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

2018 Niigata Nisai Stakes


A main event at Sunday's Niigata will be the grade three Niigata Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds.
The leading contenders among 11 entrants could be: El Monstruo, A Shin Zone, Lord Aqua, Cadence Call and Unbroken.

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

1-Empire Sure(by Toby's Corner) Kyosuke Maruta
2-El Monstruo(by Rulership) Masayoshi Ebina
3-Au Pas Camarade(by Dunkirk) Takuya Ono
4-A Shin Zone(by Just a Way) Hideaki Miyuki
5-Lord Aqua(by Lord Kanaloa) Katsuma Sameshima
6-Cadence Call(by Lord Kanaloa) Shu Ishibashi
7-Eikai Carol(by Lord Kanaloa) Hiroshi Kitamura
8-Stillness(by Gold Halo) Kosei Miura
9-Unbroken(by Victoire Pisa) Yukito Ishikawa
10-Yasaka Liberte(by Sound Volcano) Akihide Tsumura
11-Jodie(by Daiwa Major) Kenichi Ikezoe

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Ares Barows takes Kitakyushu Kinen


Ares Barows, guided by Yuji Hashida, took an inside passage down the stretch to win the Kitakyushu Kinen at Kokura on Sunday. He won the 1,200-meter race in 1:06.6, defeating Daimei Princess by a 1 1/2-length. Another 1/2-length behind, Love Kampf was third.
Ares Barows, who had won the grade three CBC Sho prior to Kitakyushu Kinen, is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by Deep Impact out of Taisei Etoile, by Tony Bin.

Thrilling finish of Sapporo Kinen


A thrilling finish between the three horses, Sungrazer, Makahiki and Mozu Katchan, has been seen in the Sapporo Kinen at Sapporo on Sunday afternoon. The winner went to Sungrazer, who finished a nose before Makahiki with another head away Mozu Katchan. Yuichi Fukunaga rode the winner to get up to the wire in 2:01.1 over 2,000 meters on turf.
Sungrazer, who has now won seven of his 15 races, is a  4-year-old brown colt by Deep Impact out of Mantis Hunt, by Deputy Minister.

Friday, August 17, 2018

2018 Kitakyushu Kinen


Kokura racecourse hosts the grad three Kitakyushu Kinen on Sunday. 
The possible leading contenders among the 17 entrants are: Gold Queen, Diana Halo, Love Kampf, Daimei Princess and Asakusa Genki(USA).

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

1-Gold Queen, Yoshihiro Furukawa
2-Twinkle Sword, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Diana Halo, Yutaka Take
4-Nine Tails, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Ares Barows, Yuji Hishida
6-Second Table, Yaya Mizuguchi
7-Aonbharr, Kiwamu Ogino
8-Active Minoru, Manabu Sakai
9-Love Kampf, Ryuji Wada
10-Great Charter, Kohei Matsuyama
11-Daimei Princess, Shinichiro Akiyama
12-Sky Passion, Akatuki Tomita
13-Tosho Piste, Katsuma Sameshima
14-Asakusa Genki(USA), Fuma Matsuwaka
15-Nagara Flower, Ryo Takakura
16-Narita Star One, Keisuke Dazai
17-Fumino Moon, Yusaku Kokubun



2018 Sapporo Kinen


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the Sapporo Kinen at Sapporo on Sunday.
The leading contenders among the entrants look to be: Sungrazer, Makahiki, Sakura Empereur, Mikki Swallow and Mozu Katchan.

The post position with jockeys for the grade two 2,000-meter event is:

1-Maltese Apogee, Yoshitomi Shibata
2-Sungrazer, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Astra Emblem, Kota Fujioka
4-My Style, Katsuharu Tanaka
5-Makahiki, Christophe Lemaire
6-Crocosmia, Masaki Katsuura
7-Go for the Summit, Masayoshi Ebina
8-Neorealism, Joao Moreira
9-Sakura Empereur, Hayato Yoshida
10-Stiffelio, Genki Maruyama
11-Night of Knights, Kenichi Ikezoe
12-Sounds of Earth, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Suzuka Devious, Kosei Miura
14-Mikki Swallow, Norihiro Yokoyama
15-Mozu Katchan, Mirco Demuro
16-Aithon, Kyosuke Kokubun

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Rabbit Run(USA) romps Breeders' Gold Cup


Rabbit Run(USA) with Mirco Demuro up got past Princia Cometa in the upper stretch to win the Breeders' Gold Cup at Mombetsu on Thursday night. Princia Cometa, who set the pace, finished second, a 4-length behind the winner. Another 3-length back, Queen Mambo was third. The 2,000-meter race was run in 2:05.6.
Rabbit Run(USA), trained at JRA Ritto by K. Nakatake and bred in US by Alexander Groves Matz, LLC, is a 4-year-old chestnut filly by Tapit out of Amelia, by Dixieland Band.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Oken Believe takes Cluster Cup


Oken Believe stalked the pace by Nero to win the Cluster Cup at Morioka on Wednesday.
After a duel with Nero in the stretch, Oken Believe put her neck in front at the wire. Nero was second with Love Ballet third. Yuichi Kitamura rode the winner to travel the 1,200-meter dirt trip in 1:09.1.
Oken Believe, trained at JRA Ritto by T. Yasuda, is a 5-year-old grey mare by Kurofune out of Bisque Doll, by Sunday Silence.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Shin Balancer(CAN) wins Summer Champion


A Shin Balancer(CAN) took a good position to win the NAR grade three Summer Champion at Saga on Tuesday. A 1/2-length behind, Blu Miracolo with another 1 1/2-length back Yoshio third.
Osamu Shimohara was aboard the winner to complete the 1,400-meter trip in 1:25.7.
Ex-JRA horse A Shin Balancer(CAN), trained at NAR Sonoda by M. Atarashi, is a 6-year-old grey horse by Ghostzapper out of Mayomast, by Mizzen Mast.

2018 Breeders' Gold Cup


The NAR grade three Breeders' Gold Cup for 3-year-olds and upward fillies and mares will be run on Thursday, August 16 at Mombetsu track. A total of 15 horses have been entered to the 2,000-meter dirt race.
JRA entries are Fontana Liri(post 2), Queen Mambo(post 5), Princia Cometa(post 6), Rabbit Run(USA)(post 11) and Harbin Mao(post 12).

Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 Cluster Cup


Morioka Racecourse hosts the NAR grade three Cluster Cup on Wednesday, August 15.
A total of 14 horses have been entered to the 1,200-meter dirt race. JRA entries are Oken Believe(post 4), Copano Michael(post 7), Nero(post 9), Dios Corrida(post 10) and Brightline(post 12).

2018 Summer Champion


Tuesday, August 14 sess the NAR grade three Summer Champion at Saga.
11 horses have been entered to the 1,400-meter dirt event. JRA entries are Blu Miracolo(post 3), Taisei Eclair(post 4), Taisei Pride(post 6), Yoshio(post 8) and Le Grand Frisson(USA)(post 9).

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Highland Peak wins Elm Stakes


Highland Peak, third in the early, took command in the final stretch to win the Elm Stakes at Sapporo on Sunday.
Dream Kirari(USA) finished a 1 1/4-length behind the winner in second. Another 2-length back, Mitsuba was third. Kazuo Yokoyama rode the winner to get the wire in 1 minute 42 seconds flat for 1,700 meters on dirt.
Highland Peak is a 4-year-old brown colt by Tosen Bright out of Highland Dance, by Zenno Rob Roy.

Primo Scene takes Sekiya Kinen as favorite


Primo Scene came from far behind in the stretch to win the grade three 1,600-meter Sekiya Kinen at Niigata on Sunday. She put her neck in front at the wire with final time of 1:31.6. One to One was second followed by A Shin Twinkle third.
Primo Scene is a 3-year-old brown filly by Deep Impact out of Mosheen, by Fastnet Rock.

Friday, August 10, 2018

2018 Sekiya Kinen


Niigata features the grade three Sekiya Kinen on Sunday.
The leading contenders among the 15 contestants could be: Frontier, A Shin Twinkle, Reliable Ace, One to One and Primo Scene.

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

1-Bell Canyon, Shu Ishibashi
2-Frontier, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Star of Persia, Hiroyuki Uchida
4-A Shin Twinkle, Ryuji Wada
5-Shonan Anthem, Hironobu Tanabe
6-Reliable Ace, Keita Tosaki
7-Jo Strictly, Katsuharu Tanaka
8-Lord Quest, Kosei Miura
9-Cecchino, Makoto Sugihara
10-One to One, Mirco Demuro
11-Champion Lupin, Yukito Ishikawa
12-Primo Scene, Hiroshi Kitamura
13-Win Gagnant, Akihide Tsumura
14-Young Man Power, Takuya Ono
15-Rock a Hula Baby, Yoshitomi Shibata


2018 Elm Stakes


14 horses will run in the Elm Stakes at Sapporo Race Course on Sunday. 
The leading contenders look like Riccardo, Dream Kirari(USA), Highland Peak and London Town.

The post position for the grade three 1,700-meter dirt event is:

1-Riccardo, Christophe Lemaire
2-Dream Kirari(USA), Yusuke Fujioka
3-Mitsuba, Kohei Matsuyama
4-Ange Desir, Norihiro Yokoyama
5-Noble Saturn, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Regent Rock, Masami Matsuoka
7-Altair, Ryoya Kozaki
8-Highland Peak, Kazuo Yokoyama
9-London Town, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Meisho Sumitomo, Yoshihiro Furukawa
11-Dia del Rey, Masaki Katsuura
12-Blason de Lis, Yuji Tannai
13-Molto Bene, Shinichiro Akiyama
14-Monde Classe, Yuichi Shibayama

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Grimm coast-to-coast victory in Leopard S


Grimm made all the running to win the Leopard Stakes at Niigata on Sunday. Hiraboku la Tache finished a neck behind in second with another 3-length away Big Smoky third. Hiroyuki Uchida rode the winner to complete the 1,800-meter distance in 1 minute 52 seconds flat on dirt surface.
Grimm is a 3-year-old grey colt by Zenno Rob Roy out of Blanche Neige, by Sakura Bakushin O.

Triomphe wins Kokura Kinen in record time


Yutaka Take-driven Triomphe took a lead on the final turn, winning the Kokura Kinen in the course record of 1:56.9 over 2,000 meters at Kokura on turf on Sunday. A 3-length behind, Satono Chronicle was second with another neck away Mount Gold third.
Triomphe is a 4-year-old dark bay gelding by Turtle Bowl out of Mejiro Tonkinese, by Dance in the Dark.

Friday, August 03, 2018

2018 Kokura Kinen


The Kokura Kinen will be run on Sunday, August 5 at Kokura racecourse. 12 horses will run in the 2,000-meter turf race.
The possible leading contenders are: Strong Titan(USA), Satono Chronicle, Triomphe and San Martin.

The post position for the grade three handicap race is:

1-Kyohei, Ryo Takakura
2-Reiho Romance, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Stoneware(USA), Masayoshi Ebina
4-Strong Titan(USA), Brenton Avdulla
5-Kinsho Yukihime, Shinichiro Akiyama
6-Meiner Sage, Ryuji Wada
7-Mount Gold, Suguru Hamanaka
8-Meadowlark, Kyosuke Maruta
9-A T Thunder, Kiwamu Ogino
10-Satono Chronicle, Mirco Demuro
11-Triomphe, Yutaka Take
12-San Martin, Kenichi Ikezoe


2018 Leopard Stakes


Sunday's main event at Niigata racecourse will be the grade three Leopard Stakes to which 15 horses have been entered.
The leading contenders could be: Don Fortis, Admire Victor, Grimm and Great Time.

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

1-Bakuhatsu, Ryoya Kozaki
2-Arctos, Hironobu Tanabe
3-Yida Pegasus, Kosei Miura
4-Don Fortis, Shu Ishibashi
5-Admire Victor, Keita Tosaki
6-Grimm, Hiroyuki Uchida
7-Honoris, Hiroshi Kitamura
8-Prosperous Days, Keisuke Dazai
9-Engrosser, Katsuharu Tanaka
10-Florianus, Yuichiro Nishida
11-Big Smoky, Takuya Ono
12-Credible, Teruo Eda
13-Mic Ben Hur, Takuya Kowata
14-Great Time, Christophe Lemaire
15-Hiraboku la Tache, Yuichi Fukunaga

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Daimei Princess takes IBIS Summer Dash


Daimei Princess, with Shinichiro Akiyama up, won the IBIS Summer Dash at Niigata on Sunday. A 1 1/4-length behind, Love Kampf was second with another 1 1/4-length away Nine Tails third. Daimei Princess ran the 1,000-meter straight course in the excellent time of 53.8.
Daimei Princess, who has now won six in 21 starts, is a 5-year-old dark bay mare by King Halo out of Daimei Dark, by Dance in the Dark.

Deirdre romps Queen S


Deirdre, staying at second to last early on, rallied in the stretch to win the Hokkaido Shimbun Hai Queen Stakes at Sapporo on Sunday. She won it in 1:46.2 by a desivie 3-length from Frontier Queen with another neck away Soul Stirring third. Christophe Lemaire rode the winner.
Deirdre, who has now won six of her 18 races, is a 4-year-old bay filly by Harbinger out of Reizend, by Special Week.

Friday, July 27, 2018

2018 IBIS Summer Dash


A total of 17 horses have been entered to the IBIS Summer Dash to be run on Sunday at the Niigata 1,000-meter stretch course.
The leading contendera look to be: Karakurenai, Regina Forte, Love kampf, Red Lauda and Daimei Princess.


The field for the grade three event is:

1-Active Minoru, Manabu Sakai
2-Danon Iris, Katsuharu Tanaka
3-Karakurenai, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Best Macho(USA), Takuya Ono
5-Crown Lucifer, Akihide Tsumura
6-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori
7-Regina Forte, Makoto Sugihara
8-Love Kampf, Mirco Demuro
9-Apertura, Kyosuke Maruta
10-Morphe Orfe, Teruo Eda
11-Crown Iris, Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Nine Tails, Keita Tosaki
13-Not Formal, Kazuma Harada
14-Red Lauda, Yukito Ishikawa
15-Daimei Princess, Shinichiro Akiyama
16-Blois, Yuichiro Nishida
17-Peisha Felicita, Kosei Miura

2018 Queen Stakes


Sapporo Race Course features the Hokkaido Shimbun Hai Queen Stakes for 3yo and up fillies and mares on Sunday. The possible leading contenders amond 11 entrants are: Soul Stirring, Frontier Queen, Liberty Heights and Deirdre.


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

1-Agreable, Joao Moreira
2-Soul Stirring, Hiroshi Kitamura
3-Tosen Victory, Yasunari Iwata
4-Tsuzumimon, Hayato Yoshida
5-Frontier Queen, Masayoshi Ebina
6-Liberty Heights, Yuichi Kitamura
7-T S Cry, Tomoaki  Takenoshita
8-Andriette, Kyosuke Kokubun
9-Deirdre, Christophe Lemaire
10-Happy Yunibansu, Kota Fujioka
11-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Greater London wins Chukyo Kinen in record time


Race favorite Greater London rallied in the stretch on his way to winning the Chukyo Kinen in the record time of 1:32.3 for the Chukyo 1,600-meter turf course. Logi Cry a 3/4-length behind the winner in second. Another 1 1/2-length behind, Reliable Ace was third. The winning rider was Hironobu Tanabe.
Greater London, who has now gained his first grade victory, totally seven wins in 15 starts, is a 6-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of London Bridge, by Dr Devious.

Aster Pegasus(USA) gets up in time in Hakodate Nisai


Aster Pegasus(USA), who was coming far behind in the stretch, got up in the nick of time to win the grade three Hakodate Nisai Stakes at Hakodate on Sunday.
Ryoya Kozaki-steered Aster Pegasus(USA) won the 1,200-meter race in 1:09.4 by a nose from Love Me Fine. Another 3/4-length behind, Carlino was third.
Aster Pegasus(USA), bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LCC in US, who has now recorded 2 for 2, is a 2-year-old chestnut colt by Giant's Causeway out of R Heat Lightning, by Trippi.

Friday, July 20, 2018

2018 Chukyo Kinen


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the grade three Toyota Sho Chukyo Kinen at Chukyo on Sunday.
The leading conteders could be: One to One, Logi Cry, Win Gagnant and Greater London.


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

1-Smart Odin, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Roi Absolu, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Black Moon, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Reliable Ace, Keita Tosaki
5-Frontier, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Koei Takeru, Katsuma Sameshima
7-America's Cup, Fuma Matsuwaka
8-Meiner Aurato, Yusaku Kokubun
9-Daimei Fuji, Manabu Sakai
10-Garibaldi, Ryuji Wada
11-One to One, Mirco Demuro
12-Logi Cry, Suguru Hamanaka
13-Win Gagnant, Akihide Tsumura
14-Mieno Succeed, Shinji Kawashima
15-Moon Crest, Daisaku Matsuda
16-Greater London, Hironobu Tanabe

2018 Hakodate Nisai S


Hakodate Race Course features the Hakodate Nisai Stakes for 2-year-olds on Sunday, July 22.
The possible leading contenders among 16 entries are Suzuka Kanaloa, Carlino, Aster Pegasus(USA) and Nanyo Izayoi.
NAR entries are M T Un and Record Chaser.


The post position with riders for the grad three 1,200-meter event is:

1-Love Me Ricky*(by South Vigorous) Masami Matsuoka
2-Gaisen(by Danon Ballade) Kota Fujioka
3-Suzuka Kanaloa(by Lord Kanaloa) Kenichi Ikezoe
4-Tosen Opal*(by Swept Overboard) Masaki Katsuura
5-Carlino(by Matsurida Gogh) Yusuke Fujioka
6-Aster Pegasus(USA)(by Giant's Causeway) Ryota Kozaki
7-Ichigomillefeuille*(by Johannesburg) Takuma Ito
8-M T Un*(by Pas de Trois) Kosei Miura
9-Lord Wonder(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Yuji Nakai
10-Love Me Fine*(by Juse a Way) Genki Maruyama
11-Nanyo Izayoi(by Eishin Flash) Yasunari Iwata
12-Lovelylonelyronsse(by Nakayama Festa) Yuji Hishida
13-Record Chaser*(by Deep Brillante) Ryu Abe
14-Historico*(by Swept Overboard) Takeshi Yokoyama
15-Hold Your Hand(by Espoir City) Christophe Lemaire
16-Nivian*(by I'll Have Another) Yoshihiro Furukawa
*fillies

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mitsuba back-to-back victory in Mercury C


On Monday, July 16 at Morioka track, Mitsuba gained victory in the  Mercury Cup for two consecutive years. He won the NAR grade three 2,000-meter dirt race in 2:03.5 under Kohei Matsuyama. Yoshio, who set the pace from start, finished a length behind in second. Another 4-length behind, Phoenix Mark was third.
Mitsuba, tained at JRA Ritto by T. Kayo, is a 6-year-old bay horse by Kane Hekili out of Saint Christmas, by Commander in Chief.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Air Anthem takes Hakodate Kinen


Air Anthem took a good position to win the Hakodate Kinen at Hakodate on Sunday. He won the 2,000-meter race in 1:59.8 under Yusuke Fujioka by a 1/2-length from Sakura Empereur. Another 1/2-length behind, Etena Minoru was third.
Air Anthem, who has now won his first grade race, is a 7-year-old dark bay horse by Symboli Kris S out of Air Magdalene, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

2018 Mercury Cup


14 horses have entered to the NAR grade three Mercury Cup. JRA entries are Meiner Basara, Mitsuba, Phoenix Mark, Seidig Meer and Yoshio.
The Mercury Cup will be run on Monday, July 16 at Morioka track.

Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 Hakodate Kinen


Hakodate Racecourse hosts the Hakodate Kinen for 3-year-olds and up on Sunday, July 15.
The possible leading contendes among 15 entires are: Black Bago, Sakura Empereur, Suzuka Devious, Tricolore Bleu and Bless Journey.


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

1-Black Bago, Yasunari Iwata
2-Cadenas, Kota Fujioka
3-Sakura Empereur, Hironobu Tanabe
4-Crown Divider, Hayato Yoshida
5-Suzuka Devious, Kosei Miura
6-Air Anthem, Yusuke Fujioka
7-Tricolore Bleu, Christophe Lemaire
8-Logi Chalice, Masayoshi Ebina
9-Curren Last Show, Yuichi Kitamura
10-Bless Journey, Yoshitomi Shibata
11-Meiner Honey, Yuji Tannai
12-Nasuno Seikan, Genki Maruyama
13-Night of Knights, Kenichi Ikezoe
14-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
15-Gold Cerberus, Yuichi Shibayama



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Le Vent Se Leve rallies in Japan Dirt Derby


Le Vent Se Leve, ridden by Mirco Demuro, came from far behind to win the NAR grade one Japan Dirt Derby at Ohi track on Wednesday night. A 1 1/2-length behind, Omega Perfurm was second with another neck back Great Time third. The winner came across the wire in 2:05.8 over 2,000 meters on dirt.
Le Vent Se Leve, trained at JRA Miho by K. Hagiwara, who has now won five of his six races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Symboli Kris S out of Maestrale, by Neo Universe.

Monday, July 09, 2018

2018 Japan Dirt Derby


A total of 14 horses will contend in the NAR grade one Japan Dirt Derby. JRA entries are Le Vent Se Leve, Great Time, Bhailla, Don Fortis, T O Energy, Harvest Moon and Omega Perfume. Sun Davenport is the only filly in the field.

The Japan Dirt Derby will be run on Wednesday, July 11 at Ohi track.

The post position with riders for the 2,000-meter dirt event is:

1-Le Vent Se Leve, Mirco Demuro
2-Crytal Silver, Fumio Matoba
3-Great Time, Christophe Lemaire
4-Kurosuke, Tsubasa Sasagawa
5-Bhailla, Ryuji Wada
6-Sun Davenport, Masashi Udeda
7-Super Jet, Isao Yamaguchi
8-Don Fortis, Yutaka Take
9-T O Energy, Yasunari Iwata
10-Riko Walther, Daisuke Mashima
11-Haseno Pyro, Takayuki Yano
12-Harvest Moon, Keita Tosaki
13-Al Fatiha, Hiroto Yoshihara
14-Omega Perfume, Yuga Kawada



Sunday, July 08, 2018

Big surprise in Tanabata


Meadowlark, installed as the 11th favorite at the odds of 100.8(499/5), won the Tanabata Sho at Fukushima racecourse on Sunday. He won it by a neck from fourth favorite Meiner Sage. Another 2-length away, Power Pocket was third.  Kyotosuke Maruta rode the winner to get into the wire in 2:00.8 over 2,000 meters on turf.
It was the first victory for Meadowlark since June 2015 when winning the June Stakes at Tokyo.
Meadowlark is a 7-year-old bay horse by Tanino Gimlet out of Agehibari, by Kurofune.

Matera Sky(USA) wins Procyon S in record time


Matera Sky(USA) with Yutaka Take up made the running and went all the way to win the Procyon Stakes in the record time of 1:20.3 over 1,400 meters on dirt at Chukyo racecourse. A 4-length behind, Incantation was second with another 1/2-length back Win Mut third.
Matera Sky(USA), who has now won six of his 19 races, is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Speightstown out of Mostaqeleh, by Rahy.

Friday, July 06, 2018

2018 Procyon Stakes


A total of 14 horses will contest in the Procyon Stakes at Chukyo racecourse on Sunday.
The leading contenders could be: Dream Kirari(USA), Win Mut, Incantation, King's Guard, Matera Sky(USA).


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

1-Success Energy, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Dream Kirari(USA), Mirco Demuro
3-Win Mut, Ryuji Wada
4-Brightline, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Le Grand Frisson(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Incantation, Kosei Miura
7-King's Guard, Yusuke Fujioka
8-Drive Knight, Suguru Hamanaka
9-A Shin Valor, Osamu Shimohara
10-Danon Good, Yuga Kawada
11-Namura Miracle, Takashi Fujikake
12-Blason de Lis, Miyabi Muto
13-Matera Sky(USA), Yutaka Take
14-Saita Three Red, Manabu Sakai

2018 Tanabata Sho


Sunday, July 8th sees the grade three Tanabata Sho at Fukushima racecourse.
12 horses have been entered to the 2,000-meter race.


The post position with jockeys for the wide-open handicap race is:

1-Platinum Bullet, Tsubasa Iwasaki
2-Kinsho Yukihime, Hiroshi Kitamura
3-Meiner Frost, Daichi Shibata
4-Meadowlark, Kyosuke Maruta
5-Meiner Sage, Akihide Tsumura
6-Sable Or, Keita Tosaki
7-One Breath Away, Shu Ishibashi
8-Power Pocket, Teruo Eda
9-Birdie Eagle, Yoshitomi Shibata
10-Reiho Romance, Hiroyuki Uchida
11-Meiner Milano, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Silk Dreamer, Yukito Ishikawa


Thursday, July 05, 2018

Rieno Tesoro(USA) wins Sparking Lady C


Rieno Tesoro(USA), ridden by Hayato Yoshida, took a lead leaving the back stretch to win the NAR grade three Sparking Lady Cup at Kawasaki track on Thursday night. A 1/2-length behind, Oken Believe was second with Rabbit Run(USA) third and One Millionth fourth. Final time of the 1,600-meter dirt race was 1:40.8.
Rieno Tesoro(USA), trained at JRA Miho by R. Takei, who ended her losing streak to have the 5th victory in 14 starts, is a 4-year-old chestnut filly by Speightstown out of Akilina, by Langfuhr.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

2018 Sparking Lady Cup


13 horses have been entered to the NAR grade three Sparking Lady Cup for 3-year-olds and upwards fiilies and mares. JRA entries are Oken Believe, One Millionth, Rabbit Run(USA) and Reino Tesoro(USA).
The Sparking Lady Cup is run on Wednesday, July 5 at Kawasaki track.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Ares Barows rallies in CBC Sho


Ares Barows rallied on the outside to win the CBC Sho at Chukyo on Sunday. A 1/4-length behind, Nagara Flower took second with another 2/3-length back Second Table third.
Yuga Kawada steered the winner to cover the 1,200-meter distance in 1:07 on firm ground.
Ares Barows is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by Deep Impact out of Taisei Etoile, by Tony Bin.

Meisho Tekkon takes Radio Nikkei


Meisho Tekkon held a good position to win the Radio Nikkei Sho at Fukushima on Sunday. Fierement came from dead last to finish second, a 1/2-length behind. Third was, another 3/4-length behind, Kibono Daichi. Meisho Tekkon, ridden by Kohei Matsuyama, completed the 1,800-meter trip in 1:46.1.
Meisho Tekkon, who has now won four of his seven races, is a 3-year-old brown colt by Manhattan Cafe out of A Shin Velocity, by Lemon Drop Kid.

Friday, June 29, 2018

2018 Radio Nikkei Sho


13 horses have been entered to the Radio Nikkei Sho for 3-year-olds at Fukushima racecourse on Sunday, July 1.
The leading contenders look to be : Meisho Tekkon, K T Clever, Fierement and Jetzt.


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

1-Lord Axis, Manabu Sakai
2-Meisho Tekkon, Kohei Matsuyama
3-Q Grader, Hironobu Tanabe
4-My Heartbeat, Yukito Ishikawa
5-K T Clever, Tetsuya Kobayashi
6-Fierement, Shu Ishibashi
7-Kibono Daichi, Keita Tasaki
8-Aim and End, Takuya Ono
9-Maltese Lumen, Miyabi Muto
10-Jetzt, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Shisei Hiten, Takuma Ito
12-Rhodolite, Junji Shimada
13-Glengarry, Akihide Tsumura

2018 CBC Sho


Sunday's main event at Chukyo will be the CBC Sho for 3-year-olds and upwards.

The possible leading players among the 18 entries are Second Table, Daimei Fuji, Once in a Moon, Peisha Felicita and Asakusa Genki(USA).

The post position with riders for the grade three 1,200-meter CBC Sho is:

1-Talking Drum, Fuma Matsuwaka
2-Tosho Piste, Hideaki Miyuki
3-Reve Moon, Kiwamu Ogino
4-Koei Takeru, Futoshi Komaki
5-Great Charter, Katsuma Sameshima
6-Active Minoru, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Daimei Princess, Shinichiro Akiyama
8-Ares Barows, Yuga Kawada
9-Second Table, Yuya Mizuguchi
10-Nagara Flower, Ryo Takakura
11-Snow Dragon, Ryuji Wada
12-Daimei Fuji, Mirco Demuro
13-Narita Star One, Keisuke Dazai
14-Fumino Moon, Yusaku Kokubun
15-Once in a Moon, Suguru Hamanaka
16-Peisha Felicita, Kosei Miura
17-Toshi the Kimi, Shogo Hatabata
18-Asakusa Genki(USA), Yutaka Take



Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Gold Dream wins Teio Sho


Gold Dream won the NAR Teio Sho in a ding-dong battle at Ohi track on Wednesday, June 27. Having dueled with  K T Brave in the last 200 meters, Christophe Lemaire-piloted Gold Dream put his neck in front at the wire. Sound True finished third, a 1 1/2-length behind second-placed K T Brave. Final time of the 2,000-meter dirt race was 2:04.2.
Gold Dream, trained at JRA Ritto by O. Hitara, who has now recorded the fourth grade one victory, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Gold Allure out of Mon Vert, by French Deputy.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Field of 2018 Teio Sho


A field is set for the NAR grade one Teio Sho to be run on Wednesday, June 27 at Ohi track. Among 15 entrants, JRA entries are K T Brave, Gold Dream, T M Jinsoku, Awardee(USA), Appolo Kentuckey(USA), Sound True and All Blush.


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

1-Grand Univers, Ryo Takamatsu
2-K T Brave, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Tosen Spunky, Kenta Endo
4-Gold Dream, Christophe Lemaire
5-T M Jinsoku, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Riccardo, Yukayuki Yano
7-Awardee(USA), Yutaka Take
8-Higashi Will Win, Taito Mori
9-Appolo Kentuckey(USA), Hiroyuki Uchida
10-Sound True, Takuya Ono
11-Neo Vermut, Hiroshi Chida
12-All Blush, Hironobu Tanabe
13-Sabuno Kurohyo, Tsubasa Sasagawa
14-Katsugeki Kito Kito, Masaaki Ohata
15-Asakusa Point, Soichi Kato

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Mikki Rocket takes Takarazuka Kinen


Seventh favorite Mikki Rocket, taking behind the leading group early on, took a lead in the top stretch to win the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin on Sunday. Before a neck victory, he had to deny challenge from Werther(NZ), the Hong Kong champion horse who showed a sensational stirde down the final stretch. Third was, a 3-length behind Werther, Noble Mars with another neck back Vivlos fourth. Veteran rider Ryuji Wada rode the winner to complete the 2,200-meter race in 2:11.6.
Trained by H. Otonashi and owned by M. Noda, Mikki Rocket has now won five of his 22 races with more than 362 million jpn yen in career earnings. Northern Racing was the breeder of Mikki Rocket, a 5-year-old bay horse by King Kamahameha out of Moneycanbuymelove, by Pivotal.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Field set for 2018 Takarazuka Kinen


A field of 16 is set to run in the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin on Sunday, June 24.
Multiple grade one winner Satono Diamond, who misses a winner circle since March 2017 when winning the Hanshin Daishoten, drew post 3. Perform a Promise, winner of the Nikkei Sho, drew post 7. Danburite, seventh in the QE II Cup in Hong Kong two months ago, got post 8. Vivlos, having placed second in the Dubai Turf last March, drew post 10. Hong Kong-trained Werther(NZ) got post 13. Kiseki, winner of the Kikuka Sho last year, drew post 16.


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

1-Staphanos, Yasunari Iwata
2-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
3-Satono Diamond, Christophe Lemaire
4-Mikki Rocket, Ryuji Wada
5-Strong Titan(USA), Yuga Kawada
6-Albert, Kota Fujioka
7-Perform a Promise, Keita Tosaki
8-Danburite, Yutaka Take
9-Satono Crown, Shu Ishibashi
10-Vivlos, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Saimon Ramesses, Futoshi Komaki
12-Tatsu Gogeki, Shinichiro Akiyama
13-Werther(NZ), Hugh Bowman
14-Smart Layer, Kohei Matsuyama
15-Seewind, Kenichi Ikezoe
16-Kiseki, Mirco Demuro




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

2018 Takarazuka Kinen Nominations


A total of 16 horses have been nominated to the Takarazuka Kinen. The nominations include Satono Diamond, Kiseki, Vivlos, Danburite, Perform a Promise and Hong Kong-trained Werther(NZ).
The grade one Takarazuka Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 24 at Hanshin Racecourse.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Seiun Kosei wins Hakodate Sprint S


Seiun Kosei, having taken a sole lead before the turn, hung on to winning the Hakodate Sprint Stakes under Kenichi Ikezoe at Hakodate on Sunday. He won it in 1:07.6 by a nose from Hiruno Devaro. Another neck back, Nac Venus was third.
Seiun Kosei is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Admire Moon out of Observant, by Capote.

Le Vent Se Leve romps Unicorn S


Race favorite Le Vent Se Leve left the rivals behind at around 200 meters from home to win the Unicorn Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday. A 3 1/2-length behind, Great Time was second with another head away Engrosser third. Mirco Demuro rode the winner to complete the 1,600-meter dirt race in 1:35.0.
Le Vent Se Leve, who has now won four of his five races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Symboli Kris S out of Maestrale, by Neo Universe.

Friday, June 15, 2018

2018 Unicorn S


Tokyo hosts the dirt g3 Unicorn Stakes on Sunday, June 17.
The leading players among 16 entrants could be: Great Time, Grimm, Harvest Moon and Le Vent Se Leve.

The post position with riders for the 1,600-meter race is:
1-Seiun Cool Guy, Teruo Eda
2-Taisei Avenir, Takuya Ono
3-Prosperous Days, Keisuke Dazai
4-Tokino Pirates, Akihide Tsumura
5-Great Time, Christophe Lemaire
6-Hosho Now, Daichi Shibata
7-Grimm, Yuga Kawada
8-Harvest Moon, Keita Tosaki
9-Koma Bisho, Tomoharu Bushizawa
10-Bhailla, Ryuji Wada
11-Best My Way(USA), Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Engrosser, Katsuharu Tanaka
13-Ryono Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
14-Le Vent Se Leve, Mirco Demuro
15-Danke Schon, Norihiro Yokoyama
16-Mic Ben Hur, Nanako Fujita

2018 Hakodate Sprint


16 horses will go for the Hakodate Sprint Stakes at Hakodate on Sunday, June 17.
The possible leading contenders are Seiun Kosei, Diana Halo, Nac Venus, Once in a Moon and King Heart.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,200-meter Hakodate Sprint is:
1-Seiun Kosei, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Diana Halo, Yutaka Take
3-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori
4-Jeune Ecole, Yuichi Kitamura
5-Tamamo Brilliant, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Teehaff, Yusaku Kokubun
7-Nac Venus, Kosei Miura
8-Once in a Moon, Shu Ishibashi
9-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
10-Not Formal, Masaki Katsuura
11-Yukino Aiolos, Genki Maruyama
12-Epoisses, Masayoshi Ebina
13-King Heart, Hiroshi Kitamura
14-Admire God, Yasunari Iwata
15-Light Fairy, Yuichi Shibayama
16-Nobo Baccara, Miyabi Muto


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Harbin Mao wins Kanto Oaks


Harbin Mao, ridden by Masami Matsuoka, won the NAR grade two Kanto Oaks in 2:17/6 at Kawasaki over 2,100 meters on Wednesday night. She showed an explosive finishing kick to get past Gold Patek, who looked like a sure winner in the final stage. The two separated by a 3/4-length. Third was, another 4-length back, Crazy Accel.
Harbin Mao, trained at JRA Miho by E. Nakadate, is a 3-year-old chestnut filly by Harbinger out of Dancing Mao, by Gold Allure.

Monday, June 11, 2018

2018 Kanto Oaks


A field of 13 horses have been entered to the NAR grade two Kanto Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. JRA entries are Harbin Mao, La La Primevere, Meisho Hisakata and Princess Nonko.
The Kanto Oaks will be run on Wednesday, June 13 at Kawasaki track.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Andriette mid-upset victory in Mermaid


Andriette, ridden by Kyosuke Kokubun, kept on running well on the inside, winning the Mermaid Stakes in 1:59.1 on 2,000-meter Hanshin course on Sunday. One Breath Away finished a neck behind the winner in second. Another 2-length back, Mieno Succeed was third. Andriette paid 1,710 yen for win as 10th favorite.
Andriette, who has now gained fourth career win, is a 6-year-old mare by Deep Impact out of Unabashed Charm, by Silver Deputy.

Satono Arthur takes Epsom C


Satono Arthur took a lead on the outside outside 200 meters from home to win the Epsom Cup at Tokyo on Sunday. A 1/2-length behind, Hakusan Rudolf finished second with another 3/4-length away Gruyeres third. Keita Tosaki guided the winner to complete the 1,800-meter race in 1:47.4.
Satono Arthur, who has now recored two wins this season, totally four wins in 11 career starts, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Deep Impact out of King's Rose, by Redoute's Choice.

Friday, June 08, 2018

2018 Mermaid Stakes


Hanshin hosts the Mermaid Stakes for 3-year-olds and upwards fillies and mares on Sunday, June 10. A total of 15 horses have been entered to the grade three 2,000-meter race.
The possible leading players are Mirissa, Reiho Romance, Kinsho Yukihime, Eterna Minoru and Tosen Victory.


Post position with riders:

1-One Breath Away, Akihide Tsumura
2-Lunation, Kiwamu Ogino
3-Andriette, Kyosuke Kokubun
4-Mirissa, Yasunari Iwata
5-Reiho Romance, Tsubasa Iwasaki
6-Kinsho Yukihime, Shinichiro Akiyama
7-Eterna Minoru, Ryuji Wada
8-Stillwater, Kenji Kawamata
9-T S Cry, Tomoaki Takenoshita
10-Vafuram, Akatsuki Tomita
11-Argente, Manabu Sakai
12-Mieno Succeed, Shinji Kawashima
13-Emanon, Fuma Matsuwaka
14-Tosen Victory, Suguru Hamanaka
15-Phase Velocity, Yuichi Kitamura




2018 Epsom Cup


This Sunday sees the Epsom Cup for 3-year-olds and upwards at Tokyo. The leading contenders among the 16 entrants could be: Gruyeres, Sable Or, Daiwa Cagney and Satono Arthur.


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

1-Black Spinel, Yukito Ishikawa
2-Bell Canyon, Shu Ishibashi
3-Air Anthem, Yusuke Fujioka
4-Tosen Matakoiya, Yoshitomi Shibata
5-Gruyeres, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Hakusan Rudolf, Yuga Kawada
7-Meiner Frost, Daichi Shibata
8-Sable Or, Christophe Lemaire
9-Smart Odin, Yutaka Take
10-Daiwa Cagney, Norihiro Yokoyama
11-Shiny Prince, Masaki Katsuura
12-Meiner Milano, Yuji Tannai
13-A Day in the Life, Hiroshi Kitamura
14-Birdie Eagle, Kosei Miura
15-Gold Cerberus, Takuya Ono
16-Satono Arthur, Keita Tosaki

T O Helios(USA) gains first grade victory in Hokkaido Sprint


T O Helios(USA) produced a strong finishing kick on the inside, winning the Hokkaido Sprint Cup in 1:12.9 at Mombetsu track over 1,200 meters on Thursday night. Suguru Hamanaka-steered T O Helios beat Love Bullet by a neck with another head back Snow Dragon third.
T O Helios, trained at JRA Ritto by T. Umeda and bred in US by Yanagawa Stud LTD., is a 6-year-old bay horse by Fusaichi Pegasus out of Reagle Mary, by Afternoon Deelites.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

2018 Hokkaido Sprint


A toal of 16 horses have been entered to the NAR grade three Hokkaio Sprint Cup for 3yo+.
JRA entries are Copano Mickael, Nishiken Mononofu, Snow Dragon and T O Helios(USA).
The Hokkaido Sprint will be run on Thursday night at Mombetsu track.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Mozu Ascot(USA) takes Yasuda Kinen


Having finished second in the Azuchijo Stakes last week, Mozu Ascot(USA) won the Yasuda Kinen under Christophe Lemaire at Tokyo on Sunday. Lemaire forced Mozu Ascot to take a passage between Aerolithe and Suave Richard, getting up to the winning post in an excellent time of 1:31.3. A neck behind, Aerolithe finished second with another 3/4-length back Suave Richard third.
It was the first grade glory and his fifth victory Mozu Ascot in 11 starts with more than 221 million jpn yen in career earnings. Y. Yahagi and Capital System Co. Ltd. trains and owns the colt respectively. Bred in US by Summer Wind Farm, Mozu Ascot is a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Frakel out of India, by Hennessy.
 

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Strong Titan(USA) wins Naruo in record time


Strong Tital(USA) rushed on the rails down the deep stretch to win the Naruo Kinen at Hanshin on Saturday. A 1/2-length behind, Triomphe was second with another 2 1/2-length back Tricolore Bleu third. Mirco Demuro rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter trip in the course record of 1:57.2.
Strong Titan(USA), bred in US by Northern Racing, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Regal Ransom out of  Titan Queen, by Tiznow.

Friday, June 01, 2018

2018 Naruo Kinen


Saturday's main event at Hanshin will be the Naruo Kinen for 4-year-olds and upwards.
The possible leading conteders among 11 entrants are: Triomphe, Tricolore Bleu, Maltese Apogee and  Satono Noblesse.

The post position with jockeys for the grade three 2,000-meter race is:
1-Yamakatsu Raiden, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Triomphe, Christophe Lemaire
3-Mondo Intero, Yukito Ishikawa
4-T M Inazuma, Yoshihiro Furukawa
5-Tricolore Bleu, Yasunari Iwata
6-Maltese Apogee, Yutaka Take
7-Nasuno Seikan, Genki Maruyama
8-Strong Titan(USA), Mirco Demuro
9-Tatsu Gogeki, Shinichiro Akiyama
10-Strange Quark, Suguru Hamanaka
11-Satono Noblesse, Yuga Kawada

Field of 2018 Yasuda Kinen


A field has been drawn for the Yasuda Kinen at Tokyo on Sunday, June 3.
Suave Richard has shown excellent form of run this season with a couple of grade victories. Grade one Osaka Hai victory was his latest effort. He drew post 1. Persian Knight, winner of last year's Mile Championship, switches back to a 1,600-meter distance that is at his best. He drew post 5.
Real Steel, who makes his only second start of the season after finishing second in the Dubai Turf, drew post 11. Lys Gracieux, one of the best fillies in her generation, having finished second in the Victoria Mile last outing, had post 14. Grade two Milers Cup winner Sungrazer had post 15. Hong Kong-trained Western Express(AUS) drew post 7.

The post position with riders for the grade one 1,600-meter event is:
1-Suave Richard, Mirco Demuro
2-Satono Ares, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Dashing Blaze(USA), Hiroshi Kitamur
4-Aerolithe, Keita Tosaki
5-Persian Knight, Yuga Kawada
6-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
7-Western Express(AUS), Samuel Clipperton
8-Campbell Junior(AUS), Shu Ishibashi
9-Red Falx, Hironobu Tanabe
10-Mozu Ascot(USA), Christophe Lemaire
11-Real Steel, Yasunari Iwata
12-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
13-Black Moon, Shinichiro Akiyama
14-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
15-Sungrazer, Yuichi Fukunaga
16-Win Gagnant, Akihide Tsumura


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Success Energy wins Sakitama Hai in photo finish


Success Energy won the NAR grade two Sakitama Hai by a nose from Kitasan Mikazuki with another 4-length back Ensemble Life third. In the last 100 meters, Success Energy and Kitasan Mikazuki had an exciting neck-to-neck battle.
Kohei Matsuyam was aboard the winner to complete the 1,400-meter race in 1:26.2.
Success Energy, trained at JRA Ritto by Y. Kitade, is a 4-year-old dark bay colt by Kinshasa no Kiseki out of Success Ai Ni, by Jungle Pocket.

2018 Yasuda Kinen Nominations


A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the Yasuda Kinen. The nominations include Lys Gracieux, Persian Knight, Real Steel, Suave Richard, Sungrazer and Hong Kong-trained Western Express(AUS).
The grade one Yasuda Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 3 at Tokyo over 1,600 meters on turf.

Monday, May 28, 2018

2018 Sakitama Hai


12 horses have been entered to the NAR grade two Sakitama Hai for 4-year-olds and upwards. JRA entries are Best Warrior(USA), Graceful Leap, Nero and Success Energy.
The Sakitama Hai will be run on Wednesday, May 30 at Urawa track over 1,400 meters on dirt.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Win Tenderness takes Meguro Kinen


Win Tenderness, ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida, squeezed between horses in the late stage to win the Meguro Kinen in 2:29.7 over 2,500 meters on Tokyo turf course on Sunday.
A 3/4-length behind, Noble Mars finished second with another head away Perform a Promise third.
Win Tenderness is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Company out of Moere Merci, by Magic Miles.

Wagnerian gives Fukunaga first Derby win


Yuichi Fukunaga finally achieved his long-time ambition at his 19th Derby ride as he guided Wagnerian to win the 2,400-meter Japanese Derby in 2:23.6 at Tokyo on Sunday.
Epoca d'Oro finished a 1/2-length behind the winner in second. Another neck back, Cosmic Force was third with Etario fourth and Blast Onepiece fifth.
Inside 200 meters out, Epoca d'Oro continued to run well at a leading position. But Wagnerian really quickened on the outside from that stage. Fukunaga's challenge just prevailed.
 Trained by Y. Tomomichi and owned by Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co.Ltd., Wagnerian has now won four in six starts with more than 306 million jpn yen in earnings.
Kaneko Makoto Holdings Inc. was the breeder of Wagnerian, a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Miss Encore, by King Kamehameha.

Friday, May 25, 2018

2018 Meguro Kinen


The grade two Megor Kinen for 4-year-olds and upward will be run as a final race on Sunday's Tokyo meeting.
The leading conteders could be: Seewind, Perform a Promise, Chestnut Coat, Fame Game and Popocatepetl.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,500-meter handicap race is:
1-Ho O Dream, Hironobu Tanabe
2-Seewind, Keita Tosaki
3-Win Tenderness, Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
5-Sounds of Earth, Hugh Bowman
6-Vosges, Kota Fujioka
7-Happy Moment, Kosei Miura
8-Perform a Promise, Mirco Demuro
9-Bright Barows, Shu Ishibashi
10-Chestnut Coat, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Sole Impact, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Toshin Monstera, Genki Maruyama
13-Koki Chosan, Yukito Ishikawa
14-Fame Game, Christophe Lemaire
15-Ridge Man, Masami Matsuoka
16-Popocatepetl, Yuga Kawada



Field set for 2018 Japanese Derby


A field has been drawn for the Tokyo Yushun(known as the Japanese Derby).
Danon Premium, an undefeated colt who skipped the Satsuki Sho due to leg injury, drew post 1. Mainichi Hai winner Blast Onepiece, who achieve three straight win without flop, drew post 8. Epoca d'Oro, having won the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) in impressive fashion, had post 12. Horses who are like to bounce back from an undesired result are Kitano Commandeur(post 5), Stelvio(post 15) and Wagnerian(post 17).

The post position with riders for the 2,400-meter Derby, run on Sunday, May 27 at Tokyo, is:
1-Danon Premium, Yuga Kawada
2-Time Flyer, Hiroyuki Uchida
3-T O Energy, Kota Fujioka
4-Admire Alba, Genki Maruyama
5-Kitano Commandeur, Mirco Demuro
6-Go for the Summit, Masayoshi Ebina
7-Cosmic Force, Shu Ishibashi
8-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
9-Oken Moon, Hiroshi Kitamura
10-Stay Foolish, Norihiro Yokoyama
11-Gendarme(USA), Yutaka Take
12-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
13-Grail, Yasunari Iwata
14-Etario, Hugh Bowman
15-Stelvio, Christophe Lemaire
16-Generale Uno, Hironobu Tanabe
17-Wagnerian, Yuichi Fukunaga
18-Sans Rival, Suguru Hamanaka

Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 Japanese Derby nominations


A total of 21 remains on the final nomination stage of the Tokyo Yushun known as the Japanese Derby.
The nominations include Blast Onepiece, Danon Premium, Epoca d'Oro, Kitano Commandeur, Stelvio and Wagnerian.
The Japanese Derby will be run on Sunday, May 27 at Tokyo Race Course.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Almond Eye romps home in Oaks to make filly double


Almond Eye made a Oka Sho-Oaks double when she won the Japanese Oaks at Tokyo on Sunday.
Christophe Lemaire on Almond Eye, the favorite in a reduced field of 17, took a good position, sixth place, early on, while Sayakachan, far up front, set the pace. After the field entered the homestretch, Almond Eye was moving up. Within 200 meters to go, she got past Lily Noble on her way to winning the 2,400-meter classic race in 2:23.8 on firm ground. Lily Noble finished a 1 3/4-length behind the winner in second with another 1 3/4-length away Lucky Lilac third.
Almond Eye, trained by S. Kunieda and owned by Silk Racing Co. LTD., has now won four in five starts with more than 313 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Almond Eye, a 3-year-old bay filly by Lord Kanaloa out of Fusaichi Pandora, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sunrise Soar wire-to-wire victory in Heian


Sunrise Soar was never behind in the 1,900-meter dirt trip to win the Heian Stakes in 1:57.3 under Mirco Demuro at Kyoto on Saturday. Second was, a 1 1/2-length behind, Queen Mambo with another nose back Queen's Saturn third.
Sunrise Soar, who has now won five of his 17 races, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Symboli Kris S out of Amelia, by Special Week.

Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 Heian Stakes


The Heian Stakes, a grade three dirt race, will be run on Saturday, May 19 at Kyoto Race Course.
The possible leading contenders among 16 entries are: Mitsuba, T M Jinsoku, Great Pearl and Sunrise Soar.


The post position with jockeys for the 1,900-meter Heian Stakes is:

1-Mitsuba, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Cosmo Canadian, Yuji Tannai
3-Kurino Star O, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Sammaru Duke, Tomoharu Bushizawa
5-T M Jinsoku, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Great Pearl, Yuga Kawada
7-Asukano Roman, K-eisuke Dazai
8-Meisho Sumitomo, Ryuji Wada
9-Sunrise Soar, Mirco Demuro
10-Queen's Saturn, Hirofumi Shii
11-Princia Cometa, Yasunari Iwata
12-Meisho Utage, Yutaka Take
13-Namura Arashi, Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Queen Mambo, Christophe Lemaire
15-Top Divo, Katsuharu Tanaka
16-My Tity, Tsubasa Iwasaki




Thursday, May 17, 2018

Field set for 2018 Japanese Oaks


A field of 18 horses is set to run in the 79th Japanese Oaks at Tokyo on Sunday, May 20.
Almond Eye, who showed a sensational finishing kick when winning the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) last outing, drew post 13. Lucky Lilac, whose first loss came at the Oka Sho in which she finished second, drew post 2. Grade two Flora Stakes winner Satono Walkure, who faces top filly company for the first time, had post 8. Lily Noble, having put her name on the board at the top level in several occasions, breaks from post 1. Mau Lea, fifth in the Oka Sho, drew post 3.

The post position with riders for the 2,400-meter filly classic is:   
1-Lily Noble, Yuga Kawada
2-Lucky Lilac, Shu Ishibashi
3-Mau Lea, Yutaka Take
4-Tosen Bless, Yoshitomi Shibata
5-Cantabile, Hironobu Tanabe
6-All for Love, Ryuji Wada
7-Toho Artemis, Fuma Matsuwaka
8-Satono Walkure, Mirco Demuro
9-Sister Flag, Yasunari Iwata
10-Red Sakuya, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Pioneer Bio, Hiroshi Kitamura
12-Sayakachan, Masami Matsuoka
13-Almond Eye, Christophe Lemaire
14-Randonness(USA), Hiroyuki Uchida
15-Usubenino Kimi, Kosei Miura
16-Win Lanakila, Takuya Ono
17-Rosa Glauca, Keita Tosaki
18-Ohana, Kota Fujioka


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

20 nominations for 2018 Japanese Oaks


A total of 20 horses have been nominated to the Japanese Oaks, the second filly classics of the year. The nominations include Almond Eye, Lily Noble, Lucky Lilac, Mau Lea and Satono Walkure.
The Oaks will be run on Sunday, May 20 at Tokyo Race Course.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jour Polaire wins Victoria Mile in photo finish


The Victoria Mile was won in a thrilling finish on Sunday, May 13 at Tokyo by Jour Polaire, who went into front in the very final stage to win the 1,600 meters under Hideaki Miyuki in 1:32.3 on good ground. Race favorite Lys Gracieux challenged, but was a nose short of winning. Another neck behid, Red Avancer was third with Aerolithe fourth and Miss Panthere fifth.
Jour Polaire, trained by M. Nishizono and owned by G1 Racing Co. Ltd., has now won six of her 14 races with more than 224 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Shadai Corporation Inc. was the breeder of Jour Polaire, a 5-year-old bay mare by Deep Impact out of Summer Night City, by Helissio.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Moonquake wins Keio Hai Spring C in record time


Moonquake came from behind to win the grade two Keio Hai Spring Cup in record time of 1:19.5 at the Tokyo 1,400 meters on turf. He finished a head ahead of Campbell Junior(AUS) with another nose back Satono Ares third. The winning rider was Christophe Lemaire.
Front runners Tosho Piste and Rhein Spirit hooked up in the early stage. That set up nicely for late runners Moonquake, Campbell Junior(AUS) and Satono Ares, who finished first three at the wire.
Moonquake, who has now won six of his 12 races, is a 5-year-old chestnut gelding by Admire Moon out of Rich Daucer, by Halling.

Friday, May 11, 2018

2018 Keio Hai Spring C


Tokyo Racecourse hosts the grade two Keio Hai Spring Cup as a main event on Saturday meeting.
The possible main contenders are: Satono Ares, Greater London, Seiun Kosei and Dance Director.


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

1-Satono Ares, Masayoshi Ebina
2-Tosho Piste, Katsuura Tanaka
3-Admire God, Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori
5-Moonquake, Christophe Lemaire
6-Greater London, Hironobu Tanabe
7-Eye Line, Hiroshi Kitamura
8-Reliable Ace, Keita Tosaki
9-Win Gagnant, Akihide Tsumura
10-Seiun Kosei, Kosei Miura
11-Shuji, Norihiro Yokoyama
12-Theodore, Yukito Ishikawa
13-Daimei Fuji, Kohei Matsuyama
14-Vip Lively, Takuya Ono
15-Dance Director, Yutaka Take
16-Nobo Baccara, Miyabi Muto
17-Campbell Junior(AUS), Shu Ishibashi
18-Fiano Romano(AUS), Yuga Kawada





Field of 2018 Victoria Mile


A field of 18 fillies and mares is set to run in the grade one Victoria Mile at Tokyo on Sunday.
Let's Go Donki, runner-up in the g1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, drew post 1. Miss Panthere, coming off victory in the g2 Hanshin Himba Stakes, drew post 2. Aerolithe, who finished a good second in the g2 Nakayama Kinen behind Win Bright last outing, drew post 10. Admire Lead, fourth in the Hanshin Himba Stakes, had post 11. Lys Gracieux, having won the g3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai before finishing second in the Hanshin Himba Stakes, drew post 16.


The post position with riders for the 1,600-meter Victoria Mile is:

1-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
2-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Rabbit Run(USA), Yuga Kawada
4-Jour Polaire, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
6-Red Avancer, Yuichi Kitamura
7-Kawakita Enka, Takuya Ono
8-Queen's Milagro, Kota Fujioka
9-Soul Stirring, Christophe Lemaire
10-Aerolithe, Keita Tosaki
11-Admire Lead, Mirco Demuro
12-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
13-One to One, Yusuke Fujioka
14-Rieno Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
15-Dea Regalo, Kenichi Ikezoe
16-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
17-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
18-Maids of Honour, Yuichi Fukunaga

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

2018 Victoria Mile Nominations


A total of 18 fillies and mares have been nominated to the Victoria Mile. The nomonations include Admire Lead, Aerolithe, Let's Go Donki, Lys Gracieux and Miss Panthere.
The Victoria Mile will be run on Sunday, May 13 at Tokyo over 1,600 meters on turf.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Suzuka Devious wins Niigata Daishoten


The grade three Niigata Daishoten was won on Sunday by Suzuka Devious, who got into front in the mid-stretch and beat Stay in Seattle by a 3/4-length. Another 3/4-length behind, Nasuno Seikan was third. Kosei Miura rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter trip in 2 minutes flat.
Suzuka Devious, who has now won his first grade glory, is a 7-year-old dark bay horse by King Kamehameha out of Suzuka Laurent, by Sunday Silence.

Keiai Nautique rallies in NHK Mile C


Keian Nautique, held by Yusuke Fujioka at second to last early on, made up ground in the stretch to win the grade one NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday. He won the 1,600-meter race in 1:32.8, finishing a neck ahead of Gibeon with another head away Red Veyron third. Fourth was, another 3/4-length back, Mr Melody(USA) followed by Ryono Tesoro(USA), a neck behind.
Keiai Nautique, trained by O. Hirata and owned by K. Kameda, has now won three of his seven races with more than 169 million jpn yen in career earnings. Bred by Queens Ranch Ltd., the bay 3-year-old colt is by Deep Impact out of Keiai Gerbera, by Smarty Jones.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Stay Foolish takes Kyoto Shimbun


Stay Foolish, second in the early pace, took a lead in the upper stretch to win the grade two Kyoto Shimbun Hai at Kyoto on Saturday. The Stay Gold bay colt won the 2,200-meters 2minutes 11 seconds by a 1 3/4-length from Admire Alba. Another nose back, Chardonnay Gold finished third. The winning was Yusuke Fujioka.
Stay Foolish,  who has now won two of his four races, is out of Kauai Lane, by King Kamehameha.

Friday, May 04, 2018

2018 Kyoto Shimbun Hai


Kyoto Racecourse features the grade two Kyoto Shimbun Hai for 3-year-olds on Saturday.
The leading players could be: Franz, Glory Vase, Tanino Frankel(IRE) Chardonnay Gold.

The post position with riders for the 2,200-meter turf race is:
1-Franz, Mirco Demuro
2-Glory Vase, Suguru Hamanaka
3-Renovar, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Richebourg, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Tanino Frankel(IRE), Hideaki Miyuki
6-Meisho Tekkon, Kohei Matsuyama
7-K T Clever, Hirofumi Shii
8-Admire Alba, Yasunari Iwata
9-Lord Axis, Manabu Sakai
10-Rey Esplendor, Kota
11-Alm Forza, Kenichi Ikezoe
12-You Can Smile, Takuma Ogino
13-Stay Foolish, Yusuke Fujioka
14-R Star, Fuma Matsuwaka
15-Chardonnay Gold, Hugh Bowman
16-Double Sharp, Ryuji Wada
17-Intersection, Kiwamu Ogino



2018 Niigata Daishoten


Sunday' main event at Niigata Racecourse will be the grade three Niigata Daishoten.
The possible leading contenders are: Suzuka Devious, Triomphe, My Style and Staphanos.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,000-meter turf race is:
1-Suzuka Devious, Kosei Miura
2-Nasuno Seikan, Genki Maruyama
3-Kento O, Yukito Ishikawa
4-Shiny Prince, Masaki Katsuura
5-Tosen Matakoiya, Yoshitomi Shibata
6-Rhein Ruf, Kazuma Mori
7-Curren Last Show, Kiwamu Ogino
8-Hakusan Rudolf, Kyosuke Maruta
9-Night of Knights, Akihide Tsumura
10-Triomphe, Daisaku Matsuda
11-Happy Yunibansu, Takashi Fujikake
12-My Style, Katsuharu Tanaka
13-Staphanos, Ryuji Wada
14-Stay in Seattle, Shinichiro Akiyama
15-Rock a Hula Baby, Makoto Sugihara
16-Outliers, Takeshi Yokoyama


Field of 2018 NHK Mile Cup


A total of 18 three-year-old horses have been entered to the NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo on Sunday.
Tetradrachm, winner of the grade three Daily Hai Queen Cup, got post 3. Grade three Arlington Cup winner Tower of London drew post 7. Gibeon, runner-up in the grade three Mainichi Hai, had post 9. Keiai Nautique, second finisher in the grade two NZ Trophy, got post 11.
The post position with riders for the grade one 1,600-meter race is:
1-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Fast Approach, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Tetradrachm, Hironobu Tanabe
4-Frontier, Hiroyuki Uchida
5-Primo Scene, Keita Tosaki
6-Ryono Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
7-Tower of London, Christophe Lemaire
8-Danon Smash, Yuichi Kitamura
9-Gibeon, Mirco Demuro
10-Pax Americana, Yuga Kawada
11-Keiai Nautique, Yusuke Fujioka
12-Encore Plus, Kota Fujioka
13-Lucas, Hugh Bowman
14-Delta Barows(USA), Shu Ishibashi
15-Cassius, Suguru Hamanaka
16-Mr Melody(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
17-Red Veyron, Yasunari Iwata
18-Rock This Town, Kenichi Ikezoe


Thursday, May 03, 2018

T O Energy romps Hyogo Championship


Having taken a good position early on, Yasunari Iwata-steered T O Enegry won the NAR grade two Hyogo Championship at the 1,870-meter Sonoda track on Thursday. He finished a decisive 5-length ahead of Big Smoky, coming cross the wire in 2 minutes flat. Another 1 1/2-length behind, Cavendish was third.
T O Energy, trained at JRA Ritto by T. MIya, whose career record has now improved to 5-3-1-1, is a 3-year-old chestnut colt by Kane Hikili out of Silky Craft, by Crafty Prospector.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Nominations for 2018 NHK Mile Cup


A total of 22 horses have been nominated to the grade one NHK Mile Cup for 3-year-olds. The nominations include Gibeon, Keiai Nautique, Tetradrachm and Towe of London.
The NHK Mile Cup will be run on Sunday, May 6 at Tokyo Racecourse.

Gold Dream wins Kashiwa Kinen


Gold Dream, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, got past All Blush Incantation in the deep stretch to win the NAR grade one Kashiwa Kinen at Funabashi track on Wednesday night. He won by a length over All Blush with another head away Incantation third. Final time of the 1,600 meters on dirt was 1:39.2.
Gold Dream, a 5-year-old horse by Gold Allure out of Mon Vert, by French Deputy, trained at JRA Ritto by O. Hirata, has now gained the third grade one race.