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