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.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

2018 Hyogo Championship


11 three-year-olds have been entered to the NAR grade two Hyogo Championship at Sonoda track  over 1,870 meters on dirt on Thursday, May 3. JRA entries are Work and Love, Big Smoky, Cavendish, Meisho Hisakata and T O Energy.

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Kashiwa Kinen


The NAR grade one Kashiwa Kinen will be run on Wednesday, May 2 at Funabashi track.
12 horses have been entered to the 1,600-meter race. JRA entries are All Blush, Moanin(USA), Gold Dream, Best Warrior(USA), Incantation and Nonkono Yume.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one race is:
1-Mikki Hennessy, Jukiya Takigawa
2-Grand Univers, Masashige Honda
3-All Blush, Hironobu Tanabe
4-Moanin(USA), Ryuji Wada
5-Higashi Will Win, Taito Mori
6-Castle Crown, Shun Ishiaki
7-Gold Dream, Christophe Lemaire
8-Cheddar, Tatsuya Watanabe
9-Best Warrior(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
10-Sossusvlei, Takehiro Kashiwagi
11-Incantation, Kosei Miura
12-Nonkono Yume, Hiroyuki Uchida


Success Energy takes Kakitsubata


Success Energy took a good position to win the NAR grade three Kakitsubata Kinen in 1:25.9 at Nagoya on Monday. Kohei Matsuyama on Success Energy took a lead on the final bend and hung on to win by a 3/4-length from King's Guard. Another neck back, Sunrise Majoy was third.
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.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

2018 Kakitsubata Kinen


The NAR grade three Kakitsubata Kinen will be run on Monday, April 30 at Nagoya track. A total of 12 horses will run in the 1,400-meter dirt race. JRA entries are Copano Charlie, King's Guard, Success Energy, Rose Princedom and Sunrise Major.


Rainbow Line finally gains g1 victory in Tenno Sho Spring


Rainbow Lie finally achieved the grade one victory in his 10th try as he won the Tenno Sho Spring at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday.
Cheval Grand took a lead in the upper stretch while Rainbow Line, ridden by Yasunari Iwata, was far behind in the crowd. From there, Rainbow Line squeezed between horses on the middle to get his neck in front at the wire. Cheval Grand was second, a 1/2-length ahead of Clincher.
The race over 3,200 meteres on turf was run in 3:16.1.
Right after the race, Iwata got off from Rainbow Line, who got hurt on his right front leg. The trailer carried him later.
Rainbow Line, trained by H. Asami and owned by M. Mita, has now won five of his 22 races with more than 450 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern  Racing was the breeder of Rainbow Line, a 5-year-old bay horse by Stay Gold out of Regenbogen, by French Deputy.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Go for the Summit romps home in Aoba Sho


Go for the Summit with Masayoshi Ebina up drew away from the rest on his way to winning the Aoba Sho at Tokyo on Saturday. The 3-year-old dark bay colt got the wire in 2:24.4, finishing a 2-length ahead of Etario with another nose back Super Feather third.
Go for the Summit, who has now won three of his six races, is a son of Heart's Cry and Luxury, by Storm Cat.

Friday, April 27, 2018

2018 Aoba Sho


A total of 18 three-year-olds will contend in the grade two TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho, one of the major preps for the upcoming Japanese Derby, at Tokyo on Saturday, April 28.
The leading contenders could be: Obsession, who had won two straight before finishing seventh in the Yayoi Sho; Azalea Sho winner Super Feather; kanakura Sho winner Danon Majesty and Satono Saltus, runner-up in the g3 Kyodo News Hai.


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

1-Kafuji Vanguard, Yoshihiro Furukawa
2-Yusei Flash, Kosei Miura
3-Suzuka Teio, Hironobu Tanabe
4-Double Flat, Keita Tosaki
5-Meiner Saluer, Masami Matsuoka
6-Deep in Love, Yasunari Iwata
7-Mikki Position, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Obsession, Christophe Lemaire
9-Go for the Summit, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Super Feather, Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Trust Kenshin, Daichi Shibata
12-Danon Majesty, Hiroyuki Uchida
13-Nostradamus, Ryuji Wada
14-Tetrarchia, Yoshitomi Shibata
15-Etario, Shu Ishibashi
16-Credible, Takuya Ono
17-Montegrosso, Hiroshi Kitamura
18-Satono Saltus, Mirco Demuro



Thursday, April 26, 2018

Field set for 2018 Tenno Sho Spring


A field of 17 horses is set to run in the Tenno Sho Spring.
Ganko, winner of the g2 Nikkei Sho March 24, drew post 6. Clincher, having won the Kyoto Kinen before finishing third in the Hanshin Daishoten last month, drew post 8. Satono Chronicle, runner-up in the Hanshin Daishoten, drew post 10. Last year's Japan Cup winner Cheval Grand drew post 11. Hanshin Daishoten winner Rainbow Line drew post 12.
The grade one 3,200-meter race will be run on April 29 at Kyoto Racecourse.


The post position with riders for the Tenno Sho Spring is:

1-Mikki Rocket, Ryuji Wada
2-Chestnut Coat, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Shiho, Suguru Hamanaka
4-Curren Mirotic, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Yamakatsu Raiden, Kohei Matsuyama
6-Ganko, Yusuke Fujioka
7-Ping Pong, Hokuto Miyazaki
8-Clincher, Kosei Miura
9-Sole Impact, Yuichi Fukunaga
10-Satono Chronicle, Yuga Kawada
11-Cheval Grand, Hugh Bowman
12-Rainbow Line, Yasunari Iwata
13-Toshin Monstera,  Kyosuke Kokubun
14-Albert, Christophe Lemaire
15-Tosen Basil, Mirco Demuro
16-Smart Layer, Hirofumi Shii
17-Tomiken Slava, Shinichiro Akiyama


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 Tenno Sho Spring nominations


A total of 17 horses have been nominated to the Tenno Sho Spring(g1). The nominations include
Cheval Grand, Clincher, Ganko, Rainbow Line and Satono Chronicle.
The traditional race will be run on Sunday, April 29 at Kyoto Racecourse.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sungrazer wins Milers Cup in record time


Sungrazer, ridden by Yuichi Fukunaga, came down on the final stretch with a strong finishing kick to win the Milers Cup at Kyoto on Sunday. A 1 1/4-length behind, Moze Ascot(USA) got second with another 1/2-length back Air Spinel third. The 1,600-meter race on frim ground was the course record of 1:31.3.
Sungrazer, who has now won six of his 13 races, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Deep Impact out of Mantis Hunt, by Deputy Minister.

Satono Walkure finishes from last to first in Flora S


Satono Walkure, trailing at dead last early on, rallied in the home stretch to win the Flora Stakes by a neck at Tokyo on Sunday. Pioneer Bio finished a neck ahead of Normcore in second. Mirco Demuro was aboard the winner with final time of 1:59.5 for the 2,000 meters on turf.
Satono Walkure, whose career record has now improved to 4-3-0-1, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Here to Win, by Roi Normand.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fukushima Himba S: Kinsho Yukihime gets up in time


Kinsho Yukihime picked up her first grade victory as she won the Fukushima Kinen by coming from behind at Fukushima Racecourse on Saturday. A neck behind, Kawakita Enka was second with another neck away Denko Ange third. Shinichiro Akiyama rode the winner to cover the 1,800-meter distance in 1:46.8 on firm ground.
Kinsho Yukihime is a 5-year-old grey mare by Meisho Samson out of Apple Tea, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, April 20, 2018

2018 Fukushima Himba Stakes


Saturday, April 21 sees the grade three Fukushima Himba Stakes for 4yo+ filles and mares at Fukushima Racecourse.
The leading contenders look to be: Reiho Romance, Kawakita Enka, Tosen Victory and Denko Ange.
The field for the 1,800-meter turf race is:

1-Salsa Dione, Genki Maruyama
2-Bear in Mind, Yuji Hishida
3-Reiho Romance, Tsubasa Iwasaki
4-Kawakita Enka, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Tosen Victory, Hironobu Tanabe
6-Gekkako, Yuji Tannai
7-Kinsho Yukihime, Shinichiro Akiyama
8-Not Formal, Hiroto Mayuzumi
9-Black Onyx, Hayato Yoshida
10-Rock a Hula Baby, Hiroshi Kitamura
11-One Breath Away, Akihide Tsumura
12-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina

2018 Milers Cup


Sunday's main evet at Kyoto Racecourse will be the grade two Yomiuri Milers Cup for 4yo+.
Air Spinel, Sungrazer, Logi Cry and Mozu Ascot(USA) are likely to be leading contenders.

The post position with riders for the 1,600-meter race is:
1-Young Man Power, Yasunari Iwata
2-Garibaldi, Ryuji Wada
3-Bell Canyon, Yusuke Fujioka
4-Air Spinel, Yutaka Take
5-Sungrazer, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Moon Crest, Daisaku Matsuda
7-Dashing Blaze(USA), Suguru Hamanaka
8-Logi Cry, Yuga Kawada
9-Mozu Ascot(USA), Christophe Lemaire
10-Black Moon, Shinichiro Akiyama
11-Peak Tram, Futoshi Komaki
12-T M Inazuma, Hirofumi Shii
13-Cadenas, Hideaki Miyuki
14-Guanciale, Yoshihiro Furukawa

2018 Flora Stakes


The Flora Stakes, one of the major preps for the Japanese Oaks, will be run on Sunday, April 22 at Tokyo Racecourse.
The leading contenders among 16 entrants could be: Salacia, Satono Walkure, Ohana, Red Belle Rose and Normcore.
The post position with jockeys for the grade two 2,000-meter race is:

1-Salacia, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Oscar Ruby, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Usubenino Kimi, Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Satono Walkure, Mirco Demuro
5-Noble Cullinan, Kota Fujioka
6-Fast Life, Takuya Ono
7-Dusseldorf, Hironobu Tanabe
8-Love Love Love, Masami Matsuoka
9-High Heel, Tomoharu Bushizawa
10-Ohana, Shu Ishibashi
11-Casa del Cielo, Yuichi Kitamura
12-Red Belle Rose, Kosei Miura
13-Veronica Grace, Daichi Shibata
14-Dear Girasol, Miyabi Muto
15-Pioneer Bio, Yoshitomi Shibata
16-Normcore, Keita Tosaki

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Graceful Leap wire-to-wire victory in Tokyo Sprint


Graceful Leap, ridden by Yutaka Take, was never behind in the 1,200-meter trip, winning the NAR grade three Tokyo Sprint at Ohi on Wednesday night. A 1 1/2-length behind, Kitasan Mikazuki was second with another 1/2-length away Nero third. The winner got past the wire in 1:11.8.
Gracefule Leap, trained at JRA Ritto by S. Hashiguchi, is a 8-year-old chestnut horse by Gold Allure out of Rabbit Foot, by Seeking the Gold.

Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 NAR g3 Tokyo Sprint


The g3 Tokyo Sprint will be run on Wednesday, April 18 at Ohi track. A total of 16 horses have been entered to the 1,200-meter dirt race. The entrants include five JRA horses: Graceful Leap, Nishiken Mononofu, Nero, Snow Dragon and Win Oscar.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Great Pearl takes Antares S


Greast Pearl made a big effort in the last 50 meters to win the Antares Stakes at Hanshin on Sunday. Second was, a 1 1/4-length behind, Mitsuba with another 1/2-length away Qeen's Saturn third.
Yuga Kawada rode the winner to complete the 1,800-meter distance in 1:49.8 on dirt surface.
Great Pearl, who has now gained six straight win, is a 5-year-old bay horse by King Kamehameha out of Fortune Word, by Dehere.

Epoca d'Oro romps home in Satsuki Sho


In the hands of Keita Tosaki, Epoca d'Oro performed with a brilliant finishing speed, winning the Satsuki Sho at Nakayama on Sunday.
Epoca d'Oro ran fourth, a head of the big pack of horses, in the early race. Far up front, Aithon set the pace followed by Generale Uno and Jun Valerot. In the stretch, the first three were weakening, while Epoca d'Oro advanced swiftly. With about 100 meters to go, Epoca d'Oro took a lead and flashed past the post in 2:00.8. Sans Rival came from far behind to finish second, a 2-length behind. Another 1 3/4-length back, Generale Uno hung on to finish third followed by Stelvio fourth and Kitano Commandeur fifth.
Epoca d'Oro, trained by H.Fujiwara and owned by K.Hidaka Breeders Union, has now won three of his five races with more than 174 million jpn yen in career earnings.
T. Tagami was the breeder of Epoca d'Oro, a 3-year-old dark bay colt by Orfevre out of Daiwa Passion, by Forty Niner.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tower of London rallies in Arlington C


Tower of London, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, put up with a great finishing kick to win the Arlington Cup at Hanshin on Saturday. He was a clear winner of the 1,600-meter race in 1:33.4. A 1/2-length behind, Pax Americana finished second with another 1/2-length away Red Veyron third.
Tower of London was looking for a clear passage in the upper stretch, but he began to flash past his rivals in the rest of the way as soon as he found a room.
Tower of London, whose career record improved to 6-4-1-1, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Raven's Pass out of Snow Pine, by Dalakhani.

Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 Antares Stakes


A main event at Sunday's Hanshin will be the grade three Antares Stakes. A total of 16 horses have been entered to the 1,800-meter race on dirt surface.
The possibly main casts will be Namura Arashi, London Town, Asuan Roman and Yuranoto.

The post position with jockeys is:
1-Great Pearl, Yuga Kawada
2-Namura Arashi, Hideaki Miyuki
3-Dia del Rey, Masaki Katsuura
4-Meisho Utage, Yuichi Kitamura
5-Top Divo, Norihiro Yokoyama
6-My Tity, Tsubasa Iwasaki
7-London Town, Masami Matsuoka
8-Altair, Ryoya Kozaki
9-Cosmo Canadian, Yuji Tannai
10-Asukano Roman, Keisuke Dazai
11-Meisho Sumitomo, Yoshihiro Furukawa
12-Yuranoto, Kota Fujioka
13-Queen's Saturn, Hirofumi Shii
14-Mondo Intero, Kenichi Ikezoe
15-Mitsuba, Kohei Matsuyama
16-Meiner Basara, Fuma Matsuwaka

2018 Arilington Cup


The grade three Arlington Cup for 3-year-olds will be run on Saturday, April 14 at Hanshin.
The main contenders among the 13 entrants could be: Pax Americana, Indy Champ and Air Almas(USA).

The post position wirh riders for the 1,600-meter race is:
1-Pax Americana, Yuga Kawada
2-Indy Champ, Yasunari Iwata
3-Ryuno Yukina, Fuyuki Igarashi
4-Love Kampf, Kohei Matsuyama
5-Peace Universe, Yutaka Take
6-Tower of London, Christophe Lemaire
7-Aria, Hideaki Miyuki
8-Il Lume, Daisaku Matsuda
9-Water Parfait, Manabu Sakai
10-Air Almas(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
11-Red Veyron, Mirco Demuro
12-Russet, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Danon Smash, Yuichi Kitamura


Field of 2018 Satsuki Sho


A field is set to run in the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) to be run on Sunday, April 15 at Nakayama.
Grade one Hopeful Stakes winner Time Flyer, coming off fifth in the Wakaba Sho, drew post 1.
Wagnerian, who won three straight in a row before finishing second in the grade two Yayoi Sho behind Danon Premium, drew post 2.  Kitano Commandeur, undefeated in two starts, drew post 5. Wakaba Stakes winner Aithon drew post 6. Oken Moon, winner of the grade three Kyodo News Hai, drew post 9. Stelvio, winner of the grade two Spring Stakes, drew post 15.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one 2,000-meter race is:
1-Time Flyer, Hiroyuki Uchida
3-Gendarme(USA), Yutaka Take
4-Three Helios, Yoshitomi Shibata
5-Kitano Commandeur, Mirco Demuro
6-Aithon, Kyosuke Kokubun
7-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
8-K T Clever, Suguru Hamanaka
9-Oken Moon, Hiroshi Kitamura
10-Generale Uno, Hironobu Tanabe
11-Meiner Fanrong, Daichi Shibata
12-Grail, Yasunari Iwata
13-Double Sharp, Ryuji Wada
14-Sans Rival, Yusuke Fujioka
15-Stelvio, Christophe Lemaire
16-Jun Valerot, Takuya Ono

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 Marine Cup result


The NAR grade three Marine Cup for fillies and mares was on Wednesday night at Funabashi track won by Ange Desir, who was never behind with final of 1:41.2 for the 1,600-meter travel. A 3/4-length behind, Queen Mambo finished second with another neck away Yamanin Imprime third. Norihiro Yokoyama rode the winner.
Ange Desir, trained at JRA Ritto by M.Kon, is a 4-year-old dark bay filly by Deep Impact out of Tickle Pink, by French Deputy.

2018 Satsuki Sho Nomination


A total of 17 horses have been nominated to the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) to be run on Sunday, April 15 at Nakayama.
Danon Premium, the possible favorite for the Satsuki Sho, is among the nomination, but he will skip the first colt classic of the season due to bruise on his right front leg.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Almond Eye Storms Home in Oka Sho


Almond Eye came from far behind to win the Oka Sho under Christophe Lemaire at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday.  Lemaire held her far off the pace, second to last, in the early stage, but Almond Eye overtook her rivals in a single spurt down the stretch. They looked like standing still as she marched on the outside.
Lucky Lilac, who drew off to a lead with 200 meters to go, gave way to finish second, a 1 3/4-length behind. Another 1/2-length behind, Lily Noble was third. The winner came cross the wire in 1:33.1.
Almond Eye, trained at JRA Miho by S.Kunieda and owned by Silk Racing Co. Ltd., has now won three of her four races with more than 175 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 Pandoa, by Sunday Silence.
Almond Eye finished second at her Niigata debut race on Aug. 06, 2017 before winning a maiden race at Tokyo on Oct. 08, 2017. Prior to the Oka Sho, she produced a sensational late stride like the Oka Sho when winning the g3 Shinzan Kinen against boys at Kyoto on Jan. 08, 2018.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Miss Panthere leads all the way in Hanshin Himba

Miss Panthere leads all the way in Hanshin Himba
Miss Panthere made the running to win the Hanshin Himba Stakes in 1:34.8 over 1,600 meters at Hanshin on Saturday. Norihiro Yokoyama on Miss Panthere set a slow pace with the first 600 meters in 37.2 and they led all the way to getting up to the winning post. Second was, a head behind, Red Avancer with another neck away Lys Gracieux third.
Miss Panthere, who has now won five in nine starts, is a 4-year-old bay filly by Daiwa Major out of Aile de Courage, by Symboli Kris S.


Katsuji rallies in NZ Trophy


Katsuji, held by Matsuyama in the early pace, rallied in the stretch to win the New Zealand Trophy at Nakayama on Saturday. A head behind, Keiai Nautique finished a 3/4-length ahead of Delta Barows(USA) in second. The final time for the 1,600 meters on firm ground was 1:34.2.
Katsuji, who has now won two of his four races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Melissa, by White Muzzle.

Friday, April 06, 2018

2018 Hanshin Himba Stakes


13 fillies and mares will go for Saturday's Hanshin Himba Stakes at Hanshin Racecourse.
The leading contenders look like Admire Lead, Lys Gracieux, Soul Stirring and Miss Panthere.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,600-meter turf race is:
1-Jour Polaire, Hideaki Miyuki
2-Admire Lead, Mirco Demuro
3-Lys Gracieux, Yutaka Take
4-Mieno Succeed, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
6-Soul Stirring, Christophe Lemaire
7-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
8-Mirissa, Yasunari Iwata
9-Queen's Milagro, Kota Fujioka
10-Red Avancer, Yuichi Kitamura
11-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama
12-One to One, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Rabbit Run(USA), Yuga Kawada


2018 New Zealand Trophy


Saturday, April 7 sees the New Zealand Trophy at Nakayama Racecourse. A total of 15 three-year-old horses have been entered to the grade two 1,600-meter race.

Keiai Nautique, Cassius, Fast Approach and Katsuji will be the main casts.
The post position with jockeys is:
1-Cosmo Ignaz, Daichi Shibata
2-Delta Barows(USA), Takuya Ono
3-Gold Gear, Miyabi Muto
4-Icefjord, Hiroshi Kitamura
5-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama
6-Cassius, Suguru Hamanaka
7-Entscheiden, Katsuharu Tanaka
8-Ramses Barows(USA), Hiroyuki Uchida
9-Isa Chil Runrun, Kyosuke Kokubun
10-Fast Approach, Hironobu Tanabe
11-Kaiser Melange, Hiroto Mayuzumi
12-Ryono Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
13-Peisha Luas, Kosei Miura
14-Keiai Nautique, Keita Tosaki
15-Ambrosio, Shu Ishibashi

Field of 2018 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas)


The Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) will be run on Sunday, April 8 at Hanshin Racecourse.
Lucky Lilac, who has yet to finish behind in four starts, could top among the 18 entries for the first filly classic. The last time on the course, she toyed with her rivals when winning the Tulip Sho by a 2-length. Regular rider Shu Ishibashi will be aboard her to break from post 1.
Almond Eye, a sensational closer who beat boys when winning the Shinzan Kinen last January, drew post 13. Luly Noble and Mau Lea, who finished in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and Tulip Sho behind Lucky Lilac, drew post 9 and 17 respectively. Fillies' Revue winner Liberty Heights drew post 3. Anemone Stakes winner Harlem Line drew post 8.

The post position with riders for the 1,600-meter 3-year-old filly classic is:
1-Lucky Lilac, Shu Ishibashi
2-Amalfi Coast, Suguru Hamanaka
3-Liberty Heights, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Encore Plus, Kota Fujioka
5-Red Sakuya, Kohei Matsuyama
6-Scarlet Color, Yasunari Iwata
7-Tosen Bless, Yoshitomi Shibata
8-Harlem Line, Takuya Ono
9-Lily Noble, Yuga Kawada
10-Aonbharr, Yusuke Fujioka
11-Cordierite, Ryuji Wada
12-Dernier Or, Kenichi Ikezoe
13-Almond Eye, Christophe Lemaire
14-Red Regnant, Mirco Demuro
15-Primo Scene, Keita Tosaki
16-Finift, Yuichi Fukunaga
17-Mau Lea, Yutaka Take
18-Tsuzumimon, Shinichiro Akiyama

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

2018 Oka Sho Nominations


A total of 25 fillies have been nominated to the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas). The nominations include Almond Eye, Lily Noble, Lucky Lilac and Mau Lea.
The first filly classic of the year will be run on Sunday, April 8 at Hanshin Racecourse.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Demuro superb ride in Osaka Hai


Confidently and superbly ridden by Micro Demuro, Suave Richard won the Osaka Hai at Hanshin on Sunday. Demuro on Suave Richard was on an early move. Before the final bend, the colt moved up into front. From there, they were never behind on their way to winning the 2,000-meter race in 1:58.2. A 3/4-length behind, Persian Knight finished second with another 1/2-length back Al Ain third.
Trained by Y.Shono and owned by NICKS Co.Ltd., Suave Richard has now won five of his 10 races with more than 436 million jpn yen in career earnings. Northern Racing was the breeder of Suave Richard, a 4-year-old chestnut colt by Heart's Cry out of Pirramimma, by Unbidled's Song.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

He's in Love triumphs Lord Derby CT


He's in Love, running at the middle pack early on, won the Lord Derby Challenge Trophy in the hands of Kota Fujioka at Nakayama on Saturday. A 1/2-length behind, Campbell Junior(AUS) was second with another 3/4-length away Stormy Sea third.
Fujioka got past Campbell Junior in the very final stage to come cross the wire in 1:32.2.
He's in Love, whose career record has now improved to 17-6-2-3, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Harbinger out of She's Included, by Include.
 

Friday, March 30, 2018

2018 Lord Derby Challenge Trophy


Saturday's main event at Nakayama Racecourse will be the grade three Lord Derby Challenge Trophy to which 16 horses have benn entered. The entrants include Red en Ciel,  Greater London and Maltese Apogee.
The postposition with jockeys for the 1,600-meter event is:
1-A Day in the Life, Hiroshi Kitamura
2-Red en Ciel, Keita Tosaki
3-Campbell Junior(AUS), Shu Ishibashi
4-Greater London, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Meiner Aurato, Daichi Shibata
6-Theodore, Hayato Yoshida
7-Gold Cerberus, Yuichi Shibayama
8-Musee Alien, Filip Minarik
9-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
10-Logi Chalice, Kenichi Ikezoe
11-Daiwa Liberal, Kazuki Kikuzawa
12-Sunrise Major, Katsuharu Tanaka
13-Maltese Apogee, Yoshitomi Shibata
14-Solveig, Kosei Miura
15-Stormy Sea, Takuya Ono
16-Clarity Sky, Takuya Kowata


Field of 2018 Osaka Hai


The grade one Osaka Hai wil be run on Sunday, April 1 at Hanshin Racecourse.
The possible leading contenders among the 16 entries are: Satono Diamond, who had a fastest finish last time out when third in the Kinko Sho; last year's Japan Cup winner Cheval Grand, who makes his 2018 debut since finishing third in the Arima Kinen last December;  Al Ain, coming off a good second in the Kyoto Kinen and Suave Richard, winner of the Kinko Sho, who has shown consistant runs at the high level.

The post position with riders for the 2,000-meter race is:
1-Mikki Swallow, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-Satono Diamond, Keita Tosaki
3-Yamakatsu Ace, Kenichi Ikezoe
4-Cheval Grand, Kosei Miura
5-Persian Knight, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Smart Layer, Hirofumi Shii
7-Gold Actor, Hayato Yoshida
8-Al Ain, Yuga Kawada
9-Triomphe, Hironobu Tanabe
10-Satono Noblesse, Hideaki Miyuki
11-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
12-Yamakatsu Raiden, Manabu Sakai
13-Masahaya Dream, Yuichi Kitamura
14-Danburite, Suguru Hamanaka
15-Suave Richard, Mirco Demuro
16-Maitres d'Art, Kohei Matsuyama

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sunrise Soar wins Nagoya Daishoten in front fashion


Sunrise Soar, ridden by Mirco Demuro, set the pace and went all the way to win the Nagaya Daishoten at NAR Nagoya track on Thursday. He came cross the wire in 2:02.4, finishing a 1/2-length ahead of Mitsuba. Another 3/4-length behind, Key Ground was third.
Sunrise Soar, trained at JRA Ritto, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Symboli Kris S out of Amelia, by Special Week.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 Nagoya Daishoten


The NAR grade three Nagoya Daishoten will be run at Nagoya track on Wednesday, March 29. JRA entries among 11 horses are Meisho Sumitomo, Key Ground, Sunrise Soar, Mitsuba and Mozu Attraction.

The field for the 1,900-meter dirt race is:

1-Meisho Sumitomo, Yoshihiro Furukawa
2-Brannew, Makoto Okabe
3-Mozu Raijin, Hiroto Yoshihara
4-Key Ground, Kota Fujioka
5-Sunrise Soar, Mirco Demuro
6-Mitsuba, Kohei Matsuyama
7-Katsugeki Kitokito, Masaaki Ohata
8-A Shin Max(GB), Aoi Kinomae
9-Mozu Attraction, Tomonori Sato
10-Donarutoson, Sachio Yamada
11-Rinehart, Tsubasa Sasagawa

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Centurion takes March S


Centrurion drew away in the mid-stretch to win the March Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday. Before a nose win, he had to deny challenge by Queen's Saturn. The two separated by a nose. Third was, a 3/4-length behind Queen's Saturn, Roi Jardin.
Hideaki Miyuki was aboard the winner to get into the wire in 1:52.1.
Centurion, who has now won the first grade race, is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by King Kamehameha out of Hundred Score, by White Muzzle.

Fine Needle wins Takamatsunomiya Kine in photo finish


Fine Needle got up in the nick of time to win the Takamatsunomiya Kinen under Yuga Kawada in 1:08.5 at Chukyo on Sunday. A nose behind, Let's Go Donki was second with another 1/2-length back Nac Venus third followed by Dance Director fourth and Hong Kong-trained Blizzard(AUS) fifth.
Let's Go Donki went into front at around 200 meters from home, but Fine Needle challenged on the outside. The two looked like getting to the wire at the same level.
Fine Needle, trained by Y.Takahashi and owned by Godolphin, has now won eight of his 24 races with more than 304 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Darley Japan K.K. was the breeder of Fine Needle, a 5-year-old bay horse by Admire Moon out of Needlecraft, by Mark of Esteem. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Blast Onepiece wins Mainichi Hai


Blast Onepiece held a good position to win the Mainichi Hai under Kenichi Ikezoe at Hanshin on Saturday. Ikezoe took Blast Onepiece to run on the rail down the stretch, getting up to the wire in 1:46.5. A 2-length behind, Gibeon took second with another neck away Indy Champ third.
Blast Onepiece, who remains undefeated in three starts, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Harbinger out of Tsurumaru Onepiece, by King Kamehamaha.

Ganko good run at front in Nikkei Sho


Ganko produced a strong run at front to win the Nikkei Sho under Yusuke Fujioka at Nakayama on Saturday. Ganko set the pace until Kiseki took over a sole lead turning for the backstretch, but Ganko regained the leading position entering the homestretch on his way to winning the 2,500-meter race by a 3/4-length in 2:33.9. Chestnut Coat finished a 3/4-length ahead of Sakura Empereur in second.
Ganko, who has now gained his first grade glory in 28 starts, is a 5-year-old brown horse by Nakayama Festa out of Sing Up Rock, by Singspiel.

Friday, March 23, 2018

2018 March Stakes


Sunday's main event at Nakayama will be the grade three March Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards.
The possible main contenders are Centurion, Epicharis, Highland Peak and London Town.

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

1-Bless a Lot, Yuji Tannai
2-Strong Souther, Takuya Kowata
3-Sammaru Duke, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Roi Jardin, Daisuke Mashima
5-Sakura Record, Yoshitomi Shibata
6-George Cinq, Kota Fujioka
7-Dia del Rey, Masaki Katsuura
8-Centurion, Hideaki Miyuki
9-Epicharis, Christophe Lemaire
10-Cosmo Canadian, Daichi Shibata
11-Meisho Utage, Hiroyuki Uchida
12-Altair, Katsuharu Tanaka
13-Highland Peak, Norihiro Yokoyama
14-Queen's Saturn, Akihide Tsumura
15-London Town, Masami Matsuoka
16-All Blush, Shu Ishibashi

2018 Field of Takamatsunomiya Kinen


A total of 18 horses have been entered to the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo on Sunday, March 15.
Two-time Sprinters Stakes winner Red Falx, who finished a good third in the Hankyo Hai last outing, drew post 6. Let's Go Donki, second in the Sprinters Stakes last year, drew post 8. Fine Needle, coming off victory in the Silk Road Stakes, drew post 9. Dance Director, second in the Hanshin Cup, drew post 11.

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

1-Seiun Kosei, Daisaku Matsuda
2-Rieno Tesoro(USA), Hayato Yoshida
3-Blizzard(AUS), Karis Teetan
4-Snow Dragon, Takuya Ono
5-Nobo Baccara, Miyabi Muto
6-Red Falx, Mirco Demuro
7-Nac Venus, Kosei Miura
8-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
9-Fine Needle, Yuga Kawada
10-Diana Halo, Kohei Matsuyama
11-Dance Director, Yutaka Take
12-Nero, Filip Minarik
13-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
14-Rhein Meteor, Yuichiro Nishida
15-Jeune Ecole, Yuichi Fukunaga
16-Shining Lei, Yuichi Kitamura
17-King Heart, Hiroshi Kitamura
18-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori

2018 Mainichi Hai


10 three-year-old colts will be run in the grade two Mainichi Hai, the final steppingstone to the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), at Hanshin on Saturday, March 24.
The main casts could be: Blast Onepiece, haing a 4-length victory in the Yurikamome Sho last outing to remain undefeated in two starts; undefeated Indy Champ, who won a condition race on last December to make 2 for 2; Chardonnay, coming off winning a lower level race; undefeated Gibeon, winning the Freesia Sho last outing and You Can Smile, undefeated in two starts.  

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

1-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Nostradamus, Ryuji Wada
3-Indy Champ, Yasunari Iwata
4-Chardonnay Gold, Yuga Kawada
5-Gibeon, Dario Vargiu
6-Water Parfait, Manabu Sakai
7-You Can Smile, Yutaka Take
8-T M Dylan, Ken Tanaka
9-My Heartbeat, Kohei Matsuyama
10-Alm Forza, Suguru Hamanaka

2018 Nikkei Sho


Kiseki, winner of the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger), tops a field of 10 for Saturday's Nikkei Sho at Nakayama. He showed a gutsy run in the Kikuka Sho at the muddy Kyoto before having a disappointing finish in the Hong Kong Vase last outing.
The main opponents could be: Lord Vent d'Or, a narrow second in the Nikkei Shinshun Hai; Tosen Basil, third in the Hong Kong Vase; Seewind, who makes his frist start since winning the Taanabata Sho last July and Ganko.

The field for the 2,500-meter race is:

1-Altar, Akihide Tsumura
2-Shonan Bach, Filip Minarik
3-Chestnut Coat, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Lord Vent d'Or, Norihiro Yokoyama
5-Nasuno Seikan, Genki Maruyama
6-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
7-Tosen Basil, Mirco Demuro
8-Saimon Tornare, Daichi Shibata
9-Seewind, Keita Tosaki
10-Ping Pong, Miyabi Muto
11-Sakura Empereur, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Ganko, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Action Star, Takuya Ono
14-Kiseki, Christophe Lemaire
15-Sole Impact, Yuichi Fukunaga

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