Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2018 JBC Races

Kyoto Race Course hosts the JBC races for the first time on Sunday, November 4.

A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the JBC Classic. The nominations include KT Brave, Nonkono Yume, Omega Perfume and Sunrise Soar.

The JBC Sprint has 19 nominations. The chief nominees are Graceful Leap, Kitasan Mikazuki, Let's Go Donki, Matera Sky(USA) and Moanin(USA).

18 have been nominated to the JBC Ladies' Classic. The chief nominations are Fontana Liri, Princia Cometa, Queen Mambo and Rabbit Run.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Rey de Oro takes center stage in Tenno Sho Autumn

Rey de Oro got past Kiseki in the closing stage in winning the Tenno Sho Autumn at Tokyo on Sunday. Christophe Lemaire held Rey de Oro far off the pace early on before making up ground on the final turn. Sungrazer was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another nose back Kiseki third.
Rey de Oro, trained by K. Fujisawa and owned by U. Carrot Farm, has now won seven of his 11 races with more than 769 million jpn yen in career earnings. 
Northern Racing was the breeder of Rey de Oro, a 4-year-old bay colt by King Kamahameha out of La Dorada, by Symboli Kris S.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Schon Glanz strong finish in Artemis Stakes

Schon Glanz, with Yutaka Take up, produced a strong finishing kick to win the Artemis Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. A 1/2-length behind, Beach Samba was second with another 1 1/4-length Aile Voix third. The final time for the 1,600-meter turf race was 1:33.7.
Schon Glanz, whose record has now improved to two wins in three starts, is  a 2-year-old brown filly by Deep Impact out of Stacelita, by Monsun.

Lord Quest wins Swan Stakes in photo finish

Lord Quest ended his losing streak when he won the Swan Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday. This was his first victory since September 11, 2016 when he took the grade three Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap.
In the stretch for the Swan Stakes, Lord Quest and favorite Mozu Ascot(USA) came from far behind and they looked like getting to the wire in the same level. Lord Quest put his nose in at the line. Guanciale finished third, a 1/2-length behind Mozu Ascot. Mirco Demuro was aboard the winner to complete the 1,400-meter distance in 1:21.5.
Lord Quest, who has now won four of his 21 races, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Matsurida Gogh out of Matsurida Waltz, by Chief Bearhart.

Friday, October 26, 2018

2018 Artemis Stakes

The Artemis Stakes for  2-year-old fillies is run on Saturday, October 27 at Tokyo.
A total of 15 horses have been entered to the grade three 1,600-meter race.
The leading contenders could be: Glacier, Schon Glanz and Mi Diosa.

The post position with jockeys for the Artemis Stakes is:

1-Toss Up(by Just a Way) Yusuke Fujioka
2-Glacier(by Daiwa Major) Hironobu Tanabe
3-Schon Glanz(by Deep Impact) Yutaka Take
4-Black Dancer(by Black Tide) Yukito Ishikawa
5-Mi Diosa(by Deep Impact) Joao Moreira
6-Lady Dolly(by Kinshasa no Kiseki) Kosei Miura
7-Kitai(by Dunkirk) Takuya Ono
8-Aile Voix(by Victoire Pisa) Suguru Hamanaka
9-Affranchir(by Heart's Cry) Yasunari Iwata
10-Something Just(by Victoire Pisa) Miyabi Muto
11-Beach Samba(by Kota Fujioka)
12-Azuma Heritage(by Tosen Jordan) Kiwamu Ogino
13-Herinnering(by I'll Have Another) Daichi Shibata
14-Win Zenobia(by Screen Hero) Masami Matsuoka
15-Leidenschaft(by Novellist) Hiroyuki Uchida

2018 Swan Stakes

Kyoto hosts the grade two Swan Stakes on Saturday, October 27.
The possible leading contenders among 11 entries are: Dea Regalo, Reine Minoru, Lord Quest and Mozu Ascot(USA).

The field for the 1,400-meter turf race is:

1-Dolciario, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Saffron Heart, Hideaki Miyuki
3-Besten Dank, Yuga Kawada
4-Dea Regalo, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Guanciale, Yoshihiro Furukawa
6-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
7-King Heart, Ryota Kozaki
8-Lord Quest, Mirco Demuro
9-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
10-Mozu Ascot(USA), Christophe Lemaire
11-Koei Takeru, Futoshi Komaki

Field set for 2018 Tenno Sho Autumn

A field of 13 horses is set to run in the Tenno Sho Autumn at Tokyo on Sunday.
Suave Richard, who has won the g1 Osaka Hai earlier this season, comes off a good third in the g1 Yasuda Kinen. He drew post 5.
Last year's Japanese Derby winner Rey de Oro, who has had a good warming-up in the g2 All Comers where he gained a neck victory, drew post 4.
Makahiki, finishing second in the g2 Sapporo Kinen, drew post 6. Sapporo Kinen winner Sungrazer drew post 9. Al Ain, runner-up in the All Comers, drew post 7.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one 2,000-meter traditional race is:

1-Staphanos, Colm O'Donoghue
2-Black Moon, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Vivlos, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
5-Suave Richard, Mirco Demuro
6-Makahiki, Yutaka Take
7-Al Ain, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Danburite, Keita Tosaki
9-Sungrazer, Joao Moreira
10-Kiseki, Yuga Kawada
11-Mikki Rocket, Ryuji Wada
12-Sakura Empereur, Hironobu Tanabe
13-Action Star, Takura Ono

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 Tenno Sho Autumn Nominations

15 horses have been nominated to the Tenno Sho Autumn. The nominations include Suave Richard, Rey de Oro, Makahiki and Wagnerian.
The Tenno Sho Autumn will be run on Sunday, October 28 at Tokyo racecourse.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Exciting finish in Kikuka Sho

After an exciting duel with Etario in the deep stretch, Fierement put his nose in front at the wire in winning the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) at Kyoto on Sunday. Etario came home a 1 1/2-lnegth in front of You Can Smile in second. The winning jockey was Christophe Lemaire. The final time of the 3,000-meter race was 3:06.1.
Fierement has now won three of his four races under the trainer of T. Tezuka and color of Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. His career earnings brought to more than 178 million jpn yen.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Fierement, a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Lune d'Or, by Green Tune.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Logi Cry takes Fuji Stakes

Having taken a good position, Logi Cry pulled away from the rest at around 200 meters from home to win the Fuji Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. A 2-length behind, One to One was second with another nose back Red Avancer third. Christophe Lemaire rode the winner to get the wire in 1:31.7 over 1,600 meters on firm ground.
Logi Cry, who has now won five of his 13 races, is a 5-year-old dark bay horse by Heart's Cry out of Dream Moment, by Machiavellian.

Friday, October 19, 2018

2018 Fuji Stakes

Saturday's main event at Tokyo will be the grade three Fuji Stakes for 3yo+. 
The leading contenders among 18 entrants could be: Air Spinel, Logi Cry, One to One, Persian Knight and Gendarme(USA).

The field for the 1,600-meter race is:

1-Garibaldi, Norifumi Mikamoto
2-Stormy Sea, Takuya Ono
3-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
5-Gold Cerberus, Yuichi Shibayama
6-Air Spinel, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Win Gagnant, Manabu Sakai
8-Logi Cry, Christophe Lemaire
9-Hakusan Rudolf, Keita Tosaki
10-Young Man Power, Miyabi Muto
11-One to One, Joao Moreira
12-Kluger, Yukito Ishikawa
13-Persian Knight, Mirco Demuro
14-Red Avancer, Yuichi Kitamura
15-Maltese Apogee, Yoshitomi Shibata
16-Happy Grin, Hiroyuki Uchida
17-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
18-Gendarme(USA), Yutaka Take

Field of 18 set for Kikuka Sho

A maximum field of 18 is set to run in the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) at Kyoto on Sunday, October 21.
Blast Onepiece, who gained a superb victory in the Niigata Kinen against older horses last time out, drew post 3. Generale Uno, coming off victory in the St. Lite Kinen, drew post 4. Epoca d'Oro, winner of the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), who has placed a brilliant second in the Japanese Derby before finishing fourth in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 5. Meisho Tekkon, who won the Radio Nikkei Sho and followed up with a good third in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 6. Etario, who had a 1/2-length second in the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 9.

The post position with jockeys for the 3,000-meter race is:

1-Aithon, Kyosuke Kokubun
2-Grail, Yasunari Iwata
3-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
4-Generale Uno, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
6-Meisho Tekkon, Kohei Matsuyama
7-You Can Smile, Yutaka Take
8-Kafuji Vanguard, Hideaki Miyuki
9-Etario, Mirco Demuro
10-African Gold, Fuma Matsuwaka
11-Cosmic Force, Suguru Hamanaka
12-Fierement, Christophe Lemaire
13-Time Flyer, Ryuji Wada
14-Grandiose, Joao Moreira
15-Oken Moon, Hiroshi Kitamura
16-Stay Foolish, Yusuke Fujioka
17-Chardonnay Gold, Kota Fujioka
18-Glory Vase, Yuichi Fukunaga

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Nominations for 2018 Kikuka Sho

A total of 20 horses have been nominated to the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger). The nominations include Blast Onepiece, Epoca d'Oro, Etario and Generale Uno. 
Wagnerian, winner of the Japanese Derby, who made a good start off his summer break with victory in Kobe Shimbun Hai last month, skips the Kikuaka and will be heading for the Tenno Sho Autumn. The Kikuka Sho will be run on Sunday, October 21 at Kyoto racecourse.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Almond Eye wins Shuka Sho to become filly triple crown

Almond Eye became the fifth filly to win the triple crown races when she won the 2,000-meter Shuka Sho, the final leg of the filly triple crown races, under Christophe Lemaire at Kyoto on Sunday.
Almond Eye showed a sensational finishing speed down the final stretch before getting up to the wire in 1:58.5. A 1 1/2-length behind, Mikki Charm finished second with another length behind Cantabile third.
Almond Eye, trained by S. Kunieda and owned by Silk Racing Co. Ltd., has now improved her record to 6-5-1-0 with more than 417 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Almond Eye, a 3-year-old bay filly by Lord Kanaloa out ot Fusaichi Pandora, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Deirdre takes Fuchu Himba

Deirdre finished from last to first, winning the Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. She got past Lys Gracieux near the line to win the 1,800-meter race in 1:44.7 under Christophe Lemaire. A neck behind, Lys Gracieux finished second with another 1/2-length back Frontier Queen third.
Deirdre, who has now won seven of her 19 races, is a 4-year-old bay filly by Harbinger out of Reizend, by Special Week.

Friday, October 12, 2018

2018 Fuchu Himba Stakes

11 fillies and mares will contest in the grade two Ireland Trophy Fuchu Himba Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday, October 13.
The leading contenders could be: Soul Stirring, Deirdre, Lys Gracieux and Miss Panthere.

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

1-Crocosmia, Yasunari Iwata
2-Frontier Queen, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Soul Stirring, Hiroshi Kitamura
4-Deirdre, Christophe Lemaire
5-Kyowa Zenobia, Katsuharu Tanaka
6-Jour Polaire, Hideaki Miyuki
7-Maids of Honour, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Admire Lead, Hironobu Tanabe
9-Kawakita Enka, Kenichi Ikezoe
10-Lys Gracieux, Mirco Demuro
11-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama

Almond Eye tops field in Shuka Sho

Almond Eye, who has dominated the filly classic races with victories in the Japanese Oaks and Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), tops a field of 18 in the grade one Shuka Sho at Kyoto on Sunday, October 14. She drew post 11.
The main opponents to Almond Eye could be: Lucky Lilac, who finished second and third in the Oaks and Oka Sho respectively and Rose Stakes winner Cantabile.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,000-meter race is:

1-Lathyros, Shinichiro Akiyama
2-Cantabile, Yutaka Take
3-Scarlet Color, Yasunari Iwata
4-Randonnee(USA), Keita Tosaki
5-Salacia, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Pioneer Bio, Yoshitomi Shibata
7-Lucky Lilac, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Tosen Bless, Yusuke Fijioka
9-Satono Garnet, Suguru Hamanaka
10-All for Love, Hideaki Miyuki
11-Almond Eye, Christophe Lemaire
12-Oscar Ruby, Haruhiko Kawasu
13-Mikki Charm, Yuga Kawada
14-Gorgeous Lunch, Norihiro Yokoyama
15-Harlem Line, Takuya Ono
16-Primo Scene, Hiroshi Kitamura
17-Sayakachan, Ryo Takakura
18-Dancar, Mirco Demuro

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 Shuka Sho Nominations

A total of 22 fillies have been nominated to the grade one Shuka Sho. The nominations include Almond Eye, Cantabile and Lucky Lilac.
The Shuka Sho will be run on Sunday, October 14 at Kyoto racecourse.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Satono Diamond ends losing streak in Kyoto Daishoten

Satono Diamond ended his losing streak as he won the Kyoto Daishoten at Kyoto on Monday. He draw away from the rest in the mid-stretch to win the 2,400-meter race under Yuga Kawada in 2:25.4 on firm ground. Red Genova was, a 1/2-length behind, second with another 1 3/4-length away Albert third.
Satono Diamond, who has now won eight of his 16 races, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Deep Impact out of Malpensa, by Orpen.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Aerolithe makes all the running in Mainichi Okan

Aerolite, ridden by Joao Moreira, set the pace and went all the way to win the grade two Mainichi Okan at Tokyo on Sunday. Stelvio was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another neck away Kiseki third. The 1,800-meter race was run in 1:44.5 on firm ground.
Aerolite, who has now won four of her 12 races, is a 4-year-old grey filly by Kurofune out of Asterix, by Neo Universe.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Gran Alegria romps Saudi Arabia Royal Cup

Gran Alegria broke badly, but she moved into second place before the final bend, and then her partner Christophe Lemaire took her into front in the mid-stretch en route to winning winning the Saudi Arabia at Tokyo on Saturday. She won the 1,600-meter race in 1 minute 34 seconds flat by a 3 1/2-length from De Gaulle. Third was, another length behind, Amati.
Gran Alegria, who remained undefeated in two starts, is a 2-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Tapitsfly, by Tapit.

2018 Kyoto Daishoten

A field of 11 is set to run in the Kyoto Daishoten, one of the major preps for the Tenno Sho Autumn, at Kyoto on Monday, October 8.
The leading contenders could be: Satono Diamond, Bless Journey and Cheval Grand.

The post position with jockeys for the grade two 2,400-meter race is:

1-Mondo Intero, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Satono Diamond, Yuga Kawada
3-Bless Journey, Ryuji 
4-Red Genova, Kenichi Ikezoe
5-Albert, Joao Moreira
6-Kento O, Futoshi Komaki
7-Platinum Bullet, Hideaki Miyuki
8-Cheval Grand, Yuichi Fukunaga
9-Smart Layer, Suguru Hamanaka
10-Sanei Gold, Toshiya Yamamoto
11-Win Tenderness, Yuji Hishida

Friday, October 05, 2018

2018 Mainichi Okan

The Mainichi Okan, one of the major preps for the Tenno Sho Autumn, will be run on Sunday, October 7 at Tokyo. The leading contenders among 13 entrants are likely: Aerolithe, winner of last year's NHK Mile Cup who finished a good second in the Yasuda Kinen last outing, drew post 9. Satono Arthur, coming off victory in the grade three Epsom Cup, drew post 4. Keiai Nautique, who won the NHK Mile Cup last May, drew post 2.  Stelvio and Daiwa Cagney drew post 5 and 7 respectively.

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

1-Kiseki, Yuga Kawada
2-Keiai Nautique, Yusuke Fujioka
3-Staphanos, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Satono Arthur, Keita Tosaki
5-Stelvio, Christophe Lemaire
6-San Martin, Kenichi Ikezoe
7-Daiwa Cagney, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Action Star, Takuya Ono
9-Aerolithe, Joao Moreira
10-Suzuka Devious, Kosei Miura
11-Sounds of Earth, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama
13-Realista, Shu Ishibashi

2018 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup

8 two-year-old horses will contest in the grade three Saudi Arabia Cup at Tokyo on Saturday, October 6.
The possible leading players are Shadow Emperor, Draupnir and Gran Alegria.

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

1-Shadow Emperor(IRE)(by Just a Way), Ryuji Wada
2-Amati(by Rulership), Kosei Miura
3-Draupnir(by Rulership), Joao Moreira
4-Gran Alegria(by Deep Impact)
5-De Gaulle(by Sakura President), Akihide Tsumura
6-Something Just(by Victoire Pisa), Norihiro Yokoyama
7-Segredo Superior(by Tosen Homareboshi), Kenji Kawamata
8-Taurus Gemini(by King's Best), Hayato Yoshida