Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Success Energy wins Sakitama Hai in photo finish

Success Energy won the NAR grade two Sakitama Hai by a nose from Kitasan Mikazuki with another 4-length back Ensemble Life third. In the last 100 meters, Success Energy and Kitasan Mikazuki had an exciting neck-to-neck battle.
Kohei Matsuyam was aboard the winner to complete the 1,400-meter race in 1:26.2.
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.

2018 Yasuda Kinen Nominations

A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the Yasuda Kinen. The nominations include Lys Gracieux, Persian Knight, Real Steel, Suave Richard, Sungrazer and Hong Kong-trained Western Express(AUS).
The grade one Yasuda Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 3 at Tokyo over 1,600 meters on turf.

Monday, May 28, 2018

2018 Sakitama Hai

12 horses have been entered to the NAR grade two Sakitama Hai for 4-year-olds and upwards. JRA entries are Best Warrior(USA), Graceful Leap, Nero and Success Energy.
The Sakitama Hai will be run on Wednesday, May 30 at Urawa track over 1,400 meters on dirt.

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.