Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Shin Valor wins Kurofune Sho

Ex-JRA horse A Shin Valorwon the NAR grade three Kurofune Sho at Kochi on Tuesday. Osamu Shimohara-steered A Shin Valor, running second before turning for home, denied challenges by Bulldog Boss and King's Guard in the very final stage to win by a neck from King's Guard with another head away Bulldog Boss third. The 1,400-meter dirt race was run in 1:27.2.
A Shin Valor, trained at NAR Hyogo by M.Atarashi, is a 7-year-old bay horse by South Vigorous out of A Shin Large C, by Symboli Kris S.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

2018 Kurofune Sho

The NAR grade three Kurofune Sho will be run on Tuesday, March 20 at Kochi.
11 horses have been entered to the 1,400-meter dirt race.
The entries include four JRA horses, Copano Mickael, Rhein Schneider, King's Guard and Graceful Leap.

The post position with jockeys is:

1-A Shin Valor, Osamu Shimohara
2-Stono Kingly, Nobuhisa Miura
3-Copano Mickael, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Dear Maruko, Hideya Sahara
5-Bulldog Boss, Yasunari Iwata
6-Rhein Schneider, Hideaki Miyuki
7-Vintage Year, Naoki Kimura
8-King's Guard, Yusuke Fujioka
9-A Shin Spartan(USA), Yusuke Fujioka
10-Graceful Leap, Yutaka Take
11-Wild Cotton, Toshihiro Nishigawa

Stelvio wins Spring S in photo finish

Race favorite Stelvio won the Spring Stakes in photo finish under Christophe Lemaire at Nakayama on Sunday. Epoca d'Oro drew away from the rest in the mid-stretch but Stelvio was closing swiftly before getting up in the nick of time to reach the wire in 1:48.1. The two separated by a nose. Another 3 1/2-length behind, Meiner Fanrong finished third.
Stelvio, whose record has improved to 5-3-2-0, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of L'Archetto, by Falbrav.

Hanshin Daishoten won by Rainbow Line

Rainbow Line, ridden by Yasunari Iwata, draw out  in the final mid-stretch to win the Hanshin Daishoten at Hanshin on Sunday. It was the first victory for him since Feb.27, 2016 when winning the g3 Arlington Cup. A 1 1/4-length behind, Satono Chronicle was second with another 1 1/2-length away Clincher third. The winner ran the 3,000-meter distance in 3:03.6.
Rainbow Line, who has now won four in 21 starts, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Stay Gold out of Regenbogen, by French Deputy.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mr Melody(USA) takes Falcon S

Mr Melody(USA) held a good position to win the Falcon Stakes at Chukyo on Saturday. Yuichi Fukunaga-piloted Mr Melody(USA) finished a 1 /4-length ahead of Asakusa Genki(USA) at the wire in 1:22.1. Another neck away, Frontier finished third.
Mr Melody(USA) has now improved his record to 5-3-2-0. Bred in USA by Bell Tower Thoroughbreds, the 3-year-old bay colt is by Scat Daddy out of Trusty Lady, by Deputy Minister.

Cantabile wins Flower Cup

Cantabile picked up ground in the stretch to win the Flower Cup at Nakayama on Saturday. Before a neck victory, she denied challenge by Tosen Bless. Normcore finished a 2-length behind the runner-up in third. Mirco Demuro steered the winner to travel the 1,800 meters in 1:49.2.
Cantabile, who has now improved her record to 4-2-0-0, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Chanrossa, by Galileo.

Friday, March 16, 2018

2018 Hanshin Daishoten

The grade two Hanshin Daishoten, one of the major prep for the Tenno Sho Spring, to which 11 horses have been entered, will be run on Sunday, March 18 at Hanshin. 
Clincher, having won the g2 Kyoto Kinen last outing, drew post 8. Albert, who has plenty of stamina with multiple wins of graded marathon races, drew post 10. Satono Chronicle and Rainbow Line, who try to bounce back from well-beaten in the Arima Kinen, drew post 6 and 7 respectively.

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

1-Tomiken Slava, Shinichiro Akiyama
2-Super Max, Isao Yamaguchi
3-Shiho, Futoshi Komaki
4-Curren Mirotic, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Koei One Man, Hirofumi Shii
6-Satono Chronicle, Yuga Kawada
7-Rainbow Line, Yasunari Iwata
8-Clincher, Yutaka Take
9-Muito Obrigado, Yusuke Fujioka
10-Albert, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Yamakatsu Raiden, Kohei Matsuyama

2018 Spring Stakes

13 three-year-olds will contest in the Fuji TV Sho Spring Stakes, one of the major preps for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), at Nakayama on Sunday, March 18.
Stelvio, coming into this race off a good second in the g1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, drew post 8. Lucas, who has performed well at the grade level with six in the g1 Hopeful Stakes last outing, drew post 2. Two-time winners Epoca d'Oro and Go for the Summit, drew post 5 and 11 respectively.

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

1-Bur Dubai, Hiroshi Kitamura
2-Lucas, Mirco Demuro
3-Cosmo Ignaz, Akihide Tsumura
4-Renovar, Yuichi Kitamura
5-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
6-Happy Grin, Takuya Ono
7-Big Smoky, Suguru Hamanaka
8-Stelvio, Christophe Lemaire
9-Forza F(USA), Filip Minarik
10-Kafuji Vanguard, Hiroyuki Uchida
11-Go for the Summit, Hironobu Tabane
12-Meiner Fanrong, Daichi Shibata
13-Raito Karakaze, Genki Maruyama

2018 Falcon Stakes

A total of 16 three-year-olds will go for the Chunichi Sports Sho Falcon Stakes at Chukyo on Saturday, March 17.
The possible leading contenders are Tenku, Asakusa Genki(USA), Frontier, Danon Smash and Ambrosio.

The post position with jockeys for the grade three 1,400 meters is: 

1-Muscoloso, Akiohide Tsumura
2-Mozu Superflare(USA), Yuta Nakatani
3-Ashaka Desch, Genki Maruyama
4-Tenku, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Kaiser Melange, Tomoharu Bushizawa
6-Dragoon City, Kota Fujioka
7-Asakusa Genki(USA), Yutaka Take
8-Frontier, Yuga Kawada
9-Danon Smash, Keita Tosaki
10-Mr Melody(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Ambrosio, Norihiro Yokoyama
12-Hishi Cosmah, Kiwamu Ogino
13-Taisei Avenir, Yuichi Kitamura
14-Dark Repulser, Yuichi Shibayama
15-Taisei Pride, Yasunari Iwata
16-Air Chaud, Fuma Matsuwaka

2018 Flower Cup

The Flower Cup for 3-year-old fillies will be run on Saturday, March 17 at Nakayama.
Rock This Town, winner of the Sapporo Kinen, who had a disappoiting finish in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies last outing, drew post 4. Cantabile, coming off an impressive victory in the maiden race, drew post 10. Tosen Bless, fourth in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, drew post 9. Mesarthim, having won last two starts, drew post 1.

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

1-Mesarthim, Shu Ishibashi
2-Bucket List, Filip Minarik
3-Normcore, Hiroshi Kitamura
4-Rock This Town, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Noble Cullinan, Masaki Katsuura
6-Invisible One, Kosei Miura
7-Usubenino Kimi, Hiroyuki Uchida
8-Morphe Orfe, Hayato Yoshida
9-Tosen Bless, Yoshitomi Shibata
10-Cantabile, Mirco Demuro
11-Keep Secret, Daichi Shibata
12-Fast Life, Takuya Ono
13-Koroleva, Teruo Eda

The Flower Cup is considered the major and last steppingstone to the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas).

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

K T Brave leads all the way in Diolite

K T Brave led a field of 9 and went all the way to win the NAR grade two Diolite Kinen on Wednesday night at Funabashi track. A 1 1/2-length behind, Appolo Kentuckey(USA) finished second with another 2-length back Meiner Basara third. Yuichi Fukunaga rode the winner to cover the 2,400-meter race in 2:34.8 on dirt surface.
K T Brave, trained at JRA Ritto by H.Sugiyama, is a 5-year-old horse by Admire Max out of K T Laurel, by Sakura Laurel.

Monday, March 12, 2018

2018 Diolite Kinen

The Diolite Kinen will be run on Wednesday, March 14 at Funabashi track.
Nine horses have been entered to the NAR grade two race.
JRA entries are K T Brave, Appolo Kentuckey(USA) and Meiner Basara.

The field for the 2,400-meter race is:

1-K T Brave, Yuichi Fukunaga
2-Appolo Kentuckey(USA), Hiroyuki Uchida
3-Umanojo, Norifumi Mikamoto
4-Snow Monkey, Eiki Nishimura
5-Tsuruoka Hachiman, Hiroshi Ohara
6-Dormello, Toshiya Yamamoto
7-Meiner Basara, Daichi Shibata
8-Cheddar, Isao Yamaguchi
9-Hirono Prince, Kosei Akimoto

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Liberty Heights wins Fillies' Revue in exciting finish

The Fillies' Revue was won in an exciting finish on Sunday at Hanshin by 8th favorite Liberty Heights, who ran in the mid-field before rallying in the stretch. A 1/2-length behind, Encore Plus was second with Dernier Or third, another neck behind. Yuichi Kitamura was aboard the winner to get the wire in 1:21.5.
Liberty Heights, who has now scored the second victory in four starts, is a 3-year-old bay filly by King Kamehameha out of Dubawi Heights, by Dubawi.

Suave Richard wins Kinko Sho

Suave Richard, considered one of the best 4-year-olds, won the Kinko Sho under Mirco Demuro as favorite at Chukyo on Sunday. Suave Richard, taking second in the backstretch, produced a strong finishing kick and got the wire in 2:01.6. Satono Noblesses, who set the pace from start, finished a 1/2-length behind the winner in second. Another length behind, fastest-finishing Satono Diamond got third.
Suave Richard, who has now won four of his nine races, is a 4-year-old bay colt by Heart's Cry out of Pirramimma, by Unbridled's Song.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kawakita Enka wire-to-wire victory in Nakayama Himba

Kawakita Enka set the pace under no pressure en route to winning the Nakayama Himba Stakes at Nakayama on Saturday. Frontier Queen finished a 1/2-length behind the winner in second with another 1 1/2-length back Reiho Romance third. Kenichi Ikezoe rode the winner to travel the 1,800 meters in 1:49 flat.
Kawakita Enka is a 4-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Kawakita Love Pop, by Kurofune.

Friday, March 09, 2018

2018 Fillies' Revue

A total of 18 fillies have been entered to the Hochi Hai Fillies' Revue, one of the major preps for the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), at Hanshin on Sunday, March 11. 
The main casts look to be Dernier Or, Amalfi Coast, Molto Allegro(USA), Encore Plus and Cordierite.

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

1-Aonbharr, Yusuke Fujioka
2-Dernier Or, Yasunari Iwata
3-Mademoiselle, Daisaku Matsuda
4-Red Charlotte, Norihiro Yokoyama
5-Isa Chil Runrun, Kyosuke Kokubun
6-Amalfi Coast, Suguru Hamanaka
7-Molto Allegro(USA), Hironobu Tanabe
8-Believer, Makoto Sugihara
9-Encore Plus, Kota Fujioka
10-Liberty Heights, Yuichi Kitamura
11-Nadia, Katsuma Sameshima
12-Suonare, Shingo Oyama
13-Meisho Kogomi, Shinichiro Akiyama
14-Armonica, Yuga Kawada
15-Cordierite, Ryuji Wada
16-Ginkoi Elegy, Yoshihiro Furukawa
17-Love Kampf, Kohei Matsuyama
18-Aria, Genki Maruyama

2018 Nakayama Himba

Saturday's main event at Nakayama will be the Nakayama Himba Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards fillies and mares.
The possible leading horses are Tosen Victory, Maximum de Paris, Frontier Queen, One Breath Away and Kawakita Enka.

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

1-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
2-Tosen Victory, Hironobu Tanabe
3-Bangor, Shu Ishibashi
4-Maximum de Paris, Yusuke Fujioka
5-Kinsho Yukihime, Masayoshi Ebina
6-Frontier Queen, Hiroshi Kitamura
7-Angel Face, Kosei Miura
8-Gekkako, Daichi Shibata
9-Chaleur, Hiroyuki Uchida
10-Reiho Romance, Tsubasa Iwasaki
11-One Breath Away, Keita Tosaki
12-Black Onyx, Masami Matsuoka
13-Halteclere, Hiroto Mayuzumi
14-Kawakita Enka, Kenichi Ikezoe

Field of 2018 Kinko Sho

Satono Diamond makes his 2018 debut when he faces the eight rivals in Sunday's Kinko Sho at Chukyo. In his last outing, he failed to produce good run of from in the Arc de Triomph. The main opponents to Satono Diamond could be Yamakatsu Ace, Suave Richard, Maitres d'Art and Bless Journey.

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

1-Yamakatsu Ace, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Maitres d'Art, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Bless Journey, Kosei Miura
4-Satono Noblesse, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Satono Diamond, Christophe Lemaire
6-Dashing Blaze(USA), Hiroshi Kitamura
7-Denim and Ruby, Dario Vargiu
8-Action Star, Keisuke Dazai
9-Suave Richard, Mirco Demuro

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Danon Premium easy win Yayoi Sho

Danon Premium, the favorite in a 10-horse field, had no trouble to win the Yayoi Sho for 3-year-olds at Nakayama on Sunday. Yuga Kawada sent Danon Premium to second, more than 3-length off the early pace, and then took command in the stretch to get up to the wire in 2:01 flat over 2,000 meters on turf. A 1 1/2-length behind, Wagnerian was second with Gendarme(USA) third, another 1/2-length behind.
Danon Premium, who has now won 4 for 4, will be definitely a serious Satsuki Sho prospect. The Deep Impact brown colt is out of Indiana Gal, by Intikhab.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Thrilling finish of Ocean Stakes

The Ocean Stakes was won in a thrilling finish at Nakayama on Saturday by King Heart, who finished a head ahead of Nac Venus. Daimei Fuji was, another 1/2-length back, third.
Hiroshi Kitamua rode the winner to run the 1,200 meters in 1:08.3.
King Heart, who has now gained his first grade victory, is a 5-year-old horse by Orewa Matteruze out of Love Heart, by Meiner Love.

Lucky Lilac remains undefeated with Tulip Sho victory

Lucky Lilac made a big appeal toward the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) as she won the Tulip Sho at Hanshin on Saturday. Shu Ishibashi-steered Lucky Lilac took a lead before the 200-meter pole and got up to the wire in 1:33.40. A 2-length behind, Mau Lea took second with another neck back Lily Noble third. No doubt Lucky Lilac will be installed as the favorite for the upcoming Oka Sho.
Lucky Lilac, who has now won four as many starts, is a 3-year-old filly by Orfevre out of Lilac and Lace, by Flower Alley.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Classic hopefuls line up in Yayoi

The Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho, one of the major preps for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), will be run on Sunday, March 4. 
Danon Premium, the likely favorite, comes here with a perfect record of 3 for 3. His last appearance on the course came at the grade one Asahi Hai Futurity where he won by a 3 1/2-length. Certainly, the victory gave public bettors great impression.
Wagnerian, undefeated in 3 starts, gained a deciding 3-length victory in the Tokyo Sports Nisai Stakes last outing.
Two-time winner Obsession romped the Dec.2 Cyclamen Stakes to remain undefeated.
Gendarme(USA) won two straight races before finishing second in the g1 Hopeful Stakes last time out.

The post position order with riders for the grade two Yayoi Sho is:

1-Obsession, Christophe Lemaire
2-Arawn, Filip Minarik
3-Gendarme(USA), Yutaka Take
4-Revealing, Keita Tosaki
5-Heavy Tank, Yutaro Nonaka
6-Asakusa Spot, Miyabi Muto
7-Trust Kenshin, Hiroyuki Uchida
8-Wagnerian, Yuichi Fukunaga
9-Danon Premium, Yuga Kawada
10-Sans Rival, Yusuke Fujioka

16 casts for Ocean Stakes

A total of 16 horses have been entered to the Yukan Fuji Sho Ocean Stakes at Nakayama on Saturday, March 3.
The leading contenders look to be Vip Lively, Nero, Nac Venus and Reine Minoru.

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

1-Fumino Moon, Yusaku Kokubun
2-Rhein Meteor, Yuichiro Nishida
3-Ultima Blood, Akihide Tsumura
4-Vip Lively, Keita Tosaki
5-Jeune Ecole, Yuichi Kitamura
6-Blaze a Trail, Taito Mori
7-King Heart, Hiroshi Kitamura
8-Rieno Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
9-Nero, Filip Minarik
10-Daimei Fuji, Mirco Demuro
11-Snow Dragon, Takuya Ono
12-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori
13-Nac Venus, Norihiro Yokoyama
14-Epoisses, Hironobu Tanabe
15-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
16-Lord Quest, Kosei Miura

Lucky Lilac tops field of Tulip Sho

Lucky Lilac, who had three straight wins without flop, tops among 10 horses as she runs in Saturday's Tulip Sho at Hanshin. Her victories include the g1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on her latest effort.
The main opponents to Lucky Lilac could be Lily Noble and Mau Lea, who finished second and third, respectively, in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies behind Lucky Lilac.

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

1-Win Lanakila, Kiwamu Ogino
2-Curren Ciliegio, Kohei Matsuyama
3-Scarlet Color, Yasunari Iwata
4-Mau Lea, Yutaka Take
5-Lucky Lilac, Shu Ishibashi
6-Red Landini, Suguru Hamanaka
7-Sayakachan, Daisaku Matsuda
8-Signalize, Christophe Lemaire
9-Lily Noble, Yuga Kawada
10-Salacia, Kenichi Ikezoe

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Graded Races Schedule in March 2018

Graded Races Schedule at JRA
Mar 03 Ocean Stakes g3 4yo and up 1,200m turf at Nakayama
Mar 03 Tulip Sho g2 3yo f 1,600m turf at Hanshin
Mar 04 Yayoi Sho g2 3yo 2,000m turf at Nakayama
Mar 10 Nakayama Hima Stakes g3 4yo and up 1,800m turf at Nakayama
Mar 11 Fillies' Revue g2 3yo f 1,400m turf at Hanshin
Mar 11 Kinko Sho g2 4yo and up 2,000m turf at Chukyo
Mar 17 Flower Cup g3 3yo f 1,800m turf at Nakayama
Mar 17 Falcon Stakes g3 3yo 1,400m turf at Chukyo
Mar 18 Spring Stakes g2 3yo 1,800m turf at Nakayama
Mar 18 Hanshin Daishoten g2 4yo and up 3,000m turf at Hanshin
Mar 24 Nikkei Sho g2 4yo and up 2,500m turf at Nakayama
Mar 24 Mainichi Hai g3 3yo 1,800m turf at Hanshin
Mar 25 March Stakes g3 4yo and up 1,800m dirt at Nakayama
Mar 25 Takamatsunomiya Kinen g1 4yo and up 1,200m turf at Chukyo
Mar 31 Lord Derby Challenge Trophy g3 4yo and up 1,600m turf at Nakayama

Graded Races Schedule at NAR
Mar 14 Diolite Kinen g2 4yo and up 2,400m dirt at Funabashi
Mar 20 Kurofune Sho g3 4yo and up 1,400m dirt at Kochi
Mar 29 Nagoya Daishoten g3 4yo and up 1,900m dirt at Nagoya

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ange Desir wins Empress Hai

Ange Desir, holding a good position, produced an excellent strech run to win the Empress Hai at NAR Kawasaki track on Wesdnesday, Feburary 28. She won it by a 1 1/2-length from Princia Cometa with another nose back Salsa Dione third. Norihiro Yokoyama rode the winner to complete the 2,100 meters in 2:16.3.
The victory was the second grade glory for Ange Desir, who is trained at JRA Ritto by M.Kon.
Ange Desir is a 4-year-old dark bay filly by Deep Impact out of Tickle Pink, by French Deputy.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Win Bright takes Nakayama Kinen

Win Bright, early in a distanced fourth, put his neck at the wire to win the Nakayama Kinen at Nakayama on Sunday. Aerolithe was second, a head ahead of Maltese Apogee, who set the pace.
Masami Matsuoka guided the winner to travel the 1,800-meter race in 1:47.6.
Win Bright, who has now won five in five starts, is a 4-year-old grey colt by Stay Gold out of Summer Eternity, Admire Cozzene.

Diana Halo victory in Hankyu Hai

Diana Halo took a lead before the final bend to win the Hankyu Hai by a neck at Hanshin on Sunday. Yutaka Take-steered Diana Halo denied challenges by Mozu Ascot(USA) and Red Falx, both whom rallied in the final stretch. Mozu Ascot(USA) finished second, a nose ahead of Red Falx.
The winnere compete the 1,400 meters in 1:20.1.
Diana Halo, who has now won seven on her 19 races, is a 5-year-old dark bay mare by King Halo out of Yamakatsu Seiren, by Grass Wonder.

Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 Nakayama Kinen

Nakayama features the Nakayama Kinen on Sunday, February 25.

Persian Knight, who won the Mile Championship to wrap up with a good note last season, makes his 2018 debut. Win Bright, coming off a good second in the Nakayama Kimpai, looks to be good form.
Other leading contenders among the 10 entries are likely: Aerolithe, winner of the NHK Mile Cup; Dubai Turf winner Vivlos and Meiner Honey, who won his last two outings.

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

1-Meiner Sage, Kosei Miura
2-Sakura Empereur, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Vivlos, Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Persian Knight, Mirco Demuro
5-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
6-Meiner Honey, Daichi Shibata
7-Decipher, Katsuharu Tanaka
8-Maltese Apogee, Yoshitomi Shibata
9-Shonan Bach, Keita Tosaki
10-Aerolithe, Norihiro Yokoyama

2018 Hankyu Hai

A total of 18 horses will contend in the Hankyu Hai going over Hanshin 1,400 meters on Sunday, February 25.
The possible main contenders are Red Falx,Divine Code, Karakurenai and Mozu Ascot(USA).

The field for the grade three race is:

1-Nishino Rush, Hideaki Miyuki
2-Shuji, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Mikki Love Song, Kohei Matsuyama
4-Peisha Felicita, Daisaku Matsuda
5-Cosmo Dome, Kyosuke Kokubun
6-Red Falx, Yuga Kawada
7-Moon Crest, Kiwamu Ogino
8-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
9-Meiner Barman, Ryuji Wada
10-Yukino Aiolos, Shinji Kawashima
11-Coromandel, Ryo Takakura
12-Divine Code, Yasunari Iwata
13-Diana Halo, Yutaka Take
14-Moanin(USA), Suguru Hamanaka
15-Karakurenai, Kenichi Ikezoe
16-Apollo no Shinzan, Akihide Tsumura
17-Mozu Ascot(USA), Christophe Lemaire
18-Time Trip, Shota Kato

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Triomphe wins easily Kokura Daishoten

Triomphe took command in the final stretch to win the Kokura Daishoten under Yuga Kawada at Kokura on Sunday. Triomphe moved into front outside 200 meters before getting the line in 1:46.1. Second was, a 2 1/2-length behind, Queen's Milagro, who finished a 1 1/4-length ahead of Suzuka Devious.
The victroy was the first grade succes for Triomphe, who has now won three straight. Triomphe is a 4-year-old dark bay gelding by Turtle Bowl out of Mejiro Tonkinese, by Dance in the Dark.

Nonkono Yume stroms home in February S

Nonkono Yume, running far off the pace, rallied in the stretch to win the February Stakes under Hiroyuki Uchida at Tokyo on Sunday.
Inside 400 meters from home, race favorite Gold Dream drew away from the rest, but Nonkono Yume crept up on the outside and got up to the winning wire in 1 minute 36 seconds flat. A neck behind, Gold Dream finished second with another neck away Incantation third.

Nonkono Yume, trained by Y.Kato and owned by K.Yamada, has now won eight in 21 starts with more than 425 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Shadai Farm was the breeder of Nonkono Yume, a 6-year-old dark chestnut gelding by Twining out of Nonko, by Agnes Tachyon.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fame Game gains third Diamond S victory

Fame Game gained his third Diamond Stakes win as he finished first under Christophe Lemaire at the wire in 3:31.6 at the Tokyo 3,400-meter course on Saturday. Running far off the pace in the early, Fame Game moved up gradually before the final turn to draw off to a 1 3/4-length victory. Ridge Man finihsed a 1 1/4-length ahead of Sole Impact in second.
Fame Game is a 8-year-old brown gelding by Heart's Cry out of Hall of Fame, by Allez Milord.

Miss Panthere triumphs Kyoto Himba S

Miss Panthere rallied to take the Kyoto Himba Stakes under Norihiro Yokoyama at Kyoto on Saturday. The 4-year-old bay filly came from far back to finish a 1/2-length ahead of Dea Regalo at the finish line in 1:23.0. Estitato finished another neck back in third.
Miss Panthere, who has now won three straight, is a daughter of Daiwa Major and Aile de Courage, by Symboli Kris S.

Friday, February 16, 2018

2018 Kokura Daishoten

A total of 16 horses will go for the Kokura Daishoten at Kokura racecourse on Sunday.

The possible leading horses are likely to be: Danon Major, Dashing Blaze(USA), Triomphe and Win Ganador. 

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

1-Suzuka Devious, Hayato Yoshida
2-Danon Major, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Satono Sting, Fuma Matsuwaka
4-Strange Quark, Yuichi Shibayama
5-Satono Alicia, Haruhiko Kawasu
6-Dashing Blaze(USA), Suguru Hamanaka
7-Hit the Target, Futoshi Komaki
8-Masahaya Dream, Ryuji Wada
9-Katie Pride, Katsuma Sameshima
10-Taisei Summit, Yuta Nakatani
11-Yamakatsu Raiden, Yuji Hishida
12-Clarity Sky, Takuya Kowata
13-Triomphe, Yuga Kawada
14-Win Ganador, Akihide Tsumura
15-Happy Yunibansu, Takashi Fujikake
16-Queen's Milagro, Kyosuke Maruta

Field of 2018 February Stakes

A field is set for the February Stakes, one of the two JRA dirt grade one races, at Tokyo on Sunday.

T M Jinsoku, coming off victory in the Tokai Stakes where he has shown a superb front style, drew post 10. Nonkono Yume, who finally broke his losing streak last time out when winning the Negishi Stakes in coming-from-behind style, drew post 12. Last year's winner Gold Dream, who makes his first appearance since winner the Champions Cup last December, drew post 14. Sunrise Nova, a good second in the Negishi Stakes last outing, drew post 16.

The post position with riders for the 1,600-meter dirt event is:   

1-Nishiken Mononofu, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-K T Brave, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Nobo Baccara, Syu Ishibashi
4-Awardee(USA), Yutaka Take
5-Sound True, Filip Minarik
6-Incantation, Kosei Miura
7-Lalabel, Daisuke Mashima
8-Meisho Sumitomo, Hironobu Tanabe
9-King's Guard, Yusuke Fujioka
10-T M Jinsoku, Yoshihiro Furukawa
11-London Town, Yasunari Iwata
12-Nonkono Yume, Hiroyuki Uchida
13-Let's Go Donki, Hideaki Miyuki
14-Gold Dream, Ryan Moore
15-Best Warrior(USA), Christophe Lemaire
16-Sunrise Nova, Keita Tosaki

2018 Kyoto Himba S

Kyoto's Saturday main event will be the Kyoto Himba Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards fillies and mares.

Once in a Moon, Solveig, Mi Suerte and Miss Panthere look to be the leading conteders.

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

1-Hautvillers, Hirofumi Shii
2-Once in a Moon, Syu Ishibashi
3-Solveig, Mirco Demuro
4-Mi Suerte, Yuga Kawada
5-Vous Etes Jolie, Ryuji Wada
6-Arinna, Fuma Matsuwaka
7-Sazanami, Suguru Hamanaka
8-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama
9-Tamamo Brilliant, Yoshihiro Furukawa
10-Dea Regalo, Kenichi Ikezoe
11-Angel Face, Yasunari Iwata
12-Estitato, Yutaka Take

2018 Diamond Stakes

The Diamond Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards at Tokyo on Saturday has 14 casts. 
The leading contenders are likely: Prestwick, Ho O Dream, Legend Cellar, Sole Impact and Fame Game.

The field(post position order with riders) for the 3,400-meter race is:

1-Ridge Man, Masayoshi Ebina
2-Happy Moment, Akihide Tsumura
3-Prestwick, Keita Tosaki
4-Labradorite, Yuta Nakatani
5-Ho O Dream, Masami Matsuoka
6-Sole Impact, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Richie Richie(IRE), Hiroyuki Uchida
8-Legend Cellar, Hironobu Tanabe
9-Toshin Monstera, Hiroshi Kitamura
10-Down the Line, Shinichi Ishigami
11-Saimon Tornare, Takuma Ito
12-Gran Armada, Kosei Miura
13-Treasure Map, Teruo Eda
14-Fame Game, Christophe Lemaire

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tetradrachm keeps on going in Queen Cup

Tetradrachm broke well and set the pace to win the Daily Hai Queen Cup under Hironobu Tabane at Tokyo on Monday. A 3/4-length behind, Finift was second with another 1 3/4-length back Arusha third.
The 1,600-meter race on firm ground was run in 1:33.7.
Tetradrachm, who has now won two of her five races, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Rulership out of Living Proof, by Falbrav.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Oken Moon mid-upsets in Kyodo News

Oken Moon, early in the fifth, draw off to a 3/4-length victory in the Kyodo News Hai under Hiroshi Kitamura at Tokyo on Sunday. Satono Saltus finished second, a 1 1/4-length in front of Aim and End. 
The 1,800-meter race was run in 1:47.4.
Oken Moon, who has now won three straight, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Oken Bruce Lee out of Moon Phase, by Helissio. 

Clincher victorious in Kyoto Kinen

Having placed second in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger) last time out, Clincher held a good position to win the Kyoto Kinen under Yusuke Fujioka at Kyoto on Sunday.
The three horses were fighting for a lead in the late stage - Rey de Oro and Al Ain on the outside with Mozu Katchan on the rail, but Clincher draw up on the middle of the course and got past them to hit the finish line in 2:16.3. A length behind, Al Ain finished second followed by Rey de Oro third and Mozu Katchan fourth. 
Clincher, who has now gained his first grade glory, is a 4-year-old bay colt by Deep Sky out of The Fates, by Brian's Time.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 Queen Cup

A total of 16 fillies have been entered to the Daily Hai Queen Cup for 3yo at Tokyo on Monday.

Mau Lea, winning two straight before finishing third in the g1 Juvenile Fillies, drew post 10. Red Belle Rose, third in the Fairy Stakes, drew post 12. Tsuzumimon, coming off a good second in the Shinzan Kinen, drew post 13. Ohana, undefeated in two starts, drew post 14.

The post position with jockeys for the grade three 1,600-meter turf contest is:

1-Narratrice, Yuji Hishida
2-Finift, Yuga Kawada
3-Atom Astrea, Norihiro Yokoyama
4-Hathor, Hayato Yoshida
5-Social Club, Yasunari Iwata
6-Tetradrachm, Hironobu Tanabe
7-Catch Me Up, Daichi Shibata
8-Lofty Phrase, Hiroyuki Uchida
9-Arusha, Christophe Lemaire
10-Mau Lea, Keita Tosaki
11-L'Haylesroses, Hiroshi Kitamura
12-Red Belle Rose, Yuichi Fukunaga
13-Tsuzumimon, Mirco Demuro
14-Ohana, Syu Ishibashi
15-Moderate, Yutaka Take
16-Maltese Lumen, Yoshitomi Shibata

Friday, February 09, 2018

2018 Kyoto Kinen

Rey de Oro winner of the Japanese Derby last season, could stand out in a field of 10 for Sunday's Kyoto Kinen. Coming into this grade two race, he finished a respectable second in the Japan Cup behind Cheval Grand. 
The main opponents to Rey de Oro could be Mozu Katchan, winner of last year's Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and the 2017 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) winner Al Ain.

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

1-Primera Azul, Manabu Sakai
2-Kento O, Futoshi Komaki
3-Deirdre, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Clincher, Yusuke Fujioka
5-Mozu Katchan, Mirco Demuro
6-Rey de Oro, Dario Vargiu
7-Crocosmia, Yasunari Iwata
8-Action Star, Keisuke Dazai
9-Mikki Rocket, Fuma Matsuwaka
10-Al Ain, Yuga Kawada

2018 Kyodo News Hai

A field of the Kyodo News Hai for 3-year-olds has been drawn.

Satono Saltus,impressive debut winner at the same course, drew post 1. Stay Foolish, third in the grade one Hopeful Stakes last outing, drew post 9. Go for the Summit, coming off winning two straight, drew post 10. Grail, undefeated in two starts with victory in the Kyoto Nisai Stakes for his latest effort, drew post 12.  Ryuno Yukina is a NAR entry.

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

1-Satono Saltus, Ryan Moore
2-Kafuji Vanguard, Hiroyuki Uchida
3-American World(USA), Suguru Hamanaka
4-Aim and End, Filip Minarik
5-Cosmo Ignaz, Daichi Shibata
6-Oken Moon, Hiroshi Kitamura
7-Blason d'Amour, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Toccata, Kyosuke Maruta
9-Stay Foolish, Yuta Nakatani
10-Go for the Summit, Hironobu Tanabe
11-Ryuno Yukina, Hiroto Yoshihara
12-Grail, Yutaka Take

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Leur Sauveur romps Saga Kinen

Race favorite Leur Sauveur took a lead when turning for home and kept on going strong to win the Saga Kinen under Hideaki Miyuki at Saga track on Tuesday afternoon. A 4-length behind, Top Divo finished second, a 1 1/4-length in front of Meiner Basara. The grade three race over 2,000 meters on dirt surface was run in 2:07.8.
Leur Sauveur, trained at JRA Miho by N.Tagagi, is a 6-year-old gelding by French Deputy out of Kyoei Truth, by Fuji Kiseki.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Lys Gracieux takes Tokyo Shimbun Hai

Lys Gracieux put up a great performance as she won the Tokyo Shimbun Hai under Yutaka Take at Tokyo on Sunday. Running in the mid-pack early on, Lys Gracieux squeezed between horses on the middle of the course to draw off to a length victory in 1:34.10. Satono Ares came at second with Daiwas Cagney finishing a neck behind him in third.
It was Lys Gracieux's first victory since October 2016 when she won the Artemis Stakes.
Lys Gracieux is a 4-year-old dark bay filly by Heart's Cry out of Liliside, by American Post.

Satono Favor wire-to-wire victory in Kisaragi

Satono Favor was never behind to win the Kisaragi Sho at Kyoto on Sunday. Before a nose win, he had to deny challenge by Glory Vase. Another 2 1/2-length behind, Russet was third. Yoshihiro Furukawa guided Satono Favor to hit the line in 1:48.8.
Satono Favor, who has now won two as many starts, is a 3-year-old dark bay colt by Zenno Rob Roy out of Vivacious, by Distorted Humor.

Friday, February 02, 2018

2018 Kisaragi Sho

A field has been drawn for the Kisaragi Sho for 3-year-olds at Kyoto on Sunday, February 4.
Glory Vase, coming off a good second in the Kouyamaki Sho, drew post 8. Danon Majesty, who romped a Hanshin debut race last December, drew post 9. Katsuji, finishing second in the g2 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes after scoring his debut race, drew post 10.

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

1-Thrash Metal, Yuta Nakatani
2-Susan Don, Shinji Kawashima
3-Satono Favor, Yoshihiro Furukawa
4-Russet, Yusuke Fujioka
5-Red Leon, Yasunari Iwata
6-Nihonpiro Tide, Hideaki Miyuki
7-Audit Ale, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Glory Vase, Mirco Demuro
9-Danon Majesty, Fuma Matsuwaka
10-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama

2018 Tokyo Shimbun Hai

Sunday's main event at Tokyo will be the Tokyo Shimbun Hai for 4yo. A total of 16 horses have been entered to the 1,600-meter turf race.

The possible leading contenders are Admire Lead, Kluger, Lys Gracieux, Danon Platina, Daiwa Cagney and Greater London.

The post positions with jockeys is:

1-Admire Lead, Kota Fujioka
2-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Satono Ares, Yuichi Shibayama
4-Divine Code, Hiroshi Kitamura
5-Tosho Piste, Katsuharu Tanaka
6-Garibaldi, Kosei Miura
7-Kluger, Suguru Hamanaka
8-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
9-Hakusan Rudolf, Keita Tosaki
10-Danon Platina, Hironobu Tanabe
11-Bell Canyon, Syu Ishibashi
12-Meiner Aurato, Daichi Shibata
13-Cadenas, Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Stormy Sea, Takuya Ono
15-Daiwa Cagney, Norihiro Yokoyama
16-Greater London, Yuga Kawada

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Graded Races Schedule in February 2018

Graded Races at JRA
Feb 04 Tokyo Shimbun Hai g3 4yo+ 1,600m turf at Tokyo
Feb 04 Kisaragi Sho g3 3yo 1,800m turf at Kyoto
Feb 11 Kyodo News Hai g3 3yo 1,800m turf at Tokyo
Feb 11 Kyoto Kinen g2 4yo+ 2,200m turf at Kyoto
Feb 12 Daily Hai Queen Stakes g3 3yo f 1,600m turf at Tokyo
Feb 17 Diamond Stakes g3 4yo+ 3,400m turf at Tokyo
Feb 17 Kyoto Himba Stakes g3 4yo+ f&m 1,400m turf at Kyoto
Feb 18 February Stakes g1 4yo+ 1,600m dirt at Tokyo
Feb 18 Kokura Daishoten g3 4yo+ 1,800m turf at Kokura
Feb 25 Nakayama Kinen g2 4yo+ 1,800m turf at Nakayama
Feb 25 Hankyu Hai g3 4yo+ 1,400m turf at Hanshin

Graded Races at NAR
Feb 06 Saga Kinen g3 4yo+ 2,000m dirt at Saga
Feb 28 Empress Hai g2 4yo+ f&m 2,100m dirt at Kawasaki

K T Brave leads all the way in Kawasaki

Race favorite K T Brave broke well and made the running under Yuichi Fukunaga to win the Kawasaki Kinen at Kawasaki track on Wednesday afternoon. 10 horses went to post in the 2,100-meter race on dirt. K T Brave opened up on the final turn to draw off a 1 1/2-length victory in 2:14.9 on fast track. Appolo Kentuckey(USA) finished a length before Awardee(USA) in second.
K T Brave is a 5-year-old horse by Admire Max out of K T Laurel, by Sakura Laurel.

Monday, January 29, 2018

2018 Kawasaki Kinen

10 horses will contend in the Kawasaki Kinen, one of the NAR grade one races, at Kawasaki track on Wednesday, January 31.
JRA entries are Awardee(USA), Sound True, K T Brave, Appolo Kentuckey(USA), Glanzend and Meisho Sumitomo.

The post position with riders for the field in the 2,100-meter dirt event is:

1-Isshin Dotai, Shuji Akaoka
2-Cosmo Cut, Yuji Tannai
3-Awardee(USA), Yutaka Take
4-Sound True, Takuya Ono
5-Castle Crown, Shogo Nakano
6-K T Brave, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Appolo Kentuckey(USA), Hiroyuki Uchida
8-Glanzend, Taito Mori
9-Meisho Sumitomo, Yoshihiro Furukawa
10-Dear Domus, Makoto Okabe

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Nonkono Yume wins Negishi S in record time

After a thrilling duel with Sunrise Nova, Nonkono Yume, ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida, put his nose into front at the wire to win the Negishi Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday. Sunrise Nova was second with another 2 1/2-length back Kafuji Take third. 
As Best Warrior(USA) was scratched, 13 horses went to post in the grade three race. Saita Three Red broke quickely from post to set the fast pace. This gave a good advantage to pace-off runners such as Nonkono Yume, Sunrise Nova and Kafuji Take. 
The 1.400-meter race was run in the record time of 1:21.5. 
This victory was the first success for Nonkono Yume since the Musashino Stakes on Nov.14, 2015. Nonkono Yume is a 6-year-old brown gelding by Twining out of Nonko, by Agnes Tachyon.

Fine Needle takes Silk Road S

Fine Needle, third or fourth in the early stage, drew away from the rest at 200 meters from home to win the Silk Road Stakes by a 2-length at Kyoto on Sunday. Seiun Kosei, who set the pace in the 1,200-meter race, held off Fumio Moon by a neck to finish second. Yuga Kawada was aboard the winner to come cross the wire in 1:08.3.
Fine Neele, who gained the second grade victory following success in the Centaur Stakes last year, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Admire Moon out of Needlecraft, by Mark of Esteem.

Friday, January 26, 2018

2018 Silk Road Stakes

A total of 18 horses have been entered to the Silk Road Stakes for 4yo+ at Kyoto on Sunday.

Ares Barows, Diana Halo and Nac Venus look to be leading contenders.

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

1-Fine Needle, Yuga Kawada
2-Ares Barows, Mirco Demuro
3-Great Charter, Ryuji Wada
4-Fumino Moon, Yusaku Kokubun
5-At the Seaside, Hirofumi Shii
6-Second Table, Yuya Mizuguchi
7-Seiun Kosei, Daisaku Matsuda
8-Diana Halo, Yutaka Take
9-King Heart, Yuta Nakatani
10-Nishiken Mononofu, Norihiro Yokoyama
11-Yukino Aiolos, Shinji Kawashima
12-Tamamo Brilliant, Yoshihiro Furukawa
13-Karakurenai, Kenichi Ikezoe
14-Mikki Love Song, Kohei Matsuyama
15-Nac Venus, Masaki Katsuura
16-Rhein Meteor, Yuichiro Nishida
17-Lord Quest, Kosei Miura
18-Narita Star One, Hideaki Miyuki

2018 Negishi Stakes

Tokyo Racecourse features the Negishi Stakes, one of the major preps for the grade one February Stakes, going over 1,400 meters on dirt on Sunday,January 28.

The possible leading players among the 14 entries are Akito Crescent, Kafuji Take, King's Guard, Sunrise Nova and Best Warrior(USA).

The post position with riders for the field in the grade three Negishi Stakes is:

1-Edenhall, Hironobu Tanabe
2-Akito Crescent, Kiwamu Ogino
3-Blason de Lis, Yuji Tannai
4-Matchless Hero, Hayato Yoshida
5-Nobo Baccara, Hirohi Kitamura
6-Kafuji Take, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-King's Guard, Yusuke Fujioka
8-Sunrise Nova, Keita Tosaki
9-Monde Classe, Daichi Shibata
10-Saita Three Red, Syu Ishibashi
11-Love Bullet, Masami Matsuoka
12-Bulldog Boss, Yasunari Iwata
13-Best Warrior(USA), Christophe Lemaire
14-Nonkono Yume, Hiroyuki Uchida

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Missing Link wins TCK Jo-o Hai

Missing Link, trained at JRA Miho by M.Saito and ridden by Keita Tosaki, came out with a splendid run in the stretch, winning the TCK Jo-o Hai at Ohi on Wednesday afternoon. She won it by a 2-length over Blanche Coeur with another 1 1/2-length back Rinehart third.
Missing Link went into one of the leaders turning for home and kept on going strong to hit the line in 1:53.90.
A 4-year-old chestnut filly by Victoire Pisa out of A Song For, by More Than Ready, Missing Link has now won 2 for 3 on dirt surface.

Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 TCK Jo-o Hai

The NAR grade three TCK Jo-o Hai will be run on Wednesday afternoon, January 14 at Ohi track.
A total of 15 fillies and mare have been entered to the 1,800-meter dirt race.
JRA entries are All Possible, Princia Cometa, Tagano Verona, Missing Link and Blanche Coeur.

The post position with riders is:
1-Loreley, Takehiro Kashiwagi
2-All Possible, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Emino Mayu Aku, Ryoya Sawada
4-Dancing, Genki Fujimoto
5-Lalabel, Daisuke Mashima
6-Ribbon Stick, Tadanari Konno
7-Luna Mattino, Jyukiya Takigawa
8-Party Dress, Kota Motohashi
9-Princia Cometa, Norihiro Yokoyama
10-Tagano Verona, Shogo Nakano
11-Rinehart, Tsubasa Sasagawa
12-Missing Link, Keita Tosaki
13-Fight Your Song, Seiji Yamazaki
14-Blanche Coeur, Kosei Miura
15-Materia Medica, Toshiya Yamamoto

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Danburite performs well in AJCC

Danburite gained the first grade victor when he won the American Jockey Club Cup at Nakayama on Sunday. Meiner Milano opened up his lead in the deep homestretch, but Danburite chased after him and took over in the mid homestretch. Mikki Swallow, making a lot of grounds, got past Meiner Milano a few steps from the line to finish a 2-length behind in second. Another 1/2-length behind, Meiner Milano finished third. Mirco Demuro was aboard the winner to hit the line in 2:13:3 over 2,200 meters on firm ground.
A 4-year-old dark bay colt by Rulership out of Tanzanite, by Sunday Silence, Danburite has now recorded the third win in 11 starts.

T M Jinsoku coast-to-coast victory in Tokai

T M Jinsoku set the pace and kept on going to the finish, winning the Tokai Stakes under Yoshihiro Furukawa at Chukyo on Sunday. Cosmo Canadian chased afrer the winner in the stretch to finish a 3/4-length second. Another 6-length behind, Molto Bene was third. Final time of the 1,800-meter race on fast track was 1:51.8.
T M Jinsoku, who has now won nine of his 25 races, is a 6-year-old grey horse by Kurofune out of My Discovery, by Forty Niner.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Field of 2018 American Jockey CC

A field of 11 horses have been drawn for the American Jockey Club Cup on Sunday, 21 at Nakayama.

Legend Cellar, having won three of last 4 starts, drew post 1. Mikki Swallow, winning the St.Lite Kinen before sixth in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger), drew post 3. Grade one winner God Actor, making his first start since last June at Takarazuka Kinen, drew post 5. Danburite, winner of the Santa Claus Stakes last month, drew post 7.

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

1-Legend Cellar, Christophe Lemaire
2-Tomiken Slava, Teruo Eda
3-Mikki Swallow, Norihiro Yokoyama
4-Shiho, Hayato Yoshida
5-Gold Actor, Yutaka Take
6-Decipher, Masayoshi Ebina
7-Danburite, Mirco Demuro
8-Shonan Bach, Keita Tosaki
9-Meiner Milano, Daichi Shibata
10-Meiner Dean, Kosei Miura
11-Tosen Victory, Hironobu Tanabe

2018 Tokai Stakes

Chukyo Racecourse hosts the Tokai TV Hai Tokai Stakes for 4yo+ on Sunday, January 21.
The possile leading contenders among 16 entrants are: T M Jinsoku, Dia del Rey and Dragon Barows(USA).

The field(pp,HorseName,Rider) for the 1,800-meter dirt race is:

1-Rose Princedom, Takuya Kowata
2-Shiny Beam, Yuta Nakatani
3-Molto Bene, Shinichiro Akiyama
4-Salsa Dione, Genki Maruyama
5-Sammaru Duke, Yoshitsugu Okada
6-Cosmo Canadian, Yuji Tannai
7-Tagano Espresso, Yuichi Kitamura
8-T M Jinsoku, Yoshihiro Furukawa
9-Dia del Rey, Masaki Katsuura
10-Ol' Man River, Kota Fujioka
11-Asukano Roman, Keisuke Dazai
12-Dragon Barows, Ryuji Wada
13-Sun Grass, Manabu Sakai
14-Golden Barows(USA), Kohei Matsuyama
15-Queen's Saturn, Kenichi Ikezoe
16-Shonan Apollon, Kyosuke Maruta

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Higashi Will Win named NAR Horse of Year

Higashi Will Win, who won four of his seven races including the Japan Dirt Derby last season, was named Horse of Year. The South Vigorous colt out of Primo Time, by Brian's Time, was also awarded Best 3-year-old Colt.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Perform a Promise gets up in Nikkei Shinshun Hai

Preform a Promise made the first grade success as he won the Nikkei Shinshun Hai under Mirco Demuro at Kyoto on Sunday. He got up in time to beat Lord Vent d'Or by a neck. Another 1 1/4-length behind, Ganko was third. The 2,400-meter race was run in 2 minutes 26.30 seconds.
Perform a Promise, who has now recorded six wins in 12 starts, is a 6-year-old chestnut horse by Stay Gold out of I'll Be Bound, by Tanino Gimlet.

Generale Uno wins Keisei Hai

Having race at second place, Generale Uno made headway at around 200 meters out to win the Keisei Hai under Hironobu Tanabe at Nakayama on Sunday. A 1/2-length behind, Cosmic Force came second with another 1/2-length back Jetzt third. The winner completed the 2,000-meter trip in 2 minutes 1.20 seconds.
Genrale Uno, who has now extended his winning streak to three, is a 3-year-old brown colt by Screen Hero out of Shanghai Rock, by Rock of Gibraltar.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Eterna Minoru captures Aichi Hai

Eterna Minoru went into front at 200 meters from home on her way to winning the Aichi Hai at Chukyo on Saturday. A 1/2-length behind, Reiho Romance was second with another 1 1/4-length back Maximum de Paris third. Hirofumi Shii was the winning rider to complete the 2,000-meter trip in 2 minutes 0.10 second on firm ground. 
Esterna Minoru, who has now gained the fisrt grade victory, is a 5-year-old dark bay mare by Empire Maker out of Daiwa Gelato, by Fuji Kiseki.

Friday, January 12, 2018

15 casts for 2018 Keisei Hai

The Keisei Hai for 3-year-olds will be run on Sunday, January 14 at Nakayama.
A field of 15 horses has been drawn for the 2,000-meter turf event.

Cosmic Force, who graduated from maiden in second start, drew post 5. Double Sharp, having transfered from NAR to JRA before his last run, drew post 8. Delta Barows(USA), impressive debut winner at Tokyo, drew post 10. Two-time winner Generale Uno drew post 15.

The post position with riders is:

1-Jetzt, Masayoshi Ebina
2-Cosmo Ignaz, Daichi Shibata
3-Yamano Grapple, Yoshitomi Shibata
4-Logi Tina, Hiroyuki Uchida
5-Cosmic Force, Keita Tosaki
6-Thrash Metal, Yuichi Shibayama
7-Aim and End, Kosei Miura
8-Double Sharp, Katsuharu Tanaka
9-Thaxted, Hayato Yoshida
10-Delta Barows(USA), Syu Ishibashi
11-Raito Karakaze, Takuya Ono
12-Taiki Ferveur, Hiroshi Kitamura
13-Gambler, Akihide Tsumura
14-Jolie Lumiere*, Hatsuya Kowata
15-Generale Uno, Hironobu Tanabe

*Jolie Lumiere is the only filly in the field.

2018 Nikkei Shinshun Hai

12 horses have been entered to the grade two Nikkei Shinshun Hai for 4yo+ at Kyoto on Sunday.
The possible leading players will be Lord Vent d'Or, Mondo Intero, Perform a Promise and Sole Impact.

The post position with riders in the field for the 2,400-meter race is:

1-Santa Fe Chief(IRE), Hirofumi Shii
2-Lord Vent d'Or, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Mondo Intero, Christophe Lemaire
4-Hit the Target, Futoshi Komaki
5-Toruk Makto, Takuma Ogino
6-Action Star, Keisuke Dazai
7-Perform a Promise, Mirco Demuro
8-Mikki Rocket, Ryuji Wada
9-Ganko, Manabu Sakai
10-Sole Impact, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Beruf, Yuga Kawada
12-Karabiner, Hideaki Miyuki

2018 Aichi Hai

A total of 18 fillies and mares will contend in the Aichi Hai at Chukyo on Saturday, January 13.
The leading contenders look to be Maximum de Paris, Kinsho Yukihime and Queen's Milagro.

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

1-Gekkako, Yuji Tannai
2-Guimauve, Kota Fujioka
3-Maids of Honour, Fuma Matsuwaka
4-Lycabettos, Hayato Yoshida
5-Tanino Urban Sea, Mirco Demuro
6-Black Onyx, Kohei Matsuyama
7-Maximum de Paris, Yusuke Fujioka
8-Reiho Romance, Tsubasa Iwasaki
9-Kinsho Yukihime, Shinichiro Akiyama
10-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
11-Chaleur, Yuichi Kitamura
12-Queen's Milagro, Hideaki Miyuki
13-Copano Marine, Toshiki Inoue
14-Queen Charm, Yuta Nakatani
15-Rock a Hula Baby, Yoshihiro Furukawa
16-Happy Yunibansu, Kenichi Ikezoe
17-Andriette, Katsuma Sameshima
18-One Breath Away, Akihide Tsumura

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2017 JRA Awards

Kitasan Black, who scored four grade one victories last season, has been named Horse of Year for two consecutive years.

Horse of Year-Kitasan Black
Best 2yo colt-Danon Premium
Best 2yo filly-Luckey Lilac
Best 3yo colt-Rey de Oro
Best 3yo filly-Soul Stirring
Best Older Male-Kitasan Black
Best Older Female-Vivlos
Best Sprinter-Red Falx
Best Dirt Horse-Gold Dream
Best Steeplechase Horse-Oju Chosan

Monday, January 08, 2018

Almond Eye explosive late run in Shinzan

Having run far off the pace early on, Almond Eye came with a sensational finishing stride to win the Shinzan Kinen at Kyoto on Monday. A 1 1/4-length behind, Tsuzumion came second with another neck back Cassius third. Keita Tosaki rode the third grade winner for three consecutive days to complete the 1,600-meter in 1 minute 37.10 seconds on heavy ground.
Almond Eye, who has now gained second win in three starts, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Lord Kanakloa out of Fusaichi Pandora, by Sunday Silence.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Primo Scene wins Fairy S

Primo Scene took a lead 200 meters out to win the Fairy Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday.
A 1 1/4-length behind, Scarlet Color was second with another neck back Red Belle Rose third.
Keita Tosaki was aboard the winner to come cross the line in 1 minute 34.60 seconds over 1,600 meters on firm ground.
Primo Scene, who has now won two of her three races, is a 3-year-old brown filly by Deep Impact out of Mosheen, by Fastnet Rock.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

2018 Shinzan Kinen

11 horses have been entered to the Nikkan Sports Sho Shinzan Kinen for 3-year-olds at Kyoto on Monday, January 8.
The leading contenders look like Starry Stage, Fast Approach, Almond Eye and Cassius.

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

1-Starry Stage f Yuga Kawada
2-Fast Approach c Mirco Demuro
3-Almond Eye f Keita Tosaki
4-Velgado c Kohei Matsuyama
5-Meiner Aimer c Yuji Tannai
6-Blanc Monstre c Daisaku Matsuda
7-Tsuzumimon f Shinichiro Akiyama
8-Plus f Yutak Take
9-Kafuji Vanguard c Kota Fujioka
10-Hishi Cosmah c Hideaki Miyuki
11-Cassius c Suguru Hamanaka

Black Moon comes from far behind in Kyoto Kimpai

Black Moon finished from last to first in winning the Kyoto Kimpai under Yutaka Take at Kyoto.
The 6-year-old horse won the 1,600-meter event in 1 minute 34.30 seconds. A 3/4-length behind, Kluger came second with another neck back Red en Ciel third.
Black Moon, who has now gained his first grade victory, is a bay son of Admire Moon and Royal Attack, by Generous.

Seda Brillantes takes Nakayama Kimpai

Seda Brillantes held a good position to win the Nakayama Kimpai under Keita Tosaki at Nakayama. 
Tosaki forced Seda Brillantes to get up in time, winning the 2,000-meter race in 1 minute 59.80 seconds by a neck from Win Bright. Another neck back, Strange Quark finished third.
Seda Brillantes, whose career record has now improved to 5-4-0-1, is a 4-year-old bay colt by Deep Brillantes out of Silk Universal, by Brian's Time.

Friday, January 05, 2018

2018 Fairy Stakes

Nakayama hosts the grade three Fairy Stakes for 3yo fillies on Sunday, January 7.

The competitive entrants could be Sayakachan, Trois Etoiles, Geena Sweet, Red Belle Rose and Primo Scene.

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

1-Sayakachan, Masami Matsuoka
2-Dusseldorf, Hironobu Tanabe
3-Hathor, Hayato Yoshida
4-Entrechat, Akihide Tsumura
5-L'Haylesroses, Hiroshi Kitamura
6-Jo Book Kommen, Nanako Fujita
7-Trois Etoiles, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Grande Pirouette, Masaki Katsuura
9-Reinette, Kosei Miura
10-Scarlet Color, Keisuke Dazai
11-Thistle, Takuya Ono
12-Geena Sweet, Hiroyuki Uchida
13-Red Belle Rose, Masayoshi Ebina
14-Primo Scene, Keita Tosaki
15-Philharmonie, Daichi Shibata
16-Tetradrachm, Syu Ishibashi

2018 Kyoto Kimpai

Saturday, December 6 sees the Sports Nippon Sho Kyoto Kimpai for 4yo+ at Kyoto.
The leading players could be Rabbit Run(USA), Red en Ciel, Black Moon, Win Gagnant and Kluger.

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

1-Masahaya Dream, Tsubasa Iwasaki
2-Rabbit Run(USA), Kota Fujioka
3-Meiner Aurato, Yuji Tannai
4-America's Cup, Kohei Matsuyama
5-Karakurenai, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Danon Major, Yuichi Kitamura
7-Red en Ciel, Hideaki Miyuki
8-Stormy Sea, Takuya Ono
9-Black Moon, Yutaka Take
10-Suzuka Devious, Yusuke Fujioka
11-Kyohei, Ryo Takakura
12-Win Gagnant, Akihide Tsumura
13-Kluger, Suguru Hamanaka

2018 Nakayama Kimpai

The Nikkan Sports Sho Nakayama Kimpai for 4yo+ will be run on Saturday, January 6 at Nakayama.
A total of 17 horses will contend in the 2,000-meter turf affair.
The possible leading contenders are Fukushima Kinen winner Win Bright, Radio Nikkei Sho winner Seda Brillantes, Capital Stakes winner Daiwa Cagney and Cadenas.

The post position with riders is:

1-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
2-Realista, Syu Ishibashi
3-Tosen Matakoiya, Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Outliers, Masayoshi Ebina
5-Denim and Ruby, Yuga Kawada
6-Seda Brillantes, Keita Tosaki
7-Black Bago, Yasunari Iwata
8-Paris Karanotegami, Katsuharu Tanaka
9-Daiwa Cagney, Norihiro Yokoyama
10-Taisei Summit, Hiroshi Kitamura
11-Strange Quark, Yuichi Shibayama
12-Fermezza, Hironobu Tanabe
13-George Cinq, Hayato Yoshida
14-Meiner Milano, Daichi Shibata
15-Shonan Marche, Kosei Miura
16-Kento O, Masaki Katsuura
17-Cadenas, Yuichi Fukunaga