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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Luminous Warrior takes Hakodate Kinen


Luminous Warrior pulled away from the rest at around 100 meters out to win the grade three Hakodate Kinen at Hakodate on Sunday afternoon.
A 1 1/2-length behind, Tamamo Best Play came second with Yamakatsu Raiden third, a head behind. Yuichi Shibayama rode the winner to run in the 2,000-meter race in 2 minutes 1.20 seconds on good ground.
Luminous Warrior is a 6-year-old bay horse by Meisho Samson out of Luminous Happy, by Agnes Tachyon.

Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 Hakodate Kinen


Hakodate Racecourse hosts the grade three Hakodate Kinen for 3yo+ on Sunday, July 16.
Satono Ares, who gained a neck victory in the Tomoe Sho two weeks ago, drew post 1. Naruo Kinen winner Stay in Seattle drew post 10. Tsukuba Azuma O, winner of the Nakayama Kimpai earlier this season, drew post 11. Meiner Milano and Sakura Empereur drew post 7 and 16 respectively.

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

1-Satono Ares, 3c, 54, Christophe Lemaire
2-Dantsu Prius, 4c, 56, Genki Maruyama
3-Narita Hurricane, 8h, 54, Kota Fujioka
4-Katie Pride, 7h, 52, Katsuma Sameshima
5-Red Solomon, 5h, 56, Yasunari Iwata
6-Angreifen, 5h, 55, Yuichi Kitamura
7-Meiner Milano, 7h, 58, Yuji Tannai
8-Comfy, 8h, 54, Masaki Katsuura
9-Super Moon, 8h, 55, Hirofumi Shii
10-Stay in Seattle, 6h, 57, Yutaka Take
11-Tsukuba Azuma O, 6h, 57, Yutaka Yoshida
12-Luminous Warrior, 6h, 55, Yuichi Shibayama
13-Paris Karanotegami, 6h, 53, Masami Matsuoka
14-Tamamo Best Play, 7h, 56.5, Hayato Yoshida
15-Yamakatsu Raiden, 5h, 55, Kenichi Ikezoe
16-Sakura Empereur, 6h, 56, Masayoshi Ebina

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

NAR horse wins Japan Dirt Derby


Higashi Will Win became the fifth NAR horse to win the Japan Dirt Derby at NAR Ohi track on Wednesday night. He put his neck into front at the line, beating  Sunrise Soar by a neck. Another length back, Tagano Diguo came third with Resonator(USA) fourth.
Masashige Honda guided the winner to cover the 2,000-meter race in 2 minutes 5.80 seconds on dirt.
Higashi Will Win, trained at NAR Funabashi by K. Sato, is a 3-year-old chestnut colt by South Vigorous out of Primo Time, by Brian's Time.

Monday, July 10, 2017

2017 NAR grade one Japan Dirt Derby


14 three-year-old colts have been entered for the Japan Dirt Derby. JRA entries are Rose Princedom, Tagano Diguo, Shigeru Kong, Sunrise Soar, Resonator(USA), Sunrise Nova and Noble Sturn.
The 2017 Japan Dirt Derby will be run at Ohi track on Wednesday, July 12.

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

1-Ca Va Argent, Naoki Machida
2-Rose Princedom, Takuya Ono
3-Tagano Diguo, Shinji Kawashima
4-Higashi Will Win, Masashige Honda
5-Castle Crown, Hiroto Yoshihara
6-Captain King, Takayuki Yano
7-Shigeru Kong, Hiroyuki Uchida
8-Sunrise Soar, Yuga Kawada
9-Sun Tampa, Masaaki Ohata
10-Resonator(USA), Takuya Kowata
11-Brown Legato, Fumio Matoba
12-Sunrise Nova, Keita Tosaki
13-Southern All Star, Makoto Okabe
14-Noble Saturn, Ryota Sameshima
Weight: 56 kgs

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Seewind wins Tanabata Sho as favorite


Seewind returned to Fukushima Racecourse with a great success as he won the grade three Tanabata Sho on Sunday, July 9.
With Keita Tosaki on, Seewind produced a strong finishing kick in the short stretch. Meiner Frost finished a 3/4-length behind the winner in second, with another 1 1/4-length back Sole Impact third. The 2,000-meter race was run in 1 minute 58.20 seconds on firm ground.
Seewind is a 4-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Silky Lagoon, by Brian's Time.

King's Guard finishes strongly in Procyon S


King's Guard came out with a strong late stride to win the grade three Procyon Stakes at Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday, July 9.
A 2-length behind, Kafuji Takes came second with Brightline third, another 1 1/4-length behind.
Yusuke Fujioka rode the winner to cover the 1,400-meter in 1 minute 22.90 seconds on dirt.
King's Guard is a 6-year-old bay horse by Sinister Minister out of Kings Berry, by King Halo.

Friday, July 07, 2017

2017 Tanabata Sho


Fukushima Racecourse features the grade three Tanabata Sho for 3-year-olds and upwards on Sunday, July 9.
Seewind, who finished a good second in the American Jockey Club Cup last outing, returns to his favorite course where he has performed well with a win and a second in two running. He drew post 8.
Vosges, having won last two starts at the lower level, faces the grade company for the first time. He drew post 6.
Maltese Apogee, a front runner who was well beaten in the g1 Osaka Hai, drew post 9.
Meiner Frost, third in the Naruo Kinen last outing, drew post 11.

The field of 12 horses for the 2,000-meter handicap race is:

1-Paddle Wheel, 6h, 54, Syu Ishibashi
2-Suzuka Devious, 6h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Fermezza, 6h, 55, Shinichiro Akiyama
4-Famous End, 6h, 54, Yukito Ishikawa
5-Birdie Eagle, 7h, 53, Yutaka Yoshida
6-Vosges, 4c, 55, Hiroyuki Uchida
7-Tatsu Gogeki, 5h, 52, Hiroshi Kitamura
8-Seewind, 4c, 57, Keita Tosaki
9-Maltese Apogee, 5h, 57.5, Tomoharu Bushizawa
10-Win Inspire, 6h, 52, Takuya Kowata
11-Meiner Frost, 6h, 57, Daichi Shibata
12-Sole Impact, 5h, 53, Takuya Ono

2017 Procyon Stakes


A total of 15 horses have been entered for the grade three Procyon Stakes for 3-year-olds and upwards at Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday, July 9.
The possible leading contenders are Best Macho(USA), Kafuji Take, King's Guard, Edenhall and NAR-trained Tokei Tiger.

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

1-Meisho Utage, 6h, 56, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Best Macho(USA), 4c, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
3-Going Great, 7h, 56, Ryuji Wada
4-Akito Crescent, 5h, 56, Kiwamu Ogino
5-Tokei Tiger, 6h, 57, Kyosuke Kokubun
6-Charlie Brave(USA), 7g, 56, Yutaka Take
7-Mayano Ontology, 8h, 56, Sachio Yamada
8-Kafuji Take, 5h, 57, Yuichi Fukunaga
9-Nanchinnon(USA), 6h, 56, Ryota Sameshima
10-Levante Lion(USA), 3c, 53, Yuta Nakatani
11-Water Lourdes, 9h, 56, Manabu Sakai
12-King's Guard, 6h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Edenhall, 5h, 56, Mirco Demuro
14-Brightline, 8h, 56, Yuga Kawada
15-Kikuno Storm, 8h, 56, Futoshi Komaki

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Seda Brillantes remains undefeated with Radio Nikkei Sho win


Seda Brillantes has now three wins as many stars as he won the grade three Radio Nikkei Sho at Funkushima on Sunday afernoon.
After a short duel with Win Ganador, Seda Brillantes put his neck in front at the finish. Win Ganador was second place with another neck further back Lord Liberal third.
Yukito Ishikawa guided the winner to complete the 1,800-meter race in 1 minute 46.60 seconds on firm ground.
Seda Brillantes is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Brillante out of Silk Universal, by Brian's Time.

Shining Rei shows strong late run in CBC Sho


Shining Rei, ridden by Yuichi Kitamura, got up just in time to win the grade three CBC Sho in the muddy Chukyo racecourse on Sunday afternoon. A nose behind, Second Table finished second with Active Minoru third, another  3/4-length behind. The 1,200-meter race was run in 1 minute 8.00 seconds flat. 
Shining Rei is a 5-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of Shells Lei, by Kurofune.

Friday, June 30, 2017

2017 Radio Nikkei Sho on Sunday


12 three-year-old horses have been entered for the grade three Radio Nikkei Sho at Fukushima Racecourse on Sunday, July 2.
Satono Chronicle, runner-up in the grade two Kyoto Shimbun Hai, who comes here from victory in the Shirayuri Stakes last month, drew post 6.
Clear the Track, who won the Enoshima Tokubetsu last outing, drew post 12.
Rising Reason, winner of the g3 Fairy Stakes earlier this season, drew post 5.
Meiner Sphene, well-beaten in the Japanese Derby, drew post 4.

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

1-Lord Liberal, c, Hayato Yoshida
2-Grand Bonheur, c, Takuya Kowata
3-Nishino Apple Pie, c, Yutaka Yoshida
4-Meiner Sphene, c, Daichi Shibata
5-Rising Reason, f, Kyosuke Maruta
6-Satono Chronicle, c, Yuga Kawada
7-Win Ganador, c, Akihide Tsumura
8-B B Gaudi, c, Hiroyuki Uchida
9-Barbera, f, Shinichiro Akiyama
10-My Blue Heaven, c, Yoshiyasu Namba
11-Seda Brillantes, c, Yukito Ishikawa
12-Clear the Track, c, Hironobu Tanabe

2017 CBC Sho at Chukyo on Sunday


Chukyo features the grade three CBC Sho for 3yo+ to which a total of 18 horses have been entered.
The possible main players are Melagrana(AUS), Shining Lei, Tosho Drafter, Ultima Blood and A Shin Spartan(USA).

The field for the 1,200-meter turf race on Sunday, July 2 is:

1-Omega Vendetta, 6g, 56, Kiwamu Ogino
2-Teehaff, 7h, 57, Yusaku Kokubun
3-Melagrana(AUS), 5m, 55, Keita Tosaki
4-Active Minoru, 5h, 56, Manabu Sakai
5-Ono Michi, 6h, 54, Kohei Matsuyama
6-Rhein Spirit, 6h, 56, Kazuma Mori
7-Shining Lei, 5h, 56, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Narita Star One, 5h, 55, Ryuji Wada
9-Tosho Drafter, 4c, Norihiro Yokoyama
10-Arinna, 3f, 50, Ryo Takakura
11-Snow Dragon, 9h, 58, Takuya Ono
12-Ultima Blood, 5m, 53, Yuichi Fukunaga
13-A Shin Spartan(USA), 6h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
14-Second Table, 5h, 56, Yuya Mizuguchi
15-Time Trip, 3c, 52, Hideaki Miyuki
16-Mayson Junior, 3c, 53, Yuji Hishida
17-Lovers Point, 7m, 52, Haruhiko Kawasu
18-Tosen Duke, 6h, 55, Yutaka Take

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

K T Brave rallies in Teio Sho


K T Brave, ridden by Yuichi Fukunaga, rallied in the stretch to win the NAR grade one Teio Sho on Wednesday night at Ohi track.
The 4-year-old colt showed the best stretch run of the 16-horse field, getting past Chrysolite at around 100 meters out for his first grade one glory.  A 1 3/4-length behind, Chrysolite was second place with another 3-length back Awardee(USA) third.  The 2,000-meter dirt race was run in 2 minutes 4.40 seconds.
K T Brave, trained at JRA Ritto by T.Meno, is a chestnut colt by Admire Max out of K T Laurel, by Sakura Laurel.

Monday, June 26, 2017

2017 NAR Teio Sho


A total of 16 horses have been entered for the NAR grade one Teio Sho for 4-year-olds and upwards at Ohi.
JRA entries are Awardee(USA), K T Brave, Apollo Kentucky(USA), All Brush, Chrysolite, Gold Dream and Sound True.

Post position
1-Major Athlete, 8h, Tetsuya Takahashi
2-Awardee(USA), 7h, Yutaka Take
3-K T Brave, 4c, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Mikki Hennessy, 8h, Jyukiya Takigawa
5-Graceful Days, 7g, Minoru Miyagawa
6-Apollo Kentucky(USA), 5h, Hiroyuki Uchida
7-All Brush, 5h, Christophe Lemaire
8-Umanojo, 4c, Toshiya Yamamoto
9-Meisho Soleil, 7h, Shoya Hozono
10-Chrysolite, 7h, Keita Tosaki
11-Gold Dream, 4c, Mirco Demuro
12-Tamamo Navy, 6h, Kenichi Shigeta
13-Sand Platina, 4c, Takayuki Yano
14-Wagenseil, 9g, Kosei Akimoto
15-Sound True, 7g, Takuya Ono
16-Preiolas, 8h, Shuji Akaoka
All starters carry 57 kgs.

The Teio Sho will be run on Wednesday, June 28 at Ohi dirt track over 2,000 meters.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Satono Crown triumphs Takarazuka


Having finished sixth place in the Osaka Hai, Satono Crown came back on a great performance as he won the Takarazuka Kinen under Mirco Demuro in the Hanshin muddy course.
Mirco Demuro chased heavy favorite Kitasan Black and then got past him in the mid-stretch to quicken into front. Demuro said, "The ground was all on him. He had a great run in the stretch."
He won it by a 3/4-length from Gold Actor, who made a good last effort on the inside. Another 1 1/2-length behind, Mikki Queen came third with Sciacchetra fourth and Rainbow Line fifth.
Kitasan Black stalked the pace at third place, but failed to fire in the stretch to finish a disappointing ninth.
The race was run in 2 minutes 11.40 seconds over 2,200 meters.
Satono Crown, owned by H.Satomi and trained by N.Hori, has now won seven of his 14 races with more than 571 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Satono Crown, a 5-year-old dark by horse by Marju out of Jioconda, by Rossini.

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.