Monday, January 29, 2018

2018 Kawasaki Kinen


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

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

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

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Nonkono Yume wins Negishi S in record time


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

Fine Needle takes Silk Road S


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

Friday, January 26, 2018

2018 Silk Road Stakes


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

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

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

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

2018 Negishi Stakes


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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Missing Link wins TCK Jo-o Hai


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

Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 TCK Jo-o Hai


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

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



Sunday, January 21, 2018

Danburite performs well in AJCC


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

T M Jinsoku coast-to-coast victory in Tokai


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

Friday, January 19, 2018

Field of 2018 American Jockey CC


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

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

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

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

2018 Tokai Stakes


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

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

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Higashi Will Win named NAR Horse of Year


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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Perform a Promise gets up in Nikkei Shinshun Hai


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

Generale Uno wins Keisei Hai


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

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Eterna Minoru captures Aichi Hai


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

Friday, January 12, 2018

15 casts for 2018 Keisei Hai


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

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

The post position with riders is:

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

*Jolie Lumiere is the only filly in the field.

2018 Nikkei Shinshun Hai


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

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

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

2018 Aichi Hai


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

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

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2017 JRA Awards


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

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

Monday, January 08, 2018

Almond Eye explosive late run in Shinzan


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

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Primo Scene wins Fairy S


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

Saturday, January 06, 2018

2018 Shinzan Kinen


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

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

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

Black Moon comes from far behind in Kyoto Kimpai


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

Seda Brillantes takes Nakayama Kimpai


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

Friday, January 05, 2018

2018 Fairy Stakes


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

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

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

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


2018 Kyoto Kimpai


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

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

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

2018 Nakayama Kimpai


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

The post position with riders is:

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