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