Saturday, November 17, 2018

Exciting finish in Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai


The four horses fougt out in the very final stage. At the wire, Nishino Daisy put his nose in front to win the Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes. Agulhas finished a head in front of Vin de Garde in second. Another nose back, Velox was fourth.
Masaki Katsuura was aboard the winner. The 1,800-meter race was run in 1:46.6 on firm ground.
Nishino Daisy, who has now won three of his four races, is a 2-year-old bay colt by Harbinger out of Nishino Hinagiku, by Agnes Tachyon.

Friday, November 16, 2018

2018 Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes


Saturday's main event at Tokyo is the grade three Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds.
The leading contenders among 16 entries could be: Catedral, Velox, Danon Luster, Ho O Sabel and Levolg.

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

1-Hakusan Taiyo(by Black Tide) Masami Matsuoka
2-Nishino Daisy(by Harbinger) Masaki Katsuura
3-Catedral(by Heart's Cry) Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Agulhas(by Black Tide) William Buick
5-Vin de Garde(by Deep Impact) Cristian Demuro
6-Taurus Gemini(by King's Best) Ikuya Kowata
7-Velox(by Just a Way) Christophe Lemaire
8-Tosen Gimlet(by Deep Brillante) Kosei Miura
9-Danon Luster(by Deep Impact) Joao Moreira
10-Kurino Gaudi(by Screen Hero) Keita Tosaki
11-Naimama(by Danon Ballade) Daichi Shibata
12-Ho O Sabel(by Heart's Cry) Mirco Demuro
13-Meisun Hanafubuki(by Eishin Flash) Yukito Ishikawa
14-Admire Squall(by Deep Brillante) Hironobu Tanabe
15-Levolg(by Deep Impact) Ryan Moore
16-Go Timing(by Deep Impact) Yutaka Take




Field set for 2018 Mile Championship


A maximum field of 18 is set to run in the Mile Championship at Kyoto on Sunday.
Mozu Ascot(USA), winner of the g1 Yasuda Kinen, who comes here off a good second in the g2 Swan Stakes, drew post 8.
Grade one winner Aerolithe, finishing second in the g2 Mainichi Okan last out, drew post 15.
Last year's winner Persian Knight, who has finished fifth in the g3 Fuji Stakes last outing, drew post 2.
Al Ain, fourth in the g1 Tenno Sho Autumn last month, drew post 3.
Stelvio, runner-up in the Mainichi Okan, drew post 1.
Fuji Stakes winner Logi Cry and Mikki Glory, winner of the g3 Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap, drew post 7 and 10 respectively.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one 1,600-meter race is:

1-Stelvio, William Buick
2-Persian Knight, Mirco Demuro
3-Al Ain, Yuga Kawada
4-Black Moon, Suguru Hamanaka
5-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
6-Jour Polaire, Yukito Ishikawa
7-Logi Cry, Cristian Demuro
8-Mozu Ascot(USA), Christophe Lemaire
9-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
10-Mikki Glory, Keita Tosaki
11-Gendarme(USA), Yutaka Take
12-Reine Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
13-Red Avancer, Yuichi Kitamura
14-Air Spinel, Yuichi Fukunaga
15-Aerolithe, Ryan Moore
16-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama
17-Lord Quest, Norihiro Yokoyama
18-Keiai Nautique, Yusuke Fujioka

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2018 Mile Championship Nominations


The Mile Championship has 20 nominees including Aerolithe, Al Ain, Mozu Ascot(USA), Persian Knight and Stelvio.
The Mile Championship will be run on Sunday, November 18 at Kyoto racecourse.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Two foreign horses confirmed a 2018 Japan Cup run


Capri(IRE) and Thundering Blue(USA) have confirmed a run in the Japan Cup. They are scheduled to arrive in Japan on November 15.
The 2018 Japan Cup will be run on Sunday, November 25 at Tokyo.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fukushima Kinen: Stiffelio shows strong late stride


Stiffelio showed a strong late stride to win the Fukushima Kinen at Fukushima on Sunday. My Style was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another neck away Air Anthem third.
Genki Maruyama rode the winner with final time of 1:58.3 for the 2,000-meter race.
Stiffelio is a 4-year-old colt by Stay Gold out of Serious Attitude, by Mtoto.

Lys Gracieux wins QE 2 Cup in late surge


Lys Gracieux produced a strong late run to win the Queen Elizabeth 2 Cup at Kyoto on Sunday. 
Crocosmia went into front turning for home and drew away from the rest in the top stretch, but Lys Gracieux, with Joan Moreira up, made up a lot of grounds before getting up to the winning post. A neck seapared the two. Mozu Katchan finished third, a 3-length behind Crocosmia. Final time of the 2,200-meter distance was 2:13.1. Moreira picked up his first JRA grade one victory.
Trained by Y. Yahagi and owned by U. Carrot Farm, Lys Gracieux has now won four in 16 starts with more than 406 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Farm was the breeder of Lys Gracieux, a 4-year-old dark bay filly by Heart's Cry out of Liliside, by American Post.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Sunrise Nova come-from-behind victory in Musashino S


Sunrise Nove, sencond to last early on, came with an explosive stride in the stretch en route to winning the Musashino Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. Queen's Saturn finished a 1 1/4-length behind the winner in second. Another neck away, Namura Miracle was third. Keita Tosaki was aboard the winner to cover the 1,600-meter dirt distance in 1:34.7.
Sunrise Nova, who has now won seven of his 18 races, is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Gold Allure out of Bright Sapphire, by Thunder Gulch.

Daily Hai Nisai S: Admire Mars coast-to-coast win


Admire Mars went to front and led all the way to win the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday. After a thrilling duel with Meisho Shobu in the stretch, the 2-year-old chestnut colt got at the wire in 1:35.4 over 1,600 meters on turf. A 3/4-length behind, Meisho Shobu finsihed second with another 2 1/2-length back Happy Hour third. The winning ride was Mirco Demuro.
Admire Mars, who has now won three as many starts, is a son of Daiwa Major and Via Medici, by Medicean.

Friday, November 09, 2018

2018 Musashino Stakes


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the Tokyo Chunichi Sports Hai Musashino Stakes at Tokyo  on Saturday.
The possible leading dirt runners are: Sunrise Nova, Namura Miracle, Westerlund and Incantation.

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

1-Meiner Ophir, Masami Matsuoka
2-Partner Laugh, Takuya Ono
3-Queen's Saturn, Hirofumi Shii
4-Sunrise Nova, Keita Tosaki
5-Eagle Feather, Hiroshi Kitamura
6-Rhein Schneider, Daichi Shibata
7-Yuranoto, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Le Grand Frisson(USA), Miyabi Muto
9-Strong Barows(USA), Hironobu Tanabe
10-Namura Miracle, Christophe Lemaire
11-Glanzend, Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Kluger, Yukito Ishikawa
13-Meisho Utage, Manabu Sakai
14-Molto Bene, Masayoshi Ebina
15-Westerlund, Colm O'donoghue
16-Incantation, Kosei Miura


2018 Daily Hai Nisai S


Nine 2-year-olds assemble for the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday.
The leading contenders could be: Admire Mars, Donau Delta and Danon Justice.

The post position with jockeys for the grade two 1,600-meter event is:

1-Yamanin Magia(by Deep Impact) Yutaka Take
2-Azuma Heritage(by Tosen Jordan) Cristian Demuro
3-Admire Mars(by Daiwa Major) Mirco Demuro
4-Donau Delta(by Lord Kanaloa) Joao Moreira
5-Meiner Flap(by Victoire Pisa) Ryuji Wada
6-Suzuka Kanaloa(by Lord Kanaloa) Yasunari Iwata
7-Meisho Shobu(by Daiwa Major) Kenichi Ikezoe
8-Danon Justice(by Kingman) Yuga Kawada
9-Happy Hour(by Harbinger) Shinichiro Akiyama

2018 Fukushima Kinen


Sunday's main event at Fukushima will be the grade three Fukushima Kinen.
The possible leading contenders among 16 entrants are: Air Anthem, Stiffelion and My Style.

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

1-Air Anthem, Hironobu Tanabe
2-Stiffelio, Genki Maruyama
3-Kinsho Yukihime, Katsuma Sameshima
4-Tsukuba Azuma O, Yoshitomi Shibata
5-Retro Rock, Hayato Yoshida
6-My Style, Katsuharu Tanaka
7-Night of Knights, Kohei Matsuyama
8-Meiner Milano, Takuya Kowata
9-Tosen Victory, Kosei Miura
10-Luminous Warrior, Yuichi Shibayama
11-Meiner Honey, Yuji Tannai
12-Maltese Apogee, Keita Tosaki
13-Tomiken Slava, Nanako Fujita
14-Meadowlark, Kyosuke Maruta
15-Meiner Frost, Masami Matsuoka
16-Masahaya Dream, Masaki Katsuura


Field drawn for 2018 Queen Elizabeth 2 Cup


A field of 17 fillies and mares is set to run in the Queen Elizabeth 2 Cup.
Last year's winner Mozu Katchan, coming off a good third in the g2 Sapporo Kinen, drew post 7.
Normcore, who skipped the Shuka Sho after winning the Shion Stakes, drew post 13.
Lys Gracieux, runner-up in the Fuchu Himba Stakes, drew post 12.
Red Genova, who finished second in the Kyoto Daishoten where the top-rated male runners had raced, drew post 5.
Rose Stakes winner Cantabile, coming off third in the Shuka Sho, drew post 8 with Cristian Demuro on her.

The QE 2 Cup will be run on Sunday, November 11 at Kyoto.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one 2,200-meter race is:

1-Happy Yunibansu, Fuma Matsuwaka
2-Frontier Queen, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Reiho Romance, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Primera Azul, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Red Genova, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Admire Lead, Kota Fujioka
7-Mozu Katchan, Mirco Demuro
8-Cantabile, Cristian Demuro
9-Crocosmia, Yasunari Iwata
10-Vafuram, Kenji Kawamata
11-Smart Layer, Yutaka Take
12-Lys Gracieux, Joao Moreira
13-Normcore, Christophe Lemaire
14-One Breath Away, Akihide Tsumura
15-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
16-Corcovado, Suguru Hamanaka
17-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Nominations for 2018 QE II Cup


A total of 18 horses have been nominated to the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. The nominations include Cantabile, Lys Gracieux, Mozu Katchan, Normcore and Red Genova.
The grade one QE II Cup will be run on Sunday, November 11 at Kyoto racecourse.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

O'Donoghue gains his first JRA grade victory


Colm O'Donoghue, who has received a short-term license to ride JRA races, gained his first JRA grade victory as he guided Perform a Promise to a 3/4-length victory in the Copa Republica Argentina at Tokyo on Sunday. Muito Obrigado was second followed by Makoto Galahad third. The 2,500-meter race was run in 2:33.7 on firm ground.
Perform a Promise, who has now won seven of his 15 races and recorded his second grade victory of the season, is a 6-year-old chestnut horse by Stay Gold out of I'll Be Bound, by Tanino Gimlet.

Ange Desir wins JBC Ladies' Classic in photo finish


Ange Desir, dueling with Rabbit Run(USA) throughout the home stretch, won the JBC Ladies' Classic at Kyoto on Sunday. A head behind, Rabbit Run was second with another 1/2-length Fashionista third. Norihiro Yokoyama was aboard the winner to complete the 1,800-meter trip in 1:50.4 on dirt. M. Kon and K. Yasuhara trains and owns, respectively, Ange Desir, who has now won six of his 17 races with more than 191 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Tsuji Farm was the breeder of Ange Desir, a 4-year-old dark bay filly by Deep Impact out of Tickle Pink, by French Deputy.

Graceful Leap takes JBC Sprint


Graceful Leap, holding a good position, got past Matera Sky(USA) near the finish in winning the JBC Sprint at Kyoto on Sunday. Matera Sky(USA), setting the pace from start, finished second, a neck behind the winner. Third was, another 2 1/2-length behind, Kitasan Mikazuki. The winning rider was Christophe Lemaire. The 1,200-meter Sprint was run in 1:10.4.
Trained by S. Hashiguchi and owned by S. Maeda, Graceful Leap has raced 12 times and won 12 of them with more than 373 million jpn yen in career earnings.
North Hills Co. Ltd. was the breeder of Graceful Leap, a 8-year-old chestnut horse by Gold Allure out of Rabbit Foot, by Seeking the Gold.

K T Brave great late stride in JBC Classic


K T Brave, off the pace early on, displayed a great finishing to win the JBC Classic at Kyoto on Sunday. Omega Perfume produced a late charge to finish second, a 3/4-length behind the winner. Another one length behind, Sunrise Soar was third. Yuichi Fukunaga rode the winner. The 1,900-meter race was run in 1:56.7 on dirt surface.
K T Brave, trained by H. Sugiyama, has now won 11 of his 31 races with more than 551 million jpn yen in career earnings. His breeder is K. Takimoto, who also owns him. 
K T Brave is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Admire Max out of K T Laurel, by Sakura Laurel.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Danon Fantasy shows strong stretch run in Fantasy S


Danon Fantasy came with a strong finishing kick to win the Fantasy Stakes under Yuga Kawada at Kyoto on Saturday. A 1 3/4-length behind, Belles Soeurs finished second with another neck back Juraniville third. Final time for the 1,400-meter turf race was 1:21.1.
Danon Fantasy, who has now won two of her three races, is a Deep Impact out of Life For Sale, by Not For Sale.

Fantasist wins Keisei Hai Nisai S


Fantasist took a lead in the closing stage to win the Keisei Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Tokyo on Saturday. A Will a Way came up a nose short to finish second. Another 2-length behind, Carlino was third. Yutaka Take rode the winner, coming across the line in 1:24.7 over 1,400 meters on turf.
Fantasist, who has now won two as many starts, is a 2-year-old dark bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Deep in Ask, by Deep Impact.

Friday, November 02, 2018

2018 Fantasy Stakes


The KBS Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes for 2-year-old fillies will be run on Saturday, November 3 at Kyoto.
The leading players among 9 entrants could be: Danon Fantasy, Reve de Kanaloa and Red Beleza.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,400-meter turf race is:

1-Belles Soeursy(by Swept Overboard) Hironobu Tanabe
2-Kashino Tida(by Came Home) Ryo Takakura
3-Juranville(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Ryuji Wada
4-Danon Fantasy(by Deep Impact) Yuga Kawada
5-Love Me Fine(by Just a Way) Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Reve de Kanaloa(by Lord Kanaloa) Christophe Lemaire
7-Vanilla Ice(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Hideaki Miyuki
8-Elena Regina(by Novellist) Kota Fujioka
9-Red Beleza(by Deep Impact) Cristian Demuro


2018 Keio Hai Nisai Stakes


Eight horses will contest in the grade two Keio Hai Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Tokyo on Saturday, November 3.
The leading horses are likely: Fantasist, A Will a Way and Aster Pegasus.

The post position with riders for the 1,400-meter race is:

1-Fantasist(by Lord Kanaloa) Yutaka Take
2-Meisho Onite(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Shinichiro Akiyama
3-Koko Fille(by Lord Kanaloa) Keita Tosaki
4-Single Up(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Kohei Matsuyama
5-A Will a Way(by Just a Way)
6-Carlino(by Matsurida Gogh) Kosei Miura
7-Aster Pegasus(USA)(by Giant's Causeway) Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Lava Stone(by Nakayama Festa) Teruo Eda

2018 Copa Republica Argentina


Sunday's main event at Tokyo will be the grade two Copa Republica Argentina.
The possible leading contenders among 12 entrants in the 2,500-meter race are  Noble Mars, Ganko, Perform a Promise, Muito Obrigado and Albert.

The field is:

1-Engineer, Hiroshi Kitamura
2-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
3-Toshin Monstera, Daichi Shibata
4-Ganko, Kosei Miura
5-Makoto Galahad, Yukito Ishikawa
6-Perform a Promise, Colm O'Donoghue
7-Muito Obrigado, Hirofumi Shii
8-Look Twice, Yuichi Kitamura
9-Albert, Hironobu Tanabe
10-Win Tenderness, Masami Matsuoka
11-Ho O Dream, Masayoshi Ebina
12-Vosges, Kota Fujioka

2018 JBC Ladies' Classic


The JBC Ladies' Class for fillies and mares has 16 entries. 
The leading contenders could be: Rabbit Run(USA), who won the Breeders Gold Cup at Mombetsu, Fontana Liri, fourth in the Breeders Gold Cup behind Rabbit Run; Princia Cometa and Queen Mambo, who finished first and seventh in the Ladies' Prelude.

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

1-Iron Tailor, Suguru Hamanaka
2-Fontana Liri, Cristian Demuro
3-Queen Mambo, Christophe Lemaire
4-Rabbit Run(USA), Mirco Demuro
5-Rinehart*, Tsubasa Sasagawa
6-Jewel Queen*, Yasunari Iwata
7-Kawakita Enka, Kenichi Ikezoe
8-Viscaria, Taito Mori
9-Salsa Dione, Genki Maruyama
10-Princia Cometa, Yutaka Take
11-Rieno Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
12-Blanche Coeur*, Norifumi Mikamoto
13-Andes Queen*, Fuma Matsuwaka
14-Dear Maruko*, Hideya Sahara
15-Fashionista, Takuya Ono
16-Ange Desir, Norihiro Yokoyama
*-NAR entries

2018 JBC Sprint


16 horses have been entered to the grade one JBC Sprint at Kyoto on Sunday. 
The top finishers in the Oct. 10 Tokyo Hai at Ohi look like strong contenders such as Kitasan Mikazuki, Graceful Leap and Matera Sky(USA).
Other competitive horses could be Let's Go Donki, who returns to dirt surface off fifth in the g1 Sprinters Stakes and Moanin(USA) coming off victory in the Korea Sprint.

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

1-Nero, Keita Tosaki
2-Nishiken Mononofu, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-King's Guard, Yusuke Fujioka
4-Kitasan Mikazuki*, Taito Mori
5-Matera Sky(USA), Yutaka Take
6-Graceful Leap, Christophe Lemaire
7-Win Mut, Hiroyuki Uchida
8-Nac Venus, Takuya Ono
9-Seiun Kosei, Kenichi Ikezoe
10-Nobu Wild*, Seiji Sakai
11-Ensemble Life, Kenichi Shigeta
12-Love Bullet*, Toshiya Yamamoto
13-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
14-Moanin(USA), Cristian Demuro
15-T O Helios(USA), Suguru Hamanaka
16-Nobo Baccara, Norifumi Mikamoto
*-NAR entries
2018 JBS Classic
A field of 16 is set for the grade one JBC Classic at Kyoto on Sunday, November 4.
K T Brave, who has been running well on his last three starts with victory in the g1 Nihon TV Hai last time out, drew post 8. Sunrise Soar, winner of the Heian Stakes earlier this season, who comes here with third in the Sirius Stakes, drew post 4. Sirius Stakes winner Omega Perfume drew post 14.
February Stakes winner Nonkono Yume, who finished fourth in the g1 Nanbu Hai at Morioka last outing, drew post 9.  Apollo Kentucky(USA), runner-up in the Nihon TV Hai, drew post 12.

The post position with riders for the JBC Classic, going over 1,900 meters on dirt, is:

1-Centurion, Hideaki Miyuki
2-Tagano Gold*, Osamu Shimohara
3-Stern Glanz*, Fumio Matoba
4-Sunrise Soar, Christophe Lemaire
5-Asukano Roman, Keisuke Dazai
6-Meiner Basara, Keita Tosaki
7-Sound True, Takuya Ono
8-K T Brave, Yuichi Fukunaga
9-Nonkono Yume, Hiroyuki Uchida
10-T M Jinsoku, Yoshihiro Furukawa
11-Katsugeki Kitokito*, Masaaki Ohta
12-Apollo Kentucky(USA), Mirco Demuro
13-All Blush, Cristian Demuro
14-Omega Perfume, Ryuji Wada
15-T O Energy(JPN) , Yasunari Iwada
16-Chrysolite, Yutaka Take
*-NAR entries

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2018 JBC Races


Kyoto Race Course hosts the JBC races for the first time on Sunday, November 4.

A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the JBC Classic. The nominations include KT Brave, Nonkono Yume, Omega Perfume and Sunrise Soar.

The JBC Sprint has 19 nominations. The chief nominees are Graceful Leap, Kitasan Mikazuki, Let's Go Donki, Matera Sky(USA) and Moanin(USA).

18 have been nominated to the JBC Ladies' Classic. The chief nominations are Fontana Liri, Princia Cometa, Queen Mambo and Rabbit Run.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Rey de Oro takes center stage in Tenno Sho Autumn


Rey de Oro got past Kiseki in the closing stage in winning the Tenno Sho Autumn at Tokyo on Sunday. Christophe Lemaire held Rey de Oro far off the pace early on before making up ground on the final turn. Sungrazer was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another nose back Kiseki third.
Rey de Oro, trained by K. Fujisawa and owned by U. Carrot Farm, has now won seven of his 11 races with more than 769 million jpn yen in career earnings. 
Northern Racing was the breeder of Rey de Oro, a 4-year-old bay colt by King Kamahameha out of La Dorada, by Symboli Kris S.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Schon Glanz strong finish in Artemis Stakes


Schon Glanz, with Yutaka Take up, produced a strong finishing kick to win the Artemis Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. A 1/2-length behind, Beach Samba was second with another 1 1/4-length Aile Voix third. The final time for the 1,600-meter turf race was 1:33.7.
Schon Glanz, whose record has now improved to two wins in three starts, is  a 2-year-old brown filly by Deep Impact out of Stacelita, by Monsun.

Lord Quest wins Swan Stakes in photo finish


Lord Quest ended his losing streak when he won the Swan Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday. This was his first victory since September 11, 2016 when he took the grade three Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap.
In the stretch for the Swan Stakes, Lord Quest and favorite Mozu Ascot(USA) came from far behind and they looked like getting to the wire in the same level. Lord Quest put his nose in at the line. Guanciale finished third, a 1/2-length behind Mozu Ascot. Mirco Demuro was aboard the winner to complete the 1,400-meter distance in 1:21.5.
Lord Quest, who has now won four of his 21 races, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Matsurida Gogh out of Matsurida Waltz, by Chief Bearhart.

Friday, October 26, 2018

2018 Artemis Stakes


The Artemis Stakes for  2-year-old fillies is run on Saturday, October 27 at Tokyo.
A total of 15 horses have been entered to the grade three 1,600-meter race.
The leading contenders could be: Glacier, Schon Glanz and Mi Diosa.

The post position with jockeys for the Artemis Stakes is:

1-Toss Up(by Just a Way) Yusuke Fujioka
2-Glacier(by Daiwa Major) Hironobu Tanabe
3-Schon Glanz(by Deep Impact) Yutaka Take
4-Black Dancer(by Black Tide) Yukito Ishikawa
5-Mi Diosa(by Deep Impact) Joao Moreira
6-Lady Dolly(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Kosei Miura
7-Kitai(by Dunkirk) Takuya Ono
8-Aile Voix(by Victoire Pisa) Suguru Hamanaka
9-Affranchir(by Heart's Cry) Yasunari Iwata
10-Something Just(by Victoire Pisa) Miyabi Muto
11-Beach Samba(by Kota Fujioka)
12-Azuma Heritage(by Tosen Jordan) Kiwamu Ogino
13-Herinnering(by I'll Have Another) Daichi Shibata
14-Win Zenobia(by Screen Hero) Masami Matsuoka
15-Leidenschaft(by Novellist) Hiroyuki Uchida

2018 Swan Stakes


Kyoto hosts the grade two Swan Stakes on Saturday, October 27.
The possible leading contenders among 11 entries are: Dea Regalo, Reine Minoru, Lord Quest and Mozu Ascot(USA).

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

1-Dolciario, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Saffron Heart, Hideaki Miyuki
3-Besten Dank, Yuga Kawada
4-Dea Regalo, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Guanciale, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
7-King Heart, Ryota Kozaki
8-Lord Quest, Mirco Demuro
9-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
10-Mozu Ascot(USA), Christophe Lemaire
11-Koei Takeru, Futoshi Komaki

Field set for 2018 Tenno Sho Autumn


A field of 13 horses is set to run in the Tenno Sho Autumn at Tokyo on Sunday.
Suave Richard, who has won the g1 Osaka Hai earlier this season, comes off a good third in the g1 Yasuda Kinen. He drew post 5.
Last year's Japanese Derby winner Rey de Oro, who has had a good warming-up in the g2 All Comers where he gained a neck victory, drew post 4.
Makahiki, finishing second in the g2 Sapporo Kinen, drew post 6. Sapporo Kinen winner Sungrazer drew post 9. Al Ain, runner-up in the All Comers, drew post 7.

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

1-Staphanos, Colm O'Donoghue
2-Black Moon, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Vivlos, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
5-Suave Richard, Mirco Demuro
6-Makahiki, Yutaka Take
7-Al Ain, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Danburite, Keita Tosaki
9-Sungrazer, Joao Moreira
10-Kiseki, Yuga Kawada
11-Mikki Rocket, Ryuji Wada
12-Sakura Empereur, Hironobu Tanabe
13-Action Star, Takura Ono

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 Tenno Sho Autumn Nominations


15 horses have been nominated to the Tenno Sho Autumn. The nominations include Suave Richard, Rey de Oro, Makahiki and Wagnerian.
The Tenno Sho Autumn will be run on Sunday, October 28 at Tokyo racecourse.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Exciting finish in Kikuka Sho


After an exciting duel with Etario in the deep stretch, Fierement put his nose in front at the wire in winning the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) at Kyoto on Sunday. Etario came home a 1 1/2-lnegth in front of You Can Smile in second. The winning jockey was Christophe Lemaire. The final time of the 3,000-meter race was 3:06.1.
Fierement has now won three of his four races under the trainer of T. Tezuka and color of Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. His career earnings brought to more than 178 million jpn yen.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Fierement, a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Lune d'Or, by Green Tune.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Logi Cry takes Fuji Stakes


Having taken a good position, Logi Cry pulled away from the rest at around 200 meters from home to win the Fuji Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. A 2-length behind, One to One was second with another nose back Red Avancer third. Christophe Lemaire rode the winner to get the wire in 1:31.7 over 1,600 meters on firm ground.
Logi Cry, who has now won five of his 13 races, is a 5-year-old dark bay horse by Heart's Cry out of Dream Moment, by Machiavellian.

Friday, October 19, 2018

2018 Fuji Stakes


Saturday's main event at Tokyo will be the grade three Fuji Stakes for 3yo+. 
The leading contenders among 18 entrants could be: Air Spinel, Logi Cry, One to One, Persian Knight and Gendarme(USA).

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

1-Garibaldi, Norifumi Mikamoto
2-Stormy Sea, Takuya Ono
3-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
5-Gold Cerberus, Yuichi Shibayama
6-Air Spinel, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Win Gagnant, Manabu Sakai
8-Logi Cry, Christophe Lemaire
9-Hakusan Rudolf, Keita Tosaki
10-Young Man Power, Miyabi Muto
11-One to One, Joao Moreira
12-Kluger, Yukito Ishikawa
13-Persian Knight, Mirco Demuro
14-Red Avancer, Yuichi Kitamura
15-Maltese Apogee, Yoshitomi Shibata
16-Happy Grin, Hiroyuki Uchida
17-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
18-Gendarme(USA), Yutaka Take


Field of 18 set for Kikuka Sho


A maximum field of 18 is set to run in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) at Kyoto on Sunday, October 21.
Blast Onepiece, who gained a superb victory in the Niigata Kinen against older horses last time out, drew post 3. Generale Uno, coming off victory in the St. Lite Kinen, drew post 4. Epoca d'Oro, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), who has placed a brilliant second in the Japanese Derby before finishing fourth in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 5. Meisho Tekkon, who won the Radio Nikkei Sho and followed up with a good third in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 6. Etario, who had a 1/2-length second in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 9.

The post position with jockeys for the 3,000-meter race is:

1-Aithon, Kyosuke Kokubun
2-Grail, Yasunari Iwata
3-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
4-Generale Uno, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
6-Meisho Tekkon, Kohei Matsuyama
7-You Can Smile, Yutaka Take
8-Kafuji Vanguard, Hideaki Miyuki
9-Etario, Mirco Demuro
10-African Gold, Fuma Matsuwaka
11-Cosmic Force, Suguru Hamanaka
12-Fierement, Christophe Lemaire
13-Time Flyer, Ryuji Wada
14-Grandiose, Joao Moreira
15-Oken Moon, Hiroshi Kitamura
16-Stay Foolish, Yusuke Fujioka
17-Chardonnay Gold, Kota Fujioka
18-Glory Vase, Yuichi Fukunaga

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Nominations for 2018 Kikuka Sho


A total of 20 horses have been nominated to the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger). The nominations include Blast Onepiece, Epoca d'Oro, Etario and Generale Uno. 
Wagnerian, winner of the Japanese Derby, who made a good start off his summer break with victory in Kobe Shimbun Hai last month, skips the Kikuaka and will be heading for the Tenno Sho Autumn. The Kikuka Sho will be run on Sunday, October 21 at Kyoto racecourse.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Almond Eye wins Shuka Sho to become filly triple crown


Almond Eye became the fifth filly to win the triple crown races when she won the 2,000-meter Shuka Sho, the final leg of the filly triple crown races, under Christophe Lemaire at Kyoto on Sunday.
Almond Eye showed a sensational finishing speed down the final stretch before getting up to the wire in 1:58.5. A 1 1/2-length behind, Mikki Charm finished second with another length behind Cantabile third.
Almond Eye, trained by S. Kunieda and owned by Silk Racing Co. Ltd., has now improved her record to 6-5-1-0 with more than 417 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Almond Eye, a 3-year-old bay filly by Lord Kanaloa out ot Fusaichi Pandora, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Deirdre takes Fuchu Himba


Deirdre finished from last to first, winning the Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. She got past Lys Gracieux near the line to win the 1,800-meter race in 1:44.7 under Christophe Lemaire. A neck behind, Lys Gracieux finished second with another 1/2-length back Frontier Queen third.
Deirdre, who has now won seven of her 19 races, is a 4-year-old bay filly by Harbinger out of Reizend, by Special Week.

Friday, October 12, 2018

2018 Fuchu Himba Stakes


11 fillies and mares will contest in the grade two Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday, October 13.
The leading contenders could be: Soul Stirring, Deirdre, Lys Gracieux and Miss Panthere.

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

1-Crocosmia, Yasunari Iwata
2-Frontier Queen, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Soul Stirring, Hiroshi Kitamura
4-Deirdre, Christophe Lemaire
5-Kyowa Zenobia, Katsuharu Tanaka
6-Jour Polaire, Hideaki Miyuki
7-Maids of Honour, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Admire Lead, Hironobu Tanabe
9-Kawakita Enka, Kenichi Ikezoe
10-Lys Gracieux, Mirco Demuro
11-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama




Almond Eye tops field in Shuka Sho


Almond Eye, who has dominated the filly classic races with victories in the Japanese Oaks and Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), tops a field of 18 in the grade one Shuka Sho at Kyoto on Sunday, October 14. She drew post 11.
The main opponents to Almond Eye could be: Lucky Lilac, who finished second and third in the Oaks and Oka Sho respectively and Rose Stakes winner Cantabile.

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

1-Lathyros, Shinichiro Akiyama
2-Cantabile, Yutaka Take
3-Scarlet Color, Yasunari Iwata
4-Randonnee(USA), Keita Tosaki
5-Salacia, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Pioneer Bio, Yoshitomi Shibata
7-Lucky Lilac, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Tosen Bless, Yusuke Fijioka
9-Satono Garnet, Suguru Hamanaka
10-All for Love, Hideaki Miyuki
11-Almond Eye, Christophe Lemaire
12-Oscar Ruby, Haruhiko Kawasu
13-Mikki Charm, Yuga Kawada
14-Gorgeous Lunch, Norihiro Yokoyama
15-Harlem Line, Takuya Ono
16-Primo Scene, Hiroshi Kitamura
17-Sayakachan, Ryo Takakura
18-Dancar, Mirco Demuro

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 Shuka Sho Nominations


A total of 22 fillies have been nominated to the grade one Shuka Sho. The nominations include Almond Eye, Cantabile and Lucky Lilac.
The Shuka Sho will be run on Sunday, October 14 at Kyoto racecourse.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Satono Diamond ends losing streak in Kyoto Daishoten


Satono Diamond ended his losing streak as he won the Kyoto Daishoten at Kyoto on Monday. He draw away from the rest in the mid-stretch to win the 2,400-meter race under Yuga Kawada in 2:25.4 on firm ground. Red Genova was, a 1/2-length behind, second with another 1 3/4-length away Albert third.
Satono Diamond, who has now won eight of his 16 races, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of Malpensa, by Orpen.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Aerolithe makes all the running in Mainichi Okan


Aerolite, ridden by Joao Moreira, set the pace and went all the way to win the grade two Mainichi Okan at Tokyo on Sunday. Stelvio was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another neck away Kiseki third. The 1,800-meter race was run in 1:44.5 on firm ground.
Aerolite, who has now won four of her 12 races, is a 4-year-old grey filly by Kurofune out of Asterix, by Neo Universe.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Gran Alegria romps Saudi Arabia Royal Cup


Gran Alegria broke badly, but she moved into second place before the final bend, and then her partner Christophe Lemaire took her into front in the mid-stretch en route to winning winning the Saudi Arabia at Tokyo on Saturday. She won the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 34 seconds flat by a 3 1/2-length from De Gaulle. Third was, another length behind, Amati.
Gran Alegria, who remained undefeated in two starts, is a 2-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Tapitsfly, by Tapit.

2018 Kyoto Daishoten


A field of 11 is set to run in the Kyoto Daishoten, one of the major preps for the Tenno Sho Autumn, at Kyoto on Monday, October 8.
The leading contenders could be: Satono Diamond, Bless Journey and Cheval Grand.

The post position with jockeys for the grade two 2,400-meter race is:

1-Mondo Intero, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Satono Diamond, Yuga Kawada
3-Bless Journey, Ryuji 
4-Red Genova, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Albert, Joao Moreira
6-Kento O, Futoshi Komaki
7-Platinum Bullet, Hideaki Miyuki
8-Cheval Grand, Yuichi Fukunaga
9-Smart Layer, Suguru Hamanaka
10-Sanei Gold, Toshiya Yamamoto
11-Win Tenderness, Yuji Hishida



Friday, October 05, 2018

2018 Mainichi Okan


The Mainichi Okan, one of the major preps for the Tenno Sho Autumn, will be run on Sunday, October 7 at Tokyo. The leading contenders among 13 entrants are likely: Aerolithe, winner of last year's NHK Mile Cup who finished a good second in the Yasuda Kinen last outing, drew post 9. Satono Arthur, coming off victory in the grade three Epsom Cup, drew post 4. Keiai Nautique, who won the NHK Mile Cup last May, drew post 2.  Stelvio and Daiwa Cagney drew post 5 and 7 respectively.

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

1-Kiseki, Yuga Kawada
2-Keiai Nautique, Yusuke Fujioka
3-Staphanos, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Satono Arthur, Keita Tosaki
5-Stelvio, Christophe Lemaire
6-San Martin, Kenichi Ikezoe
7-Daiwa Cagney, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Action Star, Takuya Ono
9-Aerolithe, Joao Moreira
10-Suzuka Devious, Kosei Miura
11-Sounds of Earth, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama
13-Realista, Shu Ishibashi

2018 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup


8 two-year-old horses will contest in the grade three Saudi Arabia Cup at Tokyo on Saturday, October 6.
The possible leading players are Shadow Emperor, Draupnir and Gran Alegria.

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

1-Shadow Emperor(IRE)(by Just a Way), Ryuji Wada
2-Amati(by Rulership), Kosei Miura
3-Draupnir(by Rulership), Joao Moreira
4-Gran Alegria(by Deep Impact)
5-De Gaulle(by Sakura President), Akihide Tsumura
6-Something Just(by Victoire Pisa), Norihiro Yokoyama
7-Segredo Superior(by Tosen Homareboshi), Kenji Kawamata
8-Taurus Gemini(by King's Best), Hayato Yoshida


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fine Needle proves himself sprint champ in Sprinters S


Fine Needle, who had won the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen earlier this season, gained a sensational Sprinters Stakes victory at Nakayama on Sunday. He got up in the nick of time to beat Love Kampf by a neck. Rhein Spirit was, another 1/2-length behind, third. Yuga Kawada guided the winner to the winning post with final time of 1:08.3 over 1,200 meters on good ground. Lucky Bubbles(AUS) from Hong Kong did not finish.
Trained by Y. Takahashi and owned by Godolphin, Fine Needle has now won 10 of his 27 races with more than 491 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Darley Japan K.K. was the breeder of Fine Needle, a 5-year-old bay horse by Admire Moon out of Needlecraft, by Mark of Esteem.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Omega Perfume takes Sirius S


Omega Perfume took command in the deep stretch to win the Sirius Stakes at Hanshin on Saturday. Before a neck victory, he had to deny challenge by Westerlund. Third was, another 1 3/4-length behind, Sunrise Soar. Ryuji Wada was aboard the winner, coming cross the post in 2:01.5 over 2,000 meters on dirt.
Omega Perfume, who has now improved his record to 6-4-1-1, is a 3-year-old grey colt by Swept Overboard out of Omega Fragrance, by Gold Allure.

Friday, September 28, 2018

2018 Sirius Stakes


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the dirt grade three Sirius Stakes at Hanshin on Saturday, September 29.
The leading contenders could be: Omega Perfume, Queen's Saturn, Great Pearl and  Sunrise Soar.

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

1-Mikino Trumpet, Yutaka Take
2-Yoshio, Hirofumi Shii
3-Omega Perfume, Ryuji Wada
4-Moon Crest, Daisaku Matsuda
5-Hiraboku la Tache, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Queen's Saturn, Yusuke Fujioka
7-Namura Arashi, Kota Fujioka
8-Great Pearl, Yuga Kawada
9-Copano Charlie, Suguru Hamanaka
10-Hiro Brave, Katsuma Sameshima
11-Strike Eagle, Fuma Matsuwaka
12-Regent Rock, Kohei Matsuyama
13-Cosmo Canadian, Yuji Tannai
14-Sunrise Soar, Christophe Lemaire
15-Rhein Ruf, Kazuma Mori
16-Westerlund, Yuichi Kitamura

Field of 2018 Sprinters Stakes


A field is set to run in the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday, September 30.
Fine Needle, winner of the Takamatsunomiya Kinen last March, who came into this g1 event off victory in the Centaur Stakes, drew post 8.
Keeneland Cup winner Nac Venus drew post 12. Let's Go Donki, second in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, drew post 10. Red Falx, who won this event last two years, drew post 16. Hong Kong g1 winner Lucky Bubbles(AUS) drew post 14.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one 1,200-meter race is:

1-Rhein Spirit, Yutaka Take
2-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
3-Once in a Moon, Shu Ishibashi
4-Snow Dragon, Takuya Ono
5-Ares Barows, Yusuke Fujioka
6-Daimei Princess, Shinichiro Akiyama
7-Campbell Junior(AUS), Hironobu Tanabe
8-Fine Needle, Yuga Kawada
9-Love Kampf, Ryuji Wada
10-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
11-Seiun Kosei, Kenichi Ikezoe
12-Nac Venus, Joao Moreira
13-Teehaff, Yusaku Kokubun
14-Lucky Bubbles(AUS), Brett Prebble
15-Moonquake, Christophe Lemaire
16-Red Falx, Keita Tosaki

Monday, September 24, 2018

2018 Sprinters Stakes nominations


A total of 22 horses have been nominated to the Sprinters Stakes. The nomination include Fine Needle, Nac Venus, Let's Go Donki, Red Falx and Hong Kong-trained Luckey Bubbles(AUS).
The Sprinters Stakes will be run on Sunday, September 30 at Nakayama racecourse.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Wagnerian good warming-up in Kobe Shimbun Hai


Wagnerian, winner of the Japanese Derby, had a good warming-up as he won the Kobe Shimbun Hai at Hanshin on Sunday.  He took a lead in the deep-stretch under Kota Fujioka to win the 2,400-meter Kobe Shimbun in 2:25.6. A 1/2-length behind, Etario was second with another head away Meisho Tekkon third.
Wagnerian, who has now won five of his seven races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Miss Encore, by King Kamehameha.

Rey de Oro wins All Comers


Christophe Lemaire took Rey de Oro on the rail in the final stretch to win the All Comers at Nakayama on Sunday. A neck behind, Al Ain was second with another 3-length back Danburite third. The 2,200-meter race was run in 2:11.1.
Rey de Oro, who has now won six of 10 races, is a 4-year-old bay colt by King Kamehameha out of La Dorada, by Symboli Kris S.

Friday, September 21, 2018

2018 All Comers


Last year's classic contenders meet in the Sankei Sho All Comers with a field of 12 have been entered at Nakayama on Sunday.
Rey de Oro, winner of the 2017 Japanese Derby, drew post 7. Al Ain, winner of the 2017 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), drew post 1. Danburite, who won the American Jockey Club Cup earlier this season, drew post 2.

The post position with jockeys for the grade two 2,200-meter race is:

1-Al Ain, Yuichi Kitamura
2-Danburite, Yutaka Take
3-Ganko, Yusuke Fujioka
4-Meiner Milano, Yuji Tannai
5-Bright Barows, Shu Ishibashi
6-Shonan Bach, Kosei Miura
7-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
8-Gold Actor, Hayato Yoshida
9-Miraieno Tsubasa, Hiroshi Kitamura
10-Black Bago, Kenichi Ikezoe
11-Air Anthem, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Meiner Frost, Daichi Shibata

2018 Kobe Shimbun Hai


Wagnerian, who won the Japanese Derby last outing, makes his autumn campaign when he lines up in Sunday's Kobe Shimbun Hai at Hanshin. In absence of injured Yuichi Fukunaga, Kota Fujioka rides him to breaks from post 3.
The main rival could be Satsuki Sho winner Epoca d'Oro, who finished second in the Japanese Derby behind Wagnerian. The strong front runner breaks from post 8.

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

1-Go for the Summit, Masayoshi Ebina
2-Etario, Mirco Demuro
3-Wagnerian, Kota Fujioka
4-Stay Foolish, Yuga Kawada
5-Time Flyer, Ryuji Wada
6-Meisho Tekkon, Kohei Matsuyama
7-Big Smoky, Suguru Hamanaka
8-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
9-Admire Alba, Yasunari Iwata
10-Harvest Moon, Hideaki Miyuki

The Kobe Shimbun Hai is a major prep for the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger) . It provides a good guidance for the third classic race of the season.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Generale Uno wins St. Lite Kinen


Generale Uno held a good position at second spot to win the grade two St. Lite Kinen at Nakayama on Monday. Second was, a 1 1/4-length behind, Leyebda with another 1 1/4-length back Grail third. In the hands of Hironobu Tanabe, Generale Uno got the wire in 2:12.1 over 2,200 meters on firm ground.
Generale Uno, who has now won four of his seven races, is a 3-year-old brown colt by Screen Hero out of Shanghai Rock, by Rock of Gibraltar.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Cantabile takes Rose S


Cantabile, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, took a lead in the upper stretch on her way to winning the Rose Stakes at Hanshin on Sunday. Salacia was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another 1/2-length back Lathyros third.
The 1,800-meter race was run in 1:45.7 on firm ground.
Cantabile, who has now won three of her six races, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Chanrossa, by Galileo.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

2018 St.Lite Kinen


A total of 15 three-year-old colts will line up in the Asashi Hai St. Lite Kinen, one of the major preps for the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger), at Nakayama on Monday, September 17.
The leading contenders look to be: Gibeon, Generale Uno, Cosmic Force and Leyenda.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,200-meter event is:

1-Gibeon, Keita Tosaki
2-Grail, Yasunari Iwata
3-Shonan Rasen, Hayato Yoshida
4-Generale Uno, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Cosmic Force, Shu Ishibashi
6-Segen, Takuya Ono
7-Breathtaking, Mirco Demuro
8-Meisho Rosetsu, Katsuharu Tanaka
9-Tanino Frankel(IRE), Hideaki Miyuki
10-Trust Kenshin, Kosei Miura
11-K T Clever, Tetsuya Kobayashi
12-Rey Esplendor, Hiroyuki Uchida
13-Double Flat, Akihide Tsumura
14-Oken Moon, Hiroshi Kitamura
15-Leyenda, Christophe Lemaire



Friday, September 14, 2018

2018 Rose Stakes


A total of 15 fillies will contest in the grade two Rose Stakes, one of the major preps for the Shuka Sho, at Hanshin on Sunday.

The leading contenders could be: Salacia, Satono Walkure, Tosen Bless and Cantabile.

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

1-Red Landini, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Usubenino Kimi, Ryuji Wada
3-Scarlet Color, Keisuke Dazai
4-Lathyros, Shinichiro Akiyama
5-Salacia, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-All for Love, Yuga Kawada
7-Centelleo, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Satono Walkure, Mirco Demuro
9-Encore Plus, Kota Fujioka
10-Finift, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Tosen Bless, Yoshitomi Shibata
12-Gorgeous Lunch, Norihiro Yokoyama
13-Cantabile, Christophe Lemaire
14-Uranus Charm, Yusuke Fujioka
15-Leo Cock Blue, Suguru Hamanaka




Sunday, September 09, 2018

Mikki Glory wins Keisei Hai AH


Mikki Glory, far off the pace in the early, showed a great finishing kick to win the Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap at Nakayama on Sunday. A 3/4-length behind, One to One was second with another 3/4-length away Logi Cry third.
Christophe Lemaire steered the winner to get the wire in 1:32.4 over 1,600 meters on turf.
Mikki Glory, who has now won his first grade race, is a 5-year-old brown horse by Deep Impact out of Melissa, by White Muzzle.

Fine Needle back-to-back victory of Centaur S


Fine Needle won the Centaur Stakes for two consecutive years as he beat Love Kampf by a 1 1/2-length at Hanshin on Sunday. Third was Great Charter, a 1/2-length behind the runner-up. Yuga Kawada rode the winner to complete the 1,200-meter distance in 1:08.8.
Fine Needle is a 5-year-old bay horse by Admire Moon out of Needlecraft, by Mark of Esteem.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Normcore romps Shion Stakes



Normcore, running behind the leading group at fifth position in the early, went into front with 100 meters to go before reaching the winning post in the Shion Stakes at Nakayama on Saturday. In the hands of Christophe Leamaire, she won it by a 3-length from Mau Lea with another 1/2-length away Randonnee(USA) third. The winning time was 1 minute 58 seconds flat over 1,800 meters on firm ground.
Normcore, who has now won three of her five races, is a 3-year-old grey filly by Harbinger out of Chronologist, by Kurofune.

Friday, September 07, 2018

2018 Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap


Sunday's main event at Nakayama will be the grade three Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap.
The race attracts 15 horses and looks like a open contest.

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

1-Musee Alien, Yukito Ishikawa
2-Logi Cry, Suguru Hamanaka
3-Tosen Duke, Masaki Katsuura
4-Tosho Drafter, Hiroshi Kitamura
5-Lord Quest, Kosei Miura
6-Shonan Anthem, Kenichi Ikezoe
7-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
8-Daiwa Liberal, Kazuki Kikuzawa
9-Young Man Power, Shu Ishibashi
10-Mikki Glory, Christophe Lemaire
11-Stormy Sea, Takuya Ono
12-Win Gagnant, Akihide Tsumura
13-Gold Cerberus, Yuichi Shibayama
14-One to One, Keita Tosaki
15-Besten Dank, Katsuma Sameshima




2018 Centaur Stakes


The grade two Sankei Sho Centaur Stakes will be run on Sunday, September 9 at Hanshin Racecourse.
The leading players among 15 entrants could be: Love Kampf, Asakusa Genki(USA), Diana Halo and Fine Needle.

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

1-Matchless Hero, Kiwamu Ogino
2-Love Kampf, Mirco Demuro
3-Admire God, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Koei Takeru, Futoshi Komaki
5-Regina Forte, Makoto Sugihara
6-Asakusa Genki(USA), Kohei Matsuyama
7-Diana Halo, Yutaka Take
8-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori
9-Nero, Yuichi Fukunaga
10-Fumino Moon, Yusaku Kokubun
11-Aonbharr, Fuma Matsuwaka
12-Bravissimo, Ryuji Wada
13-Great Charter, Hideaki Miyuki
14-Fine Needle, Yuga Kawada
15-Win Soiree, Yuji Hishida

2018 Shion Stakes


A total of 16 three-year-old fillies will go for the Shion Stakes, one of the major preps for the Shuka Sho, at Nakayama on Saturday, September 8.
The leading contenders look like Mau Lea, Pioneer Bio, Normcore and Red Belle Rose.

The post position with jockeys for the grade three 2,000-meter race is:

1-Mau Lea, Yutaka Take
2-Ohana, Shu Ishibashi
3-Pioneer Bio, Takuya Kowata
4-Solace, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Rosa Glauca, Yukito Ishikawa
6-Queen Grace, Kyosuke Maruta
7-Mesarthim, Hiroyuki Uchida
8-Randonnee(USA), Hayato Yoshida
9-Curren Ciliegio, Kohei Matsuyama
10-Roman Tesoro, Hiroshi Kitamura
11-Harlem Line, Takuya Ono
12-Avior, Keita Tosaki
13-Hokusen Jo O, Kazuki Kikuzawa
14-Normcore, Christophe Lemaire
15-Red Belle Rose, Kosei Miura
16-Lofty Phrase, Masami Matsuoka

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Fantasist takes Kokura Nisai S


Fantasist, held a good position by Yutaka Take, won the Kokura Nisai Stakes at Kokura on Sunday. He won it by a 1 3/4-length from Azuma Heritage with another neck away Miyaji Sylphid third. The 1,200-meter race was run in 1:08.9.
Fantasist, who remained undeated in two starts, is a 2-year-old dark bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Deep in Ask, by Deep Impact.

Blast Onepiece storms home in Niigata Kinen


Blast Onepiece, running far off the pace early on, stormed home to win the Niigata Kinen at Niigata on Sunday. Maitres d'Art finished a 1 3/4-length behind the winner in second. Another 1/2-length back, Shonan Bach was third. Kenichi Ikezoe rode the winner to cover the 2,000-meter distance in 1:57.5.
Blast Onepiece, who has now won four of his five races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Harbinger out of Tsurumaru Onepiece, by King Kamehameha.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Nishino Daisy wins Sapporo Nisai S


Nishino Daisy, far off the pace early on, came with a superb finishing kick to win the Sapporo Nisai Stakes at Sapporo on Saturday. He beat Naimama by a neck with another neck back Courageux Guerrier third. In the hands of Masaki Katsuura, the winner got the wire in 1:50.1 over 1,800 meters.  
Nishino Daisy, who has now won two of hirs three races, is a 2-year-old bay colt by Harbinger out of Nishino Hinagiku, by Agnes Tachyon.

Friday, August 31, 2018

2018 Niigata Kinen


Niigata Racecourse hosts the Niigata Kinen on Sunday, September 2.

Among 13 entries, Blast Onepiece will be the one to keep an eye on. The last time on the course, he finished fifth in the Japanese Derby.
The main oppositions to Blast Onepiece could be: Maitres d'Art, Gruyeres and Seda Brillantes.

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

1-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Meiner Honey, Daichi Shibata
3-Bear in Mind, Nanako Fujita
4-Shonan Bach, Kosei Miura
5-Maitres d'Art, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Meadowlark, Kyosuke Maruta
7-Meiner Milano, Akihide Tsumura
8-Stoneware(USA), Masayoshi Ebina
9-Realista, Shu Ishibashi
10-Gruyeres, Keita Tosaki
11-Engineer, Hiroshi Kitamura
12-Suzuka Deep, Hiroyuki Uchida
13-Seda Brillantes, Yukito Ishikawa

2018 Kokura Nisai S


The Kokura Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds will be run on Sunday, September 2 at Kokura Racecourse.
The leading contenders look like Luciana Minoru(post 3), Septarian(post 4), Single Up(post 5) and Fantasist(post 6).

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

1-Chuwa Flyer(by Henny Hughes) Kenji Kawamata
2-A Shin no Hoshi(by Taiki Shuttle) Manabu Sakai
3-Luciana Minoru(by Rulership) Suguru Hamanaka
4-Septarian(by King Halo) Yuichi Kitamura
5-Single Up(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Kohei Matsuyama
6-Fantasist(by Lord Kanaloa) Yutaka Take
7-Kashino Tida(by Came Home) Ryo Takakura
8-Miyaji Sylphid(by Lord Kanaloa) Ryuji Wada
9-Azuma Heritage(by Tosen Jordan) Kiwamu Ogino
10-Ardently(by Eishin Flash) Keisuke Dazai
11-Tamuro Dream(by Just a Way) Haruhiko Kawasu
12-Bullbear Oro(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Hideaki Miyuki
13-Tagano Gerodi(by Novelist) Katsuma Sameshima
14-Jacaranda City(by Johannesburg) Brenton Avdulla

2018 Sapporo Nisai S


A total of 14 horses will contest in the Sapporo Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds at Sapporo on Saturday.
Impressive shimba maiden winners are Courageux Guerrier(post 1) and Victoria(post 10). Love Me Fine(post 9) comes off a good second in the grade three Hakodate Nisai Stakes. NAR-horse Naimama(post 14) finished second in the JRA non-graded Cosmos Sho last outing.

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

1-Courageux Guerrier(by King Kamahameha) Mirco Demuro
2-Emeral Fight(by Kurofune) Yukito Ishikawa
3-Nishino Daisy(by Harbinger) Masaki Katsuura
4-Lava Stone(by Nakayama Festa) Shota Kato
5-Affranchir(by Heart's Cry) Yasunari Iwata
6-Saint Cecilia(by Harginger) Shinji Kawashima
7-Nanyo Izayoi(by Eishin Flash) Yusuke Fujioka
8-Daddy's Mind(by Tosen Homareboshi) Genki Maruyama
9-Love Me Fine(by Just a Way) Kenichi Ikezoe
10-Victoria(by Victoire Pisa) Hironobu Tanabe
11-Crystal Barows(by Victoire Pisa) Kota Fujioka
12-Tosen Gimlet(by Deep Brillante) Masami Matsuoka
13-T M Baribari(by Tosen Homareboshi) Norihiro Yokoyama
14-Naimama(by Danon Ballade) Fuyuki Igarashi

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cadence Call rallies in Niigata Nisai S


Cadence Call, settling far off the pace early on, produced an explosive stretch run on the outside to win the Niigata Nisai Stakes at Niigata on Sunday. He won it by a neck from Unbroken with another nose back Stillness third. Shu Ishibashi rode the winner to travel the 1,600-meter race in 1:35.5.
Cadence Call, who has now recorded two wins in three starts, is a 2-year-old bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Inductee, by Heart's Cry.

Nac Venus coast-to-coast win in Keeneland C


Nac Venus set the pace to win the Keeneland Cup at Sapporo on Sunday. A 2 1/2-length behind, Danon Smash finished second with another neck away Peisha Felicita third.
Joao Moreira, who has shown sensational rides in Japan, steered the winner to get the wire in 1:09.4 over 1,200 meters on good ground.
Nac Venus is a 5-year-old brown mare by Daiwa Major out of Ready to Please, by More Than Ready.

Friday, August 24, 2018

2018 Keeneland Cup


A total of 16 horses have been entered to Sunday's Keeneland Cup at Sapporo racecourse.
The possible leading contenders are: Moonquake, Let's Gon Donki, Danon Smash and Nac Venus.

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

1-Clean Funky, Yutaka Take
2-Star of Persia, Hiroyuki Uchida
3-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
4-Peisha Felicita, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Moonquake, Christophe Lemaire
6-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
7-Danon Smash, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Dea Regalo, Norihiro Yokoyama
9-Teehaff, Yusaku Kokubun
10-King Heart, Shane Foley
11-Nac Venus, Joao Moreira
12-Travesura, Yuichi Fukunaga
13-Campbell Junior(AUS), Mirco Demuro
14-Tamamo Brilliant, Yoshihiro Furukawa
15-Yukino Aiolos, Genki Maruyama
16-All in One, Keita Tosaki