Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ange Desir wins Empress Hai

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Win Bright takes Nakayama Kinen

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

Diana Halo victory in Hankyu Hai

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

Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 Nakayama Kinen

Nakayama features the Nakayama Kinen on Sunday, February 25.

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

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

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

2018 Hankyu Hai

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

The field for the grade three race is:

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

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Triomphe wins easily Kokura Daishoten

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

Nonkono Yume stroms home in February S

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

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fame Game gains third Diamond S victory

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

Miss Panthere triumphs Kyoto Himba S

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

Friday, February 16, 2018

2018 Kokura Daishoten

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

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

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

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

Field of 2018 February Stakes

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

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

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

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

2018 Kyoto Himba S

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

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

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

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

2018 Diamond Stakes

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

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

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

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tetradrachm keeps on going in Queen Cup

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

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Oken Moon mid-upsets in Kyodo News

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

Clincher victorious in Kyoto Kinen

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

Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 Queen Cup

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 09, 2018

2018 Kyoto Kinen

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

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

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

2018 Kyodo News Hai

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Leur Sauveur romps Saga Kinen

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

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Lys Gracieux takes Tokyo Shimbun Hai

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

Satono Favor wire-to-wire victory in Kisaragi

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

Friday, February 02, 2018

2018 Kisaragi Sho

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

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

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

2018 Tokyo Shimbun Hai

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

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

The post positions with jockeys is:

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

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Graded Races Schedule in February 2018

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

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

K T Brave leads all the way in Kawasaki

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