Sunday, February 26, 2017

Neorealism takes Nakayama Kinen


Neorealism took a good position to win the grade two Nakayama Kinen at Nakayama on Sunday. He won the 1,800-meter race in 1 minute 47.60 seconds. A 3/4-length behind, Sakura Empereur finished second with Logotype third, another 1/2-length behind.
The winning jockey was Mirco Demuro, who has now ridden five grade winners this month.
Neorealism is a 6-year-old chestnut horse by Neo Universe out of Tokio Reality, by Meadowlake.

Outsider wins Hankyu Hai


Talking Drum, the seventh favorite at odds of 25.7(247-10), came out a strong run on the rail down the stretch to win the grade three Hankyu Hai at Hanshin on Sunday. Second was, a head behind, Hiruno Devaro with another 2-length back Nagara Orion third.
Hideaki Miyuki rode Talking Drum, who completed the 1,400-meter trip in 1 minute 47.60 seconds.
Talking Drum is a 7-year-old bay horse by King Kamehameha out of Tranche Fraise, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Persian Knight romps Arlington Cup


Persian Knight, ridden by Mirco Demuro, put up an outstanding performance to win the grade three Arlington Cup at Hanshin on Saturday. The Harbinger colt pulled away from the rest outside 200 meters from home on his way to winning the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 34.10 seconds. A 3-length behind, Red en Ciel came second with another 1 1/4-length away Divine Code third.
Persian Knight is a 3-year-old dark bay colt out of Orient Charm, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Field for 2017 Nakayama Kinen


A strong field of 11 is set to run in the grade two Nakayama Kinen on Sunday at Nakayama Racecourse.

Ambitious, who makes his seasonal debut after finishing fourth in last year's Tenno Sho Autumn, drew post 7. Real Steel, fifth in the Japan cup last outing, drew post 4. Tsukuba Azuma O, winner of the Nakayama Kimpai, drew post 8. Neorealism and Nuove Record drew post 1 and 10 respectively.

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

1 Neorealism, 6h, 57, Mirco Demuro
2 Meiner Milano, 7h, 56, Daichi Shibata
3 Vivlos, 4f, 54, Hiroyuki Uchida
4 Real Steel, 5h, 58, Keita Tosaki
5 Sakura Empereur, 6h, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
6 Hiraboku Deep, 7h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
7 Ambitious, 5h, 57, Christophe Lemaire
8 Tsukuba Azuma O, 6h, 56, Yutaka Yoshida
9 Logotype, 7h, 58, Hironobu Tanabe
10 Nuovo Record, 6m, 54, Yasunari Iwata
11 Courir Kaiser, 8h, 56, Yukito Ishikaw

2017 Hankyu Hai


Sunday's Hanshin main event will be the grade three Hankyu Hai over 1,400 meters on turf.

The leading contenders could be: Shuji, Rosa Gigantea, Bravissimo and Mikki Love Song.

1 Chaosmos, 7h, 56, Koshiro Take
2 Talking Drum, 7h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
3 Bravissimo, 5h, 56, Yutaka Take
4 Hiruno Devaro, 6h, 56, Yoshihiro Furukawa
5 Rosa Gigantea, 6h, 56, Hirofumi Shii
6 Moon Crest, 5h, 56, Yusuke Fujioka
7 Shuji, 4c, 57, Yuga Kawada
8 Mikki Love Song, 6h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
9 Meadowlark, 6h, 56, Shane Foley
10 T M Taiho, 8h, 56, Kenichi Ikezoe
11 Daishin Thunder, 6h, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
12 Nagara Orion, 8h, 56, Yusaka Kokubun

2017 Arlington Cup


Hanshin Racecourse hosts the grade three Arlington Cup for 3-year-olds on Saturday.

Kyohei, winner of the grade three Shinzan Kinen where he produced a strong late run, drew post 3. Persian Knight, third in the Shinzan Kinen, drew post 8. Vous Etes Jolie, winner of the Niigata Nisai Stakes, drew post 11. Divine Code, second in the Junior Cup, drew post 2. Moira Aithon, who steps up to the grade level after winning the codition race, drew post 9.

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

1 Kalos, c, Kenichi Ikezoe
2 Divine Code, c, Yoshitomi Shibata
3 Kyohei, c, Ryo Takakura
4 Levante Lion(USA), c, Yasunari Iwata
5 Jo Strictly, c, Yutaka Take
6 Links Zero, c, Fuma Matsuwaka
7 Nanyo Mars, c, Christophe Lemaire
8 Persian Knight, c, Mirco Demuro
9 Moira Aithon, c, Koshiro Take
10 Super Morion(USA), c, Hideaki Miyuki
11 Vous Etes Jolie, f, Yuga Kawada
12 Red en Ciel, c, Suguru Hamanaka

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gold Dream triumphs February S


Having unplaced in the Champions Cup last outing, Gold Dream redeemed his reputation as he won the February Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday.
Outside 100 meters from home, Gold Dream and Best Warrior(USA) pulled away from the rest and they fought it out until Gold Dream put his neck in front at the post. Kafuji Take, making lots of grounds in the stretch, finished third, a 3/4-length away from Best Warrior. Gold Dream, ridden by Mirco Demuro, completed the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 35.10 seconds on fast track.

Gold Dream has now won five of his nine races under the condition of O. Hirata and the color of K. Yoshida. His career earnings improved to more than 199 million jpn yen.
Gold Dream is a 4-year-old by colt by Gold Allure(recently passed away) out of Mon Vert, by French Deputy.

Maltese Apogee wire-to-wire victory in Kokura


Maltese Apogee was never behind in the 1,800-meter trip to win the grade three Kokura Daishoten at Kokura Racecourse on Sunday.
Tomoharu Bushiawas rode the winner, winning it by a 2-length from Historical with Clarit Sky third, another neck behind.
Maltese Apogee is a 5-year-old bay horse by Goshawk Ken out of Mltese Heat, by Old Trieste.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Albert storms home in Diamond S


Albert stormed home to win the Diamond Stakes under Ryan Moore on Saturday at Tokyo. The 6-year-old horse won the grade three 3.400-meter race in 3 minutes 35.20 seconds by a 1 1/4-length from Labradorite. Kafuji  Prince was third, another 1 1/4-length behind.
Albert is a chestnut son of Admire Don and Folklore, by Dance in the Dark.

Let's Go Donki breaks losing streak in Kyoto Himba S


Let's Go Donki broke her losing streak as she won the Kyoto Himba Stakes under Yasunari Iwata. It was the first victory for her since winning the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) on April 12, 2015. She won the 1,400-meter race in 1 minute 22.50 seconds. A 13/4-length behind, Once in a Moon came second with another head away Snatch Mind third.
Let's Go Donki is a 5-year-old chestnut mare by King Kamehameha out of Marutoku, by Marvelous Sunday.

Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 grade one February Stakes


A total of 16 horses have been entered for the grade one February Stakes on Sunday at Tokyo.

Kafuji Take, who came from far behind to win the Negishi Stakes last outing, drew post 10. Gold Dream, well-beaten in the Champions Cup, drew post 3. Best Warrior(USA), second in the Negishi Stakes behind Kafuji Take, drew post 9. Moanin(USA), who has been losing since winning this event last year, drew post. Nonkono Yume, fourth in the Tokyo Daishoten, drew post 11. Sound True, winner of the Champions Cup who came off second in the Kawasaki Kinen, drew post 1. Multiple grade one winner Copano Rickey, fifth in the Tokyo Daishoten on his latest run, drew post 4.

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

1 Sound True, 7g, 57, Yoshitomi Shibata
2 White Fugue, 5m, 55, Masayoshi Ebina
3 Gold Dream, 4c, 57, Mirco Demuro
4 Copano Rickey, 7h, 57, Yutaka Take
5 Asukano Roman, 6h, 57, Ryuji Wada
6 Moanin(USA), 5h, 57, Ryan Moore
7 Brightline, 8h, 57, Syu Ishibashi
8 Denim and Ruby, 7m, 55, Hiroyuki Uchida
9 Best Warrior(USA), 7h, 57, Keita Tosaki
10 Kafuji Take, 5h, 57, Akihide Tsumura
11 Nonkono Yume, 5g, 57, Christophe Lemaire
12 Nishiken Mononofu, 6h, 57, Norihiro Yokoyama
13 A Shin Bakken, 5h, 57, Yasunari Iwata
14 King's Guard, 6h, 57, Yusuke Fujioka
15 K T Brave, 4c, 57, Hideaki Miyuki
16 Incantation, 7h, 57, Kota Fujioka

Sunday's main event at Kokura


The grade three Kokura Daishoten will be run on Sunday at Kokura. 

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

1 Red Solomon, 5h, 56, Shota Kato
2 Strong Titan(USA), 4c, 54, Yuichi Kitamura
3 Danon Major, 5h, 55, Futoshi Komaki
4 Cosmo Thorn Park, 9h, 55, Yuji Tannnai
5 Crans Montana, 8h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
6 Meiner Honey, 4c, 56, Daichi Shibata
7 Maltese Apogee, 5h, 56, Tomoharu Bushizawa
8 Beruf, 5h, 57, Shane Foley
9 Paddle Wheel, 6h, 55, Kohei Matsuyama
10 Katie Pride, 7h, 52, katsuma Sameshima
11 Clarity Sky, 5h, 57.5, Hironobu Tanabe
12 Fluky, 7h, 57.5, Suguru Hamanaka
13 Spirits Minoru, 5h, 55, Hayato Yoshida
14 Historical, 8h, 57, Ryo Takakura
15 D'accord, 9h, 58, Genki Maruyama
16 Lord Vent d'Or, 4c, 54, Keisuke Dazai

2017 Diamond Stakes on Saturday


The main event at Saturday's Tokyo meeting will be the Diamond Stakes, the grade three 3,400-meter marathon race, for 4-year-olds and upwards.

The leading contenders could be: Albert, winner of the 3,600-meter Stayers Stakes; Kafuji Prince, fifth in the Nikkei Sinshun Hai; Fame Game, winner of this event two years ago and Fata Morgana, second in the Stayers Stakes.

The field of 15 horses is: 

1 Fata Morgana, 9g, 56, Masayoshi Ebina
2 Mousquetaire, 9g, 56, Yuta Nakatani
3 Tosen Reve, 9h, 57, Shane Foley
4 Labradorite, 8g, 51, Manabu Sakai
5 King Luau, 5h, 51, Yutaka Yoshida
6 Jungle Cruise, 8g, 56, Hirofumi Shii
7 Fame Game, 7g, 58, Hiroshi Kitamura
8 Kafuji Prince, 4c, 54, Yuga Kawada
9 Festive Yell, 6h, 53, Katsuharu Tanaka
10 Samson's Pride, 7h, 54, Hironobu Tanabe
11 Prestwick, 6h, 54, Keita Tosaki
12 Albert, 6h, 58, Ryan Moore
13 Saimon Tornare, 11h, 48, Nanako Fujita
14 Proletariat, 6m, 51, Makoto Sugihara
15 Toshin Monstera, 7h, 53, Hiroyuki Uchida

2017 Kyoto Himba Stakes on Saturday


A total of 18 fillies and mares will run in the Kyoto Himba Stakes on Saturday at Kyoto.

The 1,400-meter grade three race looks like a wide-open event.

The field is:

1 Total Heat(USA), 5m, 54, Yoshitsugu Okada
2 At the Seaside, 4f, 54, Mirco Demuro
3 Belle Lumiere, 6m, 54, Shinji Kawashima
4 Albiano(USA), 5m, 55, Christophe Lemaire
5 Eterna Minoru, 4f, 54, Kenichi Ikezoe
6 Snatch Mind, 6m, 54, Suguru Hamanaka
7 Dantsu Cancer, 6m, 54, Manabu Tanaka
8 Moon Express, 5m, 54, Kohei Matsuyama
9 Peisha Felice, 6m, 54, Haruhiko Kawasu
10 Let's Go Donki, 5m, 55, Yasunari Iwata
11 Tokai Sense, 6m, 54, Keisuke Dazai
12 Estitato, 4f, 53, Yutaka Take
13 Nac Venus, 4f, 55, Norihiro Yokoyama
14 Uliuli, 7m, 57, Ryuji Wada
15 Once in a Moon, 4f, 54, Syu Ishibashi
16 Rinehart, 6m, 54, Fuma Matsuwaka
17 Fiducia(USA), 5m, 54, Koshiro Take
18 Win Fabulous, 4f, 54, Masami Matsuoka


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Suave Richard impressive victory in Kyodo News Service Hai


Suave Richard drew away from the rest inside 200 meters out and went on to win the Kyodo News Service Hai under Hirofumi Shii on Sunday at Tokyo. He won the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 47.50 seconds. The second was, a 2 1/2-length behind, Etre Digne with Move the World, another head behind, third.
Suave Richard is a 3-year-old chestnut colt by Heart's Cry out of Pirramimma, by Unbridled's Song.

Satono Crown defends Kyoto Kinen title


Satono Crown won the Kyoto Kinen for two consecutive years as he beat Smart Layer by a 1 1/4-length at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday. Another neck behind, race favorite Makahiki was third.
Mirco Demuro rode the winner to cover the 2,200-meter distance in 2 minutes 14.10 seconds.
Satono Crown is a 5-year-old dark bay horse by Marju out of Jioconda, by Rossini.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Admire Miyabi third straight win in Queen Cup


Admire Miyabi gained a third straight victory as she finished first in the Daily Hai Queen Cup on Saturday at Tokyo Racecourse. When her rider Christophe Lemaire asked Admire Miyabi to produce a strong stride, she just finished full of speeding for the winning post. A 1/2-length behind, Aerolithe finished second with Flawless Magic third, another 2-length behind.
Admire Miyabi, a 3-year-old grey filly by Heart's Cry out of Lady Skipper, by Kurofune, won the grade three race in 1 minute 33.20 seconds over 1,600 meters on firm ground.

Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 Kyoto Kinen


The Kyoto Kinen will be run on Sunday, February 12 at Kyoto Racecourse.

2016 Japanese Derby winner Makahiki, well-beaten in the Arc de Triomphe last outing, makes his 2017 debut in this grade two event. He drew post 3.
Mikki Rocket, who gained a nose victory in the Nikkei Shinshun Hai last outing, drew post 9.
Satono Crown, who had an impressive victory in the Hong Kong Vase last December, drew post 6.

The field for the 2,200-meter event is:

1 Action Star, 7h, 56, Fuma Matsuwaka
2 Yamakatsu Raiden, 5h, 56, Kenichi Ikezoe
3 Makahiki, 4c, 57, Ryan Moore
4 Smart Layer, 7m, 54, Yasunari Iwata
5 Win Inspire, 6h, 56, Shane Foley
6 Satono Crown, 5h, 58, Mirco Demuro
7 Shonan Bach, 6h, 56, Hideaki Miyuki
8 Angreifen, 5h, 56, Suguru Hamanaka
9 Mikki Rocket, 4c, 56, Ryuji Wada
10 Garibaldi, 6h, 56, Yuga Kawada

2017 Kyodo News Service Hai on Sunday at Tokyo


Tokyo Race Course hosts the Kyodo News Service Hai for 3-year-olds on Sunday, February 12.

Suave Richard, second in the g3 Tokyo Sports Nisai Stakes, and Move the World, third in the same race, drew post 1 and 4 respectively.
Air Windsor, an impressive maiden winner who won the Fukujyuso Tokubetsu last time out, drew post 5.
Taisei Starry, second in the Shinzan Kinen, drew post 3.

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

1 Suave Richard, c, Hirofumi Shii
2 Dear Shooter, c, Hironobu Tanabe
3 Taisei Starry, c, Christophe Lemaire
4 Move the World, c, Keita Tosaki
5 Air Windsor, c, Yutaka Take
6 Ethelein Minoru, c, Syu Ishibashi
7 Bill's Treasure, f, Katsuharu Tanaka
8 Etre Digne, c, Yuichi Shibayama
9 Charro Negro, c, Hiroyuki Uchida
10 Asagiri Joe, c, Yukito Ishikawa
11 Cyber Ele King, c, Tadanari Konno

The Kyodo News Service Hai has produced subsequent classic winners as Dee Majesty, Isla Bonita, Gold Ship and Duramente.

2017Queen Cup on Sunday


A total of 16 horses will go for the grade three Daily Hai Queen Cup for 3yo fillies on Sunday, at Tokyo.

Having won last two outings, Admire Miyabi drew post 15. Flawless Magic, second in the Artemis Stakes, drew post 6. Reine Minoru, third in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, drew post 8. Aerolithe, who finished second in the Fairy Stakes last outing, drew post 11.

The field in post position order with riders, for the 1,600-meter turf event is:

1 Toho Aires, Yoshitomi Shibata
2 Almutenz, Masaki Katsuura
3 Hanalei Moon, Syu Ishibashi
4 Komano Regina, Teruo Eda
5 Success Line, Ryuichi Sugahara
6 Flawless Magic, Keita Tosaki
7 Divine Heights, Hiroyuki Uchida
8 Reine Minoru, Suguru Hamanaka
9 Venus Arrow, Hiroto Yoshihara
10 Suzuka Grathe, Yoshihiro Nagaoka
11 Aerolithe, Norihiro Yokoyama
12 Morito Shirayuri, Yutaka Yoshida
13 Suzukaze, Takuya Ono
14 Seiun Kirabiyaka, Hiroshi Kitamura
15 Admire Miyabi, Christophe Lemaire
16 Perform, Daichi Shibata

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Black Spinel leads all the way in Tokyo Shimbun Hai


Black Spinel led the field of 10 and went all the way to win the 1,600-meter Tokyo Shimbun Hai under Mirco Demuro at Tokyo on Sunday. The 4-year-old colt won it in 1 minute 34.90 seconds by a neck from Prodigal Son. Another 1/2-length away, favorite Air Spinel was third.
Black Spinel is a son of Tanino Gimlet and Morganite, by Agnes Digital.

America's Cup wins Kisaragi
America's Cup went into front 200 meters out to win the grade three Kisaragi Sho for 3-year-olds at Kyoto on Sunday. A 1 3/4-length behind, Satono Arthur was second with Danburite third, a head behind.
Fuma Matsuwaka rode the winner to travel the 1,600-meter distance in 1 minute 50.10 seconds.
America's Cup is a 3-year-old colt by Manhattan Cafe out of Vegas Night, by Coronado's Quest.

Friday, February 03, 2017

2017 Tokyo Shimbun Hai on Sunday


The grade three Tokyo Shimbun Hai will be run as the main event for Sunday's Tokyo meeting. 

Air Apinel, who got off to a good start in 2017 season with Kyoto Kimpai victory, drew post 7.
Black Spinel, a narrow second in the Kyoto Kimpai behind Air Spinel, drew post 2.
Prodigal Son and Young Man Power drew post 5 and 10 respectively.

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

1 Daiwa Liberal, 6h, 56, Hiroshi Kitamura
2 Black Spinel, 4c, 56, Mirco Demuro
3 Meiner Aurato, 6h, 57, Daichi Shibata
4 Stormy Sea, 4c, 56, Teruo Eda
5 Prodigal Son, 4c, 56 Hironobu Tanabe
6 Black Moon, 5h, 56, Hiroyuki Uchida
7 Air Spinel, 4c, 57, Yutaka Take
8 Tagano Burg, 6h, 56, Hayato Yoshida
9 Leukerbad, 4c, 56, Norihiro Yokoyama
10 Young Man Power, 5h, 57, Keita Tosaki


Kisaragi Sho
Eight 3-year-old colts assemble for the grade three Kisaragi Sho on Sunday, February 5 at Kyoto.

Satono Arthur, undefeated in two starts with an impressive victory last outing, could be the one to keep an eye on. He drew post 1.
Tagano Asura and Danburite, who attempt to come back from the undesired result in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, drew post 3 and 4 respectively.

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

1 Satono Arthur, Yuga Kawada
2 Matera Rex, Shane Foley
3 Tagano Asura, Yasunari Iwata
4 Danburite, Christophe Lemaire
5 Platina Voice, Ryuji Wada
6 Espirituoso, Hirofumi Shii
7 America's Cup, Fuma Matsuwaka
8 Suzuka Major, Yuichi Fukunaga

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

All Blush leada all the way in Kawasaki


All Blush was never behind in the 2,100-meter trip to win the NAR grade one Kawasaki Kinen in 2 minutes 14.60 seconds under Christophe Lemaire on Wednesday afternoon at NAR Kawasaki track.
A 3-length behind, Sound True came second with Cosmo Canadian third, a 1 1/2-length behind.

All Blush is a 5-year-old dark bay horse by War Emblem out of Blushing Princess, by Crafty Prospector.