second favorite Rey de Oro won the Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun)at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday afternoon. Kazuo Fujisawa gained a first Derby success with Rey de Oro as a trainer in 29 years.
Christophe Lemaire rode a perfect and great race, making an early move in the backstretch. Before the field went into the final bend, Lemaire and Rey de Oro were second place, just behind My Style.
With more than 200 meters to go, Lemaire sent his colt past My Style to take a lead. Suave Richard challenged on the outside, but Rey de Oro just held off to win the 2,400-meter race in 2 minutes 26.90 seconds. A 3/4-length behind, Suave Richard came second with another 1 1/4-length back Admirable third. The fourth was My Style with Al Ain fifth.
In the color of Carrot Farm, Rey de Oro has now won four of his five races with more than 322 million jpn yen in career earnings. Bred by Northern Racing, the 3-year-old bay colt is  by King Kamehameha out of La Dorada, by Symboli Kris S.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Admirable slightly favorite for Japanese Derby


After closing Saturday betting round, the favorite for the 2017 Japanese Derby went to Admirable at 4.1(31-10). The second favorite was Rey de Oro at 4.2(16-5), followed by Suave Richard 6.4(27-5), Al Ain 7.4(32-5) and Satono Arthur 8.0(7-1).
The post time for the premier classic race for 3-year-olds will be at 3:40 p.m. JST on Sunday, May 28.

Friday, May 26, 2017

2017 grade two Meguro Kinen


A total of 18 horses have been entered for the Meguro Kinen for 4yo+ to be run on Sunday, May 28 at Tokyo Racecourse.
The leading contenders could be: Mondo Intero, Volsheb, Kafuji Prince, Lani(USA), One and Only.

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

1-Mondo Intero, 5h, 56.5, Hiroyuki Uchida
2-Volsheb, 6h, 56.5, Keita Tosaki
3-Saratoga Spirit, 5h, 54, Hirofumi Shii
4-Kafuji Prince, 4c, 55, Yasunari Iwata
5-Altar, 5g, 55, Yuichi Shibayama
6-Silk Dreamer, 8h, 53, Yukito Ishikawa
7-Umbruch, 4c, 55, Mirco Demuro
8-Lani(USA), 4c, 56, Yutaka Take
9-Happy Moment, 7h, 54, Yuga Kawada
10-Toruk Makto, 7h, 54, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Meiner Sage, 5h, 55, Daichi Shibata
12-Fame Game, 7g, 58, Christophe Lemaire
13-Hit the Target, 9h, 57.5, Takuya Ono
14-Mousquetaire, 9h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
15-One and Only, 6h, 58, Norihiro Yokoyama
16-Meisho Kadomatsu, 8h, 55, Yusuke Fujioka
17-Recondite, 7h, 55, Kohei Matsuyama
18-Cryptogram, 5h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stage set for 2017 Japanese Derby


A stage is set to run in the Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun) at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday, May 28.

Admirable(4-3-0-0) gave public very impression when winning the g2 Aoba Sho in storming fashion. Reproduction of his Aoba Sho run at the same course and distance is expected.
Al Ain(5-4-0-0) gained a brilliant victory in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas). This colt could hold a good position and follow with strong finish.
Cadenas(6-3-2-0), well-beaten in the Satsuki Sho, bids for bouncing back at his favored venue.
Daiwa Cagney(4-3-0-0) is strong front-running winner of the Principal Stakes.
Persian Knight(6-3-2-1), who sneaked on the inside to finish second in the Satsuki Sho, could get another big run.
Rey de Oro(4-3-0-0) came off a 4-month layoff in the Satsuki Sho where he finished a good fifth. Much better run could be produced.
Satono Arthur(4-2-2-0), runner-ups in the grade races last two outing, skipped the Satsuki Sho to focus on this big event. 
Suave Richard(5-2-2-0), sixth in the Satsuki Sho, is capable of blowing a strong finish at his favorite course.


The field of 18 colts in post position order with riders for the 2,400-meter Derby is:

1-Danburite, Yutaka Take
2-America's Cup, Fuma Matsuwaka
3-My Style, Norihiro Yokoyama
4-Suave Richard, Hirofumi Shii
5-Clincher, Yusuke Fujioka
6-Satono Arthur, Yuga Kawada
7-Al Ain, Kohei Matsuyama
8-Trust, Yuji Tannai
9-Meiner Sphene, Daichi Shibata
10-Best Approach, Yasunari Iwata
11-Persian Knight, Keita Tosaki
12-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
13-Cadenas, Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Jo Strictly, Hiroyuki Uchida
15-Daiwa Cagney, Hiroshi Kitamura
16-Kyohei, Ryo Takakura
17-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
18-Admirable, Mirco Demuro
Weight: 57 kgs.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Japanese Derby Nominations


A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the 2017 Japanese Derby(Tokyo Yushun).
The nominations include Admirable, Al Ain,Persian Knight, Rey de Oro, Satono Arthur and Suave Richard.
The Japanese Derby will be run on Sunday, May 18 at Tokyo Racecourse over 2,400 meters.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Soul Stirring redeems reputation with Oaks victory


Soul Stirring, ridden by Christophe Lemaire and trained by K.Fujisawa, redeemed her reputation when she won the Japanese Oaks(Yushun Himba) as favorite at Tokyo Racecourse Sunday afternoon.
It was a great and exciting finish between Soul Stirring and Mozu Katchan. With about 400 meters to go, the pair broke out from the crowd, but Soul Stirring was going the better of the rival. Lemaire brought Soul Stirring out to flash past the post in 2 minutes 24.10 seconds for a 2,400-meter trip.
A 1 3/4-length behind, Mozu Katchan was second with Admire Miyabi third, a 2 1/2-length behind. Another head behind was Deirdre with Lys Gracieux fifth.
Soul Stirring has now won five of her six races with more than 277 million jpn yen in career earnings unde the color of Shadai Race Horse Co.Ltd. Bred by Shadai Farm, she is a 3-year-old brown filly by Frankel out of Stacelita, by Monsun.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Great Pearl overwhelming Heian S victory


Great Pearl extended his winning streak to five as he gained an overwhelming victory in the grade three Heian Stakes at Kyoto Saturday afternoon.
Yuga Kawada's driven Great Pearl, making up a lot of ground on the final bend, took a lead with more than 200 meters to go, winning the 1,900-meter race in 1 minute 55.70 seconds on fast track.
Chrysolite was second, a 4-length behind, with another 1/2-length behind Meiner Baika third.
Great Pearl, who remains undefeated after switching to dirt surface, is a 4-year-old bay colt by King Kamehameha out of Fortune Word, by Dehere.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Saturday sees Heian Stakes


Saturday, May 20 sees the grade three Heian Stakes for 4yo+ at Kyoto Racecourse on dirt.
The possible leading horses are Glanzend, Great Pearl, Asukano Roman, K T Brave and Chrysolite.

The field of 16 for the 1,900-meter race is:

1-Meiner Baika, 8h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
2-Tagano Espresso, 5h, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Copano Charlie, 5h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
4-Chrysolite, 7h, 58, Yutaka Take
5-Pionero, 6h, 56, Syu Ishibashi
6-Kurino Star O, 7h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
7-Asukano Roman, 6h, 57, Ryuji Wada
8-Regent Rock, 6h, 56, Yuta Nakatani
9-Great Pearl, 4c, 56, Yuga Kawada
10-Roi Jardin, 6h, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
11-London Town, 4c, 57, Kohei Matsuyama
12-Meiner Crop, 7h, 56, Makot Okabe
13-Last Impact, 7h, 57, Hirofumi Shii
14-Dream Kirari(USA), 5h, 56, Hiroto Mayuzumi
15-Glanzend, 4c, 58, Christophe Lemaire

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Field drawn for 2017 Japanese Oaks


A field of 18 fillies has been drawn for the Japanese Oaks(known as the Yushun Himba) at Tokyo Racecourse.
Lys Gracieux came near to win a filly classic when finishing a narrow second in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas). She breaks from post 14.
Soul Stirring came at her first loss when finishing third in the Oka Sho. She drew post 2.
Admire Miyabi, well-beaten in the Oka Sho, has shown good run of form at Tokyo as she won the g3 Queen Cup. She drew post 16.
Reine Minoru, who beat Lys Gracieux and Soul Stirring to win the Oka Sho on soft ground, breaks from post 13.
G2 Floral Stakes winner Mozu Katchan drew post 1. Flawless Magic, third in the Flora S, drew post 3 and Sweepea Stakes winner Black's Beach breaks from post 10.

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

1-Mozu Katchan, Ryuji Wada
2-Soul Stirring, Christophe Lemaire
3-Flawless Magic, Keita Tosaki
4-Miss Panthere, Hirofumi Shii
5-Mauve Sapphire, Yuichi Kitamura
6-Hello Unicorn, Hironobu Tanabe
7-Deirdre, Yasunari Iwata
8-Ho O Perfume, Masami Matsuoka
9-Dipavamsa, Hiroyuki Uchida
10-Black's Beach, Hiroshi Kitamura
11-Red Cordis, Yutaka Yoshida
12-Black Onyx, Takuya Ono
13-Reine Minoru, Kenichi Ikezoe
14-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
15-Yamakatsu Grace, Norihiro Yokoyama
16-Admire Miyabi, Mirco Demuro
17-Caribbean Gold, Katsuharu Tanaka
18-Manarola, Masayoshi Ebina
Weight: 55 kgs

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nominations for 2017 Japanese Oaks


A total of 23 fillies have been nominated to the Japanese Oaks(known as the Yushun Himba).
The nominations include Admire Miyabi, Flawless Magic, Lys Gracieux, Reine Minoru and Soul Stirring.
The Oak will be run on Saturday, May 21 at Tokyo Racecourse over 2,400 meters on turf.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Admire Lead brilliant late run in Victoria Mile


Admire Lead, perfectly ridden by Christophe Lemaire, broke out from the crowd to win the Victoria Mile at Tokyo Sunday afternoon.
Lemaire forced his filly to squeeze between horses on the middle of the course before getting up to the winning post.
A 1 1/4-length behind was Denko Ange, who got past Jour Poaire for second place. The race was run in 1 minute 33.90 seconds over 1,600 meters on good ground.
Admire Lead has now won five of her 14 races with more than 191 million jpn yen under the color of R.Kondo and the saddle of N.Sugai.
Northern Farm was the breeder of Admire Lead, a 4-year-old brown filly by Stay Gold out of Belle Allure, by Numerous.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Red Falx takes Keisei Hai Spring C


Red Falx with Mirco Demuro up drew out with less than 200 meters from home to win the grade two Keisei Hai Spring Cup on Saturday.
He won it by a 3/4-length from Clarente with another 1/2-length away Grand Silk third. The race was run in 1 minute 23.20 seconds over 1,400 meters at Tokyo on yielding ground.
Red Falx is a 6-year-old grey horse by Swept Overboard out of Vermouth, by Sunday Silence.

Japan nominations for 2017 Arc de Triomphe


Five JRA horses have been nominated to the Arc de Triomphe to be run on October 1 at Chantilly.
Cadenas
Clincher
Kitasan Black
Satono Diamond
Satono Nobless

Other horses to eye overseas
Epicharis, a narrow second in the UAE Derby, will be heading for the Belmont Stakes on June 10 at Belmont Park.
Satono Ares will skip the Japanese Derby. His next action may see in the Tomoe Sho at Hakodate on July 2 or the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes on July 8 at Belmont.
Admire Deus plans to make a trip to Australia this Fall. The Nov.7 Melbourne Cup at Flemington and the Oct.21 Caulfield Cup will be his main object.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Saturday's main event at Tokyo: Keio Hai Spring Cup


The grade two Keio Hai Spring Cup will be run on Saturday, May 13 at Tokyo.
The possible leading players are Satono Aladdin, Red Falx, Campbell Junior(AUS) and Grand Silk.

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

1-Hiruno Devaro, 6h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-Rosa Gigantea, 6h, 56, Yoshitomi Shibata
3-Campbell Junior(AUS), 5h, 56, Christophe Lemaire
4-Satono Aladdin, 6h, 57, Yuga Kawada
5-Tosen Duke, 6h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
6-Dantsu Prius, 4c, 56, Genki Maruyama
7-Bravissimo, 5h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
8-Tosho Drafter, 4c, 56, Hironobu Tanabe
9-Grand Silk, 5h, 56, Keita Tosaki
10-Red Falx, 6h, 58, Mirco Demuro
11-Talking Drum, 7h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
12-Clarente, 8h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
13-Dashing Blaze(USA), 5h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida

Field drawn for Sunday's Victoria Mile


A field of 17 fillies and mares has been drawn for the grade one Victoria Mile on Sunday, May 14.
Mikki Queen, coming off an impressive victory in the g2 Hanshin Himba S, drew post 11. Smart Layer, a 1 1/4-length second in the g2 Kyoto Kinen last outing, had post 2. Let's Go Donki, a good second in the g1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, drew post 14. Rouge Buck and Queens Ring break from post 7 and 8 respectively.

The post position order with riders for the Victoria Mile at Tokyo Racecourse over 1,600 meters is:

1-At the Seaside, Hironobu Tanabe
2-Smart Layer, Yutaka Take
3-Jour Polaire, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Solveig, Yuga Kawada
5-Admire Lead, Christophe Lemaire
6-Asuka Biren, Kenichi Ikezoe
7-Rouge Buck, Keita Tosaki
8-Queens Ring, Mirco Demuro
9-Halteclere, Hiroto Mayuzumi
10-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Mikki Queen, Suguru Hamanaka
12-Ukiyono Kaze, Hayato Yoshida
13-Hiruno Matera, Hirofumi Shii
14-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
15-Frontier Queen, Hiroshi Kitamura
16-Kurino Lahore, Yuichi Kitamura
17-Lethal Weapon, Hiroyuki Uchida
Weight: 55 kgs.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Nominees for Victoria Mile


17 horses have been nominated to the grade one Victoria Mile for 4-year-olds and upwards fillies and mare.
The nominations include Mikki Queen, Smart Layer, Let's Go Donki, Rouge Buck and Queens Ring.
The Victoria Mile will be run on Sunday, May 14 at Tokyo Racecoure over 1,600 meters on turf.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Aerolithe finishes strongly in NHK Mile C


For the fifth time, a filly won the grade one NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo Racecourse Sunday when Aerolithe, ridden by Norihiro Yokoyama and trained by T.Kikuzawa, beat Rieno Tesoro(USA) by a 1 1/2-length. Bom Servico was third, another 2 1/2-length back.
Aerolithe broke well, and Yokoyama pulled her back to take a good position, while Bom Servico made the running.
At about 200 meters remaining, Aerolithe got past Bom Servico to take a lead, and was going well to the winning post in 1 minute 32.30 seconds on firm ground.
In the color of Sunday Racing Co.Ltd., Aerolithe has now won twice of her six races with more than 137 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Aerolithe, a 3-year-old grey filly by Kurofune out of Asterix, by Neo Universe.

Sunday Wizard wins Niigata Daishoten after duel


Sunday Wizard got the better of a duel with Meiner Frost to win the grade three Niigata Daishoten at Niigata Racecourse Sunday.
He won it by a nose from Meiner Frost with another 2-length back Maitres d'Art third. Syu Ishibashi guided the winner to cover the 2,000-meter race in 1 minute 58.60 seconds.
Sunday Wizard is a 5-year-old bay horse by Neo Universe out of She's Included, by Include.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Platinum Bullet thrilling victory in Kyoto Shimbun


In the hands of Suguru Hamanaka, Platinum Bullet got up in the nick of time to win a thrilling Kyoto Shimbun Hai victory at Kyoto Racecourse. Second was, a head behind, Satono Chronicle with another neck away Danon Distance third. The race was run in 2 minutes 15.20 seconds over 2,200 meters on turf.
Platinum Bullet is a 3-year-old grey colt by Manhattan Cafe out of Snow Style, by White Muzzle.


Daiwa Cagney wins Principal S
At about 200 meters to go, Daiwa Cagney drew away to win the Principal Stakes, one of the major preps for the Japanese Derby, at Tokyo on Saturday. Red Roses was second, a 2 1/2-length behind. Another 3/4-length behind, Lord Alberta was thrid place. Hiroshi Kitamura rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter distance in 1 minute 58.30 seconds on firm ground.
Daiwa Cagney is a 3-year-old dark bay colt by King Kamehameha out of Triplex, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Copano Rickey romps Kashiwa Kinen


Copano Rickey gained his third Kashiwa Kinen victory under Yutaka Take at Funabashi Racetrack on Friday afternoon.
Take settled Copano Rickey down at sixth place, behind the leading pack, and gradually made up ground on the final bend. At about 100 meters from home, Copano Rickey drew away to win the 1,600-meter dirt race in 1 minute 39.90 seconds. A 2-length behind, Incantation came second with Moanin(USA) another neck away third.
Copano Rickey is a 7-year-old chestnut horse by Gold Allure out of Copano Nikita, by Timber Country.

Saturday's Kyoto Shimbun attracts 12 runners


12 three-year-old colts will go for the grade two Kyoto Shimbun Hai, considered one of the preps for the Japanese Derby, on Saturday, May at Kyoto Racecourse.

The entries include Invicta,Satono Chronicle,Platinum Bullet and Satono Ryuga.

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

1 Kakeru Tesoro(USA),Hideaki Miyuki
2-Danon Distance,Ryuji Wada
3-Satono Chronicle,Yuga Kawada
4-Invicta,Christophe Lemaire
5-Satono Ryuga,Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Gold Hat(USA),Yutaka Take
7-Hagino Ares,Hirofumi Shii
8-Mikki Swallow,Kazuki Kikuzawa
9-Melvin Kazuma,Yuichi Kitamura
10-Yukino Taiga,Akatsuki Tomita
11-Platinum Bullet,Suguru Hamanaka
12-Win Veracious,Kohei Matsuyama
Weight: 56 kgs

Sunday's main event: Niigata Daishoten


A total of 16 horses have been entered for the grade three Niigata Daishoten for 4yo+ on Sunday, May 7 at Niigata Racecourse.

Maitres d'Art, Jun Vulcan, Fluky, Sunday Wizard and Shiny Prince are likely to be leading contenders.

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

1-Toruk Makto,7h,54,Teruo Eda
2-Sunday Wizard,5h,55,Syu Ishibashi
3-Mozu Raijin,5h,55,Shigefumi Kumazawa
4-Shiny Prince,7h,56.5,Akihide Tsumura
5-Paris Karanotegami,6h,53,Takuya Kowata
6-Meiner Frost,6h,57,Yuji Tannai
7-Jun Vulcan,4c,55,Kota Fujioka
8-Fluky,7h,57.5,Ryuji Wada
9-Longing Dancer,8h,54,Kazuo Yokoyama
10-Barone Douphol,7g,53,Yoshihiro Furukawa
11-Maitres d'Art,4c,55,Suguru Hamanaka
12-Win Inspire,6h,52,Rysei Sakai
13-Red Solomon,5h,56,Masaki Katsuura
14-Mousquetaire,9h,56,Genki Maruyama
15-Shadow Wizard,7g,52,Yuji Hishida
16-Tosen Reve,9h,57,Shinichiro Akiyama

18 runners for grade one NHK Mile Cup


Sunday, May 7th sees the grade one NHK Mile Cup for 3-year-olds at Tokyo Racecourse over 1,600 meters on turf.

Monde Can Know, well-beaten in the g2 Spring Stakes last month, drew post 1. Outliers, who had an undesired result in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) last outing, drew post 3. Karakurenai, fourth in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), drew post 4. Bom Servico, who came near to win a grade race in several occasions, drew post 6. Aerolithe, fifth in the Oka Sho, drew post 16.

The post position with riders for the wide-open Mile Cup is:

1-Monde Can Know,c,Christophe Lemaire
2-Kyohei,c,Ryo Takakura
3-Outliers,c,Hironobu Tanabe
4-Karakurenai,f,Mirco Demuro
5-Platina Voice,c,Yukito Ishikawa
6-Bom Servico,c,Kohei Matsuyama
7-Jo Strictly,c,Yutaka Take
8-Time Trip,c,Keita Tosaki
9-Taisei Starry,c,Hiroshi Kitamura
10-Divine Code,c,Yoshitomi Shibata
11-All the Go,c,Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Mi Suerte,f,Yuga Kawada
13-Trust,c,Daichi Shibata
14-Rieno Tesoro(USA),f,Hayato Yoshida
15-Red en Ciel,c,Yuichi Fukunaga
16-Aerolithe,f,Norihiro Yokoyama
17-Knight Banneret,c,Yusuke Fujioka
18-Gun Salute,c,Kenichi Ikezoe
Weight: colts for 57kgs, fillies allowed 2 kgs.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

10 horses for Kashiwa Kinen


10 horses have been entered for the NAR grade one Kashiwa Kinen for 4-year-olds and upwards at Funabashi track on Friday, May 5.
JRA entries are Copano Rickey, Incantation, Moanin(USA), Best Warrior(USA), Blason de Lis and Riccard.

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

1 Copano Rickey, 7h, Yutaka Take
2 Incantation, 7h, Yasunari Iwata
3-Moanin(USA), 5h, Christophe Lemaire
4-Mikki Hennessy, 8h, Ryo Kosugi
5-Touch Duel, 8m, Masayuki Yamashita
6-Omega Sky Tree, 9g, Daisuke Mashima
7-Best Warrior(USA), 7h, Keita Tosaki
8-Blason de Lis, 5h, Hiroyuki Uchida
9-Riccardo, 6g, Takuya Ono
10-Dual Sword, 9h, Takumi Kobayashi
Weight: 57kgs, Touch Duel allowed 2 kgs.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Mile Cup nominations


25 three-year-olds have been nominated to the NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo over 1,600 meters on turf.
The nominations include Karakurenai, Monde Can Know, Aerolite, Outliers and Bom Servico.
The grade one Mile Cup will be run on Sunday, May 7.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Kitasan Black wins Spring Tenno Sho in record time


Race favorite Kitasan Black won the Spring edition of the Tenno Sho under Yutaka Take for two consecutive years at Kyoto on Sunday.

Yamakatsu Raiden made the running with a great pace, while Kitasan Black was far behind the leader at second place, followed by a big parade of horses. 
On the final turn for the second time, Take forced Kitasan Black to make a move, taking the lead from fading Yamakatsu Raiden. From there, no rivals could range up alongside Kitasan Black, who reached the finish in the course record time of 3 minutes 12.50 seconds.
Cheval Grand, a 1 1/4-length behind, ran on to finish second, a neck in front of Satono Diamond. Another neck away, Admire Deus was third.

Owned by Ono Shoji and trained by H. Shimizu, Kitasan Black has now won 10 of his 16 races with more than 1.3 billion jpn yen in career eanings. Yanagawa Farm was the breeder of Kitasan Black, a 5-year-old bay horse by Black Tide out of Sugar Heart, by Sakua Bakushin O.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Admirable romps Aoba Sho


Admirable made a big appeal toward the Japanese Derby as he won the grade two TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho under Mirco Demuro at Tokyo on Saturday.
Demuro held race favorite Admirable at dead last early on, and made up a lot of ground on the final bend. Having drawn away from the rivals at about 400 meters out, he drove to a 2 1/2-length victory. Best Approach was second with Admire Winner third, a 1 1/4-length behind. The winner came cross at the finish in 2 minutes 23.60 seconds over 2,400 meters on firm ground.
Admirable, who has now won three of his four races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Scarlet, by Symboli Kris S.

Friday, April 28, 2017

2017 Aoba Sho on Saturday


12 colts will go for the grade two Aoba Sho, one of the major preps for the Japanese Derby, on Saturday at Tokyo Racecourse.
Admirable, coming from two straight wins, drew post 10. Gricolore Bleu, fifth in the Spring Stakes, drew post 11. Ibuki and Danon Kingdom drew post 12 and 5 respectively.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,400-meter Aoba Sho is:

1-Suzuka Long, Masayoshi Ebina
2-Sir Rembrandt, Yuichi Shibayama
3-Agnes Win, Kenji Kawamata
4-Popocatepetl, Christophe Lemaire
5-Danon Kingdom, Hiroyuki Uchida
6-Admire Winner, Shinichiro Akiyama
7-Meiner Sphene, Daichi Shibata
8-Tagano Asura, Hiroshi Kitamura
9-Best Approach(GB), Yasunari Iwata
10-Admirable, Mirco Demuro
11-Tricolore Bleu, Keita Tosaki
12-Ibuki, Hironobu Tanabe
Weight: 56kgs

Thursday, April 27, 2017

17 runners for Spring Tenno Sho


A total of 17 horses have been entered for the Spring Tenno Sho to be run on Sunday, April 30 at Kyoto Racecourse.
Kitasan Black, who has won this event and the Japan Cup last year, comes from the g1 Osaka Hai victory and will be looking for his second Tenno Sho title. His front-running style could appeal a strong claim.
Satono Diamond, winner of last year's Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) and Arima Kinen, got off to a great start of the season as he won the g2 Hanshin Daishoten last month.
The pair met once in last year's Arima Kinen when Satono Diamond gained a brilliant victory to finish a neck in front of Kitasan Black.
The possible upsetters in the traditional classic race include: 
g2 Nikkei Sho winner Sciacchetra, Cheval Grand, Dee Majesty, Gold Actor and Rainbow Line.

The field for the 3,200-meter marathon race is: 

1-Sciacchetra, 4c, Hironobu Tanabe
2-Labradorite, 8g, Manabu Sakai
3-Kitasan Black, 5h, Yutaka Take
4-Spirits Minoru, 5h, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Fata Morgana, 9g, Suguru Hamanaka
6-Cheval Grand, 5h, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Albert, 6h, Yuga Kawada
8-Tamamo Best Play, 7h, Hayato Yoshida
9-Dee Majesty, 4c, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Admire Deus, 6h, Yasunari Iwata
11-Proletariat, 6m, Makoto Sugihara
12-Gold Actor, 6h, Norihiro Yokoyama
13-Tosen Basil, 5h, Hirofumi Shii
14-One and Only, 6h, Ryuji Wada
15-Satono Diamond, 4c, Christophe Lemaire
16-Rainbow Line, 4c, Mirco Demuro
17-Yamakatsu Raiden, 5h, Kohei Matsuyama
Weight: 58kgs, Proletariat allowed 2kgs.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Two big stars clash again in Tenno Sho


Kitasan Black and Satono Diamond are among 19 horses nominated to the Tenno Sho Spring, held on April 30 at Kyoto Racecourse.
The last time they met in the Arima Kinen last December, Satono Diamond showed a sensational closing kick to finish first, while Kitasan Black was a neck second. 
Since that grade one race, Satono Diamond won the g2 Hanshin Daishoten and Kitasan Black won the g1 Osaka Hai.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mozu Katchan wins Flora S in final stride


12th favorite Mozu Katchan got up in time to win the grade two Sankei Sports Sho Flora Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday. Ryuji Wada forced Mozu Katchan ahead of Yamakatsu Grace in the final stride. A neck separated by the two. Another head further away came Flawless Magic third.
The race was run in the final time of 2 minutes 1.30 seconds over 2,000 meters on firm ground.
Mozu Katchan, who has now recorded a three-straight-win, is a 3-year-old dark bay filly by Harbinger out of Site Dealer, by King Kamehameha.

Isla Bonita breaks losing streak in Milers C


Isla Bonita ended more than two-year drought as he won the grade two Yomiuri Milers Cup at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday. This was the first victory for him since September 12, 2014 at the g2 St. Lite Kinen. Under the hands of Christophe Lemaire, he completed the 1,600-meter trip in 1 minut 32.20 seconds. Race favorite Air Spinel came second, a 1/2-length behind, with another 3/4-length away Young Man Power third.
Isla Bonita, who has now won seven of his 21 races, is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by Fuji Kiseki out of Isla Cozzene, by Cozzene.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fukushima Himba won by Ukiyono Kaze


The grade three Fukushima Himba Stakes was won in coming-from-behind fashion at Fukushima Racecourse on Saturday by Ukiyono Kaze, who completed the 1,800-meter race in 1 minute 46.80 seconds in the hands of Hayato Yoshida.
Yoshida brought Ukiyono Kaze out to get up in time to beat Frotier Queen by a neck. Another neck behind, Queen's Milagro was third place.
Ukiyono Kaze is a 7-year-old dark bay mare by On Fire out of Admire Dash, by Fusaichi Concorde.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fukushima Himba Stakes on Saturday


Fukushima Racecourse features the grade three Fukushima Himba Stakes for 4yo+ fillies and mares on Saturday.

Queen's Milagro, Crocosmia, Frontier Queen and Win Fabulous are likely to be the leading contenders.

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

1-Guimauve, 4f, Katsuma Sameshima(JPN)
2-Happiness Dancer, 6m, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Denko Ange, 4f, Shinichiro Akiyama
4-Western Rebecca, 7m, Eishin Yoshi
5-Win Fabulous, 4f, Masami Matsuoka
6-Ukiyono Kaze, 7m, Hayato Yoshida
7-Tokai Schon, 4f, Ken Tanaka
8-Frontier Queen, 4f, Hiroshi Kitamura
9-Queen's Milagro, 5m, Yutaka Take
10-Eterna Minoru, 4f, Yuji Hishida
11-Briga Alta, 4f, Masaki Katsuura
12-Peisha Felice, 6m, Haruhiko Kawasu
13-Crocosmia, 4f, Keita Tosaki
14-Rock a Hula Baby, 5m, Akihide Tsumura
15-Lethal Weapon, 6m, Yuji Tannai
16-Tamano Brunette, 5m, Genki Maruyama

Weight: 54kgs

2017 Flora Stakes on Sunday


The Sankei Sports Sho Flora Stakes, one of the major preps for the Japanese Oaks, will be run on Sunday, April 23 at Tokyo Racecourse.

The entries include: Flawless Magic, third in the g3 Queen Cup; Ho O Perfume, winning last two outings; Admire Rosa, runner-up in the Elfin Stakes and Dipavamsa.

The post position with riders for the g2 2,000-meter turf race is

1-Mozu Katchan, Ryuji Wada
2-The Queen, Kenichi Ikezoe
3-Canal Street, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Red Mirabel, Yutaka Yoshida
5-Ho O Perfume, Hironobu Tanabe
6-Tagano Aswad, Kyosuke Kokubun
7-Yamakatsu Grace, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Dream Magic, Yukito Ishikawa
9-Admire Rosa, Yasunari Iwata
10-Meisho Sasayuri, Tomoharu Bushizawa
11-Bill's Treasure, Katsuharu Tanaka
12-Dipavamsa, Hiroyuki Uchida
13-Alonza Mona, Yoshitomi Shibata
14-Flawless Magic, Keita Tosaki
15-Nishino Amore, Takuya Ono
16-Red Cordis, Hiroshi Kiamura
17-La Hulotte, Ikuya Kowata
18-Piscadela, Kiwamu Ogino

All starters carry 54 kgs.

2017 Milers Cup Entries


11 horses have been entered for the Yomiuri Milers Cup, the major prep for the Yasuda Kinen, at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday, April 23.

Air Spinel returned to this season with victory in the g3 Kyoto Kimpai. His latest run was at the g3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai where he finished third. Regular rider Yutaka Take will ride him to break from post 4.
Among other entries include Tokyo Shimbun Hai winner Black Spinel, Isla Bonita and Prodigal Son.

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

1-Sunrise Major, 8h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
2-Action Star, 7h, 56, Tomonori Sato
3-Fiero, 8h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Air Spinel, 4c, 56, Yutaka Take
5-Dashing Blaze(USA), 5h, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
6-Young Man Power, 5h, 56, Masami Matsuoka
7-Prodigal Son, 4c, 56, Yuga Kawada
8-Black Spinel, 4c, 56, Mirco Demuro
9-Kluger, 5h, 57, Kohei Matsuyama
10-Shelby, 8h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
11-Isla Bonita, 6h, 57, Christophe Lemaire

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Al Ain wins thrilling Satsuki Sho


The Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) was won in thrilling finish at Nakayama Sunday afternoon by ninth favorite Al Ain, winner by a neck from Persian Knight, who was a 3/4-length ahead of third place Danburite. 
With 200 meters to go, a bunch of horses were headed toward tne line. Persian Knight then took a lead on the rails, but Kohei Matsuyama-steered Al Ain quickened wide of Persian Knight to get up in the final stride.
The race was run in the Satuki Sho record time of 1 minute 57.80 seconds on firm ground.

Completing of the finishing oder:
Al Ain, Persian Knight, Danburite, Clincher, Rey de Oro, Suave Richard, Fan Dii Na, Win Bright, Cadenas, Platina Voice, Satono Ares, Outliers, Trust, Komano Impulse, King's Rush, My Style, Adam Barows and America's Cup.

Al Ain, trained by Y. Ikee and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., has now won four of his five raced with more than 182 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Farm was the breeder of the 3-year-old bay colt, by Deep Impact out of Dubai Majesty, by Essence of Dubai.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Molto Bene takes Antares S


Within 200 meters to go, Molto Bene with Mirco Demuro up drew away from the rest, and posted a 2-length victory in the grade three Antares Stakes at Hanshin on Saturday. Second was London Town with Roi Jardin, a neck behind. The winner completed the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 49.90 seconds on dirt surface.
Molto Bene is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Deep Sky out of Noble Eternal, by Afleet.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Antares Stakes, main event at Hanshin on Saturday


The grade three Antares Sakes will be run as a main event on Hanshin Saturday meeting.
A total of 16 dirt runners have been entered for the 1,800-meter race.
The main players could be: Glanzend, Mitsuba, Asukano Roman and Monde Classe.

The field is:

1 Meiner Baika, 8h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
2 Shonan Apollon, 7h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
3 Mitsuba, 5h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
4 London Town, 4c, 57, Yuga Kawada
5 Roi Jardin, 6h, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
6 Glanzend, 4c, 58, Christophe Lemaire
7 Monde Classe, 6h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
8 Meisho Sumitomo, 6h, 56, Yoshihiro Furukawa
9 Meiner Crop, 7h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
10 Molto Bene, 5h, 56, Mirco Demuro
11 Regent Rock, 6h, 56, Yuta Nakatani
12 Tagano Espresso, 5h, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
13 Asukano Roman, 6h, 57, Ryuji Wada
14 Pit Boss, 4c,56, Kota Fujioka
15 Tamuro Miracle, 5h, 56, Yuichi Fukunaga
16 Namura Arashi, 4c, 56, Hideaki Miyuki

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Field set for 2017 Satsuki Sho


A field has been drawn for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) for 3-year-olds to be run on Sunday, April 16 at Nakayama Racecourse.

The center of attention in this classic race will be Fan Dii Na(3-3-0-0), who is the only filly in the 18-horse field. She won all her three races, her most recently effort at the grade three Flower Cup where she toyed with her rivals. It will be very much interesting how she runs against the top class colts. Yasunari Iwata mounts on her to break from post 8.

Among other entries for the 2,000-meter classic race are:
g3 Kyodo News Servive Hai winner Suave Richard(4-2-2-0), g2 Yayoi Sho winner Cadenas(5-3-2-0), g2 Hopleful Stakes winner Rey de Oro(3-3-0-0) and Persian Knight(5-3-1-1), winner of the g3 Arlington Cup.

The post position with jockeys for the Satsuki Sho is:

1-My Style, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-Suave Richard, Hirofumi Shii
3-Komano Impulse, Teruo Eda
4-Cadenas, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
6-Outliers, Hironobu Tanabe
7-Persian Knight, Mirco Demuro
8-Fan Dii Na*, Yasunari Iwata
9-Platina Voice, Ryuji Wada
10-Danburite, Yutaka Take
11-Al Ain, Kohei Matsuyama
12-America's Cup, Fuma Matsuwaka
13-Satono Ares, Keita Tosaki
14-King's Rush, Yoshitomi Shibata
15-Adam Barows, Kenichi Ikezoe
16-Clincher, Yusuke Fujioka
17-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
18-Trust, Daichi Shibata

*-filly
Weight: colts for 57 kgs, filly allowed 2 kgs.
Post time: 15:40 pm(subject to change)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2017 Satsuki Sho Nominations


A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the Satsuki Sho equivalent to English 2000 Guineas to be run on Sunday, April 16 at Nakayama Racecourse.
The nominations include g3 Kyodo News Service Hai winner Suave Richard, g3 Flower Cup winner Fan Dii Na, g2 Yayoi Sho winner Cadenas, g2 Hopeful Stakes winner Rey de Oro and Persian Knight, winner of the g3 Arlington Cup.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Reine Minoru gains Oka Sho victory


Reine Minoru, the 40.8 eighth favorite, put up a great performance to win the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin Racecourse Sunday afternoon.
Ridden by Kenichi Ikezoe and trained by M. Honda, Reine Minoru raced at fourth place early on. With 200 meters to go, Ikezoe took her to the front with heavy favorite Soul Stirring right behind her. From that point, Reine Minoru was never giving up the leading position, winning the  1,600-meter classic race in 1 minute 34.50 seconds on good ground.
The fast finishing Lys Gracieux robbed Soul Stirring of second place. A neck separated by the two. Karakurenai was fourth place with Aerolithe fifth in the reduced field of 17.
Under the color of Minoru Yoshioka, Reine Minoru has now three of her seven races with more than 215 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Bred by Fujiwara Farm, Reine Minoru is a 3-year-old chestnut filly by Daiwa Major out of Daiwa Angel, by Taiki Shuttle.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Hanshin Himba S won by favorite


The SankeiSports Hai Hanshin Himba Stakes for fillies and mares was won at Hanshin Racecoruse Saturday afternoon by Mikki Queen, who defeated Admire Lead by a 1 3/4-length with Jour Polaire a neck away third.
Suguru Hamanaka kept Mikki Queen in the mid-field before moving up smoothly. She just finished very fast as he called her for her final effort. The 1,600-meter grade two race was run in 1 minute 34.30 seconds on good ground.
Mikki Queen is a 5-year-old bay mare by Deep Impact out of Musical Way, by Gold Away.

Outsider takes New Zealand Trophy
Jo Strictly, the 51.1 12th favorite, won the grade two New Zealand Trophy for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Nakayama Racecourse.
Running behind the leading pack, Andrasch Starke took Jo Strictly to run on the rail down the stretch, and outclassed her rivals. A 1 1/4-length behind, Mayson Junior came second with Bom Servico third, another nose behind.
Jo Strictly is a 3-year-old bay colt by Jo Cappucchino out of Jo Aromat, by King Halo.

Friday, April 07, 2017

New Zealand Trophy on Saturday


Nakayama hosts the grade two New Zealand Trophy for 3-year-olds on Saturday.

The possible leading contenders are Taisei Starry, Climb Major, Bom Servico and Suzuka Major.

The filed for the 1,600-meter race is:

1 Knight Banneret, c, Yuta Nakatani
2 Langadhia, c, Keita Tosaki
3 Seika Chitose, c, Yutaka Yoshida
4 Mayson Junior, c, Yuji Hishida
5 Munkustrap, c, Teruo Eda
6 Jo Strictly, c, Andrasch Starke
7 Suzukaze, f, Hayato Yoshida
8 Daiichi Terminal, c, Takuya Ono
9 Caribbean Gold, f, Katsuharu Tanaka
10 Climb Major, c, Yuga Kawada
11 Jacky, c, Masami Matsuoka
12 Suzuka Major, c, Yasunari Iwata
13 Innovative, c, Yukito Ishikawa
14 Taisei Starry, c, Hiroyuki Uchida
15 Time Trip, c, Hironobu Tanabe
16 Bom Servico, c, Kohei Matsuyama

16 runners for Saturday's Hanshin Himba


A total of 16 fillies and mares have been entered for the Sankeisports Hai Hanshin Himba Stakes at Hanshin on Saturday.

Mikki Queen drew post 6. Queen Ring had post 3.
Admire Lead and Tosen Victory drew post 16 and 5 respectively.

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

1 Western Rebecca, 7m, 54, Ryo Takakura
2 Kurino Lahore, 4f, 54, Yuichi Kitamura
3 Queens Ring, 5m, 56, Mirco Demuro
4 Crocosmia, 4f, 54, Fuma Matsuwaka
5 Tosen Victory, 5m, 54, Yutaka Take
6 Mikki Queen, 5m, 55, Suguru Hamanaka
7 Meisho Mambo, 7m, 55, Futoshi Komaki
8 Jour Polaire, 4f, 54, Hideaki Miyuki
9 Touching Speech, 5m, 54, Ryuji Wada
10 Hiruno Matera, 6m, 54, Hirofumi Shii
11 At the Seaside, 4f, 54, Yuichi Fukunaga
12 Denko Ange, 4f, 54, Masayoshi Ebina
13 Eterna Minoru, 4f, 54, Kenichi Ikezoe
14 Dantsu Cancer, 6m, 54, Yusuke Fujioka
15 Denim and Ruby, 7m, 54, Kota Fujioka
16 Admire Lead, 4f, 54, Christophe Lemaire

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Field drawn for 2017 Oka Sho


A field has been drawn for the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday.

Soul Stirring(4-4-0-0) heads the field of 18 for the first filly classic of the season. She achieved winning all her four races including the grade one Hanshin Juvenile Fillies. In her latest success of the g3 Tulip Sho, she just came down in the closing stage with a burst of speed after taking a good position.

Among others entered to the Oka Sho are:
Admire Miyabi(4-3-1-0), who became a serious contender for this classic when winning the g3 Queen Cup in good fashion; g3 Artemis Stakes winner Lys Gracieux(5-2-2-1) and g3 Fantasy Stakes winner Mi Suerte(3-2-0-0).

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

1-Mi Suerte, Yuga Kawada
2-Rising Reason, Kyosuke Maruta
3-Salonika, Suguru Hamanaka
4-Jeune Ecole, Yuichi Kitamura
5-Belle Capri, Yusuke Fujioka
6-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
7-Show Way, Fuma Matsuwaka
8-Karakurenai, Hironobu Tanabe
9-Gold Cape, Genki Maruta
10-Reine Minoru, Kenichi Ikezoe
11-Alonza Mona, Hideaki Miyuki
12-Aerolithe, Norihiro Yokoyama
13-Vous Etes Jolie, Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Soul Stirring, Christophe Lemaire
15-Admire Miyabi, Mirco Demuro
16-Miss Panthere, Hirofumi Shii
17-Deirdre, Yasunari Iwata
18-Kawakita Enka, Ryuji Wada
All starters carry 55 kgs.
Post time: 15:40 JST time

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

2017 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) Nominations


A total of 22 fillies remain on the final nomination list of the 2017 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) to be run on Sunday, April 9 at Hanshin Racecourse.
The moninations include g3 Tulip Sho winner Soul Stirring, g3 Queen Cup winner Admire Miyabi, Lys Gracieux and Mi Suerte.

Fan Dii Na, who gained an impressive victory in the g3 Flower Cup last month, skips the Oka Sho. She will run in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), held on April 16 at Nakayama, to face top-rated colts.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Favorite lands Osaka Hai


Race favorite Kitasan Black won an upgraded grade one Osaka Hai in great style at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday.
Yutaka Take settled Kitasan Black down at third spot with Maltese Apogee in front. Making the final tune for home, he moved up gamely.
Outside 200 meters out, he went right away from the rest with a brilliant finishing speed.
Staphanos performed a strong closing run to finish second, a 3/4-length behind. Another 1/2-length away, Yamakatsu Ace was third with Makahiki fourth, one and a half lengths behind.
Kitasan Black, whose career record is now nine firsts, two seconds and three thirds in 15 starts, races under the color of Ono Shoji and the saddle of H. Shimizu. His career earnings improved to more than 1.1 billion jpn yen.
Kitasan Black, bred by Yanagawa Farm, is a 5-year-old bay colt by Black Tide out of Sugar Heart, by Sakura Bakushin O.