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.